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06/03/2012 - 8:15pm
Anthony gets start for Heat over Turiaf

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra made a late change to his starting lineup, moving Joel Anthony into the center spot ahead of Ronny Turiaf. That lineup has played 80 minutes together in the playoffs, outscoring its opponents by 35 points.

Anthony also has played Kevin Garnett well during the series. In Anthony's 32 minutes, Garnett is shooting 40 percent. In the 78 with Anthony on the bench, Garnett is averaging 24.5 points per 36 minutes and shooting 53 percent.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers mentioned that the Heat made a number of defensive adjustments in the fourth quarter, including trapping Rajon Rondo.

"They did so many things in the fourth quarter and more of it was because they were down," Rivers said. "From our standpoint, you have to think: Is that what they’re going to do now? You just try to prepare for change, but you never should make a change first before they make a change."

Rivers also said that he and...

06/03/2012 - 4:02pm
Bard walks, hits Jays as Red Sox lose
By: DJ Bean

Daniel Bard didn't make it out of the second inning Sunday in Toronto, surrendering five earned runs over 1 2/3 innings as the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox, 5-1, at Rogers Centre. 

Bard allowed just one hit, but he walked six batters and gave up a three-run homer to Jose Bautista in the bottom of the first inning. He walked in a run in the second and allowed another when he hit Edwin Encarnacion with the bases loaded. 

The Red Sox got their lone run of the day from Kelly Shoppach, whose solo shot in the fifth inning off Drew Hutchison was his third dinger of the season. Hutchison went seven innings for Toronto, allowing five hits and a walk with five strikeouts. 

After an off day Monday, the Red Sox will return to action Tuesday with the first of three games against the Orioles Tuesday at Fenway Park.

For more on the Red Sox, visit weei.com/redsox


06/03/2012 - 1:12pm
Thomas: Focus off hockey, on family, faith

In a post on his Facebook page Sunday, Tim Thomas wrote about his plans for the upcoming year. On Friday, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told media that Thomas had suggested to him that the goalie would be sitting out the 2012-13 season. On Saturday, Thomas posted a pair of links on his Facebook page, both links predicting world economic disaster. Thomas led into the first link by writing, "See why hockey's just not that important right now?" 

On Sunday Thomas wrote the following on his Facebook page:

The singleminded focus that is necessary to accomplish a dream of this magnitude entails (by necessity) sacrifice in other areas and relationships in life.

At the age of 38, I believe it is time to put my time and energies into those areas and relationships that I have neglected. That is why at this time I feel the most important thing I...

06/03/2012 - 10:37am
Game 4 refs: Crawford, Kennedy, Willard

The NBA has announced that Joey Crawford, Bill Kennedy and Greg Willard will be the officials for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Kennedy's history with Celtics' coach Doc Rivers is well known. They were both fined after an incident in 2009 in which Kennedy ejected Rivers. Kennedy's last Celtics' assignment was Game 4 of the conference semifinals that featured an 18-point second half comeback by Philadelphia and complaints about the free throw disparity from Rivers.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


06/03/2012 - 9:55am
Lineup: Gonzalez at 1B, Middlebrooks sits

Adrian Gonzalez starts at first base and Will Middlebrooks goes to the bench as the Red Sox (28-25) look to move a season-best four games over .500 and sweep the Blue Jays in the final game of a three-game set at Rogers Centre on Sunday.

Gonzalez started in right field (though he later moved to first base) in Saturday's 7-4 win. Middlebrooks started at third base in the victory, scoring a run and collecting his 22nd RBI of the season. He is currently batting .314 and owns a seven-game hitting streak.

Daniel Bard (5-5, 4.56) starts for the Sox. He allowed five runs in five innings in his only career start vs. the Blue Jays, a 7-3 Toronto win on April 10. He will be opposed by rookie Drew Hutchison (4-2, 4.84).

LINEUP:

Podsednik, CF

Nava, LF

Gonzalez, 1B

Ortiz, DH

Youkilis, 3B

Sweeney, RF

Aviles, SS

Punto, 2B

Shoppach, C

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