Happy Saturday, everyone – we hope everyone is doing well and staying safe, of course!
Starting today – and every day going forward! – we are going to hop back in time and share some exciting sports memories for each particular day. And today, our post is all about what happened in the sports world on April 4th, enjoy.
On This Date in History: April 4th
1948: 84-year-old Connie Mack challenged 78-year-old Clark Griffith to a race from home plate to first base. And the end result was a tie.
1974: Hank Aaron tied Babe Ruth‘s home run record (714) against the Cincinnati Reds. Four days later (April 8th, to be exact) he would break the record from 1935, establishing a new mark for home runs with 715.
1986: Wayne Gretzky recorded his 213th point of the 1985-86 season during a 9-3 setback to the Calgary Flames. Gretzky, who would finish the year with 215 points, broke his old record of 212 points in a single0season.
1993: The Texas Tech women’s basketball team captured its initial NCAA Championship with an 84-82 win over Ohio State. Sheryl Swoopes, who was named the Most Outstanding Player, established a single-game championship scoring record of 47 points.
1994: Arkansas‘ men’s basketball team won its first-ever NCAA Championship – the Razorbacks beat the Blue Devils of Duke in the title game.
1997: The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim secured their first-ever postseason berth, which would conclude in the NHL conference semifinals. The Ducks won their first-ever postseason series in the quarterfinals – they outlasted the Phoenix Coyotes in seven games before falling to the Detroit Red Wings in four-straight semifinal contests.
2011: Coach Jim Calhoun leads the Connecticut men’s basketball team to an NCAA Championship – the Huskies beat Butler, 53-41. Current Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker scored 16 points for the Huskies.
It looks pretty rainy outside my window this morning, but luckily the wet weather will eventually subside and then become rather chilly this evening.
We’ll try to brighten everyone’s mood (and day) with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ – that is why we are here, right?
Tatum, Celtics cap road trip with win over the Utah Jazz
Jayson Tatum is having a phenomenal second season with the Green and White – his amazing efforts were on display last night as he scored 33 points in 38 minutes which helped the Celtics beat the Jazz, 114-103. The win bumped Boston’s overall record to 41-17 – they should be able to use this momentum later this week when they host the Houston Rockets on Saturday, February 29th at 8:30 p.m.
Boston Red Sox have won their last two spring training outings
While we anxiously await the ruling on the Red Sox cheating scandal from 2018, there is some good news to report this morning as the local nine have won not just one game recently, but two. Boston beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-3, yesterday and the Baltimore Orioles one day earlier by a score of 12-4.
Boston will compete against the Philadelphia Phillies this afternoon at 1:05 p.m. before visiting the Minnesota Twins tomorrow for a 1:05 p.m. first pitch. And on Saturday, the New York Yankees will visit the Sox for a 1:05 p.m. start.
Finally, we are less than one month away from the start of the Sox season – Boston will begin its 2020 campaign in Canada against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 26th.
Can the Boston Bruins return to their winning ways?
It seems like its been a while since the Boston Bruins won a game – in fact, their last win came six days ago when they beat the Calgary Flames on the road. But perhaps tonight they will return to the win column when they face-off against the Dallas Stars at 7:30 p.m.
Allen leads Babson College men’s lacrosse past Bates College
Owen Allen netted an overtime goal yesterday against the Bobcats that helped the Babson College men’s lacrosse team defeat the Bobcats for the first time since 1990. Allen, who is from Franklin, Massachusetts, finished Wednesday’s non-conference clash with three goals.
With the win, Babson improves to 2-0 and will look to continue their momentum on Saturday, February 29th when they host Union College for a 12 p.m. face-off.
MIT, Smith College, and Springfield College advance to the NEWMAC semifinals
The MIT, Springfield College, and Smith College women’s basketball teams extended their respective campaigns to Friday, February 28th by scoring wins last night in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) quarterfinals.
MIT will visit Babson Collegetomorrow – the Beavers are the top seed in this year’s tournament – while Smith will make the short trek to Springfield. Both contests will tip-off at 7 p.m.
Hockey East, CBS Interactive announce a multi-year partnership
We’re making a few tweaks to the Daily Noontime going forward – hope you don’t mind as we continue to help start your day with headlines (and news), as well as something (like our videos of the day) to make you smile.
So, here is our brand-spanking-new ‘Daily Noontime’ – hope you enjoy it, everyone!
Calgary rolls past Boston
The Calgary Flames rolled past the Boston Bruinslast night at the TD Garden by a score of 5-2. Boston has lost its last two outings – they surrendered nine goals last Saturday to the Vancouver Cancuks. Hopefully the Black and Gold can return to their winning ways soon – well, tomorrow to be exact, as they will welcome the Dallas Stars to Causeway Street. Puck drop is 7 p.m.
Tatum leads Boston past Portland
Jayson Tatum scored 36 points last night while recording five rebounds and one assist as the Boston Celtics topped the Portland Trail Blazers, 118-106. Boston has now won 40 games and will look to cap their west coast road trip with a win this evening against the Utah Jazz. Tip-off is scheduled for 10:30 p.m.
