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Rusney Castillo Has Plenty Of Opportunities To Get Major-League Ready (Video)

Rusney Castillo hasn’t played organized baseball in a year and a half, but the Cuban center fielder will have plenty of opportunities to get ready for Major League Baseball with the Boston Red Sox. The Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox and Double-A Portland Sea Dogs will both be playing in the minor league postseason, so Castillo could have the chance to play for either. He’s also...
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Cowboys Claim Patriots Sixth-Round Draft Pick Jemea Thomas Off Waivers

The Dallas Cowboys made a move to bolster their weak secondary by claiming Jemea Thomas off of waivers from the New England Patriots. The team made it official Wednesday. Thomas, who played college football at Georgia Tech, was a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft by the Patriots, but he was released on Tuesday. The Cowboys ranked 30th in pass defense last season and could certainly...
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Dustin Pedroia Heating Up Offensively For Red Sox In August (Video)

There has never been a question about Dustin Pedroia’s defense — he’s a Gold Glove-caliber second baseman — but his offense this season hasn’t been what the Boston Red Sox are used to seeing out of him. While it’s strange to say that someone batting .281 is having an off-year at the dish, Pedroia hasn’t been as consistently good as he has been in years past, leaving...
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Rusney Castillo Begins Working Out At Red Sox’s Spring Training Complex

Rusney Castillo’s ascent officially has begun. Castillo began working out at the Red Sox’s spring training complex in Fort Myers, Fla., on Wednesday, kicking off what Boston obviously hopes is a long, successful tenure with the organization. Castillo recently signed a seven-year, $72.5 million contract with the Red Sox, marking the richest deal ever given to a Cuban player on...
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USC Cornerback Josh Shaw Admits To Fabricating Story About Saving Nephew

USC senior cornerback Josh Shaw went from hero to zero in a span of two days. Shaw admitted to university officials Wednesday to lying about how he injured his ankles over the weekend, and he has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities. “We are extremely disappointed in Josh,” Sarkisian said in the statement. “He let us all down. As I have said, nothing in his...
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Brock Holt Still Could Carve Out Significant Role With Red Sox In 2015

Brock Holt still hasn’t fallen back down to earth. Holt, who burst onto the scene earlier this season, continues to thrive for the Boston Red Sox regardless of where he’s stationed on the diamond. It’s possible the 26-year-old has earned a significant 2015 role with the Red Sox, even if the nature of that role remains very much undefined. “So much of Brock’s role is going...
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Rams Coach Jeff Fisher: ESPN ‘Manufactured’ Michael Sam Shower Story

St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher was angry, and is still angry, about ESPN’s report about Michael Sam’s showering habits. ESPN apologized Wednesday morning for the shower report Josina Anderson gave from Rams camp Tuesday that focused on the first openly gay player in the NFL, but Fisher remains upset about the story. “I’m extremely disappointed in her piece,” Fisher told...
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David Ortiz Itching To Get Back To Plate After Missing Two Games (Video)

Nobody wants to see David Ortiz left out of the Boston Red Sox lineup less than David Ortiz does. The Red Sox slugger missed the first two games of the team’s series against the Toronto Blue Jays after fouling a ball off his foot during Sunday’s game against the Seattle Mariners. “I never thought it was going to be that bad because, you know, you hit the ball off your foot...
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NHL Deputy Commissioner: ‘No New Developments’ Regarding Expansion

If you haven’t already noticed, the hot topic surrounding the NHL at the moment involves expansion. The first story to surface came from the Vancouver Province, which reported that expansion to Las Vegas is “a done deal.” Then, a tweet from Sports Business News’ Howard Bloom suggested that four teams would be added to the league through expansion by 2017 — Quebec City,...
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Red Sox-Blue Jays Live: Joe Kelly, Boston Eye Sweep North Of Border

5:40 p.m.: David Ortiz will return Wednesday. Ortiz has missed the last two games after fouling a ball off his foot in Sunday’s series finale against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park. The slugger has been in pain, but he’ll give it a go with Thursday being an off day. Yoenis Cespedes will sit Wednesday. The Red Sox’s outfield will consist of Daniel Nava (left field), Mookie...
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Providence Bruins Announce 2014-15 AHL Schedule

The Providence Bruins extended their AHL affiliation agreement with the Boston Bruins on Wednesday, and the team released its schedule for the 2014-15 regular season earlier in the day. The P-Bruins will begin the 2014-15 season at home against the St. John’s Ice Caps on Friday, Oct. 10. It’s one of 38 regular-season games to be played at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence...
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Heath Hembree Optioned To Pawtucket; Edwin Escobar Called Up To Red Sox

The link between pitchers Heath Hembree and Edwin Escobar extends beyond their inclusion in last month’s Jake Peavy trade. The Boston Red Sox optioned Hembree to Triple-A Pawtucket before Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Escobar was recalled from Pawtucket to take Hembree’s spot on the active roster. Hembree struggled in the 11th inning of the...
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Patriots Most Popular Team, Don Orsillo Most Popular Announcer In Fan Poll

