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The beard is gone for Gomes

Posted by David D'Onofrio February 12, 2014 11:27 AM

A few days after talking to his beard while giving it a trim, Jonny Gomes officially said goodbye to his famed facial hair Wednesday morning.

Appearing on Fox News' Fox & Friends, Gomes earned a $10,000 donation from Norelco to the Travis Roy Foundation by letting Elisabeth Hasselbeck take a couple of different razors to his face and give him a fresh start prior to the 2014 season. Gomes recently joined forces with Roy, the former Boston University hockey player who was paralyzed after sliding head-first into the boards on his first shift as a Terrier, but has since graduated from BU and raised millions to fund research and assist survivors of spinal cord injuries.

"Travis Roy, a pretty amazing story, where he's come from and where he is now, and the tragedies he's gone through," the Red Sox outfielder said prior to his trimming. "What I'm doing personally is trying to raise as much money as I can, and what we want to do is just buy like a fleet of wheelchairs, hand carts, and buggies."

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What Google autocomplete says about some of Boston's biggest athletes

Posted by David D'Onofrio February 7, 2014 01:00 AM

The Boston Red Sox are ... World Series champions. But, did you also know the New England Patriots are ... cheaters. The Boston Bruins are ... a dirty team. And the Boston Celtics are ... old.

Well, at least according to Google.

Spurred on by a map showing the most popular Google autocomplete suggestions were for cities in Massachusetts, which was spurred on by a map pinning each U.S. state with its biggest stereotype, we decided to plug some of Boston's most prominent and provocative athletes and executives into the search engine and see what turned up.

What showed at the top of the list for each of the region's four most popular teams is above, but which individual is considered "cute?" Which former star might be better known for his movie roles than his hall-of-fame career? Who is closely associated with an obscure musical instrument? Who is both overrated and underrated? And whose brush with controversy may have altered his results, and perhaps his public perception?

Click through to the jump, then hover over the headshots to see what Google proposes for a search on each of the depicted, keeping in mind that the autocomplete suggestions can change based on location, and do try to account for more recent news, but are ultimately based on real searches that have been done by its users.

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Celtics' Bass says kids 'have to be taught how important it is that they are active'

Posted by David D'Onofrio February 5, 2014 09:00 AM

Celtics forward Brandon Bass recently joined assistant coach Walter McCarty and renowned chef Ming Tsai for a Sun Life Financial-sponsored event aimed at preventing diabetes by helping kids establish healthy habits at a young age. The 28-year-old, who last summer enlisted in swimming lessons in part to inspire local youths, offered to share his reflections on last Thursday's appearance and its lessons.

By Brandon Bass
While being a Celtic and preparing day in and day out to play my best on the court takes up a majority of my time, I also know how important it is to connect with kids in the community, and last week I got the chance to help out at a diabetes prevention event at the Oak Square YMCA that was put together by Sun Life Financial. Sun Life is a partner of the Celtics and they are a big supporter of the Ys Diabetes Prevention Program, so they brought me and coach Walter McCarty over to help teach Boston kids and their families fun and simple ways that they can get some more activity into their daily routines.

Chef Ming Tsai was also there to show how to make healthy meals, and Im not going to lie, getting to show the proper technique and eat Mings nutritious meals was certainly a job Im well qualified for. Lucky for Chef Ming I have a day job. Man can he cook!

But in all seriousness, its great helping to teach people to understand how important it is to eat right and stay fit. After all, the bottom line for me is that theres no chance Id be playing in the NBA without following these guidelines myself.

After the event, I went home to my family, and got to thinking about how grateful I am that Ive been able to take what I know about exercise and nutrition and use that to help with some of the decisions we make at home for my kids. As a father of two, its great to watch my kids try out new activities, and start to show an interest in sports. It just so happened though, that the one sport my 6-year-old son enjoys the most was one that I couldnt help him with: swimming!

I never learned to swim, and in fact, Brandon Jr. is the first one in our family to learn. My daughter showed an interest as well, so I decided that if they could take the plunge, so could I, and we started taking swimming lessons together.

