N.E. college basketball: Saturday, February 27

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N.E. college basketball: Saturday, February 27

Boston University 76, Maine 56
Brown 76, Dartmouth 57
Central Connecticut State 68, St. Francis, N.Y., 56
Connecticut women 84, Georgetown 62
Dayton 96, Massachusetts 68
Georgia Tech 73, Boston College 68
Harvard 78, Yale 58
Lehigh 91, Holy Cross 80
Long Island 71, Bryant 54
Northeastern 50, George Mason 48
Quinnipiac 74, Fairleigh Dickinson 65
Sacred Heart 68, Monmouth 63
St. Bonaventure 81, Rhode Island 74
South Florida 99, Providence 93

Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

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Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.

It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.

Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.

Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.

This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.

And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.

“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.