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Billy Jaffe: Third Line, Defensive Logjam Among Questions For Bruins (Video)

The regular season is less than a week away, but that doesn’t mean the Boston Bruins have it all figured out. The B’s have two more preseason games on the schedule before they drop the puck on the regular season against the Philadelphia Flyers on Oct. 8. Those two games will be do-or-die time for a number of skaters hoping to crack the team’s 23-man roster. While many Bruins...
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2014-15 Detroit Red Wings Preview: Playoff Streak Will Extend To 24 Seasons

Making predictions in a difficult task at the beginning of every NHL season. But for the last two decades, the safest prediction has been picking the Detroit Red Wings to reach the playoffs. The Original Six franchise extended its postseason streak to a record 23 seasons in 2013-14 by earning a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. It was a remarkable feat considering all of...
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Madison Bumgarner, Giants Shut Out Pirates In National League Wild Card

PITTSBURGH — Madison Bumgarner pitched a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts, and Brandon Crawford hit the first grand slam by a shortstop in postseason history as the San Francisco Giants routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 on Wednesday night in the National League wild-card game. San Francisco will face the NL East champion Washington Nationals in the NL Division Series on Friday....
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Devin McCourty: Patriots Have ‘Got To Let It Show’ On Game Day (Video)

Devin McCourty says the New England Patriots are working to improve in practice. He’s also aware that means nothing if they play poorly on game day. The Patriots certainly did the latter Monday night, falling 41-14 to the Kansas City Chiefs to drop to 2-2 on the season and set off panic mode in the region of New England. McCourty and the Patriots are aware of the criticism, but...
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Report: Aaron Dobson Benched For Aruging With Josh McDaniels

Aaron Dobson’s absence from Week 3 and 4 reportedly has more to do with insubordination than talent. Dobson was benched in Weeks 3 and 4 because he mouthed off to New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, a league source told The Boston Globe’s Shalise Manza Young. Dobson and McDaniels had “at least one loud disagreement,” according to Young’s source...
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Ex-New England Patriot Reche Caldwell Pleads Guilty To Mailing Ecstasy

Former New England Patriots wide receiver Reche Caldwell could be facing serious jail time after pleading guilty Wednesday to possession and intent to sell ecstasy. Caldwell was arrested in Tampa, Fla., in May after trying to send two packages of the drug in the mail. He admitted to shipping and receiving more than two pounds, per TMZ Sports. The offense carries a maximum punishment...
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Pirates fan somehow ended up in Giants dugout

Finding your seat at a sporting event can be tough. You have to navigate an enormous stadium through crowds of people to find the correct level, section, row and seat, and sometimes it gets a little disorienting. But one Pittsburgh Pirates fan made the whole process look a lot more difficult than it actually is. During Pittsburgh’s National League wild-card game against the San...
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Tulane Football Creates Campaign To Prevent Violence Against Women (Video)

Football players at the college and professional levels have been making headlines for violence against women, sparking a national outcry for something to be done to protect victims and put a stop to these incidents. Tulane football joined the movement with a public service announcement created by their players to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence on campus. And what...
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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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