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Celtics’ rebuilding project still strong despite opening round sweep

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BOSTON – The reconstruction of the Boston Celtics is ahead of schedule. Being swept in the first round can’t brush away that reality. The Celtics were a long shot to even reach the playoffs in a season with numerous personnel changes. Once they got there, they weren’t expected to be as competitive as they were against the mighty Cleveland Cavaliers. …

Celtics center Kelly Olynyk, Cavs guard J.R. Smith suspended

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The NBA suspended Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith two games without pay and Celtics center Kelly Olynyk one game for their roles in separate incidents during …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NBA Cavs’ Love out next series with dislocated shoulder CLEVELAND – Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will miss at least the team’s next playoff series with …

Seven players from Royals, White Sox punished by MLB for brawl

Saturday, April 25, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox each lost yesterday without playing a game. Four members of the Royals and three from the White Sox were punished for their roles in a series-opening …

Fisher Cats go batty in 10-5 victory over Binghamton

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ryan Schimpf hit a three-run home run, K.C. Hobson went 5-for-5 and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats rapped 20 hits in a 10-5 victory yesterday over the Binghamton Mets. The teams traded single runs in the first inning before the Fisher Cats broke it open with three in …

Monarchs strike early, late to take 2-0 lead over Portland

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Manchester Monarchs extended their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series lead with a 6-2 victory over the Portland Pirates yesterday. Manchester now leads the best-of-five series 2-0. The Monarchs set the tone early, with Michael Mersch and Jordan Weal scoring within the first 30 seconds. Portland cut the gap …

Lough homers in 10th, Orioles top Red Sox, 5-4, to end 5-game skid

Saturday, April 25, 2015

BALTIMORE – David Lough hit a walk-off homer in the 10th inning to cap a two-run rally against Koji Uehara, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox, 5-4, last night to end a five-game losing streak. …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Saturday, April 25, 2015

NHL Oilers’ overhaul of front office includes hiring of Chiarelli EDMONTON, Alberta – The Edmonton Oilers are making sweeping front-office changes after another disappointing season. Patrick LaForge stepped down as president and chief operating officer yesterday while Craig MacTavish will move from general manager to a job yet …

Ducking the spotlight, some stars decide to skip NFL draft

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The hat-and-hug routine with the NFL commissioner that has become a rite of passage for many college football stars on draft night is not for everybody. The waiting is the hardest part, even for players good enough to …

Devalued running backs

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A look at how the first round of the last 20 NFL drafts shaped up for running backs: Year: Number of first round picks (First running back drafted, team, pick number) 2014: 0 (Bishop Sankey, Tennessee, 54) 2013: 0 (Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati, 37) 2012: 3 (Trent Richardson, Cleveland, …

Running backs not facing demise, but still devalued in draft

Saturday, April 25, 2015

There’s an unquestionably rich draft pool for running backs this year. Guess which position is widely expected to go with the first two picks? There’s hardly an argument that quarterbacks hold the most important, and glamorous, on-field role …

MLB’s pace of play initiatives felt in TV production too

Saturday, April 25, 2015

When Phil Orlins produced Sunday Night Baseball, a clock started ticking down in his head the moment the last out ended an inning. Now, a real timer counts down in the ballpark during commercial breaks. The networks televising …

Logano wins his third pole of season

Saturday, April 25, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. – Joey Logano won the pole position for tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway. The Daytona 500 winner turned a fast lap at 127.071 mph in the third round on the 0.75-mile oval …