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Ex-Steeler James Harrison Announces Retirement From NFL Via Facebook

In the middle of a day when NFL teams are faced with a number of tough decisions, free agent linebacker James Harrison made a difficult decision of his own. The 36-year-old announced his retirement from the NFL on Saturday via a statement posted on Facebook, citing a desire to be closer to his family that outweighed his current passion for the game. Harrison earned a reputation...
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Patriots Roster Cuts: Sixth-Round Pick Jon Halapio Reportedly Waived

The New England Patriots must cut 22 players by 4 p.m. on Saturday. The Patriots began their cuts by waiving sixth-round draft pick Jon Halapio, a source told the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe on Saturday. The guard indicated he had been cut on Twitter. Back to the drawing boards. Time to refocus and plan the next move #Determined— Jon Halapio (@Jhalapio67) August 30, 2014 The Patriots...
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Bills Pro Shop Accidentally Puts Patriots Logo On Back Of Hat (Photo)

With football season right around the corner, fans across the country are flocking to pro shops to stock up on gear from their favorite teams. Well, that’s the plan anyways. One avid Buffalo Bills fan did the same Thursday night, electing to go with a blue mesh hat with a red Bills logo emblazoned on the front. When he returned home and got a better look, however, he noticed something...
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Jermaine Wiggins: ‘Business As Usual’ For Patriots’ O-Line Vs. Giants (Video)

The New England Patriots lost a key cog in their offensive line earlier this week when they traded Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Yet life in the NFL goes on, and that was the motto when the Patriots took the field in their final preseason game against the New York Giants. Former Patriot Jermaine Wiggins recognizes that the loss of Mankins is significant, but he says...
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NFL Roster Cuts 2014 Live Blog: NFL Teams Trim Down To 53-Man Rosters

9:00 a.m.: The day that every NFL reserve player dreads is finally here. NFL teams must trim their official rosters down to 53 players by 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon, which means that a number of promising players will be sent home early over the course of the day. Some teams enter the day with nearly 75 players on their roster, so keeping up with who doesn’t make the cut can be...
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Red Sox’s Rusney Castillo To Make Minor-League Debut Sunday

Newly signed Boston Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo will make his minor-league debut Sunday in Game 2 of the Gulf Coast League finals. Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed the news after his team’s 8-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night at Tropicana Field. The Red Sox’s GCL team will square off against the Yankees’ affiliate in a three-game finals series, which...
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Allen Webster Will Get Chance To Show His Worth Vs. Tampa Bay (Video)

Boston Red Sox starter Allen Webster put forth three straight quality starts before Sunday, but that day’s start against the Seattle Mariners didn’t go so hot. Webster went just 4 1/3 innings, giving up 6 earned runs on eight hits and earning the loss in the 8-6 defeat. But he’ll get a chance to redeem himself Saturday. The righty will square off against another youngster...
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Red Sox Notes: Mookie Betts, Anthony Ranaudo Shine In Win Over Rays

The Boston Red Sox are trying to figure out which young players deserve consideration for a roster spot in 2015, and rookie outfield Mookie Betts and starting pitcher Anthony Ranaudo made compelling cases in Friday’s 8-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Betts got the start in center field and made a powerful impact at the plate. He reached base three times, collected two hits, scored...
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Jesus Montero Benched For Season; Mariners Scout Awaiting Discipline

SEATTLE — Jesus Montero will not play baseball again this season for the Seattle Mariners’ organization after a heated confrontation in the stands with a team scout during a minor league game in Boise, Idaho. Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik said on Friday that the actions of Montero and cross-checker Butch Baccala were “unacceptable” and “embarrassing” for the...
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App Tracks Best Places To Sit To Catch A Foul Ball At Six Stadiums

Baseball is notorious for its propensity to track every statistic possible, but surprisingly, baseball statisticians don’t track foul balls. That’s how IdealSeat was born. IdealSeat is an app that tracks the location of foul balls at a given stadium and uses a formula to figure out the probability of a ball landing in every section of the ballpark. Then, it tells the user...
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Mookie Betts Hits First Career Grand Slam At Tropicana Field (Video)

Mookie Betts is still trying to prove that he deserves a spot on the Boston Red Sox roster, and he made quite the case for himself Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Betts was up with two outs and the bases loaded in the second inning when he launched a no-doubter over the left field wall on the second pitch he saw. It was his first career grand slam and his third home run of the...
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David Ortiz, Chris Archer Face Off In Latest Red Sox-Rays Rematch (Video)

All eyes will be on David Ortiz and Chris Archer during Friday’s matchup between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays. The Red Sox slugger and Rays starter had themselves a little back-and-forth after their last meeting, when Archer didn’t appreciate the length of Ortiz’s trot after he hit a three-run home run off of him. So will they bring the gloves out during this latest...
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Nick Cafardo: Rusney Castillo Could Be With Red Sox Mid-September (Video)

