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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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Bruins Announce Contract Extensions For Torey Krug, Reilly Smith

The Boston Bruins on Friday announced contract extensions for Torey Krug and Reilly Smith. The Bruins announced they signed Krug to a one-year extension through next season with a salary cap hit of $3.4 million. The club signed Smith to a two-year extension for $3.425 million. Both players were set to be restricted free agents following the 2014-15 season. Thumbnail photo via Robert...
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Brian Cashman: Derek Jeter Should Be Last Team Captain In Yankees History

Derek Jeter is gone, and now New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman thinks the team’s captaincy should go, too. The Yankees are entering their first Jeter-less season since 1994, and there’s no one wearing the imaginary captain’s “C” Jeter was given in 2003. Cashman thinks that the Yankees should retire the captaincy along with Jeter....
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Hanley Ramirez Bests Pablo Sandoval In ‘Know Your Teammates’ (Video)

Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez haven’t been with the Boston Red Sox for very long, and well, it shows. The pair squared off in the latest edition of “Know Your Teammates” trivia down in Fort Myers where it became pretty clear that guessing isn’t either of their strong suits. The two started off rough, both failing to identify which teammate collects autographed bats,...
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Patriots Podcast: Vince Wilfork Bids Farewell; Devin McCourty Next?

Vince Wilfork posted a heartfelt statement Thursday, saying the New England Patriots had decided not to pick up his option. The 11-year veteran bookended his career in New England with Super Bowl wins. What does his departure mean for the Patriots? As defensive backs Darrelle Revis and Devin McCourty hit the free agent market, the Patriots will look to reach agreements to keep the...
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Bruins Create Lots Of Scoring Chances, But Lack Of Finish Costs Them In Loss To Flames

BOSTON — The Bruins outplayed the Calgary Flames at even strength, out shot them in all situations and created more scoring chances in Thursday night’s game at TD Garden. But the lack of finish for Boston on these opportunities resulted in a failure to secure two points in a 4-3 shootout loss. This lack of finish has become one of the most frustrating themes of the season for...
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Ronda Rousey Breaks Interviewer’s Ribs With Intense Judo Throw (Video)

Pro tip: Don’t tell Ronda Rousey she can’t do something. The UFC superstar was being interviewed by Aaron Tru — host of a MMA prime web show — recently when the reporter uttered presumably the most regrettable words of his life. “I’m gonna be honest, I don’t think you have enough strength and could compete with a man,” Tru said. Four broken ribs later, we’re guessing...
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Larry Bird’s Trash Talk At Dominique Wilkins Includes Quip About New Statue

Larry Bird’s trash talk game is still as good as it ever was. The Boston Celtics legend is known for not only being one of the greatest players in NBA history, but he’s also known as one of the best trash talkers the sport has ever seen. He proved that again recently when talking about longtime rival Dominique Wilkins. Wilkins is being honored by the Atlanta Hawks for his incredible...
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Giants’ Hunter Pence Breaks Forearm, Expected To Miss 6 To 8 Weeks

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence broke his left forearm and will be sidelined six to eight weeks after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of the Giants’ 8-6 victory over a Chicago Cubs split-squad Thursday. One of the clubhouse leaders for the defending World Series champions, the quirky Pence has played in 383...
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