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Rusney Castillo’s Call-Up Not A Moment Too Soon For Sputtering Red Sox

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — One player might not completely flip the script. But he can help change the narrative. The Red Sox’s 2015 plot has been eerily similar to the one that played out last season, when Boston finished with a 71-91 record and in last place in the American League East. The club desperately needs an infusion of energy...
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Rusney Castillo Callup ‘Unrelated’ To Shane Victorino’s Injuries (Video)

Rusney Castillo has arrived, but it has nothing to do with any Shane Victorino has (or hasn’t) done. Speaking with NESN’s Tom Caron on “Friday Night Fenway” before Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell elaborated on the timing of Castillo’s callup to the big leagues. Castillo is in Boston’s lineup...
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Red Sox Injury Updates: Pablo Sandoval, Shane Victorino Still Battling

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Pablo Sandoval and Shane Victorino remained out of the Red Sox’s starting lineup Friday. Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated before Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park that Sandoval and Victorino were continuing to battle their respective injuries. Both players still are considered...
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Mark Wahlberg: Tom Brady ‘An American Hero’ Who’ll Probably Win More Super Bowls

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s likeability might be at an all-time low, but one celebrity fan whose support for the four-time Super Bowl winner has remained strong throughout the Deflategate situation is actor and producer Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg did a radio interview on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Friday and most of the conversation focused on the Boston native’s...
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UFC 187: Watch Daniel Cormier-Anthony Johnson Weigh-In Live Online

The wait finally is over. Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson will go toe-to-toe Saturday night in Las Vegas for the UFC heavweight title. That’s not the only title fight on the docket, though, as Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort will square off for the middleweight title earlier in the night. In preparation for those huge showdowns, the fighters will step on the scales Friday for...
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Rusney Castillo Downplays Outside Pressure, Focused On Job With Red Sox

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — It’s been a whirlwind week for Rusney Castillo. You’d never know it based on his demeanor. The Red Sox promoted Castillo, whose wife gave birth earlier this week, before Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park. Castillo is tasked with sparking Boston’s struggling offense, yet the Cuban...
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Fist-Bumping Bruins Fan Liam Fitzgerald Wins ‘Man Of The Year’ Award

Nine-year-old Boston Bruins fan and cancer survivor Liam Fitzgerald is an inspiration to so many people. After raising more than $150,000 dollars for cancer research, Fitzgerald won the “Man of the Year” award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on Thursday. “The candidates for the award usually compete in honor of children who are cancer survivors,” Caryn Switaj of...
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Michael Jordan, Other Famous Bald People Re-Imagined With Hair (Photos)

Michael Jordan does not have hair. If he did have hair, though, he would look weird. So would Bruce Willis, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and a bunch of other celebrities whose skulls we’ve just gotten used to seeing. This embed is invalid" /> The great fear of all men (and women) is that they will eventually lose their hair. It’s a fair concern...
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Rusney Castillo Makes 2015 Debut For Red Sox In Right Field Vs. Angels

It was only a matter of time: Rusney Castillo is set to make his 2015 big-league debut. The Boston Red Sox outfielder has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket, and he’ll be in the lineup Friday night as the Sox open a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Castillo will hit eighth and play right field. With the Red Sox offense sputtering, they can use all...
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Report: Goodell will not recuse himself from Brady appeal

Roger Goodell wants to be the judge, jury and executioner in Tom Brady’s suspension appeal. The NFL rejected the NFL Players Association’s request that Goodell recuse himself as arbitrator in Brady’s appeal, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported Friday. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said Friday on ESPN that the union would “increase the volume” of their request...
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Lawyer: Aaron Hernandez Low On Cash; ‘There Are No Piles Of Money’

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Former NFL player and convicted killer Aaron Hernandez is running out of money after hiring a platoon of lawyers for all his criminal cases, his attorney said. Attorney John Fitzpatrick told a judge in New Bedford on Thursday that Hernandez was paid for only one year of his now-terminated $40 million contract with the New England...
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NFLPA exec: Wells Report delivered what the NFL wanted

Roger Goodell has had time to review the NFL Players Association’s request he recuse himself from being arbitrator in Tom Brady’s appeal. The NFL commissioner hasn’t responded yet, however, according to NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith. Smith said on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” on Friday the NFLPA will “increase the volume” of their request if the NFL doesn’t...
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DraftKings: Adrian Gonzalez, Bryce Harper Power Tom Caron’s Lineup

The long weekend is upon us, which means plenty of time for fantasy baseball. DraftKings offers one-day fantasy baseball games, allowing users to set a new lineup every day for the chance to win tons of cash prizes. This year, DraftKings has partnered with NESN to give fans a unique opportunity: Compete against Tom Caron in the sport he knows best. Here’s...
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Red Sox Try To Take Advantage Of Promising Trend With Rick Porcello On Mound

