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Patriots Have Come A Long Way Since Embarrassing Week 4 Loss To Chiefs

The New England Patriots are ready to discuss their Week 4 debacle. The 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs kept popping up in the Patriots’ bye week before Super Bowl XLIX, and it all started when head coach Bill Belichick told WEEI’s “Dale & Holley” that halftime of that game was the turning point in the season. Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork also seemed eager to...
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Mike Napoli Nearly Forced To Retire Before ‘Brutal’ Sleep Apnea Surgery

This embed is invalid" /> MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Mike Napoli’s pillow has never felt so good. Napoli underwent successful surgery in November to alleviate his sleep apnea, which the Boston Red Sox first baseman revealed Saturday was actually much worse than anyone ever imagined. “I couldn’t do it anymore, the way I was feeling,” Napoli said...
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Anthony Johnson KOs Alexander Gustafsson In One Round At Fight Night Stockholm

It was 3:45 a.m. local time Sunday morning when top light heavyweight contenders Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson got down to business in the UFC Fight Night main event at the 30,000-seat Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, but it was only a little over two minutes later that Johnson earned the next shot at 205-pound champion Jon Jones with a stunning first...
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Hockey East Roundup: Providence Tops UMass-Lowell With Four-Goal Second Period

After being ranked No. 3 in USCHO.com’s preseason poll, Providence has hovered around the bottom of the college hockey rankings thanks to a slow start. But the Friars might have given themselves a chance to move up. No. 18 Providence (16-8-1) outplayed No. 5 UMass-Lowell (15-7-3) in a 4-1 victory at Schneider Arena on Saturday. Junior forward Adam Chapie...
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Bill Belichick Puts DeflateGate To Rest For Now After News Conference

Bill Belichick has never met a distraction that he couldn’t summarily destroy. Those who thought DeflateGate would tear apart the Super Bowl XLIX-bound New England Patriots apparently haven’t been paying attention to Belichick’s 15-season run. This is the same guy who made questions about Aaron Hernandez’s murder investigation and a Tim Tebow signing go away in the same...
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Brandon Workman Prefers To Be Starter, Out To Crack Red Sox’s Rotation

This embed is invalid" /> MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Brandon Workman isn’t going to let outside factors dictate his preparation. Workman is a long shot to crack the Red Sox’s rotation, as Boston has five viable starting pitchers and several other prospects waiting in the wings. But the right-hander still plans to compete for a major league rotation...
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2015 NHL All-Star Skills Competition: Event Results, Highlights And Recap

After a two-year hiatus, the NHL All-Star Skills Competition returned Saturday night at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Here’s a full recap of each event, along with highlights: Fastest Skater This event started with Phil Kessel beating Tyler Seguin by the narrowest of margins. Jonathan Drouin, Jiri Sekac and Zemgus Girgensons also won their heats, giving Team Foligno a clean...
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Joe Kelly Offers Praise For Christian Vazquez With ‘Mini Yadi’ Nickname

This embed is invalid" /> MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — The comparison isn’t new, yet it becomes more intriguing each time it’s referenced. Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez has been compared to Cardinals backstop Yadier Molina several times because of his defensive acumen. Pitcher Joe Kelly has played with both catchers — Vazquez in Boston, Molina...
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Bill Belichick Makes ‘My Cousin Vinny’ Reference At DeflateGate Press Conference

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick addressed the DeflateGate controversy Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium and said his team “followed every rule.” He has no intention of discussing the issue further and noted that his team’s only focus will be on preparing for the Seattle Seahawks ahead of Super Bowl XLIX. Belichick answered questions with more passion...
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Pablo Sandoval Like Little Kid After Seeing Snow For First Time Ever

This embed is invalid" /> MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Welcome to New England, Kung Fu Panda. Pablo Sandoval, who signed a five-year contract with the Boston Red Sox this offseason, grew up in Venezuela and spent his first seven major league seasons with the San Francisco Giants. The 28-year-old never saw snow in person until Friday/Saturday at the Baseball...
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Red Sox P Joe Kelly predicts he will win Cy Young Award

      This embed is invalid   " /> MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Joe Kelly expects to collect hardware at the end of 2015.   Kelly said during a radio appearance Saturday morning that he will win the American League Cy Young award this season. The Boston Red Sox starter didn’t backtrack when pressed on the prediction a short time later. Instead, he reiterated...
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Cristiano Ronaldo Shown Red Card After Kicking, Punching Opponents (GIF)

What has gotten into Cristiano Ronaldo? Ronaldo was dismissed from Saturday’s La Liga game between Real Madrid and Cordoba for kicking an opponent. Ronaldo booted Cordoba defender Edimar in the 82nd minute in a show of petulance and frustration amid a tie game. We don’t know why Ronaldo lashed out that way, but it seemed like the Portuguese superstar was acting on instinct...
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Red Sox Fan Shakes John Farrell’s Hand, Meets Dustin Pedroia At ‘Winter Weekend’ (Video)

