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Jon Lester Dazzles Record Crowd In Cubs Spring Training Debut

Jon Lester pitched against another MLB team for the first time as a member of the Chicago Cubs on Friday. He didn’t disappoint. Lester pitched two scoreless innings and allowed just one hit while striking out three in a 5-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds in Cactus League action. A total of 15,331 fans were in attendance, an MLB spring training record. The...
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Rory McIlroy Hurls Club Into Pond In Frustration After Bad Shot (Video)

Golf is a hard game, and Rory McIlroy expressed his frustration with it in the best way possible. The usually unflappable Northern Irishman already was struggling at the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Friday when his approach shot on the eighth hole splashed directly into a pond. McIlroy wasn’t pleased, so he proceeded to hurl his three iron almost the same distance into the same...
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Report: Stephen Gostkowski Signs Patriots’ Franchise Tender For $4.59M

The New England Patriots are keeping Stephen Gostkowski around, and they’re reportedly paying him a handsome sum to do so. Four days after the team opted to place the franchise tag on Gostkowski, the Patriots kicker signed a franchise tender worth $4.59 million, a source told ESPN’s Field Yates on Friday. Gostkowski, who was named to his second straight...
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Report: Trail Blazers Reach Out To Ray Allen After Wesley Matthews Injury

Ray Allen announced earlier this week that he would be sitting out the remainder of this season, but that didn’t stop one team from making one last pitch. Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey reached out to Allen’s camp after the Blazers lost shooting guard Wesley Matthews to a season-ending torn Achilles on Thursday night, league sources told Yahoo! Sports’...
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Jim Boeheim Suspended Nine ACC Games; Wins Vacated For NCAA Violations

Syracuse disciplined its own basketball team earlier in the season by imposing a postseason ban for this season. On Friday, however, the NCAA dropped the hammer. Citing a decade-long pattern of violations from 2001-02 to 2011-12, the NCAA suspended Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim nine ACC games, took away 12 of the school’s scholarships, placed the school...
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Reports: Marshawn Lynch To Re-Sign With Seahawks On One-Year, $11M Deal

Bad news, NFL reporters and opposing defenses. Marshawn Lynch isn’t going anywhere. The enigmatic running back has agreed to a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday. According to ESPN’s John Clayton, per a source, the deal is worth $11 million with a $1 million base salary, $9 million signing bonus...
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Watch Boston Celtics-New Orleans Pelicans Game Online (Live Stream)

The Boston Celtics will be without guard Avery Bradley as they visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET, and NBC Sports Live Extra is streaming the game online and through its app for Xfinity and Time Warner Cable customers. You can watch it by clicking the photo below. Photo via Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports ImagesFiled under: Live Stream
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Rusney Castillo: My Plan Wouldn’t Change If Red Sox Sent Me To Minors

This embed is invalid" /> Rusney Castillo isn’t making any crazy demands in his first spring training with the Boston Red Sox. While Castillo, who signed a seven-year, $72.5 million contract with Boston last August, is expected to crack the club’s Opening Day roster, it’s at least possible he could start the season in the minors. The possibility...
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Bruins’ Reilly Smith Welcomes Pressure New Contract Extension Brings

BOSTON — Bruins winger Reilly Smith was one of the four players the team acquired from the Dallas Stars in the Tyler Seguin trade, and he’s made a positive impact in his 145 games with the Original Six club. The Bruins signed Smith to a two-year contract extension that carries a salary cap hit of $3.425 million. His current deal expires at the end of this season. Smith has...
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Shane Victorino Crushes David Ortiz In ‘Know Your Teammates’ (Video)

It’s Dustin Pedroia’s world and the rest of his Boston Red Sox teammates are just living in it. David Ortiz and Shane Victorino wrapped up the final installment of “Know Your Teammates” trivia from Red Sox spring training, and although the Flyin’ Hawaiian gave it a solid effort, Pedroia comes away the big winner in the competition. Victorino breezed through questions about...
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Jose Molina Encourages Christian Vazquez To ‘Be Like (Jason) Varitek’

This embed is invalid" /> Jose Molina had a simple message for Christian Vazquez when the 24-year-old catcher sought his advice over the offseason. It was a pearl of wisdom most Boston Red Sox fans probably appreciate. “In Boston, why did they follow (former catcher/captain) Jason Varitek? Because from Day 1, he earned their respect, so that’s...
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Russell Westbrook’s Triple-Double Streak Ends

Russell Westbrook’s triple-double streak ended on Thursday night with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s loss to the Chicago Bulls. Westbrook recorded four consecutive triple-doubles, becoming the first player to do so since Michael Jordan strung together seven in a row in 1989. Thumbnail photo by Dennis Wierzbicki/USA TODAY Sports ImagesFiled under: NBA, Video
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Torey Krug On Contract Extension: ‘I Want To Prove Myself As A Top-Four Guy’

