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Mario Balotelli Banned For One Match After Offensive Instagram Post

LONDON — Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is banned from Sunday’s match against Arsenal as punishment for posting racially offensive comments online. The FA on Thursday imposed the one-match ban and a fine of 25,000 pounds ($39,000), while also ordering Balotelli to attend an education program for the “aggravated breach” of its discrimination rules...
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Reports: Celtics Reject Lakers’ Offer For Rajon Rondo; Kings Still Off Table

Rajon Rondo soon could find himself in a new city, but it’s looking less likely that that city will be in California. The Boston Celtics reportedly are engaged in “serious” trade talks with multiple teams regarding their star point guard, including the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings. According to the latest reports, though, Boston isn’t...
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Patriots Injury Report: Julian Edelman Remains Limited By Concussion

FOXBORO, Mass. — There’s $500,000 riding on Julian Edelman’s playing status in the New England Patriots’ final two games. Edelman, who was limited during Thursday’s practice with a concussion and thigh injury, can earn a $500,000 bonus if he or his team can accomplish one of the following criteria, as pointed out by PatsCap.com: 85 more receiving yards, three more receiving...
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Brad Stevens: ‘My Door’s Always Open’ During Trade Rumor Season

This embed is invalid" /> WALTHAM, Mass. — If Brad Stevens could change one thing about the Boston Celtics’ practice facility, he’d move his second-story office down a floor. “So that I’d get a chance to see everybody every day when they walk by before practice,” Stevens said Thursday, shortly after his players did just that.  Trade season in the...
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Darrelle Revis: ‘I Think I’m A Better Player Than I Was A Couple Years Ago’

FOXBORO, Mass. — Darrelle Revis believes he’s in the peak of his career: in that sweet spot where talent and knowledge collide. Ask any receiver who Revis has followed this year, and none of them will or have said that his skills are eroding. At 29 years old, Revis is probably still a couple years away from age catching up to foot speed and agility. The All-Pro cornerback already...
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Barack Obama’s Cuba Plan Could Have Impact On Major League Baseball

This embed is invalid" /> The United States and Cuba are starting a new chapter. It could have major implications for Major League Baseball. President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced significant changes to the United States’ diplomatic relations with Cuba. Eventually, the changes could create a smoother path to the U.S. for Cuban-born baseball...
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Manny Ramirez Shanks Ball On First-Ever Golf Swing (GIF)

Manny Ramirez hit 555 home runs in his Major League Baseball career, but that doesn’t mean he’s got the swinging motion down for every sport. Ramirez recently took part in David Ortiz’s 7th Annual Golf Classic, where he swung a golf club for the first time, according to CBSSports.com. It wasn’t pretty. Keep those elbows in, Manny. At least it was for a good cause, though...
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Celtics Coach Brad Stevens Sidesteps Rajon Rondo Trade Questions

WALTHAM, Mass. — Brad Stevens isn’t fretting about things he can’t control. Even as trade rumors swirled Thursday regarding Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, Stevens said his preparation for Friday’s matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves has not changed. “It’s part of the NBA, but again, I don’t want to focus on things that aren’t there,” Stevens said...
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Rob Gronkowski Jokes ‘I’m So Mature’ After Tom Brady Says He’s Grown Up

FOXBORO, Mass. — We’ll take Tom Brady’s word for it that Rob Gronkowski has grown up on the football field. The New England Patriots tight end proved that he’s still an overgrown teenager during his appearance on “Top Chef” Wednesday night, however. Gronk doesn’t seem very convinced by Brady’s comments either. “I grew up a lot,” Gronkowski said laughing. “I’m...
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Spice Adams Debuts Comical ‘Between Two Helmets’ Spoof Webseries (Video)

Chicago Bears fans finally have something to smile about. The Bears sport a dismal 5-9 record on the season, but former Bears d-lineman Anthony “Spice” Adams can cheer fans up with his version of comedian Zach Galifianakis’ “Between Two Ferns” webseries. Adams’ spoof is called “Between Two Helmets.” Adams, who played for the Bears from 2007-2011 and now co-hosts...
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Report: Matt Kemp Trade Held Up Due To Outfielder’s Arthritis In Hips

This embed is invalid" /> Matt Kemp’s physical is causing a stir. The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to trade Kemp to the San Diego Padres at last week’s Major League Baseball winter meetings. However, the deal has hit a snag because Kemp’s pre-trade physical revealed the outfielder has arthritis in both hips, according to USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale...
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Dallas Mavericks Follow Rajon Rondo On Twitter As Trade Plot Thickens

It’s pretty much official now. Rajon Rondo is going to the Dallas Mavericks. We know because Twitter said so. The Mavericks either jumped the gun on a potential trade with the Boston Celtics or pulled off an epic subtle troll job on the basketball-watching universe Thursday when they followed Rondo on Twitter. Basketball Insiders’ Alex Kennedy had the keen eye. The Mavs followed...
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Report: Lakers offered Nash, draft picks for Rondo

