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One COVID case identified during testing at Wellesley College
Source:  News - Milford Daily News
Sunday, 23 August 2020 21:14

WELLESLEY — Wellesley College reports that one person in the college community has tested positive for the coronavirus.“This individual was quickly isolated, and appropriate follow-up, including contact tracing, is underway,” said college President Paula A. Johnson in a statement released Thursday.Testing at the college has yielded nearly 400 negative results, according to the statement. No details about the person who tested positive have been [...]

David Krejci’s Playoff Heater Continues With Magical Assist Vs. Lightning
Source:  CBS Boston
Sunday, 23 August 2020 20:52

By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — It’s really saying something that despite having one of the best postseason resumes the sport of hockey has ever seen, David Krejci is still managing to outperform expectations in the bubble.

The Bruins’ second line center has been the driver of the team’s offense in Toronto, and that continued on Sunday night in the opening game of the Bruins’ second round playoff series against Tampa Bay.

This latest piece of offensive wizardry came during a second-period power play, one that required a great deal of patience on the part of both Krejci and Torey Krug. Some stout penalty killing by Tampa kept the puck on the outside, with passing and shooting lanes clogged.

Yet Krug and Krejci didn’t panic, with the D-man leaving the puck for Krejci at the blue line. Krejci carried down the wall and saw through a wall of three blue sweaters to find David Pastrnak standing all alone in the most dangerous spot on the ice. Krejci took an extra stride, watched that defensive wall split, and then sent a feed to Pastrnak with an absolutely otherworldly sense of nonchalance.

Pastrnak being Pastrnak, the one-time bomb obviously got past Andrei Vasilevskiy.

While most viewers were impressed by the vision displayed by Krejci, Pastrnak just kind of expected it to happen.

“Well, to be honest, I was ready, like, for about 15 seconds. I knew it was coming,” Pastrnak said. “He’s an unbelievable playmaker. He’s been doing that for a long time in this league.”

That goal gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead, and it extended Krejci’s personal playoff point streak to a career-high seven games. Going back to the final round-robin game, Krejci has three goals and seven assists for 10 points in seven games played.

With Sunday’s assist, Krejci climbed into a tie with fellow wizard Pavel Datsyuk for most postseason points of all time, at 113. Considering the fact that those two players seemingly spent their careers playing with enchanted hockey sticks, that’s a temporary tie worth contemplating.

More pressing, though, is the impact that Krejci is having on a nightly basis for the Bruins. It’s been remarkable, and if the Bruins hope to get past the highly potent Lightning, they’re going to need it to continue.


Vanessa Bryant posts heartfelt message to Gianna, Kobe on what would have been his 42nd birthday
Source:  News South Of Boston
Sunday, 23 August 2020 20:34

Vanessa Bryant posted a heart-wrenching message to her late husband Kobe Bryant and their daughter Gianna on what would have been the NBA star's 42nd birthday on Sunday.


State’s Highest Court Considers Primary Election Lawsuit Amid Concerns Of Postal Service Delays
Source:  CBS Boston
Sunday, 23 August 2020 20:28

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts highest court is weighing whether to grant more time to count mail ballots in the state’s Sept. 1 primary election amid concerns of U.S. Postal Service delays.

The state’s Supreme Judicial Court is slated to hear arguments Monday in a lawsuit filed by Becky Grossman.

The Democratic candidate for Congress wants to extend the deadline for counting state primary ballots by ten days so that ballots mailed by Sept. 1 have enough time to arrive at local election offices. Under current state law, mail ballots must arrive at the offices by Sept. 1 to be counted.

“Our mission is simple: Every vote postmarked by Sept. 1 should count,� Grossman said in a statement when she filed the suit earlier this week.

A spokeswoman for Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin, who is named in the lawsuit, didn’t respond to an email seeking comment Friday.

Galvin, a Democrat, has previously suggested extending primary deadlines could impact the state’s ability to send out election documents to military and overseas voters for the November election.

