<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - Sports]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcboston.com/news/sports http://media.nbcboston.com/designimages/clear.gif NBC10 Boston https://www.nbcboston.comen-usThu, 19 Apr 2018 22:50:49 -0400Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:50:49 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Longtime Patriots Broadcaster Gil Santos Dies at 80]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:38:58 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Gil+Santos.JPG

Gil Santos, the longtime voice of the New England Patriots, has died at the age of 80.

WBZ announced that Santos passed away Thursday, on his 80sth birthday, after decades with the station.

"The entire WBZ family is deeply saddened by the loss of this great friend and man," Bill Flaherty, a program director who worked with Santos for 25 years, said in a statement. "My heart goes out to his wife Roberta and his entire family."

"A legendary loss," the Patriots tweeted. "We're saddened to learn of the passing of the 'Voice of the Patriots,' Gil Santos."

Santos, selected to the Patriots' Hall of Fame in 2012, callled Patriots games from 1966 until that year. According to the team's announcement of his selection, he served as a color commentator for his first five years with the Patriots. When the team moved from Boston to Foxboro in 1971, he began providing play-by-play commentary.

Additionally, WBZ notes that Santos is a member of the WZ Hall of Fame and the New England Broadcasters' Hall of Fame.

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<![CDATA[Bruins Beat Maple Leafs, Lead 3-1 in Series]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:02:20 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/171*120/GettyImages-948871528.jpg

Sometimes, you play your worst and win anyway.

The Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 Thursday night in a weird Game 4 they probably didn't deserve. But quick-strike goals by Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk helped erase a brutal second period for the B's, who now own a commanding 3-1 series lead.

The bad news for Boston started shortly before puck drop, when Patrice Bergeron was unexpectedly scratched from the lineup with an upper-body injury.

The Bruins jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 28 seconds into the game, when Torey Krug beat a screened Frederik Andersen from the left circle. But the team proceeded to chase the play over the next two periods, making Toronto's life easy with unforced turnovers. After tying the game in midway through the first period, the Leafs were running circles around the Bruins before Marchand struck on an odd-man rush for what would ultimately be the game winner.

Tuukka Rask made 31 saves in a strong performance, keeping the game deadlocked at 1-1 before Boston rallied for the final two goals of the game.

Game 5 is Saturday night in Boston, with puck drop scheduled for 8 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Patriots Announce 2018 Schedule]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:39:32 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-853163406.jpg

The New England Patriots' schedule for the 2018 regular season was officially released Thurday night.

  • Week 1: Sept. 9, Patriots vs. Houston Texans at 1 p.m.
  • Week 2: Sept. 16, Patriots at Jacksonville Jaguars at 4:25 p.m.
  • Week 3: Sept. 23, Patriots at Detroit Lions, 8:20 p.m., Sunday Night Football on NBC10 Boston
  • Week 4: Sept. 30, Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins at 1 p.m.
  • Week 5: Oct. 4, Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts, 8:20 p.m., Thursday Night Football
  • Week 6: Oct. 14, Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 8:20 p.m., Sunday Night Football on NBC10 Boston
  • Week 7: Oct. 21, Patriots at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
  • Week 8: Oct. 29, Patriots at Buffalo Bills, 8:15 p.m., Monday Night Football
  • Week 9: Nov. 4, Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m., Sunday Night Football on NBC10 Boston
  • Week 10: Nov. 11, Patriots at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.
  • Week 11: Bye week 
  • Week 12: Nov. 25, Patriots at New York Jets, 1 p.m.
  • Week 13: Dec. 2, Patriots vs. Minnesota Vikings, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week 14: Dec. 9, Patriots at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
  • Week 15: Dec. 16, Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week 16: Dec. 23, Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
  • Week 17: Dec. 30, Patriots vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m.

Earlier, NBC10 Boston's Raul Martinez pieced together a sneak peek at the schedule based on various reports.

The Patriots' preseason schedule was released last week. They will host the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles at Gillete Stadium in weeks 1 and 2 and travel to play the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants in weeks 3 and 4.

The Patriots ended last season with a bitter Super Bowl loss to the Eagles. Their regular season record was 13-3.

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<![CDATA[How to Watch Bruins-Maple Leafs Game 4 on All Platforms]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:37:13 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/206*120/GettyImages-948011968.jpg

Are you a big Bruins fan? Well NBC has you covered for Game 4 of the B's-Maple Leafs playoff series on Thursday night.

The Bruins take on the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Thursday, April 19. You can watch the game on TV, on desktop and on mobile devices.

Here’s what you need to know:

On TV: You can watch the game on NBCSN Boston at 7 p.m. Coverage starts at 6:30. Here's where to find NBCSN where you live.

On Desktop or Mobile Devices: You can watch the game on desktop and mobile by clicking here. For mobile, you will be prompted to download the NBC Sports App if you haven't already. If you already have the app downloaded, you will immediately be directed to the mobile viewing experience.

And don't forget to tune in to Game 5 of the Bruins-Maple Leafs series, which airs Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m. on NBC10 Boston.

