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Red Sox Notes: Offense Can’t Capitalize On Golden Opportunities Again Vs. Royals

BOSTON — The Red Sox’s plus-116 run differential is the best in the American League and the second best in Major League Baseball. They lead the league in team average (.284), OPS (.813), runs (692), hits (1,278) and doubles (281). So why can’t they seem to score with runners on base lately? The Red Sox lost to the Kansas City Royals 6-3 at Fenway Park on Thursday despite having...
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Patriots-Panthers Notes: Terrance Knighton’s Roster Spot In Question After DNP

The New England Patriots already have cut ties with four veterans this preseason. After the events of Friday night, it would not be surprising if Terrance Knighton soon became the fifth. Knighton, a 30-year-old defensive tackle, did not play a single snap in the Patriots’ third game of the preseason — an ominous sign for a player who already had been pushed toward the fringes...
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D.J. Foster Presents Patriots With Difficult Decision After Strong Debut

It almost would have been easier on the New England Patriots if D.J. Foster didn’t look so good Friday in his preseason debut. The running back carried the ball three times for 13 yards and caught three passes for 33 yards in limited reps. He showed a burst of quickness other healthy Patriots running backs don’t quite possess. And his speed, hands and agility certainly caught...
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Patriots’ Cyrus Jones Flashes Return Potential In Win Over Panthers

New England Patriots rookie cornerback Cyrus Jones has been returning punts since his first day of spring practice. He put together his best return of the preseason Friday, seemingly evading the entire Carolina Panthers coverage team during an impressive 60-yard runback. “I think it’s the same thing with any returner,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick told reporters after the...
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Mookie Betts’ Stellar Five-Hit Game Not Enough To Lift Red Sox Past Royals

Mookie Betts did it again Friday night, although the Boston Red Sox didn’t get the result they were hoping for against the Kansas City Royals. The Red Sox outfielder went 5-for-5 with two RBIs in Boston’s 6-3 loss to Kansas City. He now is hitting .390 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs in August. Hear what Mookie Betts had to say about the loss in the video from “Red Sox First...
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Patriots’ Final Cornerback Spot Still Cloudy After Third Preseason Game

The New England Patriots are three games into the preseason, and the decision Bill Belichick will have make on a fifth cornerback to crack the 53-man roster isn’t getting any easier. Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan and Cyrus Jones are locks, and Justin Coleman remains an odds-on favorite to make the regular-season roster. So, Belichick will have to decide between undrafted rookies...
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As Tom Brady Debuts, Jimmy Garoppolo Shows He Still Has Ways To Go

Though he completed just three of his nine passes, Tom Brady looked cool, calm and collected Friday night in his first game action of the 2016 preseason. He appeared at ease despite his long layoff, showing the sort of poise New England Patriots fans have come to expect from one of the NFL’s premier quarterbacks. The same could not be said about Jimmy Garoppolo. After promising...
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Patriots Pick Six: Logan Ryan Among Standouts In 19-17 Preseason Win

New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will not be included in this week’s preseason standouts. Garoppolo went just 9 of 15 for 57 yards in unideal circumstances against a stout Carolina Panthers defense. He started the game, then came out for four series as Tom Brady replaced him, then was reinserted into the game, which the Patriots won 19-17. It’s worth noting Garoppolo...
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Dwyane Wade’s Cousin Fatally Shot In Chicago While Pushing Child In Stroller

Tragedy struck Dwyane Wade’s family Friday. Wade’s cousin Nykea Aldridge was fatally shot while pushing her child in a stroller on the South Side of Chicago on Friday afternoon. She was 32 years old. My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough — DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 27...
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Red Sox Wrap: Steven Wright’s Rough First Inning Dooms Boston In 6-3 Loss To Royals

BOSTON — The Red Sox didn’t get off to great start Friday, to say the least, and they couldn’t finish things out, either. Knuckleballer Steven Wright gave up five runs on two home runs to put the Red Sox in a 5-0 hole in the first inning. But even after he pulled himself together from there on out, Boston’s offense had a tough time plating runs despite racking up 15 hits...
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LeGarrette Blount Goes Airborne, Makes Panthers Defender Look Silly

LeGarrette Blount is listed at 6 feet, 250 pounds. He also has the ability to jump clear over would-be tacklers, as Carolina Panthers safety Tre Boston found out the hard way Friday night. During the New England Patriots’ first offensive series of the second half, Blount received a swing pass from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and hurled directly over Boston, allowing the Patriots to...
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Jordan Spieth Gets Schooled By Spelling Bee Co-Winner Jairam Hathwar

Jordan Spieth is pretty good at golf, to say the least, but he might want to leave the spelling to the professionals. Spieth recently met up with Scripps National Spelling Bee co-champion Jairam Hathwar, who is a big fan of the former No. 1 golfer in the world, at Bethpage State Park before The Barclays. The two blended both of their specialties into a golf/spelling game, which...
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Tom Brady’s Dime To Chris Hogan Highlights Patriots QB’s Preseason Debut

