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04/27/2017 - 10:56am
Hoiberg walks out of presser after IT question
By: WEEI

Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg stirred the pot a bit leading into Game 5 of the series between his Bulls and Celtics by insinuating Boston guard Isaiah Thomas was constantly carrying the basketball.

“Isaiah Thomas is a hell of a player,” Hoiberg said prior to the game at the Garden. “An unbelievable competitor. He’s a warrior [with] everything he’s going through right now. He had a hell of a game tonight. But when you’re allowed to discontinue your dribble on every possession, he is impossible to guard. He is impossible to guard when you’re able to put your hand underneath the ball and take two or three steps and put it back down. It’s impossible to guard him in those situations.”

Well, after the Bulls’ Game 5 loss, WEEI.com’s Josue Pavon checked back in with Hoiberg on the matter.

Fred Hoiberg, boom roasted pic....

04/27/2017 - 10:22am
Farm Report: Sexton tosses 6 shutout innings

Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (7-9): Postponed due to rain

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (9-6): Postponed due to rain 

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (12-8): L, 13-7 vs. Lynchburg 

— Salem put together two three-run rallies but were unable to come up with the win. Starter Dedgar Jimenez gave up six runs, five earned, and nine hits in four innings.

— Jordan Weems got the loss after giving up three runs. Gerson Bautista followed Weems in relief and surrendered four runs to Lynchburg.

— Chad De La Guerra went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the loss.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (13-7): W, 7-4, at Greensboro

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— Greenville gave up two runs in both the eighth and ninth innings, but pulled off the win thanks to a seven-run rally in...

04/27/2017 - 8:53am
Mashup: Twitter reacts to ESPN layoffs

Good morning! Here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Seattle at Detroit, 1 p.m. (MLB Network) MLB: Houston at Cleveland, 6 p.m. (MLB Network) MLB: NY Yankees at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN) NBA: Toronto at Milwaukee, 7 p.m. (TNT) NBA: San Antonio at Memphis, 9:30 p.m. (TNT) NFL Draft, 8 p.m. (ESPN, NFL Network) NHL: NY Rangers at Ottawa, 7 p.m. (CNBC) NHL: Pittsburgh at Washington, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— In an appearance on Andy Cohen’s Sirius XM channel, Radio Andy, on Wednesday, Caitlyn Jenner...

04/26/2017 - 11:23pm
Despite loss, Porcello has figured things out

You can’t win any games when you don’t get any run support and that has been the case for Rick Porcello of late.

For the third consecutive start, Porcello left the game with the Red Sox not scoring any runs for him.

On Wednesday, the Red Sox tried to rally late, but fell 3-1 to the Yankees at Fenway Park.

The right-hander went 6 2/3 innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits, while walking four and striking out nine. The nine strikeouts were a season-high and the most he’s recorded at Fenway Park since April 20 of last year.

Porcello’s fastball was working well, especially with getting the Yankees to swing-and-miss. The right-hander set a career-high with 20 swing-and-misses overall.

“I felt good with it,” he said. “I think sinker and four-seam, the combination of both, was pretty solid today. So I’ve got to keep building off that. The walks, they’ll come back to hurt...

04/26/2017 - 11:10pm
Thomas (24), Celtics take down Bulls in Game 5

For the first time in three trips to the playoffs, it’s not all about Isaiah.

The Celtics on Wednesday took a 3-2 lead over the Bulls with a 108-97 victory in Game 5, their third straight win after dropping the first two games at home, and they did it without a banner night from All-Star Isaiah Thomas.

Though Thomas had his moments, particularly during the game-clinching run in the fourth quarter, this one was about the supporting cast.

Avery Bradley scored 24 points with six assists. Big man Al Horford, a weapon all night in the pick and roll, chipped in 21 points, 7 rebounds, and nine assists, filling the stat line in all the ways the Celtics envisioned when they signed him over the summer.

The second unit contributed, whether it was monster dunks from Terry Rozier and Jonas Jerebko, 14 points and some clever finishes from a fired-up Kelly Olynyk, or another energetic performance from Marcus Smart (8 points, 8 assists...

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