Marquise Hill 1982-2007

Patriots defensive end Marquise Hill hadn’t yet shown a lot on the field in his three-year NFL career, but according to reports, Hill made this play of his life this weekend just before he lost a struggle with the waters of Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans Sunday night.

April Simpson and Michael Levenson have the story in the Globe, while John Tomase and Jessica Heslam have the coverage in the Herald of this tragedy.

Mike Reiss has Hill being remembered as fun loving and positive behind the scenes by his Patriots teammates. John Tomase has another story on the death of Hill and the reaction from the Patriots. Albert Breer has more from Hill’s Patriot and LSU teammates about his tragic death. Laurel J. Sweet talks to a Mattapan multiple sclerosis sufferer who was assisted by Hill in the past.

Red Sox
The Red Sox welcomed Trot Nixon back to Fenway Park as the former Boston outfielder returned for the first time with his new club, the Cleveland Indians. It was a nailbiter at Fenway, with the Red Sox holding on for a 5-3 win.

Rob Bradford has the Sox passing what he calls their first true test of the season. Amalie Benjamin has the Red Sox getting a ninth inning break that might’ve saved the game for them on a night full of ovations. Kevin McNamara has Curt Schilling turning in one of his strongest performances of the season in the win. Paul Doyle has Schilling and Kevin Youkilis leading the Sox to victory. Garry Brown has more on Schilling returning to top form last night. Paul Jarvey has the Sox benefiting from a gift call to hold on at Fenway.

Bob Ryan has a look at the return of Trot Nixon to Fenway Park, and at his long career with the Red Sox. Jon Couture examines another Red Sox reunion at Fenway Park. Mark Murphy has more on Trot playing the role of homecoming king last night. Steve Krasner also has a look at the return of the ultimate Dirt Dog to Fenway. Lenny Megliola has Trot getting a hero’s welcome at Fenway Park. Jarvey says that Red Sox fans love grit, which is why Nixon was beloved by so many. Mike Petraglia has more on the return of a Red Sox folk hero.

Steve Krasner has a look at the controversial strikeout call in the top of the ninth inning which got the Red Sox a much-needed out. Karen Guregian has a look at Kevin Youkilis’ inside-the-park home run. Doyle has a good look at the competitiveness of the Papelbon brothers, which extends outside of the baseball diamond. For Wall Street Journal subscribers, there is a story today on the struggles of John Henry’s investment funds, which have taken a beating recently.

Alex Speier has a different look at the Red Sox defense, one that shows that the 2007 club is better than last year’s edition with Alex Gonzalez at shortstop. He also looks specifically at the improvement of Coco Crisp in center as a big part of the team’s success. Mark Murphy has Curt Schilling talking about finding his splitter again, and giving credit to pitching coach John Farrell. Guregian has David Ortiz sitting out another game with his sore hamstrings. She also has Josh Beckett getting ready to return to the mound tonight. Joe Haggerty has more on tonight’s return of Beckett.

Nick Cafardo has a feisty Roger Clemens ready for the majors after his final minor league tuneup last night.

Bradford’s notebook has the Indians talking about Keith Foulke’s sudden retirement in spring training. Benjamin’s notebook has Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis having a good-natured argument about who is faster. The Projo notebook has more on the Pedroia/Youkilis debate. Doyle’s notebook has more on the return of Nixon. Brown’s notebook has Schilling giving credit to John Farrell for his outing last night. Jarvey’s notebook says that the Red Sox will be cautious with Josh Beckett in his return tonight. Couture’s notebook has Kevin Youkilis stealing the thunder from Trot Nixon’s return.