FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - The Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 yesterday. Jon Lester allowed one hit over three scoreless innings in his delayed first spring training start and David Ortiz hit his first home run of the exhibition season.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - The lineup flap between the Boston Red Sox and Miami Marlins seems to have simmered down. The Marlins were upset last Thursday when the World Series champion Red Sox sent a team full of minor leaguers to an exhibition game in Jupiter. Road teams are supposed to have at least four top-tier players in the lineup. The MLB has since disciplined the Red Sox.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - In men's college basketball, Manhattan held off rival Iona 71-68 last night in Springfield, Massachusetts for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and a berth into the NCAA tournament. George Beamon scored 16 points. He was one of four players to score in double figures for Manhattan.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - In women's college hoop action, top-ranked Connecticut beat Number 3 Louisville 72-52 last night to win the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament. Breanna Stewart scored 20 points. With the victory, UConn became the 14th team to enter the NCAA tournament without a loss.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Marist beat Quinnipiac 70-66 yesterday to give the Red Foxes their ninth straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and another berth in the NCAA tournament. Sydney Coffey scored 23 points and Casey Dulin added another 14. Brittany McQuain had 20 points and 12 rebounds and Samantha Guastella added 16 points for Quinnipiac.
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) - Spectators attending this year's Boston Marathon with backpacks, coolers and other large items will have them subject to search. Officials are strongly discouraging attendees from bringing such bags. They're instead urging them to carry belongings in clear plastic bags. This year's race is scheduled for April 21st.
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - The University of New Hampshire's Department of Athletics and the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association have formed a partnership that will bring all three state high school football championship games to Cowell Stadium in November. The games on November 22nd will consist of the Division III final at 11 a.m., the Division II title matchup at 2:30 p.m. and the Division I championship game under the lights at 6 p.m.
TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND SPORTS SCHEDULE:
Boston at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Miami vs. Boston (ss) at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Boston (ss) vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
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