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This summer is jam-packed with tons of major events, tours and exciting sports action.  In the MLB, there have been 3 perfect games thus far (only 2 are official), the NBA Playoffs are tied at 2-2 between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Blackhawks have won their first Stanley Cup since the 1960’s.

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Sports
The New York Yankees are in 2nd place in the AL East and are playing great baseball.
The Boston Red Sox are in third place in the AL East trying to catch up with the Yankees and Rays.
LA Lakers fans will get to see the NBA Championship in Los Angeles as the series will require 6 or 7 games.
The Boston Celtics will look to upset the Lakers on in LA to win their 18th NBA Championship.

Concerts
Lady Gaga has extended her tour to include additional US cities.
Fans of rock legends, KISS, will get to see the band in a worldwide tour!
If you have young kids, they are probably bugging you for Justin Bieber or Jonas Brothers tickets.
Roger Waters has unleashed additional concerts on his tour.
Dave Matthews Band announced that next summer (2011), they will not tour so fans of DMB are crazy for tickets this year!
Aerosmith live at Fenway Park concert with J Geils Band.
Rock band, Tool, is also on tour this summer.
Country music fans get to see Rascal Flatts live on tour this summer.
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The Celtics are quickly becoming a gerontologist’s dream – as well as an even better team and a more serious championship threat. Last night, the final piece of the puzzle tumbled out of Waiver Heaven at 6 p.m. as Sam Cassell became a free agent. He has signed a contract with the Celtics, according to his agent, and will bring the paperwork up with him today from Baltimore to join his new team.

“He had some personal business he had to attend to in Baltimore. There was a death in the family,” agent David Falk said last night. “But he will be on his way up there and everything is done. He is really excited.”The Celtics don’t expect Cassell to be available at practice today. It’s more likely that his first session with the team will be at tomorrow morning’s shootaround. It’s not known whether he’ll be able to play against Detroit tomorrow night; he has been out because of a sore wrist.

Cassell, 38, a 15-year veteran with two championship rings (Houston, ’94, ’95), joins a team already featuring fellow 38-year-old P.J. Brown, signed last week, as well as 30-somethings Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Scot Pollard, James Posey, and soon-to-be 30-somethings Eddie House and Brian Scalabrine.

Cassell played with both Allen (Milwaukee) and Garnett (Minnesota) and has 115 games of playoff experience, one of the main reasons for the signing. He also has some gas left in his tank; this season, he has had games of 35 and 32 points (the 32-pointer came Jan. 15 against the Suns) and six other games in which he has scored 20 or more points. He is averaging 12.8 and is almost automatic (89.1 percent) from the free throw line.

“He’s a proven player,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “We’re just going to wait and see where he fits in on our team. He’s coming in with the right frame of mind and he just wants to help. He knows how to play. He’s terrific at the end of games. He can still really play.”

Cassell has appeared in only 38 games this season and has not played since Feb. 20, when he injured his wrist. He nearly was dealt to Memphis at the trading deadline, but when that fell through, he sought a buyout from the Clippers so that he could join a contending team. After a few days of what Falk called “sometimes hairy” negotiations, the buyout was completed last Thursday. Because the NBA is closed on weekends, the 48-hour period for him to clear waivers did not end until last night.

The Celtics are Cassell’s eighth NBA team. In addition to the Clippers, Rockets, Bucks, and Timberwolves, he has played for the Suns, Mavericks, and Nets. He has been involved in deals for Charles Barkley, Jason Kidd, and Stephon Marbury – as well as Shawn Bradley. Boston became the logical destination once the buyout was worked out, although there also was interest from Dallas and Denver. But the chance to rejoin Garnett and Allen, as well as play in the Eastern Conference, was too good to turn down.

He also fills a demonstrable need – an experienced, quality backup to Rajon Rondo. Celtics executive director of basketball operations Danny Ainge has maintained all season that the team was fine at the point guard position, but the opportunity to get a battle-tested Cassell to help out Rondo was a no-brainer. Even Rondo himself thinks it’s a good move.

“He coming in only helps me,” Rondo said. “He’s been playing a long time. He knows a lot about the game. In that aspect, he can help me as well. He can help more with leadership. He’s been to the conference finals. He knows what it takes to get there. He can groom me and help me along.”

Garnett and Cassell teamed with Latrell Sprewell to lead the Timberwolves within two games of the 2004 NBA Finals. The coach of that team, Flip Saunders, will be in town tomorrow night with the Pistons, perhaps facing his old point guard. Saunders has been effusive in his praise for Garnett this season – and is happy at the way things turned out – and he’s saying the same things about Cassell.

“Any time you can add a veteran guy, that’s always a positive,” Saunders told Detroit reporters earlier this week. “One thing about Sam – he’s not afraid to take big shots. He’s probably going to a perfect situation. At his age, when you get in those type of playoff situations, you probably need to have your minutes monitored a little bit. He’s not going to have to play 30 minutes a game.

“I’m happy for him. He wants to finish with a ring, because he started with a ring. That’s always been his ambition.”

Utah Jazz Win 16th in Row at HomeChances are if you swung by the NBA office at night you’d hear an ongoing debate about the toughest venue for opposing teams to play in. It’s been argued in just about every direction for countless seasons now, but we may finally have a definitive answer. Chalk one up for Utah. After surging past the division-rival Mavericks on Monday, the Jazz notched their 16th straight home triumph, their longest streak since 1995-96. It also gave Utah the advantage over the Mavericks — they were previously tied — for best home record in the league this season as they improved to an astounding 26-3. The Salt Lake City crowd stayed behind the Jazz, even after Dallas stormed back from a 21-point deficit. Utah used it to its advantage, following up with a 16-0 late fourth-quarter run to assure a victory. “It was a playoff atmosphere,” said forward Carlos Boozer, who poured in a game-best 28 points.

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Ray Allen scored 17, and Kendrick Perkins had 11 points and a season-high 12 rebounds to go with a career-high six assists. Point guard Rajon Rondo had six points and eight assists one day before the Celtics are expected to Kevin Garnettbring in backup Sam Cassell, who was waived last week by the Los Angeles Clippers.

Josh Smith scored 20 points and added nine rebounds, and Al Horford had 14 and 11 for the Hawks, who missed a chance to move into a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Newly acquired Mike Bibby had 14 points and nine assists.

The Hawks led 46-41 after Bibby’s alley-oop to Horford for the first basket of the second half. But Boston scored the next 13 points — including nine in a row from Pierce — before Smith hit a free throw with 8:42 left in the quarter.

Pierce added a jumper that gave him 11 consecutive Boston points and gave the Celtics a 58-47 lead. Atlanta came within three points several times, the last at 73-70, before Eddie House hit a 3-pointer with 9:05 to play.

Notes:@ P.J. Brown did not dress for the Celtics. … Cassell was bought out by the Clippers on Friday and is expected to clear waivers at 6 p.m. Monday. … The Celtics play the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday in a matchup of the top two teams in the East.

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