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05/08/2012 - 11:17am
Hawks shuffle lineup for Game 5

Facing a possible elimination in Game 5 of their first-round series against the Celtics on Tuesday, the Hawks have made a pair of changes to their starting lineup. Kirk Hinrich and Jason Collins move to the bench as Marvin Williams and Al Horford join Jeff Teague, Josh Smith and Joe Johnson in the starting lineup.

"I just wanted to give us a different look and see it if will jump start us," Hawks coach Larry Drew told reporters on Tuesday morning. "It gives us an opportunity to move Joe back to some 2, it makes us bigger, so we can do a few more things defensively in making some adjustments in Game 5."

Horford played 20 minutes in Game 4, scoring 12 points with rebounds in his first game since tearing his left pectoral muscle in January. Williams has struggled in the series, averaging just 4.0 points on 21.7 percent shooting over the first four games.

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05/08/2012 - 8:08am
Light on WAAF: 'I knew that it was my time'

One day after his retirement press conference at Gillette Stadium, Matt Light joined Greg Hill and the Hill-Man Morning Show crew on WEEI sister station WAAF to talk about his decision to quit the game after 11 seasons on the Patriots offensive line.

"It was very humbling, kind of going through the whole process," Light said of his retirement announcement. "I thought it was just incredible, the work they put into that day. It wasn't expected. I could have mailed it in, but I started thinking about the people that have really been alongside me for my whole run. Those are the people that you see each and every day at that facility -- the people that are in the lunchroom, the people that take care of all of our laundry, all of the people that really make that place inviting and warm when at times it's very ugly. Those are the people that I really wanted to take the time to thank, and they gave me a great platform to do that. I'm very grateful...

05/08/2012 - 6:53am
Mashup: Ex-Saint Hargrove claims cover-up

According to a document revealed by Yahoo! Sports Monday, former Saints defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove said in a sworn statement that two Saints coaches encouraged him to deny the existence of the team's bounty program to NFL investigators. Hargrove described meeting in February 2010 with then-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and current assistant head coach Joe Vitt, and Williams telling Hargrove, "If we all stay on the same page, this will blow over."

Yet, with all four suspended players appealing, the denials continue to fly.

"All we know from the declaration is that a couple of coaches were in trouble and hoped for support from him," said Peter Ginsberg, attorney for suspended player Jonathan Vilma. "Anthony's declaration in no way supports that he lied, that a bounty system existed or that players participated in any kind of inappropriate program. It's a shame that the NFL needed to have mischaracterized that...

05/08/2012 - 12:47am
Sox stick with same lineup vs. Duffy
By: DJ Bean

The Red Sox will use the same lineup Tuesday that helped them defeat the Royals Monday night as Boston faces Kansas City lefty Danny Duffy in the second game of their three-game series. Duffy is 2-2 this season with a 3.57 earned run average and 26 strikeouts. He allowed two runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings last Thursday against the Yankees. 

1. Mike Aviles, SS

2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

3. David Ortiz, DH

4. Cody Ross, RF

5. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

6. Will Middlebrooks, 3B

7. Darnell McDonald, LF

8. Marlon Byrd, CF

9. Kelly Shoppach, C

SP -- Daniel Bard

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05/07/2012 - 10:24pm
Sox snap losing streak behind Middlebrooks

Will Middlebrooks clobbered two homers, finishing with five RBIs, while helping lead the Red Sox to an 11-5 win over the Royals in Kansas City. It marked just the sixth time in major league history a player has at least one RBI in each of his first four games. The third baseman also becomes the first player in Red Sox history to claim at least one extra-base hit in four straight games to start his big league career.

Middlebrooks, who now has three home runs and nine RBIs in the last two games, was joined by David Ortiz (3 hits, 3 runs, HR) and Dustin Pedroia (2 hits, 3 runs, HR) in helping the Red Sox snap their five-game losing streak. The Sox now stand at 12-16, the identical mark they held after 28 games last season.

The Red Sox finished with 16 hits, with Marlon Byrd and Adrian Gonzalez also coming away with multiple-hit games (2 apiece).

Picking up the win for the Red Sox was starter Felix Doubront, who pitched a career-high 6 1/3...

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