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Patriots Hire Ray Ventrone As Assistant Special Teams Coach

The New England Patriots coaching staff added a familiar face Tuesday morning. The Patriots announced they’ve hired former player Ray Ventrone to the coaching staff as an assistant special teams coach. Ventrone was an undrafted free agent signed by the Patriots out of Villanova. He spent his first season on the practice squad and the following season...
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Report: Andre Johnson Will Be Released If Texans Can’t Trade Receiver

Andre Johnson’s time with the Houston Texans is all but over. The Houston Chronicle was the first to report that the Texans wideout’s agent has been granted permission to explore a trade to get Johnson out of Houston. If there’s no trade to be made, the Texans will cut Johnson and make him a free agent, according to the report. “It’s business,” Johnson told the paper...
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Heat’s Hassan Whiteside, Suns’ Alex Len Wrestle Each Other To Floor (Video)

The Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns got pretty physical Monday night. The two teams aren’t in the same division or conference and aren’t considered rivals by anyone, but emotions were running high when they met on South Beach. The card’s main event came in the third quarter when Miami’s Hassan Whiteside and Phoenix’s Alex Len played the feud. Things got chippy with some pushing...
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Devin McCourty, Ndamukong Suh Among Top Available 2015 Free Agents

Get ready, “Supermarket Sweep” for poorly run NFL franchises is set to begin Tuesday at 4 p.m. When the 2015 NFL year officially begins, teams like the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars will start filling up their shopping carts with overpriced commodities, while teams like the New England Patriots will set back and wait for clearance sales. There are a few players worth...
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Projecting Boston Bruins’ Lines, Pairings After 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins made three trades on Monday’s NHL trade deadline and acquired two players, right winger Brett Connolly and center Max Talbot, who will make an impact in the near future. The Bruins decided not to pay steep prices on the trade market to acquire rental players, so they will hope the current roster is good enough to secure a playoff spot and go on a...
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Red Sox’s Versatile Roster Will Help Boston Handle Rigors Of MLB Season

This embed is invalid" /> FORT MYERS, Fla. — Ben Cherington essentially has given John Farrell a mound of clay. While the Boston Red Sox’s starting lineup appears mostly set, the club also has the ability to be flexible based on its roster construction. The Red Sox have a host of versatile players, meaning Boston is well-equipped to overcome potential...
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Celtics Podcast: Kelly Olynyk’s Return Should Boost Playoff Push

Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has been uphappy with Jared Sullinger’s conidition issues as of late, but with Sullinger out for the season, can the addition of Kelly Olynyk help the Celtics’ playoff push? Olynyk is coming back from injury, basically giving the Celtics another late-season acquisition — along with trade-deadline pickups Isaiah Thomas...
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Maple Leafs burned on Twitter by frustrated fan

The Toronto Maple Leafs can’t beat anyone this year, including some random guy on Twitter in a war of words. The Leafs are marred in yet another miserable season, and they found out the hard way that if you’re going to give someone a hard time on social media, you better be ready for what’s bound to follow. A Leafs fan on Twitter recently vented his frustrations about the...
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Wade Miley Dominates Rick Porcello In ‘Know Your Teammates’ (Video)

Rick Porcello has some studying up on his teammates to do. The new Boston Red Sox pitcher joined fellow newbie Wade Miley on the “Know Your Teammates” trivia segment of “Red Sox from Fort Myers” recently, and well, Porcello gets an A for effort. The two pitchers might have just been acquired during the offseason, but it was Miley who came away from the competition looking...
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Chicago-Area Museum To Give Away DeLorean If Cubs Win World Series

If the Cubs win the World Series this season, Chicagoans will party like it’s 1908. One lucky fan might even do so literally, thanks to his new time machine. The Volo Auto Museum outside Chicago will give away a 1981 DeLorean, just like the one used by Marty and Doc in the “Back to the Future” movies, if the Cubs win it all in 2015. Any visitor to...
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Bill Walton: Playing With Larry Bird Like ‘Being On A Tropical Island’

Bill Walton loves everyone and everything, but he’s got a special place in his heart for Larry Bird. Walton has recently made a habit of posting random Vine videos to his Twitter account of him just talking. He has some sort of camera set up that watches him as he works — preparing for college basketball broadcasts, making calls, etc. — and he posts some of the best clips to...
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Reggie Wayne Among Five Potential Free-Agent Receivers For Patriots

It didn’t take much for New England Patriots fans to become giddy over the thought of Andre Johnson losing his job. The receiver either will be cut or traded by the Houston Texans after refusing to take on a reduced role, The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain reported Monday night. Patriots fans have longed after Johnson for years, and now that he’s 33 years old and in the twilight...
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Report: Jets owner urging team to pursue Darrelle Revis

