Daily Noontime: Monday, March 2, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Monday, everyone! Also, a happy second day of March, too – spring is on the way, which makes me VERY excited!

Let’s kick-off a brand new week with a ‘Daily Noontime,’ which I hope you tell your friends about because it is a great way to get caught up on the news (and start your day, of course!).

Monday will be an off night for Boston Sports 

  • Both the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics will enjoy a night off before returning to action tomorrow. The Bruins will visit the Tampa Bay Lightning for an important game while the Celtics will entertain the Brooklyn Nets on Causeway Street.

Chris Sale threw 15 pitches in batting practice on Sunday 

  • It was great to learn (and hear) that Chris Sale threw 15 pitches yesterday during batting practice yesterday after ending his season last August with inflammation in his left elbow. Sale won’t start immediately for the Boston Red Sox when they begin their 2020 campaign later this month, but will eventually return the rotation, which is music to my ears.

Tom Brady is headed where …? 

  • As of today, we are 14 days closer to the start of the 2020 NFL Free Agency period, which means we should know where Tom Brady is headed (and will be playing in 2020). Will he stay with the New England Patriots? Will he join the Indianapolis Colts? Will he just hang it up and announce his retirement from football?

Tufts Men’s Basketball wins its first NESCAC Tournament Championship 

  • The Jumbos needed two overtime periods on Sunday to knock-off Colby College and claim their first-ever New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament Championship.
  • Eric Savage sent the game to overtime with a long-range three-pointer during the final seconds of the second half – he almost lost the ball but was able to maintain his dribble before firing a shot that resulted in bedlam at Cousens Gymnasium.
  • With the win, the Jumbos secured the conference’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament – they will enter the playoffs with some serious momentum from Sunday’s win over the Mules.

Smith College wins its first-ever NEWMAC Basketball Championship 

  • The Pioneers of Smith College are headed to the upcoming NCAA D-III Tournament, thanks to a 70-56 win yesterday over MIT. The victory provided Smith with its initial New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament Championship.
  • Smith needed to beat three teams in five days to win the conference tournament crown, including Springfield College last Friday.

Coast Guard Academy rallied to beat WPI in Sunday’s NEWMAC Championship 

  • The Bears of Coast Guard Academy erased a 25-point deficit at the break to not only force overtime but then beat WPI in the 2020 NEWMAC Championship.
  • Coast Guard won all three playoff games on the road, including two early last week against Emerson College and Springfield College. The victory provided the Bears with their third conference tournament championship in program history.

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