UK magazine copies Boston Magazine's famous marathon cover

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff January 28, 2014 02:42 PM

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Look familiar?

The magazine cover on the right, of course, is the iconic image that Boston Magazine came up with in the wake of last year's Boston Marathon bombings. The one on the left is from The Bath Magazine, a periodical overseas, previewing the Bath Half Marathon with a cover that seems to be...well, a blatant ripoff.

That doesn't have staffers at Boston Magazine too pleased.

To its credit, the editors at Bath Magazine have already come out and apologized for the misunderstanding.

The publication still had the image as its Twitter profile above the apology.

In a response, Boston Magazine summoned the folks at Bath Magazine to make a donation to the One Fund.

"We can’t speak for the dozens of runners who donated their shoes to us for that image," Carly Carioli wrote. "We can’t speak for the runners who are preparing to run this April. But we hope that if you were so bold as to borrow our idea, you will also borrow the spirit of that cover—and make a significant donation to the One Fund in the name of those who were unable to finish the race."

Watch: Harlem Globetrotters' scary dunk takes down whole basket

Posted by Anush Elbakyan, Boston.com Staff November 12, 2013 10:33 AM

Bull Bullard of the Harlem Globetrotters attempted to make a monster dunk when the hoop in Honduras collapsed. The whole stanchion crashed down on Bullard as the backboard shattered and cut Bullard's forehead.

Fortunately, the Globetrotters' guard only suffered that minor injury and recovered after the accident to watch his teammates finish the game.

Mobile users unable to see the video, click here.

'The Truth and KG' wins in a photo finish at Saratoga

Posted by Staff August 13, 2013 11:20 AM


Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett may be done winning basketball games for the Boston Celtics, but it appears their namesakes’ are still coming through in the clutch.

The former Celtics greats’ nicknames were combined and given to a race horse that competed at Saratoga on Monday, Aug. 12. And just as Pierce and Garnett came through for the Celtics for many years, The Truth and KG came through with a photo finish victory, wearing green silks and No. 5 no less.

With 7-2 odds in Race 7 on Monday, The Truth and KG started off the race in second place, not far back from Bernie the Maestro (5-2) who got out to an early lead. Race-favorite Hello Lover, at 6-5 odds, fell back at the beginning but was able to make up ground heading into the final stretch.

Bernie the Maestro and The Truth and KG were neck and neck heading down the straightaway, with Hello Lover closing fast from the outside. It looked like Bernie the Maestro was going to take the race halfway into the final quarter mile, but The Truth and KG surged back to catch Bernie the Maestro.

Hello Lover could not make up the ground he lost at the beginning of the race, falling just short of an epic comeback. The initial finish was too close to call, and photo review showed that The Truth and KG just crossed the line about a nose before Bernie the Maestro and a head before Hello Lover.

The Truth and KG went through the quarter mile in 22.8 seconds, through the half mile in 45.07, hit the three quarters mark in 1:09.13, and finished in 1:22.26, an incredible 13.13 second last quarter mile.

Link to full video: http://boston.barstoolsports.com/random-thoughts/the-truth-and-kg-just-doing-what-they-do-at-saratoga/

Revolution players Sene, Bengtson to scoop ice cream for One Fund charity

Posted by Staff July 25, 2013 10:36 AM

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New England Revolution players Saer Sene and Jerry Bengtson will be taking a break from the pitch on Aug. 15 and instead test out their ice cream scooping skills, volunteering at a charity event to benefit The One Fund Boston.

The event, which will take place at Ben & Jerry’s on Newbury Street in Boston, has been dubbed “Sene and Jerry’s,” with the two soccer stars working behind the counter from 4 to 6 p.m.

One hundred percent of all tips and 50 percent of the total sales from those two hours will be given to The One Fund, which was established following the Boston Marathon bombings to benefit those most affected by the tragic events of April 15.

The Revs girls, as well as the Revolution’s mascot Slide, will also be in attendance, handing out Revolution gear to fans and giving fans a sneak peak at Sene’s limited-edition bobblehead, which the Revs will be giving away at their Aug. 25 match against Philadelphia.

For more information, visit revolutionsoccer.net.

Boston women's basketball team changes name after Boston Marathon tragedy

Posted by Staff April 23, 2013 10:02 AM
The Boston Bombers, a Boston-based semi-pro women's basketball team, announced that they will change the team name following the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, according to a report on Gawker.

The team is part of the Women's Blue Chip League and will also change its logo, a black and red bomb with basketball grooves.

The team will announce a new name this week. The team has already deactivated its Facebook page and Twitter account, and will no longer be using its original website, BostonBombersBasketball.com.

"Our fans were not happy with the name," a team spokesperson told Gawker.

Aly Raisman injured in fall on uneven bars during gymnastics tour

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff September 10, 2012 09:44 AM


According to a report on WCVB-TV (Ch. 5), Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman injured herself while performing in the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions in Ontario, Calif. over the weekend.

