Maine Celtics center Mfiondu Kabengele was named the NBA G League Player of the Week after averaging 27 points and 16.5 rebound last week.
Kabengele, who is on a two-way contract with the Boston Celtics, has recorded seven straight double-doubles. In a 93-89 win over Windy City on March 21, he had 25 points, 17 rebounds and two assists. In a 110-97 win over the Westchester Knicks on Thursday, Kabengele had 29 points and 26 rebounds as the Celtics secured their first playoff berth since 2017.
Maine, the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference, host the Cleveland Charge in the first round of the playoffs at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2. The winner will visit the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed, the Long Island Nets, for a second-round game at noon Friday.
NBA: Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic has avoided a one-game suspension for now after the NBA rescinded his 16th technical foul.
The league’s decision cleared Doncic to play at Indiana on Monday night as the fading Mavericks try to stay in the Western Conference playoff race.
The technical came with 7:51 remaining in the third quarter of a 110-104 loss when Doncic argued a no-call after missing a shot on a drive to the basket.
Crew chief Kevin Scott said in a pool report after the game that Doncic used “a profanity directed at the officials in protest to a no-call that was correctly judged in postgame video review.”
BASEBALL: Luke Stephens hit a two-run double in the first inning as St. Joseph’s (4-9, 2-0 GNAC) scored five times to earn a 6-3 win over Norwich (5-10, 0-2) in the first game of a doubleheader in Standish.
Stephens had two hits and two RBI as St. Joseph’s won the second game, 6-4 to complete the sweep. Jack Moltenbrey had two hits and scored twice and Matt Thibault drove in a pair of runs.
In the first game, Ethan Smith allowed three runs on six hits, while striking out five and walking none to earn the win for the Monks. In the second game, Samuel Jalbert allowed one run on one hit and struck out 11 in six innings for St. Joseph’s.
MEN’S LACROSSE: Diego Alvarez-Segee had eight goals and three assists as Dean College (5-2) beat Southern Maine (2-6) 19-9 in Franklin, Massachusetts.
Alec Speirs added four goals and an assist for the Bulldogs.
Tucker Nussinow had five goals and an assist for Southern Maine. Omar Contreras added two goals.
BOSTON MARATHON: The Boston Marathon has agreed to a 10-year sponsorship deal with Bank of America that organizers hope will allow the world’s oldest and most prestigious annual 26.2-mile road race to grow over the next decade while maintaining its historic character.
Financial terms of the deal announced Monday were not disclosed. But the deal does not include the naming rights that typically allow the sponsor to boost its profile and an event to boost its coffers.
The bank already had a foot in the distance-running world as the sponsor of the Chicago Marathon for the last decade. Unlike that race, which is officially named the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the Boston Marathon will keep its name, with the “presented by Bank of America” tagline.
The race remained an amateur competition – with runners competing for a gilded olive wreath and a bowl of beef stew – until 1986, when insurance giant John Hancock signed on as the main sponsor. The financial influx allowed the BAA to draw the top professional runners from around the world and offer a prize purse that is now approaching $1 million.
But Hancock, a Boston institution since 1862, was acquired in 2004 by the Canadian insurance firm Manulife Financial. In September, the company announced it would not be renewing its sponsorship deal after 38 years.
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