Monday’s hearing will take place before the full panel of judges by teleconference, and the audio will be streamed live.

Grossman, a Newton City Councilor, is among a crowded field of Democrats vying to succeed U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, a Democrat who is challenging U.S. Sen. Ed Markey in the primary.

(© Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Celtics Set To Play Toronto Raptors In Eastern Conference Semifinals
Source:  CBS Boston
Sunday, 23 August 2020 20:21

BOSTON (CBS) — The Celtics were very business-like after completing a sweep of the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday. They’re happy to be moving on in the NBA playoffs, but a celebration will have to wait.

That’s because they knew what lies ahead: The Toronto Raptors, the defending NBA champs and one of the best teams in the league. The matchup became official Sunday evening, after the Raptors completed their own first-round sweep over the Brooklyn Nets. It marks the first time that the two franchises will meet in the playoffs.

Boston took three of the four regular season matchups against Toronto, but they know they’re in for a battle in the next round. The Raptors were a wagon this season despite losing Kawhi Leonard in free agency, winning 53 games while touting one of the league’s best defenses. They’ve lost just one game in the NBA bubble, improving to 11-1 in Orlando on Sunday.

That one loss, however, came at the hands of the Celtics. And it was an absolute blowout.

Still, this is going to be a difficult series for Boston. They looked sluggish in Games 3 and 4 against Philadelphia, but came away with wins because they were the more talented team. Jayson Tatum will once again be the best player in the series, but the Raptors roster from top to bottom will have the advantage over Boston.

The Celtics will have to play near perfect basketball if they want to win the series. Don’t rule out the Celtics making it to the Conference Finals, but it’s not going to be a walk in the park. It’ll boil down to Boston’s wing players outplaying Toronto’s bigs, which won’t be easy.

Here’s a quick look back at the four Celtics-Raptors matchups during the regular season, and a few notes to get ready for what should be a great postseason clash.

Oct. 25 @ Boston: Celtics 112, Raptors 106

In Boston’s second game of the season, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown both scored 25 points against the Raptors to lift the C’s to their first win of the year. Brown hit a key three with 2:49 left to seal the victory. Kemba Walker scored 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, as the C’s closed the game on a 30-17 run. Pascal Siakam had 33 points and Kyle Lowry had 29 (on six threes) for Toronto in a game that featured 12 ties and 19 lead changes.

Dec. 25 @ Toronto: Celtics 118, Raptors 102

The Celtics had lost eight straight in Toronto heading into their Christmas Day tilt with the Raptors. It wasn’t looking good for them after Toronto started the game on a 10-0 run.

But the Celtics shook off that ugly start and put together one of their best wins of the season. Boston woke up and went on a 28-9 run and never looked back. Brown scored 30 points off 10-for-13 shooting, hitting five triples. Kemba also hit five threes and finished with 22 points, while Enes Kanter added 12 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

Fred VanVleet had 27 for Toronto in the loss.

Dec. 28 @ Boston: Raptors 113, Celtics 97

The Raptors got their revenge a few nights later in Boston, handing the Celtics a 16-point loss. Lowry dropped 30 points and Serge Ibaka had 20 to snap Boston’s five-game winning streak.

Walker had 30 points in the defeat.

Aug. 7 in Orlando: Celtics 122, Raptors 100

In their most recent matchup, Boston absolutely destroyed Toronto in the NBA bubble. The C’s never trailed and built a 40-point lead at one point, handing the Raptors their worst loss of the season. How ugly was it? The Celtics led 91-57 entering the fourth quarter.

Brown had 20 points and Tatum had 18 for the Celtics. Walker added 17 points in 23 minutes. Again, this is Toronto’s only loss in the NBA bubble.

Series Nuggets

– Brown was electric against Toronto this season, averaging 23 points off 56 percent shooting. Kemba had the next-highest PPG average against Toronto at 22.8.

– Tatum struggled in the two December matchups,, hitting just eight of his 25 shot attempts. He shot 37 percent in his four games against Toronto, averaging 16.5 points.