The Needham native reportedly fell to her stomach on the arena's concrete floor during a routine on the uneven bars, but was able to walk out of the arena unassisted.

Fellow Olympian medalist McKayla Maroney was also injured after landing a layout dismount off the uneven bars. The gymnast, famous for her not-impressed smirk, was carried off the mat and, along with Raisman, did not return for the show's finale.

A source told NewsCenter 5 that Raisman is fine and is in San Diego, where the 40-city tour, which comes to Boston on Nov. 11, is scheduled to continue.

The Kellogg's Tour also includes Olympians Gabrielle Douglas, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber.

Live updates from Championship Weekend

Posted by Staff August 25, 2012 11:20 AM

(Update 6:12 p.m.) Final: Boston 10, Chesapeake 16 Chesapeake's Kip Turner and Ben Rubeor stole the show from the home town Cannons this Championship Weekend. Turner stopped all but two of Boston's 15 shots in the second half, while Rubeor almost couldn't miss, scoring a game-high six goals on eight shots.

There you have it. Chesapeake will take on Denver for the MLL championship at Harvard Stadium tomorrow at 3 p.m. Check back on Sunday for championship game updates.

(Update 5:59 p.m.) 4:35 left in the 4th quarter: Boston 9, Chesapeake 16 Goals by Kimmel and Rubeor have this game about out of reach for the Cannons.

(Update 5:47 p.m.) 11:04 left in the 4th quarter: Boston 9, Chesapeake 14 The questionable call hurts, as Drew Westervelt's first of the game puts the Bayhawks on top by five.

Kip Turner looks focused and determined. He's now stopped 10 of the last 11 shots he's faced.

(Update 5:44 p.m.) 13:04 left in the 4th quarter: Boston 9, Chesapeake 13 Rubeor's just putting on a show for the Bayhawks right now. He's scored the game's last four goals. A questionable illegal body check call on Ortolani has Boston in a tough spot.

(Update 5:40 p.m.) End of the 3rd quarter: Boston 9, Chesapeake 12 With 50 seconds to play in the third Kip Turner made a nice sliding stop to his right on a two-point shot by Rabil that would have tied the game at 11. The Bayhawks quickly transitioned and found Rubeor, who netted his third straight to put Chesapeake up three with 15 minutes to play.

Ortolani may be finding a rhythm, taking three of five face-offs in the third.

(Update 5:31 p.m.) 3:25 left in 3rd quarter: Boston 9, Chesapeake 11 Burke proves to be human, allowing back-to-back goals to Chesapeake's Ben Rubeor, who now has three tallies this afternoon. Boston hasn't scored in nearly five minutes, it's longest drought of the game.

(Update 5:21 p.m.) 8:50 left in 3rd quarter: Boston 9, Chesapeake 9 Mike Stone's third goal of the game (he also has two assists) knotted the game at nine. Jordan Burke looks to be locked in. The Cannons' net minder has stopped all four shots he's seen this quarter.

(Update 5:05 p.m.) Halftime: Boston 8, Chesapeake 9 After Kyle Sweeney brought Boston to within one goal, Chesapeake's Brian Spallina flattened Ryan Boyle in retaliation for Rabil's hit. He was charged with an illegal body check as well, but Boston couldn't find the back of the net before time ran out in the half. The Cannons will be a man up for the first 16 seconds of the third quarter.

Jordan Burke has stopped 11 of Chesapeake's 18 shots, while Kip Turner has only stopped four of Boston's 12 shots on goal.

Ortolani had a tough first half for Boston, winning just 4-of-17 face-offs, which led to the Cannons being outshot 18-12.

(Update 4:50 p.m.) 3:10 left in the 2nd quarter: Boston 7, Chesapeake 9 There's no love lost between these two teams and Paul Rabil just reminded everyone of that with an illegal body check that leveled one of the Bayhawks.

However, the move may have backfired, as Chesapeake's Kyle Dixon has responded with back-to-back two-point goals to put the Bayhawks on top.

(Update 4:50 p.m.) 7:07 left in the 2nd quarter: Boston 7, Chesapeake 5 The Bayhawks ran off two straight goals, followed immediately by two straight from Boston. A nice pass from Grant Jr. led to Michael Kimmel's first of the game for Chesapeake, who now trails by just two.

(Update 4:36 p.m.) End of the 1st quarter: Boston 5, Chesapeake 2 Stone added his second goal of the game to put Boston up, 5-1, but Chesapeake's Kyle Dixon scored the most impressive goal of the first quarter on the Bayhawk's next possession. Dixon unleashed a vicious shot that Boston goal keeper, Jordan Burke, deflected straight up. Dixon leaped into the air and in one motion caught and fired a shot over Burke. Impressive stuff.

