The Sideline – March 14

Pacers look to extend streak against Boston

Boston Celtics (27-36, 11-20 away) at Indiana Pacers (30-34, 18-14 home), 7 p.m.

Coverage: Fox Sports Indiana, NBATV

Celtics: Isaiah Thomas 21.4 ppg, Jared Sullinger 8.1 rpg, Isaiah Thomas 5.4 apg

Pacers: George Hill 13.9 ppg, David West 7.2 rpg, George Hill 4.5 apg

Eastern Conference playoff race (through Thursday):

Team W-L GB

6. Milwaukee 34-31 16.5

7. Indiana 30-34 20

8. Miami 29-35 21

9. Charlotte 28-35 21.5

10. Boston 27-36 22.5

11. Brooklyn 25-38 24.5

12. Detroit 23-41 27

Milwaukee

Games left: 17 (10 home, 7 away)

Streak: L1

Past 10 games: 3-7

Indiana

Games left: 18 (9 home, 9 away)

Streak: W7

Past 10 games: 9-1

Miami

Games left: 18 (9 home, 9 away)

Streak: W1

Past 10 games: 6-4

Charlotte

Games left: 19 (8 home, 11 away)

Streak: L2

Past 10 games: 6-4

Boston

Games left: 19 (8 home, 11 away)

Streak: W2

Past 10 games: 7-3

Brooklyn

Games left: 19 (11 home, 8 away)

Streak: L5

Past 10 games: 3-7

Detroit

Games left: 18 (8 home, 10 away)

Streak: L8

Past 10 games: 2-8

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Greenfield-Central sets athletics dates

Greenfield-Central girls tennis tryouts begin at 3:30 p.m. Monday. Complete athletics physical packet must be on file with athletics office.

The Greenfield-Central High School baseball team will host a bowling fundraiser today at Strike Force Lanes in Greenfield. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., with the event from 6 to 10 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. Lane sponsorships are available for $50.

Greenfield-Central winter sports award programs will be conducted on the following dates: cheerleading, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Cougar Meeting Room; girls basketball, 6 p.m. Wednesday, cafeteria; swimming and diving, 6 p.m. Thursday, cafeteria.

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NL Central teams poised to open

National League Central Division offseason free-agent signings:

Chicago (6): Signed Jason Hammel, rhp, Oakland, to a $20 million, two-year contract; signed Jon Lester, lhp, Oakland, to a $155 million, six-year contract; signed Jason Motte, rhp, St. Louis, to a $4.5 million, one-year contract; signed David Ross, c, Boston, to a $5 million, two-year contract; signed Chris Denorfia, of, Seattle, to a $2.6 million, one-year contract; signed Phil Coke, lhp, Detroit, to a minor-league contract.

Cincinnati (3): Signed Paul Maholm, lhp, Los Angeles Dodgers, to a minor-league contract; signed Burke Badenhop, rhp, Boston, to a $2.5 million, one-year contract; signed Kevin Gregg, rhp, Miami, to a minor-league contract ($1.5 million).

Milwaukee (2): Signed Neal Cotts, lhp, Texas, to a $3 million, one-year contract; signed Chris Perez, rhp, Los Angeles Dodgers to a minor-league contract ($1.5 million).

Pittsburgh (2): Signed A.J. Burnett, rhp, Philadelphia, to an $8.5 million, one-year contract; re-signed Francisco Liriano, lhp, to a $39 million, three-year contract.

St. Louis (3): Signed Matt Belisle, rhp, Colorado, to a $3.5 million, one-year contract; signed Mark Reynolds, 1b, Milwaukee, to a $2 million, one-year contract; signed Carlos Villanueva, rhp, Chicago Cubs, to a minor-league contract ($2 million).

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Prep calendar

Today

Track and field: Greenfield-Central at Hoosier State Relays at Indiana Wesleyan, 1 p.m.; Mt. Vernon, Eastern Hancock at Patriot Invite at Anderson University, 3 p.m.

Tuesday

Track and field: Frankton, Greenfield-Central at Mt. Vernon, 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday

Softball: Mt. Vernon at Eastern Hancock (scrimmage), 5:30 p.m.

Track and field: Eastern Hancock at Knightstown, 5 p.m.