Rangers hand Sox third straight loss, win 6-3


Rangers hand Sox third straight loss, win 6-3

BOSTON -- The Red Sox losing streak was stretched to three games Wednesday night, but there was some good news hidden in their 6-3 defeat to the Texas Rangers: they won't have to worry about getting Mike Napoli out again until July.
Perhaps by then, the Red Sox will have a better idea. For now, however, Napoli seems to have their number. A night after he cranked two homers in an 18-3 rout, Napoli drove in four of the Rangers' six runs with a two-run homer off starter Josh Beckett in the fourth and a bases-loaded two-run double off reliever Franklin Morales in the eighth that broke a two-run game wide open.
Beckett gave the Red Sox a quality start, pitching seven innings and allowing three runs. He allowed seven hits, walked just one and fanned seven.
The Red Sox took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second when David Ortiz doubled and Kevin Youkilis, who fanned four times the night before, belted his first homer of the season and first since last August.
But the Sox never mustered much offense after the second off Texas starter Derek Holland the Rangers bullpen. Boston had just three hits following Youkilis's homer.
After scoring 31 runs in the first three games of the homestand, the Sox have scored just five in the last three games.

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.