Welcome to Tuesday, everyone – how is everyone doing?
The sun is shining (currently) but we do have some rain on the way so make sure to get some Vitamin D before the clouds arrive. And make sure to smile, too – smiling is important during unprecedented times.
Let’s have another great day by taking another trip down memory lane with a brand new ‘On This Date in History’ from your friends here at Noontime Sports!
1996: The Chicago Bulls defeated the Washington Bullets, 103-93, to conclude the 1995-96 regular season with a 72-10 overall record. Chicago would go onto win an NBA championship later that spring against the Seattle SuperSonics.
2001: The Atlanta Falcons selected quarterback Michael Vick with the first pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. The Arizona Cardinals selected guard Leonard Davis with the second pick, while the Cleveland Browns picked defensive tackle Gerard Warren with the third pick.
Richard Seymour was selected sixth by the New England Patriots before the team snagged Matt Light in the second round.
2018: Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Manaea no-hits the Boston Red Sox while retiring 10 batters in nine innings. Oakland beat Boston, 3-0, thanks to Marcus Semien, who concluded the early season contest with three runs, two hits, and one RBI. Boston’s Chris Sale suffered his first loss of the season – the lefthander recorded 10 strikeouts but did yield three runs on six hits.
Similar to Massachusetts, the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL) is hopeful they can still provide their student-athletes with “something in May” when schools are scheduled to re-open in the Ocean State.
It’s Thursday, which means we need to work extra hard for another weekend – it will be here tomorrow (rejoice!), so make sure to drink extra water this morning and afternoon.
The Wednesday wind has vanished it seems – I am not hearing the whistling like I did yesterday (outside my office), which is a good sign, right? There may be snow on the horizon – that would be tomorrow, to be exact – but then the warmer weather will return, which certainly makes me happy (and I hope you, as well).
Let’s have another great day by starting it with the Daily Noontime – enjoy, everyone!
Good News: The Boston Celtics snapped their two-game losing streak. Yep, the Boston Celtics returned to their winning ways last night without a good chunk of their marquee players and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 112-106.
Jayson Tatum returned to the lineup after being sidelined with an illness earlier this week and netted a team-high 32 points to go with nine rebounds and six assists.
With the win, the Celtics improve to 42-19 and will return to action tomorrow night when they host the Utah Jazz for an 8 p.m. tip-off.
Boston caps its two-game Florida trip this evening: The Boston Bruins will look to depart Florida with another win – they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, on Tuesday evening and have a chance to pick up two more points this evening against the Florida Panthers at 7 p.m.
While the Bruins were idle last night, one of their former players, Johnny Boychuk, needed 90 stitches to his “eyelid after being hit in the face with a skate.” Luckily, the current New York Islanders defensemen did not suffer any damage to his eye (sigh of relief!).
The Boston Red Sox received some good news yesterday regarding Chris Sale and that is he will not need Tommy John surgery. This is certainly good news, but it is inevitable that something will have to happen (or at least help the pitcher alleviate the pain or discomfort) going forward.
Will he need surgery in the future? Perhaps, but maybe the Red Sox should consider signing a free agent or two to sure up the pitching staff.
James Santoro scored the game-winning goal for the Engineers in double-overtime yesterday as MIT outlasted UMass Dartmouth to improve to 2-1 overall. Three members of the Engineers finished Wednesday’s epic contest with two goals while Andrew Palleiko turned aside a season-high 10 shots.
Manis is now the third player in program history to net 2,000 points or more – she joins Amy O’Brien (2,075 points) and Sherry Levin (2,253 points).
Finally, we’re one day away from the start of the 2020 NCAA D-III Basketball Tournament and one team you should certainly keep your eyes on is Smith College, which captured its first-ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown on Sunday.
It’s Wednesday, which means we’re going to work extra hard today (and tomorrow) for the weekend, right?
It is a WINDY day outside today, so make sure to hang onto your hat (and maybe your glasses, too). And make sure to look both ways before crossing the street, as well.
Alright, enough about the weather (and crossing streets). Let’s get into the Daily Noontime!
The Boston Bruins picked-up an important 2-1 win last night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. With the win, the Black and Gold improve to 42-13-12 overall – they also picked up two more points to bump their season total to 96 (wow!).
Boston will attempt to gain an additional two points tomorrow, Thursday, March 5th when they visit the Florida Panthers for a 7 p.m. face-off.
With their win last night over the Lightning, it appears as if the Bruins have the Atlantic Division locked up. Boston and Tampa Bay will meet again on Saturday, March 7th – it will be another game to watch, of course – and could see each other in the postseason.
The Brooklyn Nets scored 51 points in the fourth quarter and then outscored the Boston Celtics, 11-2, in overtime to secure a 129-20 win last night on Causeway Street. Jaylen Brown led the Green and White with 22 points while Kemba Walker chipped in 21 points.
Boston will be fine – don’t worry, Celtics fans! – but they will need everyone on their roster to feel better and get healthier as they head into the final weeks of the regular season. And one of those players is Jayson Tatum, who was sidelined last night with an illness.
A 15-pitch bullpen session on Sunday has resulted in Chris Sale sitting on the bench and waiting for Dr. James Andrews to review his MRI. Hopefully, we receive some positive news later today or this week about the Boston Red Sox pitcher, who was forced to end his season last summer with an elbow issue. Perhaps the Sox will need to acquire some free-agent pitchers to bolster its rotation?
Tufts University men’s lacrosse netted 25 goals for the ninth time in program history last night as the Jumbos rolled past Springfield College in a non-conference clash. Tufts, which improved to 2-0, received seven points from Mac Bredahl while Mason Pollack turned aside five shots.
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.