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<![CDATA[James Defends Reporter Asking About Death of Erin Popovich]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:16:28 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/lebronpop.jpg

It was a raw moment caught on live television. Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James was asked his thoughts on the recently announced death of Erin Popovich, the wife of San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich. In very un-LeBron James fashion, he halted, cursed and fought back tears in composing a response. 

James' stunned, emotional reaction had many on social media crying foul, believing TNT reporter Allie LaForce intentionally blindsided James with the question.

But James says that couldn't be further from the truth. James said he was told he'd be asked about Erin Popovich before they went on camera, and that his emotions simply got away from him.

"I'm not on social media right now, but I was made aware through some friends, through texts, that a question was asked to me postgame, and a lot of people feel like I was blindsided," James said on UNINTERRUPTED. "That is absolutely false. Allie LaForce told me that she was going to ask me the question and if it was OK."

"That was just my emotions coming straight from my heart about the late Erin Popovich," James continued in the video. "It's unfortunate, it's a tragic loss. My thoughts, my prayers once again go out to the Popovich family. To Gregg, to the Spurs family, to the whole Spurs fan base."

James also took a second to implore those on social media to lay off the reporter.

"Please get off Allie LaForce's back, because she followed the proper protocol and she warned me. Get off her back, man. She's very professional and she does a great job at her work."

The Spurs confirmed Erin Popovich's death Wednesday. The team didn't provide further details. The Popovichs have two children and two grandchildren. They met at the Air Force Academy in 1970s when he was an assistant coach for the Falcons. Erin's father, Jim Conboy, was Air Force's head athletic trainer.

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<![CDATA['We Have Your Back': Yankees Go To Bat for Bullied 10-Year-Old Girl]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:16:55 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Yankee+Stadium+Getty.jpg

The New York Yankees are going to bat for a 10-year-old girl who shared a heartbreaking story on social media about years of bullying she’s endured at her Pennsylvania school.

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The New York Post reports 10-year-old Cassidy Slater posted a video on Facebook detailing the traumatizing stories of bullying she has gone through. In the video, the Scranton fourth-grader holds up sheets of paper with the harrowing messages of abuse written on them.

One sheet detailed how a group of kids came up to her at recess, hitting her, kicking her, pulling her hair, stepping on her and even spitting on her.

The video, along with her Facebook page, was taken down by the social media company because she is not 13 and doesn't meet the site's age requirement, according to her mother, Jenn Slater, who reposted the video on her own page. Slater also alleged in her post that her daughter was initially threatened by the school's principal to remove the video before the school district contacted Facebook to report Cassidy's page.

Slater pleaded with the Facebook community to share her daughter's story and help her "put a smile back on her face." The video racked up thousands of views and caught the attention of the New York Yankees.

The team’s official Twitter account shared Cassidy's video Wednesday along with a video of their own, mimicking the style of hers. The two-and-a-half minute video features 23 Yankees players and manager Aaron Boone holding up written messages of support.

"Hey Cassidy - we saw the video you made and from all of us here at the New York Yankees, we want you to know that you are not alone. We have your back!" the team wrote.

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It begins with starting pitcher CC Sabathia holding up a sign reading "My teammates and I wanted you to know that we care about you."

About 45 seconds into the video, first baseman Greg Bird holds up a sign that reads, "We may be older than you. We may be taller than you.” Then relief pitcher Dellin Betances finishes the message saying, “But we want you to know that we look up to you."

The video ends with Boone inviting Cassidy to meet the team.

Slater thanked the Yankees in a Facebook post, writing that she has "much respect" for the team and their gesture made her cry. 

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<![CDATA[Gronkowski the NFL Player Buys Stake in Gronkowski the Horse]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:10:57 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/gronkhorse2.jpg

A horse named Gronkowski has been purchased, at least in part, by his namesake.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announced Wednesday that he had bought a substantial stake in Gronkowski, a 3-year-old colt that will be racing in the Kentucky Derby.

"This horse is a winner and I love a winner," Gronk said in a statement on his GronkNation blog. "When I heard about the racehorse being named after me, I started watching and got really stoked when he started winning. He's won his last three races and is now headed to the Derby. I'm all in: Welcome to the Gronk Family, Gronkowski the Horse!"

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Rob Gronkowski teamed with owner Phoenix Thoroughbreds Ltd. in a partnership arrangement for the horse ahead of the Kentucky Derby, which can be seen live on NBC on May 5.

"We are very excited to have this talented racehorse running in the Derby and to have Rob Gronkowski join our team,” said Phoenix's Tom Ludt. "His involvement only adds to our growing credentials worldwide and can help us introduce the best of horse racing to a whole new audience."

Gronkowski the horse comes from a line of racers. According to Phoenix Thoroughbreds, the horse's father, Lonhro, was named Australia's Racehorse of the Year for 2003-04, and his maternal grandfather, Lookin at Lucky, has twice been an American champion.

