DETROIT (AP) - The Bruins visit Detroit tonight for Game 3 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Red Wings. Detroit used its skill to win Game 1 against the Presidents' Trophy-winning Bruins. Boston evened its first-round series against the eighth-seeded Red Wings by beating them up physically. Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith says the Red Wings have to play their fast-paced game and avoid trying to get physical with the bigger, bruising Bruins.
DETROIT (AP) - Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson is reportedly out of the lineup tonight for Detroit's playoff game against Boston. ESPNBoston.com reports Alfredsson has a back injury and Detroit coach Mike Babcock says he needs another day to recover.
BOSTON (AP) - The Red Sox send Jon Lester to the mound tonight as they welcome the Yankees and former Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to Fenway Park for the first time this season. The Sox are looking to rebound following yesterday's 7-6 Patriots Day loss to the Orioles.
BOSTON (AP) - Masahiro Tanaka (tah-NAH'-kah) will start for the Yankees tonight. It's the first start for the Japanese star at Fenway Park. Tanaka says through an interpreter: "I'm sure that the fans will be heated up a bit" for New York's first visit to Boston.
BOSTON (AP) - The Patriots had a nice turnout for their first official workout. The Boston Herald reports Brandon Spikes was the only Patriot who didn't show up for the voluntary session. The nine-week program began yesterday in Foxborough.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Boston College will take on Syracuse and Notre Dame twice a year during the next two men's basketball seasons. The Atlantic Coast Conference announced BC's conference foes for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons today. BC will also host visits from North Carolina, Miami , Pitt, Wake Forest, N.C. State, Virginia and Louisville in the upcoming season.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - The first University of Connecticut men's basketball player to score 1,000 points has died. Former Husky Vin Yokabaskas was 84. UConn says he died April 13th. Yokabaskas starred at Bloomfield High School before entering UConn. He was a three-time All-New England and All-Yankee Conference pick between 1950 and 1952, finishing his career with 1,275 points.
TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND SPORTS SCHEDULE:
N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka 2-0) at Boston (Lester 2-2), 7:10 p.m.
Boston at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
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