It's official: Celts open NBA season on Christmas Day

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It's official: Celts open NBA season on Christmas Day

The National Basketball Association made official on Friday what everyone already knew: The Celtics will play the first game of the truncated, 66-game 2011-12 season.

The league announced that the Celtics and Knicks will kick off a five-game Christmas Day schedule with their noon game at Madison Square Garden. The teams were scheduled to play on the original schedule, and the players and owners worked to reach a deal last week in order to save the Christmas schedule.

Comcast SportsNet will bring you coverage before and after the game with Celtics Pre and Postgame Live.

The full scheduled will be released Tuesday night during a special on NBATV.

Shaughnessy: Still think Wizards are going to be trouble for the Celtics

Shaughnessy: Still think Wizards are going to be trouble for the Celtics

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Red Sox take weekend series against Cubs with 6-2 victory

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Red Sox take weekend series against Cubs with 6-2 victory

BOSTON - Marco Hernandez scored the go-ahead run on Pedro Strop's wild pitch in Boston's four-run eighth inning, helping the Red Sox beat the sloppy Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Sunday night.

The Red Sox took two of three in the lively weekend series that featured a strong showing for Cubs fans, chants in support of each side and the World Series trophies that ended long title droughts for the once-frustrated franchises.

Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer for Boston, and the Red Sox got two more runs on shortstop Addison Russell's throwing error in the eighth.

Kris Bryant hit a solo homer for Chicago, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. The Cubs closed a nine-game road trip at 5-4.