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05/10/2012 - 11:36am
Game 6 referees: Kennedy, Stafford, Lewis

The NBA has assigned Derrick Stafford, Eric Lewis and Bill Kennedy to referee tonight's Game 6 between the Celtics and Hawks. Celtics coach Doc Rivers has a history with Kennedy. After being thrown out of a game in 2009 against the Bulls by Kennedy, Rivers called it "The most unprofessional technical by a ref I've ever had."

Rivers was fined $25,000 by the league and Kennedy was fined an undisclosed amount.

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


05/10/2012 - 8:45am
Boggs on Boyd: 'Delusional drug addict'

Former Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs, in an interview with the Dennis & Callahan show, expressed outrage over the accusations by former pitcher Oil Can Boyd that he was a bigot who used racial epithets in the clubhouse on a daily basis while the two were teammates.

"Absolutely, positively, 100 million percent, I am not a racist, I am not a bigot," Boggs said. "You have a delusional drug addict who let not only his family down, but his team, the city of Boston, Red Sox Nation when it counted most. Now he wants the good people of Boston to go out and spend money on this garbage to support his habit. I find that extremely amusing."

Boyd, in his interview on the D&C show last week, said that Boggs had learned the racial epithets from his father. Boggs -- who said that he got along with Boyd "extremely well"...

05/10/2012 - 7:54am
Mashup: Yankees' Rivera has blood clot

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who suffered a torn ACL shagging fly balls last week, also has a blood clot in his right calf and has been placed on blood-thinning medication.

“I was more concerned about the blood clot than the knee,” Rivera said at a press conference Wednesday. “For a minute I thought, ‘What else is going to happen?’ … I was scared. I never hear good things about blood clots.”

Rivera, 42, has said he wants to return to baseball after the surgery, but Wednesday he said he'll only come back if his leg is strong enough.

"That's what I want," he said. "I want to do that, but I don't know what the Lord has for me."

Rivera said if he does return, he plans to continue shagging fly balls.

"It happened doing something I love," he said of the injury. "After 22 years of shagging, it happened."

Meanwhile, Rivera's replacement...

05/09/2012 - 11:36pm
Bobby V blasts umpires after Sox loss

In the aftermath of his team's 4-3 loss to the Royals, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine expressed dissatisfaction with the umpiring crew for its refusal to confer and discuss a pivotal play in the ninth inning in which a Marlon Byrd bunt attempt was ruled a foul ball rather than a hit by pitch. With runners on first and second and no outs, Byrd was trying to lay down a sacrifice. A Jonathan Broxton fastball tailed inside and appeared to hit Byrd.

Home plate umpire Jeff Nelson ruled that the ball hit the bat. Moreover, had Byrd offered at the pitch, even if it had hit his hand, it would have been interpreted as a foul ball, according to Nelson. Byrd and Valentine maintained that Byrd was pulling the bat back and that it hit him, in which case he would have been awarded first base to load the bases with no outs.

Valentine was miffed that Nelson refused to confer with the other umpires to make a determination about whether the ball was a foul ball or a...

05/09/2012 - 11:08pm
Sox fall short again in Kansas City

The Red Sox were done in by a lack of dominant pitching and by their defensive miscues in a 4-3 loss to the Royals on Wednesday night in the rubber match of a three-game set in Kansas City. With the defeat, the Sox dropped to 12-18 on the season.

Jon Lester did not pitch poorly, but he also lacked dominant stuff. He allowed four runs (just one earned) on six hits in five innings, walking one and striking out just three. Lester was touched for four hits in two-strike counts, and his inability to put away the Royals resulted in his exit from the game after requiring 108 pitches in his five frames.

The Royals' biggest offensive eruption of the night came in the first inning, aided substantially by a pair of Red Sox defensive misplays. With two runners on and two outs, center fielder Marlon Byrd misplayed a fly ball into a run-scoring error. One batter later, Cody Ross initially appeared to run down a fly ball by Brayan Pena in deep left, but the...

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