As Rob Gronkowski pointed out, even though it's the first derby for the racehorse, the tight end attended the Kentucky Derby in 2015 along with quarterback Tom Brady and other Patriots teammates.

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"I really can’t think of anything cooler than having a top-class Thoroughbred named after me," he said. "Except maybe having him win the Derby."

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<![CDATA[McKayla Maroney Says Nassar Abused Her 'Hundreds' of Times]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:58:30 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/maroney-today.jpg

Since Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney accused former Dr. Larry Nassar of sexual abuse six months ago, the gold medalist is making her first public comments about the "hundreds" of times she says he abused her and the “big secret” she was forced to keep.

In an interview to be aired in full Sunday on “Dateline,” Maroney told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie that she was just 13 when she first visited the ex-USA Gymnastics doctor for an exam.

“He told me that he was gonna do a checkup on me. That was the first day that I was abused,” said Maroney, now 22.

Nassar worked for USA Gymnastics treating young athletes for nearly three decades. Though the organization said it fired him in 2015 and alerted law enforcement "after learning of athlete concerns," Nassar continued to work as a physician at Michigan State University through September 2016 and then shortly after was indicted on sexual assault charges and arrested for having thousands of images of child pornography. He pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography, as well as seven counts of sexual abuse, and is now serving his first sentence in an Arizona prison.

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Maroney was a member of the “Fierce Five” of American gymnasts who won the team gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. She also won the silver medal in the vault event, and a photo showing her on the podium looking disappointed sparked a “not impressed” meme.

The athlete is one of more than 200 people who has accused Nassar of abuse. She told Guthrie that he molested her “every time I saw him,” which she said was “hundreds” of times.

“He said that nobody would understand this and the sacrifice that it takes to get to the Olympics, so you can’t tell people this,” Maroney recalled. “He didn’t say it in a way that was mean or anything like that. I was actually like, that makes sense. I don’t want to tell anyone about this.”

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Maroney and her fellow gymnasts have also taken USA Gymnastics, MSU and the U.S. Olympic Committee to task, claiming that they turned a blind eye to Nassar’s misconduct and share some of the blame for the abuse. Earlier this week, Maroney said that the organizations only care about “money and medals,” adding that it “didn’t seem they cared about anything else.”

All three groups have made changes to their top leadership positions in the wake of Nassar’s abuse scandal. And the Michigan attorney general launched an investigation into Nassar’s time at MSU.

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Maroney said at the time her abuse felt like a “big secret,” but she is ready to speak out about it now.

“Doing what’s right is not always what’s easy, but I need to speak up for the girls and for the future,” she said.

Maroney’s full interview, “Silent No More,” airs on “Dateline” Sunday at 7 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Report: Tom Brady Hasn't Told the Pats He's Playing in 2018]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:39:09 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/usa-tom-brady-sad-4.jpg

Tom Brady still hasn't told the New England Patriots if he plans to play in 2018, according to an ESPN report.

ESPN's Adam Schefter said league sources tell him Brady "still has not committed to playing in 2018." However, he said people close to the star quarterback still believe he will play.

"I think he's going to play," Schefter said during an appearance on WEEI's "Kirk & Callahan" show on Tuesday morning. "But I cannot tell you I know he's going to play."

Two of Brady's teammates told NBC Sports Boston's Mike Giardi that they've spoken to him this offseason and he's never indicated he wasn't planning to play. And a source told Pro Football Talk that Brady has already made arrangements to work out with several teammates before the start of training camp. Jeff Howe of The Athletic reported on Wednesday that Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and possibly even more teammates have made plans to work out together in July in Montana. 

Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported on Wednesday that it may be a new contract which Brady is seeking prior to the new season.


Per his current contract, Brady is slated to earn $14 million in base salary in each of the next two seasons. He can be an unrestricted free agent following the 2019 season, by which time he'll be 42 years old.

Brady was not in attendance for the start of the team's offseason program this week. He had been in Quatar on a business trip, but posted a photo on Instagram Tuesday saying he was back home.

Gronkowski, who has discussed the possibility of retiring, has also been notably absent from this week's workouts.

Throughout last season, numerous stories surfaced about tension between Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, mostly stemming from Belichick's decision to ban Brady's trainer and business partner, Alex Guerrero, from the sidelines during games.

If Brady were to retire, it would be a huge blow to the Patriots - especially after they traded backup quarterback and heir apparent Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers last year. Right now, the only quarterback on the roster is journeyman Brian Hoyer, who is 16-21 as a starter in nine NFL seasons. He went 0-6 with the 49ers last season prior to being released after the team acquired Garoppolo.

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<![CDATA[Things You May Not Know About Chicharito]]> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:27:52 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/chicarito.jpg

Mexican soccer star Javier “Chicharito” Hernández has a family history of World Cup excellence. Learn some more about the striker that you may not know.

<![CDATA[Things You May Not Know About James Rodriguez]]> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:25:39 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/jamesrod.jpg

Colombia's star soccer player James Rodriguez is one of the best players in the world. But how much do you know about James off the pitch?