BOSTON — Torey Krug is one of the best young offensive defensemen in the NHL, and the Bruins made sure he’ll wear the Black and Gold for at least another season by signing him to a one-year contract extension with a salary cap hit of $3.4 million Friday. The 23-year-old blueliner ranks second on the Bruins in scoring among defensemen with 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists) and...
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Devin McCourty, Patriots Free Agents To Field Offers Saturday At Noon

Free agency doesn’t officially begin until Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, but the craziness starts Saturday at noon. That’s when the legal tampering period begins for NFL teams, who can begin contacting the agents of free agents to negotiate contracts. Official agreements and free-agent visits aren’t allowed until the league year begins Tuesday. Safety Devin McCourty headlines the...
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Matt Barnes’ Spring Debut An Eye-Opener For John Farrell, Red Sox

This embed is invalid" /> Now that Matt Barnes has everyone’s full attention… Barnes was tremendous Thursday in the Boston Red Sox’s Grapefruit League opener against the Minnesota Twins. He tossed two scoreless innings in which he struck out three and flashed velocity that served as an eye-opener for manager John Farrell. “I don’t have a...
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Jackie Bradley Jr. Striving For ‘Good Habits’ In Offensive Development

This embed is invalid" /> Jackie Bradley Jr. let his bat do the talking Thursday. Bradley, who has been working tirelessly to improve offensively after another disappointing season at the plate, started off on the right foot Thursday by collecting two hits in the Boston Red Sox’s 9-8 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Hammond Stadium. “I’m just trying...
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NFL Teams Maneuvering Sizable Salary Cap Hits As Offseason Gets Started

The NFL offseason feels like it just started, but already there’s been a flurry of moves across the league. Teams are not only looking to make deals to improve them on the field for 2015, but they’re also making salary cap-influenced transactions that not only free up cap space now but paints a better financial picture in the future. That’s played out in different ways so far...
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Joe Kelly Turns Page On Red Sox Loss: ‘My Springs Are Usually Terrible’

This embed is invalid" /> Joe Kelly isn’t about to panic. Kelly was far from effective Thursday as the Boston Red Sox dropped their Grapefruit League opener 9-8 to the Minnesota Twins. It was a disappointing beginning to Kelly’s slate of spring training starts, but the lackluster effort wasn’t anything the right-hander hasn’t been through before...
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Jared Odrick, B.J. Raji Among Patriots’ Potential Free-Agent Defensive Tackles

There is no “next Vince Wilfork.” The New England Patriots will sign or draft a big nose tackle whether they decide to bring back Vince Wilfork on a reduced salary or not, but it would be impossible to fill Wilfork’s shoes on the field and as a respected veteran in the locker room. Wilfork announced Thursday that the Patriots won’t pick up his 2015 option, which frees up...
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Report: Jets acquire Brandon Marshall in trade with Bears

The New York Jets reportedly further bolstered their wide receiver corps Friday in a blockbuster trade. The Chicago Bears agreed to trade receiver Brandon Marshall to the Jets, pending a physical, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Marshall is added to an already impressive receiver group that features Percy Harvin, Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley. Harvin, who carries a...
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Dustin Pedroia: Xander Bogaerts ‘Working His Butt Off’ For Red Sox

This embed is invalid" /> Dustin Pedroia has had about 45,000 different double play partners in his nine years with the Boston Red Sox. The prospect of continuity sure sounds appealing. Pedroia, who has worked extensively with shortstop Xander Bogaerts this spring, has noticed major improvements in the 22-year-old’s game. Bogaerts flashed his potential...
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Senators Looking Like Bruins’ Biggest Competition For Final Playoff Spot

When it comes to the Ottawa Senators, the Boston Bruins should heed the classic warning: Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear. The Bruins lost a golden chance Thursday to build their lead on the field for the Eastern Conference’s second wild card spot when they dropped a shootout decision to the Calgary Flames. The Bruins picked up the loser’s point, which is a slight...
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Amica Coverage Play Of The Week: Bruins’ Spacing Or Reilly Smith’s Pass?

NESN.com staff will pick the two or three best Amica Coverage Plays of the previous week for games played from Friday night to Thursday night. Voting will begin every Friday at 10 a.m. ET and conclude Monday. Vote for the Coverage Play of the Week and you will be entered for a chance to win a team jersey courtesy of the Pro Shop at TD Garden. First read the official rules, then...
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WATCH: Duncan Keith makes young girl's dream come true

The Chicago Blackhawks are just racking up the cuteness points. The team has been making dreams come true with their “What’s Your Goal” campaign all season long, and their latest video installment featuring Duncan Keith also succeeds in tugging at the ol’ heartstrings. The defenseman introduces us to Cammy, a young girl who was born without the ability to walk or speak...
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Dustin Pedroia on confidence after grand slam: 'Just watch'

Dustin Pedroia channeled his inner Bruno Mars after Thursday’s Grapefruit League opener.     Pedroia crushed a grand slam in the fourth inning of the Boston Red Sox’s 9-8 loss to the Minnesota Twins at the new-look Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. The second baseman left little doubt about his confidence level after the game when asked whether the blast was a sign of...
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