But those two games were a long, long time ago, and Tatum is fresh off a big series against the 76ers, averaging 28 points and 9.8 rebounds against Philly along with some spectacular defense.

– Hopefully you like defensive basketball, because these were two of the best defensive teams during the regular season. Boston was first in opponent field goal percentage at 38.6 percent, while Toronto was second at 39.7 percent. The C’s allowed just 98.7 points per game, behind only the Lakers. The Raptors were third at 100.3 points per game.

Toronto had the NBA’s best point differential at plus-18. The Celtics were third at plus-14.3.

This is going to be quite the battle.

– The Celtics are going to have their hands full with Toronto’s backcourt of Lowry and VanVleet. Lowry averaged 21 points and six assists in four games against Boston this season, hitting 52 percent from the floor and 47 percent from three-point range (on 7.5 attempts per game). VanVleet averaged 16.5 points, 5.3 assists and four rebounds over his four games against the C’s.

– Something to keep an eye on this week: Lowry turned his left ankle in the first half of Sunday’s Game 4 win and did not return. The team offered no further updates.

Lowry is a stud and Toronto’s quarterback, averaging 19.4 points off 41 percent shooting to go with 7.5 assists and five rebounds during the regular season. He averaged 16 points and 8.7 rebounds in the first three games against the Nets.

– Siakam averaged 22 points over his two games against Boston, but he was a mixed bag in those two games. He had a big game in the first matchup of the season with 33 points, but struggled on Aug. 8, hitting just five of his 15 shots for 11 points.

– Toronto has some absurd depth, with its bench averaging 42 points against the Nets over the first three games in the first round. Why only average the first three games? Because the Toronto bench scored 100 points off 64 percent shooting in Game 4, a 150-122 blowout. Yes, 100 points by their bench.

They won’t flirt with the century mark against the Celtics, but it goes without saying that the Raptors have a great bench. A lot of that was thanks to Serge Ibaka, who averaged 15.4 points and 8.2 rebounds during the regular season and 19.3 points off 63 percent shooting against the Nets. Norman Powell is also a beast off the pine, averaging 16 points per game during the season and 17.5 points per game against Brooklyn.

– Toronto’s sweep of Brooklyn was the franchise’s first ever postseason sweep.

– Brad Stevens and Nick Nurse are going to have quite the chess match in this series. Stevens’ Celtics are 5-3 against the Nurse-led Raptors over the last two seasons.

– As the No. 2 seed in the East, Toronto will be the “home team” for the first two games. The dates of each game are below:

Game 1 – Thursday, August 27
Game 2 – Saturday, August 29
Game 3 – Monday, August 31
Game 4 – Wednesday, September 2
Game 5* – Friday, September 4
Game 6* – Sunday, September 6
Game 7* – Tuesday, September 8

*if necessary


Dustin Johnson Absolutely Dominates At TPC Boston, Finishes 30-Under At The Northern Trust
Source:  CBS Boston
Sunday, 23 August 2020 20:13

By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — TPC Boston is a difficult golf course. A very difficult, very long golf course.

You’d never know that if you spent the week watching Dustin Johnson obliterate the course like nobody else ever had before.

Johnson capped off a victory late Sunday afternoon — after the second weather delay in as many days — with a final score of 30-under par. That score in and of itself says all that needs to be said about the weekend that Johnson had, but perhaps the best picture of Johnson’s performance came from his finish to his second round on Friday.

It was on the 18th hole of that second round when Johnson had a very good chance to finish Friday with a sub-60 score. Considering Scottie Scheffler had turned in a course-record 59 earlier in the day, a repeat of the historic performance was almost expected of Johnson, who had started his round by going 7-under through the first five holes. He was 11-under through 11 holes and was on pace to card a score nobody’s ever really seen before. Alas, he “only” managed to par the final seven holes, finishing with a “disappointing” 60, 11-under on the par-71 course.

A day later, on that 18th green, he sunk a 40-foot eagle putt, finishing his third round at 7-under.