It reportedly will take a rather hefty offer to convince the Boston Celtics to part ways with Rajon Rondo. This one probably won’t get the job done. The Los Angeles Lakers have offered the Celtics a package of point guard Steve Nash and “multiple draft picks” in exchange for Rondo, sources told ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne on Thursday. Rondo obviously would help the flailing...
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Michael Jordan’s Game-Worn Shoes From UNC Sell For Over $33K At Auction

Before Michael Jordan rocked his own brand on his feet, he sported some stylish Converse sneakers in his college days. Unsurprisingly, those shoes he wore when he played for the University of North Carolina fetched a good chunk of change at an auction recently. According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Grey Flannel Auctions put up a pair of Jordan’s autographed game-worn shoes, and...
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Bob McKenzie Breaks Down Boston Bruins’ Potential Trade Targets (Video)

The Boston Bruins are looking for reinforcements. TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie appeared on NBC Sports during Wednesday’s game between the Bruins and Minnesota Wild. McKenzie discussed several potential trade targets for the B’s, whom he says are looking for a right wing to play alongside David Krejci and Milan Lucic. The Bruins have expressed interest in Buffalo Sabres forward...
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Tom Brady's TD celebrations frighten teammates

Hopefully a too-eager Tom Brady didn’t cause wide receiver Julian Edelman’s concussion. New England Patriots players explained to The Wall Street Journal that they always have to be prepared for the quarterback’s patented touchdown celebration. “All of a sudden he’s a foot away from you, head-butting you three times,” wideout Brandon LaFell told Kevin Clark. “I’m...
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Bo Pelini Rips Nebraska AD In Speech To Players: He ‘Has No Integrity’

The University of Nebraska was not happy with Bo Pelini, enough so to fire him as the Cornhuskers’ head football coach on Nov. 30 after seven seasons. Apparently the feeling is mutual. In an end-of-year meeting with his players on Dec. 2, Pelini blasted Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst in a profanity-laced rant, according to the Omaha World...
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Jets QB Michael Vick Uses Tom Brady When He Plays ‘Madden’ (Video)

Like most NFL players, Michael Vick enjoys playing the ‘Madden’ NFL video game, probably unlike most other NFL players, Vick doesn’t actually play as himself. Vick was in New York City to donate shoes to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harlem before the holidays, and in a TMZ video he recounted his favorite Christmas memory — getting his first Nintendo on Christmas morning...
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Celtics Notes: Gerald Wallace Talks Rondo; Marcus Smart Back At Practice

WALTHAM, Mass. — Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to trade season. The rumor mill is a’churning in the NBA, and the star attraction is, of course, Rajon Rondo. Reports have been circulating since Wednesday night that the Boston Celtics are in talks with several teams about potentially moving the point guard, with the Dallas Mavericks reportedly furthest along in negotiations. Rondo’s...
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Patriots Practice Report: Julian Edelman Participates Despite Concussion

FOXBORO, Mass. — There’s still a chance that Julian Edelman could play Sunday against the New York Jets, despite suffering a concussion. The New England Patriots wide receiver was present at practice Thursday, which means it’s unlikely that he suffered his concussion Wednesday during practice. Edelman was limited in the Patriots’ first practice session of the week with a...
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Bears Safety: I’d Rather ‘Die 10, 15 Years Earlier’ Than Not Play In NFL

This embed is invalid" /> Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for football. Conte has been diagnosed with two concussions this season at a time when the NFL is taking a proactive approach to raising concussion awareness. But the four-year veteran hardly sounds concerned about the long-term health risks of playing...
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Bruins-Wild Notes: Carl Soderberg, Loui Eriksson Provide Much-Needed Scoring

The Boston Bruins scored three goals for just the third time in the last 15 games in a 3-2 road win over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night. The Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith line had been Boston’s only consistent trio entering Wednesday, with a combined 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in the last seven games. Bergeron continued his line’s recent scoring...
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Saints pose legitimate threat to any playoff team

The New Orleans Saints are in control of their own destiny. After a blowout win against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, the Saints regained control of the lowly NFC South. With a win against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday coupled with a Carolina Panthers loss, the Saints will win the division, and former NFL-er Chris Snee believes this is a team that is getting hot at the right time...
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Celtics co-owner: 2024 Olympics would be 'boon for Beantown'

Bringing the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston would be “transformative” and would “set the course for what we want our city and the commonwealth to look like for decades to come,” the co-chair of Boston’s 2024 finance committee writes.   Stephen Pagliuca, better known around Boston as co-owner and managing partner of the Celtics, wrote an article posted on BankerandTradesman...
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Report: Ex-Red Sox Jake Peavy Drawing Interest From Giants, Two Others

This embed is invalid" /> Jake Peavy recently acknowledged he has “a lot to prove” in 2015. A few teams are interested in potentially having the free-agent right-hander prove himself on their watch. Peavy is drawing interest from the San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins, sources told FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal adds...
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