Claude Julien is staying, Pablo Sandoval may be leaving, and the Celtics are gearing up for a first-round playoff series with the Atlanta Hawks.
Don Sweeney says Claude Julien will ‘absolutely’ return as Bruins coach: Claude Julien will keep his job coaching the Boston Bruins, general manager Don Sweeney announced at a press conference Thursday. “I emphatically believe that Claude can take us through what has been a bumpy transition period. I have work to do,” Sweeney said. (Boston.com)
The Pablo Sandoval-Red Sox marriage could be coming to an end: The broken, disastrous marriage between Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox, an ill-fated union exceeded in its dysfunction only by a Kardashian coupling, could be nearing its end. Here’s how ugly it has gotten, major league sources told Yahoo Sports: Sandoval wants to stay in Boston only if he can play every day, and the Red Sox have no intention of playing him unless he loses weight and others in their current lineup struggle. (Yahoo! Sports)
Ex-trainer says Pablo Sandoval needs baby sitter to control weight: “I think that he’s embarrassed right now,” Banning said. “I think there’s going to come this moment that he’s going to show everybody that this is not who he is. … I don’t know that it’s going to be with me, but he’s going to hire somebody like that. I think he’s likely going to figure it out. But it’s not going to be this season, and likely not with the Red Sox, the way it looks.” (Boston Herald)
Why the Celtics got a raw deal due to inconsistent NBA seeding rules: The Celtics finished in a four-way tie for third place in the East, but ended up with the fifth seed. (Boston.com)
Curt Schilling issues personal PSA warning about the dangers of tobacco use: Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling released a PSA Wednesday warning of the dangers of smokeless tobacco, touching on his personal addiction that spanned three decades and current fight against cancer. “I’ve met men with half a face, half a tongue, half a jaw, who tried to warn me. I could still only hear my addiction,” Schilling said in the video, which is a joint effort of Major League Baseball and the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society.”Well, now I’m paying attention, because I have oral cancer.” (Boston.com)
Patriots’ 2016 schedule includes five prime-time games and AFC title game rematch: The New England Patriots’ schedule for the 2016 regular season was released on Thursday night. The defending AFC East champion’s 16-game slate features five prime-time tilts and a rematch of last season’s AFC Championship Game. (Boston.com)
The Boston Marathon through the years