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05/09/2011 - 11:08pm
Crawford, Sox walkoff again

Carl Crawford apparently has a flair for the dramatic at Fenway.

The outfielder who entered this month mired in the worst slump of his career collected his second walkoff hit in a nine-game stretch, driving a double off the Wall in left-center to score pinch-runner Jose Iglesias from first and give the Red Sox a 2-1 victory over the Twins in 11 innings.

The Red Sox appeared poised to claim a tidy 1-0 victory, as Josh Beckett logged seven shutout innings and the Sox -- despite squandering most of their opportunities with runners in scoring position -- got a two-out RBI single to left from Adrian Gonzalez in the fifth inning.

But with Daniel Bard out, it was Alfredo Aceves who came on for the eighth inning. With one out, Aceves gave up a swinging bunt single to speedy outfielder Denard Span, then balked him to second. After an infield foul out, the Sox went to Jonathan Papelbon.

The Sox closer could not convert the four-out save....

05/09/2011 - 9:57pm
OT Burner: LeBron, Heat push C's to brink

LeBron James poured in 35 and Dwyane Wade added 28 as the Heat beat the Celtics, 98-90, in overtime in Game 4 Monday night at TD Garden. With a win in Game 5 Wednesday night in Miami, the Heat can eliminate the Celtics and advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

The Heat scored the first six points of overtime and the Celtics never got closer than three after that. One night after scoring 28 points and grabbing 18 rebounds, Kevin Garnett had a nightmare of a game, missing nine of his 10 shots and finishing with just seven points. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 27 while Ray Allen added 17. 

The Celtics had a chance to win it in regulation but the Celtics botched the final play and had to settle for a Pierce fallaway over James that rimmed out at the buzzer. Wearing a protective and padded brace on his left elbow, Rajon Rondo started and played 39 minutes. He was generally effective, but was held to 10 points, five assists and two...

05/09/2011 - 3:35pm
Lineup: Crawford remains in the No. 8 spot

Carl Crawford, who is leading the Red Sox with a .387 batting average over the last eight games, stays in the eighth spot as the Sox take on the Twins Monday night at Fenway Park. With Josh Beckett on the mound for the Red Sox, Jason Varitek gets the start behind the plate against Minnesota, which sends righty Nick Blackburn to the mound. The Sox lineup is as follows:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis 3B

David Ortiz DH

J.D. Drew RF

Jed Lowrie SS

Carl Crawford LF

Jason Varitek C

Josh Beckett P

For more Red Sox news go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


05/09/2011 - 2:19pm
Rondo, Garnett named to All-Defensive Team

Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo were named to the NBA's All-Defensive First Team, the league announced. Garnett and Rondo were joined by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwight Howard on the First Team. Former Celtic Tony Allen was named to the Second Team along with Chtis Paul, Andre Iguodala, Joakim Noah and Tyson Chandler.

Garnett and Bryant tied an NBA record (held by Michael Jordan and Gary Payton) with their ninth selection to the First Team. Rondo was the second-leading vote getter behind Howard, who won Defensive Player of the Year.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


05/09/2011 - 1:40pm
Report: Herzlich to forgo UFL for shot at NFL

Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich will bypass an opportunity to play in the United Football League for a chance to sign as an undrafted free agent in the NFL. According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Herzlich tweeted him on Sunday that he would not join the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks (who took him 51st overall in the UFL draft last week), but instead take his chances with the NFL and hope that the lockout ends sooner rather than later.

Herzlich, the 2008 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, was not selected in last month’s NFL draft. Despite that, his story remains an inspiration to many, as he overcame Ewing’s sarcoma in his left leg — he had a titanium rod placed in the leg — and returned to play for BC in 2010. However, by his own admission, he wasn’t the same player he was before he was forced to sit out a year, which likely caused the draft weekend slide.

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