Ortolani is having a tough time in the X for the Cannons. He's just 1-for-8 in face-offs against Chesapeake's Alex Smith

(Update 4:25 p.m.) 5:09 to play in the 1st quarter: Boston 4, Chesapeake 1 Pat Heim put the Cannons up, 3-1, with a goal. Boston then killed off a Buchanan holding penalty. Matt Poskay rewarded the defense for their effort with his first strike of the game on the ensuing Cannon's possession to give Boston an early three-goal edge.

(Update 4:15 p.m.) 10:05 to play in the 1st quarter: Boston 2, Chesapeake 1 No lack of offense early in this one. Kevin Buchanan (assisted by Mike Stone) got the scoring started for the Cannons, ripping a shot past Kip Turner 1:53 into the game.

John Grant Jr. tied things at one on the Bayhawks ensuing possession with a nice drive to the net. The Cannons countered with a goal from Mike Stone to go up one.

(Update 4:05 p.m.) Boston and Chesapeake, clashing for the third consecutive season in the MLL semifinals, are now underway...

(Update 3:15 p.m.) Boston and Chesapeake are warming up right now. It'll be interesting to see how Kip Turner fairs against his former team. With Chris Eck out for the Cannons today with a knee injury, Billerica's own John Ortolani will be called on to take face-offs for Boston. How he handles the pressure (in just his second game this season) will have a lot to do with whether the Cannons live to play another day.

Game 2 starts at 4:00 p.m.

(Update 3:10 p.m.) Final, Long Island 12, Denver 13: What looked like a blowout for Long Island early on turned into a thrilling 13-12 win for Denver, who had to score the game's final 10 goals to advance to the MLL finals tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.

Denver's Chris Bocklet was named the player of the game, after scoring a game-high six goals. Denver net minder, Jesse Schwartzman didn't allow a goal in the final 26 minutes of play. In all, he stopped nine of 19 Long Island shots on goal.

Long Island's Drew Adams stopped 14 of 27 shots on net.

(Update 3:06 p.m.) 0:30 to play in the 4th quarter, Long Island 12, Denver 13: Denver has possession with half a minute remaining. Long Island's going to need to snap a 26 minute scoring drought if it wants to send this one into overtime.

(Update 2:52 p.m.) 6:15 to play in the 4th quarter, Long Island 12, Denver 13: Make that 10 unanswered goals for the Outlaws, who now have their first lead of the day thanks to Sievert's second goal of the game with 6:14 to play.

(Update 2:44 p.m.) 11:20 to play in the 4th quarter, Long Island 12, Denver 12: The Outlaws have tied things up at 12 with nine unanswered goals. Long Island looks to be in some serious trouble.

Peet Poillon, who now has three goals in the game, netted the equalized for Denver.

The Outlaws outshot the Lizards 10-5 in the third quarter and have a 4-0 edge thus far in the fourth.

(Update 2:35 p.m.) End of the 3rd quarter, Long Island 12, Denver 9: The Outlaws are making a run and have cut the Long Island lead to just three with 15 minutes still to play.

After posting just one goal in each of the first two quarters, Denver exploded for seven in the third quarter, including the period's final six goals.

Denver's Bocklet now leads all scorers with four goals on five shots, including two strikes in the final 1:29 of the frame.

(Update 2:28 p.m.) 3:12 to play in the 3rd, Long Island 12, Denver 5: Adams is starting to look human in net for the Lizards. Denver, led by Chris Bocklet, has scored three times so far this quarter. However, there's been no slowing down the Long Island attack. Seibald and Peyser each have three points (two goals and an assist), while Kevin Unterstein now has two goals as well.

(Update 1:54 p.m.) Halftime, Long Island 8, Denver 2: Jeremy Sieverts snapped a 15 minute scoreless drought for the Outlaws with a nice shot to beat Drew Adams. But exactly a minute later, Long Island's Max Seibald (two points so far) added an unassisted goal.

Denver's Jesse Schwartzman has had a rough go of it so far. He's allowed seven goals on 14 shots. Charlie Cipriano also allowed a goal after Schwartzman was called for a slashing penalty.

Long Island's Drew Adams, who was named the 2012 MLL Goalie of the Year, has looked worthy of the honor, stopping seven of the nine shots he's faced.

If the Outlaws can't come back they'll become just the second top-seeded team in the past 12 years to not advance past the semifinals, joining the 2010 Boston Cannons.

(Update 1:46 p.m.) 5:30 to play in the 2nd, Long Island 7, Denver 1: The Outlaws look lost and disorganized without their leader. The Lizards have continued to pour it on and now have a six-goal edge.

Peyser (four shots on goal so far) leads all scorers with two goals for the Lizards.

(Update 1:30 p.m.) End of the first, Long Island 3, Denver 1: Long Island took full advantage of 2012 MLL MVP Brendan Mundorf's absence. The Lizards dominated possession and jumped out to a two-goal lead after the first quarter of play.

