BOSTON (AP) - Rajon Rondo scored 20 points and the Boston Celtics dominated the boards to beat Brooklyn 91-84 and stop the Nets' four-game winning streak last night. Boston scored the first five points and never trailed, although Brooklyn used an 11-point run to cut the lead to 70-68 with 2:02 left in the third quarter. But the Celtics came back to take a 78-70 lead entering the final quarter and led by at least seven points the rest of the way.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Siyani Chambers scored 17 points and Harvard became the first team to clinch a berth in this year's NCAA tournament with a 70-58 win over arch-rival Yale on Friday night to capture the Ivy League title. Steve Moundou-Missi added 16 points and Brandyn Curry chipped in with 14 for Harvard, which will enter the tournament on a seven-game winning streak.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - David Ortiz ended an 0-for-8 spring training start with an RBI double in the fourth inning as the Boston Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 yesterday. Ortiz had struck out three times and walked before his first hit of the exhibition season. Grady Sizemore, attempting to come back after being sidelined for more than two years by injuries, went 2 for 3 with a leadoff infield single for Boston.
BOSTON (AP) - Authorities say two young women suffered minor injuries when a metal pole holding up protective netting behind one of the goals at the TD Garden fell and struck them after a Boston Bruins game. The netting fell at about 9:40 p.m. Thursday after the Bruins' 3-0 win over the Washington Capitals. A private ambulance service took the women to the hospital as a precaution, but their injuries are not considered life threatening.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Tyler Melville scored 23 points and Connor Boehm added 22 as Dartmouth made 6 of 8 free throws in the final 16 seconds to upset Brown 75-68 last night. The Big Green had an eight-point lead with 6:40 and came up with a clutch play every time the Bears got close.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - UConn sophomore Breanna Stewart is the American Athletic Conference player of the year and her coach, Geno Auriemma, is the league's coach of the year. Rutgers guard Tyler Scaife was honored as freshman of the year during ceremonies yesterday before the conference's first postseason tournament.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Pawtucket City Council has approved an agreement under which the Pawtucket Red Sox would remain at McCoy Stadium until 2021, and potentially beyond. PawSox President Mike Tamburro says the council this week voted to extend its lease with the state for five years, with an option for another five-year extension. The team must formalize a separate agreement with the state.
TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND SPORTS SCHEDULE:
Boston at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Boston (ss) vs. Baltimore (ss) at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Baltimore (ss) vs. Boston (ss) at Fort Myers, Fla., 7:05 p.m.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER:
New England at Houston, 8:30 p.m.
MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL:
Iona vs. Rider, at Springfield, Mass., Noon
Vermont vs. New Hampshire, at Albany, N.Y., Noon
UConn at Louisville, 2 p.m.
Drexel vs. Northeastern, at Baltimore, 2:30 p.m.
Canisius vs. Siena, at Springfield, Mass., 2:30 p.m.
Boston U. vs. Army, 3:30 p.m.
American vs. Holy Cross, 5:30 p.m.
Stony Brook vs. Maine, at Albany, N.Y., 6 p.m.
Manhattan vs. Saint Peter's, at Springfield, Mass., 6:30 p.m.
Harvard at Brown, 7 p.m.
Dartmouth at Yale, 7 p.m.
Providence at Creighton, 8 p.m.
Hartford vs. Binghamton, at Albany, N.Y., 8:30 p.m.
Quinnipiac vs. Marist, at Springfield, Mass., 9 p.m.
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL:
Rutgers vs. SMU, at Uncasville, Conn., Noon
UConn vs. Cincinnati-UCF winner, at Uncasville, Conn., 2:30 p.m.
Brown at Harvard, 6 p.m.
Yale at Dartmouth, 7 p.m.
Seton Hall vs. Providence, at Chicago, 5 p.m.
Louisville vs. Memphis-Houston winner, at Uncasville, Conn., 6 p.m.
South Florida vs. Temple, at Uncasville, Conn., 8:30 p.m.
MEN'S COLLEGE HOCKEY:
Dartmouth at Rensselaer, 7 p.m.
Brown at St. Lawrence, 7 p.m.
Harvard at Yale, 7 p.m.
Merrimack at Maine, 7 p.m.
Boston University at Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
Sacred Heart at Canisius, 7:05 p.m.
RIT at Holy Cross, 7:05 p.m.
American International at Niagara, 7:05 p.m.
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