Daily Noontime – April 27, 2012

Dont'a Hightower, (pictured above) became one of two New England Patriots drafted in the first round on Thursday! (Photo Credit: SB Nation)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s Friday, which means we can break out into song and dance! Here are some headlines and news from around the city of Boston!

* The New England Patriots bolstered their roster on the first day of the 2012 NFL Draft by selecting Chandler Jones of Syracuse and Dont’a Hightower Alabama. Both players will be spotted on defense – Jone is a defensive end and Hightower is an inside linebacker.

* The Boston Red Sox earned their fourth consecutive win on Thursday, as they defeated the Chicago White Sox, 10-3. Felix Doubront earned his first win of the season – he lasted six innings and struck out two batters, but surrendered five hits, three runs, and one home run.

Kevin Youkilis cranked his second home run of the season against the White Sox, and also recorded four RBIs in the win.

* Boston and Chicago will return to the diamond on Friday for an 8:10pm first pitch – Daniel Bard will face-off against John Danks.

* The Boston Celtics concluded their abbreviated season with an 87-74 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks. Avery Bradley led the Green and White with 14 points, while Paul Pierce added 12 points.

* Boston will begin its quest toward Banner 18 on Sunday when they travel to Atlanta for Game No. 1 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals. Boston will host Games No. 3 and No. 4 on Friday (May 4) and Sunday (May 6).

* Finally, Boston College’s Luke Kuechly was drafted in the first round by the Carolina Panthers as the ninth pick.

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