Conference Call: Celtics-Heat Preview

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Conference Call: Celtics-Heat Preview

Bob Neumeier takes a stroll around the NBA world and talks to a few writers who certainly have a few things to say before the NBA season gets underway on Tuesday.

First, Eric Reid, from Sun Sports, has seen plenty from the Miami Heat and Ray Allen since training camp began. You know he'll be there Tuesday night, and is expecting to see a game with heightened intensity.

"A little bit more, but probably not for the right reason," he said when asked if there's a little more juice to the rivalry now. He thinks the the reason should be based on the postseason battles between the two teams, not the talk between the C's and Ray Allen.

Our man Sherrod Blakely was next, where he said that the Celtics are contenders for title.

"They're just a better team from top to bottom," he said, before saying how they can go 9-10 deep in the rotation and make up for injuries that may occur.

Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen ranked the Celtics fourth in his power rankings but noted that the Celtics won't go into the postseason with the fourth-best record, instead focusing on staying healthy before the postseason begins.

Lastly, it was hockey or lack thereof.

The Boston Globe's Kevin Paul Dupont says, "If players are going to blink, they're going to blink very shortly here."

It's do or die for the NHL season.

Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

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Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

HARRISON, N.J. - Daniel Royer finished a nice sequence in the 74th minute, Luis Robles made a diving save in the closing minutes and the New York Red Bulls rallied to beat the New England Revolution 2-1 on Saturday night.

Felipe sent the ball left to Kemar Lawrence alongside the box and he put a cross to Royer on the back post for an easy finish on his fourth goal.

Robles, who only allowed Lee Nguyen's penalty kick in the ninth minute, preserved the win with his fourth save, diving to his left to block Diego Fagundez's shot from outside the box.

Bradley Wright-Phillips tied it for New York (6-6-2), which was winless in its last four matches, when he pounced on a loose ball and backheeled it into the net. New England goalkeeper Cody Cropper had pounced on a cross by Kemar Lawance, but Cropper could hold on and Wright-Phillips was there to clean up for his sixth goal.

Damien Perrinelle fouled Fagundez in the penalty area after a great pass from Kei Kamara, allowing Nguyen to step up for his sixth goal. New England (4-5-4) had won two straight and lost just one of its previous six. It is 0-5-2 on the road.