And coincidentally, two days after shooting 11-under, Johnson held up the trophy on that same 18th green, 11 shots up on his closest competitor.

Eleven shots up on his closest competitor.

Johnson entered Sunday with a five-shot lead over Scheffler and Harris English, with Louis Ooshuizen next in line, seven shots back of the lead. Technically speaking, there could have been drama on Sunday if Johnson had started with a bogey or two in his first few holes.

Instead, Johnson came out on Sunday afternoon and eagled the second. Then he birdied four and five. And seven and eight. And before he even made the turn, the tournament was over.

Despite having the tournament well in hand, Johnson managed to finish with a flourish, rolling in for birdie on 18 to finish the nice round number of 30-under par.

For some perspective on that score to par, consider that in the 16 previous tournaments held at the same course, the best score to win prior to this weekend was 22-under par. That score had been carded three times before: Henrik Stenson in 2013, Charley Hoffman in 2010, and Vijay Singh in 2008. Back in 2003, the first year of the course hosting a PGA event, a score of 10-under was enough to win. The most distance any champion had finished over the rest of the field was five shots, done by Hoffman and Singh. The tournament had been decided by three shots or fewer in 13 of 16 years.

The course was challenging, and the course proved to be a great equalizer. Until Johnson went ahead with the best four-day score by eight strokes, and the largest margin of victory by six strokes.

“It is a big margin, and I’m definitely really proud of that,” Johnson said of his 11-stroke victory. “I played really good. My goal today was, I knew I was playing well and I knew the guys were going to shoot low. But yeah, so I was trying to get 30-under. Which, obviously I made a nice little putt on the last hole to get to 30.”

Why 30-under? The answer was basically a diplomatic way of saying “because I could.”

“I don’t know, I’ve never shot 30-under in four rounds,” he said. “So it was just something that I wanted to do.”

He wanted to, and he did it.

If he had known that the record for the lowest score in a four-round tournament was 31-under, perhaps he might have gone for it. With the way he was playing all week, it’d be hard to say he wouldn’t have gotten it.

Still, a 30-under weekend at a FedEx Cup event to vault into the No. 1 world ranking isn’t the worst consolation prize in the world.

And while TPC Boston looked gorgeous in person and on TV all week long while hosting this world-class event … that golf course is going to need a day or two to recover from what DJ just did. It is a difficult golf course.

Dustin Johnson walks over the bridge to the eighth green during the final round of The Northern Trust at TPC Boston. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

This week, though, it simply did not matter, as the world’s No. 1 golfer put forth the finest four days of golf of his entire professional career. Despite a 59 from a competitor, despite an otherwise championship-worthy performance by English, and despite a pair of late-round weather delays over the weekend, a seemingly emotion-free Johnson just buzzed through the field and the tournament to author one of the most dominant wins we’ll ever see.


Canceled: The BUPD — Part 2
Source:  The Daily Free Press
Sunday, 23 August 2020 20:12

The solution to this is not as simple as instituting reforms and regulations for campus police. Municipal police officers are already limited by these regulations and accountability measures, and they are still brutalizing protestors and murdering Black people.

Massachusetts Congressional candidate joins effort to extend mail-in ballot deadline
Source:  Boston Herald
Sunday, 23 August 2020 19:59

A Massachusetts congressional hopeful has joined the effort to extend the deadline for counting mail-in ballots in the state’s Sept. 1 primaries, filing an amicus brief in a case before the state’s high court for a hearing on Monday.

Last week, 4th Congressional District candidate Becky Grossman filed a complaint with the Supreme Judicial Court citing concerns over mail delays and demanding that primary ballots received up to 10 days after Sept. 1 be tallied as long as they’re postmarked by primary day.

On Sunday, 8th Congressional District candidate Robbie Goldstein filed an amicus brief in support of the complaint. The Democrat is challenging longtime incumbent U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch.

