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Jimmy Garoppolo’s College Coach Compares Patriots QB To Dan Marino

The last head coach to start Jimmy Garoppolo in a regular-season game has high hopes for the New England Patriots quarterback this season. Dino Babers, who coached Garoppolo during his junior and senior seasons at Eastern Illinois, raved about the 24-year-old’s accuracy and quick release Tuesday during an interview with ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike.” “You could see it...
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Tyler Johnson Sick (In A Good Way) From Heat Contract, NBA’s New Money

Tyler Johnson did what anyone would do when presented with more money than he or she has ever seen: fell ill. The Miami Heat guard told the Florida Sun Sentinel on Monday that he vomited when he received a four-year, $50 million contract offer from the Brooklyn Nets and the Miami Heat. Johnson, 24, has started just seven games in his NBA career, but the new free-agent market has...
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NFL Rumors: Josh Gordon ‘On Thin Ice’ With Browns Despite NFL Reinstatement

Josh Gordon needs to watch his step upon returning to the NFL. The NFL reinstated Gordon on a conditional basis Monday, meaning the Cleveland Browns wide receiver could return to the field as early as Week 5 after serving a four-game suspension. But Gordon still is “on thin ice” with the Browns, according to Bleacher Report NFL insider Jason Cole. “Gordon is still on some thin...
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Durant shopped for OKC home week before joining Warriors?

Kevin Durant really must have had a last-minute change of heart. Durant admitted after signing with the Golden State Warriors earlier this month that it was a very difficult decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder. According to ESPN’s Royce Young, Durant even considered buying property in the OKC area just a week before joining Golden State. “(Durant) assured people he...
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LeGarrette Blount Among Patriots With The Most To Prove At Training Camp

The countdown to the start of the 2016 season officially begins Thursday, when the New England Patriots hold their first training camp practice. It could be a bizarro summer for the Patriots, who have more certainty on defense than offense and a question mark at quarterback for the first time in two decades. Here are the players with the most to prove in training camp. JIMMY GAROPPOLO...
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Falcons Release Devin Hester; Veteran Reportedly Has No Retirement Plans

Devin Hester’s time in Atlanta is over, but he hopes his carer isn’t done. The Falcons on Tuesday released the veteran wide receiver and kick returner after he spent two seasons with the club. Hester turns 34 in November, but NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported that Hester still has interest in playing. If Hester is to land another job, he’ll have to prove he can stay healthy...
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Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Restaurant Closes; That Didn’t Take Long

As is the case for the Oklahoma City Thunder, life goes on for Kevin Durant’s restaurant, but things will never be the same again. KD’s, the popular Oklahoma City eatery which the NBA superstar owned and headlined since 2013, closed its doors for good Sunday, according to The Oklahoman’s Brianna Bailey. The restaurant’s closing comes just three weeks after Durant left the...
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NFL Pre-Training Camp Power Rankings: Tom Brady-Less Patriots Still Team To Beat

Welcome, football fans, to the first installment of NESN.com’s NFL power rankings. We’ll be rolling these out weekly during the regular season, but with training camps around the league kicking off this week, we’re giving you an early look at which teams we believe are primed for success this season and which ones will have an uphill climb.  1. New England Patriots: No Tom...
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Blue Jays Land Melvin Upton Jr. From Padres For Pitching Prospect, Cash

The Toronto Blue Jays outbid an American League East rival to land Melvin Upton Jr. The Jays acquired the outfielder formerly known as B.J. from the San Diego Padres in exchange for right-handed pitching prospect Hansel Rodriguez and cash, the Padres announced Tuesday. Upton reportedly was being pursued by the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians, too. Upton enjoyed a resurgence...
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Conor McGregor’s Coach Predicts Result Of UFC 202 Fight With Nate Diaz

Conor McGregor’s coach expects a much different result this time around. McGregor is scheduled to fight Nate Diaz at UFC 202 on Aug. 20 in a rematch of the fighters’ UFC 196 bout, which Diaz won via a second-round submission. McGregor said after his UFC 196 loss that he became tired early in the fight — perhaps a product of him jumping up two weight classes — but the Irishman’s...
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Brock Lesnar, UFC Get Flamed In Expletive-Laden Tirade By Mark Hunt

Mark Hunt isn’t slowing his roll against Brock Lesnar. One week after Hunt blasted the former heavyweight champion for Lesnar’s doping violation, the Super Samoan made an appearance on “The MMA Hour” and unleashed an expletive-laden tirade aimed at Lesnar and the UFC. “We’ll let this (expletive) white piece of (expletive) stick needles in his (expletive) and say, ‘oh...
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Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone’s Mother-In-Law Kidnapped In Brazil

Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone will have a lot more to worry about besides racing during the buildup the German Grand Prix. According to a report by British news outlet veja.com, the F1 executive’s 67-year-old mother-in-law was kidnapped Friday in Sao Paulo, Brazil, via BBC News. The kidnappers are reportedly demanding a ransom of roughly $36.6 million, paid in pounds sterling...
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Sandy Leon Tosses Perfect Strike With Mask, With Umpire Making Catch

