Boston Herald

Revs standout Dempsey inducted into Hall


Clint Dempsey acknowledg­es the limelight changed him later in his career as he felt responsibl­e for his club and American soccer.

Four years removed from playing and on the eve of his induction into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame, he is free to be himself.

After scoring 57 goals to tie the American internatio­nal record set by Landon Donovan, Dempsey will be inducted on Saturday in Frisco, Texas, along with midfielder Shannon Boxx, forward Marco Etcheverry, coach Linda Hamilton and referee Esse Baharmast.

Voted the U.S. Soccer Federation Male Player of the Year in 2007, ’11 and ’12, Dempsey made 141 appearance­s for the national team from 2004-17. He scored 129 league goals: 25 for the Revolution from 2004-06, 50 for Fulham from 2017-12, seven for Tottenham in 2012-13 and 47 for Seattle from 2013-18.

Smart on NBA’s All-Defensive first time

Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart of the Celtics was the leading vote-getter for the All-Defensive first team, with Mikal Bridges of the Phoenix Suns joining him as the other guard.

Former Defensive Players of the Year Rudy Gobert of Utah and Giannis Antetokoun­mpo of Milwaukee were also voted Friday to the first team along with Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr.

Smart received 99 first-place votes and 198 points from the panel of 100 sportswrit­ers and broadcaste­rs. Bridges, the runner-up to Smart for the league’s top defensive award, got 95 first-team votes and three secondteam votes for a total of 193 points.

Players received two points for a first-team vote and one for a second-team vote.

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