<![CDATA[Things You May Not Know About Lionel Messi]]> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:23:23 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/messi8.jpg

Argentina's Lionel Messi has been dazzling soccer fans for years. But there are a few things you may not know about the superstar.

<![CDATA[Things You May Not Know About Neymar]]> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:20:22 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/neymar1.jpg

You've seen him dominate on the pitch, now learn a little more about the Brazilian star.

<![CDATA[Things You May Not Know About Cristiano Ronaldo]]> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:17:44 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/ronaldop.jpg

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most electrifying soccer players in the world, but there may be a few things you don't know about the Portuguese star.

<![CDATA[Does the Stormy Daniels Sketch Look Like Tom Brady?]]> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:20:34 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/bradysketch.jpg

During a Tuesday appearance on "The View," adult film actress Stormy Daniels revealed a sketch of the man she says threatened her to keep quiet about an alleged affair with President Donald Trump.

It didn't take long for Twitter users to start speculating on who the man in the sketch looked like.

One of the most common suggestions? New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

"Like... don’t even try to tell me that’s not Tom Brady in Stormy’s sketch," said one Twitter user.

"Apparently the man who threatened Stormy Daniels has several Super Bowl rings and goes by the alias 'Tom Brady'" said another.

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Other suggestions on Twitter about who the man in the sketch could be included actor Willem Dafoe, former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci and actor Mark Consuelos, better known as the husband of talk show host Kelly Ripa.

Daniels, along with her attorney Michael Avenatti, said they are offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who can positively identify the man they said approached Daniels seven years ago in a parking lot while she was with her baby daughter and threatened her.

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<![CDATA[Bruins Lose 4-2 to Maple Leafs in Game 3]]> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 22:23:50 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-947219774.jpg

David Pastrnak and the rest of the power play unit may have nightmares about what transpired for the Boston Bruins tonight on their lone man advantage.

In a very loosely officiated game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, the Bruins received just one power play in a 4-2 loss to the Maple Leafs that allowed Toronto to climb back into the best-of-seven first round series, now down just 2-1.

Chances were aplenty for the B’s on the power play, which came early in the third period and with Toronto ahead, 3-2. The Bruins hit two posts and suffered two more cases of highway robbery by Leafs goalie Frederick Andersen, who redeemed himself after a dismal showing back in Boston through the first two games of the series. He made 40 saves in all for Toronto in the Game 3 win.

Andersen was pulled from Game 2 in the first period after allowing three goals on the first four shots he faced. He looked shaky at times in the first period tonight as well, having difficulty corralling a blast from Zdeno Chara, a wrister from David Backes and another bomb off the stick of Charlie McAvoy.

But despite the unorthodox approach, he kept the game scoreless long enough to give Toronto the game’s first power play thanks to a puck which may or may not have hit off the side glass that wound up in the stands, resulting in a delay of game call against Riley Nash at 16:58 of the first period. Just 7 seconds into the power play, James van Reimsdyk stuffed a puck past Tuukka Rask for a 1-0 lead that held after the first 20 minutes.

After combining for 14 points in Game 2, the Pastrnak-Patrice Bergeron-Brad Marchand line ran dry tonight – some of which was due to Toronto head coach Mike Babcock matching the line against the Patrick Marleau-Tomas Plekanec-Mitch Marner line. Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy told NESN broadcasters Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley after the game that despite the lack of scoring, the line still generated a lot of offense.

“If you look at the scoresheet, clearly, they did a good job against Bergeron’s line,” Cassidy said on the telecast. “Yet I think for the third straight game, we generated enough offense to win. Tonight, it didn’t go in. We had chance after chance, especially in the second and third period.”

Boston’s fourth line was instrumental in each of its second period goals, each goal enough to tie the game at 1-1 and later 2-2.

Defenseman Adam McQuaid cleared the puck out of his own end and dumped it into the attacking zone, letting Tim Schaller, Sean Kuraly and Noel Acciari get to work. Kuraly and Schaller each won battles in the right-wing corner boards, with Schaller ultimately freeing the puck back to the right point, where McQuaid was stationed.

McQuaid, who had just one goal in 38 regular season games this year, let a slap shot fly that slipped underneath Toronto goalie Frederick Andersen to tie the game at 1-apiece at 3:06 of the second.

Nary a minute passed before a horrendous 200-foot defensive sequence gave Toronto the lead right back.

Defenseman Morgan Reilly collected the puck in the shadow of his own goal and slid a pass up the right-wing wall for Mitch Marner, who galloped past Bruins blueliner Kevan Miller into the attacking zone. Marner found Marleau cutting across to the crease from the left, who buried the puck to put the Leafs ahead once again.

Once again, Boston’s fourth line wasn’t to be denied. Kuraly sent a puck that caromed off the skates of Auston Matthews across the ice to Zdeno Chara, who moved atop the left-wing circle. Chara, renowned for having the fastest slap shot in NHL history at one point of his career, fooled the Leafs by slipping through the defense and flipping a wrister by Andersen down low to even things up once again.