Woody Johnson appears to have a No. 1 offseason target in mind.   The New York Daily News reported Tuesday that the New York Jets owner has had discussions with general manager Mike Maccagnan about making a push for possible free-agent-to-be Darrelle Revis. Revis technically is still under contract with the New England Patriots, who hold a $20 million option for the 2015 season...
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Aaron Hernandez Prosecutors Want Jury Informed About Florida Shooting

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Prosecutors in the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez asked the judge Monday to let them tell jurors about his involvement in a friend’s shooting in Florida, saying it contradicts the argument his defense team has presented: He would not shoot a friend. Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh ruled in...
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Alex Rodriguez Goes 0-For-2 Against Pitching Machine; Chris Young Strikes Out

Talk about a rough day at the office. The New York Yankees’ pitching machine got the best of a couple of the club’s batters Monday during an intrasquad scrimmage. Alex Rodriguez and center fielder Chris Young were the machine’s victims. Final A-Rod tally: 0-for-2, groundout and fly out.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) March 02, 2015 Chris Young...
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Report: Veteran Safety Bernard Pollard To Be Released By Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Veteran safety Bernard Pollard wanted out of Tennessee in his chase for another Super Bowl ring. The Titans are letting him leave so he can do just that, according to a person familiar with the team’s decision. The Titans have informed Pollard he will be released, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity Monday night...
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Devin McCourty: ‘It’s More Realistic Now’ I Don’t Return To Patriots

The New England Patriots could have locked up Devin McCourty for at least one year Monday, and they chose to keep kicker Stephen Gostkowski instead. Of course, there’s still a chance that McCourty could return on a long-term deal, but the Patriots chose not to franchise the All-Pro safety. McCourty acknowledged to ESPN’s Josina Anderson that there’s a chance he won’t return...
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Paul Pierce Recalls Infamous Missed Shot In Players’ Tribune Piece

Paul Pierce has missed plenty of big shots in his 16-year NBA career, but there’s one in particular that stuck with him. Pierce wrote an article for The Players’ Tribune on Monday, and he recalled a game between the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors from 15 years ago. That night, he learned a thing or two about not getting down on himself after...
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James Harden Suspended One Game For Kicking LeBron James In The Groin

NEW YORK — The NBA has suspended Houston Rockets star James Harden one game without pay for kicking LeBron James in the groin. The All-Stars and Olympic teammates became tangled in the third quarter of Houston’s 105-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, and Harden fell back to the court, then kicked his foot up into James. Harden was given...
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Red Sox Notes: Dustin Pedroia Out To Prove MLB Network Rankings Wrong

This embed is invalid" /> FORT MYERS, Fla. — The next chapter of Boston Red Sox spring training is about to begin. The Red Sox’s exhibition schedule kicks off Tuesday with a doubleheader against Boston College and Northeastern at JetBlue Park. Clay Buchholz, Rick Porcello and Wade Miley all are scheduled to pitch in the twin bill. The team didn’t...
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Chris Stewart Found Out Sabres Traded Him To Wild Live On TSN Show

Chris Stewart wasn’t the only player to be shipped away at the NHL trade deadline, but he was the only one to find out on live television. The former Buffalo Sabres winger learned he’d be playing for the Minnesota Wild on TSN’s “TradeCentre” on Monday, and his reaction was priceless. Anchor James Duthie asked Stewart if he’d heard the news...
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Peter Chiarelli On Bruins’ Brett Connolly: He’s ‘Going To Be A Top-Six Player’

BOSTON — The Bruins acquired four players via trade ahead of Monday’s NHL trade deadline and the best of the group is right winger Brett Connolly. Connolly, an RFA at the end of the season, was acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning for two second-round draft picks. At 23 years old, he will help the Bruins this season and into the future. “He was a slow starter since his draft...
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Justin Masterson Takes Down Clay Buchholz In ‘Know Your Teammates’ (Video)

Justin Masterson hasn’t been with the Boston Red Sox for long, but he still knows a thing or two about the guys he plays with. The newly acquired pitcher went head-to-head with fellow hurler Clay Buchholz on the “Know Your Teammates” trivia segment of “Red Sox from Fort Myers.” You’d think Buchholz would have a leg up on Masterson as a career...
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Mile Jedinak Facing Four-Game Ban For Flying Elbow On Diafra Sakho (Video)

Mile Jedinak plays a hard-nosed style of soccer but he went too far last weekend. England’s Football Association charged Jedinak with violent conduct on Monday in the aftermath of a Crystal Palace’s 3-1 win over West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday, the governing body said in a statement. Jedinak elbowed West Ham’s Diafra Sakho in the 87th minute of the game but escaped...
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NHL Trade Deadline 2015: Recapping Biggest Winners, Losers

BOSTON — The NHL trade deadline has passed many players and draft picks were exchanged by teams hoping to hoist the Stanley Cup and others aiming for the top two picks (Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel) in the 2015 NHL draft. Here’s a recap of notable winners and losers from the trade deadline and moves made earlier this month. All trade information via TSN’s TradeCentre. Winners...
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