Jeff Goldberg

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington wins power struggle

Whatever power struggle might have existed between Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine and GM Ben Cherington came to a swift and sudden end Tuesday.And the winner is ... Ben Cherington.The Red Sox made a major roster announcement yesterday, and in effect made a second with little fanfare. Both made...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 4:53 PM

Marty Turco’s win gives sluggish Bruins confidence

The Bruins return home to TD Garden tonight (7:30, NBCSN) triumphant, having taken care of business on the West Coast with back-to-back weekend wins over Los Angeles and Anaheim. Now ahead five points in the Northeast Division with seven games to play, the Bruins can spend what should be a...

Monday, March 26, 2012, 4:08 PM

Bruins need to bag Leafs before heading West

Ten games to go. The finish line is finally within reach for the Bruins, who now are fighting for their division lives after their two-month malaise. Three things to look for in a big Bruins week:Build on big winThe Bruins came up with a rousing performance Saturday against the Flyers in what felt...

Sunday, March 18, 2012, 4:13 PM

Who’s hot, not in NHL

With the regular season down to its final four weeks, we take a snapshot of the best and worst in the NHL thus far in the month of March:Who's hotTeam: Pittsburgh. As the Bruins found out on Sunday, the Penguins are on the march in March, having now won nine in a row to take a serious run at No. 1...

Monday, March 12, 2012, 5:48 PM

'Wake' was one of a kind

He was as unique as the pitch he threw, and it is fair to say the Red Sox and their fans may never see the likes of Tim Wakefield again.But what they saw from the knuckleballer over the past 17 seasons will never be forgotten.Wakefield said goodbye to baseball Friday, announcing his retirement...

Friday, February 17, 2012, 4:14 PM

Flashback to 2010 in rotation

The Red Sox enter the season’s second half exactly where they were scripted to be: In first place with the best record in the American League, riding a six-game winning streak.The journey there was hardly by the book, though: The Sox opened the season 2-10. And as Boston prepares to open the second...

Thursday, July 14, 2011, 4:15 AM

NHL Playoffs: Is the Bruins’ long wait finally over?

The waiting has been the hardest part. Twenty-one years since the Bruins last played for the Stanley Cup. Not since 1972 have they hoisted it.All of that means little to the players tasked with rewriting that history, starting tonight in Vancouver with Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals against the...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011, 1:35 AM

You can ring my (kettle) bell

They may look like dumbbells, but make no mistake: The kettlebell is a smart choice for a great workout.A kettlebell is a cannonball-shaped weight with a thick handle, first made popular among weightlifters in Russia in the 1700s. The 18th-century Russian technology has seen a 21st-century revival...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011, 1:00 AM

Sixth time’s the charm for Cup-starved Bruins?

Wednesday, the B’s were trying to become the sixth Boston team since the last title to reach the finals. Here’s a look at the five that made it — and failed to win it all — since ’72:1 1974. In Bobby Orr’s last Stanley Cup finals appearance, the Bruins lose in six to the Flyers. In the semifinals,...

Thursday, May 26, 2011, 3:15 AM

NHL Playoffs: No doubting Thomas as series nears finish

After a full season of brilliance, Tim Thomas’ best save was among his last — so far. Protecting a one-goal lead with 10:42 left in Monday’s Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, Thomas’ lunging stick save on an otherwise certain goal by Steve Downie might go down as the Bruins’ play of the year...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 1:50 AM

BRUINS AHEAD, 3-2

The Bruins are on the verge of the Stanley Cup finals — provided Lightning doesn’t strike twice. It was the Bruins who struck decisively last night, overcoming an early one-goal deficit for a critical 3-1 victory over the Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals at the Garden. Leading...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 9:21 AM

NHL Playoffs: Bruins ‘D’ asserts self in Game 3 win; up 2-1

Law and order was restored in the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night. The Bruins were restored to a series lead. Riding Tim Thomas’ first shutout of the postseason, the Bruins reclaimed home-ice advantage with a 2-0 victory over the Lightning in Tampa, giving them a 2-to-1 lead in the best-of...

Friday, May 20, 2011, 4:23 AM

NHL Playoffs: How can Seguin possibly top Game 2?

It rained again in Boston yesterday, so apparently there’s a limit to Tyler Seguin’s powers.But the electric rookie sure took care of the Lightning on Tuesday night, brightening the spirits of the Bruins faithful with his two-goal, four-point onslaught, leading the Bruins to a 6-5 victory and 1-1...

Thursday, May 19, 2011, 2:04 AM

Bullpen rapidly sinking Sox’s 2010

Hideki Okajima hasn’t known which way to turn. When it comes to the set-up men in his bullpen, Terry Francona probably feels the same way.While Red Sox starting pitching is finally back in form — both in health and production — the bullpen is killing the season.Okajima was the unsung hero of the...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 10:12 AM

Unexpected Sox cavalry

Clay Buchholz’s return to the mound was expected last night. It was the guy playing behind him that came seemingly from nowhere.Of all the injured Red Sox, Jed Lowrie had fallen furthest off the radar. Once a promising prospect, Lowrie’s career has been derailed by a balky wrist, and for the first...

Thursday, July 22, 2010, 7:31 AM

Help from within for Red Sox

Here comes the cavalry.Regardless of what Theo Epstein does between now and next Saturday’s trade deadline, the late-season reinforcements the Red Sox desperately need are on their way.Best of all, they won’t cost Epstein a dime. After months of playing shorthanded, the first of the walking wounded...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 12:05 PM

Consistency from Dice-K?

Having to wait for Daisuke Matsuzaka is a big reason why he’s hardly a fan favorite at Fenway Park. The nibbling, the pace, the runs allowed — it all adds to the frustration.But maybe, finally, this is the Matsuzaka everyone has been waiting for.Dice-K was dealing Monday night in Oakland, allowing...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 11:57 AM

Who can push Sox over the top?

Out on a 10-day, three-city, West Coast swing, the Red Sox won’t be back in the Hub until July 30 — the day before the annual non-waiver trade deadline.That means, if history is any guide, the team that left Fenway after Sunday’s loss to the Rangers will not be the team that returns home to play...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 11:29 AM

Health, deadline key issues for Sox

The Red Sox return to action tonight at Fenway Park against the Rangers.But whether or not the Sox will make the postseason for a franchise-record fourth consecutive season depends on exactly when all the key players return.Injuries did not cripple Boston in the first half, as they still managed to...

Thursday, July 15, 2010, 10:30 AM

Red Sox break, not bend

Say this for the Red Sox: They break, but they do not bend.A rash of losses in April and an equally painful string of injuries might have destroyed a lesser team. But the resilient Sox, capitalizing on strong young pitching and a flurry of unexpected contributions, remain in the thick of the...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 12:20 PM