Watch David Pastrnak, Kevan Miller Catch Up During Offseason For Bruins

Losing out on the opportunity to lift the Stanley Cup is a tough pill to swallow, but it looks like the Boston Bruins are enjoying their summer regardless of the outcome.
Recently, Kevan Miller took the time to check in on David Pastrnak during the winger’s trip to Spain. And the two poked a little fun at each other while they caught up.
Check it out:

“Holy tan, buddy.”
Not even a bit of poor cell service could stop Millsy from checking in on @pastrnak96's trip to Spain.#StayingConnected | #NHLBruins
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) July 30, 2019

Clearly, these two certainly are getting in some much-needed rest ahead of training camp.

Celtics Guard Marcus Smart Seems Willing To Play Center In 2019-2020

Point guard Marcus Smart often is referred to as the Boston Celtics’ spiritual leader, and rightfully so.
The 25-year-old represents the ultimate team-first mentality and showed that once again on Tuesday.
Smart was answering fan questions on Twitter in exchange for donations to the Marcus Smart YounGameChanger Foundation. In doing so he was asked if he thinks he’d play center down the stretch during the 2019-20 season. His answer won’t surprise you.
“Pleaseeee,” Smart responded. “Like taking candy from a baby.”

Pleaseeee. Like taking candy from a baby. Thank you for donating!
— marcus smart (@smart_MS3) July 30, 2019

Smart is notoriously strong on the block for a player of his size. If Brad Stevens needs someone to help the new-look frontcourt at any point, Smart would likely be a viable option.
The Oklahoma State product posted 8.9 points, four assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists during his fifth season in Boston.

Watch Andrew Benintendi Continue Hot Streak, Launch Two-Run Home Run

Talk about hot. Andrew Benintendi added onto his home run total Tuesday night at Fenway Park.
Benintendi launched a two-run home run to give Boston a 5-4 lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the bottom of the fifth inning, just moments after Tampa took a 4-3 lead in the top of the frame.
Check it out:

— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 31, 2019

The Boston Red Sox left fielder entered Tuesday batting .484 with three home runs through his last seven games. He now has four home runs through his last eight.
Benintendi now has 11 homers on the year.

CT Sun Wrap: Connecticut Wins Fifth Straight Game With 100-94 Victory Vs. Sky

The Sun ruled the Sky on Tuesday, but it was a battle to the finish.
Both Connecticut and Chicago entered Tuesday’s contest at Mohegan Sun Arena on a four-game win streak. But only the Sun would extend theirs to five, abruptly ending the Sky’s pre-All-Star Break success.
Jonquel Jones earned her 10th double-double of the season with 27 points (a season-high for her) and 11 rebounds in the Sun’s six-point victory. Jasmine Thomas has herself one heck of a night as well (18 points, eight assists) while Alyssa Thomas (12 points, nine assists) just barely missed a double-double of her own.
Connecticut improves to 14-6 with the win while Chicago fell to 11-9 with the loss.
Here’s how it all went down:
PG: Courtney Williams
SG: Jasmine Thomas
SF: Shekinna Stricklen
PF: Alyssa Thomas
C: Jonquel Jones
Both the Sun and the Sky got off to a fast start, trading leads early and often in Tuesday’s contest.
Shekinna Stricklen, who’s coming off a victory at the WNBA 3-Point Contest this weekend, helped bolster the Sun’s offense early with some magic from beyond the arc.

The Sun offense is coming out FIRING. Sun and Sky tied at 13.
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) July 30, 2019

Jones, who’s coming off a second-place finish in the WNBA Skills Competition this weekend, put on a show early as well, scoring six points in the first. The 6-foot-6 center even landed incredible turnaround jumper as the shot clock expired with a minute left in the quarter.

The old "turnaround jumper as the shot clock expires by the 6-6 center."
You know, nothing new.
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) July 30, 2019

The Sky tried to tie things up to end the quarter, but Jones and Natisha Hiedeman prevented that with two mighty blocks.

— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) July 30, 2019


— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) July 30, 2019

The Sun ended the first up 28-26 on the Sky.
Connecticut began to break away from Chicago in the second.
Heideman helped keep things going for the Sun, landing a gorgeous fadeaway early in the second to give the Sun a five-point lead.

— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) July 30, 2019

Connecticut eventually extended their lead to double digits and maintained for most of the quarter. Jones and Jasmine Thomas helped lead the charge, both scoring 11 points apiece in the first half.

Ja3min3 Thoma3
3orry, Keyboard i3 broken.
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) July 30, 2019

Bria Holmes looked stellar off the bench, notching six points for the Sun in the second.

— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) July 30, 2019

Connecticut scored a whopping 57 points in the first half to the Sky’s 43.
Chicago cut Connecticut’s lead to 10 to start the second half, but their success wouldn’t last long.
Jasmine Thomas halted the Sky’s 8-2 run with a key 3-point shot. Jones followed suit quickly, bringing the Sun’s lead back to 14.
Jones and Jasmine Thomas continued to light up the scoreboard, scoring 12 and seven points in the third, respectively.

— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) July 31, 2019

WNBA└ Teams └ Connecticut Sun └MVP Candidates └Jonquel Jones
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) July 31, 2019

And on top of it all, Bria Holmes ended the quarter with the 600th point of her career.
Connecticut would take an 82-63 lead into the final 10 minutes of the game.
Despite entering the quarter with a 19-point lead, the Sun stumbled in the final moments of the game.
Chicago began chipping away at Connecticut’s lead early, quickly trimming their lead to 10 points. Hiedeman tried to keep the Sun in it with five minutes left with a massive 3-point shot.

They call her T-Spoon.
We call her Three-Spoon.
This is now trademarked.
Only Sun fans are allowed to use.
No cheating.
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) July 31, 2019

The Sun’s lead would quickly disintegrate, with Connecticut failing to score a point in four of the final five minutes of the match. That allowed the Sky to cut the once 23-point lead to four with just 1:13 left to play.
But Jones would sink four straight free throws in the following 30 seconds, bringing Connecticut’s lead back up to eight. Chicago would get two points back in the final seconds but ultimately fell to the Sun by a final score of 100-94.
Don’t leave her open!

Courtney Williams be hoopin'
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) July 30, 2019

Connecticut will take on the pesky Phoneix Mercury, which has knocked the Sun out of the playoffs two seasons in a row, Thursday evening at Mohegan Sun Arena in search of a sixth straight win. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. ET.

LeBron James Shares Latest Taco Tuesday Video, Internet Goes Crazy

LeBron James certainly is enjoying his offseason in Los Angeles.
The 34-year-old shared a rather cringeworthy video on Instagram celebrating “Taco Tuesday,” which has become a trend on James’ social media accounts.

Check it out:

You already know what today is….. Yup you guessed it. TUEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSDAY
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 30, 2019

LeBron singing to his tacos on #TacoTuesday
(via @KingJames)
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 30, 2019

Los Angeles Lakers’ fans were gushing over the video, while others, well, not so much. Everyone likes tacos, but James is taking his love to a whole new level.

Austin Ainge Shares Latest Update On Romeo Langford’s Thumb Rehab

The Boston Celtics did a nice job adding four solid prospects at the 2019 NBA Draft, and it showed at Las Vegas Summer League. But Boston’s top selection was missing from the group.
Romeo Langford did not play in any of the Celtics’ five summer league games as he continues to rehab a torn ligament in his thumb. The Indiana product had it surgically repaired prior to the draft but was not able to return in time for game action in Vegas.

Celtics director of player personnel Austin Ainge recently sat down with Boston Sports Journal’s Brian Robb for a Q&A and provided an update on the No. 14 overall pick’s progress.
“(Langford’s) been in Boston around our training staff, getting his hands stronger and stronger,” Ainge told Robb. “He continues to do a lot of on-court skill work. Still, not quite 100 percent live, but he’s getting a lot of work in and trying to get ready.”
Despite a lack of live play thus far, the Celtics are confident in the 6-foot-6 wing’s talent and potential.
“Romeo has a lot of talent,” Ainge said. “He’s working really hard. With all young players, you never really know when it’s going to click. Whether it’s in training camp, the start of the season, middle of the season or next season, like, it’s all these young guys. Not just Romeo, all of them. You never really know when the opportunity is going to intersect with their development. I believe in Romeo’s future. He’s going to get there and he’s working really hard to achieve it.”
Langford averaged 16.5 points and 5.4 rebounds in 32 games during his lone season for the Hoosiers. The 19-year-old shot 44.8 percent from the floor, but just 27.2 percent from 3-point range. Of course, the thumb injury likely played a role in those numbers, so it’ll be interesting to see if that changes post-rehab.
Read the full Q&A here >>>

Andrew Benintendi Heating Up At Plate For Red Sox Since Sluggish Start

Andrew Benintendi is heating up at the plate for the Boston Red Sox.
Over his last seven games, Benintendi is batting .484 with three home runs and nine RBI’s with an OPS of 1.403. The previous 15 games have treated the left fielder well, batting .328 with three home runs and 13 RBI’s.
Benintendi’s contributions couldn’t have come at a better time for the Red Sox, who are currently in a battle with the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays for the second wild card spot in the American League.
To hear more about Benintendi, check out the “Red Sox Gameday Live” video above, presented by DCU.

