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NBA Executive: Celtics’ Amir Johnson Was ‘Signing Of The Summer’ (Podcast)

Amir Johnson’s name might not have sparked much enthusiasm among Boston Celtics fans, but rival NBA executives across the league are raving about Danny Ainge’s most impactful offseason pickup. Ainge, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations, pulled off a coup when he signed the former Toronto Raptors big man to a team-friendly deal, more than one league source told MassLive’s...
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Tony Romo, Eli Manning Channel Rob Lowe In DirecTV Commercials (Videos)

Move over, Rob Lowe — you’ve got company. Last football season, NFL fans couldn’t help but notice the actor popping up in nearly every single commercial break as he pitched DirecTV in a pretty entertaining ongoing series of spots. “Creepy Rob Lowe,” “Meathead Rob Lowe” and “Painfully Awkward Rob Lowe” were just a few of the alter egos created to illustrate the difference...
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Report: Dez Bryant Was In ‘Financial Distress’ Before Signing Contract

Dez Bryant will enter the 2015 season a wealthy man. But apparently that wasn’t always the case. The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver was in “financial distress” prior to signing a five-year contract with the team worth $70 million, four sources told Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole. According to Cole, the Cowboys had been set on the financials of the deal, which was based on a similar...
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Kevin Garnett’s On-Court Intensity Inspired Artist’s Bold Style (Photos)

The first thing most fans notice when they see Kevin Garnett play basketball is his passion. While most people just watch and admire, for Muideen Ogunmola witnessing KG in action at TD Garden was life-changing. The Boston-based artist known as “Block Nation” was inspired to recreate Garnett’s intensity in an aggressive illustration that would become his signature style....
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Top 45 Red Sox Players Of Pedro Martinez’s Illustrious Boston Tenure

This embed is invalid" /> Pedro Martinez spent seven seasons with the Boston Red Sox from 1998 through 2004. A ton of players filtered through Boston in that time, but the Red Sox, for the most part, remained competitive, eventually winning a World Series title in Martinez’s final season. Some of the players Martinez played with in Boston were good. Some weren’t...
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John Cena Suffers Broken Nose On ‘WWE RAW,’ Still Finishes Match (Video)

There’s an important distinction to make when it comes to professional wrestling: It might be scripted, but it sure isn’t fake. Anyone watching “Monday Night Raw” on Monday was reminded of that in the main event between John Cena and Seth Rollins. Considered two of the best in the business, the two turned in a good match that was complicated by the fact that Cena suffered...
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Shane Victorino’s Love For Boston Shone Through In Tearful Goodbye

BOSTON — For the first six minutes of his goodbye news conference late Monday night, Shane Victorino kept it together. He joked with reporters. He talked about the good times — the unforgettable World Series run in 2013 — and the not-so-good — his various injuries that have cost him the bulk of the last season-and-a-half. He acknowledged that while he did not want to leave...
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Shane Victorino Retiring ‘Three Little Birds’ Out Of ‘Respect For Red Sox Nation’

BOSTON — Shane Victorino’s signature anthem “Three Little Birds” will not be coming with him to California. Victorino said during his tearful goodbye news conference Monday following his trade to the Los Angeles Angels that he will adopt a new walk-up song when he joins his new team. “You think about a song as an athlete, to have a city sing it and be that song, it’s...
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Rockies Trade Troy Tulowitzki To Blue Jays For Jose Reyes, Prospects

The Toronto Blue Jays just got a whole lot better. According to multiple reports, Toronto acquired Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki shortly after midnight ET Tuesday morning. Tulowitzki has been traded— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 28, 2015 BREAKING: Tulo traded to #BlueJays.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 28, 2015 FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal added that Jose...
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Shane Victorino Thanks Red Sox For Taking A Chance In Tearful Goodbye (Video)

The Boston Red Sox traded outfielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Angels on Monday, and the 34-year-old took the news pretty hard. Victorino, a World Series hero for Boston in its 2013 championship run, took time to speak with the media before leaving Fenway Park and was sure to thank ownership, his coaches and teammates for everything along the way. Specifically, Victorino...
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John Farrell: Without Shane Victorino, Red Sox Don’t Win 2013 World Series

BOSTON — The Red Sox parted ways Monday with another pillar of their 2013 World Series championship team, trading outfielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Angels. Manager John Farrell spent a large portion of his postgame news conference that night discussing just how important Victorino was to that title-winning squad. “Unfortunately, the trade signifies a player that helped...
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Holly Sonders Taking 16-Year-Old Amateur Golfer To Prom After Bet

Andrew Orischak is a 16-year-old amateur golfer. He’s also taking Holly Sonders to prom. Orischak made a bet with Sonders last week when he was competing in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship — the biggest amateur tournament in the U.S.: If he won, Sonders had to go to prom with him. She agreed. Unfortunately for Orischak, he lost a five-shot lead with eight holes to play and...
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Red Sox Wrap: Sloppiness Abounds As Boston Falls To White Sox 10-8

