It’s Thursday – hope everyone is doing well and staying safe as usual!
Let’s make today another great day – remember to smile, please! – with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime.’
Noontime’s Headlines for Thursday, March 26th, 2020
Happy Opening Day, baseball fans! Yep, today would have been the first day of a new season for both the Boston Red Sox and everyone else, but due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2020 season won’t begin today, but hopefully in a few months.
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says, “nothing is off the table” for the upcoming season, including double-headers and seven-inning contests. Perhaps we could see baseball go past Halloween?
1952: Kansas beat St. John’s in the 14th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship – the tournament featured the first-ever “Final Four” format.
1979: Michigan State beat Indiana State, 75-64, in the 41st NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, which was the highest-rated game in the history of televised college basketball. And what made this game so special (and exciting) was it started the rivalry of future NBA Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
1992: The New York Rangers clinched its first NHL regular-season championship in 50 years.
1997: The NHL announced the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and Vancouver Canucks would open the 1998 season in Japan.
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.
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.
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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!
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)
We hope you are ALL having a wonderful day thus far. Yes, we know our Daily Noontime is a bit later than normal – blame it on some early meetings! – allow us to provide a quick break with some news and links, as well as what to watch (and follow) in Boston sports tonight.
The Boston Sports Scoreboard
The Boston Bruins continued their winning ways last night with a 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Boston has outscored its last three opponents by a combined score of 12-2.
The Bruins are in Chicago this evening to face the Blackhawks with puck drop scheduled for 8 p.m. The Chicago Blackhawks are 6-3-1 in their last ten outings.
The Boston Celtics welcome the Orlando Magic to the TD Garden this evening with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Boston University advanced to the women’s Beanpot Tournament championship next Tuesday with a 4-0 win over Boston College, while Northeastern University secured a spot in the finals with a 3-1 win over Harvard University.
The Noontime Headlines (and Links)
Last night, the Boston Red Sox traded outfielder Mookie Betts and pitcher David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers. And now … Red Sox fans are not happy. (ESPN.com)
According to Red Sox Hall of Famer Jim Rice, Mookie wanted to stay in Boston. (Boston.CBSLocal.com)
Boston.com’s Chad Finn wants to know if Red Sox fans are happy or sad about the news of the organization dealing Mookie Betts to the Dodgers. (Boston.com)
Spotify will purchase The Ringer, a digital outlet started by Bill Simmons. (Boston.com)
David Price can be an instrumental piece of the Dodgers rotation this spring. (TheRinger.com)
After leading the Kansas City Chiefs to their first Super Bowl victory since 1970, head coach Andy Reid feels a sense of urgency to guide the team back to a championship next season. (ProFootballTalk.com)
VIDEO OF THE DAY: The Los Angeles Dodgers are now scary-good with Mookie Betts and David Price.