“This Court’s decision on the Petition will have a direct impact on the ability of voters in the Massachusetts Eighth Congressional District to cast their votes in the September 1 primary election, which will determine whether Dr. Goldstein will obtain the Democratic Party’s nomination,” his brief states.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that election officials “offer alternative voting methods that minimize direct contact and reduce crowd size at polling locations,” the brief reads.

“Such alternatives become meaningless, however, if legal and logistical circumstances keep those votes from actually counting in the election and thereby deprive those voters who try to participate safely of their right to vote,” the brief states. “Voters who understandably lack confidence in their ability to vote by mail will be compelled to confront the specter of potentially deadly COVID-19 infection at their polling place, creating an unreasonable burden on their fundamental right to vote.”

Voters currently have until Aug. 26 to submit mail-in ballot requests. But ballots must be returned by Sept. 1 — just six days later.

President Trump over the weekend continued his attack on mail-in voting and drop-off ballot boxes.

“So now the Democrats are using Mail Drop Boxes, which are a voter security disaster,” the president tweeted. “Among other things, they make it possible for a person to vote multiple times. Also, who controls them, are they placed in Republican or Democrat areas? They are not Covid sanitized. A big fraud!”

The Tweet was flagged by Twitter on Sunday.

“This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about civic and election integrity,” Twitter wrote. “However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”

Lisa Kashinsky contributed to this report.


Dustin Johnson’s TPC Boston course record 254 takes The Northern Trust
Source:  Boston Herald
Sunday, 23 August 2020 19:33

  • NORTON MA. - AUGUST 20: Dustin Johnson eyes his putt on the 16th hole during the final round of the Northern Trust golf championship at TPC Boston on August 20, 2020 in Norton, MA. With a hole and a half left play was suspended due to inclement weather (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • NORTON MA. - AUGUST 20: Kevin Kisner tees off on the 9th hole during the final round of the Northern Trust golf championship at TPC Boston on August 20, 2020 in Norton, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • NORTON MA. - AUGUST 20: Dustin Johnson tees off on the 17th hole during the final round of the Northern Trust golf championship at TPC Boston on August 20, 2020 in Norton, MA. With a hole and a half left play was suspended due to inclement weather (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • NORTON MA. - AUGUST 20: Dustin Johnson hit off the 12th fairway during the final round of the Northern Trust golf championship at TPC Boston on August 20, 2020 in Norton, MA. With a hole and a half left play was suspended due to inclement weather (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • NORTON MA. - AUGUST 20: arris English tees off on the 12th hole during the final round of the Northern Trust golf championship at TPC Boston on August 20, 2020 in Norton, MA. With a hole and a half left play was suspended due to inclement weather.(Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • NORTON MA. - AUGUST 20: Harris English watches his putt on the 16th hole with a weather waring on the screen in the background during the final round of the Northern Trust golf championship at TPC Boston on August 20, 2020 in Norton, MA. With a hole and a half left play was suspended due to inclement weather. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • NORTON MA. - AUGUST 20: Dustin Johnson watches his tee shot on the 11th hole during the final round of the Northern Trust golf championship at TPC Boston on August 20, 2020 in Norton, MA. With a hole and a half left play was suspended due to inclement weather (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • NORTON MA. - AUGUST 20: Dustin Johnson Is carted off the 17th hole after play was suspended due to inclement weather during the final round of the Northern Trust golf championship at TPC Boston on August 20, 2020 in Norton, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • NORTON MA. - AUGUST 20: Dustin Johnson poses with the trophy after winning the Northern Trust golf championship at TPC Boston on August 20, 2020 in Norton, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

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NORTON – Dustin Johnson won in a walk.

The lanky, 36-year-old big banger from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., shot an 8-under-par final round of 63 to capture The Northern Trust on Sunday at TPC Boston.

Johnson competed the tournament 30-under 254, shattering the old record course record of 262 (-22) shared by Henrik Stenson, Charlie Hoffman and Vijay Singh. He was 11 shots clear of runner-up Harris English and 12 better than Daniel Berger, who finished third.

