BOSTON (AP) - Former Celtics coach Doc Rivers won his first game back in Boston when the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Celtics 96-88 last night. Jamal Crawford hit a pair of 3-pointers 23 seconds apart to help the Clippers pull away in the last 3 minutes. Jeff Green scored 29 points against his former coach.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - With Rob Gronkowski out for the season, tight end D. J. Williams is getting a second chance with the New England Patriots. Williams spent two seasons with the Green Bay Packers before being cut August 31st. The Jacksonville Jaguars signed him the next day and released him November 4th. The Patriots claimed him November 27th and then cut him December 4th before re-signing him on Monday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 19 points and Number 3 Ohio State pulled away early to beat Bryant 86-48 last night. Amir Williams added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Buckeyes. It was an early round game in the Blackrock Gotham Classic which will conclude on December 21st with the Buckeyes meeting Notre Dame at Madison Square Garden.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that Connecticut has hired Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco as its football coach. Diaco takes over a team that went 3-9 this season, and fired Paul Pasqualoni after an 0-4 start.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi says he has withdrawn from consideration for Connecticut's coaching job. Narduzzi says he was honored to be considered by UConn but is devoting his full attention to the fourth-ranked Spartans as they prepare for the Rose Bowl.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence will host the East regional of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's men's hockey tournament again in 2015. The NCAA has announced that Brown University has been selected to host the games at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Bidders have made their final offers on the intellectual property of former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's bankrupt video game company, 38 Studios, but the winners have yet to be announced. The property includes the unfinished game under development in Providence with the help of a $75 million loan guarantee from Rhode Island's economic development agency.
TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND SPORTS SCHEDULE:
Boston at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.
MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL:
Maryland at Boston College, 7 p.m.
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