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Nationals Reportedly Land Closer Mark Melancon In Trade With Pirates

The Washington Nationals reportedly have made a significant move to upgrade their bullpen. The Nationals have acquired closer Mark Melancon from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a multi-player trade, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday, citing sources. Washington will send relief pitcher Felipe Rivero and left-handed pitching prospect Taylor Hearn to Pittsburgh in return, according...
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UFC 201 Predictions: Picks For Lawler Vs. Woodley, Other Main Card Events

That’s right boys and girls, it’s time for another edition of the Downes Side! The political conventions in the U.S. are over, so now it’s time to get back to some cleaner, more wholesome fighting. Live from Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, we have UFC 201. In the main event of the evening, Robbie Lawler defends his welterweight title against Tyron Woodley. We’ll analyze...
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Terrance Knighton Appreciates Patriots’ Business-Like Approach On And Off Field

FOXBORO, Mass. — Terrance Knighton knew the New England Patriots were a model franchise when he signed with them in April. Nothing through the first few days of training camp has altered his thinking one bit. “It’s (all business) in the locker room. Guys aren’t late to meetings, guys are where they need to be, guys aren’t missing appointments,” Knighton said after Saturday’s...
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MLB Rumors: Mets Make Three-Player Trade Offer For Jonathan Lucroy

Jonathan Lucroy has become a hot commodity on Major League Baseball’s trade market, and the New York Mets reportedly have him locked in their sights. The Mets have extended a trade offer to the Milwaukee Brewers that would involve them giving up three players in return for Lucroy, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday, citing sources. Per Rosenthal, Mets catcher Travis...
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Patriots’ Terrance Knighton Gives Up Twitter For Three Weeks, But Can’t Wait To Get Back To It

FOXBORO, Mass. — There’s a lot of stuff going on in the world right now, even outside of sports. Terrance Knighton’s lone focus for right now, though, is just playing football for his new team, the New England Patriots. The veteran defensive tackle has shut down his Twitter account for three weeks in an effort to just concentrate on football and help his team prepare for the...
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Patriots’ Training Camp Practice Drew A Mind-Bogglingly Large Crowd

Football finally is here, and New England Patriots fans couldn’t be happier. The Patriots held their first day of fully-padded practice Saturday outside Gillette Stadium. The training session was free and open to the public, meaning fans could walk in and watch the likes of Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo battle it out in live competition. Apparently all of New England decided to...
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Patriots WR Chris Hogan Hoping To Take Advantage Of Camp Opportunities

FOXBORO, Mass. — Learning the New England Patriots playbook isn’t easy, especially for wide receivers. The list of draft picks and free agent wideouts who weren’t able to grasp it and/or make a significant on-field impact is long. One of the players already making great progress early in training camp is Chris Hogan, who signed a three-year deal worth $12 million with the Patriots...
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Carmelo Anthony Is Having Absolutely None Of Team USA’s Amazing Singalong

The Team USA men’s basketball team is destroying everyone in its path en route to the 2016 Olympics, and it’s having a blast in the process. But Carmelo Anthony doesn’t feel like joining the party. The U.S. squad destroyed Venezuela 80-45 on Friday in its latest tuneup for the Summer Games in Rio De Janeiro. On the team flight after the game, the star-studded squad decided...
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Patriots Practice Observations: Jonathan Cooper Carted Off With Foot Injury

FOXBORO, Mass. — The first notable injury of New England Patriots training camp occurred Saturday, when guard Jonathan Cooper was carted off the field with a right foot injury. Cooper has a plantar fascia issue, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported during the Patriots’ first padded practice. Cooper went down during an offensive walkthrough, had to be helped off the field and...
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Patriots Training Camp Attendance: Two Rookies Newly Absent At Practice

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots were missing two rookies for the first training camp practice in pads. Defensive tackle Vincent Valentine and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell were newly absent Saturday. Valentine sent out a since-deleted tweet Friday saying he was flying to Lincoln, Neb. He tweeted Saturday about the funeral of Nebraska punter and former teammate Sam Foltz...
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Nationals’ Unique Triple Play Vs. Giants Was Historic For Many Reasons

The phrase “I’ve seen it all before” never should be applied to watching baseball. The Washington Nationals provided further evidence of that Friday night, pulling off a play of extreme rarity in their contest against the San Francisco Giants. With the bases loaded and nobody out in the eighth inning, Giants batter Brandon Crawford hit a line drive right at Nationals first...
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DeAndre Hopkins Reportedly Walks Out On Texans’ Camp, Begins Holdout

The Houston Texans reportedly will be without their best players on both sides of the ball as training camp opens. Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has left the team’s training camp and is holding out for a new contract, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Saturday morning. The Texans, according to Schefter, aren’t negotiating with Hopkins at the moment. Hopkins is entering the fourth...
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Patriots’ Handling Of Deflategate Reportedly Turned Entire NFL Against Them

