Alex Coro and Dave Dombrowski (r). of Red Sox
Alex Coro and Dave Dombrowski (r). of Red Sox
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ABOUT THE CELTICS (40-19): The break allowed guard Marcus Smart to heal a bit more and the point guard, who cut his hand punching a framed picture in January, has been cleared to return Friday, thankful he avoided a season-ending situation. “They pulled a glass piece out of the palm of my hand,” Smart told reporters Wednesday. “And they said there are two tendons that ran along the pinkie and the glass was sitting right in between them.” In addition to providing some sorely needed defensive toughness, Smart averaged 12.8 points while shooting 44.2 percent – well over his season mark of 35.7 – in eight January games.
ABOUT THE PISTONS (28-29): A busy game schedule limited Detroit’s practice opportunities after the Griffin acquisition, but there are chances coming out of the break to refine things for a team that sits 1 1/2 games out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. “This is the second live practice we’ve had since Blake’s been here,” Van Gundy told the media Wednesday. “How much are you going to do in one day? We did a little today and we’ll do a little more tomorrow, but you’re not going to do 10 or 15 new things in a matter of two days. We’ll just have to do it day by day, step by step.” Griffin fell an assist shy of a triple-double in the win over Atlanta while center Andre Drummond had 13 points and 15 rebounds for his 12th straight double-double.
1. Pistons PG Reggie Jackson (ankle), who last played Dec. 26, has been cleared for light running and shooting.
2. Celtics All-Star PG Kyrie Irving averages 25.8 points while making 42.8 percent of his 3-point tries on the road, compared to 23.7 and 36.6 percent at home.
3. The road team won each of the first two meetings, with Boston picking up a 91-81 triumph in Detroit on Dec. 10 behind 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists from Horford.
PYEONGCHANG – United States forward Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored in the sixth round of a shootout and USA goaltender Maddie Rooney stopped Canada’s Meghan Agosta to give the Americans a 3-2 victory over Canada, capping a comeback victory. It marked the first Olympic gold medal for the USA women’s ice hockey team since the inaugural women’s tournament in 1998 at Nagano, Japan.
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scores game-winning goal in shootout.
Memorial at Marjory Douglas Stoneman H.S.
Terdema Ussery in 1991
NEW YORK – (Staff Report from Official News Release) – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and National Basketball Referees Association (NBRA) took advantage of the NBA All-Star break to get together for a private meeting in Los Angeles on Saturday and agree on four ways to improve relations between the two sides.
The two unions released a joint statement announcing the results of the meeting, which included three players, three referees and officials from both unions, according to a report from ESPN.
The actions agreed to are the following: Enhanced education and clarification around the “Respect for the Game” rules, the opening of an additional channel of communication for future conflicts, plans for future meetings and discussions and a broad review of existing rules and regulations and developing joint recommendations to enhance them.
“In this meeting, we took some important steps in identifying existing frustrations for both sides,” said NBPA executive director Michele Roberts in a statement. “Now with that information, we plan to move forward and continue to work together to find solutions that will enhance the on-court experience for both parties.”
“Our two unions met out of the necessity to examine issues that have previously been left unaddressed,” said NBRA spokesperson Mark Denesuk in the same release. “We look forward to continued collaboration between our two organizations to explore common interests.”
Growing tensions between players and referees has been an oft-discussed topic in the NBA this season. The NBPA and NBRA intend to continue to meet through the spring and into the summer in order to make further progress toward improving relations, according to the joint release.
Earlier this season, the NBA introduced a new a five-tiered strategy designed to address and improved the on-court working relationship between NBA players and the league’s referees. The announcement was made by Byron Spruell, NBA President, League Operations.
“As a league, we take great pride in standing for the best things about sports: competition, teamwork, respect, sportsmanship, diversity and inclusion,” Spruell said. “Recently, we have seen instances in which we have not lived up to our own collective standards with regard to sportsmanship. It is important for us to place a renewed emphasis on proper communication and respect to make sure we are meeting the standards expected from all members of the NBA family.”
