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05/01/2011 - 6:16pm
Pierce ejected in Game 1 vs. Heat

Paul Pierce was ejected from Game 1 of the Celtics’ Eastern Conference semifinal series against Miami after picking up two technical fouls on separate plays in the fourth quarter.

Pierce was whistled for his first technical with roughly eight minutes left when he mixed it up with Miami’s James Jones, who had just committed a hard foul on Pierce. Approximately one minute later, he tangled with Dwyane Wade and was quickly called for his second, resulting in his ejection.

It was the second playoff ejection of his career, the other coming against Indiana in 2005.

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05/01/2011 - 6:03pm
Young: No physical issue with Beckett

Red Sox pitching coach Curt Young said that starter Josh Beckett will throw a side session on Monday, at which point the team will determine when he will make his next start. Young said that there is now physical issue for the pitcher, who is 2-1 with a 2.65 ERA in five starts this year.

Nevertheless, with Clay Buchholz scheduled to start on Monday and Jon Lester taking the mound on Tuesday, Beckett will be getting at least six days of rest between his last start (on Wednesday in Baltimore) and his next one. However, Young said that the move was unrelated either to health concerns.

"Josh is going to throw a side tomorrow, and we'll see where we're at from there," said Young. "Just want to make sure his body is feeling good and healthy. He’s good. He’s going to be good. Once we get through the side tomorrow, we’ll go from there."

Young also suggested that Beckett's extra rest is unrelated to his 125-pitch...

05/01/2011 - 4:15pm
Crawford, Sox walkoff with win

On a day when they could have suffered a disastrous loss, the Red Sox instead pulled out their most dramatic victory of the young season.

Carl Crawford delivered his first signature moment as a member of the Sox, lining a two-out single up the middle in the bottom of the ninth to give the Sox a walkoff 3-2 victory over the Mariners. Jed Lowrie had lined a ball to right field with one out in the bottom of the ninth; Ichiro Suzuki could not pick it up in the sun, and kicked the ball into the corner for a triple. After Marco Scutaro grounded to third with a drawn-in infield, Crawford lined a 91 mph fastball back past reliever Jamey Wright for the win.

The Red Sox nearly wasted a tremendous outing from starter Tim Wakefield, who allowed just three hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings and left with a 2-0 lead. The move was made in deference to the fact that the 44-year-old, who hadn't started since spring training, had logged 76 pitches. But the move...

05/01/2011 - 2:54pm
Arroyo active, Shaq getting closer

MIAMI -- The Celtics made a slight tweak in their 12-man active roster with Carlos Arroyo in and Sasha Pavlovic out for Game 1 with the Heat. Arroyo was picked up from the Heat in early March and was inactive for all four games with the Knicks in the first round. "He knows this team," Doc Rivers said. "He was in their training camp. He was in their practice. He knows their personnel. I just thought he may be able to help us in some way." 

As for Shaquille O'Neal, the center walked through the locker room in his game shorts but he will remain inactive. Rivers said that he is getting closer and that this was the first time they actually had to make a decision. "He’s getting close. We actually had to make a decision so that’s better than what we had to do in the past," Rivers said. "Maybe next game, if not I would say for sure Game 3." 

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05/01/2011 - 2:47pm
Horton (skate) misses Sunday's practice
By: DJ Bean

PHILADELPHIA — Bruins forward Nathan Horton missed Sunday's practice, doing only off-ice work as the team took the ice at Wells Fargo Center. He and the team explained following the skate that it was an equipment issue that led to his absence. Horton, who famously went to a local sporting goods store to buy a stick during a prolonged scoring slump in the regular season, apparently realized he had a broken skate as he was getting ready for the practice. By the time it was realized, Horton said, coach Claude Julien told him not to bother worrying about the practice.

“His rivets popped just before going out there, so the trainer came to see me, and I said we were only going out there for 20 minutes, so by the time you get it fixed [it wouldn't be worth it],” Julien said after practice. “He did a little off-ice workout, and it’s not a big deal. He’ll skate tomorrow morning.”

Horton led the Bruins with five...

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