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U.S. Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy Adopting Stray Puppies From Sochi Streets (Photos)

The packs of stray dogs roaming around the streets of Sochi became a big storyline ahead of the Olympics, and American skier Gus Kenworthy is hoping to give at least a few of them a new home. Kenworthy won a silver medal in the men’s slopestyle this week, but, instead of celebrating by twerking or hitting up Tinder, the 22-year-old is spending his final few days in the Olympic...
Via NESN.com
February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears Hire Martial Arts Coach To Help Improve Blocking, Pass Rush

The Chicago Bears finished the 2013 season with just 31 sacks, which was tied for the fewest in the NFL, and they are pulling out all the stops to help change that. The Bears hired martial arts expert Joe Kim on Tuesday, according to ESPN. Kim will be tasked with helping Bears players with hand technique and skill development, especially in blocking on offense and escaping blocks...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Erin Hamlin Becomes First American To Win Singles Luge Medal At Olympics

No United States luger had ever won a medal in a singles event at the Olympics. That changed on Tuesday. U.S. luger Erin Hamlin took home the bronze medal in the women’s luge for her thrilling performance in Sochi with a time of 3:21.145. Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger (3:19.768) took home the gold while fellow German luger Tatjana Hufner (3:20.907) won the silver. Hamlin...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Buccaneers, Falcons, Panthers Troll Each Other In NFC South Weather War (Photos)

The NFC South has harbored some of the NFL’s best teams over the past few seasons, and apparently the level of competition has brought about some fierce rivalries that even extend beyond the field. The Carolina Panthers, who won the division this season, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons, who were division champions in 2012, all got into a bit of a Twitter war on Tuesday...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Italian Basketball Coach Flips Out About Sportsmanship (Video)

There is more to sports than winning, especially to one Italian basketball coach. Gianmarco Pozzecco, head coach of Italian basketball team Orlandina Basket, seemed frustrated after a game earlier this week when his team, in second place in Serie C, lost 78-76 to FCM Ferentino, which is just 9-10 on the season. Pozzecco clearly was unhappy with the loss, but the lack of sportsmanship...
Via NESN.com
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

New England, Chicago Among Cold-Weather Cities Interested In Hosting 2019 Super Bowl

The game wasn’t all that exciting, but the elements held off and the first cold-weather Super Bowl turned out to be a smashing success. With the success of  that game in New York/New Jersey now locked in the bag, other cold-weather cities are interested in bringing the big game to their stadiums. Denver and Philadelphia have already expressed interest in hosting the game in the...
Via NESN.com
February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Bruins, Canadiens Could Play NHL Stadium Series Game At Gillette Stadium in 2015

The NHL’s Stadium Series tour has been a huge success this season, and the league is already looking into potential game for 2015, including one of hockey’s oldest rivalries. The NHL is considering pitting the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens against one another in an outdoor game at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Ma., according to Chris Botta of the Sports Business Journal...
Via NESN.com
February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Bruno Mars Rocks The Drums, Crushes It With Red Hot Chili Peppers At Halftime Show (Photos, GIF)

There wasn’t much expectation for this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, especially after Beyonce short circuited the Superdome in New Orleans last year, but Bruno Mars ended up bringing the house down at Super Bowl XLVIII. A pitch dark MetLife Stadium lit up pretty quickly with the spotlight beaming down on a seated Mars in front a set of drums. Mars picked up the drumsticks...
Via NESN.com
February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Super Bowl Picks: Seahawks’ Defense Will Send Peyton Manning, Broncos Home Crying

There’s more to Super Bowl Sunday than football, musical acts and commercials. There’s gambling — lots and lots of gambling. From spreads to parlays to props, even the novice gambler can strut into work on Monday morning with a fat stack … or shirtless, depending on how he did during football’s title bout. NESN.com editors John Beattie, Luke Hughes, Mike Cole and Doug Kyed...
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Implement Variable Ticket Pricing For 2014 Season

The New England Patriots are following the lead of the Detroit Lions, which, surprisingly, is something fans around New England could get excited about. The Patriots will utilize variable pricing for their ticket packages in the 2014 season, the team announced on Friday. They are among the first teams in the NFL to try the alternative pricing method. The Lions, who announced they...
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Rams Owner Buys Potential NFL Stadium Site In Los Angeles

The NFL’s long-awaited return to Los Angeles might have just gotten another step closer to reality. A holding company tied to St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke purchased a large plot of land in Inglewood, Calif., earlier this month, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The big purchase increases speculation that Kroenke could be angling to move the Rams back to LA sometime...
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Bruno Mars Is Ready For All Weather Conditions For Super Bowl Halftime Show

Bruno Mars sounds all sorts of excited to finally hit the stage for his Super Bowl Halftime Show on Sunday, and he isn’t going to let a little inclement weather stop what he expects to be an incredible performance. Mars, along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, will be the halftime act of Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium on Sunday...
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January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Launches Bid To Host 2018 Super Bowl

Hosting the Super Bowl in cold-weather cities is apparently becoming something of a trend, and now Minnesota wants in on the fun. While the New York Jets and Giants enjoy the Super Bowl festivities and influx of visitors to the tri-state area for this year’ Super Bowl, the Minnesota Vikings are angling to do the same in a few years time. The Vikings, in conjunction with Minnesota...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

