Sports

Baseball at the dividing line: Much to ponder, on field and off

The first half of the season is in the books. Yet at the All-Star break –that mythical dividing line between the mere preparations and the real deal– it was hard to know whether it’s a genuine epic that we have brewing toward a boil or the makings of a veritable train wreck. Discerning that precious difference is not as easy as it once was, which is more and more the case.  Read more

Thai boxing at Uphams Corner

By 
Mike Deehan, Contributing Editor
Jul. 16, 2009

Kickboxing in Uphams: Colin Dwyer, a native of Adams Corner, worked the heavy bag at Boston Muay Thai Academy on Monday. Photo by Mike DeehanKickboxing in Uphams: Colin Dwyer, a native of Adams Corner, worked the heavy bag at Boston Muay Thai Academy on Monday. Photo by Mike DeehanTucked in the back of retrofitted factory space and set at the end of a labyrinthine series of hallways and staircases, the Boston Muay Thai Academy in Uphams Corner has been training beginner, amateur and professional fighters the ways of Thai boxing since opening its doors in 2004.  Read more

UMass-Boston to host soccer game , clinic

UMass SoccerUMass SoccerUMass-Boston will host an afternoon of international soccer today, July 9. The event, set from 12-3 p.m. will start with a noontime tournament featuring Tall Ships crew members and naval cadets from Uruguay, Brazil, Romania and Portugal. The event also includes a soccer clinic for kids run by the Boston Breakers. The free clinic runs from 1:30- 3 p.m. It's all happening at the campus's soccer fields. Check online to make sure all is still a go.  Read more

Red Sox win it all — in Cedar Grove

Red Sox champs in Cedar Grove: The Red Sox celebrate their championship win in the Cedar Grove Baseball League's major division last Friday, June 26. Photo courtesy Melissa GrahamRed Sox champs in Cedar Grove: The Red Sox celebrate their championship win in the Cedar Grove Baseball League's major division last Friday, June 26. Photo courtesy Melissa GrahamAfter an extended baseball season of rain delays, the Red Sox won the Major’s division championship of the Cedar Grove Baseball League on Friday, June 26 at Ventura Park in a 7 to 6 win against the Dodgers.  Read more

Baseball and performance drugs: The ultimate fiasco will soon be upon us

And so now it is clear that baseball’s worst fears are slowly but quite certainly being realized with a steady and relentless drip. Nor is there much doubt that the dreaded worst- case scenario will soon follow, probably in the form of a deluge.  Read more

Dot Lions soccer team preps for state tourney

A soccer team from Dorchester is gearing up for an opportunity to compete against the state’s finest squads this weekend. The Lions — an under 16 travel team fielded by Dorchester Youth Soccer — qualified to represent Boston in the 2009 Massachusetts Tournament of Champions, which will be held in Lancaster, Massachusetts on June 26 -28.  Read more

Barn-burner finals prove NHL still has capacity for greatness

The rip-roaring theatre of it all rather resembles something borrowed from a grand finale of one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s lustier and more outlandish light operatic productions.

Two beefy characters impeccably attired in tight-fitting dinner jackets and wearing spotless white gloves sashay in perfect lockstep down a ramp to the spreading ice surface clutching between them a large, many-tiered, 35-pound thing made of the purest silver and scarred with the etchings of many names and dates.  Read more

Musings while picking through the driftwood of too-long seasons almost ended

Here’s some driftwood to pick through while waiting for the basketball and hockey seasons to end, hopefully before the fourth of July:

When the Celtics won their first championship in 1957 they beat the Hawks on the 13th of April, the Saturday after Easter. When Bobby Orr flew through the crease, finishing off the Blues to reclaim the Cup in 1970, it was the afternoon of Mother’s Day, the first Sunday in May.

Somehow it all made rather more sense that way.  Read more

New books about baseball raise the redundancy quotient

It’s been said lately that the strings are being pulled tightly in the publishing industry. Several factors are purportedly involved including the general decline of the printed word in our brave new internet driven world as well as the general malaise loosely termed global recession. Whatever, it’s said to be tough to get stuff published with titles already in the pipeline being dropped.  Read more

The race for AL East honors is baseball’s most heated

At the far turn of another baseball season – the giddy first quarter mark – at least 24 teams remain in contention. You can already say ‘Goodbye’ to Baltimore and probably Oakland in the American League, Washington, Colorado, Pittsburgh and maybe Houston in the National League. If you can arouse them, pass along the word. Even a heavily mandated and strictly enforced parity has its limits.  Read more