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Fantasy Football: Matt Asiata Among Sits, Starts For Packers-Vikings Tilt

Aaron Rodgers’ words weren’t just directed at Green Bay Packers fans. They were directed at fantasy owners as well. After the Pack’s humiliating 19-7 loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 3, Rodgers calmed the masses and told everyone to “relax.” He then went out and dismantled the Chicago Bears to the tune of 302 passing yards and four passing touchdowns. The lesson in all...
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Michael Phelps Failed Two Sobriety Tests; Breathalyzer Test Was .14

Michael Phelps was arrested for driving under the influence early Tuesday morning, and court documents show that the scene was not pretty. The Olympic swimmer was leaving the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore when he was pulled over for going 84 mph in a 45 mph zone. The Baltimore Sun reported that Phelps failed two sobriety tests and refused a third before being brought to...
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Portland Sea Dogs 2014 Breakdown: Assessing Red Sox’s Double-A Club

The Portland Sea Dogs made waves in 2014 despite coming up short in their quest for an Eastern League championship. Portland’s 88 wins marked a new single-season franchise record. The previous record of 86 victories was held by the 1995 Sea Dogs, who at the time were affiliated with the Florida Marlins. Portland became Boston’s Double-A affiliate in 2003. The Red Sox enjoyed...
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A.J Green: Darrelle Revis ‘Very Competitive,’ Will Be ‘Tough’ Matchup

When you’re the best, you tend to face the best. That’s certainly the case for New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis, whose reputation as one of the NFL’s top cover corners is well-established. His skills will be put to the test in a big way on Sunday, though, when wide receiver A.J. Green and the Cincinnati Bengals come to town. The Patriots have used Revis more in...
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Patriots Injury Report: Chandler Jones, Dont’a Hightower Limited In Practice

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots didn’t come out of Monday night’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs unscathed. Offensive tackle Cameron Fleming (finger) and safety Nate Ebner (finger) missed practice Wednesday with injuries suffered during the Patriots’ Week 4 loss. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower (knee) and defensive end Chandler Jones (shoulder) were limited in practice...
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Liverpool-Basel Verdict: Reds Rival Crashes To Halt In Swiss House Of Horrors

It wasn’t supposed to happen like this. Liverpool was supposed to stride confidently into St. Jakob-Park for its UEFA Champions League game against Basel, defeat the Swiss champions and return to Anfield with three points and one foot in the Round of 16. After all, Liverpool played well in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Everton, and manager Brendan Rodgers had this to say said this...
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Larry Donnell Benched Himself In Fantasy Football, Lost His Matchup

If you started Larry Donnell on your fantasy football team this week, there’s a good chance you racked up enough points to win your matchup. The New York Giants tight end had seven catches for 54 yards and a whopping three touchdowns in his breakout performance against the Washington Redskins on Thursday night. But one guy who didn’t start him was Larry Donnell himself. Donnell...
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Report: Proposed NBA Draft Lottery Revamp Has Support Of Owners

Some rather major changes could be in store for the NBA’s draft lottery. A new proposal for the lottery that aims to eliminate tanking as an attractive option for struggling franchises has strong support among NBA owners, sources told Grantland’s Zach Lowe. Lowe also reports that the owners could vote to adopt the new system as early as this season. Here’s how it would work...
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LeBron James To Produce, Star In Disney Channel TV Series

LeBron James, who has plenty of acting experience on the basketball court, is set to star in and produce a new TV series called “Becoming” on the Disney Channel. The pilot episode for the show centers on James’ childhood story and was developed by his Springhill Productions Company along with ESPN Films, according to Bleacher Report’s Ethan Skolnick. The show debuts on Disney...
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Report: NFL, DirecTV Strike Eight-Year, $20 Billion Contract Extension

NEW YORK — The NFL has extended its contract with satellite provider DirecTV to carry the “Sunday Ticket” package, which allows viewers to watch out-of-market games. The deal announced Wednesday expands DirecTV’s rights to stream the package live on mobile devices and online. The deal is worth $20 billion over eight years — $1.5 billion per year, according to a person familiar...
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Devin McCourty: Patriots Moved On From Loss To Chiefs On Tuesday Morning

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots don’t have time to lick their wounds after losing 41-14 to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. Defensive captain Devin McCourty said the Patriots put that game to rest as soon as the team arrived back at Foxboro early Tuesday morning. They had little other choice. The Patriots typically review game film on Monday, have Tuesday off...
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Celtics’ Vitor Faverani Undergoes MRI After Experiencing Knee Swelling

WALTHAM, Mass. — Vitor Faverani did not join his Boston Celtics teammates when they took the court Wednesday for the second day of training camp. Faverani, who practiced on a limited basis Tuesday, was held out of practice and underwent an MRI after experiencing swelling in his surgically repaired left knee, according to head coach Brad Stevens. “He doesn’t feel like it’s...
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Scott Boras: Stephen Drew ‘Best Defensive Shortstop’ In Free Agency