The victory was Johnson’s second on a New England course this season. Johnson won the Travelers Championship on June 28 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.

“I jumped up the leaderboard obviously,� said Johnson. “I feel very good about my position and my game is very good right now.

“I played really solid all four days this week and got some big tournaments coming up.�

Johnson and Harris English were on 17 when play was suspended at 6 p.m. when a fierce storm hit the area. Play resumed at 7:15 p.m. and, with the last vestiges of daylight filtering through, Johnson finished with a birdie at the 18th hole. Johnson recorded 23 birdies and five eagles against just three bogeys.

Johnson opened the round with a 5-shot lead after shooting a course-record 191 after 54 holes. Johnson immediately padded his advantage with an eagle at the second.

The 532-yard, par 5, second hole is probably the most interesting layout on the track. The second doglegs hard to the right at the far end of the fairway and the green is protected by water on three sides.

The pin is devilishly located at the front end of the green just a few yards from the water. Johnson made the green in two and sank an 8-footer to go 24 under. Eleven of the 22 eagles recorded on the second hole came on Sunday.

Johnson created greater separation with consecutive birdies at Nos. 4 and 5. Johnson added birdies at Nos. 7 and 8 to make the turn at 6 under. Johnson’s score dipped lower after a birdie at the 12th, which played the hardest during the week but he birdied in thee of the four rounds.

“I felt like I was swinging it the same and striking it the same and controlling my golf ball very well,� said Johnson. “It was a lot of what I was doing and I was playing really well.

“I felt good every day and obviously I was playing good golf. I was going to the range all the time and really controlling the golf ball really well.�

The Northern Trust is the first of the three FedEx Cup playoff events that will determine the 2019-20 PGA Tour champion. Only 70 golfers will advance to this week’s BMW Championship at Olympia Field outside of Chicago and the field will be trimmed to 30 for the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta.

Justin Thomas, who led the standings through the regular season with 2,458 points, finished tied for 49th and fell out of the top spot. By earning 1,500 FedEx Cup points with his victory, Johnson took over the top spot with 2,571 points and has a 92-point lead on Thomas.

“This week I played some really good golf and it was a lot of fun,â€� said Johnson. “I’m looking forward to the rest of the FedEx playoffs and I’ve obviously got myself in really good position going into East Lake and the next week too.

“Next week is the big tournament and I’m looking forward to going and playing Olympia Fields.”

Viktor Hovland enhanced his profile and added some bigger digits to the left of the decimal point with a 5-under round of 66.

Hovland began the round at 7 under and immediately improved his standing with an eagle at the second, which featured the shot of the round. Hovland drove the ball 310 yards down the left side of the fairway and followed with a shot to the front end of the water about 92 yards from the pin.

Hovland’s approach went up and down, hit the green and rolled into the hole. Hovland complemented his eagle with five birdies to make the turn at 7-under 29. He lost two strokes off his total on the back nine.

Tiger Woods, who won at TPC Boston in 2006 and has twice been a runner-up, enjoyed his best round of the tournament, a 5-under round of 66 to finish in a tie for 58th at 6-under 278. Rory McIlroy, who for the second straight day was Woods’ playing partner and has won in Norton in 2012 and 2016, had a 69 to finish at 282 in a share of 65th place.

“I felt like I hit the ball better and I putted better,� said Woods. “Everything was cleaner and better and I just wish I could have kept the round going a little bit more.

“I had a couple of eagle looks on the front nine and it could have been one of those really low rounds. But I’ll take a 5 under.�


Fire on Monroe Street in Somerville
Source:  The Somerville Times
Sunday, 23 August 2020 19:31

Approximately  5:15 pm Sunday night a two alarm broke out on Monroe St. The fire broke out in the cockpit area. Firefighters  worked extensively to put it out during the storm  with high humidity  and temperatures. According to reports  lighting  struck the house. Cambridge and Boston fire assisted. As of this  time no reports  of injuries, the occupants of the home were displaced.

 

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