C's to modify KG's minutes


C's to modify KG's minutes

TORONTO Kevin Garnett is still going to average around 30 or so minutes per game this season.But the way those minutes will come about, is expected to change.That will be among the changes Celtics coach Doc Rivers plans to tinker with during this shortened preseason schedule, which begins today against the Toronto Raptors.The purpose of modifying his minutes, Rivers said, is to allow him to be more effective in the fourth quarter."I thought last year Kevin, his fourth-quarter numbers were down," Rivers said.He added, "We're going to avoid the 10-minute in a row stretches and do more five and five and five, three times in a half. I don't know if that'll work, honestly. I'm 50-50 on whether it'll work."Here are some other notes and nuggets heading into today's preseason opener. Boston has a 19-5 preseason record since 2008, the second-best record in the NBA during that time. Only the Orlando Magic (21-1) have a better preseason record in that span.The Celtics are one of just three teams (the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks are the others) with four players who appeared in games during the last NBA lockout-shortened season, 1999. Rivers continues to hold court in rarified air among Celtics coaches. Entering his eighth season with the C's, the only other coach since Red Auerbach stepped aside in 1966 to coach the Celtics for that many years consecutively, was Hall of Famer and Comcast SportsNet analyst Tommy Heinsohn. The Raptors have a new head coach in Dwyane Casey. His previous head coaching experience came during the 2006-2007 season in Minnesota. He coached 40 games that season with the Timberwolves, posting a 20-20 record. That team featured Garnett.

HEISMAN: Lousiville's Lamar Jackson wins College Football's highest award


HEISMAN: Lousiville's Lamar Jackson wins College Football's highest award

NEW YORK -- Lamar Jackson leapt over a loaded field of Heisman Trophy contenders early in the season and by the time he slowed down nobody could catch him.

The sensational sophomore quarterback became the first Louisville player to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, beating out preseason favorite Deshaun Watson of Clemson despite some late-season struggles.

Baker Mayfield finished third and Oklahoma teammate and fellow finalist Dede Westbrook was fourth. Michigan's Jabrill Peppers was fifth.

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Bruins lose third straight with 4-1 loss to Leafs


Bruins lose third straight with 4-1 loss to Leafs

BOSTON -- The Bruins’ season has gone in extreme swings both up and down thus far through the first couple of months, and that was the case as they lost their third game in a row to the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

The Bruins couldn’t only scratch for one goal despite outshooting the Maple Leafs by a 32-20 margin, and fell by a disappointing 4-1 score to the young and talented Toronto club at TD Garden.

The Bruins never enjoyed a lead in the game against the Leafs, and were flirting with danger after failing to score in the first period despite out-shooting Toronto by an 11-2 margin in the game’s opening 20 minutes. Instead it was a David Pastrnak neutral zone turnover in the second period that was picked off by William Nylander, and ended with Auston Matthews firing a rocket over Tuukka Rask for his 12th goal of the season.

Toronto extended the lead with five minutes to go in the period when Zach Hyman tipped a wobbly Jake Gardiner point shot past Rask, and made it three games in a row that the Bruins have dug themselves a considerable hole. Brad Marchand got one goal back at the end of the second period on a nice hustle play as he sealed off Frederik Anderson’s clearing attempt and then stuffed the puck past the Leafs goalie on a second chance bid.

That’s the way the score remained until the third period when the Bruins couldn’t convert on a couple of offensive chances -- included a bang-bang shorthanded bid for Austin Czarnik in front of the net -- and then James van Riemsdyk scored in front as a Toronto power play expired. That was the backbreaker for a Black and Gold bunch that continues to scrap for goals, and has now scored two goals or less in 20 of their 20 games this season.

Connor Brown added an empty netter in the final two minutes of the game to truly put it out of reach for the Bruins.