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NFL Holiday Wishes: What If Each NFC Contender Could Receive One Gift?

This embed is invalid" /> Even the most fortunate NFL teams could use a few holiday gifts. The Arizona Cardinals are in serious need of an offensive spark, for instance. The Detroit Lions could benefit from some improved play at the center position, and the Dallas Cowboys really would appreciate a guarantee that they won’t suddenly morph back into the Cowboys...
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Nationals Pitcher Doug Fister Gives Twitter Followers Starbucks For Christmas

Christmas is all about the spirit of giving, and instead of giving expensive gifts to his teammates who probably don’t need gifts, Washington Nationals pitcher Doug Fister spread the love to his Twitter followers. Fister offered his followers a Starbucks gift card so they could get their beverage of choice on his dime. Merry Christmas Eve! Have a Starbucks on us! Have the barista...
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NFL Week 17 Picks: Matt Ryan, Falcons Go For Gold Vs. Panthers

It’s been a long season, but it finally comes down to one last week to settle the score. Oh, did you think we meant the NFL regular season? Nah, we’re talking about picks, man. With the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers primed to find out which one of them breaks into the playoffs with a losing record, NESN.com’s “experts” are polishing off...
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Paul Pierce: Playing On Christmas Gives Chance To Prove ‘Who We Are’

This embed is invalid" /> For the third straight year, Paul Pierce will awaken to play on Christmas in New York. The feeling never gets old. Playing on Christmas Day — the traditional start of the NBA’s national broadcast schedule, and when fans seem to begin paying more attention to basketball as football winds down — is still a big deal to players. Pierce...
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Jeremy Lin Gives Lakers Teammates Personalized Gold Headphones For Christmas (Photo)

The Los Angeles Lakers are having a very merry Christmas thanks to teammate Jeremy Lin. Lin surprised his teammates with customized gold Monster headphones that have the Lakers logo and each person’s nickname across the top — just in time for their flight to Chicago to take on the Bulls on Christmas day. This embed is invalid" /> It will be interesting...
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Patriots Holiday Wish List Includes Super Bowl, Gronk’s Health

Christmas came early Monday for the New England Patriots. Peyton “Santa Claus” Manning gifted the Patriots with four interceptions in the Denver Broncos’ Week 16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, helping New England clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs, which comes with some pretty handy accessories — a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs...
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4-Foot-9 Rice Running Back Gets Carry In Blowout Hawaii Bowl Win (Video)

Jayson Carter has been a part of the Rice football team since 2011, but as of Wednesday morning, he had touched the ball just once in his college career. The walk-on running back, who checks in at 4-foot-9, 140 pounds, received his first carry for the Owls last October but didn’t see any game action during the 2014 regular season. During the fourth quarter of Rice’s 30-6 win...
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Report: Ex-WWE Star Kevin Nash Arrested After Fight With Teenage Son

The holidays have not gotten off to a good start for former wrestling great Kevin Nash. The former WWE star — also known by his stage name, Diesel — was arrested early Wednesday morning after getting into a bloody fight with his 18-year-old son, according to TMZ Sports. Police in Volusia County, Florida, took Nash into custody after receiving a call...
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Peyton Manning Plans To Return To Broncos In 2015, Won’t Retire After Season

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Peyton Manning says he plans to return to the Denver Broncos in 2015 for his 18th NFL season. Manning was asked during his weekly news conference Wednesday if there was a set of circumstances that would lead him to retire. He replied: “I have not thought about those circumstances at all. So, I certainly plan on being back, if the...
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John Scott Suspended Four Games For Punch; Second Ban This Season

This embed is invalid" /> NEW YORK — San Jose Sharks forward John Scott has been suspended for four games without pay for punching Anaheim Ducks forward Tim Jackman. Scott was also banned two games in October for coming onto the ice to fight Jackman. Scott was already considered a repeat offender after he was previously suspended for an illegal hit to the head...
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Aaron Rodgers buys TVs for Packers teammates

Aaron Rodgers is a generous guy. The Green Bay Packers quarterback got into the holiday spirit Wednesday by presenting each of his offensive lineman with a brand-new, 55-inch television. Signal-callers doling out gifts to their O-line is a standard practice, but Rodgers didn’t stop there. The NFL MVP candidate also bought TVs for the men backing him up, Scott Tolzien and Matt...
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Patriots Injury Report: Jonas Gray Among 15 Limited In Practice

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots are slightly banged up heading into their last week of the regular season. Linebacker Jamie Collins (hip), running back Jonas Gray (ankle) and cornerback Brandon Browner (ankle) were added to the injury report this week as the Patriots prepare for the Buffalo Bills in Week 17. Check out the Patriots’ full injury report: LIMITED: LS Danny...
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Central Michigan-Western Kentucky Bahamas Bowl Wasn’t Too Popular (Photos)