BOSTON — Let’s file Monday night’s Boston Red Sox-Chicago White Sox game away and never speak of it again. The White Sox emerged victorious by a final score of 10-8 at Fenway Park after an ordeal of a game that took nearly four hours to complete. GAME IN A WORD Gross. Monday’s contest was one of the uglier games in an all-around ugly season for the Red Sox. The two starting...
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Ben Cherington: Red Sox Looking At ‘All Kinds Of Stuff’ On Trade Market

This embed is invalid" /> Could the Shane Victorino trade be the first of many? While Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington insisted Monday night the club wasn’t close to completing any other deals, he also didn’t rule out the possibility of moving additional pieces before Friday’s Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline. “We’ve been...
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Arizona Cardinals Hire First Female Coach In NFL History For Preseason

TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals have hired Jen Welter to coach inside linebackers through their upcoming training camp and preseason. The Cardinals say Welter is believed to be the first woman to hold a coaching position of any kind in the NFL. Welter played running back and special teams in 2014 for the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League, becoming the first woman...
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Jim Irsay, Roger Goodell Haven’t Spoken About Deflategate Since January

Bears don’t actually go to the bathroom in the woods. The Pope isn’t Catholic. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay hasn’t spoken to Roger Goodell about Deflategate since January. Two of those statements are false, and one of them is something Irsay claims to be true. Sorry, Jimbo, but we’re not buying. Both Irsay and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti were named among the “small...
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Shane Victorino Trade Opens Door For Rusney Castillo’s Big Opportunity

This embed is invalid" /> The path is clear, the door is open and the invitation has been delivered. It’s up to Rusney Castillo to join the party, to make himself comfortable and to reserve a space at the Boston Red Sox’s 2016 table. The Red Sox traded outfielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Angels on Monday in exchange for infielder Josh Rutledge....
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Amir Johnson Confident He’ll Fit In With Celtics: Fans ‘Will Definitely Love Me’

WALTHAM, Mass. — Amir Johnson has yet to play a game in a Boston Celtics uniform, but he’s already envisioning himself becoming a fan favorite. “For me, I’m easy to adjust to,” Johnson said Monday after being introduced alongside Boston’s other offseason additions. “I feel like the fans in Boston will definitely love me. Just my style of play, my personality, just like...
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Watch UFC 190 Online: Ronda Rousey Vs. Bethe Correia (Live Stream)

Ronda Rousey’s much-anticipated UFC 190 main event against Bethe Correia almost is here. Rousey (11-0) and Correia (9-0) will step into the octagon Saturday, Aug. 1, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to fight for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship. Rousey is the reigning champion, and you can see her defend her belt by ordering UFC 190 on NESN.com and watching it online. Click...
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Ben Cherington Keeps Shane Victorino’s Red Sox Contract In Perspective

This embed is invalid" /> Shane Victorino could have walked off the duck boat and into the sunset, and Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington would have had no complaints about his investment. Victorino played in just 63 games over the last two seasons with Boston before the Red Sox traded the veteran outfielder Monday to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange...
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Jordan Spieth, Sister Wear Matching Chicken Hats To His Birthday Party (Photo)

Jordan Spieth is the best thing that’s happened to golf since Tiger Woods made his pro debut in 1996. He’s the most riveting name in the sport, he’s won two majors this year, and he did it all as a 21-year-old who technically could still be in college. So, clearly, the best way to spend his 22nd birthday was by wearing a chicken hat and hanging out with his sister, Ellie. ...
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David Lee Recalls ‘Infamous’ Celtics-Knicks Blowout From Big Three Era (Video)

WALTHAM, Mass. — As someone who began his career with the New York Knicks, newly acquired Boston Celtics forward David Lee has played his fair share of games at TD Garden. Lee’s most vivid memory of playing on Causeway Street, as he explained Monday, isn’t exactly a fond one. The year was 2007. The Celtics, mere months removed from the assembly of the Big Three, had just lost...
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Larry Bird Admits Michael Jordan Would ‘Kill’ Him One-On-One Right Now (Video)

Larry Bird is a legend. So is Michael Jordan. We don’t need to tell you that. But what would happen if the two played a game of one-on-one? Nothing good, according to Bird, who appeared on NBC’s “The Dan Patrick Show” on Monday. “God, I hate to admit this, but he’d kill me,” Bird said. “I’m 40 pounds more than I was when I played, I’m broken down, I really don’t...
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Jae Crowder: Returning To Celtics ‘What I Wanted'; Knee Is ‘100 Percent’

WALTHAM, Mass. — Jae Crowder’s return to the Boston Celtics became official Monday. The 25-year-old forward put pen to paper on a five-year, $35 million contract just minutes before the Celtics held a news conference to introduce their offseason acquisitions (Amir Johnson, David Lee and Perry Jones) and reacquisitions (Crowder and Jonas Jerebko). Buzz Williams, Crowder’s college...
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Vladimir Putin: Sepp Blatter Deserves Nobel Prize, Not Personally Corrupt

Sepp Blatter’s not the popular figure in the soccer world right now, but the embattled FIFA president might take comfort in knowing he has Vladimir Putin’s support. Putin launched a timely defense of Blatter on Monday in an interview with Swiss broadcaster RTS, according to Reuters. Putin, Russia’s president, doubts Blatter had any personal involvement in the corruption and...
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