A recent poll confirmed what we all largely knew: New England sports fans love their New England Patriots and they really love their Tom Brady. This was confirmed by a survey conducted by Channel Media & Market Research that allowed fans from the New England region to grade their professional sports teams, with the results first appearing in the Boston Herald. The Patriots were...
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Bruins Extend Affiliation Agreement With Providence, Hire Jay Pandolfo As Player Development Coach

The Boston Bruins announced Wednesday a long-term extension of their affiliation agreement with the AHL’s Providence Bruins, as well as a couple of front office decisions. Among those is the hiring of former NHL player Jay Pandolfo as player development coach. The 39-year-old from Winchester, Mass., played college hockey at Boston University and then embarked on a lengthy NHL career...
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Penguins Not In Rush To Give Marc-Andre Fleury Extension Before Season

Marc-Andre Fleury was once expected to be the goaltender of the Pittsburgh Penguins for a long time, but that was five years ago and a lot has changed. Since he led the Penguins to their third Stanley Cup championship in 2009, Fleury has been the primary, or one of the top reasons why Pittsburgh has failed to reach the Cup Final over the last four seasons. Fleury’s contract expires...
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Report: Patriots Players ‘Pissed’ Over Logan Mankins Trade To Buccaneers

Logan Mankins is no longer a member of the New England Patriots, and apparently quite a few people are unhappy about that. Several of Mankins’ former Patriots teammates were “pissed” after the team dealt the team captain to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reported, citing a league source. Whereas Darrelle Revis described the mood at practice...
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Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn Wear All The Denim At Packers Luncheon (Photo)

2014 is the season of all demin everything for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The team hosted a luncheon Wednesday afternoon to welcome back players and staff, but all eyes were on a pair of quarterbacks. Rodgers and backup Matt Flynn showed up wearing all of the denim that exists in Wisconsin, resulting in some pretty mesmerizing outfits. Dressed to impress at the...
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Woman accidentally bets against Man U, wins $2000

For one Manchester United fan, it was better for her to be lucky than for her team to be good on Tuesday. Holly Griffiths, a 20-year-old Manchester United fan, won £1,250 ($2,072) when she accidentally bet on the MK Dons beating the Red Devils in the League Cup instead of the other way around, as she intended. Griffiths placed a £2.50 ($4.15) wager on MK Dons to beat Manchester...
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Report: Ex-Patriots DT Tommy Kelly Signs With Arizona Cardinals

It didn’t take Tommy Kelly long to find a new home. The defensive tackle was released by the New England Patriots, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday that Kelly has signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals. Kelly was one of three defensive veterans released by the Patriots over the weekend. New England cut ties with Kelly, defensive lineman Will Smith and...
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Coco Crisp Wants No Part Of Playing Twister With Astros Mascot (Video)

Don’t invite Oakland Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp to your next game night. Houston Astros mascot, Orbit, became the saddest mascot in the league Tuesday night when Crisp turned down his offer to play Twister with him — multiple times. Your browser does not support iframes. Despite Orbit’s best efforts, Crisp wanted no part of playing with the furry green guy, opting...
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David Ortiz Returns As Red Sox Go For Sweep Of Blue Jays In Toronto

The Boston Red Sox will attempt to sweep the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night, and the Sox will have reinforcements in the lineup. Designated hitter David Ortiz will be back in the Boston lineup for the final game of a three-game set. It’s Ortiz’s first appearance since Sunday when he suffered a bruised right foot. The Red Sox have gotten by pretty well without the slugger...
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Reports: Patriots Asked Logan Mankins To Take Pay Cut Before Trade

Logan Mankins’ departure from Foxboro reportedly came down to one thing: money. Multiple media outlets reported Wednesday, one day after the guard and team captain was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Patriots asked Mankins to take a pay cut before eventually dealing him. One of the highest-paid players in the NFL at his position, Mankins is set to make $6.25 million this...
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Behind-The-Scenes Look Inside NESN Production Truck Tape Room (Video)

Editor’s note: Michael Narracci is the coordinating director of Red Sox broadcasts on NESN and has spent 14 seasons with the network. This is the eighth installment of his “Director’s Cut,” a behind-the-scenes look at NESN’s Red Sox game coverage. This week we take a look in the tape room of the NESN production truck. While we call it the tape room, there is actually little...
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Retired NBA Ref Dick Bavetta Recalls Larry Bird-Julius Erving Brawl (Video)

If it happened on NBA court within the last four decades, there’s a good chance Dick Bavetta witnessed it. Bavetta, the legendary NBA referee who retired this summer after 39 seasons, worked 270 playoff games, 27 NBA Finals games and an astounding streak of 2,635 consecutive regular-season contests that stretched from 1975 to 2014. One particular game, however, still stands out...
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Liverpool Podcast: Reds Safely Gamble On Mario Balotelli After Man City Loss

Mario Balotelli’s transfer to Liverpool has generated so much coverage, one might think Lionel Messi was heading to Anfield. The reality is Messi isn’t walking through that door, but Balotelli is in the building. Liverpool made Balotelli its ninth signing of the summer 2014 transfer window earlier this week. The Italian striker brings his penchant for scoring goals and making...
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