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04/23/2010 - 9:31pm
Sabres stay alive, dominate Game 5

The Sabres kept their quest for Lord Stanley's Cup alive in Game 5 against the Bruins at HSBC Arena in Buffalo with a commanding 4-1 victory on Friday night. Ryan Miller took his second win of the series with 34 saves while Tuukka Rask took his second career NHL playoff loss by allowing three goals on 33 shots.

 

Adam Mair scored the Sabres first goal on a wrap-around in the first period as Buffalo scored the first goal of the game for the fifth straight game. Jason Pominville and Michael Grier add goals at the end of the first period and midway through the second to pace the Buffalo offense. Johnny Boychuk scored a goal late in the third period that the Bruins immediately gave back with an empty net hustle strike by rookie Tyler Ennis. The series shifts back to Boston for Game 6 on Monday with the Bruins still holding a three games to two lead.

 

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04/23/2010 - 8:28pm
Patriots take Brandon Spikes
By: DJ Bean

 The Patriots have taken another Florida Gator, with inside linebacker Brandon Spikes the selection at No. 62 of the second round.

 

The 6-foot-3, 249-pound Spikes ran a 40-yard dash in five seconds flat but started for three years at Florida and had 307 tackles in his career. A Dick Butkus fan, Spikes wears No. 51. He was suspended in 2009 for an eye-gouging incident but was a defensive leader at Florida. For more on the NFL Draft, check the It Is What It Is blog. 


04/23/2010 - 7:58pm
Ortiz hits first home run of season

David Ortiz hit a Jeremy Guthrie 95 mph fastball over Fenway Park's left-center field wall for his first home run of the season, in the second inning of the Red Sox' series-opening game against the Orioles Friday night. It gave the Red Sox an early 1-0 lead.

 

Ortiz, who was hitting .167 after the homer, didn't hit a home run last season until May 20. It was Ortiz' first at-bat since Tuesday, when Red Sox manager Terry Francona pinch-hit for the designated hitter in the seventh inning. Ortiz spoke before the game about the importance of getting untracked.

 

“It was just embarrassing, getting pinch-hit for,” Ortiz said. “I understand. I’m not swinging the bat good, with a lefty and whatever. I’ve got to come through and do my thing and get that out of people’s heads. When I’m swinging the bat good that’s not going to happen. Basically it was a wake-up call to say, ‘You...

04/23/2010 - 7:45pm
Patriots take Cunningham at No. 53
By: DJ Bean

 Florida defensive end Jermaine Cunningham is the pick for the Patriots at No. 53. The 6-foot-3, 266-pound Cunningham figures to be an outside linebacker in the Patriots’ 3-4. In four years at Florida, Cunningham had 33 tackles for losses and 18.5 sacks. Cunningham has off-the-field issues, as he was arrested back in December for attacking a restaurant employee after being told he had to pay for a bag of chips. A quadriceps strain kept him from working out at the Combine or Florida’s Pro Day. For more on the NFL Draft, check the It Is What It Is blog.


04/23/2010 - 7:07pm
Patriots select Gronkowski at No. 42
By: DJ Bean

 The Patriots traded up two spots with the Raiders, going from No. 44 to No. 42 to select Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski. The junior missed all of last year due to back surgery but had 10 touchdowns as a sophomore and is believed by many to be the most complete tight end in the draft. For more on Gronkowski and and the NFL Draft, check the It Is What It Is blog. 


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