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Telegraph Sports Reporter Tom King.

No sparks on Patriots Draft Weekend

Once again on Draft Weekend we have that left out feeling. So many New England Patriot fans were hoping for, to quote another sports owner’s phrase, “fireworks” on Thursday night and maybe early Friday evening. Instead, all was quiet on the Foxborough Front. Many were hoping for some big ...

Take it from Pedroia – Machado slide was not dirty play

In a sport dominated by athletes who happen to have great baseball skills, Dustin Pedroia is the exception. Pedroia is a ballplayer, in the most professional, savviest sense of the word. So when he bucked the prevailing angst over Manny Machado’s hard slide into second base one week ago, why ...

Despite playoff exit, Bruins fans should be optimistic

It was there for the taking. Boston’s exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs Sunday was predictable, yet reeked of missed opportunity. There were plenty of reasons the Bruins had no business winning their first-round series against the Ottawa Senators, eventually falling in a tightly contested ...

Telegraph Sports Reporter Tom King.

It’s football season in April for one week

This is the week. All the questions will be answered. All the speculation will be proven either valuable conjecture or pure rubbish. Hockey and hoop playoffs? Never mind. Baseball? Warm up first. For this, the last week in April, it’s football season. Yes, the National Football League will ...

Keep an eye on Patriots as NFL Draft looms

This is the week. All the questions will be answered. All the speculation will be proven either valuable conjecture or pure rubbish. Hockey and hoop playoffs? Never mind. Baseball? Warm up first. For this, the last week in April, it’s football season. Yes, the National Football League will ...

Alan Greenwood

Rondo still a stooge

Let’s start this morning with a quick multiple-choice quiz. Chicago Bulls injured guard Rajon Rondo is: A.) Immensely talented. B.) Reasonably intelligent. C.) Emotionally infantile. D.) All of the above … and more. Anyone who does not choose D needs to study up on Rondo a bit more. During ...

Telegraph Sports Reporter Tom King.

Holman looking green and great in early season

Here’s a few tids and bits to munch on as you start the beginning of the final school vacation of the year: Just three weeks after getting about 8 inches of snow dumped on it, Holman Stadium is looking magnificent as far as the field goes. The turf is as green as could be, and the infield ...

Patriots at the White House – lots of laughs

Does anybody here have a tissue? Actually, an entire box is needed. The Boston Bruins and Celtics are colossal playoff failures and the Red Sox, meh – maybe they’ll heat up by July. But don’t say you weren’t warned. There was plenty of notice. It wasn’t like a last-minute cancellation ...

Celtics looking like they need serious attitude adjustment

This may seem more like a plate of pockmarked steel, but there is a silver lining to the Celtics’ awful performances in the first two of what seemed likely to be a long string of playoff games: No one will have to waste time and emotion waiting for this house of cards to topple. There may be ...

Patriots have entered their draft mode

They’re baaaaaaack… Your beloved New England Patriots have set up shop in Foxborough again. Gillette Stadium will be buzzing with weights clanging. Media meandering in and out of their the workroom. Players giving outdoor interviews in the spring sunshine. Heck, we’ve already had the Show ...

Telegraph Sports Reporter Tom King.

Tids and bits for Marathon Monday

Time to interrupt your raiding of the Easter basket candy to feast on some of these Marathon Monday tids and bits: BOSTON CELTICS Why is everyone pooh-poohing the Celtics getting the top spot in the Eastern Conference? Remember, when the season started, it was a foregone conclusion that the ...

Tom King

Stellos Stadium won’t be the same without Lajoie

It was after 10 p.m. on an unseasonable balmy night earlier this week, when one gate was closed and locked so another one could open. That gate was at Stellos Stadium. When he locked it, you couldn’t blame Dave Lajoie if he had given a final glance back as he got into the truck and drove ...

Memo to Celtics fans: Don’t get too giddy

Boston Celtics are allegedly the Beast of the East. Seriously, these guys won the Atlantic Division and locked themselves into the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. That’s home-court advantage until the NBA Finals for the Celtics, who beat out the perennial conference favorite Cleveland ...

NBA still can’t solve no-show problem

Slamming the NBA up-side the noggin is easy pickings for anyone hunting and pecking their way through essays such as this one. The league’s foibles are a gift that keeps on giving for sports scribes. As the regular season ended Wednesday night, the most vulnerable guppy in the proverbial ...

Tom King

Bruins fans can finally catch that Cup Playoff Fever

It’s the best time of the year. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are beginning on Wednesday, and around here the last couple of years that was greeted with a yawn and a “Who are the Patriots going to draft?” question. No longer. Boston hockey fans don’t have to feel sorry for themselves this ...

Enjoy playoffs, B’s fans … at least for now

It’s the best time of the year. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are beginning Wednesday, and around here the last couple of years that was greeted with a yawn and a “Who are the Patriots going to draft?” No longer. Boston hockey fans don’t have to feel sorry for themselves this spring. They ...

Tom King

Time to fall back on spring schedules

OK Mother Nature, you win. We surrender. High school spring sports in the northeast, especially in New Hampshire, needs to undergo a bit of a revision. Basically, the season, especially for baseball and softball, needs to start later. It’s like death and taxes; every spring you can count on a ...

Marchand needs to keep goon impulses in check

Congratulations, Boston hockey fans. You’ve finally got what every team dreams of having. Brad Marchand is the Bruins’ version of Matt Cooke, Ulf Samuelsson and Claude Lemieux. Yes, Marchand – who leads the Bruins with 39 goals and 46 assists in 80 games – can be lumped in with those ...

Maybe Bettman is right about Olympics

Ulterior motives grow like weeds whenever money is on the rhetorical table. In the business of professional sports, where franchises are valued in the billions and athletes need agents to tend to their fortunes, everyone reads between the lines before even peeking at the preamble. So when NHL ...

George Scione

Sox opener signals spring, but football is king of sports

It’s Opening Day and all is right with the world. At least that’s the way most people were feeling Monday with eyes glued on Fenway Park through a TV screen. Well, maybe not everything is OK worldwide, but for one glorious day the focus is off politics, famine, war or any other number of ...