Long Island scored the first two goals of the game. Ryan Young struck at the 5:07 mark, set up nicely by Max Seibald. 61 seconds later Stephen Peyser put the Lizards up 2-0.

Denver took until the 10:20 mark to find the back of the net. Mark Matthews assisted a Chris Bocklet goal. Long Island responded with a goal from 2012 Rookie of the Year, Matt Gibson, with just over two minutes to play in the quarter.

The Lizards outshot the Outlaws 6-5 in the first frame.

(Update 1:05 p.m.) Denver and Long Island are underway...

(Update 12:35 p.m.) Injury updates: Denver's Brendan Mundorf exited practice early on Saturday afternoon after being struck below the left ankle with a stick during a six-on-six drill.

Lax Magazine's Corey McLaughlin is reporting that after trying to give it a go in warmups, the 2012 MLL MVP will not play in today's game against Long Island.

Mundorf finished the regular season with 59 points (32 goals, 27 assists).

The Cannons' Chris Eck, who finished the 2012 season with a team-record 223 face-off wins, will also be out today with a knee injury. Billerica's John Ortolani will take Eck's place in the X for the second game in a row.

Ortolani, who also happens to be a Mixed Martial Arts fighter, went 22-36 (.611) from the X in the Cannons win over Ohio last week.

(Update 11:55 a.m.) Major League Lacrosse's Championship Weekend has finally arrived. Check here for updates from Harvard Stadium throughout the day, as the Cannons try to become the second team in MLL history to win the league championship on their home field.

Kip Turner's return to Boston should be one of the more compelling story lines this weekend. Click here for the story on Turner that ran in today's Boston Globe.

Denver (11-3) takes on Long Island (8-6) at 1 p.m. and Boston (9-5) plays Chesapeake (10-4) at 4 p.m.

The winners will play for the MLL championship tomorrow at Harvard Stadium at 3 p.m.

Here's a few notes from the media guide...

All four coaches participating in Championship Weekend are in their first years at the helm...The Denver Outlaws have set a MLL record by earning a postseason birth for the seventh consecutive year...The Cannons had the previous record, reaching the playoffs in each of their first six seasons...Boston has a chance to become the second team in MLL history to win back-to-back championships. In 2006 and 2007, the Philadelphia Barrage won the MLL title...

Plenty more to come, so stay tuned and by all means comment away.

Cannons release MLL championship weekend schedule

Posted by Staff August 13, 2012 02:12 PM

The Boston Cannons (9-5) concluded the regular season with a win, 18-16, over The Machine Saturday night in Ohio, in the process earning a spot in the MLL's championship weekend at Harvard Stadium.

The Cannons, who qualified as the No. 3 seed, will look to defend their title as 2011 league champions when they take on the second-seeded Chesapeake Bayhawks in the semifinals on Saturday, Aug. 25th.

The four championship weekend qualifying teams (Boston, Denver, Chesapeake, and Long Island) will participate in a practice open to the public at Harvard Stadium on Fri., Aug. 24th from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Autographs will most definitely be signed before and after each practice.

Here is the MLL championship weekend schedule:

Sat., Aug. 25, semifinals:

1 p.m. -- Long Island (8-6) vs. Denver (11-3)
4 p.m. -- Boston (9-5) vs. Chesapeake (10-4)

Sun., Aug. 26, championship:

3 p.m. -- MLL championship game

Tickets start at $25 and tailgating is very much encouraged (the parking lot opens three hours before the game). For additional information, click here.

Are baseballs in Cape Cod League juiced?

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff August 10, 2012 06:24 PM

This season, players in the Cape Cod Baseball League have hit 382 home runs. That's a 140 percent increase over the league's 2011 output of 159, according to a report in a Cape Cod newspaper.

Rich Maclone, a reporter for The Enterprise, did some serious digging and found out that the culprit is in fact the baseballs in use, with the league's current balls featuring a harder core then their 2011 counterpart that originated from the same company.

But there's more.

The epidemic of offense hasn’t just been felt on Cape Cod. Offensive numbers are up dramatically across the country in other National Alliance of College Summer Baseball leagues. The Florida League saw their homers increase from 57 to 158. The Great Lakes League went from 99 homers in 2011 to 276. In the New York Collegiate Baseball League, the total exploded from 117 to 315. And in the Valley League, homers rose from 287 to 469.

All members of the NACSB order their baseballs from the same company. The NACSB has an exclusive baseball-provider agreement with Diamond Sports of Santa Ana, California.

Read Maclone's story on the Enterprise's web site, which details the differences in the balls and why everyone is beginning to believe they've been juiced. The numbers have worried scouts enough that they've already started making inquiries.

Revolution to host first-ever boxing match at Gillette Stadium

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff July 25, 2012 01:51 PM

The New England Revolution are finding new and interesting ways to draw fans to the club's soccer matches.

