Reggie Jackson: Varitek is no A-Rod

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Reggie Jackson: Varitek is no A-Rod

Throw another log on the Red SoxYankees fire.

Reggie Jackson will be at Tuesday's game -- the first of the rivalry for new Sox bench boss Bobby Valentine -- and turned up the heat early via ESPN New York radio.

Jackson began by crediting Valentine for starting his new job with gusto. The comment about "hating" the Yankees was a particular stroke of genius.

"If Bobby Valentine can get them playing better, that is what is important that he brings to the table for the Red Sox," Jackson said. "I don't think Bobby gets enough credit for his brains. He is a very bright guy."

What didn't earn Mr. October's praise, however, was Valentine's tweak of Alex Rodriguez. When catcher Jason Varitek retired this year, it was Valentine who brought up the fight, that famous photographic moment when Varitek stuffed his mitt in Rodriguez's face.

To hear Valentine's quote about A-Rod getting "beat up," Jackson went off.

"What's Varitek's first name?" he asked.

"They don't ask that about Alex. I had to ask you Jason Varitek's first name. They don't ask that about Alex. They are not going to ask that about Alex Rodriguez. You are going to know his first name and his last name. And besides it, there are going to be 2,000 ribbies, 700 home runs and whatever else he adds up to. He may have a negative in there, but love him or hate him, you cannot ignore him. I can't put Varitek in that paragraph."

It's not a simple matter of loyalty as much as it is Jackson's brand of honesty. In the same tone, he said Valentine will be a "great" fit in Boston.

One opinion appreciated, the other maybe not.

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

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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

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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.