Daily Noontime: Thursday, March 12th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

We’re kicking off our ‘Daily Noontime’ coverage a bit later than usual this morning – we apologize for the pause, so let’s get right into what you need to know about the sports world being impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

For starters, the NBA has suspended its season due to Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz testing positively for the virus, according to multiple reports last night.

With this news, the Boston Celtics season is at a standstill. But more importantly, players, coaches, and members of the team may have to self-quarantine due to a recent contest with the Jazz, which took place last Friday, March 6th. According to WBZ in Boston, the Jazz practiced at Emerson College’s gym while they were in town last week.

Boston was scheduled to tip-off against the Milwaukee Bucks this evening, but that game is canceled. The Celtics should be back home soon – we hope they are doing well during this unusual time in our country (and the world).

It was reported this morning by Sportsnet that “all NHL clubs have been advised not to conduct morning skates, practices or team meetings amid efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19.”

The league is expected to announce later today its plan for its remaining regular-season contests. And we shouldn’t be surprised if they follow the NBA and decide to suspend the current season for a few weeks and months.

Major League Soccer (MLS) has announced they are suspending its season, per multiple reports, including Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated. Wahl tweeted this morning that the reason for suspending the season was due to coronavirus.

Finally – and we reported on this last night – March Madness, which begins next week, will not include fans. Only players, coaches, team representatives, and select family members will be allowed to attend games, pending both tournaments are played.

Daily Noontime: Friday, March 6th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

It’s Friday – hooray!

I hope you are excited about the weekend as I am – I know it will be a great one.

Tomorrow will be chilly, but then the mild-winter/early spring weather returns on Sunday and then Monday will feel like a beach day (wahoo!).

Let’s kick-off the final day of the workweek with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime.’

The Boston Bruins squeaked out a 2-1 win last night over the Florida Panthers – they needed a second-period goal to eventually force overtime. Torey Krug netted the game-winner while finishing with one goal and one assist. Patrice Bergeron tied the game in the second period.

With the win, the Bruins earned an additional two points and are now in complete command of the Atlantic Division. They have won 43 games and will look to continue their momentum tomorrow evening when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m.

Following their one-goal victory last night over the Panthers, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy made a funny joke about Krug. Apparently, he referred to the defensemen as “hammer hands there.” That is pretty funny, right?

Crew Ainge and the Babson College men’s basketball team are back in the NCAA D-III Tournament this afternoon – the Beavers will tip-off against Ithaca College at 5 p.m.

Ainge is the son of Boston Celtics president of basketball operations – that would be Danny Ainge – and has certainly enjoyed competing for the Beavers this winter.

Speaking of the Celtics, they will be at home this evening against the Utah Jazz. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.

According to former Celtics forward (and center) Kendrick Perkins, he believes Boston’s best chance to contend for a title (and be a real threat in the Eastern Conference) is by locking-up the second seed. “If Boston gets the second seed, they’re going to the Eastern Conference Finals and they’re going to the (NBA) Finals,” Perkins said, via Nick Friar of WEEI.com.

As of this morning, the Celtics trail the Toronto Raptors by one-and-a-half games for the second spot. But I think Perkins is right – we need the second position to have a chance at contending for an NBA championship in June (fingers crossed!).

Finally, it sounds like the San Francisco 49ers could be a possible landing spot for Tom Brady, but the same could be said for our beloved New England Patriots.

Other potential landing spots, as noted by ProFootballTalk.com, are Tennessee TitansLos Angeles Chargers, and Las Vegas Raiders.

Daily Noontime: Thursday, March 5th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

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.

The Babson College men’s lacrosse team scored their first win over Endicott College yesterday since 2003. Babson erased a one-goal deficit at the break to beat the Gulls and improve to 3-1 overall.

Ethan Carpenter matched his career-high with five points on four assists and one goal while Chi Chi Price netted two goals in the win.

As for the Endicott women’s lacrosse team, they scored an impressive win against Trinity College to improve to 2-0 this season. Gabriella Prisco and Maya Feigenbaum each recorded three goals and one assist in the win.

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.

Lauren Manis netted her 2,000th career point last night as the Holy Cross women’s basketball team cruised past Loyola (Md.) and secured a home date with Lafayette next Monday, March 9th in the Patriot League Tournament.

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.

And one of the players you should watch on Smith tomorrow is first-year Jessie Ruffner, who finished Sunday’s championship game with 15 points and a game-high four steals.

Daily Noontime: Friday, February 28th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today is the final Fri-Yay of February, which might be bittersweet (to some people), but I think it is awesome news because it means we’re another day closer to spring (and warmer weather, of course!).

Make sure to bundle up – I hear it is VERY CHILLY outside today!

The Boston Bruins return to the win column 

  • After a few tough outings, including a six-goal setback to the Vancouver Canucks, our hometown Boston Bruins returned to the win column last night with a 4-3 victory against the Dallas Stars. Four different Bruins lit the lamp, including three that skaters that finished with one goal and one assist.
  • With the win, the Bruins improve to 40-13-12 overall and will be one state over tomorrow afternoon for an important Eastern Conference clash with the New York Islanders. Puck drop is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Boston Celtics set to host the Houston Rockets 

  • The Boston Celtics will entertain the Houston Rockets tomorrow evening at the TD Garden – tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Boston has won its last two outings, including an impressive win earlier this week against the Utah Jazz.

Don’t leave us, Tom Brady! 

  • According to various reports, both yesterday and this week, it doesn’t sound like Tom Brady will be returning to New England this fall. It seems more likely that the six-time Super Bowl champion will leave the area to play for another team next season. But do you really think that will actually happen? We’ll just have to wait and find out.
  • Tom Brady will officially become a free agent on March 16th, so we should know if he will stay or go pretty soon.

Albertus Magnus men’s basketball edges Lasell University to advance to the GNAC Championship 

  • Terry Dawkins recorded a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Hawks of Albertus Magnus edged Lasell, 95-94, in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) semifinals last night to secure a spot in Saturday’s conference championship game.
  • EJ Day paced the Lasers with a game-high 38 points while Jonathan Friberg added 13 rebounds and nine points. Lasell earned a trip to New Haven, Connecticut last night by beating Emmanuel College in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Arsenault’s late bucket sends Endicott men’s basketball the CCC Championship 

  • Billy Arseneault netted the game-winning basket during the final seconds of Thursday’s Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) semifinal which helped the Gulls of Endicott College edge Wentworth Institute of Technology, 63-62.
  • With the win, the Gulls will now host Nichols College in the CCC Championship tomorrow with tip-off scheduled for 2 p.m. Nichols is seeking its fourth-straight conference crown after beating Gordon College last night in its semifinal contest.

Both Worcester State teams will be competing for a MASCAC crown on Saturday 

  • Saturday will be an exciting day for both Worcester State University basketball teams, who will be competing in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Championships.
  • The Worcester State men’s basketball team will visit Westfield State for a 1 p.m. tip-off. The Owls beat Salem State University last night in their semifinal contest while the Lancers topped MCLA.
  • Framingham State women’s basketball will entertain Worcester State – both teams scored convincing wins last night in their respective semifinal contest. Framingham State beat Bridgewater State while Worcester State outlasted Westfield State on the road.

 

Daily Noontime: Thursday, February 27th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

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.
  • According to a recent report, the Bruins may have to bid farewell to Torey Krug in the offseason due to the team’s salary cap.

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 MITSpringfield 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.

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