Larry Bird - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Larry Bird Boston sports struggle with perception built on racist past When Red Sox fans hurled the N-word toward Orioles outfielder Adam Jones in Fenway Park, it was a reminder of Boston's racial legacy — particularly around its sports teams. Boston's reputation as a racist sports town developed through decades of barriers broken and maintained, intertwined with broader struggles for progress along with today's climate of racial tension that s... Wed, 03 May 2017 14:15:00 GMT 2017-05-03T14:15:00Z Hall-of-Famer Larry Bird resigns as Pacers president INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Larry Bird made the decision last year. After nearly 40 years in the NBA, he had started plotting an exit strategy. The 60-year-old Hall-of-Famer finally told the rest of the world Monday: He was stepping down as Indiana's president of basketball operations, turning the reins over to Kevin Pritchard and staying in the Pacers organization as a scout and co... Mon, 01 May 2017 18:32:00 GMT 2017-05-01T18:32:00Z AP source: Larry Bird steps down as Pacers president Larry Bird started the week by driving an IndyCar down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan to stump for the NBA's All-Star weekend returning to Indiana. He ended it by stepping down as president of basketball operations for the Pacers, a stunningly abrupt decision that has become a hallmark of the NBA great's post-playing career. Bird made the ca... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:10:00 GMT 2017-04-29T00:10:00Z Larry Bird delivers Pacers' 2021 All-Star bid in an Indy car NEW YORK (AP) — Indiana wants the NBA All-Star Game and sent Larry Bird to get it — in an Indy car. Bird drove four blocks down Fifth Avenue in his specially themed car to deliver the Pacers' bid to host the 2021 game to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, fitting his 6-foot-9 frame into a car usually driven by much shorter people. Bird, an I... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:04:00 GMT 2017-04-24T21:04:00Z Ex-commissioner David Stern tells AP he's bullish on NBA NEW YORK (AP) — David Stern hasn't left the NBA far behind. Just a few blocks, actually. His office these days is located in a building near the one he had as commissioner, the job he left in 2014 after 30 years in which he helped turn a struggling league into a $5 billion annual behemoth. For the most part, he likes the direction of th... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:58:00 GMT 2017-04-20T16:58:00Z Escape act: LeBron, Cavs edge Pacers 109-108 in Game 1 CLEVELAND (AP) — Their regular-season issues followed the Cavaliers into the playoffs. They didn't win their postseason opener as much as survive it. The champions remain puzzling. LeBron James scored 32 points and Cleveland, looking to flip a switch after a shaky-and-streaky regular season, began the postseason by escaping with a 109-108 victory over the Indiana Pacers on S... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 02:38:00 GMT 2017-04-16T02:38:00Z Celtics clinch No. 1 seed in East, beat Bucks 112-94 BOSTON (AP) — Isaiah Thomas was able to watch from the bench while the Celtics finished off the Milwaukee Bucks in the regular-season finale. The Boston star got a little bit of rest — and the No. 1 seed he wanted, too. "It's very special. For me it is," Thomas said after scoring 13 points with eight assists in a 112-94 victory over the... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 03:26:00 GMT 2017-04-13T03:26:00Z Meeks shoots, and rebounds, and saves the day for Tar Heels GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — North Carolina missed the shots. No surprise there. Kennedy Meeks saved the game. No surprise there, either. Meeks, the only Tar Heel who could shoot straight Saturday night, muscled away the game-saving offensive rebound in a 77-76 victory over Oregon after ice-cold Carolina missed its fourth straight free throw down the stretch. ... Sun, 02 Apr 2017 05:03:00 GMT 2017-04-02T05:03:00Z AP Top 25 polls highlight Top 100 all-time in college hoops It all started in 1949 with Saint Louis on top. And 68 years later, The Associated Press college basketball poll has ranked a total of 200 schools through more than 1,100 polls — 59 at No. 1. Now, for the first time, the AP is using that data to go past the Top 25 of the moment and ask: what are the top 100 programs of all-time ? The schools at the top are a who's who of col... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:26:00 GMT 2017-03-29T18:26:00Z Marathon to a sprint: NBA regular season enters final month The marathon that is the NBA regular season is headed toward its final sprint. With less than a month remaining until the final night of the season on April 12, the races for MVP and Rookie of the Year are wide open, and there is seemingly no clear-cut favorite to win the championship. Much was already settled by this time last season. ... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 07:01:00 GMT 2017-03-13T07:01:00Z George stays with Pacers but wanted input on trade talks INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George finished practice Thursday by laughing, joking and slapping hands with the same teammates he's played with all season. Then he took out his frustration publicly. After almost a week of speculation about George's future, the Pacers decided to stand pat at the trade deadline. They kept their biggest star, kept their supporting cast intact and ap... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:40:00 GMT 2017-02-24T00:40:00Z Bird, Kidd say don't look for OKC's Westbrook to slow down OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Larry Bird and Jason Kidd are in awe of Russell Westbrook's ability to make the difficult seem routine. They know firsthand the all-around effort it takes to record a triple-double in the natural flow of the game, and they don't expect the high-energy Oklahoma City guard to back off down the stretch of the regular season. ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:18:00 GMT 2017-02-23T18:18:00Z Little big man: Isaiah Thomas a full-fledged All-Star NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Isaiah Thomas isn't even average. The Boston Celtics list their two-time All-Star point guard at 5-foot-9 — even that is believed to be a bit generous — and 185 pounds. That means Thomas actually is slightly shorter and even a bit lighter than the typical male in the United States, at least based on the latest federal data that tracks such things. ... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 02:18:00 GMT 2017-02-18T02:18:00Z Celtics, reach deal to put GE logo on uniform BOSTON (AP) — Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck was expecting more of a fight when he and his partners approached franchise patriarch Red Auerbach about having cheerleaders perform at games. The Celtics were the lone NBA holdout without a dance squad in 2006, and the longtime coach and general manager was famously crotchety about anything that took attention away from the g... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 23:29:00 GMT 2017-01-25T23:29:00Z Cheerful, colorful NBA reporter Craig Sager dies at 65 HOUSTON (AP) — Craig Sager never once thought about giving up as he battled cancer for more than two years. "Man, life is too beautiful, too wonderful, there's just too many things," he said in late August. "It's not just you. It's your family and kids and all. Fight. Fight until the end. Fight as hard as you can." The end for the belov... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 05:40:00 GMT 2016-12-16T05:40:00Z