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05/23/2012 - 11:36pm
Bruins named SBJ Team of Year
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins were named the Sports Team of the Year at the SportsBusiness Journals' 2012 Sports Business Awards Wednesday. 

Other teams nominated for the award included the Texas Rangers, Dayton Dragons, Sporting Kansas City and Stewart-Haas Racing. The Bruins are the fifth team to win the award. 

The award covered March 1, 2011 through Feb. 29, 2012, covering their Stanley Cup victory on June 15 last year. In addition to their victory in the finals over the Canucks, the Bruins' "involvement in numerous charitable contributions to the Greater Boston community" was also recognized, according to a press release. 

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05/23/2012 - 10:41pm
Closeout fail: Ice cold C's fall to Sixers

PHILADELPHIA -- Jrue Holiday scored 20 points and led five Sixers in double figures as the Sixers beat the Celtics, 82-75, Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Paul Pierce scored 24 and Kevin Garnett added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who failed to close out on the road for the ninth time in 11 tries in the "Big 3" era. The Celtics had their worst shooting performance of the playoffs, converting just 26-of-78 shots for 33 percent. The Celtics lost despite outrebounding the Sixers, 47-36, and making 20-of-23 shots from the free throw line and now must win a decisive Game 7 on Saturday at TD Garden.

The Sixers got off to a hot start, fueled by an emotional crowd and a pregame appearance on-court by Allen Iverson. They opened a 9-4 lead only to have the Celtics come back and run off the next six points. That would be a familiar pattern in the opening half. Pierce played all 12 minutes...

05/23/2012 - 7:16pm
Doc: Bradley out, Ray in for Game 6

PHILADELPHIA -- As expected, the Celtics will not have Avery Bradley available as they try to close out the Sixers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Bradley did not take part in the shootaround Wednesday morning and could not get himself to the point of being ready for the game in warmups. Bradley missed Game 5 Monday with a left shoulder injury that was re-aggravated in the third quarter of Game 4 Friday night in Philadelphia. 

"We keep saying day-to-day but we really don't know," coach Doc Rivers said an hour before Game 6.

Ray Allen, meanwhile, will play but Rivers said he is clearly limited by his right ankle sprain, that he reaggravated on Monday night in the Game 5 win. 

Rivers also said Greg Stiemsma is ready to go off the bench despite two sore feet. 

For more from Paul Flannery and Mike Petraglia on site in Philadelphia, visit the Celtics team page at...

05/23/2012 - 6:26pm
Bard: 'I don't feel like myself out there'

BALTIMORE -- Starter Daniel Bard, in the wake of earning the victory in a 6-5 Red Sox victory over the Orioles, said that he remains confident in his abilities on the mound and in his mental approach to starting. At the same time, while he limited Baltimore to two runs but permitted four walks while striking out two, he acknowledged that his mechanics are out of whack and that, as a consequence, he is struggling through his outings.

Bard now has 29 walks and 28 strikeouts this year, a startling ratio for a pitcher who was a dominant presence as a reliever.

"I don’t feel like myself out there pitching right now,” he acknowledged. “Mentally, I feel good, I’m throwing pitches with conviction, physically my mechanics are just a little out of whack and not in sync.”

Still, at a time when he has struggled to repeat his mechanics (thus resulting in command woes), Bard said that he can take satisfaction in a...

05/23/2012 - 4:22pm
First-round pick Jones signs with Patriots

The Patriots announced Wednesday they have signed first-round pick Chandler Jones, Jones, a defensive end from Syracuse, was selected by the Patriots in the first round of the 2012 draft with the 21st pick overall.

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Jones, a three-year starter at Syracuse, finished his college career with 147 total tackles, 10.0 sacks, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. As a junior in 2011, he was named All-Big East after finishing with 38 total tackles and 4.5 sacks despite being limited to just seven games.

Jones is the fifth member of New England's rookie class to sign, joining second-round selection Tavon Wilson, sixth-rounder Nate Ebner and seventh-round picks Alfonzo Dennard and Jeremy Ebert. (First-rounder Dont'a Hightower and third-rounder Jake Bequette are the only unsigned players.)

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