The latest bid to get fans into Gillette Stadium seats is a boxing match doubled up with the team's Aug. 12 game against the Montreal Impact. It'll be the first-ever boxing match at Gillette Stadium and will feature Revolution fan Danny O'Connor in the main event.

O'Connor's opponent will be announced later.

The three-card boxing event will begin immediately after the soccer match, around 9 p.m.

"We're excited to host the first-ever professional boxing match at Gillette Stadium and even more excited to have proud Revs fan and Framingham's own Danny O'Connor headlining the card,” said Revolution President Brian Bilello in a press release. “This will be a unique event that will add value for our fans. We think we’ll convert some boxing fans to Revolution soccer and vice versa."

O'Connor is 17-1 and was an alternate for the 2008 US Olympic boxing team. He's managed by Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys.

Boston Police officer and former New England Golden Gloves champion Bill Traft is also fighting. He'll take on John Downey, a mixed martial arts fighter out of Hull. The boxers for the third fight will be determined later.

Tickets will become available Friday via Ticketmaster. Ringside seats will be on the grass and cost $100. The ring will be located in the south end zone. Premium seats will be $60 and general admission near the ring will be $40, all including the Revs game.

Revs season ticket holders are being encouraged to stay to watch the fights.

Penn State fined $60 million, gets 4-year postseason ban

Posted by Leonard Neslin July 23, 2012 09:30 AM





NCAA president Mark Emmert announced the "corrective and punitive" sanctions for the Penn State football program on Monday morning. They are as follows:

  1. Penn State will be fined $60 million, with the funds to be used to supply an endowment that serves the victims of child abuse and to prevent future occurrences.
  2. Penn State will be banned from bowl games or postseason play for four years.
  3. Football scholarships reduced from 25 to 15 for four years.
  4. All wins from 1998 to 2011 are vacated.
  5. Penn State will serve a five-year probationary period.
  6. The NCAA will initiate an investigation on individuals involved in this case.

Addressing the "death penalty," which would have halted Penn State football entirely, Emmert said it was not the appropriate sanction for this situation. The sanctions come in the wake of a child sex scandal and subsequent coverup that involved former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky and several high-ranking officials in the athletic department, including late football coach Joe Paterno.

"We concluded that our sanctions needed to reflect our goals of cultural change," Emmert said. "The sanctions we have crafted are more focused and practical than that blanket penalty."

On Sunday, Penn State President Rodney Erickson ordered the removal of the Joe Paterno statue in front of Beaver Stadium. It was "a source of division and an obstacle to healing," Erickson said.


CBS: NCAA source says 'unprecedented' penalties coming to Penn State

Posted by Staff July 22, 2012 09:35 AM
CBS News is reporting that the NCAA will impose penalties on both the Penn State University football team and on the school itself.

According to CBS, a high-ranking NCAA source calls the upcoming penalties "unprecedented."

Also today, Penn State took down a statue of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in the wake of an investigative report that found he and other school administrators concealed sex abuse claims against retired coach Jerry Sandusky.

Fitness magazine scores with Olympians Hope Solo, Lolo Jones, Kerri Walsh

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff June 29, 2012 02:11 AM

Fitness magazine scored interviews with three of the top female American Olympians in their July/August issue, talking with soccer team goalie Hope Solo, hurdler Lolo Jones and beach volleyball star and two-time gold medalist Kerri Walsh.

"One of the toughest years in my life was 2007," Solo tells the magazine. "First I lost my best friend and then my father and then I got kicked off the team in the World Cup. I hit an all-time low. I didn’t leave the house. I was in a complete depression. It took putting one foot in front of the other every single day to get through it to the point where I made it back on the team and won a gold medal in 2008. You’re always going to survive the pain of loss. I can live with that confidence inside of me.”

Jones, who famously lost in the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, talked about coming back from spinal cord surgery.

"I put so much energy into coming back from spinal cord surgery last summer—learning to walk again—so when I injured my hamstring six months later, my motivation was wiped," Jones told the magazine. "Then I started reading a bunch of books, writing down affirmations and goals, and visualizing myself running healthy and superfast. I carry 'The Power of Positive Thinking' by Norman Vincent Peale to every race."

The magazine is on sale now. See the covers below.

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Pedro Martinez becomes a ‘Bostonian forever’ at ‘The Tradition’

Posted by Leonard Neslin June 28, 2012 11:12 AM
Many famous Boston sports people attended the 11th annual award ceremony ‘The Tradition’ at New England’s Sports Museum in TD Garden Wednesday, but none bigger than Pedro Martinez.

After Mayor Thomas M. Menino introduced Martinez, he said he considered himself a Bostonian, but that the Lifetime Achievement Award he received made him a “Bostonian for life.”

Other honorees included former Celtics great Robert Parish, Patriots’ two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison, Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, former Yale rower Chris Ernst, and former Revolution defender Alexi Lalas.