Maybe the New England Patriots should look at bringing Sandy Leon on board while Tom Brady serves his four-game suspension. The Boston Red Sox catcher has been a revelation since returning from Pawtucket in early June, hitting .400 in 26 games, with two more hits Monday night against the Detroit Tigers. But Leon also showed off in another way Monday night. Mike Aviles popped up a...
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NBA Rumors: Russell Westbrook Can Expect Max Contract Offer From Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder fans won’t cry over Dion Waiters’ looming departure to the Miami Heat if it means Russell Westbrook remains for the long haul. Once Waiters’ free-agent exit becomes official, the Thunder will have enough space under the salary cap to offer Westbrook a maximum contract, ESPN’s Royce Young reported Tuesday. Westbrook’s current contract expires after...
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MLB Rumors: Royals Shopping Wade Davis; Edinson Volquez Drawing Interest

The Kansas City Royals might be primed to do some selling before Monday. The defending World Series champions have ruled the American League Central for the past two seasons, but 2016 hasn’t been treating them as well. The Royals were two games under .500 as of Tuesday, sitting in fourth place in the division at 8 1/2 games behind the Cleveland Indians. But Kansas City could make...
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Alex Bregman Debuts; Astros Prospect’s Father Can’t Believe Reception He Gets

You think Houston Astros fans are excited about the Alex Bregman era? The 22-year-old third baseman, considered one of baseball’s top prospects, made his major league debut Monday night, much to the delight of fans in Houston. The Astros recalled Bregman prior to Monday’s game against the Houston Astros, and the LSU product was in the starting lineup against Michael Pineda, hitting...
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Will Tom Brady’s Suspension Shift Power In AFC East? Jets Don’t Believe So

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you know the New England Patriots will be without starting quarterback Tom Brady for the first four weeks of the upcoming NFL season. The New York Jets certainly do, but they don’t view Brady’s Deflategate suspension as something that’ll shift the balance of power in the AFC East. “(Jimmy) Garoppolo can play...
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MLB Rumors: Dodgers Willing To Include Julio Urias In Chris Sale Trade

The Chicago White Sox haven’t completely opened for business, but if they look to sell off their most valuable assets, they might want to keep the Los Angeles Dodgers on speed dial. Chicago’s biggest chip is starting pitcher Chris Sale, who started the All-Star Game for the American League earlier this month and is one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. The White Sox haven’t...
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Chris Sale says White Sox put business over winning

It’s difficult to ignore the irony in the Chicago White Sox’s win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night. The White Sox walked off with a win over Major League Baseball’s best team, and they did so while wearing throwback uniforms, just two days after the team suspended ace pitcher Chris Sale for cutting up throwback jerseys before Saturday’s game. Sale didn’t want to...
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Aaron Rodgers, Olivia Munn In ‘Bachelorette’ Drama As QB’s Brother Dominates Show

Olivia Munn, girlfriend of Aaron Rodgers, received the seal of approval from the Green Bay Packers quarterback’s younger brother, Jordan, back in January. That evidently has changed, though, as Jordan, now starring in the ABC reality show “The Bachelorette,” hinted at an estrangement with his brother in recent episodes. Some are pointing the finger at Munn, the actress who...
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Tom Brady, LeGarrette Blount Among Patriots Veterans Already At Training Camp

The New England Patriots’ veteran players aren’t required to report to training camp until Wednesday, but a fair number of them already have arrived in Foxboro. A team-posted video showed several prominent Patriots veterans — including quarterbacks Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo, running back LeGarrette Blount and tackle Nate Solder — running through drills Monday on the...
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Fantasy Football Rankings: Jets 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 Jets. The New York Jets actually were a pretty good team last season, thanks largely in part to having one of the best offenses in franchise history. That group has improved...
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Red Sox Notes: Joe Kelly Turns Heat Way Up In First Relief Appearance

BOSTON — A time traveler transported from the beginning of the season to Monday night’s game against the Detroit Tigers would have been quite confused by the Red Sox’s choice of pitchers. After getting six strong innings from Drew Pomeranz, acquired just 10 days ago from the San Diego Padres, manager John Farrell turned to Joe Kelly and Clay Buchholz, two pitchers who began...
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What Happened To QB Aaron Rodgers’ Brother On ‘The Bachelorette’?

Warning: The following post contains spoilers from Monday’s episode of “The Bachelorette.” Much to the dismay of many loyal viewers, Jordan Rodgers survived two rose ceremonies on Monday night’s episode of ‘The Bachelorette’ and advanced to next Monday’s finale. But his trip to the ‘ship didn’t come without a bit of drama. Beloved bachelorette JoJo kicked off the...
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Drew Pomeranz Meets Red Sox’s Expectations In Strong Bounce-Back Start

BOSTON — Before Drew Pomeranz even took the mound Monday night, manager John Farrell noted that a six-inning outing from the Red Sox’s newest starting pitcher would be “ideal.” And that’s exactly what Pomeranz gave his new club. The final results weren’t there in Boston’s 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park, but Pomeranz’s performance was a bright spot,...
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