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Pierce and Bass Gives Celtics Fourth Straight Win

Paul Pierce keeps getting stronger. His Celtics keep getting stronger with him. Pierce scored 24 points, and Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass both scored double-doubles, leading the Celtics to an 89-70 win over the New Jersey Nets Wednesday night at the TD Garden. After an 0-3 start, the Celtics are now 4-3, just percentage points […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 17

All’s well that ends well. The New England Patriots overcame an early 21-point deficit Sunday, blowing out the Bills in the second half and cruising to home-field advantage for the playoffs. Final score: Patriots 49, Bills 21. A fitting revenge after the Bills came back from being down 21 to beat the Patriots in September. […]

Pierce Returns, O’Neal Stars, as Celtics Win Home Opener

Paul Pierce returned to the Celtics Friday night hoping to help re-align and settle the offense. The result: triple-digit scoring nights from five players (including Pierce), 60 percent accuracy from the Celtics’ starters, and a 96-85 victory over the Detroit Pistons in the Celtics’ home opener. The Pistons remain winless.

Still-Winless Celtics Crushed in New Orleans

Many analysts questioned whether the Boston Celtics could handle the extra back-to-backs and back-to-back-to-backs engendered by the lockout-shortened NBA season. If Wednesday’s road game against the New Orleans Hornets is an indication, the answer is a definite “no.” The Hornets got double-digit scoring nights from five players – including four starters Wednesday – crushing the […]

Ryan Fitzpatrick’s Football Intelligence Not Up to Harvard Standards

Humorist Dave Barry once wrote that Harvard University “for more than three centuries has produced graduates who, no matter what their philosophical differences, are all dedicated to the lofty goal of subtly letting you know that they went to Harvard.” Former Harvard Crimson and current Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick hasn’t needed to purse his […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 16

The Miami Dolphins narrowly avoided disaster Saturday against the New England Patriots. Somehow a group of talented, motivated football players broke into their locker room, knocked everyone out, stole their uniforms and took the field for kickoff. The “Dolphins” went into halftime up 17-0. Luckily, the true – and truly terrible – Dolphins regained consciousness […]

Video: Kevin Garnett Shoves Knicks’ Bill Walker

As if the absent Paul Pierce, the technical fouls and the terrible defense weren’t enough to dishearten Celtics fans on Christmas Day, they now might have to imagine a Celtics roster missing both Pierce and Kevin Garnett. After missing a game-tying jump shot at the end of Sunday’s loss to the Knicks, Garnett got into […]

Patriots Clinch First-Round Bye, Overcome 17-Point Deficit Against Dolphins

The New England Patriots took every punch the Miami Dolphins threw at them in the first half of Sunday afternoon’s game at Gillette. In the second half, the Patriots came out swinging, and the Dolphins went down for the count. The Patriots scored 27 points in the second half, overcoming a 17-point deficit to beat […]

Strong Start Powers Celtics to Second Preseason Win Over Raptors

Doc Rivers gave his starters the first half of Wednesday’s home game against the Toronto Raptors, then turned it over to the bench. The Boston Celtics bench played virtually the entire second half, maintaining a large first-half lead to beat the Raptors, 81-73. A two-game preseason might not say much, but the Celtics finished theirs […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 15

Whatever the source of the Denver Broncos’ new-found momentum, it ended in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. Neither Tim Tebow‘s speed nor his supplications could turn back Tom Brady‘s ruthless but balanced offensive attack. The Patriots beat the Broncos, 41-23, clinching the AFC East and moving ahead of both […]

Steroid Use Should Cost Ryan Braun MVP

When you get caught cheating, you’re supposed to be punished. Copy your friend’s homework? Zero on the assignment. Run a red light to save a couple minutes? Ticket. Carry on an elicit affair? Divorce, and probably half your stuff. Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun got caught cheating: he failed a drug test. While a 50-game suspension […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 14

To beat the New England Patriots, a team must play perfectly for 60 minutes. Even when Tom Brady is so out of sorts he gets into a screaming match with his offensive coordinator, the Patriots still score so much that anything short of error-free football won’t cut it. The Washington Redskins made two mistakes Sunday: […]

Celtics Sign Sasha Pavlovic to Apparently Second Season

In a move sure to please anyone named Sasha Pavlovic, the Celtics re-signed Sasha Pavlovic to a one-year deal Monday. The move is undoubtedly a thing come true for Celtics fans, who best remember Pavlovic as the guy Ray Allen made cry during the 2008 NBA Finals. Wait, that was Sasha Vujacic? Then who the […]

Players and Owners End Lockout, Approve New Collective Bagaining Agreement

After 161 days of mind-numbingly frustrating and utterly juvenile bickering between NBA players and owners, the two sides officially ratified the new, 10-year collective bargaining agreement. Finally, finally, the lockout is over. The Final Numbers WEEI.com’s Paul Flannery reported Thursday that the new CBA includes a $58.044 million salary cap, with a luxury tax level […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 13

The Indianapolis Colts gave the New England Patriots a late-game scare Sunday afternoon, but ultimately all the Colts could do was lose with dignity. The Patriots beat the Colts, 31-24, continuing the Colts’ winless season and for now moving the Patriots into first place in the AFC. Who’s using this game for college credit, and […]