BOSTON (AP) - Mike Napoli is returning to the Boston Red Sox. The free agent first baseman with the bushy beard reached agreement with the World Series champions yesterday on a two-year contract for $32 million. Napoli tweeted that "The beard is coming back to Boston!!! Couldn't be happier!!" Napoli hit .259 with 23 home runs and 92 RBIs this year in his first season with the Red Sox.
BOSTON (AP) - Kris Humphries came off the bench to score a season-high 18 points to help the Celtics to a 106-98 win over Denver last night. Jordan Crawford had 22 points and eight assists, and Avery Bradley scored 18 for Boston. The Celtics have won two straight.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Ryan Boatright scored 17 points to lead a balanced UConn attack and the 12th-ranked Huskies routed Maine 95-68 last night to stay undefeated. DeAndre Daniels and Omar Calhoun both added 16 points for the Huskies, who have won 54 consecutive home games against non-conference opponents. Niels Giffey added 12 points.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A drunken-driving charge in Nebraska against Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard has been dismissed. He pleaded no contest to another charge, was fined $500 and put on probation. Dennard, who appeared in Lancaster County Court yesterday, was arrested in July on suspicion of drunken driving and refusal to submit to a chemical test.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Browns quarterback Jason Campbell will start at New England tomorrow. Campbell missed Cleveland's loss to Jacksonville last week with a concussion. He was cleared to practice for the first time since the injury on Thursday and only had to get permission from an independent neurologist before he can play.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Cleveland wide receiver Josh Gordon will be a point of focus for the Patriots defensive backfield tomorrow. Over the last month, Gordon has sprinted his way into the NFL record books, quickly blossoming into one of the most-feared threats in the game. Patriots safety Steve Gregory says Gordon "definitely presents a challenge and someone that we're going to have to be ready for."
TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND SPORTS SCHEDULE:
Pittsburgh at Boston, 7 p.m.
Memphis (3-8) at UConn (2-9), 1 p.m.
New Hampshire (8-4) at Maine (10-2), 2 p.m.
COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL:
Harvard at Boston U., 1 p.m.
N. Dakota St. at Bryant, 1 p.m.
BYU vs. UMass at Springfield, Mass., 1:30 p.m.
Brown at American U., 2 p.m.
Lafayette at Sacred Heart, 2 p.m.
New Hampshire at Yale, 4:30 p.m.
CCSU at Ohio St., 4:30 p.m.
Holy Cross at Hartford, 7 p.m.
UAB at Northeastern, 7 p.m.
Dartmouth vs. IPFW at Fort Wayne, Ind., 7 p.m.
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL:
Fordham at Holy Cross, 1 p.m.
Army at Yale, 2 p.m.
NJIT at Rhode Island, 2 p.m.
Bryant at Canisius, 2 p.m.
New Hampshire at Dartmouth, 7 p.m.
Sacred Heart at Arizona St., 4 p.m.
Long Beach St. vs. Harvard, at Tempe, Ariz., 6:30 p.m.
Maine at Brown, 2 p.m.
Morgan St. vs. Fairfield, at Providence, R.I., 4 p.m.
COLLEGE MEN'S HOCKEY:
Niagara at Connecticut, 4:05 p.m.
Massachusetts at Notre Dame, 6:35 p.m.
Dartmouth at Brown, 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac at Union, 7 p.m.
Harvard at Yale, 7 p.m.
Merrimack at Boston University, 7 p.m.
Boston College at New Hampshire, 7 p.m.
Robert Morris at Bentley, 7:05 p.m.
Air Force at Holy Cross, 7:05 p.m.
Sacred Heart at Mercyhurst, 7:05 p.m.
American International at RIT, 7:05 p.m.
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