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05/04/2011 - 9:37pm
Three party again: B's blast Flyers in Game 3

Zdeno Chara and David Krejci scored just 63 seconds into the game to lead the Bruins to a 5-1 romp over the Flyers Wednesday at TD Garden, and a 3-0 series lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series. Chara added Boston's first power-play goal of the playoffs in 31 chances late in the game on a 5-on-3 advantage to cap off the win. For the second straight year, the Bruins now stand just one win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference finals with four chances to finish off the Flyers. 

Just 30 seconds into the game, Chara blasted a slap shot past a helpless Brian Boucher for his first of the playoffs. Only 33 seconds later — as the Chara goal was being announced to the delirious crowd — Krejci scored his fifth of the postseason past a screened Boucher and the Bruins were off to the races. 

The game settled down by the end of the first period, with the Bruins forced to kill off a pair of...

05/04/2011 - 8:35pm
Red Sox-Angels in fifth-inning rain delay

The game between the Red Sox and Angels has been placed in rain delay, beginning at 8:30 p.m. The teams left the field with one out in the visitors' half of the fifth inning, with the teams tied at 0-0. Josh Beckett has allowed the game's only hit, a first-inning single to Maicer Izturis. Angels starter Ervin Santana has yet to issue a hit through his four innings of work.

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05/04/2011 - 8:32pm
Hunter: Walk-off has done Crawford wonders

Angels outfielder Torii Hunter said before his team's game with the Red Sox Wednesday night that he has seen an enormous difference in Carl Crawford from when the teams' last met each other, in Anaheim on April 21-24, citing the confidence derived from Crawford's walk-off single Sunday.

"That hit to win the game had to take a lot of weight off his shoulders," Hunter said of Crawford, who entered Wednesday hitting .194. "When he did it I screamed. I was happy for him. When he got the game-winning hit I knew that probably lifted him up. I’ve watched his approach at the plate from last time we played him until now, and now that he has that hit he looks dangerous. He’s probably the best .194 hitter in the league right now."

Hunter said he still hasn't spoken with Crawford since the left fielder signed with the Red Sox, but did admit to previously warning the former Tampa Bay Ray about the challenges that would face him...

05/04/2011 - 5:54pm
Cameron in for Drew vs. Angels

With Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew mired in a slump that has his average down to .231 with a .674 OPS, Mike Cameron will get the start in right field against Ervin Santana and the Angels. Cameron has hits in both of his career at-bats against the right-hander, while Drew is just 4-for-23 against him. Kevin Youkilis also returns to the lineup, one day after he was a late scratch against Dan Haren due to illness.

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RED SOX LINEUP

Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Lowrie, SS
Cameron, RF
Crawford, LF
Varitek, C

Beckett, SP


05/04/2011 - 4:07pm
Bill Russell statue to be built in Boston

The Celtics announced Wednesday plans to build a statue to honor 11-time NBA champion Bill Russell.

The location of where the statue will be built is not yet known.

The idea of a statue for the legendary center gained momentum Feb. 15, when Russell was awarded the Medal of Freedom in a ceremony at the White House. President Obama made it known that he thought a statue for Russell — the first black coach in NBA history and a key figure in the civil rights movement of the 1960s — was long overdue.

"I hope that one day in the streets of Boston, children will look up at a statue built not only to Bill Russell the player, but Bill Russell the man," Obama said.

Here is a portion of the press release from the Celtics:

The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation in partnership with the newly formed Bill Russell Legacy Committee announced today they will erect a statue of Bill Russell in the city of Boston designed...

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