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03/20/2011 - 10:16am
Nava, Wagner among three Red Sox cuts

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daniel Nava was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket Sunday morning by the Red Sox as the team trimmed three more players off the major league squad. Also optioned was catcher Mark Wagner while righthander Matt Fox was reassigned. 

 

Nava, who hit a grand slam last June on the first pitch he saw in the majors, batted just .205 this spring in 19 games, with three RBIs. 

 

"He didn't swing the bat real well this spring, which in the grand scheme of things means nothing," manager Terry Francona said. "I think he was fighting it all spring. He got a little length in his swing. He knows he needs to shorten it up but he's improved so much [defensively] in the outfield."

 

Wagner hit .167 in nine games this spring while Fox was 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA in five relief appearances. For more, visit the Red Sox team page at...

03/19/2011 - 10:34pm
Celtics rally past Hornets in Big Easy

What looked like a familiar sight for the Celtics these days turned into a rousing 89-85 comeback win in New Orleans. The win pushed the Celtics back into a tie with Chicago for first place in the Eastern Conference and also snapped a six-game losing streak in road back-to-backs. They had not won the second game of a back-to-back on the road since Dec. 9 in Philadelphia.

 

The Celtics rally took shape in the second quarter when they were able to cut into a 28-14 first quarter New Orleans lead. The Celtics were only able to shave a few points off the score, but they re-established their defense and got a huge lift from the bench trio of Delonte West, Jeff Green and Glen Davis, who combined to make 8-of-10 shots in the first half. Davis scored 20 points and made two clutch free throws with 15.2 seconds left to clinch it.

 

The Celtics really took off in the third quarter after holding the Hornets 13 points, while making 12-...

03/19/2011 - 9:49pm
Maple Leafs crush Bruins in Toronto
By: DJ Bean

Both Bruins goaltenders saw how bad things were in Saturday night's 5-2 loss to the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre Saturday night.

 

Tim Thomas, who allowed four goals on the night, was pulled in the second period, but returned to start the third. The Leafs got goals from Luke Schenn, Nazem Kadri, Joey Crabb, Mike Brown, and Keith Aulie. Thomas was yanked after Brown's second-period goal, though Tuukka Rask played only 11:42 before Thomas was reinserted between the pipes. 

 

Adam McQuaid had the first Bruins goal, firing a puck off Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf's skate to beat an otherwise outstanding James Reimer. Daniel Paille scored with 19.8 seconds remaining in the game. The B's went 0-for-2 on the power play, and are 2-for-34 on the man advantage since acquiring Tomas Kaberle. 

 

The Bruins have now lost six of their last seven games, going 1-3-3. They will return to TD Garden to face the...

03/19/2011 - 6:05pm
UNH football player killed, suspect arrested

University of New Hampshire football player Todd Walker was shot and killed Friday while on spring break in Boulder, Colo. According to police, Walker was walking home from a party with a female friend when they were accosted by a masked man with a gun. After a verbal and physical confrontation, Walker stepped in front of his companion and was shot in the heart.

 

"He was shot in the chest at point-blank range," Walker's father, Mark, told the Daily Camera. "I'm really proud of him. He would just sort of instinctively act that way."

 

The 20-year-old Colorado native was in his second season at UNH. A wide receiver, Walker redshirted in 2009.

 

"Todd was a terrific young man and I'm extremely saddened to hear of his death," UNH football coach Sean McDonnell said. "He was as fun-loving and hard-working a player as I've ever worked with. Todd will be missed by the UNH...

03/19/2011 - 4:38pm
Big inning haunts Beckett once again

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For the second straight start, Josh Beckett fell victim to a big inning against the Pirates in Bradenton. Saturday Beckett's outing was clouded by a five-run fourth inning in what would ultimately turn into Pittsburgh's 7-5 win over the Red Sox. In the pitcher's previous outing, he allowed a six-run fifth inning to the Bucs.

 

"I’ve got to stay away from the big inning," Beckett said. "My last two starts, those are the glaring things."

 

Beckett finished his afternoon going 4 2/3 innings, giving up five runs (one earned), and seven hits, striking out two and walking one. Besides the big inning, the starter's most pressing concern was an inability to control his curveball.

 

"It was [terrible] today," he said. "I think I threw four of 17 for strikes. Definitely got to do better than that and I did better than that in my last start. You’re...

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