Rose overcomes pain, leads Bulls to victory


Rose overcomes pain, leads Bulls to victory

BOSTON -- Derrick Rose reached down to his left foot to secure the straps on his walking boot.

A walking boot for the player who sat out the previous game, scored 25 points, and led his team to fend off a comeback push by the Boston Celtics? Must be an MVP or something.

Rose missed Thursday's game against the Washington Wizards with a sprained left big toe. He said prior to Fridays game against the Celtics that he would fight through the pain, and he did.

Down by as many as 20 points in the game, the Celtics cut the Bulls lead to one, 67-66, with ten minutes to go. Then Rose took over. He scored seven points in less than two minutes -- a layup, followed by a pair of free throws, and a trey -- to halt the Celtics push.

After posting 13 points (5-15 FG) through the first three quarters, Rose scored 12 points in 11 minutes in the fourth. He shot 4-for-6, including 2-3 from three-point range, during that stretch.

I was missing shots before that, Rose said following the Bulls 88-79 win. I think shots that I usually hit, I was missing. A couple of wide open threes, layups I was missing. But I guess taking that day off, Ive just got to get my timing back and towards the end of the game they were just falling.

Rose credited his teammates for continuing to get him the ball. With the repetition came rhythm, and he settled into his shot.

All my shots were short and flat, he explained. The other ones that I shot towards the end, I made sure that I was getting a little bit of arc on them.

He later said, They were giving me the shot. I was probably out a little further than I usually am, but they didnt contest and I was just shooting.

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has come to expect performances like this from his star point guard. During Roses fourth quarter push, Thibodeau noticed his experience showing on the court.

I think hes gotten really comfortable with all types of defenses now, Thibodeau said. He knows where the holes are. Hell wait and hell attack the seam. He gets an open shot or a good look or hell create an open look for one of his teammates, and I think that comes with experience. He studies hard, he prepares himself well, and I think thats where he gets his confidence from.

And along with confidence comes endurance. After playing more than 39 minutes, Rose said wearing the walking boot feels comfortable. If there was any discomfort during the game, he blocked it out.

It's probably because my adrenaline was going and I wanted to win, he said. So anything is necessary."

Towles accounts for 4 TDs, BC runs past Wagner, 42-10


Towles accounts for 4 TDs, BC runs past Wagner, 42-10

BOSTON - Quarterback Patrick Towles passed for two touchdowns and added two more on the ground as Boston College defeated Wagner 42-10 on Saturday.

Jon Hilliman ran for two more touchdowns for the Eagles (2-2), who won their 25th straight game against a Football Championship Subdivision opponent.

Wagner (2-1) wasn't rattled early, scoring on its second drive of the game to take an early 7-0 lead. But after the Seahawks pulled within 14-10 early in the second quarter, BC took control, and scored the final 28 points of the game.

Boston College coach Steve Addazio expressed discontent this week with his team's inability to run the ball consistently over its first three games, after establishing that identity during his first three seasons in Boston.

BC had just 44 yards rushing in last week's 49-0 loss at Virginia Tech, its fewest since 28 at N.C. State in 2015. The Eagles entered Saturday ranked second from last in the Atlantic Coast Conference in rushing at just 124.4 yards per game.

They had 188 yards rushing at halftime against Wagner, and finished with 300 yards on the ground for the day.

"We wanted to emphasize running the football today and we did that," Addazio said.

Towles said the success on the ground helped relax the entire offense.

"That was big for us," he said. "We've traditionally been a good running football team here. It hasn't been to our standards the first few weeks of the season. I know that's one thing we really focused on this week was getting out there and really running the football well."

Towles' day ended after three quarters. He was 9 of 16 for 157 yards passing and rushed seven times for 46 yards. Hilliman rushed 19 times for 83 yards, and Davon Jones also rushed 12 times for 90 yards.

After giving up the early score, Boston College's defense tightened, holding to Seahawks to just 89 total yards in the first half, and -2 yards in the third quarter.

The Eagles outgained Wagner 490-107 in total yards for the game.

Wagner coach Wagner coach Jason Houghtaling said after some early stands, the Seahawks' defense started to show fatigue as the game progressed.

"We wanted to try and run it, but we knew it would be an uphill battle," he said. "The defense started to wear down. The longer they were on the field, the size of the offensive line, the physicality of the running backs, absolutely I think it wore down."


WAGNER: The Seahawks held their own early with a FBS opponent, which should give it a boost going into its conference schedule.

BOSTON COLLEGE: The Eagles wanted to begin breathing life into what had been an anemic offense at times in their first three games. BC established the run early, and was able to get touchdowns in the red zone - a positive with the meat of the ACC schedule still remaining. But penalties remain a concern. The Eagles had seven for 85 yards on Saturday, including a few that took away big plays.


WAGNER: The Seahawks return home next week to host Sacred Heart in its Northeast Conference opener.

BOSTON COLLEGE: The Eagles continue their four-game home stand next week with a visit from Mid-American Conference Buffalo.

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Farrell: Sandoval could possibly return to Red Sox for postseason


Farrell: Sandoval could possibly return to Red Sox for postseason

Thought to be lost for the season after shoulder surgery this past spring, Pablo Sandoval could possibly return to the Red Sox for the postseason, Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Saturday.

Sandoval joined the team in St. Petersburg, where the Red Sox are playing the Tampa Bay Rays. Farrell said Sandoval had played in instructional league games in Florida and was "well ahead of schedule."

He could be an option to be activated if another player is injured. 

“One of the things I put in my mind that I have to work,” Sandoval told Boston Herald. “I learned a lot of things about this surgery so I had to work hard to be on the field as soon as possible.

“There are a lot of things I’ve been doing, working out, doing things so I can get better and better everyday.”

Sandoval, 30, is in the second year of a five-year, $95 contract. He lost his starting third base job to Travis Shaw in spring training and in April an MRI revealed he needed surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder, which was to have ended his season.

He appeared in only three games this season and hit .245 with 10 homers and 47 RBI in 126 games in 2015.