On This Date In Sports History: Saturday, April 4th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

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.
  • 1998: The re-branded NFL Europe, which was originally named the World League of American Football, kicked-off a brand new season The Rhein Fire would be crowned the champions weeks later when they beat the Frankfurt Galaxy in the World Bowl by a score of 34-10.
  • 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.

Daily Noontime: Monday, March 9th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Monday – where did this past weekend go?

The good news about today is the weather: it is going to be gorgeous, so make sure to get outside and enjoy the sun.

Let’s kick-start a new week – well, a new work week, to be exact! – with a brand new Daily Noontime. Have a wonderful day, everyone, and remember to smile, too.

The Boston Celtics did not play their best basketball on Sunday as the Green and White were edged by the Oklahoma City Thunder, 105-104, at the TD GardenGordon Hayward led the Celtics with 24 points while Jayson Tatum added 19 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Marcus Smart recorded a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Boston will attempt to return to the win column tomorrow – that would be Tuesday, March 10th, to be exact – when they visit the Indiana Pacers for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

As of this morning, the Celtics remain locked in the third position in the Eastern Conference but need to find their groove down the stretch in order to catch the Toronto Raptors for the second spot in the upcoming NBA playoffs.

Hayward told reporters after his team’s loss to the Thunder that the Celtics were not going to blame the setback on Kemba Walker, who turned the ball over with 8.5 seconds remaining. Instead, Hayward told reporters that the Celtics “lost this game together.”

After a successful road trip down south, the Boston Bruins fell apart at home on Saturday, losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 5-3. Tuukka Rask denied 20 of 24 shots in the setback while Charlie McAvoy tallied one goal and one assist.

Boston will visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Boston Red Sox will play another spring training game this afternoon against the Atlanta Braves with the first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Boston edged the Minnesota Twins on Sunday by a score of 7-6 after splitting two games on Saturday with the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays.

And just in case you were wondering, we’re roughly two weeks away from the start of a brand new season, which seems crazy, right?

According to Jeff Borzello of ESPN, Harvard University‘s Seth Towns will compete for another team next season as a grad student – he is considering multiple programs, including KansasVirginia, and Syracuse. Towns has not appeared on the court this winter due to an injury – he also missed last season, too, but was named to the Lou Henson Award watch list, though.

The Holy Cross women’s basketball team will host Lafayette College this evening in the Patriot League quarterfinals. The winner will advance to Thursday’s semifinals. Holy Cross has won three-straight contests, including its final game of the 2019-20 regular season.

Yale University secured the top seed in this weekend’s Ivy League men’s basketball tournament while Princeton University is the number one seed in the women’s tournament.

The Ivy League tournaments will begin on Friday, March 13th and conclude Sunday, March 15th.

Daily Noontime: Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

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?
  • The Lowell High School boy’s basketball team extended captured its 23-straight contest this season with a hard-fought win over Cambridge on Tuesday evening in the MIAA D1 North semifinals at Woburn High School. Jaceb McKenzie and Carlos Nunez scored 16 points, respectively, for the Red Raiders, who will now face Lynn English in Saturday’s D1 North Finals at the Tsongas Center.
  • 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.
  • Brandon Pavoni netted five goals while setting up three more tallies as the Anna Maria College men’s lacrosse team outlasted Nichols College on Tuesday for their second win of the 2020 season.

Daily Noontime: Monday, February 17th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan| @NoontimeNation

Happy Monday, everyone!

Hopefully, everyone is having a wonderful morning (and end to their long weekend), and ready for a great week.

It is time to kick-off a brand new week with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime.’

As usual, have a wonderful day, smile, laugh, and eat a cookie – you deserve it!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard

  • The Boston Bruins scored their third-straight win yesterday, beating the New York Rangers, 3-1. Patrice BergeronCharlie Coyle, and Charlie McAvoy each lit the lamp and will be counted on Wednesday, February 19th when the Black and Gold visit the Edmonton Oilers for an 8:30 p.m. puck drop.
  • The Boston Celtics are off until Friday, February 21st when they begin the second half of their season in Minnesota to face the Timberwolves.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • The NHL Trade Deadline is quickly approaching, which means the Bruins may want to acquire an additional piece or two for a Cup run. (WEEI.com)

  • Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum represented the Celtics last night in the NBA All-Star Game. (NESN.com)
  • What if Xander Bogaerts convinced Mookie Betts to come back to Boston next season? It could happen, right? (MassLive.com)

  • John Henry and Sam Kennedy finally explained why they traded Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers(Boston Globe)
  • Kevin Pillar may not be Mookie Betts, but he certainly will be a nice addition to the Boston Red Sox outfield this season. (Boston.com)

  • The Las Vegas Raiders seem to be VERY interested in signing Tom Brady to a two-year deal. (247Sports.com)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: It’s ‘Music Monday’ so let’s dance to an 80’s version of “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys.

Daily Noontime: Friday, February 14th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

It’s Friday or as we call it, ‘Fri-Yay’ – woo!

It is BRUTAL outside today, so make sure to bring an extra hat and gloves when you go out for a second (or third) cup of coffee. Luckily, this cold weather won’t last long as Boston’s mild-winter returns Sunday with temperatures falling just a tad bit short of 50 degrees.

Have a wonderful weekend – make sure to do something special today for Valentine’s Day and remember to smile, laugh, and eat some chocolate!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard

  • Jayson Tatum netted a game-high 39 points last night as the Boston Celtics outlasted the Los Angeles Clippers, 141-133, in double-overtime. With the win, the Celtics have won seven of their last eight contests, and enter the NBA All-Star break with some serious momentum.
  • The Boston Bruins will look to continue their impressive play from a few nights ago when they host the Detroit Red Wings tomorrow for a 1 p.m. face-off. They will then head to Manhattan on Sunday to face the New York Rangers for a 3:30 p.m. puck drop.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • Kemba Walker said that Jayson Tatum was the ‘best’ player on the court last night against Los Angeles. (ESPN.com)
  • Jayson Tatum could be the player that leads the Celtics to their 18th championship this spring (and summer!).  (For The Win) 
  • Alex Verdugo, who came over from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Mookie Betts deal, could miss the start of the Boston Red Sox season. (Boston Globe)
  • Kevin Pillar and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a one-year deal, which is good news for the team’s outfield. (ESPN.com)
  • Which Major League Baseball (MLB) team had the worst offseason? Perhaps the Red Sox? (CBS Sports) 
  • Here are the movies and television shows that will be filmed in Massachusetts this year. (Boston.com)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: In honor of Valentine’s Day, here is a song that is playing on our Spotify playlist today!