Auston Matthews finally arrived to the series to put the Leafs back on top for a third time, tucking a puck underneath the crossbar with Miller in coverage at 14:47 of the second for a goal that stood as the game-winner. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft had been held off the scoresheet during the first two games in Boston.

Marleau, a 20-year veteran who spent the first 19 years of his career with the San Jose Sharks, added the all-important insurance goal for Toronto in the third at 16:25 on a feed from Marner, the duo taking advantage of a two-on-one against Miller.

Tuukka Rask made 26 saves in a losing effort for the Bruins.

“I don’t think we had as much free space in front of their net as we did in the first two games,” Rask said of Boston’s night 200 feet in front of him.

Game 4 of the series is Thursday night in Toronto at 7 p.m.

Regardless of what happens then, there will be a Game 5 back in Boston on Saturday night.

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<![CDATA[How to Watch Bruins-Maple Leafs Game 3 on All Platforms]]> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:35:23 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-946379382.jpg

Are you a big Bruins fan? Well NBC has you covered for Game 3 of the B's-Maple Leafs playoff series on Thursday night.

The Bruins take on the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Monday, April 16. You can watch the game on TV, on desktop and on mobile devices.

Here’s what you need to know:

On TV: You can watch the game on NBCSN Boston at 7 p.m. Coverage starts at 6:30. Here's where to find NBCSN where you live.

On Desktop or Mobile Devices: You can watch the game on desktop and mobile by clicking here. For mobile, you will be prompted to download the NBC Sports App if you haven't already. If you already have the app downloaded, you will immediately be directed to the mobile viewing experience.

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<![CDATA[2018 Boston Marathon Winners]]> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:23:17 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE+Copy+01.00_00_11_23.Still006.jpg

Des Linden won the 2018 Boston Marathon, becoming the first American woman to do so since 1985.

<![CDATA[Patriots' Day Red Sox Game Postponed]]> Sun, 15 Apr 2018 17:35:48 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/fenway-park-boston-generic.jpg

The Red Sox' annual Patriots' Day game has been postponed this year.

The Sox were set to play the Orioles on Marathon Monday, but the expected rain has pushed it back for the first time since 1984, the team announced Sunday.

The game has been rescheduled for 7:10 p.m. on Thursday, May 17.

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<![CDATA[Marathon a 'Come-Together Moment,' 5 Years After Bombings]]> Sun, 15 Apr 2018 18:20:21 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/marathon-set-up.jpg

Five years after the Tsarnaev brothers' bombs killed three people and wounded hundreds of others at the Boston Marathon, the finish line on Boylston Street is up, yellow daffodils line the sidewalk, an unofficial memorial to the lives lost is in place, and spectators have flooded the city for its rite of spring.

"I've grown up around here and it's just like Christmas Day," said 30-year-old Stephanie Carpenter, who with colleagues from New Balance, the maker of running shoes and athletic gear, was carrying pots of the daffodils to place along the storefronts and on the tables of outdoor cafes on Friday. "It's such a come-together moment for the city."

For Bostonians, there was little doubt that the race would continue after Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left two backpacks filled with explosives near the finish line in 2013, killing 8-year-old Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, 29, and Lu Lingzi, 23. The world's oldest marathon, and one of the most prestigious, it dates to 1897, when 15 runners entered the race and 10 completed it. The city reacted to the attack with the slogan, "Boston Strong" and a determination to be undeterred.

Thomas Grilk, the CEO of the race's organizer, the Boston Athletic Association, said he was not sure that passion for the race ran more deeply since the bombings because it had been there for such a very long time. Spectators haul out hoses when the temperature hits 100 degrees, hold out slices of oranges and ice cubes, even bring runners into their homes when necessary, he said. Then there's the 'Scream Tunnel" just outside Wellesley College on Route 135 where the students have been cheering on runners from the first race and especially after the first women were officially admitted to the race in 1972.

"When you have a race that's been run over the same course since 1897, you have families that generation by generation have been going," Grilk said.

Today, Tamerlan Tsarnaev is dead, killed in a shoot-out with police, and his brother, Dzhokhar, was sentenced to death. On Monday, Patriots Day, 30,000 runners will start the course from Hopkinton, Massachusetts, to Boston's Back Bay, with some half a million people expected to be lining the course.

Sandy Carey, a 46-year-old fifth-grade teacher from Syracuse, New York, will be running for the "261 Fearless: charity, started by the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, albeit unofficially. Kathrine Switzer managed to enter in 1967 with her initials, K.V., and finished, although a race official famously but unsuccessfully tried to wrest her number from her. 

The bombings made Carey want to run Boston, for the first time, even more than ever.

"I've always watched the Boston Marathon but after that it felt like something you had to do," she said.

She has competed in New York City's marathon three times, but "it's just a different vibe here," she said. "This is the granddaddy of them all."