People do all sorts of fun things for the holidays. It seems that watching a bowl game in the Bahamas is not one of them. The inaugural Popeyes Bahamas Bowl between Central Michigan and Western Kentucky kicked off at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium in Nassau on Christmas Eve. The stadium plays host to soccer games, so it has the capacity to fit quite...
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2015 Winter Classic Time-Lapse Shows Nationals Park Conversion (Video)

The nation’s capital is gearing up for a big New Year’s celebration. The 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will take place Jan. 1, 2015, at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. The Washington Capitals will host the Chicago Blackhawks at the home of Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals. Converting a baseball field into a hockey rink obviously takes time and a whole lot...
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Darrelle Revis: Patriots Have Teams Goals, Pro Bowl Isn’t One Of Them

FOXBORO, Mass. — Five New England Patriots players were voted into the 2015 Pro Bowl, but they’d rather play in the bigger game a week later. Cornerback Darrelle Revis, quarterback Tom Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski, kicker Stephen Gostkowski and special-teams ace Matthew Slater were selected to the Pro Bowl, but they’ll only represent the team if they don’t make Super...
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Houston Rockets Coach Kevin McHale Signs Contract Extension

Kevin McHale has one of the best teams in the NBA, a new freakishly gifted forward and now more than $12 million to play around with for the next three years, according to several reports. Merry Christmas to him. The Houston Rockets announced Wednesday that they had signed McHale, now in his fourth season as the team’s head coach, to a contract extension...
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Report: Ex-Red Sox A.J. Pierzynski, Braves Agree To One-Year Contract

This embed is invalid" /> A.J. Pierzynski will join his fifth team in four years. Pierzynski has agreed to a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves, according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. The deal reportedly is pending a physical and likely won’t be official until early January. Pierzynski, who turns 38 next week, is coming off a season in which...
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Liverpool Holiday Wish List: Healthy Daniel Sturridge, Time Machine (Photos)

All Liverpool wants for the holiday season can’t fit under one tree or into a single stocking, but it doesn’t hurt to ask for them anyway. Liverpool continues to struggle as the holiday season turns toward the new year. The Reds sit 10th in the Premier League standings and were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League in the group stage of the competition. Liverpool hopes to...
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Report: Fernando Torres Returning To Atletico Madrid On 18-Month Loan

Fernando Torres appears to be heading home for the new year. Torres will re-join Atletico Madrid after the Spanish club agreed to take him from AC Milan on an 18-month loan deal in exchange for Alessio Cerci, Sky Italia’s Peppe Di Stefano reported Wednesday. Accordo fatto @acmilan @Atleti #Madrid per lo scambio di prestiti di 18 mesi tra @ale_cerci_7...
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Vlade Divac Hits Halfcourt Shot, Wins $90,000 For Charity (Video)

Hopefully, the Los Angeles Lakers and MGM Grand were in giving moods Tuesday night, because Vlade Divac put them on the hook for $90,000. The Lakers topped the league-best Golden State Warriors 115-105 at Staples Center, but that wasn’t all that went right on the night. Divac, a former Lakers center, was called upon to take a halfcourt shot for charity. The big man delivered for...
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Report: Josh Smith expected to sign with Rockets

  This embed is invalid   " /> It appears that Rajon Rondo’s attempts to woo his old teammate to Dallas were unsuccessful. Josh Smith, who played his high school ball with Rondo at Oak Hill Academy, is set to sign with the Houston Rockets after clearing waivers, league sources told Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski. Smith is scheduled to clear waivers at 5 p...
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WATCH: P.K. Subban disguises himself, surprises kids for Xmas

Move over, Uncle Drew. Pro athletes disguising themselves as others is nothing new, as Kyrie Irving’s classic impersonation of an old man tearing it up on the basketball court can attest. But this holiday season, Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban decided to spice up the old trick with some extra cheer. Subban convincingly dressed up as an old security guard charged...
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Bochy: Peavy trade was best in-season move of 2014

Only time will tell just how good the Jake Peavy trade was for the Boston Red Sox. The San Francisco Giants sure aren’t complaining.   The Red Sox traded a struggling Peavy to the Giants back in July in exchange for pitching prospects Heath Hembree and Edwin Escobar. Peavy turned his season around, guided the Giants to the postseason and contributed toward San Francisco nabbing...
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Tyler Rouse, Boston College Pinstripe Bowl Favorites Vs. Penn State

The Boston College Eagles will be looking to end a five-game straight-up losing streak in the postseason when they take on the Penn State Nittany Lions in this year’s Pinstripe Bowl as 2.5-point favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Eagles’ current stretch of postseason futility dates back to their 30-12 loss to Virginia Tech in...
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NFL Week 17 TV Schedule Maps: Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo Dominate NFC Matchups

NFL fans across the country will be seeing a whole lot of Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers and Philip Rivers this Sunday. Though Romo’s Dallas Cowboys already have wrapped up the NFC East title, the majority of the nation will see their 1 p.m. matchup with the miserable Washington Redskins on FOX. They still have an outside chance of earning a first-round bye, though, and an even more...
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