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

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BOSTON (AP) - John Lackey gets the start tonight as the Red Sox look to even their series with the Yankees at a game apiece after dropping last night's opener 9-3. The Yankees counter with Michael Pineda.

BOSTON (AP) - A rude welcome didn't bother Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury on his return to Fenway Park. Ellsbury doubled, tripled, drove in two runs and made a sliding catch in his first game in Boston as a Yankee. Ellsbury was mostly booed by the Fenway crowd last night, but did receive a few cheers. Ellsbury spent seven seasons with Boston before signing a seven-year contract with New York after last season.

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi (kehf-LEHZH'-gee) will throw out the first pitch at Fenway Park tonight before the Red Sox host the Yankees. The 38-year-old American won the marathon Monday with a time of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 37 seconds.

DETROIT (AP) - The Bruins own a 2-1 edge in their best-of-seven playoff series with the Red Wings following last night's 3-0 win at Detroit. Tuukka Rask finished with a 23-save shutout for Boston. Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Caron scored in the first period, and Patrice Bergeron added an empty-net goal late in the game. Game 4 is tomorrow in Detroit.

BOSTON (AP) - Two former college football players have been charged with beating a Boston homeless man unconscious in January. Craig Parsons is a Boston College senior from Newton, and Anthony Varrichione is from Medway and graduated from Marist College in New York after playing quarterback there. Their attorneys say the men are good kids from good families and were wrongfully identified.

BOSTON (AP) - Boston University women's basketball coach Kelly Greenberg has resigned after some former players alleged she was verbally and emotionally abusive. The university says Greenberg has resigned after 10 years at the helm. The university assembled a panel to investigate the allegations of abuse that four former scholarship players say prompted them to quit the team last season.

OSO, Wash. (AP) - President Barack Obama has congratulated Meb Keflezighi (kehf-LEHZH'-gee) on becoming the first American man in 31 years to win the Boston Marathon. The White House says Obama telephoned Keflezighi yesterday as Air Force One flew Obama to Washington state to survey damage from a massive mudslide last month that killed more than three dozen people.

BOSTON (AP) - Meb Keflezighi's (kehf-LEHZH'-geez) Boston Marathon victory is a marketing opportunity for sponsor Skechers. A top company executive calls the title "a major accomplishment both for Meb and the brand." Skechers signed Keflezighi three years ago hoping he could help legitimize its foray into selling running shoes.



N.Y. Yankees (Pineda 2-1) at Boston (Lackey 2-2), 7:10 p.m.

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