Mitch's Sports Report

Weekdays at approximately 6:45 a.m.

Sports can be fun, thrilling, and heartbreaking... local, national or global. I love talking sports, and I've been known to express an almost imperceptible preference for certain teams.

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Tyler Andrews of Arlington, Virginia, won the men's division of the Vermont City Marathon and Relay yesterday, breaking the tape with a time of 2:19:41, and in the women's division a Vermonter took the crown. Huntington's Kasie Enman took first place among women, the third time she's accomplished the feat. Enman finished with a time of 2:50:27.

The tension in playoff hockey is thicker than the puck the players battle to control. Make it a game seven and it kicks up another notch.

He fell four strikeouts short of the history books, but Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sales was all smiles after his team picked him up with a 7-run 7th inning in a 9-4 win over the Texas Rangers last night at Fenway Park.

Folks in Music City have never come this close to hockey greatness, but after a 6-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks last night, their Nashville Predators are going to play for the greatest trophy in sports for the first time in franchise history.

So here's what the Boston Celtics were up against in game three of the eastern conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers last night: They had been blown out in the first two games of the series, on their home court, including a 44-point loss in game two. Cleveland had not lost a single game in the post-season, a 10-0 run. Game three was on Cleveland's home court. The Celtics' best player, Isaiah Thomas, suffered a serious hip injury, and he's out for the rest of the post-season. And entering the third quarter in game three, Boston trailed by 21 points. Final score from Cleveland: Celtics 111, Cavs 108.

The Boston Red Sox are trying to fill some holes in their pitching rotation, with David Price still scheduled for a rehab start in the minors before taking the hill for the first time with the big club this season. Drew Pomeranz had to leave his last start with a triceps injury, and Steven Wright's year is done following knee surgery.

Maybe he'd be rusty? That was the faint hope for the Boston Celtics going into game one of the NBA's eastern conference finals against Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers last night, but even though King James had a ten-day layoff waiting for the Celtics and Wizards to conclude their 7-game series, James was merely well rested and showed no rust in Cleveland's 117-104 win in Boston.

More than the big swings and the long home run bombs, the thing the Boston Red Sox miss most in their first season A.P., meaning "After Papi", is the loss of the clutch hit.

The underdog Ottawa Senators are moving on to the eastern conference finals, with a chance to play for the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2007.

The Castleton Spartans baseball team is celebrating its fourth straight North Atlantic Conference Championship title after defeated New England College twice tat Spartan Field yesterday. The Spartans took the opening game 9-3, and held on 7-6 for the clinching victory in game two behind starter Steven Jurkiewicz and and a save by closer Michael LaBeau.

Anyone who watched all of the NY Yankees Chicago Cubs game from Wrigley Field last night will need an extra cup of coffee this morning, because the game didn't end until this morning. It means you took in all six hours and five minutes and each of the 18 innings that resulted, finally, in a 5-4 Yankees victory when Starlin Castro's RBI ground-out scored Aaron Hicks with the winning run.

There were eight technical fouls handed out and three players ejected from last night's second round NBA playoff game between the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards, and if you want to know why, Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas summed it up pretty well: "We don't like them and they don't like us."

The Baltimore Orioles were livid during and after their 4-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park last night, but this time their anger wasn't directed at their opponents, but at the home plate umpire who ejected their starting pitcher from the game.

Mammoth home runs. A stellar pitching performance. A bizarre triple play. More brush back tension. And a show of solidarity for human decency. Last night's 5-2 win for the Red Sox over the Orioles  may have been just a baseball game, but it played out like a dramatic stage play under the lights of Fenway Park.

The Boston Red Sox have an Orioles problem. Or, to put a finer point on it, a Machado problem. Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado drove in two runs, including a long homer, and made three brilliant defensive plays at the hot corner, leading Baltimore to a 5-2 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park last night, Baltimore's fourth win in six tries against the Red Sox this season.

Chris Sale has got to be wondering at this point whether he has to be perfect to get wins when he takes the hill for the Boston Red Sox. Sale has yet to turn in anything less than a grade A start for Boston this year, and all he has to show for it is a 1-2 record, including last night's 3-0 loss to the NY Yankees at Fenway Park.

After dropping the first two games of their opening round playoff series to the 8th seeded Chicago Bulls, the the Boston Celtics have rebounded to win three straight and now have the Bulls on the brink of elimination after a 108-97 win in Boston last night.

The America East player of the year has declared his intention to jump from college to the pros.

Well, I said the Ottawa Senators would win their opening round series against the Boston Bruins in six games, and I was right, and I get no satisfaction from that. The Bruins were ousted 3-2 in overtime at the Garden yesterday when Clarke MaCarthur put home the game winner on the power play, the second time the Bruins lost an overtime game in that fashion in the series.

Every pro hockey player, every coach, even some fans, if they're honest, will tell you that to win playoff hockey, you have to have a little good luck along the way, and such fortune was on the side of the NY Rangers in their 3-2 overtime win against the Montreal Canadiens last night at the Bell Centre.