USA Rugby Mascot Lays Out Cocky Spain Fan During Halftime of Match (Video)

Nobody likes a showboat, especially not USA Rugby mascot “Rookie the Eagle.” During halftime of the USA-Spain match at the USA Seven’s tournament in Las Vegas over the weekend, Rookie got a little too worked up by a Spain fan’s antics and even took him out in the process. The fan was racing USA Seven’s mascot “Mr. Rugbee,” who is basically dressed in a giant bee costume...
Via NESN.com
January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Majority of NFL Players Says They Would Play In Super Bowl With Concussion

Nearly every NFL player dreams of his chance to play in the Super Bowl. It’s the peak of the sport and an event that many players never have the opportunity to participate in before the end of their careers. So, when faced with the possibility, it’s no wonder most players would do almost anything to be out on that field. As part of ESPN’s ongoing NFL Nation survey, polling 320...
Via NESN.com
January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Broncos Safety: If We Win Super Bowl, I’m Walking Home

The Denver Broncos are the favorites entering Super Bowl XLVIII, and one Broncos player is even ready to walk home, in his pads and all, if they take home the Lombardi Trophy. Veteran safety Mike Adams grew up but a few miles from MetLife Stadium — the site of this year’s Super Bowl. He was raised in Patterson, N.J., only about 12 miles from the new stadium in East Rutherford...
Via NESN.com
January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

CFL Has Considered Eliminating Extra Point For Several Years

Roger Goodell said earlier in the week that the NFL was considering eliminating the extra point, and it may not be the only league to do so. The Canadian Football League is also discussing the idea of nixing the point-after attempt and has been for a few years, according to Mike Zwolinski of the Toronto Star. However, the league is adamant that no rule change is imminent. “Our...
Via NESN.com
January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Seattle teacher raises $20K to buy jerseys for every kid in school

Seattle fans are crazy about their Seahawks — so crazy that one local teacher even raised enough money to buy jerseys for every kid in his school. Kevin Zelko, a special education teacher at Kimball Elementary, an inner-city school in Seattle, and part-time beer vendor at CenturyLink Field, was so excited about his team making it to the Super Bowl that he chose to help a few of...
Via NESN.com
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Set To Roll Out New Clock Rules At Pro Bowl

The NFL is trying to spice the Pro Bowl up just enough to get more fans interested in watching the game. A player draft was one way to drum up some interest, another appears to be some wholesale changes to the way the clock is run on the field. With the NFL All-Star game taking on the feel of something closer to a pick-up game out in the backyard this year, the league is trying out...
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January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Steelers, Bears Among Eight Teams Eligible for ‘Hard Knocks’ Next Season

The NFL has insured that Hard Knocks will be around for at least a few more seasons, and we now at least have a short list of candidates for the 2014 edition of the show. The NFL agreed to a contract extension with HBO for the popular training camp series ahead of last season, and the NFL also passed a rule that allowed the league to designate a team for the show if no other team...
Via NESN.com
January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Peyton Manning Calls Hilarious New Audible, Shouts ‘Bags Montana Fat Man’ in AFC Championship Game (GIF)

Move over, “Omaha,” Peyton Manning has a new audible in his arsenal. While the CBS broadcast was apparently keeping track of Manning’s “Omaha” calls during the game, the Denver Broncos’ quarterback decided to sneak in a new audible. Manning got the line of scrimmage midway through the second quarter and decided that the play call up front was not what he was looking for...
Via NESN.com
January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Seahawks Fan Got ‘Super Bowl XLVIII Champs’ Tattoo Before 2013 NFL Season (Photo)

Fans tend to get pretty excitable over their favorite football teams, even seemingly jinxing their teams with some over-the-top actions — like this Houston Texans fan in 2012. But one Seattle Seahawks fan might be right on the money. Tim Connors, a diehard Seahawks fan, did what many nutty NFL fans will do and got a tattoo of the Seattle seahawk on his forearm. However, Connors...
Via NESN.com
January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Minnesota Vikings Hire Mike Zimmer as Head Coach

Another NFL head coaching vacancy has been filled, bringing the list of open positions down to just one (Cleveland Browns). The Minnesota Vikings finally concluded their search on Wednesday, hiring Mike Zimmer as their next head coach, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. He will replace Leslie Frazier, who was fired by the Vikings shortly after a disappointing 5-10-1 season...
Via NESN.com
January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Playoff Picks Against the Spread: Saints Likely to Be Winless in Seattle Against Seahawks

The divisional round of playoffs may be the best weekend of the NFL season. Like wild card weekend, you have a jam-packed weekend with four games, and unlike the wild card weekend, we’ve got the best of the best going at it. And if this weekend is anything like last weekend, we’re in for another incredible weekend of football. The NESN.com NFL picks are back for another week...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Penn State Hires James Franklin to Replace Bill O’Brien as Head Coach

Bill O’Brien left Penn State a little over a week ago, but the Nittany Lions have already tapped the next leader of their football program. Penn State has hired James Franklin to be their next head coach, according to CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman. The hiring comes just days after Franklin interviewed at the school and before his scheduled interview with the Cleveland Browns. Franklin...
Via NESN.com
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss
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