Homepage, Sports - Red Sox third-baseman Mike Lowell went 1-3 with a single in his first game back since hip surgery. Lowell suffered a torn labrum in his hip-the same injury that Alex Rodriguez recently received surgery to repair. Lowell’s recovery took from October until a running session last week, and Sox manager Terry Francona was impressed with his return. “It’s nice to see him get a hit, because it was a good swing,” Francona said at a post-game press conference. “But it’s nice to see him in the game. We only were planning on giving him two at-bats.” Lowell will be in the lineup again on Friday against the New York Yankees.
Pitcher Clay Buchholz threw a no-hitter in just his second MLB start, but struggled greatly in the 2008 season. On Tuesday, however, the young pitcher dominated the O’s again. Buchholz struck out two in three perfect innings. After a tough first full season, the Sox hope that this is a sign that the pitcher has worked out any mechanical problems he may have had last year.
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Concerts - Hosted on MTV’s “The Leak”, Kelly Clarkson’s new album “All I Ever Wanted” can be streamed for free. Released today, the album features the single My Life Would Suck Without You and the Katy Perry penned I Do Not Hook Up. The album has been met with universally positive reviews, notching marks averaging 4-stars in most publications. Much of the album was produced by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, and was largely influenced by bands like Garbage.
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Concerts - Chicago band Wilco will be releasing their 7th studio album at some point in June of this year. While details of the album itself are scarce, a collaboration with Canadian singer/songwriter Feist has been confirmed, and Rolling Stone’s Austin Scaggs raved about the unmastered tracks he had heard. Wilco’s latest live release, a DVD called Ashes of American Flags, will be out in April of this year.
Hot on the heels of frontman Jeff Tweedy’s solo tour, Wilco will be going out on the road to support this record. No details have been released yet.
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Homepage, Sports - According to Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester has signed a 5-year, $30 million extension, which also includes a $13 million option for 2014. In a market with ever-increasing price tags on lefties, the move keeps Lester out of free agency for an extra two years. After battling cancer during his rookie year in 2006, Lester returned in late 2007 and had an impressive postseason; including a win in the clinching game 4 of the World Series. In his breakout 2008 campaign Lester went 16-6 with a 3.2 ERA, and no-hit the Kansas City Royals on May 19th. This deal is double that of Cleveland’s Fausto Carmona, who signed a 4-year $15 million contract.
This season, he is expected to be near the top of the rotation, and is considered an integral part of Boston’s deep pitching staff.
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Concerts, Homepage, Ticket Sales - At long last the first portion of U2′s 2009 tour plans have been revealed. U2′s stadium tour entitled ‘U2: 360′ will kick off in Barcelona on June 30, 2009. U2 will spend the months of July and August touring Europe in cities like Dublin, Paris, Milan, Berlin, London and more. The U2 360 Tour will make its debut in the U.S. on 9/12/09 at Soldier Field in Chicago. So far there are only four announced North American dates including 9/20/09 at Gillette Stadium in MA. More shows will be added shortly.
U2 tickets will be available soon. The band announced plans for U2.com fan club members to get exclusive access via a presale. More info will be coming shortly.
Concerts, Homepage, Ticket Sales - The Dave Matthews Band will be back on the road this Summer, including two new shows just confirmed for Boston’s Fenway Park on May 29th and May 30th. Dave Matthews tickets are now available for most stops and the tour and will be available shortly for the Fenway shows. This marks the second time that DMB is heading to Fenway Park since the Red Sox started allowing concerts here in 2003 with Bruce Springsteen. Dave Matthews first played at Fenway in the Summer of 2006.
Homepage, Sports - Alex Rodriguez has recently confirmed that he has a hip injury and may be out for up to 10 weeks. He was set to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, but is now leaving them to see hip specialist Dr. Marc Philippon in Colorado. Fellow coaches and players say Rodriguez has been bothered by the injury throughout spring training. He had an MRI last Saturday that showed a form of a cyst in his right hip.
The Yankees wish for A-Rod to sit out the Classic and rest, but they believe he might reject their requests knowing his desire to play for his country. This injury is one of the few obstacles he has had to deal with this off-season. Earlier this year he was tested positive for steroids in 2003. A-Rod will look to relax for the next few weeks with the hopes of making it to the later rounds of the WBC.
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Sports - All-Star wide receiver Terrell Owens was recently cut last Wednesday night from the Dallas Cowboys. This is the third team Owens has left on bad terms with, following the San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles. T.O. will always be remembered as one of the greatest but most controversial wide outs of all time.
After his highly publicized release from the Eagles, Owens scored 38 touchdowns, and caught 235 passes for 3,587 yards in three seasons for the Cowboys. His most recent release came as a shock to most fans knowing his numbers were great aside from his off the field antics. fter leaving three teams on bad terms it is questionable what team can actually handle him.
After letting go of Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel, the New England Patriots freed up almost $20 million in cap space. They are currently on the look out for a third receiver to complement Randy Moss and Wes Welker. Bill Belichick will more than likely pass on T.O., but this same thought was there a couple years back right before he traded for Randy Moss.
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Homepage, Sports - The top seeded Boston Bruins recently acquired right wing Mark Recchi and defenseman Steve Montador, who are both expected to play as soon as tonight?s game against the Phoenix Coyotes. This will be a must win game for Boston as they look to snap out of their current losing streak. Although they are still hanging on to first place, they have lost eight out of their last eleven games.
In order to get Recchi the Bruins traded away forward Martin Karsum and defenseman Matt Lashoff to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Montador was gained by giving away Petteri Nokelainen to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, who hasn?t played a game for the B’s since getting hit in the face with a stick in early February.
Recchi is very excited to be in Boston and start contributing. “To get picked up by a first-place team is really nice and comforting. “It’s a team that thinks I can help, and I’m going to do everything I can do,” said Recchi. “Boston’s been pretty successful the last few years with other sports. I think it?s Bruins time.” Boston Bruins tickets are now available!
Homepage, Sports - Paul Pierce netted 31 points, including the go-ahead shot with 20.9 seconds left for the C’s to win over the New Jersey Nets last night 115-111. After notching the win the Boston Celtics joined the Cleveland Cavaliers as the only teams to already have a spot for the upcoming post-season. Cleveland has the top rank in the East so far, and Boston is just one game behind.
Rajon Rondo had a key night for the C’s with 20 points, five assists, and five rebounds. Kendrick Perkins scored 17 points with 13 rebounds, while Ray Allen totaled for 16 points. Despite Vince Carters 34 point performance, the Nets were not able to beat out the Celtics in the end. Devin Harris also contributed for the Nets, adding 25 points and 11 assists.
The Nets fought all the way to the last few seconds when Carter missed his last field goal attempt, leading to two made free throws by Allen. “They got what they wanted,” said Carter speaking of the Celtics execution down the stretch. “Paul shot the ball unbelievable. Great teams do that. We are trying to develop that same mentality and I think we learned a lot tonight.”
The Celtics will host the Cavaliers tomorrow night and fight for the #1 spot in the East. This battle may serve as a preview for what is to come in this years playoffs.
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