Now that Rusney Castillo has been granted his work visa, the question is when he’ll make his way up to the Boston Red Sox. The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo said that time will likely come mid-September. The Cuban outfielder has been working out in Fort Myers, Fla., and could see game action in the Gulf Coast League as early as Sunday. Castillo should also be able to get some experience...
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Red Sox-Rays Live: Boston Takes 3-0 Lead In First Inning

Mid 1st, Red Sox 3-0: The Red Sox struck for three runs to begin the game, and were also aided by some poor Rays defense. Brock Holt led off the game with a single, and then advanced to second base when Dustin Pedroia walked. David Ortiz flied out to center for the first out. Yoenis Cespedes singled to right field, driving in Holt for the first run of the game and advancing Pedroia...
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ESPN’s Josina Anderson On Rams Coverage: I Empathize With Michael Sam

After Josina Anderson’s report on St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam’s showering habits outraged many, ESPN apologized for “(failing) to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports.” On Friday, it was Anderson’s turn, though what she gave wasn’t exactly an apology. “I wanted to take this opportunity to say I understand the vast...
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Keegan Bradley Among Leaders At Deutsche Bank Championship

NORTON, Mass. — In the final tournament before Ryder Cup teams are set, Keegan Bradley did his best Friday to make an impression in the Deutsche Bank Championship. So did Webb Simpson. Bradley played bogey-free in a gentle breeze at the TPC Boston for a 6-under 65, giving him the lead among early starters in the second FedEx Cup playoff event. Simpson, who also would need to be...
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ESPNW Writers Create ‘Relationship-Based’ Fantasy Football Rating System

Fantasy football is, like, so hard, right ladies? That’s why the “Sisters Williams,” writing for ESPNW, created a “simple relationship-based rating system” for drafting your fantasy team. Because apparently women just can’t understand statistics. Here’s just a taste of how their system works: “LeSean McCoy and Calvin Johnson are two of the very best players in the...
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San Francisco 49ers Linebacker Aldon Smith Suspended Nine Games By NFL

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL after a series of off-field legal issues. A statement Friday from the league said Smith had violated the NFL’s substance abuse and personal conduct policies. Smith won’t be eligible to return until Nov. 10, the day after the 49ers’ game against the New Orleans Saints...
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Fantasy Hockey Rankings: Tuukka Rask, Henrik Lundqvist Lead Goaltenders

The 2014-15 fantasy hockey season is fast approaching. Once the calendar turns to September, drafts will be taking place as NHL training camps get underway. Over the next week, NESN.com will provide fantasy rankings for each position, a list of top rookies and a complete “Top 100″ ranking to help hockey fans dominate their draft. We will start with the top goaltenders. Safest...
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Edmonton Oilers Re-Sign D-Man Justin Schultz To One-Year Contract

Justin Schultz has re-signed with the Edmonton Oilers on a one-year contract worth $3.675 million, the team announced Friday. The 24-year-old defenseman has played two NHL seasons, both with Edmonton, and he’s tallied 60 points in 122 games. From an offensive standpoint, he’s been impressive, but the former University of Wisconsin star still has major strides to make defensively...
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David Ortiz-Chris Archer Showdown Highlights Red Sox-Rays Series Opener

The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays don’t have much to play for as both teams are just about out of contention. That still might not take away from one of baseball’s hottest rivalries. The Sox and Rays will open a four-game series on Friday night at Tropicana Field, and it marks the first time the two clubs have met since late July where the two clubs were none too pleased...
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Bengals Release Former Patriots Running Back BenJarvus Green-Ellis

BenJarvus Green-Ellis now is a man without a team. The Cincinnati Bengals have released the 29-year-old running back in the final round of preseason roster cuts, the team announced Friday. Green-Ellis, who played four seasons with the New England Patriots before joining the Bengals in 2012, led Cincinnati in rushing each of the last two seasons. He was forced to share snaps with...
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Mariners Scout: Jesus Montero Ice Cream Incident Not Accurately Reported

Jesus Montero’s alleged ice cream-throwing might not have gone down exactly as reported. Butch Baccala, the Seattle Mariners scout who reportedly heckled Montero, delivered an ice cream sandwich to the former stud prospect in the dugout and had said sandwich thrown back at him at a minor league game in Boise, told The Seattle Times on Friday that what occurred is “not what is...
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Eli Manning says he likes Bud Light, 'N Sync in Reddit AMA

There’s an ongoing debate as to whether New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is an elite quarterback. What’s becoming harder and harder to argue, however, is that the younger Manning QB has a great sense of humor. The Giants signal-caller showcased his unique personality Friday afternoon when he took some time out of his presumably busy schedule to take some questions on Reddit...
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Tony Stewart: Kevin Ward Jr.'s death will 'affect my life forever'

HAMPTON, Ga. — Speaking quietly and with a trembling voice, NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart said Friday that the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will “affect my life forever” as he returned to the track for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint-car race in New York three weeks ago. “I’ve taken the last couple of weeks off out of respect...
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