Tom Brady played full-speed football for the first time in 215 days Friday night, and he looked … well, he looked a lot like Tom Brady. After not suiting up for either of the New England Patriots’ first two preseason games, Brady entered early in the second quarter of New England’s exhibition matchup with the Carolina Panthers and immediately made his presence felt. Brady found Aaron...
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UFC Fight Night Vancouver Demian Maia Vs. Carlos Condit Weigh-In Results

UFC Fight Night Vancouver, which is headlined by the welterweight clash between Demian Maia and Carlos Condit, and the featherweight battle between Anthony Pettis and Charles Oliveira, airs live on FOX from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX at 6 p.m., and the event’s first two fights will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT...
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Aly Raisman Uses David Ortiz As Olympic Medal Holder To Throw First Pitch At Fenway

BOSTON — David Ortiz got to try on some new chains thanks to Aly Raisman, The U.S. Olympic gymnast and Needham, Mass., native threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park ahead of the Red Sox’s game against the Kansas City Royals, and she needed somewhere to hang her medals. Luckily, Ortiz was nearby and more than happy to do the job. Raisman won two silver medals at the...
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Aly Raisman: Preparing For Second Olympics Was Hardest Thing I’ve Done

Winning medals at one Olympics is hard enough, but coming back for a second time and repeating that success four years later is a whole different story. But that’s exactly what USA gymnast Aly Raisman accomplished at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, as she upped her career medal count to six. And that took a lot of preparation and training. “It was the hardest thing I’ve...
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Andrew Benintendi Has No Structural Damage In Knee; Red Sox Optimistic About Return

BOSTON — The Red Sox dodged a huge bullet with Andrew Benintendi’s injury. The Red Sox left fielder hit the 15-day disabled list Thursday after a pretty gruesome-looking knee injury he suffered during Wednesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, and many were expecting the worst. But after an examination in Boston on Friday before the Red Sox’s game against the Kansas City...
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Tom Werner, Red Sox Won’t Be Surprised If Postseason Race Goes To Final Series

If the 2016 Major League Baseball season ended Friday, the Boston Red Sox would be safely in the postseason. But there’s still over a month remaining, and they are locked in a close race with the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles in the American League East and wild-card standings. “We have a team that’s capable of being five games in front. There were some bitter defeats...
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What Do Fans Like About Red Sox Catcher Sandy Leon’s 2016 Season?

If someone told you in spring training that Sandy Leon would be the Boston Red Sox’s starting catcher in late August, you probably wouldn’t have believed them. But that’s exactly what happened, and it couldn’t be going any better for Leon and the Red Sox. Leon has been a pleasant surprise at the plate for Boston with his .369 batting average, seven home runs and 26 RBIs...
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Sign Up For NESN Papi Text Alerts, Thanks To BuyAToyota.Com, And Relish David Ortiz’s Final Season

David Ortiz is having a record-breaking final season for the Boston Red Sox. Now you don’t have to miss an at-bat, with text alerts that inform you every time he’s coming to the plate, as well as in-game Papi stats, notice of his farewell celebrations on the road and special Papi TV programs. Text “Papi” to 536536, and you’ll be signed up for the alerts, thanks to BuyAToyota...
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Red Sox Vs. Royals Lineup: Steven Wright Makes First Start Back From DL

BOSTON — The Red Sox officially have their knuckleballer back. Steven Wright is back on Boston’s roster after a stint on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation, just in time to start against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park. Wright’s last outing was a complete-game shutout against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Aug. 5, so the Red Sox certainly are hoping he’ll...
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Clint Dempsey Has Heart Problem, Will Miss USA Soccer, MLS Action

With 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying set to resume, Clint Dempsey’s health is the chief concern in most U.S. soccer circles. The Seattle Sounders announced in a statement Friday that Dempsey is undergoing evaluation for an irregular heartbeat. Dempsey will miss Sunday’s MLS game between his Sounders and the Portland Timbers, and the United States’ upcoming World Cup qualifiers...
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Joe Lauzon Wants To Make Jim Miller Bleed So Bad That He Gets Matching Scar

If you easily get nauseous, then you probably shouldn’t watch a replay of Joe Lauzon’s brutal fight against Jim Miller at UFC 155, which was the definition of a bloodbath. Lauzon, who fights out of East Bridgewater, Mass., bled like crazy for most of the fight due to a huge gash around his eyebrow, but he powered through and pushed it to a decision. He lost by unanimous decision...
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Marshawn Lynch Gets Last Laugh When Asked To Autograph Patriots Shirt

Marshawn Lynch must still be broken up about that whole Super Bowl thing. Judging by a couple of photos posted on Reddit, Lynch recently was asked to autograph a New England Patriots T-shirt, which apparently didn’t sit well with the former Seattle Seahawks running back. As seen in the photos, Lynch ditched a traditional autograph in favor of something snarkier. Photo via Reddit...
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Marshawn Lynch Learns Rugby, Meets South Sydney Rabbitohs Down Under

Marshawn Lynch’s retirement from the NFL hasn’t stopped him from making waves on the football field; rugby football that is. The ex-Seattle Seahawks running back visited the South Sydney Rabbitohs this week during a trip to Australia. He spent some time at Redfearn Oval and learned a few tricks of football trade that’s most popular down under. .@MoneyLynch became an honorary...
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