The Boston Red Sox’ “Winter Weekend” at Foxwoods Casino has drawn many excited fans who can’t wait for spring and the return of baseball to Fenway Park. One young fan named Luke has had an unforgettable experience. He had the opportunity to shake Red Sox manager John Farrell’s hand at Friday night’s Town Hall meeting, and he joined the NESN set with host Tom Caron on...
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Red Sox Shortstop Xander Bogaerts Enjoying ‘Winter Weekend’ (Video)

The Boston Red Sox’ “Baseball Winter Weekend” is underway at Foxwoods Casino. Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts showed off his ping-pong skills against some of his teammates and it seems that the 22-year-old is one of the best players in the clubhouse. Bogaerts played in 144 games for the Red Sox last season, his first full MLB campaign. He batted .240 with 12 home runs and...
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Liverpool-Bolton Verdict: Reds’ Rotation Stalls Revival In FA Cup Stalemate

The changes Liverpool made for its FA Cup game against Bolton Wanderers took it backward instead of forward. Liverpool and Bolton played to a goal-less draw on Saturday at Anfield in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Reds would have won the game comfortably by performing at their recent levels. But their form dipped in the face of an inspired and determined...
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Bill Belichick Addresses Spygate While Shutting Down DeflateGate Controversy

FOXBORO, Mass. — Bill Belichick is tired of hearing about New England Patriots controversies that end in “gate.” After reiterating that the Patriots didn’t break any rules Sunday in the AFC Championship Game, Belichick was asked about Spygate, New England’s 2007 controversy, when they were caught videotaping signals from New York Jets’ coaches. The Patriots head coach...
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NHL Announces World Cup Of Hockey Will Return In 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The World Cup of Hockey will be making a long-awaited return in 2016. The tournament will feature eight teams with the games played in Toronto before NHL training camps open in September. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players’ Association Executive Director Donald Fehr announced the tournament’s return Saturday at a news conference during the league’s...
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Belichick: Patriots followed 'every rule' prepping footballs

FOXBORO, Mass. — DeflateGate, as far as Bill Belichick is concerned, is settled. The New England Patriots head coach addressed the media again Saturday to reiterate that his team followed every NFL rule when preparing their footballs. The footballs were never placed in a heated environment during the preparation process. Belichick said that during their preparation process,...
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Chelsea, Man City Knocked Out Of FA Cup On Classic Day Of Upsets

The FA Cup lived up to its so-called “giant-killing” reputation Saturday when Chelsea and Manchester City were eliminated at home by lower-league opposition on a day of fourth-round shocks in the world’s oldest knockout competition. Four of the English Premier League’s top six were ousted on a classic FA Cup day, with leader Chelsea squandering...
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NHL Prospect Max Domi Scores Incredible Goal During OHL Game (Video)

The Arizona Coyotes are a team in need of playmaking forwards and they have one prospect who should deliver that skill set for many years to come. He is Max Domi of the London Knights, and on Friday night, the 19-year-old center scored one of the best hockey goals in any league in 2015. Domi was on a breakaway and the Sarnia Sting goaltender came out to play the puck, but he was...
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Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron To Compete In Three All-Star Skills Competition Events

Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron will take part in the accuracy shooting, skills challenge relay and shootout events during Saturday night’s NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. Former Bruins winger Tyler Seguin competed in this event at the 2012 All-Star Game in Ottawa. This will be Bergeron’s first appearance in the Skills Competition as a...
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Matthew Slater: NFLPA Advised Patriots Not To Talk About ‘DeflateGate’

The New England Patriots have been urged to clam up this week. So basically, business as usual. Patriots special-teams ace Matthew Slater told ESPN.com’s Mike Reiss that the NFL players association has advised the team not to talk about the DeflateGate controversy. Slater is the Patriots’ players union representative. Quarterback Tom Brady addressed the media for 30 minutes...
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NHL Announces Bruins-Canadiens 2016 Winter Classic At Gillette Stadium

It’s official. The 2016 Winter Classic will be a matchup of historic rivals the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., on Jan. 1 of next year. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced the news Saturday in Columbus, where All-Star weekend is underway. The Bruins will become the first team ever to host multiple Winter Classic games. They also hosted...
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Patriots Practice Report: Another Day Of Perfect Practice Attendance

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots are heading into the Super Bowl week healthy. The Patriots had perfect attendance Saturday at practice for the third straight day. With cold and snowy conditions outside, the team’s second to last session of the week was held in the Dana-Farber Field House. The team was wearing shells and sweats. The Patriots leave for the Super Bowl...
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Drew Bledsoe ‘Frustrated’ Ex-NFL QBs Ripped Tom Brady Over DeflateGate

Drew Bledsoe heard what Troy Aikman said. He heard what Mark Brunell said. But Bledsoe also knows Tom Brady — perhaps better than most — and believes those former NFL quarterbacks are dead wrong about the New England Patriots signal-caller’s alleged involvement in the DeflateGate controversy. “I was really frustrated,” Bledsoe told Boston.com...
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