Stephen Drew was awful this season. You’d never know it listening to the shortstop’s agent, Scott Boras. Drew signed a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox in May after sitting out the beginning of the season while trying to land a multiyear contract in free agency. The 31-year-old, who later was traded to the New York Yankees, hit just .162 with seven homers, 26 RBIs and...
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Adam Dunn Planning To Retire After Athletics’ Wild-Card Loss To Royals

Adam Dunn played in 2,001 career games over 14 Major League Baseball seasons without a single postseason at-bat, and after the Oakland Athletics’ loss to the Kansas City Royals in the American League wild-card game Tuesday, Dunn is calling it a career. Well boys and girls it was a hellava time! I truly thank all you fans! Y'all made it worth playing. Thank You!!#phase2begins—...
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Kelly Olynyk Looking To Ride Momentum After Strong End To Rookie Season

WALTHAM, Mass. — The final month of last season was a coming-out party of sorts for Kelly Olynyk. The Boston Celtics center, who played limited minutes and put up modest numbers throughout most of his rookie campaign, broke out in April. He scored in double-figures in seven of the Celtics’ final eight games, including totals of 25, 28 and 24 points over the final three. For the...
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Report: Jon Lester’s Newton Home Hits Market For $1.85 Million (Photos)

Jon Lester threw cold water on speculation about a potential return to Boston, even if it was done unintentionally. Lester’s home in Newton, Mass., was put up for sale last weekend, according to the Boston Herald’s Scott Lauber. The Bernard Street pad is listed at $1.85 million. Lester’s home hitting the market, as you’d imagine, has Red Sox fans wondering whether the writing...
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Derek Jeter Reveals He’s Scared Of Cats During Entertaining Twitter Q&A

Derek Jeter revealed more about himself in 45 minutes on Wednesday afternoon then he did throughout his entire 20-year career with the New York Yankees. The former Yankees captain took some time out for a Twitter Q&A just hours after launching his new website, the Players’ Tribune. Jeter promised that the online publication would provide unique access to athletes, showing a...
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Tom Brady: Patriots’ Tie For AFC East Lead Not ‘A Great Feat By Any Stretch’

FOXBORO, Mass. — Tom Brady stressed three times during his Wednesday afternoon news conference that his New England Patriots are 2-2. Perhaps Brady was trying to lessen some of the criticism chucked at the Patriots since their 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. Brady even mentioned that the Patriots still hold the lead in the AFC East. “It’s not the time...
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Ryan Spooner Among Four Bruins Players Released From Training Camp

The Boston Bruins announced four roster cuts Wednesday. Forwards Ryan Spooner, Justin Florek and Alexander Khokhlachev, as well as goaltender Jeremy Smith have been released from training camp. They will join the Providence Bruins’ (AHL) camp. Smith needs to clear waivers before he can go to Providence. Spooner is the surprise member of this group. The former second-round draft...
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Bill Belichick’s ‘On To Cincinnati’ Quote Spawns Amusing Twitter Meme

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick out-Belichicked himself during his news conference at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday as he stubbornly insisted on answering all reporters’ questions with the phrase “We’re on to Cincinnati,” after his team’s blow-out loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. Belichick clearly had no desire to dwell on the past, and his...
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MLB Will Test Pace-Of-Game Changes In Arizona Fall League

NEW YORK — Teams will be limited to three trips to the mound by managers, coaches and catchers during a game, except for pitching changes, under experimental speedup rules to be used during the Arizona Fall League. The pace of game committee established last month by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced a series of initiatives Wednesday that will be tried in the AFL, which...
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Tom Brady: ‘We’ll See’ If Patriots Have Enough Talent To Succeed

FOXBORO, Mass. — Tom Brady was noncommittal on Wednesday about his expectations for the 2014 New England Patriots. Coming off a 41-14 loss on Monday night to the Kansas City Chiefs, Brady was asked if he has enough talent around him for the Patriots to succeed this season. “We’ll see. We’ll see here in a couple months where we’re at, but we’ve got a lot of football to...
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Red Sox Offseason Primer: 10 Questions Facing Boston For 2015 (Photos)

The Boston Red Sox front office won’t be hibernating this winter. The Red Sox have a ton of work to do before spring training. Boston finished the 2014 season with a 71-91 record and in last place in the American League East. A massive roster overhaul already has begun and won’t end until a potential contender is assembled. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and manager John...
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Marcus Smart Opens Season With 14-1 Odds To Win Rookie Of The Year

The Boston Celtics tip off their preseason schedule next week, and they are already dealing with a significant injury. Point guard Rajon Rondo suffered a broken hand last week, and will miss 6 to 8 weeks. Marcus Smart, the Celtics’ 2014 first-round pick, will get a crack at the starting job. Smart has been installed at 14-1 to claim the Rookie of the Year Award at sportsbooks monitored...
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Manny Ramirez could be on Cubs coaching staff in 2015

The Chicago Cubs need all the help they can get, so the addition of a former MLB slugger to the coaching staff shouldn’t hurt. Ex-Boston Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez could get a coaching job next season with the Cubs, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Theo Epstein, former Sox general manager and current Cubs president, did not rule out the possibility of hiring Ramirez when...
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