Luol Deng scored a game-high 26 points, picking up the slack for the injured Derrick Rose, as the Bulls overcame an 11-point halftime deficit and beat the Celtics, 93-86, Thursday night at the United Center in Chicago. Carlos Boozer added 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls, who were playing without Rose for the 12th straight game due to a sore groin.
One night after missing the potential game-winning shot at the buzzer, Paul Pierce came out strong and led the Celtics with 22 points. Rajon Rondo had 10 points and 12 assists, extending his streak of games with double-digit assists to 15, the longest in the NBA since John Stockton had 15 straight in 1995.
The Celtics lost their second straight after winning five straight and fell to 30-24 on the season. They lead the 76ers by one game in the Atlantic Division.
With Ray Allen coming off the bench for the first time in his five seasons with the Celtics, Boston shot out to a 22-18...
Paul Carey scored twice as Boston College routed Minnesota, 6-1, in the Frozen Four semifinals Thursday night in Tampa. The Eagles advance to Saturday night's national championship game against Ferris State, which knocked off Union earlier Thursday, 3-1.
Parker Milner continued his stellar play in goal, making 30 saves in the win.
Steven Whitney opened the scoring for the Eagles (31-10-1), scoring the only goal of the first period. BC scored three times in the second, with Kevin Hayes scoring a power-play goal 6:35 into the period, and Chris Kreider and Carey scoring in the final 2:15, and led 4-0 after 40 minutes.
Minnesota's Jake Hansen ended Milner's nine-period scoreless streak with a goal 1:26 into the third, but Carey answered 22 seconds later and Brian Dumoulin added an insurance goal four minutes after that.
Johnny Gaudreau and Pat Mullane each had two assists for BC, which cruised despite being outshot 31-25.
The Bruins didn't have all their stars on the ice, but they still beat the team they are likely to face when the playoffs begin next Thursday. Led by goaltender Anton Khudobin, the B's defeated the Senators, 3-1, in Ottawa on Thursday night.
Khudobin made 44 saves, allowing only a Jason Spezza goal in the second period. The Bruins jumped out to a two-goal lead on tallies from Benoit Pouliot and Greg Zanon before Spezza made it a one-goal game in the second period. Milan Lucic gave the B's some insurance by scoring his 26th goal of the season in the third period.
Adam McQuaid left the game in the second period and did not return to the game. The Bruins issued no update on McQuaid during the game aside from saying that the defenseman was "doubtful" to return.
Ben Bishop took the loss for Ottawa, allowing three goals on 27 shots.
The Bruins were playing without Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron and...
DETROIT -- Red Sox reliever Mark Melancon, summoned into start of the bottom of the ninth inning, suggested that he was slightly surprised by the rapidity with which he was pulled from his team's contest against the Tigers. Melancon recorded a hard-hit out, then allowed a pair of soft singles to Jhonny Peralta and Alex Avila to put runners on first and second with one out.
At that point, manager Bobby Valentine made the move to closer Alfredo Aceves.
"As soon as it got to be a jeopardy situation, I just wanted to close the door with the last guy who’s going to really be the closer," said Valentine. "I thought he had the stuff to get a ground ball. He got a ground ball."
Aceves hit the first batter he faced, Ramon Santiago, with a curveball on the heel. Then, with the bases loaded, one out and a drawn-in infield, Austin Jackson bounced the game-winning hit past third baseman Nick Punto and down the left field line...
The Patriots announced Thursday they have signed free agent linebacker Bobby Carpenter. The 28-year-old is a veteran of six NFL seasons, having spent time with Dallas (2006-09), Miami (2010) and Detroit (2010-11). The 6-foot-2, 249-pounder was originally drafted in the first round (18th overall) of the 2006 NFL draft by Dallas out of Ohio State. He has played in 89 NFL games with 10 starts and has accumulated 165 total tackles, one interception that he returned for a touchdown, 3.5 sacks, five passes defensed and one fumble recovery. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Mut recaps the Sox 10-3 win over the Rockies.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox left fielder Blake Swihart after he had two triples as part of a Red Sox 10-3 win over the Colorado Rockies
Roger Clemens joined the broadcast on a night where the 1986 Red Sox were honored before the game at Fenway Park
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
The guys go to battle with a caller who claims to be a Worcester attorney that would like to defend the role judge Andrew Mandell had in letting Jorge Zambrano back on the streets shortly before he killed a police officer.
Gary Tanguay, Gerry Callahan, and Kirk Minihane discuss the intel from TurtleBoySports.com which describes awkward judicial relationships between an Uxbridge judge, his daughter Ashley Losapio, and Losapio's boyfriend Giancarlo Zambrano, twin brother of cop killer Jorge Zambrano
A report says that late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle exaggerated his accomplishments during the Iraq War. Does it affect hero status for one of Gerry's all-time favorite people?
The guys discuss the absolute thrashing the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Toronto Raptors last night.
Ted Olson, joins the guys to talk about how he and Tom Brady plan to attack the latest court ruling.
Glenn, Lou and Christian start the show by talking about the Red Sox retiring Wade Boggs' number. They also touch on the brief filed by the Patriots yesterday.
We discuss Wade Boggs, his attitude, legacy and decision to wear his NY Yankees ring on the night the Red Sox honored the 1986 team.
We discuss OMF"s interview with Ted Olson, the Amicus brief filed by the Patriots, and whether or not fans are sick of this fight and just want it to end, or if fighting to the bitter end is the right choice.
Inspired by Wade Boggs, we look at him and four other guys who's value wasn't realized until they were long gone.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
Ken Laird and Paul Chartier are officially the new producers of the Dennis and Callahan Show as Lucy Burdge bails out of the race, perhaps due to money concerns.More from this show