C's Allen getting used to season on the road


C's Allen getting used to season on the road

On Friday night the Boston Celtics played their first home game of the regular season. On Saturday, they were back on the road again.

The Celtics will play their fifth game in eight days on Sunday in Washington, D.C. against the Wizards. Four of those games were scheduled away from TD Garden.

With all the traveling, including back-to-back games in Miami and New Orleans, the Celtics home opener felt more like another stop along the way than time at home for Ray Allen.

Whos home? he joked on Friday night. And then we leave again tomorrow. Its hard to think that way because when youre home, Im already thinking about tomorrow and I have to pack, so youre not really home.

Allen didnt unpack from the first road trip and doesnt plan on doing so until the team returns to Boston for a five-game homestand, starting on Monday with the second half of a back-to-back against the Wizards.They will play 11 of their 16 games in January at TD Garden.

Right now, wheres my wallet at? Is it in my car or is it in my travel bag? said Allen. My bags are still in the back of my truck, so it is a state of mind. Sometimes when youre home youre not really home, especially when you know youre going back again.

Jackie Bradley Jr. extends hitting streak to 28 games


Jackie Bradley Jr. extends hitting streak to 28 games

BOSTON — Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. has extended his hitting streak to 28 games with a second-inning double Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies.

It's the longest hitting streak in the majors this season and tied with Wade Boggs (1985) for the fifth-longest in Red Sox history. Dom DiMaggio holds the franchise record with a 34-game streak in 1949. DiMaggio's brother, Joe, hit in 56 straight games in 1941 for the major league record.

Bradley lined the first pitch he saw from Jorge De La Rosa into left field to keep the streak going.

Kraft OK with the idea of a Raiders move to Las Vegas


Kraft OK with the idea of a Raiders move to Las Vegas

Robert Kraft doesn't seem all that concerned about the potential pitfalls of having an NFL franchise in Las Vegas.

The temptations found in that city, he says, can now be found around any dark corner of the Internet. That's part of the reason why he would be supportive of the Raiders if owner Mark Davis chose to move the team to Vegas from Oakland. 

He explained his reasoning to NFL Media's Judy Battista at the league's annual spring meetings on Tuesday. 

"I think we can put the discipline and controls in [for] whatever anyone might be worried about," Kraft said. "With the Internet and the age of the Internet and what's going on in today's world, it's so much different than when I came in 20 odd years ago. If you'd like to move there and they're supportive and Oakland doesn't do what they should do, I'm behind them."

The comments echoed what Kraft told USA Today earlier this week.

"I came into the league in ’94," Kraft said. "Back then, any exploration of that market was dismissed out of hand. I’m looking where we are today and thinking of the last 10 to 15 years, and the emergence of new media, with Google and Facebook and the like. We’re just living in a different world, technology-wise. The [sports gambling] risks in Vegas are no longer exclusive to Vegas. Whatever the risks, they are no greater [in Las Vegas] than playing a game in New Jersey."

Davis' hope to move the Raiders stems from an inability to get a deal done for a new stadium in Oakland.

"I have given my commitment to Las Vegas," Davis said this week, "and if they can get done what they're talking about doing, then we will go to Las Vegas."