To say the whole Deflategate situation hasn’t been kind to the New England Patriots would be a massive understatement. After the NFL shockingly handed Tom Brady a four-game suspension back in May 2015, the Patriots fought tooth and nail to try to get that ruling overturned and bring justice to their quarterback. That effort obviously failed, but in a recent article for SI.com,...
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Geno Smith Offers Blunt Assessment Of Jets Re-Signing Ryan Fitzpatrick

Geno Smith will enter the 2016 season with an especially large chip on his shoulder. It appears the New York Jets quarterback once again will play second fiddle after the team re-signed starter Ryan Fitzpatrick on Wednesday. Fitzpatrick’s return likely means Smith once again will be No. 2 on the QB depth chart, and Smith was quite candid in his reaction. “I’m not disappointed...
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Russell Westbrook Finally Comments On Kevin Durant Leaving Thunder (Kind Of)

There’s nothing quite like the drama of the NBA offseason. The hubbub this summer has centered on Kevin Durant’s shocking decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors, leaving Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder hanging out to dry. Durant has made a few public statements since his July 4 signing, but Westbrook’s reaction has yet to be revealed, outside rumors...
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Fantasy Football Rankings: Browns Players You Should Draft, Avoid This Season

Editor’s note: To help you prepare for your fantasy football draft, NESN.com will profile each NFL team and analyze which players are worth picking and which players aren’t worth your time. Today, we look at the Browns. The Cleveland Browns made another coaching change in the offseason, and they also brought in yet another new quarterback. With that being said, they still do...
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Red Sox Notes: Albert Pujols Soaking Up David Ortiz’s Greatness One Final Time

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is relishing his final chance to face his good friend David Ortiz on the baseball field. Pujols, 36, grew up near the Seattle Mariners’ baseball academy in the Dominican Republic, and used to go watch the players there practice as a kid. Among those players was Ortiz (then known as David Arias), a teenager signed as an amateur free...
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Red Sox Wrap: Rick Porcello Stellar Again As Boston Snaps Losing Skid

That was exactly what the doctor ordered. After a heartbreaking loss on Thursday, Rick Porcello made the Red Sox great again Friday, if only for a night, while the offense picked up a bit with six runs (including two home runs) in a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Let’s take a closer look at how it happened. GAME IN A WORD Dominant. Rick Porcello pitched a complete game...
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MLB Rumors: Jay Bruce Could Be Traded To Dodgers In Blockbuster Three-Team Deal

If it feels like Jay Bruce has been on the trade market forever, it’s because he has been. The never-ending “will the Reds trade Bruce?” chatter might finally be coming to a close, however. Cincinnati’s All-Star outfielder is drawing interest from several contenders as Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline approaches. Chief among those teams: The Los Angeles Dodgers. L.A....
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Red Sox Vs. Angels Lineup: Ryan Hanigan, Aaron Hill Return Vs. Tim Lincecum

The Boston Red Sox haven’t been more desperate for a win this season than they are Friday night. Boston blew a lead in the bottom of the ninth inning early Friday morning east coast time, handing a 2-1 victory to the Los Angeles Angels to kick off their 11-game road trip and wasting a brilliant eight-inning shutout from David Price in the process. It was the team’s fourth loss...
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UFC 201 Weigh-in Results: Robbie Lawler, Tyron Woodley Set For Clash

UFC 201, which is headlined by the UFC welterweight title fight between Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley, and the women’s strawweight clash between Rose Namajunas and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, airs live on pay-per-view from Philips Arena in Atlanta on Saturday at 10 p.m. ET. Four prelim bouts will air live on FS2 at 8 p.m., and the event’s first two prelims will air exclusively...
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Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy An Option For Red Sox At MLB Trade Deadline?

For all of the talk about the Red Sox’s pitching needs, it’s rather interesting that one of the players most associated with Boston leading up to the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline resides behind the dish rather than on the mound. Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy has been the subject of trade rumors in recent weeks with Milwaukee sitting near the bottom of the...
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Jabaal Sheard Eats Two-Pound Steak Faster, For Better Cause Than Anyone Else

The New England Patriots began training camp this week, but Jabaal Sheard already is in midseason form; steak-eating form, that is. The Patriots defensive end set a new plate-to-stomach record Tuesday at Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill in Tyngsboro, Mass., when he ate a two-pound rib-eye steak in just 50 minutes. Better than the taste was the fact that Sheard did it for a good...
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Will Jordan Spieth Be Penalized After Impressive Shot Off Cart Path?

Jordan Spieth has had a rocky relationship with water this season. Spieth had his second straight Masters title within reach earlier this year before hitting back-to-back shots into the water on the 12th hole. Fast forward to Friday’s second round of the PGA Championship and Spieth once again hit a ball into the water, although this situation was a bit different. Spieth hit...
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Kevin Faulk ‘Great Choice’ For Patriots Hall Of Fame, Says Bill Belichick

Kevin Faulk will be fitted for his New England Patriots Hall of Fame jacket on Friday, one of the final steps before he’s officially enshrined in August. “Great choice. Kevin did a tremendous job,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said before Friday’s training camp practice. “He was here when I got here, so I didn’t draft him, but he basically spent his whole career...
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