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06/08/2012 - 7:59am
Mashup: Racist incident mars Euro 2012

Two black players for the Netherlands were targeted with monkey noises and loud jeers Thursday by hundreds of fans at Stadion Miejski during a training session in Krakow, Poland, for Euro 2012. The players, who had visited the site of the former Auschwitz World War II concentration camp a day earlier, responded by moving their drills to the other end of the stadium.

"It is a real disgrace especially after getting back from Auschwitz that you are confronted with this," Dutch captain Mark van Bommel told the British newspaper The Guardian. "We will take it up with UEFA and if it happens at a match we will talk to the referee and ask him to take us off the field."

Added coach Bert van Marwijk: "At least now we know what we can encounter. Very atmospheric."

Despite concerns of racism and violence leading up to the event, UEFA later denied that the chants were racially motivated, claiming the fans were protesting...

06/08/2012 - 3:20am
KG: C's were 'probably too jacked'

A disappointed Kevin Garnett admitted that the Celtics might have been too excited for their chance to close out the Heat in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night at TD Garden. The result was an unforeseen flat performance that produced a 98-79 Miami win that extended the series to Game 7 Saturday night at American Airlines Arena.

“Some shots didn’t fall that we know we can make," Garnett said. "Everybody in here was pumped up. Everybody was probably too jacked. It didn’t transcend into a win, though.”

To Garnett's point, Paul Pierce was just 4-for-18 in 31 minutes while Garnett was 6-for-14. The two stars combined for just 21 points on 10-for-32 shooting from the floor. Now, the Celtics must repeat their clutch road performance from Game 5 in order to advance to the NBA finals and a date with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“Nothing's been easy up until this point, and you can't expect it...

06/08/2012 - 1:52am
James: 'I won't regret Game 7' vs. Celtics

LeBron James said he doesn't "really get too far in sports talk radio or anything like that too much." That's probably smart, since none of the noise would have been all that positive over the past week. That is, until his performance in Game 6.

"Well, it was a matter of too much LeBron," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers after his team's 97-78 loss on their home floor. "He was absolutely sensational -- made every shot, set the tone for their whole team. I thought he gave them comfort."

Imagine that, comfort from James in the Heat's biggest game of the season. After all, Wilt Chamberlain numbers from the reigning NBA MVP like 45 points (19-26 FG), 15 rebounds and five assists will do that for a team.

"I think what fuels him is this moment, and the moment defines you," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. "We've been through a lot in the last two years, and I think we've all learned how to...

06/08/2012 - 1:32am
Bard allows three runs in one-inning outing

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- In his first appearance since being demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, Daniel Bard allowed three runs over his only inning of work while facing the Indianapolis Indians at McCoy Stadium Friday night.

Bard, whose fastball topped out at 96 mph, but sat around 93-94 mph, finished throwing 25 pitches, 16 for strikes. The righty hit two batters, allowed a pair of hits, while striking out two.

Pitching out of the wind-up to start the game, Bard hit Indians' leadoff man Chase d'Arnaud with his second pitch, a 95 mph fastball. He then allowed Gorkys Hernandez to place a bloop single into right field, coming on a slider.

Bard loaded the bases by hitting another batter, this time Indianapolis' No. 3 hitter Starling Marte. After a fielder's choice groundout to shortstop by Jeff Clement, scoring the game's first run, Bard came back and struck out former Red Sox infielder Yamaico Navarro swinging on a slider. The starter then, however,...

06/08/2012 - 1:19am
Doc, Celtics planning to 'pack for a week'

The message on the dry erase board in the Celtics locker room after Game 6 was simple: "Pack for a week."

Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals is Sunday in Miami. Games 1 and 2 of the NBA finals would be on the road next week, should the C's make their third trip in five years.

"The whole locker room was down," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers after the 98-79 loss to the Heat in Boston, "but you can see their resolve in the locker room. They're not just going to pack for [Saturday]. They're going to bring suits for Tuesday, and they're going to bring suits for Thursday. And that's the way we're planning to do it."

After watching his season come to an end on the parquet in 2010 and 2012, LeBron James wasn't going out like that again. He scored 45 points (19-26 FG) on one end and held Paul Pierce to nine (4-18 FG) on the other.

"He'll bounce back," added Rivers. "Paul is a big-game player....

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