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.

Report: Celtics release ex-Providence forward Ben Bentil


Report: Celtics release ex-Providence forward Ben Bentil

The Celtics have released former Providence College forward Ben Bentil, Yahoo’s The Vertical reports. They selected Bentil, 6 feet 9, 235 pounds, with the 51st pick overall in the second round of the NBA draft in June.

Bentil averaged 5.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in the preseason.

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Boston has released forward Ben Bentil, league sources tell The Vertical. Bentil could become waiver claim or affiliate option elsewhere.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 21, 2016 Here’s more on Bentil and the other candidates for the Celtics’ 15th and final roster spot here from CSN Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely. http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/bubble-watch-down-wire-celtics-final-roster-spot" target="_blank">Bentil and the other candidates for the Celtics’ 15th and final roster spot here from CSN Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely.








Giants coach: ‘We’re not going to turn our back on Josh [Brown]’

Giants coach: ‘We’re not going to turn our back on Josh [Brown]’

LONDON — Coach Ben McAdoo said Friday that the New York Giants have not yet decided whether Josh Brown will remain on the team after admitting to abuse of his former wife.

McAdoo faced repeated questioning about the kicker following the Giants' first practice in London for a game Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.

“We’re not going to turn our back on Josh,” McAdoo said. “He’s a teammate and a guy who we’re hoping makes strides.”

Brown did not travel to London and the team has yet to say if he will be suspended or cut following this week's publication of King County Sheriff's Office records in which the player said he physically abused his wife, Molly, over a protracted period. She told police in those documents that the abuse and other threatening behavior stretched from 2009, when she was pregnant with their daughter, to the Pro Bowl in January 2016.

At the Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Brown's wife said she called NFL security to move her and her three children to another hotel to avoid harassment from her estranged husband. She said he pounded on her hotel door seeking to get in. The allegation is included in the final report filed last month by the investigating detective, King County Sheriff's Det. Robin Ostrum.

When asked whether the Giants knew about Brown's behavior at the Pro Bowl, McAdoo repeatedly said the Giants were still gathering information. Finally, he answered: "I'm not going to answer that."

When a reporter asked McAdoo about his comments earlier this year suggesting he would show no tolerance for players abusive of their family members, McAdoo said his comments then were more nuanced.

"When did I say zero tolerance?" he said, adding: "I do not support domestic violence, if that's what you're asking. I do not condone it."

McAdoo described Brown as a practicing Christian who was trying to improve his behavior and the Giants organization was supporting him in this. But when asked to explain how the Giants supported him or monitored his off-field behavior, McAdoo said he couldn't detail any specific acts of support.

The Giants have signed Robbie Gould, an 11-year veteran of the Chicago Bears who was cut in September for salary cap reasons. The 34-year-old will practice with the team Saturday.

"I've seen him make a lot of kicks against me in the past. He's been successful, and we're hoping that continues," the coach said of Gould.