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Tag or not to tag a quandary

Monday, March 2, 2015

NFL games have begun for 2015. Don’t bother checking out your Sunday Ticket, though. This is not football the teams are playing, it’s tag. Monday was the deadline for franchises to decide whether to hold onto key players who are pending free agents by giving them the franchise or transition tag. The alternative: letting them hit the open market on March 10. A lot more goes into tagging than simply … 0

Canadiens swing three deals as the NHL trading-deadline-day headliners

Monday, March 2, 2015

General manager Marc Bergevin added to the Montreal Canadiens without altering his Eastern Conference-leading lineup. In Detroit, GM Ken Holland thought it was important to provide his young Red Wings a nudge by adding two experienced veterans. As for the Toronto Maple Leafs, their long-expected purge of high-priced talent failed to materialize before … 0

Castillo, Betts trying to impress in CF for Sox

Sunday, March 1, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Boston Red Sox outfielders Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo each stand shorter than 5-feet-10 and between them have played in only 62 big league games. Along with veteran Jackie Bradley Jr., who has played 164 games over the past two years, they will try to fill a tall order for the team — starting in center field. “I don’t … 0

Expert: Homicide shots fired from same type of gun

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

FALL RIVER — Prosecutors have accused former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez of having a .45 caliber Glock in his possession the night of Odin Lloyd’s 2013 slaying, and though they have not produced the gun, they used testimony from a state police ballistics expert Wednesday … 0

Lions cut versatile RB Bush

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions released running back Reggie Bush on Wednesday, halfway through the four-year deal he signed as a free agent before the 2013 season. Bush started 23 games for the Lions. He rushed for 1,006 yards in 2013, but this past season he … 0

Moncada arrives at Sox facility

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Yoan Moncada arrived Wednesday at the spring training headquarters of the Boston Red Sox, another step toward completion of a hefty contract for the 19-year-old Cuban. The Red Sox and Moncada’s agent reached an agreement earlier this week on a deal with a $31.5 … 0

Lowly Knicks no match for Celtics in 115-94 rout

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BOSTON — Evan Turner had his first career triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and Boston pulled away with 20 unanswered points in the second half and extended New York’s losing streak to eight with a 115-94 win on Wednesday night. Isaiah Thomas scored 19 … 0

Big Papi claims his belly hasn’t grown like Panda’s

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Big Papi arrived at spring training with a weighty quip about new teammate Pablo Sandoval. “My belly hasn’t grown like Panda,” David Ortiz said Tuesday, joking about new Boston Red Sox teammate Sandoval. Ortiz, … 0

Video shows Hernandez fiancee removing box from residence

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

FALL RIVER — Prosecutors in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez on Tuesday played video surveillance that showed his fiancee removing a trash bag from the home and putting it in a car the day after the victim was killed. Hernandez is charged … 0

Aggressive Red Sox land Moncada plumb

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Boston Red Sox are all in on Cuba, with their pursuit of acclaimed prospect Yoan Moncada the latest example. Moncada’s representative, David Hastings, said Tuesday he is hopeful the contract with a $31.5 million signing bonus will be finalized by the end of … 0

Lack stops 40 for Canucks in win at Boston

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BOSTON — Zack Kassian broke a 1-1 tie with a goal early in the third period and Eddie Lack preserved the lead with 13 of his 40 saves in the final period for the Vancouver Canucks in a 2-1 win over the struggling Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. … 0

UConn CB Byron Jones big hit at NFL combine

Monday, February 23, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Byron Jones might have made one giant leap up the NFL draft boards Monday. Actually, make it two big leaps. On the last day of workouts at the NFL’s annual scouting combine, the Connecticut cornerback soared … 0

Slugger Napoli happy offseason finally over

Monday, February 23, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Like many Bostonians that make the trip south in February, Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is glad spring training is finally here. Sure he’s relieved to leave behind over five feet of snow … 0