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April 15, 2013

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TRADITION COMING CHEAPER

Remember when Patriots Day tickets for the Red Sox were nearly as tough to get as opening day?

That’s not the case anymore.

A trip to Redsox.com found that there were plenty of sensibly and not so sensibly priced ticketing options available for the fan seeking to take in today’s 11 a.m. battle featuring Ryan Dempster on the hill for the Sox and Jeremy Hellickson going for the Rays.

A pair of “Monster” seats could be had for $350 total, with seats available all over the park. Stubhub.com had tickets in the grandstand as low as around $50 apiece.

OPP CASHES

Andover’s Rob Oppenheim returned to the Web.com Tour this week after missing the last event with an ailment.

While he showed some fire in making the cut at 70-71, Oppenheim struggled over the weekend at 76-77, finishing at the back of the pack that made the weekend.

It was Oppenheim’s second made cut of the season.

KATIE STILL CRUSHING

Salem’s Katie Bettencourt ended the weekend with another huge Sunday at the plate in UMass’ doubleheader sweep at Charlotte.

Bettencourt finished the day 5 for 7 with a homer, a double, and six RBIs, adding a pair of sweet catches in the outfield.

TALKING RASSLIN’

Interesting conversation in The Eagle-Tribune’s sports department the other night. A colleague asked me to name my top five professional wrestlers of alltime.

Now remember, I go back 40 years, back to the days when Classy Freddy Blassie, Lou Albano and The Grand Wizard were the top managers in the game.

I go back to Monday night wrestling during summers at the Frolics at Salisbury Beach.

I go back to the WWWF.

Couldn’t limit it to 5, sorry. So my top six wrestlers of alltime?

6. HHH - He is the game. The Nashua High product was one of the best phone interviews I ever had. A giant talent in the ring and out. Love the guy.

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