PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Marcus Morris had 30 points and the short-handed Boston Celtics handed the Portland Trail Blazers their second straight loss after a 13-game winning streak with a 105-100 victory. Terry Rozier added 16 points for the Celtics, who are second in the Eastern Conference behind Toronto but have had to deal with recent injuries to Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown.
DALLAS (AP) - David Pastrnak broke a tie with 12 seconds left and the Boston Bruins scored three straight goals in the third period to rally past the fading Dallas Stars 3-2. Tuukka Rask made a season-high 40 saves for the Bruins. Brad Marchand scored Boston's first goal and assisted on the last two.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Celtics say All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving is set to have surgery Saturday to alleviate pain in his left knee. Irving has been out since March 11, missing the last four games. There is no timetable for his return, but the team says his status will be updated following the "minimally invasive" procedure.
BOSTON (AP) - No. 1 seed Villanova continued its outside shooting feast against West Virginia, downing the fifth-seeded Mountaineers 90-78 to earn its first trip to the Elite Eight since winning a national title in 2016. Jalen Brunson scored 27 points to lead Villanova. Omari Spellman added 18 with eight rebounds to help the Wildcats overcome the West Virginia press by hitting 13 3-pointers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright has accepted a 15-game suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy following his arrest on Dec. 8. Wright publicly apologized to his wife, Shannon, after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the penalty. The 33-year-old knuckeballer was an All-Star in 2016 but was limited to five starts last year by a left knee injury that required surgery May 8.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Dan Hurley says he has landed at his dream coaching destination. Hurley was introduced as UConn's 19th men's basketball coach, replacing Kevin Ollie, who was fired earlier this month after a second consecutive losing season.
BOSTON (AP) - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is helping students and families of victims of last month's shooting at a Florida high school attend a march against gun violence. Patriots spokesman Stacey James confirmed that Kraft provided the team's official plane to fly families of the 17 victims of last month's Valentine's Day shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, as well as several other students who were injured in the attack.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - NFL players say the controversy over protests during the national anthem at NFL games last season helped propel issues of racial inequality and social injustice to the forefront and give athletes a stronger voice to bring about change, current and former players said Friday. The players spoke Friday at a Harvard Law School summit on criminal justice reform. They said they capitalized on the attention surrounding the protests to highlight issues they care about, like mass incarceration.
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