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06/12/2010 - 4:29pm
Fluke goal propels USA to draw with England

Clint Dempsey's fluke goal in the first half gave the United States a draw with England in their first World Cup match in South Africa. English goalkeeper Robert Green mishandled Dempsey's long shot to even the score after Steven Gerrard had given England a quick lead minutes into the match. United States goalie Tim Howard had a very strong game in net thwarting numerous attempts by England in the second half. The United States will now face Slovenia on Friday, June 18th. Click here for the complete match recap. Visit the LEEINKS blog for coverage throughout the World Cup.


06/12/2010 - 4:17pm
Daisuke on D.L., Atchison gets start

Just minutes before the Red Sox game with the Phillies Saturday afternoon it was announced by the team that Daisuke Matsuzaka had been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. Scott Atchison got the emergency start for the Red Sox, who also recalled lefty pitcher Dustin Richardson. It is Atchison's first start in the major leagues. Matsuzaka was in the Red Sox bullpen prior to the game, seemingly warming up for the start. The hurler did have to postpone his side session Wednesday after throwing up during his long toss, pushing his session to Thursday. It is the second time this season Matsuzaka has been on the disabled list, where he began the season with back and neck issues. Check the Red Sox team page for more information.


06/12/2010 - 2:39pm
Lineups: Youkilis back, Nava debuts

Unlikely Red Sox minor league success story Daniel Nava, called up on Saturday, will make his major league debut against the Phillies and pitcher Joe Blanton. The switch-hitter will be batting ninth and playing left field.

 

Also in the lineup are Kevin Youkilis, who is back after missing Friday's game while recovering from back spasms, and Jason Varitek, who will be behind the plate for starter Daisuke Matsuzaka.

 

RED SOX

 

Scutaro, 6

Pedroia, 4

Ortiz, DH

Youkilis, 3

Drew, 9

Beltre, 5

Varitek, 2

McDonald, 8

Nava, 7

 

SP -- Matsuzaka

 



06/12/2010 - 2:25pm
Ray Allen excused for 'family issue'

Ray Allen was excused from the media session and the start of Celtics practice on Saturday afternoon at TD Garden to tend to a 'family issue', according to the team. Allen did participate in practice and is expected to be dressed, ready and start for Game 5 Sunday night at the Garden as the Celtics take on the Lakers in the NBA finals and the series tied, 2-2. 

 

Allen, who flew cross-country to be with his diabetic son Walker during the 2008 NBA finals, did report to the Garden but was not required to work out with the team in preparation for Sunday's game. 

 

For more, visit the Green Street blog. 


06/12/2010 - 1:42pm
Technically speaking: Pierce makes plea

Celtics captain Paul Pierce on Saturday implored both Kendrick Perkins and Rasheed Wallace to do whatever they have to - including talking to each other - to maintain their cool and not get a technical foul in either of the next two games. Both Perkins and Wallace, with six playoff technicals, are one away from being suspended for the following game. 

 

"Whatever works because we need both of these guys," Pierce said. "Those technicals can really hurt you if we lose either of those guys. I hope they just realize three games left, maximum, we need these guys in there for all of them. Whatever they have to do, I'm for it."

 

Game 5 of the NBA finals is set for Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET at TD Garden with the Lakers and Celtics tied, 2-2. Sunday will also mark the final game in Boston this season as the series shifts back to Los Angeles for Games 6 and possibly 7 on Tuesday and Thursday. 

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