Paul Pierce scored a team-high 27 points and Kevin Garnett added 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Celtics beat the Lakers, 92-86, in Game 5 of the NBA finals Sunday night at TD Garden to stand just one win away from hanging their 18th NBA championship banner from the rafters.
Rajon Rondo added 18 for the Celtics, who overcame a blazing third quarter by Kobe Bryant, who drilled his first seven shots out of the locker room and scored the first 19 points of the quarter for the Lakers. Bryant added nine points in the fourth and finished with 38. While Bryant was on fire, the rest of his team went cold and the Celtics expanded their lead to double figures during Bryant's run. Pierce had 11 points as the Celtics increased their lead to 73-65 after three.
The Celtics lead the finals, 3-2, and can wrap up the championship in Game 6 on Tuesday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles. If they don't win, they will have one...
Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis missed Sunday's game, the second contest in three games that he has missed after experiencing mild back spasms in Cleveland on Thursday. Youkilis said that he could have been available on Sunday in a bind, but that the team wanted to give him a day off prior to Monday's off day in hopes that he will be fully healthy on Tuesday, when the Sox start a three-game series against Arizona.
"I had swelling, but I told them if they really, really needed me I’d be fine," said Youkilis. "[Manager Terry Francona] wanted to give me an extra day just to make sure it’s 100 percent for Tuesday. I’ll be good."
Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, selected by the Red Sox in the supplemental portion of the first round with the 39th overall pick of the 2010 draft, is slated to pitch for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod Baseball League this summer, according to the team's website.
Ranaudo, who entered the year as a consensus top-10 pick in the draft but suffered through injuries for Louisiana State University that led him to slip, told WEEI.com last week that he planned to pitch in the Cape League to prove that he is healthy before he and his advisor, Scott Boras, commence contract negotiations with the Sox.
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Raul Ibanez belted a two-run homer and the Phillies got to Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield for five straight hits in a four-run fourth inning as the Phillies salvaged the finale of the three-game interleague series, 5-3, Sunday at Fenway Park.
Cole Hamels (6-5) allowed just five hits and one run over seven innings for the win. Dustin Pedroia had three hits for the Sox in the loss, which snapped Boston's four-game winning streak against the Phillies. Boston had outscored Philadelphia, 35-7, in the previous four games. Adrian Beltre had a long homer to left field in the second inning to put Boston up, 1-0, before the Phillies got to Wakefield (2-5) two innings later.
Following Saturday's spectacular debut, Daniel Nava had two more hits, including a broken-bat RBI single in the ninth, and a double in four at-bats. His first three major league hits were for extra bases. He also made a strong throw to second in the...
After Daniel Nava hit a grand slam on the very first major league pitch he ever saw, there have now been four players in big league history to claim home runs with the bases loaded in their initial major league game — Bill Duggleby (1898), Jeremy Hermida (‘05) and Kevin Kouzmanoff (‘06). Of the group only Kouzmanoff and Nava hit their grand slams on the first big league offering they saw.
Well, Victor Martinez can top that.
The Red Sox catcher can claim to having not only been present for both of the historic first-pitch home runs, but he has also has proof that he predicted both would take place just prior to their completion.
Saturday, while sitting up in the Red Sox’ clubhouse during the second inning of what would be a 10-2 win over the Phillies, Martinez offered his prediction of Nava’s blast.
“He was standing right next to me when...
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ryan Hannable discuss Tom Brady's cold and how the Patriots have looked pretty loose in Arizona.
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Gerry and Kirk breakdown Kirk's confrontation with the competition.
Tomase talks about being embedded with the Seahawks and the festivities at the WEEI dinner.
Dan Dakich needs security to go back into Iowa and Bills head coach Rex Ryan greenflies Christian.
Devin McCourty's twin brother Jason joined the program to preview the Super Bowl and discuss Devin's plans as a free agent
Former St Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk joins the show to talk about past Patriot cheating scandals and previews the Pats v Seahawks.
For today's four at four we elect our own inductees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Did Ty Law make it?
Monday Night Football host Mike Tirico stops by to preview the Super Bowl and give us his analysis of Russell Wilson.
Former player and coach Herm Edwards stops by to preview the Super Bowl and explain how to slow down Russell Wilson.
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny discuss how the Patriots can stop Russell Wilson, and Jimmy Garoppolo is brought up as a potential weapon for the Patriots in practice to give the defense a Wilson-esque look from the QB position.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny and Dave Russo talk about Danny Amendola stepping up this season, and the comments made by Dean Blandino about the inspection done to the game balls before the AFC Championship game.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
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