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03/21/2011 - 7:48am
Mashup: NH writer guilty in prostitution case

A New Hampshire sportswriter pleaded guilty Friday to running a prostitution ring in Massachusetts and was sentenced to a term of between one and 2 1/2 years in state prison. Kevin Provencher also was fined $5,000 and ordered to be placed on probation after his release. Provencher, 52, worked for the New Hampshire Union Leader for 23 years and won four New Hampshire Sportswriter of the Year awards from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

 

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.


03/21/2011 - 12:23am
BC hockey lands top seed in West

The Boston College hockey team, coming off a victory over Merrimack in the Hockey East championship game Saturday night, was seeded No. 1 in the West Regional in St. Louis and will play fourth-seeded Colorado College in the opening round Friday at 9 p.m.

Michigan and Nebraska-Omaha are the other teams in the Eagles’ regional.

Yale is the tournament’s top seed and will play in the East Regional in Bridgeport, Conn. The Bulldogs meet Air Force in Round 1 Friday at 6:30 p.m., with Union and Minnesota-Duluth matched up in the first semifinal.

New Hampshire got a berth for the 10th consecutive season and will play top-seeded Miami (Ohio) in the Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H., Saturday at 4 p.m. Merrimack, in its first tournament since 1988, and Notre Dame square off in that regional’s semifinal nightcap.

The Midwest Regional in Green Bay features top-seeded North Dakota vs. RPI and Denver...

03/20/2011 - 6:23pm
Kraft will not attend NFL meetings

Robert Kraft will not attend the NFL's annual meetings this week in New Orleans.

 

The Patriots owner will miss the meetings “due to a private family medical matter,” according to a team release. Club president Jonathan Kraft and Bill Belichick will both be in New Orleans this week.

 

Robert Kraft is viewed as one of the most influential owners in the NFL. He is a member of five committees -- including the management council executive committee -- and is considered a key voice in the ongoing labor negotiations with the NFLPA.

 

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03/20/2011 - 4:49pm
New throwing program pays off for Daisuke

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For the second straight outing since altering his between-starts throwing program, Daisuke Matsuzaka came away with good results. On Sunday, the result was a 5 2/3-inning outing in which he allowed two runs on three hits, striking out four while showing an impressive fastball that was clocked as high as 96 mph by some scouts' radar guns.

 

"Just like last outing I was able to throw strikes using the breaking ball, and also I had great life on my fastball," Matsuzaka said through a translator. "It was not necessary to throw to the corners because my fastball was strong enough to throw down the middle."

 

The alteration in Matsuzaka's program came following a disappointing 3 2/3-inning, five-run outing against Tampa Bay on March 10. The pitcher took the suggestion of pitching coach Curt Young that instead of throwing his side session and long toss on the same day, he now executes long...

03/20/2011 - 4:02pm
Daisuke good, Miller not in Cards' rout of Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daisuke Matsuzaka was effective and efficient on Sunday, but his two-out walk with none on in the sixth inning opened the door for a 10-run frame as the Cardinals routed the Red Sox, 10-3, at City of Palms Park. 

 

Matsuzaka allowed three hits and two earned runs over 5 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out four. He threw 79 pitches, 50 for strikes, in his longest outing of the spring. Matsuzaka, who is now 0-2 with a 6.05 ERA this spring, needed just 64 pitches to get through five innings. After getting two quick outs in the sixth, Matsuzaka walked Albert Pujols and then surrendered a long run-scoring double to right-center by Matt Holliday. 

 

Francona pulled Matsuzaka for lefty reliever Andrew Miller, who struggled badly. The former No. 1 pick of the Tigers in 2006 faced six batters and didn't retire anyone, allowing four hits and six runs while walking two. Scott Atchison came in and...

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