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Tampa Bay rallies to take down Bruins

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos scored twice and finished with four points, and the Tampa Bay Lightning became the fourth NHL team to win at least 59 games in a season, rallying from two goals down to beat the Boston Bruins 5-4 on Monday night. With five games remaining, Tampa Bay ...

David Price enjoying status as Red Sox hero

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – It wasn’t an offseason weight-loss program, but pitcher David Price is entering the 2019 season much lighter. A tremendous burden has been lifted from his shoulders. The Boston Red Sox lefty has finally gotten rid of the postseason demons that had been haunting him ...

Patriots tight end Gronkowski announces retirement

Rob Gronkowski has called it a career. The New England Patriot who will likely be remembered as the greatest tight end to ever play the game is going out on top, announcing his retirement late in the day on Sunday on his Instagram account. “It all started at 20-years-old on stage at the NFL ...

Spurs extend woes for sliding Celtics

BOSTON (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 48 points and 13 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs ran past Boston 115-96 on Sunday, giving the short-handed Celtics their fourth straight loss. The Spurs have won 10 of 12 to strengthen their grip on a Western Conference playoff spot. San Antonio ...

Patriots owner Kraft offered plea deal in prostitution case

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida prosecutors have offered a plea deal to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men charged with paying for illicit sex at a massage parlor. The Palm Beach State Attorney’s Office confirmed Tuesday it has ...

One man’s sports question-and-answer session

With the close of the 2019 winter high school season on Saturday (BTW, I like Salem in a Division I boys hoop upset over top-seeded, undefeated Exeter!), there is time to ponder some all-too-comical questions in sports. Well, sort of sports. It is a down time, leaving minds to wander. So ...

Blue Jackets blow past Bruins

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Boone Jenner got his first career hat trick, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 shots and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Boston Bruins 7-4 on Tuesday night. The Blue Jackets scored five unanswered goals to go up 5-1 before the Bruins came roaring back with three straight ...

Penguins end Bruins’ point streak

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jared McCann scored twice, Matt Murray finished with 39 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins handed the Boston Bruins their first regulation loss since January with a 4-2 victory on Sunday night. Nick Bjugstad and Jake Guentzel also scored for the Penguins, who survived ...

Patriots make a key deal for pass rusher Bennett

The Patriots reportedly got themselves some insurance in case pass rusher Trey Flowers leaves via free agency. Multiple reports said Friday New England acquired 33-year-old defensive end Michael Bennett from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for what has been rumored to a 2020 fifth round ...

Bruins stun Florida Panthers in closing minute

BOSTON (AP) — Patrice Bergeron scored twice, including the winner with 7.2 seconds remaining as the Boston Bruins scored twice in the final minute to beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 Thursday night, pushing their points streak to 18 games. Brad Marchand won a battle in the corner and shuffled ...

Pedroia sees his first spring training action

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – Dustin Pedroia’s first game in nearly 10 months couldn’t have gone much better – even if it lasted just one inning. Pedroia cleanly fielded a two-out grounder by Minnesota’s Jake Cave, then singled off Kohl Stewart leading off the bottom half of Boston’s ...

Bruins top Hurricanes in overtime

BOSTON (AP) – David Krejci scored 1:36 into overtime to lift the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 win over Carolina on Tuesday night, ending the Hurricanes’ five-game winning streak. Jake DeBrusk had a goal and an assist, setting up the game-winner after making a steal in the corner and sending a ...

Pedroia plans to play in Red Sox game Thursday

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Boston expects second baseman Dustin Pedroia to make his exhibition debut on Thursday against Minnesota. Coming off knee surgery, the 35-year-old Pedroia crossed his last major pre-competition hurdle on Tuesday when he completed a workout at the Red Sox complex ...

Time for Andy Reid to learn the word, ‘defense’

After his season ended as his season always ends, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid has figured out why his team lost the AFC Championship in January. Fixing the problem, Reid seems to think, is as easy as changing the NFL”s overtime rules to ensure each team’s offense gets one ...

Celtics’ rally isn’t enough to topple Rockets

BOSTON (AP) – James Harden and the Houston Rockets are at their best when they are knocking down 3-pointers, getting points in the paint and racking up points to the foul line. They did all three against the Boston Celtics and it added up to a mostly easy outing against a team that is ...

Bruins cool down Tampa Bay

BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Bruins scored three times in less than three minutes in the third period and snapped the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning’s franchise-best 10-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory Thursday night. Jake DeBrusk, Noel Acciari, Patrice Bergeron and Brad ...

Sliding Celtics can’t catch Trail Blazers

BOSTON (AP) – Damian Lillard scored 21 of his 33 points in the second half and the Portland Trail Blazers beat Boston 97-92 on Wednesday night for the Celtics’ fourth straight loss. Maurice Harkless had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Jusef Nurkic scored 16 points, and CJ McCollum finished ...

Kraft faces more scrutiny

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft visited a Florida massage parlor for sex acts the night before and the morning of last month’s AFC championship game, authorities said Monday in documents charging him with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting ...

Bruins coast past Sharks for 4-1 win

BOSTON (AP) – Charlie McAvoy and Jake DeBrusk scored 37 seconds apart in the second period and the Boston Bruins beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Tuesday night. Brad Marchand had a short-handed goal and two assists, David Krejci added a goal and an assist, and Jaroslav Halak made 19 saves. ...

Raptors roll over sloppy Celtics

TORONTO (AP) – Pascal Siakam scored 25 points, Kawhi Leonard had 21 and the Toronto Raptors used a huge second quarter to rout the struggling Boston Celtics 118-95 on Tuesday night. Serge Ibaka scored 14 points and Norm Powell added 11 as Toronto extended its home winning streak over Boston ...