Boston Red Sox sign-stealing investigation delayed (again!)
It seems as if we will need to wait another day to hear what sort of punishment MLB commissioner Rob Manfred will dish out to our hometown Boston Red Sox. But according to a recent report from NJ.com, we could learn of the punishment by Friday.
New England Revolution kick-off their 2020 campaign on Saturday
A brand new season of New England Revolution soccer is set to commence this Saturday, February 29th when the local club hosts the Montreal Impact at 3 p.m. New England concluded its preseason with a 3-1 win over the Portland Timbers last weekend, which is hopefully a sign for additional wins to come!
The University of Saint Joseph (Conn.) extends its winning streak
Coach Jim Calhoun‘s squad won its 23-straight contest last night, beating Regis College in the opening round of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament. The Blue Jays will welcome Anna Maria College to West Hartford, Connecticut on Thursday (Feb. 27th) for a 7 p.m. tip-off. The winner will advance to Saturday’s conference tournament final.
Holy Cross edges Harvard in men’s lacrosse
The Crusaders scored their third-straight win yesterday, along with their fourth of the season, as Holy Cross outlasted Harvard University, 9-8, in men’s lacrosse yesterday in Worcester. Justin Lynskey led the Crusaders with four points while three Holy Cross players finished with two points.
Bruton leads Nichols College past Roger Williams in the CCC Quarterfinals
DeAnte Bruton helped the Bison of Nichols College erase a 19-point deficit to beat the Hawks of Roger Williams last night in the opening round of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament. Bruton registered a double-double of 36 points and 14 rebounds while Matt Morrow contributed 13 points and eight caroms. Nichols will face Gordon College on Thursday in the semifinals.
Have a great day, everyone – thanks for stopping by for our new version of the Daily Noontime, and we will talk to you again tomorrow morning!
It is a tad bit cloudy (and overcast) outside my window, but that won’t stop us from having a great morning (and day, of course).
Spring is right around the corner – we experienced an April-like day yesterday, which was awesome – but that also means a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ is here, too. So, let’s have a great day, everyone, and remember to smile, laugh, and be happy about life!
The Boston Sports Scoreboard
The Boston Bruins return to the ice this evening – let’s hope they can erase the memories of a six-goal setback from this past weekend when they compete against the Calgary Flames at 7 p.m.
The Boston Celtics will be in Oregon this evening to take on the Portland Trail Blazers with tip-off scheduled for 10 p.m. Boston lost to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, but fans in Boston believe the Green and White should be fine going forward and can compete for an NBA championship this spring.
The Noontime Headlines (and Links)
Hear what Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney had to say about the two new forwards he acquired for the stretch run. (NESN.com)
The NFL Combine is this week, which means its time to highlight five storylines to watch for our hometown New England Patriots. (WEEI.com)
Danny Amendola is not going to be a free agent or return to the area. Instead, he is going back to the Detroit Lions, which could be another hint that Tom Brady will be interested in going elsewhere this offseason. (NBC Sports Boston)
What did we learn from watching Romeo Langford on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers? (Boston.com)
The Boston Red Sox will need Nate Eovaldi this season. Just saying! (Boston Globe)
VIDEO OF THE DAY: Learn how to freestyle like a pro with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, and Rev Run!
I hope you ALL had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the spring-like temperatures, especially yesterday. It is almost spring here in Boston (and New England), which means warm weather, spring sports, and dinner (and coffee) outside, not inside.
Let’s kick off a brand new week with the ‘Daily Noontime’ by smiling, laughing, and loving life!
The Boston Sports Scoreboard
Jayson Tatum scored 41 points in 37 minutes but it wasn’t enough to lift the Boston Celtics to victory on Sunday. Instead, Boston lost to the Los Angeles Lakers, 114-112, snapping a three-game winning streak.
Luckily, the Green and White will have a chance to redeem themselves tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 25th) when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers for a 10 p.m. tip-off.
The Boston Bruins will look to return to their winning ways tomorrow when they host the Calgary Flames for a 7 p.m. puck drop. Boston beat Calgary on Friday, 4-3, but then lost to the Vancouver Canucks, 9-3, one day later.
Finally, the Boston Red Sox will play some exhibition baseball today against the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 p.m.
The Noontime Headlines (and Links)
LeBron James saluted Jayson Tatum on Instagram following the Lakers’ two-point win over the Celtics on Sunday. (MassLive.com)
The Boston Celtics altered their travel plans so they can attend Kobe Bryant‘s Memorial. (CBS Boston)
Sunday’s loss to the Lakers was a tough pill to swallow, but it certainly seemed like a game the Celtics should have won. (Boston Globe)
Will the Boston Bruins make a move before the NHL Trade Deadline ends at 3 p.m. today? (NESN.com)
The Boston Bruins should not pursue Joe Thornton, says one hockey writer. (Yahoo.com)