The Boston Red Sox will be looking to halt their current two-game losing streak when they open a weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday at -105 on the baseball moneyline at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Boston reaches the season’s quarter pole with just 19 wins, and is 2-4 in its last six games heading into Friday night’s...
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UFC 187: Anthony Johnson In ‘Good Place’ For Fight With Daniel Cormier (Video)

Anthony Johnson is in a good place. It took him a while to get there. It also took patience and faith and strength. When things were at their worst, when his depression made him think about quitting and doing something else, he found resolve and support. All the trauma and drama of the past several years — the weight issues that got him dropped from the UFC, then a false domestic...
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Lakers GM: Kobe Bryant To Retire From NBA After 2015-16 Season

Kobe Bryant’s contract is up next summer — and Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak sounds like he’s already looking forward to having an extra $25 million to throw around. Bryant has “indicated to me” the 2015-16 NBA season will be his last, Kupchak said Thursday on SiriusXM radio, per ESPN.com’s Baxter Holmes. “He’s much closer...
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UFC 187: Daniel Cormier Seeking Redemption In Bout Vs. Anthony Johnson (Video)

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Word spread quickly throughout the sprawling American Kickboxing Academy. The big guys were strapping on the protective gear. Almost everyone in the gym assembled in front of a converted racquetball court that holds a partial mixed-martial arts cage as Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez stepped inside. Then, as the small crowd watched silently, two of the UFC’s...
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Bill Belichick’s ‘Rubbing Process’ Theory Holds Up Under Ideal Gas Law (Video)

There’s been all sorts of hullabaloo surrounding Deflategate since Bob Kravitz first reported the story back in January. But the heart of the matter really is quite simple: Why did New England Patriots’ footballs have low levels of air pressure during the AFC Championship Game? We’ve heard all sorts of theories about this, but head coach Bill Belichick addressed one head on...
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Report: Texans, Bills And Redskins Finalists To Be Featured On ‘Hard Knocks’

The list of finalists to be the 2015 participants of “Hard Knocks” reportedly is down to three. According to multiple reports, the Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins are the three finalists to featured on NFL Films’ behind-the-scenes series documenting an NFL team during training camp and the preseason. ESPN.com’s Tania Ganguli...
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Patriots Mailbag: Rookies Could Be Used Creatively To Boost Pass Rush

What a long, strange offseason for the New England Patriots. The NFL has done such a tremendous job of keeping Deflategate in the headlines, there’s been little time to talk about the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory, free-agent acquisitions and 2015 NFL Draft class. Patriots owner Robert Kraft said his intention in accepting the NFL’s punishment was to end “the rhetoric.”...
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Matt Chatham: Roger Goodell Fails NFL’s Own Personal Conduct Policy

Much is made of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s responsibility to “protect the shield” whenever a new incident of player misbehavior comes up. Whether on the field or off, players who run afoul of the league risk unpredictable and indiscriminate punishment. It often comes down to the league’s so-called personal conduct policy, which gives Goodell...
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Report: Bill Belichick ‘Never Believed’ Tom Brady’s Deflategate Story

Robert Kraft’s decision not to appeal the New England Patriots’ punishment for Deflategate left Tom Brady to fight the harsh discipline on his own. According to the Boston Herald’s Ron Borges, Brady has been on his own throughout the prolonged incident. Borges was a recent guest on CSNNE’s “Sports Tonight” and was asked by host Michael Felger...
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Former Red Sox Reliever Edward Mujica Fractures Thumb, Headed To DL

The promising start to Edward Mujica’s tenure with the Oakland A’s hit a snag Thursday night. The right-handed reliever, whom the Boston Red Sox traded to the A’s earlier this month for cash considerations, was struck by a line drive during Oakland’s 3-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Mujica was able to corral the ball and fire to first for the out, but he was in obvious pain...
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James Harden Knocks Down Curtains After Loss, Faces Lil’ B Curse (Videos)

James Harden’s night turned into a nightmare in a matter of two seconds Thursday. Needless to say, he wasn’t happy. The Houston Rockets guard had the ball in his hands in the final seconds of Game 3 against the Golden State Warriors but failed to get a shot off, allowing Golden State to escape with a 99-98 win and take a 2-0 series lead. Harden still was steaming as he walked...
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Michael Sam Signs Two-Year Contract With CFL’s Montreal Alouettes

Michael Sam is going to play professional football, just maybe not where he hoped. Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team, has signed a multiyear contract, but not with an NFL team. The Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League announced Friday that they’ve signed Sam to a two-year deal. Sam was drafted by the St. Louis...
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