A poignant moment of the ceremony came when Harrison said, “The reason why I’m here is Junior Seau.” Harrison said that Seau inspired him to play the way he played all the time, including practice.

“The biggest compliment I got when I retired was when Bill Bellichick said I was the best practice player he’s ever had.”

Seau recently took his own life by shooting himself in the chest, raising awareness for concussions and health concerns in the NFL.

Harrison chose his wife, Erika, to present the Football Legacy Award to him to show people how important his wife was to his career.

“I’ve gone through multiple injuries, devastating injuries,” he said. Nobody really understands the impact it makes on the family. Who has to deal with it? The wife.”

Sportscaster and former Celtic Bill Walton introduced Parish, “The Chief,” who bowed to the crowd after accepting the Basketball Legacy Award. Walton repeatedly said, “Hail to the Chief,” and cracked jokes.

Parish, a four-time NBA champion and Hall of Famer, drew laughs from the crowd when comparing Michael Jordan and Larry Bird.

“Bird was slow, couldn’t jump,” he said, noting both had unparalleled determination.

Jacobs was introduced by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who said Jacobs, “wants to win more than anything else for Boston.”

Jacobs was honored for last year’s Stanley Cup but also for his commitment to community service and philanthropic contributions.

In light of the 40th anniversary of Title IX’s enactment, Ernst, captain of 1976 Yale women’s crew and gold medalist at the 1986 world championships, was honored.

“There’s nobody I’m more impressed with in this room than [Ernst],” said sportswriter Jackie MacMullan, who presented the Special Achievement Award to Ernst along with Mary Mazzio, who created an award-winning film about Ernst called “A Hero for Daisy.”

The Revolution’s leading career goal scorer Taylor Twellman called Lalas “a pioneer for our sport.” Lalas was a member of the 1994 US World Cup team and helped spark interest in soccer in America.

Cannons goalie Jordan Burke earns second defensive player of week award

Posted by Staff June 18, 2012 10:46 PM
After leading the Boston Cannons to a 16-8 win against the Charlotte Hounds with 15 saves on Saturday, goalie Jordan Burke was named the Major League Lacrosse defensive player of the week.

Burke allowed four goals in his 53 minutes, 39 seconds of playing time. Charlotte's leading scorers, Stephen Berger and Matt Danowski, did not score against Burke.

Burke leads MLL with 91 saves this season. He has a .583 save percentage, and a 9.36 goals against average.

"Jordan's a warrior," Cannons coach Steve Duffy said. "It was a warrior effort Saturday night in goal. He made crucial saves at crucial times when we needed him, as he's done all season."

It is Burke’s second Player of the Week award this season.

I'll Have Another scratched from Belmont Stakes, trainer says

Posted by Leonard Neslin June 8, 2012 11:38 AM

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I'll Have Another was expected to take a shot at history Saturday at the Belmont Stakes, potentially capturing the Triple Crown. According to the horse's trainer Doug O'Neill, however, I'll Have Another will not compete.

In an interview on the Dan Patrick Show on Friday, O'Neill said, "We ain't taking any chances," and that the scratch "is a bummer, but far from tragic."

I'll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in May to set up his bid for the Triple Crown, which no horse has won since 1978.

I’ll Have Another did not have a recorded workout since winning the Preakness May 19. Observers of his morning gallops at Belmont Park nearly unanimously spoke of the horse’s lack of zeal for the work as opposed to how he acted before the Kentucky Derby and Preaches.

A sign that something was amiss came early Friday morning when it was announced that O’Neill had left Belmont Park and wouldn’t be available for interviews. O’Neill did talk to David Grening of The Daily Racing Form and told him the horse was scratched because of developing tendonitis in his left foreleg.

The horse will do nothing for the next three months and most likely will not race again in 2012.

Boston to host 2014 US Figure Skating Championship

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff June 5, 2012 02:11 PM

Boston has been chosen to host the 2014 Prudential US Figure Skating Championship, which will be the final qualifying event before the US Olympic team is chosen for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The event will take place Jan. 5-12 at TD Garden. The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia, from Feb. 7 to 23, 2014.

“U.S. Figure Skating looks forward to returning to Boston for the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships,” US Figure Skating executive director David Raith said. “The area is steeped in figure skating tradition. I’m confident that the community’s impressive skating history will extend to the 2014 U.S. Championships.”

Past US champions include Massachusetts natives Nancy Kerrigan (Woburn) and Todd Eldredge (Chatham). The US championships were also held in Boston in 2001, 1962, 1941, 1931, 1926 and 1922.

The Skating Club of Boston will assist US Figure Skating in organizing and holding the event.

Cannons' Jordan Burke tabbed Defensive Player of the Week

Posted by Staff April 30, 2012 11:50 PM

Boston Cannons goalie Jordan Burke earned his fourth career Major League Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week award for his 17-save performance in a 15-3 win over the Rochester Rattlers last Saturday.