Thirty-two-year-old Matt Newman, an academic researcher and soon to be admissions consultant, hopes to be at the starting line. He has injured himself, likely piriformis syndrome or spasms in his piriformis muscle in his buttocks.

"We're still holding out hope that my butt will cooperate," said Newman, who lives in Orange County, California, but is about to move to Boston.

He has run Boston twice before, finishing in 2 hours and 36 minutes in 2015 but dropping out halfway the next year because it was too hot. The year he did finish, he began to cry as neared the end of the race.

"And I wasn't crying because I was in pain but I was crying because it's incredible to be buoyed by all of these people screaming for you," he said.

Alison Batchelder, a 54-year-old stay-at-home mother of four who will be watching, said she had noticed differences since the bombing. People are more mindful and alert, as would be expected, she said.

"But it's still got that great energy," she said. "The city never lost its spark as a result. If anything they're more enthusiastic. It's sort of a 'They're not going to knock us down.'"

As this year's marathon weekend began, Tereska James was posing with her mother in front a Boston Marathon mural around the corner from the finish line. She will take a break from her job as a marketing executive to watch on Monday. Boston's determination to continue despite the attacks shows the hope that people have for the city and its unity in coming together for something that is wonderful, she said.

"It's amazing, just the amount of energy and excitement around the marathon and everything that goes with it," she said. "The ceremony. It's just infectious, so you want to be part of everything that's involved in it."

Thirty-five-year old Yilak Kebede, who was checking out the finish line, wondered if one of his countrymen from Ethiopia might win. The research fellow at Harvard University said he was struck by "the way the Bostonians respect the marathon."

"It's really nice, new to me," he said.

David O'Donnell, the senior manager of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, said he remembered the confusion immediately after the bombings as he and others struggled to understand what had happened and then the sounds of sirens.

"Police sirens, ambulance sirens, fire truck sirens, anywhere you were in the city, the background was just sirens," O'Donnell said.

He and his colleagues kept the Boston Common visitors center open as long as they could to help the 100,000 people in the city for the weekend. He said he felt numb, fearful that there would be other attacks, but also aware that he was an ambassador for the city. The city's endurance and resiliency was hardly a surprise given those are the very qualities that a marathon demands, he said. This year, Boston expects the race to bring in $200 million.

On Monday, O'Donnell will be at work about 200 yards from the end of the race, and at some point will stroll over to try to catch the first finishers coming through.

"We never worried that it would stop an annual world class event," he said.

Photo Credit: Noreen O'Donnell
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<![CDATA[Sea Dogs' Home Opener Features Drew Pomeranz Vs. Tim Tebow]]> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 19:12:32 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Drew+Pomeranz+Tim+Tebow.jpg

In Portland, Maine, the Red Sox farm team is getting some star power to sell out tickets for opening day.

Starting for the Sea Dogs will be Red Sox pitcher Drew Pomeranz. The lefty is recovering from a spring training injury.

Stepping up to the plate for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies is Tim Tebow.

"I think I'm improving and growing every day, working hard," said Tebow. The Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback is taking a swing at a baseball career. He is an outfielder in the New York Mets' organization.

He said he was excited to hit some pitches from a pitcher of Pomeranz's caliber.

"To be able to play somebody talented with a lot of experience will be a lot of fun," he said.

In his first at bat this season, against the Sea Dogs, Tebow hit a home run.

"He's an incredible athlete," said Sea Dogs General Manager Geoff Iacuessa. "I think we're all excited to see him play."

Sea Dogs spokesperson Chris Cameron said it will be a sell-out crowd Friday night. More than 7,300 fans are expected.

This opening day marks the Sea Dogs' 25th. Hadlock Field has several new features, including expanded local beer selections and a nacho cart. Cameron said he is most excited the stadium is serving Maine soft drink, Moxie.

"For a true Mainer, that's something special," he said.

Fans may also noticed expanded netting around the ballpark. Hadlock Field used to have netting behind home plate, from dugout to dugout. Now, the netting extends down the base lines.

"We want to ensure fans can come to a game, be safe, have an enjoyable time, and not worry about getting hit by a foul ball," said Cameron.

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<![CDATA[Dez Bryant Released by Cowboys]]> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:18:08 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/dezcut.jpg

Wide receiver Dez Bryant was released by the Dallas Cowboys. Bryant caught a franchise-record 73 touchdown passes in his eight seasons with the team.

<![CDATA[What Is the Triple Crown of Horse Racing?]]> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:44:12 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/triple+crown+pic.jpg

With everyone buzzing about the Triple Crown of Horse Racing, learn what it is and get to know the very few who have accomplished the feat.

<![CDATA[How to Watch Bruins-Maple Leafs Game 2 on All Platforms]]> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:27:44 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-945519560.jpg

Are you a big Bruins fan? Well NBC has you covered for Game 2 of the B's-Maple Leafs playoff series on Thursday night.

The Bruins take on the Maple Leafs at the TD Garden in Boston on Saturday, April 14. You can watch the game on TV, on desktop and on mobile devices.

