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Celtics survive another fourth-quarter meltdown

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Marcus Smart’s leaning bank shot in the final minute gave the Celtics’ the lead after the team blew a 19-point advantage and Boston then held on for a 114-111 victory Tuesday night over the Indiana Pacers to clinch a playoff spot for a sixth consecutive year. Jayson ...

Bruins cool down Flyers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Matt Grzelcyk and Patrice Bergeron scored, Tuukka Rask stopped 36 shots and the Boston Bruins beat Philadelphia 2-0 on Tuesday night to snap the Flyers’ nine-game winning streak. The Bruins (44-14-12) became the first team with 100 points this season and Rask picked up ...

Bogaerts emerging as Red Sox leader

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – He’s been a fixture for so long in the Boston Red Sox lineup that it seems hard to believe Xander Bogaerts is only 27. “I know, time goes by so quick,” he said. Signed as a 16-year-old in Aruba, a two-time World Series champion and now with a contract that ...

Celtics hand one over to Oklahoma City

BOSTON (AP) – Dennis Schroder stripped the ball from Kemba Walker and scored on a layup with 8.5 seconds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder rally to beat the Boston Celtics 105-104 on Sunday night. Chris Paul led the Thunder, who overcame an 18-point first-half deficit, with 28 points and ...

Torey Krug lifts Bruins over Panthers for OT win

SUNRISE, Fla (AP) – Torey Krug scored 4:08 into overtime, Patrice Bergeron also had a goal and the Boston Bruins beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 Thursday night for their fourth straight win. Moments before he scored, Krug led a 2-on-1 rush with David Pastrnak that was disrupted by MacKenzie ...

Red Sox’ Chris Sale has flexor strain

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale has a flexor strain near his left elbow and will not be scheduled for Tommy John surgery – for now. The 30-year-old left-hander felt discomfort in his pitching elbow Monday, a day after throwing his first batting practice of spring ...

Red Sox waiting for resolution to sign-stealing probe

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – By recent standards, the heckling the Houston Astros heard at JetBlue Park was rather tame. Some boos during pregame introductions, a chant of “cheaters!” in the ninth inning. Maybe that’s because Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and rest of their All-Stars were ...

Red Sox’ Chris Sale to get MRI

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – Boston Red Sox starter Chris Sale has soreness in his throwing elbow and has undergone an MRI, the team announced two days after the 30-year-old left-hander faced batters for the first time this spring. Manager Ron Roenicke said Sale felt the soreness in his elbow ...

Celtics squander lead, fall to Nets in OT

BOSTON (AP) – Caris Levert scored 37 of his career-high 51 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to help the Brooklyn Nets erase a 21-point, second-half deficit and beat the Boston Celtics 129-120 on Tuesday night. It was a stunning end to a four-game losing streak for Brooklyn, which ...

Bruins stop Lightning, extend division lead

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Brad Marchand and the NHL-leading Boston Bruins took a big stride toward winning the Atlantic Division with a 2-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. Marchand and Jake DeBrusk scored for the Bruins, who opened a nine-point cushion over second-place ...

Red Sox Eovaldi looks to bounce back

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – Nathan Eovaldi hopes to bounce back from an awful 2019. He helped the Red Sox win the 2018 World Series, throwing 97 pitches over six innings in the 18-inning Game 3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. While Eovaldi allowed Max Muncy’s game-ending home run, his outing ...

Red Sox’ Chris Sale throws batting practice

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – It was just a batting practice session, one of the lowest spring training rungs in a pitcher’s preparation for opening day. But for Chris Sale, it was progress. Even after finishing with a fastball that a Triple-A prospect who batted .204 last year managed to hit ...

Red Sox’ Sale to start season on IL

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale will start the season on the injured list, manager Ron Roenicke said Thursday. Sale, who reported to camp with pneumonia and is behind schedule, will be placed on the 15-day injured list and will remain in Fort Myers for ...

David Ortiz selling off memorabilia

WESTON, Mass. (AP) – Former Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is cleaning house, and you might be surprised by what he’s selling. The man known to Red Sox fans as Big Papi is, of course, selling tons of memorabilia from his baseball career at an estate sale scheduled for ...

Bruins top Stars, end losing streak

BOSTON (AP) – Nick Ritchie had a goal and an assist for his first points since Boston acquired him at the trade deadline, and the NHL-leading Bruins snapped a two-game losing streak by beating the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Thursday night. Brad Marchand broke a second-period tie and Ritchie scored ...

Tatum gaining admirers on Celtics’ road trip

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Jayson Tatum’s 3-point practice showed against the Trail Blazers. Tatum had 36 points, including a career-high eight 3-pointers, and the Boston Celtics beat Portland 118-106 on Tuesday night. “That’s a shot I’ve been working on a lot,” Tatum said. “When ...

Bloom finds plenty of challenges as Red Sox baseball CEO

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – This isn’t quite how Chaim Bloom imagined things would go, back when he dreamed of running a baseball team. Less than two months after taking over the Red Sox – and with the start of spring training looming – Boston’s new chief baseball officer needed to ...

Flames stymie Bruins at Garden

BOSTON (AP) – Sean Monahan scored a pair of goals 1:12 apart in the second period and the Calgary Flames beat the Boston Bruins 5-2 on Tuesday night. Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and two assists for the Flames and Erik Gustafsson picked up an assist in his debut for Calgary after coming over ...

Bruins trade Heinen to Anaheim for Ritchie

Part of a flurry of trade deadline deals, the Boston Bruins acquired forward Nick Ritchie from the Anaheim Ducks for forward Danton Heinen. Ritchie, 24, has eight goals and 11 assists in 41 games this season. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound forward has 43 career goals and 66 assists since debuting ...

Lakers slip past Celtics

LOS ANGELES (AP) – LeBron James scored 29 points and put the Lakers ahead on a fallaway jumper with 30 seconds to play, and Los Angeles split its season series with the Boston Celtics with a 114-112 victory Sunday. James missed a tying free throw moments before he coolly nailed the shot the ...