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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 …

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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 …

Fisher Cats double up Mets, 10-5

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats ripped 14 hits, including three home runs, on the way to a 10-5 victory over the visiting Binghamton Mets last night in the second game of a four-game series. Dwight Smith Jr. (3-for-3, three RBI, three runs) got things started with a one-out …

Rangers eliminate Penguins with OT win in Game 5

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The New York Rangers used Carl Hagelin’s overtime goal and spectacular goaltending by Henrik Lundqvist for a 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh last night to advance in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Hagelin skated out from behind the net and …

Harden scores 42 as Rockets take commanding 3-0 lead over Mavericks

Saturday, April 25, 2015

James Harden scored a playoff career-high 42 points, Dwight Howard had his postseason best with 26 rebounds and the Houston Rockets beat the Dallas Mavericks, 130-128, last night for a 3-0 lead in their first-round series. MVP candidate …

Holt’s eighth-inning homer lifts Red Sox past skidding Orioles, 7-5

Saturday, April 25, 2015

BALTIMORE – Batting in the eighth inning of a tie game, Brock Holt wasn’t trying to emulate teammate David Ortiz. It just turned out that way. Holt hit a tiebreaking three-run homer off Darren O’Day, and the Boston …

Clippers-Spurs series giving lopsided first round some drama

Friday, April 24, 2015

One of the most memorable opening rounds in NBA playoff history came last season. One of the least memorable is playing out this season. And if it wasn’t for the Clippers-Spurs series, fans might be begging for the …

Rodriguez exceeds expectations, helps Yankees stay relevant

Friday, April 24, 2015

DETROIT – The New York Yankees missed the playoffs the last two years while saying goodbye to a pair of greats. Mediocrity – or, worse yet, irrelevance – was a very real possibility heading into 2015. Of all …

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Friday, April 24, 2015

BASEBALL Manfred: Rose will be allowed to be part of All-Star Game NEW YORK – Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Pete Rose will play some role during this summer’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Speaking yesterday with …

BALCO & Biogenesis may be over, but steroids cloud remains

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW YORK – Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have moved on, their names cleared. The cloud of steroids remains over baseball and all sports. Dugouts no longer are filled with bulked-up players with swollen skulls and Popeye-like arms. …

Colts sticking to long-term plan while trying to win now

Friday, April 24, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson finds himself in a delicate situation. Indianapolis fans, Coach Chuck Pagano and Colts players all want to hoist the Lombardi Trophy this season. Owner Jim Irsay wants even more: a Super …

Monarchs beat Pirates, 5-2, in opener of first-round series

Friday, April 24, 2015

Jordan Weal and Brian O’Neill scored two goals apiece and the Manchester Monarchs cruised to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Portland Pirates in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series. Vincent LoVerde added a goal and two assists for the Monarchs, who led 2-1 after the …