UConn nips Northeastern in N.I.T.; NCAA preview

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UConn nips Northeastern in N.I.T.; NCAA preview

Associated PressSTORRS, Conn. -- Jerome Dysonscored 13 of his 18 points in the second half and Connecticut hung onto beat Northeastern 59-57 Tuesday in the first round of the NationalInvitation Tournament.
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Dyson, who scored a total of 18points in his previous three games, had 11 of UConn's final 13 pointsto bring his team back from a six-point deficit. His free throws with53 seconds left provided the winning margin, and snapped a four-gamelosing streak."I didn't want it to go down and end like that," Dyson said. "I just tried to be more aggressive."UConn's Kemba Walker had a chance to ice the game, but missed the front end of two 1-and-1s in the final minute.Baptiste Bataille's 3-point attempt, which would have won the game for Northeastern at the buzzer, fell short."We did a good job following our gameplan and we still had a shot in the last seconds," Bataille said. "Itwas a little unfortunate but we're happy with the effort."Matt Janning scored 17 points forNortheastern (20-13), which finished second in the Colonial AthleticAssociation. Manny Adako added 14 points.Connecticut (18-15), a perennialpower in the Big East having a down season, advances to play the winnerof Wednesday night's game between Quinnipiac and top-seeded VirginiaTech.Trailing 55-50 with just under fiveminutes left, UConn went to a press and denied Janning the ball.Northeastern missed four of its final five shots.Dyson hit a jumper and a 3-pointerto bring the Huskies within two points, then found Stanley Robinsonunderneath for a reverse layup that tied the game 57 with 1:41 left.Robinson finished with 14 points."If it weren't for Jerome it couldhave been a whole other story," UConn forward Gavin Edwards said. "It'sdefinitely nice to be on the receiving ends of one of those wins."Northeastern trailed by eight pointsat halftime, but a 15-4 run turned a 39-32 deficit into a 47-43 leadmidway through the second half. They led 54-48 with 6 minutes left.Northeastern jumped to a 10-2 lead on one of Janning's four 3-pointers.But Connecticut took over fromthere, outscoring Northeastern 32-16 the rest of the half. UConndominated in the paint, scoring 20-first half points down low andoutrebounding Northeastern 23-14.It was 34-26 at the half.

Quotes, notes and stars: Wright "today was tough"

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Quotes, notes and stars: Wright "today was tough"

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 10-3 loss to the Rangers:

 

QUOTES

* “On a night when he didn’t have the consistency to the knuckleball that we’ve seen from many of his starts, he went to his fastball a little bit more. [Against] a good fastball hitting team . . . He’s typically made good adjustments staying over the rubber to get his release point out front -- that wasn’t the case [tonight].” John Farrell said about Steven Wright struggling with his knuckleball in his 4.2 inning outing.

* “The ball was spinning a lot out of my hand. It was a little bit hard to grip the ball because the humidity. But it was the opposite -- it was real sticky. That’s the first time I’ve had that ever. But I still felt like I should have figured that out. It was one of those things where I think I started trying to hard . . . I was trying to the throw the kitchen sink at them but it wasn’t working.” Steven Wright said about struggling to find his knuckleball in the 10-3 loss.

* “It’s hard for me because you want to go out there and try and go as deep as you can to try to help the bullpen, but, you know, today was tough, a tough day for me.” Wright said on his disappointment with only going 4.2 innings.

 

 

NOTES

 

* Hanley Ramirez laced his fourth homerun in his last 11 games. In his nine career games at Texas, Ramirez has six homeruns.

* David Ortiz went hitless for the first time since June 12th. Boston’s designated hitter also hasn’t hit a home run since June 17th -- his third longest homerless spell of 2016.

* Xander Bogaerts scored his 57th run of the season, putting him one run behind Ian Kinsler -- the fourth highest total in the majors.

 

 

STARS

 

1) Adrian Beltre

The ex-Red Sox third baseman finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, a walk -- scoring the team high three runs.

 

2) Ian Desmond

Desmond laced his 13th homer of the season in his second at-bat of the game, sparking Texas’ offense with its first run of the game.

 

3) Elvis Andrus

Andrus ended Steven Wright’s day quickly with a three-run triple in the fifth inning, finishing 1-for-2 with two walks and a run.

First Impressions from Boston's 10-3 loss to Texas

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First Impressions from Boston's 10-3 loss to Texas

First impressions of the Red Sox 10-3 loss to Texas:

 

Steven Wright can’t be stellar every night.

Although it’s seemed like it lately, it’s just not possible -- especially with a knuckleball.

He wasn’t even that bad Saturday night. He just didn’t get any help from his defense in the fifth frame.

But there’s no denying he didn’t have his best stuff. But whatever the reason, he couldn’t find consistent command or movement from his knuckler and he gave up some hard hits as a result.

Did he receive a fate worse than he pitched? Yes. But what Boston saw from Wright in his Saturday start is there will be times his go-to pitch is off -- and there’s really no way to work around that.

 

Hanley Ramirez’s “timing issue” seems to be coming around.

Although he hasn’t necessarily caught fire, Ramirez hit another home run -- once again to right field.

He’s shown more patience at the plate, and not trying to pull every ball out of the yard.

Ramirez doesn’t have everything completely figured out, but his homeruns have been plenty valuable at this point.

 

Ian Desmond is no joke.

The newly converted centerfielder is 5-for-10 against Boston pitching this series with a run and two RBI.

The ex-Nationals shortstop has good pop and good speed still. He seems to be a lot more comfortable in his new home after hitting .233 for Washington last year with 19 homeruns -- hitting his 13th Saturday night.

 

For all the criticisms Boston’s bullpen has received, the Rangers’ is definitely worse.

Although there wasn’t the same miraculous comeback witnessed Friday night -- and Boston’s pen wasn’t particularly stellar in the loss -- the Ranger relievers did not look good in the second game of the series.

They put themselves into deep counts right away -- and was lucky Boston’s offense was off.

Boston’s bullpen has its faults -- no question -- but it’s not nearly as bad as the one in Texas.

 

The Red Sox unfortunately have to rely on Clay Buchholz Sunday.

The bullpen is beaten down once again. The righty is still fighting for his job, so this would be the best time for him to pitch competitively into the sixth inning -- and maybe even longer.

DC United tops Revolution 2-0

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DC United tops Revolution 2-0

WASHINGTON -- Lamar Neagle had a goal and an assist to give D.C. United an early lead that stood up in a 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday night.

D.C., after being shut out in its two previous games and four of six, opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Luciano Acosta chipped a perfect pass over the defense to the foot of Neagle, who volleyed it in from 10 yards out.

Sean Franklin scored the second goal, his first of the season, when he knocked in Neagle's cross. Albaro Saborio sent a long ball down the right sideline that Neagle ran down and crossed to Franklin for the easy counter.

D.C. (5-6-5) leapfrogged the Revolution (4-5-7) into fifth in the Eastern Conference with its fourth shutout in the last seven games and improved to 2-0-1 in the series this season.