Here’s what you need to know:

On TV: You can watch the game on NBC10 Boston at 8 p.m. Coverage starts at 7:30 with our special Bruins "Quest for the Cup" special. Here's where to find NBC10 Boston where you live.

On Desktop or Mobile Devices: You can watch the game on desktop and mobile by clicking here. For mobile, you will be prompted to download the NBC Sports App if you haven't already. If you already have the app downloaded, you will immediately be directed to the mobile viewing experience.

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<![CDATA[Bruins Roll Over Maple Leafs 5-1 in Postseason Opener]]> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 08:47:46 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/BruinsvsLeafsGame1.jpg

So much for a late-season slump.

David Pastrnak broke open a tight game late in the second period and the Boston Bruins never looked back on their way to a convincing 5-1 victory in their playoff opener vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs.

After losing four of five games in April to close out the regular season, the B’s looked back in prime form during Game 1 at TD Garden.

Pastrnak ripped a rocket from the top of the right circle past Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen with 38 seconds left in the second period, giving Boston a 3-1 lead heading into the third. The winger added two more assists in the game in yet another standout performance for the Bruins’ top forward line.

Brad Marchand, David Backes, Sean Kuraly and David Krejci also scored for the Bruins, while goaltender Tuukka Rask made 26 saves.

Don’t let the scoreboard fool you — this was actually a close game until Pastrnak rifled home a pass from linemate Marchand to give the B’s a two-goal lead.

Marchand opened the scoring just six minutes into the game. But after finding themselves dominated for the first 15 minutes, Toronto tied it up when Zach Hyman won a neutral zone race and beat a lunging Rask at the left post.

That swung the momentum in favor of the Leafs. Two close calls in the second period might have made for a different end result had they gone in.

Instead, Backes put the Bruins up for good on the powerplay with 4:17 remaining in the second period. Then came Pastrnak’s backbreaking strike.

Toronto rode a red-hot power play into the playoffs but couldn’t convert on three tries, while Boston netted three goals on six man-advantage attempts.

The Bruins’ final goal of the night came during a five-minute major penalty on Nazem Kadri, who was ejected for boarding Tommy Wingels. It was dangerous play on a defenseless Wingels that could result in a suspension for Kadri.

The hit certainly rose tensions on the ice, though nothing boiled over in the closing minutes with the outcome already well in hand. Game 2 of this best-of-seven series is Saturday night at TD Garden, with puck drop slated for 8 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Red Sox Joe Kelly Suspended 6 Games for Role in Brawl]]> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:38:24 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Joe+Kelly+braw.jpg

Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly received a six-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Thursday for his role in Wednesday night's bench-clearing brawl with the New York Yankees.

Kelly hit New York's Tyler Austin - who was suspended for five games - with a pitch in the top of the seventh inning. Austin subsequently charged the mound, causing the benches to clear.

Both players announced they would appeal their suspensions.

Kelly hit Austin as retaliation for his slide into Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt in the third inning, when Austin spiked Holt's leg on a slide into second base. The benches cleared briefly during that incident as well after Holt and Austin exchanged words.

Both Kelly and Austin were ejected from the game, as were Yankees' third base coach Phil Nevin and relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle after the seventh inning scuffle.

The Yankees won Wednesday's game, 10-7, handing Boston its first loss since Opening Day. The teams complete their three-game series tonight at Fenway Park at 7:10 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Kids Skipping School at Cubs Game Caught by Principal]]> Sat, 14 Apr 2018 22:38:04 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/NC_kidsskipschool_1500x845.jpg
Illinois brothers Tucker and Gunner Speckman celebrated their good grades with a family trip to Wrigley Field. The family made a special sign as a joke that said, "Skipping School, shh, don't tell Principal Verluis!"
Turns out, Principal Verluis was also there with his son. 
<![CDATA[Gronk Offers Another Clue on Next Season's Plans ]]> Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:49:05 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Gronkowski+GettyImages-908393580.jpg

Rob Gronkowski's offseason has been filled with questions about whether he will return to the New England Patriots next season or retire and his latest Instagram post seems to provide an answer -- sort of.

Following a recent ESPN report that Gronkowski is "pretty certain" he’ll come back to the Patriots if quarterback Tom Brady stays with the team, the tight end posted a cryptic message on Instagram Thursday also possibly hinting at a return.

"You see the play, you see the fun, you seen me go down HARD," read the post. "They been saying for years I wouldn’t last since their eyes... 1st saw it all. Just cause ya can’t do it, don’t mean I can’t."

The speculation began when the star tight end refused to rule out retirement following the Patriots’ devastating loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.

"I'm definitely going to look at my future, for sure," he said after the game in Minneapolis. "I'll sit down in the next couple of weeks and see where I'm at."

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<![CDATA[How to Watch Bruins-Maple Leafs Game 1 on All Platforms]]> Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:45:49 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*123/GettyImages-873622774.jpg

Are you a big Bruins fan? Well NBC has you covered for Game 1 of the B's-Maple Leafs playoff series on Thursday night.

