Boston sports

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 ...

Bruins acquire Johansson in deadline deal

BOSTON (AP) — The Bruins were in line to make a big splash at the trade deadline to improve their scoring for the stretch run of the regular season. After seeing some of the potential names on their wish list land elsewhere, they settled for adding a veteran that didn't cause a major ...

Red Sox manager Alex Cora looks for an encore this season

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – Alex Cora guided the Boston Red Sox to a franchise-record 108 wins and a World Series victory last season, and then he reported to his second spring training as a major league manager as if nothing had changed. Still just 43, Cora has a chance to be the first Red Sox ...

The NFL plot will thicken in Kraft’s case

Former New York Jet Bart Scott was blabbering and bellowing on his WFAN radio show in New York on Friday in the wake of the stunning Robert Kraft news: “I would take their whole draft from them,” he said. “It has to be something that cripples them. This is a black eye.” Oh please. Not ...

Celtics come up short against Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Khris Middleton hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds and the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks held off the Boston Celtics 98-97 on Thursday night. On the second-to-last position, Marcus Smart forced a jump ...

Pedroia says he’ll take it slow at Red Sox training camp

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – Dustin Pedroia’s goal isn’t merely to come back from his knee injury. He’s done that before. The challenge for the Boston second baseman this time is to return at the right time, to stick around longer than three games, and to help the Red Sox get back to the ...

Veteran Red Sox beat writer Nick Cafardo dies

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – Longtime Boston Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo died Thursday while covering spring training after collapsing on the sidewalk outside the Red Sox clubhouse. He was 62. The newspaper said Cafardo appeared to have an embolism. The team’s medical staff responded ...

Reports: Bruins trade Donato to Wild for Coyle

As the NHL trade deadline approaches it was reported that the Boston Bruins pulled the trigger on a significant deal Wednesday. The Bruins and Minnesota Wild came to terms on a deal Wednesday that ships forward Ryan Donato and a fifth-round draft pick to Minnesota for forward Charlie ...

Celtics still seeking consistency as stretch run beckons

BOSTON (AP) – One way or another, the spotlight was always going to shine on the Boston Celtics in an Eastern Conference without LeBron James. After back-to-back losses to James’ Cavaliers in the past two conference finals, his departure West to join the Los Angeles Lakers seemed to clear ...

Alex Cora says Mookie Betts will only get better

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – Mookie Betts won a World Series in October, became a first-time dad nine days later, earned his first AL MVP award and was part of a team that won a professional bowling event. What can the 26-year-old do for an encore with the Boston Red Sox? “He can do whatever ...

Celtics manage to fend off Pistons

BOSTON (AP) – Jayson Tatum scored 19 points and Gordon Hayward finished with 18 to help the Boston Celtics hold off the Detroit Pistons 118-110 on Wednesday night. Hayward added eight assists and five rebounds in his first start since Dec. 21. Al Horford finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds ...

Marchand’s OT goal lifts Bruins over Avalanche

BOSTON (AP) – Brad Marchand has a knack for the net in overtime. A lucky bounce helped him get another winner for the Bruins on Sunday. Marchand scored 4:03 into the extra period after his shot deflected off an opponent’s skate, extending Boston’s points streak to seven games with a 2-1 ...

Red Sox ready to prepare for championship defense

BOSTON (AP) – The goal is the same for the Boston Red Sox in 2019: finish the season flopping around on the pitcher’s mound, celebrating another World Series title. All that’s left is for them to figure out who’s at the bottom of the pile. The defending champions head to spring ...