Light: 'Awesome opportunity' to be honored

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Light: 'Awesome opportunity' to be honored

FOXBORO -- It's expected to be a rainy, messy show at Gillette Stadium when the Patriots and Texans square off for their game Monday night. Perfect conditions to recognize a man who spent his career in football's trenches.

Longtime Patriots left tackle Matt Light, who retired before the start of the season, will be honored at halftime by the team.

"It's fitting isn't it?" Light said with a smile. "You look like your dog after a while. You go through things in your life, they seem to fit better than others . . . It's rainy and nasty and mucky, it's a good day to be honored if you're an offensive lineman."

It is just the fifth time in team history that a former player will be honored at halftime. Kevin Faulk was honored in Week 4 at halftime of New England's game against the Bills earlier this season. Troy Brown was honored in Week 2 against the Cardinals.

Light met with reporters before the game to discuss some of his memories as a player, and how he's adjusting to his very different post-football life.

"Everybody asks me, what do you miss the most," Light said. "The thing that I miss the most is competing for something on the level that most people don't. You do things -- it's almost military precision with which we go about each day, our focus and everything else. And it's really difficult to find that in the real world."

As a player, Light had a reputation of always being able to find the humor in things. He was notorious for pulling pranks on teammates and coaches, things he thought helped bring his Patriots teammates together.

"Most of 'em we cannot talk about," Light said. "Most of them, I can't even tell my own family which is horrible. But we had a lot of fun . . . Shocked Bill Belichick with a couple remotes. That was always fun. That was great. Offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, poor Dante, he had to suffer quite a few little issues in our offensive line room.

"I think the best thing you could say about it is, if you do it the right way, you're never getting one person in a negative manner. But you do things that kind of bring everybody together. For me when you're laughing, at a time when you don't laugh a whole lot when you're working, those are the moments that stick in your mind. Man we had a lot of those over the years, it was a lot of fun. Great group of guys, man."

Those fun moments are a part of his football career that Light says he now misses. Things he doesn't miss? Early morning positional meetings, and facing defensive linemen like current Texans star JJ Watt.

"There's a lot of people I'm glad I don't face anymore," Light said. "My life is a lot more relaxed. I miss a lot of things about the game of football. Tonight's an awesome opportunity to come back and watch these guys do what they do. Of course it's an exciting season, as it always is. For me it's an opportunity to share with my family and friends what's been an awesome journey."

Irving takes over in third quarter, Cavs beat Celtics in Game 4, 112-99

Irving takes over in third quarter, Cavs beat Celtics in Game 4, 112-99

CLEVELAND – They had them right where they wanted them.

LeBron James was in foul trouble.

Kyrie Irving had not yet heated up, and the lead hovered above double figures but seemed oh-so-close to creeping upwards of 20 points if the Celtics did a better job of making open shots in the first half.

Those missed shots, combined with a Kyrie Irving takeover in the third quarter, would prove to be part of the narrative for Game 4 – missed opportunities - as the Cavs rallied for a 112-99 Game 4 win.

Cleveland now leads the best-of-seven series 3-1, with a chance to eliminate the Celtics in Boston on Thursday and advance to the NBA Finals where a well-rested Golden State team will be awaiting them.

Irving led all scorers with a playoff career-high 42 points, 21 of which came in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Boston’s Avery Bradley had 19 points while Jae Crowder (18 points), Al Horford (16), and Kelly Olynyk (15) also finished with double figures scoring.

"He put the team on his back," said Tristan Thompson, regarding Irving's play. "He still has another gear."

Boston spent all of the fourth quarter playing from behind, failing to get that necessary made shot or defensive turnover or stop that they needed to slow down Cleveland’s growing momentum.

And with Irving making a slew of clutch baskets that put Cleveland in control, it was James’ turn to put the game away.

He did just that, finishing with 34 points which included 15 in the fourth quarter.

But for a good chunk of Tuesday’s Game 4 matchup, it looked as though the Celtics were coming back to Boston for Game 5 with the series tied up.

It was an odd game for sure, with nothing being any stranger than LeBron James being whistled for not one, not two, not three, but four personal fouls … in the first half.

The fourth came when he was whistled for an offensive foul against Terry Rozier with 6:46 to play and Boston ahead by 10 points.

With James on the bench, Cleveland managed to play Boston to a standstill as the half ended with the Celtics still leading by 10 points (57-47).

Cleveland slowly crept back in the game in the third, and eventually went ahead 73-72 following a pair of free throws by James with 3:15 to play in the quarter.

The Cavs were able to lead by as many as five points in the third quarter which ended with Cleveland ahead 87-80 as Irving scored the last 14 points for Cleveland which included a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that would be the final points scored in the quarter.

Cleveland’s strong finish to the third was a striking contrast to how the game began.

Boston got off to its best start in this series after a 3-pointer by Jae Crowder put the Celtics ahead 18-11.

The Celtics went ahead 22-13 after a pair of free throws by Jonas Jerebko and would eventually lead by as many as 16 points.

Meanwhile, James – the man Crowder was defending most of the time early on – had six points in the first quarter on 3-for-7 shooting.

Bogaerts has three hits, three RBIs as Red Sox beat Rangers, 11-6

Bogaerts has three hits, three RBIs as Red Sox beat Rangers, 11-6

BOSTON - Xander Bogaerts had three hits and three RBIs, Dustin Pedroia had a two-run double during a four-run seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 11-6 on Tuesday night.

Rick Porcello (3-5) won for just the second time at home despite allowing 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner struck out four and allowed five runs, four earned.

Joey Gallo got his 14th homer for Texas, and Shin-Soo Choo went 2 for 5 with two RBIs.

Texas entered having won 11 of 12. The 11 runs allowed marked a season high.

Andrew Cashner (1-4) pitched five innings, allowing five runs, six hits and four walks. He also threw a pair of wild pitches, one of them allowing Bogaerts to score from third and put Boston up 2-1 after three.