The Bruins take on the Maple Leafs at the TD Garden in Boston on Thursday, April 12. You can watch the game on TV, on desktop and on mobile devices.

Here’s what you need to know:

On TV: You can watch the game on NBC Sports Network at 7 p.m. The pre-game starts at 6 p.m. Here's where to find NBCSN where you live.

On Desktop or Mobile Devices: You can watch the game on desktop and mobile by clicking here. For mobile, you will be prompted to download the NBC Sports App if you haven't already. If you already have the app downloaded, you will immediately be directed to the mobile viewing experience.

And don't forget to tune in to Game 2 of the Bruins-Maple Leafs series, which airs Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC10 Boston. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. with our "Quest for the Cup" special.

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<![CDATA[Kid Skips School for Cubs Home Opener, Where He Runs Into Principal]]> Wed, 11 Apr 2018 16:55:19 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-942767288.png

“Skipping school…Shh! Don’t tell Principal Versluis,” read a not-so-inconspicuous sign at the Cubs’ home opener Tuesday.

And sure enough, Principal Versluis saw the sign that Tucker Steckman, a fourth-grader at Wells Elementary School in East Moline, brought to the game, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

That’s because Wells Elementary's principal, Pat Versluis, was at the game, too.

“I didn’t want him to see me either,” Versluis told the Sun-Times, adding that he had called in sick to work to bring his own son to the game.

The run-in occurred after the MLB tweeted a photo of Steckman holding the sign—with his face covered by a black line—outside Wrigley Field just before 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Everything ended up OK. Versluis told the Sun-Times Steckman's absence is fine because he is “a great kid. He was student leader of the year. I thought the sign was hilarious.”

Steckman and Versluis were not the only novel opener attendees. Loyola's Sister Jean made an appearance and got her own honorary Cubs jersey after the Ramblers' historic March Madness run rocketed her into international stardom. 

Unfortunately, the Pirates spoiled the day for Cubs fans with an 8-5 victory.

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<![CDATA[Can Upstart Bruins Win the Stanley Cup?]]> Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:47:36 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/925174958.jpg

The Boston Bruins ran out of gas during the final week of the regular season, their mini-collapse culminating on Sunday night in a lethargic loss to the Florida Panthers. The poor showing not only cost the B’s first place in their division but also the guarantee of home ice throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.

It was a missed opportunity that left some fans (ridiculously) questioning the team’s heart and ability to win big games. But last time I looked, the sky hadn’t yet fallen on Causeway Street. And the Bruins remain favorites in their first-round series with the pesky Toronto Maple Leafs, which kicks off Thursday night at TD Garden.

So here’s a quick reality check: Despite their flagging 1-3-1 record in April, Boston remains a legit Stanley Cup contender after exceeding all expectations this season.

The team won 50 games and finished with the fourth best record in the NHL. At times the Bruins were a buzz saw, dominating puck possession thanks to seamless transitions from defense to offense and coach Bruce Cassidy’s attack-first philosophy.

Boston’s top forward line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, easily the best three-zone trio in hockey, scored a combined 99 goals while seemingly never letting the other team touch the puck. It was almost unfair.

The old Bruins guard — Bergeron, Marchand, David Krejci, Zdeno Chara and Tuukka Rask — remains the core of this team despite its advancing age. But if there were an x-factor to the team’s success this season, look no further than the contributions of rookies Jake DeBrusk, Danton Heinen, Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk. This infusion of young legs and playmaking ability, combined with career years for a number of depth forwards, saw the B’s simply overwhelm opponents on many nights.

Also not to be overlooked: After enduring an absurd amount of injuries all season, including a particularly treacherous spring, the Bruins will enter the postseason fairly healthy. The loss of defenseman Brandon Carlo is significant, though good news definitely outweighs the bad with Bergeron, Chara, DeBrusk, McAvoy and Torey Krug already back in the lineup and Rick Nash, Noel Acciari and Riley Nash nearing a return.

Standing in the Bruins’ way is Toronto. The young Leafs are no longer just happy to be here, getting their first taste of the playoffs last season. Now they’re ready to make their mark, and fans in hockey-mad Ontario are craving a first-round upset to help wash away the pain of 2013’s epic Game 7 collapse in Boston once and for all.

The Maple Leafs are younger and faster than the Bruins. They boast scary-good superstar Auston Matthews, a lethal power play and a goalie that can steal a series in Frederik Andersen. So it’s no wonder Toronto beat Boston three times in four tries during the regular season. One potential weakness for the Leafs: flimsy depth at defense, which the Bruins could exploit with their multiple-line forward attack.

Prediction: It won’t be as dramatic as 2013, but the Bruins gut out another seven-game victory over the Maple Leafs thanks to their depth scoring and elite goaltending from Rask. In Round 2, the juggernaut Tampa Bay Lightning will be too much for Boston. The Bolts end an amazing Bruins season in six games on their way to the Stanley Cup Final.

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