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Saints’ Payton Violated NFL’s Image with Bounty Program, Gets One-Year Ban

As punishment for his complicity in the New Orleans Saints’ “bounty program,” Saints coach Sean Payton received a one-year ban from the NFL Wednesday. Roger Goodell also banned St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams – the Saints’ defensive coordinator from 2009-2011 – indefinitely, Saints GM Mickey Loomis for eight games and assistant coach Joe […]

Red Sox Spring Training Update (3/12-18): Ciriaco Continues to Shine

Non-roster shortstop Pedro Ciriaco gave the Boston Red Sox some pretty good reasons to keep on the squad come opening day. After winning SoB’s inaugural “Spring Training Player of the Week,” Ciriaco followed it up by batting .538 with two doubles and a home run in six games this week. He scored four runs and […]

Garnett Leads Celtics Over Warriors in Defenseless Third Game of Road Trip

Sometimes in basketball you can win shooting worse than your opponent. You can get beat in the paint, you can turn the ball over too much. You can even do all three and still win. Because sometimes, all you need is Kevin Garnett. Garnett scored 24 points on 11-for-15 shooting, including a jumper with the […]

Red Sox Spring Training Update (3/5-11): Offense Clicking Early

One thing is clear a week into Spring Training: this Red Sox team can hit. In going 4-2-1 this week, the Red Sox averaged over five runs a game. Even with Jose Iglesias missing Sunday’s “B” game with a strained right groin, this crop of hitters look just as formidable as the league-leading 2011 Red […]

Two-Goal Third Gives Bruins First Winning Streak Since January

The Boston Bruins have rarely played “complete” hockey over the last two months, alternating losses with frustrating, indecisive victories. And on those few occasions when they submitted a complete game, they never followed it with a second. No more. The Bruins capitalized on two goals in the final period Thursday night at TD Garden, beating […]

Red Sox Spring Training Update (Opening Weekend): Sox Offense Cruises in Three Games

Just as winter finally rears its ugly head up in Boston, the Red Sox’s Spring Training schedule kicks off down in Ft. Myers, Fla. And with preseason games comes Sports of Boston’s weekly Spring Training Update! Need a recap on a certain game? Curious which minor leaguers and non-roster invitees are making names for themselves? […]

Thomas Relieves Injured Rask, Falters Against Islanders

The Boston Bruins have needed no one’s help to play lazy, lackadaisical, .500 hockey since mid-January. But Saturday afternoon against the New York Islanders, they got a little help from the referees. A possibly uncalled icing penalty late in the third led to a tie-breaking goal by center John Tavares, and Evgeni Nabokov saved 32 […]

Celtics Starters Dominate Bucks, Win Second Straight

The Boston Celtics have heard the same criticisms over and over this season: Their starters are too old. They can’t put up big scores. They can’t rebound. Wednesday night at the TD Garden, at least for a night, they silenced their critics. Every Celtic starter scored in double digits, and the Celtics grabbed a season-high […]

Despite Winning Appeal, Ryan Braun Still Guilty

Ryan Braun is still a cheater. Whatever independent arbitrator Shyam Das might say, nothing will change Braun’s urine testing positive for synthetic testosterone, and a lot of it at that. And until someone conclusively accounts for that, Braun will remain a steroid-user, his name forever smeared with the b.s. he’s spoon-fed the media since his […]

2012 Red Sox Preview: Infielders

The stink of Super Bowl XLVI has finally cleared. The ancient Celtics are limping through a season sabotaged by the lockout. The Bruins look stuck in a rut. So let’s talk Red Sox! Starting this week and continuing throughout Spring Training, Sports of Boston will preview the entire roster of the 2012 Red Sox. We’ll […]

Nowitzki, Mavericks Crush Shorthanded Celtics

Hmm… let’s see. The Celtics struggled badly with rebounds Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks. They also couldn’t move the ball offensively, find open shots or accomplish anything in the paint. The Celtics played the Mavericks without Kevin Garnett (family matter), Brandon Bass (knee) and Rajon Rondo (two-game suspension). They lost to the Mavericks, 89-73. […]

Celtics Twice Nearly Claimed Knicks’ Jeremy Lin Off Waivers

Apparently, some dude on the Knicks is having a decent season. Jerry something-or-other. Played for Yale, I think. Were he a Celtic, I might show more enthusiasm for point guard Jeremy Lin and the seven consecutive wins his team has rattled off since his move into the starting spot. And it appears I nearly got […]

Gordon’s Four Treys Lead Pistons Past Celtics

Even the best teams can’t play their starters for 48 minutes, and neither the Boston Celtics nor the Detroit Pistons are among the best teams. Both teams needed contributions from their benches Wednesday night at TD Garden, and the Pistons’ reserves won. Reserve guard Ben Gordon hit four fourth-quarter three-pointers, part of a 22-point night […]

Book Review: “The Best American Sports Writing 2011″

Four months have passed since I last reviewed a volume of Glenn Stout’s “Best American Sports Writing” series. We’re long past due for another, so here’s the 2011 collection. Jane Leavy’s Not-So-Hidden Agenda Introductions by BASW volume editors are usually just thematic essays (“sports rule” and “sports writing rules” being the two most common). The […]

Sabres Crush Both Rask and Thomas in Buffalo

The Buffalo Sabres played Wednesday’s game as a team desperately needing wins to keep its playoff hopes alive should: intelligent but physical, controlled but aggressive. The Boston Bruins played as a team with a chance at the Eastern Conference’s top spot should not: lazy, disorganized, brainless. Who do you think won? The Sabres scored twice […]