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06/06/2011 - 7:19am
Mashup: Struggling Bay benched by Mets

Struggling outfielder Jason Bay, whose average is down to .216 (with two home runs and 10 RBIs) after going hitless in his last 17 at-bats, was benched Sunday by Mets manager Terry Collins. "Judging by my results lately, I couldn't say no," the former Red Sox slugger said. "Obviously, I want to play. I like playing. But ... I don't think it could hurt."

Bay has looked impressive in batting practice but has been unable to carry it over into games. "In batting practice, I'm still that guy," he said of his success with the Red Sox and Pirates. "I need to find a way to get that translated to the game."

Since leaving the Sox to sign a big free agent contract with the Mets before the 2010 season, Bay has batted .247 with eight home runs and 57 RBIs in and had stints on the disabled list with concussion and rib cage issues.

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06/05/2011 - 11:13pm
Heat take 2-1 series lead with 88-86 win

Miami took a double-digit lead and held off Dallas down the stretch for an 88-86 win Sunday night and a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-seven NBA finals. Dwyane Wade finished with 29 points and 11 rebounds on the way to the victory, while Dirk Nowitzki — who missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have tied the game — ended up with a game-high 34 points and 11 rebounds in defeat. While Wade had a great evening, it was Chris Bosh (18 points) who delivered the game-winner, connecting on a 16-foot jumper with 40 seconds left.


06/05/2011 - 8:03pm
Lapierre: No answer for mocking Bergy

Asked if he had any regrets for openly mocking Patrice Bergeron by sticking his finger in the face of the Bruins center, Vancouver's Maxim Lapierre said everyone should feel to form their own opinion. 

"I've got nothing to answer that," Lapierre said Sunday night during a press availability prior to Monday's Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals at TD Garden. "Everybody has own judgment and that's all right. That's what makes it fun.

"Our focus right now is to win a hockey game. It doesn't matter how you do it."

Lapierre said he expects a more hostile crowd than usual in Boston on Monday night but added he won't be intimidated since he played for the Canadiens against Boston in one of the NHL's most fierce rivalries. 

"It's the Stanley Cup final. I played a lot in Boston with Montreal. It's going to be loud and it's going to be an exciting game," Lapierre said. 

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06/05/2011 - 7:38pm
Vigneault: Slash on Bieksa a 'cheap shot'

Upon his arrival in Boston late Sunday afternoon, Canucks coach Alain Vigneault called Rich Peverley’s slash on Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa in the second period of Saturday’s Game 2 a dirty play.

“Kevin didn’t get hit,” Vigneault said when asked about the Canucks matching the physical play of the Bruins. “He got a cheap shot in the back of the knee, so that’s totally different. He went down by something you don’t want to see in the game. But at the end of the day, we know they’re a big, physical team, and we can play a speed game but we can play a physical game, which I think we’ve shown throughout the playoffs.”

Bieksa returned after limping to the bench and no penalty was called on the play. The Canucks outhit the Bruins 40-31 Saturday after the Bruins held a 31-30 advantage in Game 1.

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06/05/2011 - 6:51pm
Thomas: We haven't 'tested' Luongo enough

With all the talk about his style in net and the bizarre end to Game 2, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said his teammates need to start making life a little tougher on his counterpart, Roberto Luongo. 

"I've been busy just trying to do my own job," Thomas said. "I think he's played well with what he's been tested with. But I don't think we've tested him enough. That's part of the reason we're down 2-0 in the series." 

Before Milan Lucic scored nine minutes into the second period of Game 2 Saturday night, Luongo stopped the first 47 shots he faced in the series, and the last 76 faced in the playoffs. Luongo leads Thomas in playoff goals against (2.16 to 2.27) and wins (14-12) while Thomas has the edge save percentage (.930 to .928). Both have played 20 games in the 2011 playoffs. 

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