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April 22, 2013

Sports in a Minute


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — RAVENS ON ROAD

Am I the only one that finds it a little strange that the Baltimore Ravens won the championship, yet are forced to go on the road to open up the NFL season at Denver?

Usually the champ hosts opening night, or at least it’s been that way since 2005, when the Patriots took out the Raiders at Gillette Stadium.

By the way, the Ravens are a 7.5-point underdog, according to the sports betting Web site, bovada.lv.

REVOLUTION POWER OUTAGE

The most durable sports fans in New England?

Very simple. Anyone left watching/caring about the New England Revolution.

The Revs, with a 4-1 loss in New Jersey Saturday night, making it 1-3-2 in the young season.

That doesn’t sound all that awful, right? Well, consider the fact that it took Red Bull defender Barklage to score on his own goal to snap a 394-minute scoreless streak by the Revs.

That’s a lot of soccer without scoring a goal.

MONARCHS READY FOR PLAYOFFS

The Manchester Monarchs will open the 2013 Calder Cup playoffs with a best of five Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Springfield Falcons.

The game schedule is set:

Game 1 - Saturday, April 27 at Springfield, 7:00 p.m.

Game 2 - Sunday, April 28 at Springfield, 4:00 p.m.

Game 3 - Thursday, May 2 at Manchester, 7:00 p.m.

Game 4 - Saturday, May 4 at Manchester, 7:00 p.m. (if necessary)

Game 5 - Sunday, May 5 at Springfield, 4:00 p.m. (if necessary)

Tickets for the first three rounds of playoffs go on sale today at 9:30 at the Verizon Wireless Arena box office and at www.manchestermonarchs.com.

TERRY LOOKS TO BE a STOPPER

The previously streaking Pawtucket Red Sox ran into a buzzsaw this weekend, losing two of the first three games of a four-game set to drop to 11-6 on the year.

The Pawsox send Salem’s Terry Doyle (2-0, 0.98) to the hill tonight to look to stop the skid in its tracks. Pawtucket hasn’t lost a four-game set with Rochester since 2009.

DO YOU BELIEVE IN ...

Southern California police say that NBC Sports announcer Al Michaels was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

Michaels was reportedly taking into custody in Santa Monica on Friday night. The 68-year-old is the play-by-play guy for Sunday night football.

ONE LEAP FROM THE BIGS

Lawrence’s Ruben Sosa has landed at Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Houston Astros organization. The 22-year-old second baseman is literally one leap from the big leagues.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that Sosa is wearing the utility tag and has only played in two games this year.

He is, however, 2 for 5 with a double.