Recently appointed NBA Senior Vice President, Head of Referee Operations Michelle Johnson and former game official Monty McCutchen, who was named NBA Vice President, Head of Referee Development and Training in December, will oversee the program.
The five initiatives:
Following the current season, the league will reassess the expected professional standards of coaches, players and referees and the penalties associated with falling short of those expectations.
By TERRY LYONS, Editor in Chief
The 2018 Winter Olympic Games will celebrate the Opening Ceremonies on February 9th and there’s a first for these Games. No, I’m not making reference to the fact this will be the first Olympics with the Olympic Channel on your cable tv box and I’m not noting that it’ll be the first Winter Games since the 1998 Games in Nagano without the NHL shield playing a role in the men’s ice hockey tournament. This is the first Olympic Games – Winter or Summer – with Digital Sports Desk’s popular “Diggies” being awarded. (Click here for the entire LIST).
The challenges will be many, as PyeongChang, South Korea is 14 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the USA and NBC Sports will be juggling some 2,400 hours of multi-platform coverage. Long gone are tape-delayed coverage of the 1980 Miracle on Ice (from Lake Placid, none-the-less) or the “Somewhat Ahead-of-its-Time” Triple-Cast from Barcelona. These Winter Games will be a streaming, social media fest, similar to the 2016 Rio Games, but on South Korean time.
With the Opening Ceremonies scheduled this Friday. February 9 and the competition running through February 25, we give you the “Diggies 2018 Winter Olympics” listing of the “Must-Follows” on twitter for the cap “G” – Games!
For simplicity, we’re listing our Diggies 2018 Winter Olympics honorees in three categories – Organizations – Media – and a select few standout Athletes.
Athletes (We could list hundreds of deserving Olympians, but have a select few) current and former stars:
David Krecji (46) – (file photo)
EDMONTON – David Krejci scored the game-winning goal with 1:04 left in the third period to help the Boston Bruins erase a two-goal deficit in a 3-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night in Edmonton, Alberta.
Krejci took Danton Heinen’s feed from behind the net and slammed it home for the winner, snapping the Bruins’ six-game losing streak against the Oilers. Boston earned its first win over Edmonton since Nov. 6, 2014.
“I felt like we were coming at them pretty hard the whole third period, and I felt like we just deserved that winning goal,” Krejci told NESN after the game.
It was Krejci’s 11th goal of the season. Noel Acciari (seventh goal) and Matt Grzelcyk (second) also scored, and Anton Khudobin made 18 saves for Boston, which won its second straight after a season-worst 6-1 loss in Vancouver to open its road trip.
Ryan Strome (ninth goal) and Jujhar Khaira (ninth) each had a goal and Cam Talbot made 40 saves for Edmonton, which couldn’t build off a 4-2 win at Colorado on Sunday that snapped a season-worst, six-game losing streak.
Bruins rookie Jake DeBrusk, an Edmonton native, made his first NHL appearance in his hometown, but he did not find his way onto the scoresheet.
Edmonton’s Kris Russell played in his 700th NHL game.
Strome put the Oilers on top 1-0 with 1:31 to play in the opening period, sending his wrist shot past Khudobin after bringing the puck up out of the Edmonton zone.
Khaira doubled the Edmonton lead with 8:22 remaining in the second, capping a three-on-twi rush with a wrister that clanged off the right post and in.
Acciari finally got the Bruins on the board with a wraparound that bounced in off Strome’s skate to make it 2-1 with 15:23 left in the third.
Grzelcyk tied it with 8:18 remaining off a backhanded pass from Riley Nash off a Charlie McAvoy slap shot. Grzelcyk one-timed the pick into a wide open net. The helper gave Nash a career-high 18 assists.
Boston’s Kevan Miller missed his ninth consecutive game due to an upper-body injury.
The Bruins bolstered their defensive corps with a trade before the game, acquiring Nick Holden from the New York Rangers for Rob O’Gara and a 2018 third-round draft pick. Holden did not travel to Edmonton for the game.
Edmonton caps a two-game homestand Thursday against Colorado. Boston continues its five-game road swing Saturday against Toronto.
–Field Level Media