Here is the latest New England sports news from The Associated Press

March 5, 2013, 2:01 pm


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Celtics will be coming off a much-needed three-day layoff when they attempt to end their road struggles against the Philadelphia 76ers tonight. The Celtics are in the midst of playing nine of 11 on the road.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bruins are skating in the nation's capital for a matchup with Washington tonight. It's the first meeting between the teams since Washington ended Boston's playoff run in the first round last season. The Caps have been hot of late, winning six of nine after starting the season 2-8-1.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Jail records says Red Sox left-hander Drake Britton was arrested in Fort Myers for driving under the influence. The 23-year-old was arrested early Saturday morning. He was also charged with reckless driving and DUI with property damage. He posted bond later that day. Britton was optioned to Double-A Portland in Maine during the team's first round of roster cuts.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Red Sox host Puerto Rico's World Baseball Classic squad at Fenway South tonight. John Lackey will through for Boston. Scheduled to follow Lackey on the mound are righties Clayton Mortensen, Alex Wilson and Andrew Bailey.

BOSTON (AP) — The Patriots and receiver Wes Welker are reportedly closing in on a multiyear deal, one that would allow Welker to finish his career in New England. A league source tells Comcast that the two sides hope to have a pact finalized before the free agency season opens in mid-March.

BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics have signed fill-in Terrence Williams for the remainder of the year after bringing him in on a 10-day contract. The Boston Globe reports the agreement also includes a conditional deal for the 2013-14 season. He has averaged just over 4 points a game.

NEW YORK (AP) — Big East football schools will get nearly all of a $110 million pot as part of the deal allowing seven departing basketball schools to keep the Big East name next season. A person familiar with the negotiations says the breakup will likely be finalized by the end of the week, with most of the money going to UConn, South Florida and Cincinnati.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Notre Dame, Connecticut, Syracuse and Louisville are the top four seeds in the Big East women's tournament which begins Friday. The four teams don't have to play until the quarterfinals on Sunday, earning double byes. The top-seeded Irish went 16-0 in the conference after beating Connecticut 96-87 in triple overtime last night.

TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND SPORTS SCHEDULE:

NBA:

Boston at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

NHL:

Boston at Washington, 7 p.m.

EXHIBITION BASEBALL:

Boston vs. Puerto Rico, at Fort Myers, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL:

Boston College at Clemson, 7 p.m.

Seton Hall at Providence, 9 p.m.

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