After surrendering two goals in the first 58 seconds, Burke, rebounded to hold Rochester scoreless for the next 36 minutes before allowing a goal midway through the third quarter. The Rattlers, who were without leading scorer Ned Crotty, finished with an MLL-record low three goals (previous mark was five).

"It was such a great defensive effort, from the midfield down to our close guys," Burke said in a statement released by the team. "We really executed the game plan well. We made two mistakes to start the game and then had one rebound goal, but other than that it was pretty much flawless."

An inspirational moment from paraplegic Josh Dueck

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff February 8, 2012 09:44 AM

The next time you have trouble getting out of bed to make first chair, complain about a lack of snow, a broken binding, or your kids whining about heading into the lodge for hot chocolate, watch this and re-gain some perspective.

Here's Josh Dueck a paraplegic who broke his back during a skiing accident in 2004. Since then, his dream has been to once again do a flip on snow, a task he accomplished last Friday. Dueck became the first person to perform a backflip on snow in a Sit Ski.

Cannons win semifinal on a last-second goal

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff August 27, 2011 02:04 PM

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Max Quinzani, No. 88, proved to be the Boston Cannons hero in their 14-13 win over the Chesapeake Bayhawks. (Patrick Smith / Getty Images)


Max Quinzani scored with one second remaining and the Boston Cannons beat the Chesapeake Bayhawks 14-13 after giving up a last-minute goal in the Major League Lacrosse semifinals.

The Cannons advance to the MLL championship, which will be held 3 p.m. Sunday in Annapolis, Md.

Watch game highlights and player interviews on Major League Lacrosse's web site.


Sweet goal, even better assist

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff June 23, 2011 09:02 AM

Clint Dempsey scored the US national team's game-winning goal yesterday in the 76th minute against Panama, a 1-0 win to advance the US to the Gold Cup final.

While Dempsey will get the glory for the goal, teammate Landon Donovan deserves just as much, if not more, credit. Donovan's perfect placement in front of the net for Dempsey's love tap makes his assist one of the better setups we've seen in the Gold Cup. Check out the video above of the game's highlight play.

Revs-Manchester United tickets are a hot item

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff May 6, 2011 01:28 PM

Tickets for the New England Revolution's friendly with Manchester United are selling pretty quickly with more than 35,000, including most of the lower-bowl at Gillette Stadium, already sold, according to the team.

The Revs host Manchester United Wednesday July 13. Check out the Revs website for ticket information.

Barry Bonds guilty of obstruction of justice

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff April 13, 2011 05:33 PM

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Barry Bonds arrived at federal court as a jury deliberated perjury charges against him on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds has been found guilty of obstruction of justice, one of four counts a jury decided upon today after deliberating for the last four days in his perjury trial.

According to reports, the jury was dismissed after the other three counts were declared a mistrial.

Bonds' perjury trial stems from the 2003 raid on BALCO laboratories and his subsequent testimony to the grand jury. The counts that the jury could not resolve accused Bonds of lying to the grand jury investigating BALCO in 2003 when he said he never knowingly took steroids or human growth hormone, and when he said he was never injected by anyone except his doctors.

His lawyer, Allen Ruby, signaled that he would fight the conviction.

"There's some very important legal issues that need to be addressed with the verdict," Ruby said afterward.

Bonds declined to comment.

Bonds played his last season in 2007 with the San Francisco Giants, finishing as the all-time home runs leader with 762. He was a seven-time MVP, eight-time Gold Glove winner and a 14-time all-star.

He was indicted on Nov. 15, 2007, exactly 50 days after taking his final big league swing and 100 after topping Hank Aaron's career home run mark of 755. He also set the season record with 73 home runs in 2001 with the Giants.

Bonds did acknowledge that he took steroids but said Greg Anderson, his trainer and childhood friend, misled him into believing it was flaxseed oil and arthritis cream.

Anderson was sentenced by in 2005 to three months in prison and three months in home confinement after pleading guilty to one count of money laundering and one count of steroid distribution. The trainer was jailed on March 22 for the duration of the trial after again refusing to testify against Bonds. He was released last Friday.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

A lucky shot with no paydirt

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff February 16, 2011 08:53 AM

You know those halftime shows, where they bring out some fun-loving fan to take a half-court shot or, in this case, a 175-foot slapper, for a prize.

Well, this is one of those cases where the guy makes the shot -- a gem might I add -- into a hole big enough for an oversized puck and then gets stonewalled for the winnings by an insurance company.

The shot, which would have entitled the man to $50,000, was made at the Allstate Good Hands Shootout hosted by the Indiana Ice, a minor league hockey team for their "Hockey for Heart" charity promotion. He had previously announced that he'd donate the money to charity. See the shot below.

