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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.

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In February, Vail Resorts jumped into the eastern ski market with its planned purchase of the Stowe Mountain Resort. The $50 million sale is expected to close in June, and Vail has kept the buzz going with other investments and announcements.

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.

Jared Barbosa is an Elementary School guidance counselor who was raised by a professional soccer player. His dad, Manoel “Boom Boom” Barbosa, competed all over the world before settling down in Nashua, N.H.

Jared says professional soccer was his dad’s ticket out of poverty in Brazil. College soccer was his ticket to economic mobility.

He doesn’t think high level sports should exclude low-income kids.

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.

Thunder Road Speedbowl has been sold, the first change of ownership to the quarter mile racing track in Barre since 1982.

A bootprint in the mud.
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Vermonters may be looking for a chance to explore the great outdoors now that it's springtime, but venturing out on a hike during the mud season could actually cause damage to trails.

The NY Rangers hadn't won a playoff game in their own house dating back to 2015, a six-game Madison Square Garden losing streak. But they snapped it last night with a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens that evens their opening round playoff series at two games apiece.

A spectacular comeback by the Boston Bruins in regulation was rendered moot in overtime last night in a 4-3 loss that now has the Bruins trailing two games to one in their opening round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators.

Kids on the Ball

An offshoot of a Vermont-based nonprofit is helping young athletes in Cuba with some critical improvements to the places they play. And we're not talking about baseball.

The Montreal Canadiens on Saturday were just 18 seconds away from trailing the NY Rangers two games to none in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Now on Monday they are leading the series two games to one.

Hanley Ramirez was among a number of Boston Red Sox players who went viral at the beginning of this baseball season, not in an Internet way, but in succumbing to a nasty flu virus that swept through the clubhouse. Ramirez missed all four games in the Detroit series but yesterday was feeling much better at Fenway Park, especially after putting a healthy swing on a ball in the eighth inning that produced a bases-loaded double and tied a game the Sox trailed 3-1 at the time.

The Boston Bruins trailed the Ottawa Senators, on the road, 1-0 heading into the second period last night in game one of the opening round of the Stanley cup playoffs, and in the second failed to land a single shot on goal. But the Bruins found life in the third, scored twice, and came away with a 2-1 win against the team they hadn't beaten in four previous tries this season.

The Drew Pomeranz Red Sox fans were hoping to see when he was acquired after the all star break last season for a pretty good young prospect showed up at Fenway Park last night. The former Padres lefty was not expected to go more than five innings in his first start since starting the year on the DL with arm soreness, but he scattered just four hits before giving up a lead off single in the top of the 7th with the Sox leading 2-0 and ended up striking out six in an 8-1 Red Sox win over the Baltimore Orioles.

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