At first, I was nervous about even learning how to float, let alone swim, but now I enjoy it almost as much as my son. As I got better at the basics, I started thinking about how easy it is for someone to get stuck in their ways when it comes to fitness. As a pro ball player, my commitment to fitness comes with the territory, but I can get tunnel vision when it comes to switching up my routine. Ive always been a weight room and basketball court kind of guy, but when I started branching out into swimming, I realized how much it could help with my workouts and how important it is to try out different exercises, that focus on different muscle groups.

With obesity and diabetes in America climbing, the idea of changing up your routine is more important than ever. Kids these days are putting aside physical activity for video games and TV, and that has got to change. They have to be taught how important it is that they are active for at least a little bit each day. In my personal life I try to push myself to be an example for my children, and in my professional life I try to promote healthy lifestyles to kids everywhere, like the event last week with Sun Life and the YMCA. Events like this are great to get the conversation going about being healthy, and Im excited to take part in many more. Who knows? Maybe next time Ill lead a swimming clinic!

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Above: Bass has a laugh while Tsai cheers the culinary skills of Sun Life president Wes Thompson.

Below: Thompson, Tsai, and Bass are joined by host Jenny Johnson, YMCA of Greater Boston CEO Kevin Washington, as well as YMCA participants Marta Bonilla and Brendan Sutliff.

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Revolution set to pick new 'Rev Girls,' head out on pub tour as season approaches

Posted by David D'Onofrio February 3, 2014 04:00 PM

Now that football season is finished, the other inhabitants of Gillette Stadium are just starting to get ready for their own business. And in that vein, the Revolution will as an organization be busy over the next week building support -- and, specifically, choosing supporters -- for their efforts in the coming season.

Wednesday and Thursday nights, the local MLS entry will hold the final rounds of auditions to join its Rev Girls promotional team, first taking three from the Boston area, then three more from the Providence area a night later.

Wednesday's contest will be held at The Greatest Bar on Friend Street in Boston, from 9-11, with Dirty Water TV's Sophia Goulet hosting the festivities, and the panel of guest judges including Olympic judo champion Kayla Harrison, 2013 Miss Massachusetts Amanda Narciso, Melissa from Hot 96.9 FM, and WEEI producer Ben Kichen. They'll be watching as Allison Bergeron (Nashua, N.H.), Brandi Bishop (Medford), Lauren Laperriere (Gardner), Alexandra Paz (Chestnut Hill), Michelle Spiry (Sturbridge), and Jennifer Swain (Concord) answer Revolution trivia, participate in a question-and-answer session, and interact with fans at the bar.

Thursday night the contest moves to the R R in Providence, where Adrianna Coelho (Westborough), Meghan Larrat (Saunderstown, R.I.), Jamie McIntyre (Cranston, R.I.), Jenna Pare (Tiverton, R.I.), Margarita Propper (East Providence, R.I.), and Kelly Villa (Pawtucket, R.I.) compete for the three remaining spots on the Rev Girls roster. Their event will be emceed by former American Idol contender Erika Van Pelt, and judged by WPRI Rhode Show host Will Gilbert, 2013 Miss Rhode Island Jessica Marfeo, the Providence Journal's Jena Pelletier, and Jessica Schiano from 92 PRO-FM.

Both nights fans are welcome to view the contest and cheer on their favorites in an effort to influence the judges' decisions.

Then next week, the players themselves hit the bars to party with the people as the club embarks on a pub tour between preseason tilts. There's no cover charge for any of the events, and each will include a chance for those in attendance to win tickets to the Revolution's March 22 home opener.

The tour's first stop is Feb. 11, at The Banshee in Boston, where Jose Goncalves, Lee Nguyen, and Chris Tierney are scheduled to appear from 7-9 p.m. That event is 21-plus, though the next two nights are open to fans of all ages.

The first is Feb. 12 at the CBS Scene in Foxborough, which runs from 6-8 p.m., with Diego Fagundez, Dimitry Imbongo, and Saer Sene all slated to be on hand. And finally, on Feb. 13, it's back to Providence and the R R from 7-9, with Kevin Alston, Scott Caldwell, and Andrew Farrell all signed up to participate.

Then it's back to business, as the team heads to Arizona for three preseason matches in the span of a week before kicking things off for real at Houston on March 8.

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Dave D'Onofrio follows Boston's pro players away from the field, court or ice, covering their interests and activities in the community and beyond. A Massachusetts native, once his dreams of More »

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