Richard Marsh was the lucky fellow to nail the shot, gliding it across the ice with a controlled swing of his stick. Little did he know that he had no control over the payout, or the drama that would ensue

Allstate insurance, albeit the sponsor of the event, was not responsible for the payout, according to the Indianapolis Star. Instead, that responsibility fell upon on unnamed insurance company which deemed the shot illegal.

In the Star's report:


The United States Hockey League says in a news release that the insurance company voided the award because Marsh stood in front of a designated starting line -- too close to the target, in other words -- disqualifying him from the win.

The disqualification, if you can call it as much, has riled the Indianapolis community, with Allstate and the Ice taking grief for the actions of this yet-to-be named insurance company. The Ice has instead decided to make two donations to nonprofits (St. Vincent's Cardiovascular and the American Heart Association) to quell the outrage.

Kim Clijsters calls out broadcaster over text message

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff January 21, 2011 09:06 AM

This one has been steady on the the "SportsCenter" loop.

At the 2011 Australian Open, TV reporter and former tennis pro Todd Woodbridge was blindsided by women's star Kim Clijsters when she confronted him about a text message he sent to Rennae Stubbs wondering if Clijsters was pregnant.

Woodbridge, who should have gone running at that immediate moment, decided to ask the question anyways. Clijsters said she was indeed not pregnant and then went on to add this gem:

"Let me say what was written in the message. First of all, you said 'she looks really grumpy and her boobs are bigger.' "

Woodbridge thinks his TV career is over. I think it's just funny.

High school player pushes, attacks ref

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff December 14, 2010 12:22 PM

A Florida high school basketball player was so livid with a technical he received, he pushed a referee before going on to body-slamming the man.

The player, from Desoto County high school, has not been named since the incident, according to a report on The Big Lead. Skip to the 1:20 mark in the video to see the attack unfold.

Mark Wahlberg makes cover of Sports Illustrated

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff December 14, 2010 09:21 AM

Mark Wahlberg makes cover of Sports Illustrated

People magazine is reporting this morning that Boston native Mark Wahlberg, who plays Lowell boxer Mickey Ward in the movie "The Fighter," has landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. SI has named The Fighter "the best sports movie of the decade." Wahlberg received a Golden Globe Best Actor nomination for his role in the film today.

Sports Illustrated features the 39-year-old Wahlberg shirtless in his boxing shorts and gloves. This also marks one of the rare times in the 56-year history of SI that a non-athlete has appeared on the cover of the magazine aside from the annual swimsuit issue..

Christian Bale, who plays Ward's older half-brother and trainer Dickie Eklund, poses with Walhberg on the cover.

"As somebody who always dreamed of being a professional athlete," Wahlberg says in the People story, "to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated is an amazing accomplishment." In fact, it's a knockout."

Check out the many Boston athletes that have appeared on the cover of SI since 2007.

Punches anyone? Brawl breaks out at US Open

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff September 3, 2010 08:20 AM

Who said tennis is boring?

A fight among tennis fans broke out in the upper deck of Arthur Ashe Stadium during a second-round US Open match between third-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Philipp Petzschner of Germany last night in New York.

According to the New York Post, the fisticuffs (seen at the 1:08 mark in the video above), that began just after 9 p.m. started when a female fan complained to a man in his early 20s about his repeated use of the f-word during the first set, a source told the Post.

“He said, ’You’ve got a problem? Go ahead and hit me,’ and she slapped him across the face” the source said.

"C'mon, smack me again," he taunted after the blow according to the New York Daily News. "Go ahead ... I don't give a f--- what anybody wants. I got a lot of money on this game, and I f------ paid for my ticket."

The Daily News reported that Arnold Florendo, 37, of Great Neck, L.I., who caught the fracas with a video camera, said the verbal sparring seemed to slow down before turning physical again.

"You f------ made me miss half the game, because you're being a f------ idiot!" the young man snapped - prompting the woman's father, a white-haired man with glasses, to grab the younger man by his throat and the pair grappled with each other before the older man fell over two rows of seats in the upper deck.

Djokovic — who won the set en route to a 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (6) victory — turned from the court and appeared to watch intently as the fight unfolded.

“It was far away from the court; we couldn’t really see what was going on,” Djokovic said. “I hope it was no Serbian up there.”

Up there, in fact, was a male fan – whether he was Serbian the authorities did not say — who was cursing and acting obnoxiously, according to the police in a New York Times report.

All three people were handcuffed and brought to the 110th Precinct in Queens, said Tim Curry, a spokesman for the United States Tennis Association. The unidentified threesome have been banned from attending the US Open until 2013.

"If they come on the grounds any time before then, they can be arrested for trespassing," said Chris Widmaier, spokesman for the US Tennis Association told the Daily News. The bans cover the rest of this year and all of next year's tournament.

Update, 4:43 p.m.:

Some new video of the incident has surfaced on YouTube. WARNING: This close-up footage contains harsh language:


Material from the New York Times tennis blog was used in this report.

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