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

December 19, 2013, 2:00 pm


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Bruins head to Buffalo tonight to open a home-and-home series with the Sabres. Boston is going for its sixth win in seven games while trying to deny the Sabres a rare win streak. Boston is missing six players, most notably forward Loui Eriksson. Shawn Thornton is appealing his 15-game suspension, and Chris Kelly, Dougie Hamilton, Daniel Paille and Adam McQuaid are also out.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Celtics are reportedly still in the running to acquire center Omer Asik from Houston. The Rockets have promised to trade Asik by today. ESPN reports the Celtics are the strongest rivals to the 76ers to pick up the center.

DENVER (AP) — The Red Sox have traded left-hander Franklin Morales to Colorado for versatile infielder Jonathan Herrera. Morales is coming off a season in which he went 2-2 with a 4.62 ERA in 20 games for the World Series champion Red Sox. The 29-year-old Herrera hit .292 with one homer and 16 RBIs in 195 at-bats for Colorado this year.

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A hearing is scheduled today on the assets of former Patriot Aaron Hernandez after the family of the man he's accused of killing filed a wrongful death lawsuit against him. The hearing is set for New Bedford Superior Court in Massachusetts. The family of Odin Lloyd is seeking restraining orders to preserve Hernandez's assets.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard defensive end Zach Hodges has been named a second-team FCS All-American by the The Sports Network. Hodges tied for the Ivy League lead with 6.5 sacks on the season. He also recovered three fumbled and took one back 53 yards for a touchdown against San Diego on September 21st. Hodges won the Ivy League's defensive player of the year award.

BOSTON (AP) — A new, environmentally friendly auto racing series just got even greener. Celtics managing partner Wyc Grousbeck and a dozen of his fellow owners in the NBA franchise have invested $21 million into the Formula E electric car racing circuit. Grousbeck told The Associated Press shortly before the deal closed this week that the group will call on its "deep network of NBA and NFL owners" to help the sport succeed in the United States.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A legislative leader is offering a possible solution to a dispute between the American Hockey League's Portland Pirates and the Cumberland County Civic Center. The Portland Press-Herald reports Senate President Justin Alfond has filed emergency legislation that would allow the team to share revenue from alcohol sales if it returns to the Portland arena.

TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND SPORTS SCHEDULE:

NHL:

Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL:

Dartmouth at Loyola of Chicago, 3 p.m.

Saint Peter's at Yale, 6 p.m.

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