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  • On The Fly: Earl Lloyd, 86; Broke NBA Color Barrier

    On The Fly: Earl Lloyd, 86; Broke NBA Color Barrier
    Earl Lloyd, who made his NBA debut as the first black player in 1950, died Thursday at 86. He was with the Syracuse Nationals when they won the 1955 NBA title and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. ... A few readers reminded me why I was not a math major. In Friday's "Fly" I wrote of a game in which the Celtics scored 173 points and said it was 46 years ago. It was 56 years ago. "Best game I ever saw," said one reader. ... "Heinsohn couldn't miss." Tom Heinsohn had 43 points, making 18 field goals. Also got an email from Kathy Sharry Kray about the wrong year. She said Bob Cousy, who had 31 points and 28 assists in the game, was in business with her father in Worcester at "Cousy & Sharry Insurance Agency. We called him Uncle Bob out of respect for your elders. We spent many a day at his house with his family as they were also good friends. I still see him occasionally as he spends his summers in Worcester. He'll be 87 in August." ... Starting Monday, the NBA will release reports of all calls and pertinent no-calls in games within five points at the two-minute mark and any overtime period. Those reports had been for internal use.
  • On The Fly: Alison Gordon Dies At 72

    Alison Gordon became the first female beat writer in Major League Baseball when she began covering the Blue Jays for the Toronto Star in 1979. She was the first woman admitted to the Baseball Writers Association of America, and handled resistance in a...

    With Shields headed to San Diego, Hamels likely staying with Phillies

    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said three weeks ago that if he were to handicap it, he envisioned Cole Hamels starting for the Phillies on opening day. The chances of that materializing increased Monday, when the Phillies lost one possible...

    Like Mittens And Cocoa, Signs Of Sox, Yanks, Mets Bring Warmth

    Like Mittens And Cocoa, Signs Of Sox, Yanks, Mets Bring Warmth
    Look beyond those massive snowbanks, past the forecast for the next winter storm, and focus on the trucks. Those glorious tractor-trailers will be packed with baseball equipment in Boston and New York before rolling south this week. Spring training is...

    Wade Miley agrees to $19.25 million, 3-year deal with Red Sox after trade from Diamondbacks

    Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington is pretty much done adding for this offseason. "I would expect the group we have for spring training is in place," he said Thursday after the Red Sox announced a $19.25 million, three-year contract with left-...