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04/17/2012 - 10:52pm
Pierce's big night can't save Celtics

For the first time in a regular-season game in the Big Three era a Celtic scored more than 40 points, but Paul Pierce's 43 points Tuesday night in New York weren't enough as the Celtics lost 118-110 after a deluge of Knicks 3-pointers. The Knicks made 19-of-32 from behind the arc as Steve Novak buried eight 3-pointers and J.R. Smith hit seven. Carmelo Anthony also recorded a triple-double with 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Rajon Rondo extended his streak of double-digit assist games to 23 with a 13-point, 13-assist effort.

The Knicks scored 40 points in the second quarter and set NBA records for most 3-pointers in a quarter (11) and in a half (14). Smith made his first five 3's and went 7-for-9 in the first half while Novak went 4-for-6. Behind Smith and Novak, the Knicks bench outscored Boston's 39-0 in the first half and led by as many as 20 points.

Ray Allen missed his fifth straight game with a sore ankle and the Celtics also were...

04/17/2012 - 10:38pm
Bombs away: Rangers crush Lester, Sox

The Rangers lit up Jon Lester for seven runs and eight hits over just two-plus innings, matching the shortest start of his career, as the defending American League champs obliterated the Red Sox, 18-3, Tuesday night at Fenway Park. After winning their first three at home, the Red Sox have dropped two straight in falling to 4-7 on the season. The Rangers hit six home runs -- all well over 400 feet -- including one by Josh Hamilton of nearly 500 feet that landed in the vicinity of the Ted Williams seat in right field off beleagured reliever Mark Melancon. The Rangers pounded 21 hits in the offensive explosion. 

Lester was spotted to a 2-0 lead after one inning when Dustin Pedroia launched his third homer of the season into the second row of Monster seats, with Mike Aviles aboard. Aviles, Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez led off the game with three consecutive hits against Colby Lewis. He allowed just three hits after that over the next six innings in...

04/17/2012 - 7:22pm
Pats to face Jets on Thanksgiving night

The NFL announced the 2012 regular-season schedule, and the Patriots will be featured in at least four nationally televised games during the regular season, including a Thanksgiving night game at the Jets on Thursday, Nov. 22, at 8:20 p.m.

In addition, the Patriots will be featured in three other prime-time games, including two Sunday night contests. On Sept. 23, the Patriots will visit the Ravens in a rematch of last season's AFC championship game at 8:20 p.m. New England also will host the defending AFC South champion Texans in a Monday night game on Dec. 10 at 8:30 p.m. followed by a Sunday night game against the defending NFC West champion 49ers on Dec. 16 at 8:20 p.m.

Other highlights of the 2012 schedule for the Patriots include opening on the road against the Titans on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m. The home opener will be the following week against the Cardinals, also at 1 p.m. They'll get their first glance of Peyton Manning in a Denver...

04/17/2012 - 5:32pm
Bobby V: 'No way to know' Youk reaction

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said before Tuesday's game that he has no idea if there will be a negative carryover from his public comments about Kevin Youkilis on WHDH-TV Sunday. After giving Youkilis the day off on Monday to rest his sore groin, Valentine returned Youkilis to starting lineup on Tuesday, batting him fifth and playing third base. 

"No way to know," Valentine said. "I hope not." 

Valentine questioned Youkilis' emotional state of mind in the interview on Sunday before ending the conversation by saying everyone will eventually see the usual good production from the third baseman. Youkilis requested and received a meeting with Valentine before Monday's game and Dustin Pedroia cleared the air in another meeting with the manager, after he objected with the way he publicly called out Youkilis. 

In other pregame news Tuesday, Valentine said Carl Crawford made four plate appearances in an extended...

04/17/2012 - 3:26pm
Youkilis back hitting fifth vs. Rangers

After a day off to rest his groin on Monday, Kevin Youkilis returns to the lineup on Tuesday against the Texas Rangers and Colby Lewis. Youkilis is 2-for-9 with a pair of doubles against Lewis. Adrian Gonzalez is worth watching against Lewis, as he owns incredible numbers against the right-hander in limited at-bats. In eight plate appearances between the two, Gonzalez has reached base seven times, going 6-for-7 with a walk, two homers and a double.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia will get the start behind the plate for pitcher Jon Lester, who will be looking for his first win of the year.

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RED SOX LINEUP

Aviles, SS
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Ortiz, DH
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