Faced with the specter of elimination, the Yankees managed to take advantage of their opportunities, while the Rangers failed to capitalize on theirs. Though the Rangers out-hit the Yankees, 13-9, New York ended up winning the more important battle of the scoreboard, claiming a 7-2 victory to send the series back to Texas for Game 6, with the Rangers leading the best-of-seven ALCS, 3-to-2.
Though Yankees ace CC Sabathia allowed 11 hits -- and at least one in each of his six innings against the Rangers -- and labored over 112 pitches in his six frames, he managed to limit the damage. He allowed just two runs, walking none and striking out seven. The Rangers were 1-for-9 with men in scoring position, and grounded into a pair of double plays.
Meanwhile, the Yankees managed to take advantage of most of the chances afforded them by starter C.J. Wilson and the Texas pitching staff. Three of the four batters walked by Wilson...
Celtics coach Doc Rivers will not be on the bench when the Celtics play New Jersey Wednesday night in their preseason finale. Lawrence Frank will run the team in Rivers' absence. Rivers said that he will likely return Friday, although he did run a shootaround earlier Wednesday. "I can talk now, obviously," Rivers said. "They didn’t want me to scream or anything until Friday."
Rivers decided to stay in the locker room because he didn't want to be a distraction. "If I’m not going to coach, I don’t want to be out there," Rivers said. "I’d rather for Lawrence for to do it."
Rivers underwent a biopsy Sunday morning to check on a cancerous lesion. He received a clean bill of health and was only away from the team for one day.
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The Boston College men's basketball team was ranked 10th of 12 teams in the ACC preseason poll. That would represent another year of decline for BC, which finished eighth in 2009-10 with a 6-10 conference record (15-16 overall).
The results of the poll were announced at the ACC preseason media day, where first-year BC coach Steve Donahue jokingly asked for mercy from his colleagues.
"Be nice, right?" Donahue told reporters. "There's no hazing in this league for first-year guys. Let me get my feet under me."
Duke was picked first on 61 of 62 ballots, with Virginia Tech, North Carolina and NC State rounding out the top four finishers. For more, click here.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday notified all 32 teams that increased discipline -- including possible first-offense suspension-- will be imposed on players that author illegal hits to the head or neck of an opposing player.
Goodell sent a memo to each team, which was accompanied by a message and video to players and coaches. The head coach has been instructed to show the video and read the message to his team as quickly as possible. The video includes examples of both legal and illegal hits under current NFL rules.
"One of our most important priorities is protecting our players from needless injury," Goodell said. "In recent years, we have emphasized minimizing contact to the head and neck, especially where a defenseless player is involved. It is clear to me that further action is required to emphasize the importance of teaching safe and controlled techniques, and of playing within the rules....
Speaking with Peter King and Ross Tucker on Sirius NFL Radio Wednesday, Rodney Harrison discussed a conversation he had with Brandon Meriweather following the safety's hit on Todd Heap. Meriweather was fined $50,000 by the NFL for the helmet-to-helmet collision.
"I asked Brandon, ‘If the NFL fines you a great deal of money or they suspend you, will this change the way you play?' He told me absolutely,” said Harrison. "That’s the message the NFL is sending and I think a lot of players will echo that same sentiment."
Harrison, now a pregame analyst for NBC Sports, was asked if he thought Meriweather would learn from this incident and adjust his playing style.
"No question,” Harrison said. “Because Brandon Meriweather is not a dirty player. He is a guy that plays hard."
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The guys have even more reaction to Deflategate and if this is actually a showdown between Bill and Roger.
Tom E. Curran calls the boys during his layover in Denver and gets right into the Deflategate craziness. Tom talks about his knowledge of the situation including his thoughts on if the NFL was indeed trying to set up and catch the Pats in the act. He gets into the relationship between Belichick and the league office, Belichick and Kraft and the actual game on Super Bowl Sunday.
Greg and Steve discuss the Deflategate debacle with callers and give their theories as to what went down in Foxboro last week against the Colts. Both guys think that Pats may be guilty of doing something to the balls, but that so do most other teams. Will Belichick and Brady be punished? Not if the NFL doesn't have proof, which it's looking more and more like they don't.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Tim Hasselbeck joined the show to give his expertise on deflate gate.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show discussing who was lying yesterday.
The guys react to comments made by Former Carolina Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney
After Tom Brady answered questions for a half hour about Deflate-Gate, the guys discuss whether or not they believe him.
Adam Schefter, ESPN, talks everything Deflate Gate with Lou, Christian and Tim on Patriots Friday
We get the national perspective on Deflategate and the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.
We discuss deflategate and move beyond it for some game talk with Tom E Curran of CSNNE
Michael, Jerry and Andy Hart of PFW continue the dialogue and try and find some sanity in this sea of madness.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
Tim Hasselbeck joined the show to give his expertise on deflate gate.More from this show
After his emotional reaction on NFL Live following Tom Brady's press conference yesterday, Mark Brunell joins Lou, Christian and Tim about all things Deflate GateMore from this show
The guys react to comments made by Former Carolina Panthers General Manager Marty HurneyMore from this show