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Sports Minute: Here is the latest New England sports news from The Associated Press

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BOSTON (AP) - The top-seeded Boston Bruins face eighth-seeded Detroit tonight in Game 1 of the first round of the NHL playoffs. The Red Wings had 24 fewer points in the regular season but went 3-1 against the Bruins, a sign that Detroit's speedy, puck-possession style can overcome Boston's physical approach.

BOSTON (AP) -The Red Sox return to Fenway Park tonight to host the Baltimore Orioles for the first of a three-game series. John Lackey will start for Boston, facing right-hander Chris Tillman, who has had an impressive start so far this season for Baltimore. The game starts at 7:10 p.m.

BOSTON (AP) - The third-worst season in Boston Celtics history is over and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge can concentrate on continuing his rebuilding project. The season ended with a 118-102 loss to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. That left the Celtics at 25-57 and tied for the fourth-worst record in the NBA.

BOSTON (AP) - An associate of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has appeared in federal court in Orlando, Florida, on charges in a gun trafficking investigation related to Hernandez's Massachusetts murder case. Oscar Hernandez Jr. was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury in Boston on charges of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and lying under oath. He's not related to Aaron Hernandez.

MONTREAL (AP) - Former NFL star Chad Johnson is heading to the Canadian Football League. The 36-year-old receiver who once changed his last name to Ochocinco has signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes. Johnson attended the Alouettes' mini-camp this week in Florida. The former Pro Bowler last appeared in an NFL game during the 2011 season with New England.

TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND SPORTS SCHEDULE:

MLB:

Baltimore (Tillman 1-1) at Boston (Lackey 2-1), 7:10 p.m.

NHL PLAYOFFS:

Detroit at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

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