Revolution’s Carles Gil Has Been Focal Point Of Resurgence

Revolution’s All-Star Carles Gil Has Been Focal Point Of Resurgence, One Of The Best Newcomers In MLS

The New England Revolution haven’t been defeated in an MLS match in 11 straight games. An impressive run for sure, tied for the longest in franchise history and at the center of it all is Carles Gil.

Gil, 26-years-old, came to New England this off-season as a Designated Player and has made a tremendous impact on the team.

“I think he works hard. He’s a very positive guy, and obviously he plays very well, so when you blend those things together, that’s good leadership,” said Revolution’s Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena.

The former Aston Villa forward has played in all 23 games for the Revolution this season scoring 8 goals and recording 9 assists for 17 combined goals and assists. That number 17 places him in 2nd in all MLS newcomers for combined goals and assists and ahead of Nani. Gil is the only player who has played all 23 games for the Revs.

Gil in his last 8 games has recorded four goals and seven assists and has had three game’s with a goal and an assist.

“I think overall I’ve adapted well,” said Gil on adapting to MLS play. “It’s obviously different every game with the different teams you’re playing, but it’s a very physical league and it’s a very fast-paced league. But again, little by little I’m definitely adjusting to the physicality.”

Gil who is impressive on the ball has a high work rate for a DP, the Valencia, Spain native will play back on defense, works well in the middle third with the foresight to see passing lanes, and can also find the back of the net on a consistent basis.

“I just try to find the players that are playing up top and I think with my passes, I try to create danger,” said Gil through a translator on what he is looking for when he is on the ball.

Gil An All-Star Snub

Gil has become a leader both on and off the field for the Revolution and has worn the Captains armband since May 8th, the last loss New England suffered. On Wednesday while MLS is hosting it’s 2019 All-Star game, Gil will not be on the squad despite the fact that he should be.

“He’s on my All-Star team. He’s played great throughout the season, throughout the ups and downs of how our team has been doing. He’s such an important player for us, and for the league, also,” said Revolution defender Andrew Farrell on if Gil should be an all-star.

That doesn’t bother Gil who is focused on helping the Revolution to not only stay above the playoff line, but to push up the rankings.

“It’s not that important to me. I think in the end, the most important thing to me is the team here and continuing the rhythm we’ve had over the last three months. Obviously, we want to put in a fight over the next three months and try to qualify for the playoffs,” said Gil.

Gil and the New England Revolution will look to extend their unbeaten streak this Saturday when they host LAFC.
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PawSox Belt Three Homers In Win Over Lehigh Valley

PawSox Belt Three Homers In Win Over Lehigh Valley, Now Winners In 10 Of Last 11 Games

Triple-A Pawtucket has gotten on quite the roll over the past two weeks.

Pawtucket who has a rough year overall defeated the Lehigh Valley IronPigs to the tune of 7-3 on Tuesday to complete the two-game series sweep. With the win the PawSox are 48-59 on the season and have now won 10 of their last 11 games. The PawSox road record is now above .500 with a 28-27 away record in 2019.

Pawtucket was aided by three separate home runs in this one, Rusney Castillo‘s 3-run shot in the top of the 3rd, Oscar Hernandez‘s 2-run shot in the top of the 7th, and then Josh Ockimey 2-run shot in the top of the 9th.

With the home run Ockimey has 19 home runs on the season leading the PawSox in that category. On the day Ockimey went 1-for-3 with a walk, the home run, and 2 RBIS. Ockimey has now recorded a base hit or more in three straight games.

Brian Johnson In A Tune-Up Outing To Start

Josh Ockimey

Starting for Billy McMillon‘s club was Red Sox rehabber Brian Johnson who went 1 inning in a tune-up outing. Johnson allowed 1 earned run on 1 base hit while issuing 1 walk and striking out 1 batter. The lefty threw 16 pitches, 8 for strikes.

Behind Johnson was Kyle Hart in a piggyback start situation. Considering it wasn’t an atypical situation Hart performed well going 6.2 innings allowing 2 earned runs on 3 base hits while striking out 6 batters. After Hart, Hector Velazquez came in with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th to work out of the jam.

Bobby Poyner had the bottom of the 9th allowing 1 base hit and 1 walk while striking out 1 batter in a scoreless inning of work.

The PawSox will now travel to the Syracuse Mets for a two-game set before returning home to McCoy Stadium on Friday. Pawtucket will start Ryan Weber and then Erasmo Ramirez against Syracuse.
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