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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 does reddit AMA, says he likes Bud Light, 'N Sync

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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Thunder Rookie Mitch McGary: ‘So What’ I Smoked Weed In College (Video)

Mitch McGary has no problem talking about the drug suspension that prematurely ended his college career at Michigan. The 22-year-old power forward tested positive for marijuana late last season and, facing a one-year ban from college hoops, elected to declare for the 2014 NBA draft, where he was selected No. 21 overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder. McGary was very candid about...
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Jerod Mayo Says ‘It’s Tough To Lose A Brother’ After Logan Mankins Trade

New England Patriots players were reportedly upset this week when the team traded co-captain guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. One of the team’s remaining veterans discussed the move on Friday. Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo is also one of the team’s co-captains, and apparently that means he’s able to publicly speak about the eye-opening transaction. Mayo didn’t...
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Bud Bash Homers Of The Week: Mike Napoli Launches Moonshot In Toronto

The Boston Red Sox aren’t having the most successful season at the plate in 2014, but they still have players who can provide plenty of pop. Mike Napoli reminded us of that in a big way on Tuesday, when he smacked an absolute bomb into the top deck of the Rogers Centre in the 11th inning of Boston’s 11-7 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Napoli wasn’t the only player who displayed...
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Louisiana-Monroe Trots Out Camo Jerseys For Season Opener (Photos)

College football has produced no shortage of creative and ridiculous uniforms over the past few years, but none have reached the level of absurdity of Louisiana-Monroe’s “Camo Out.” The Warhawks went full “Duck Dynasty” for their season opener against Wake Forest, dressing in camouflage and encouraging fans to do the same. Here they are before the game! http://t.co/0NnpOroz6I—...
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Docs: Rob Ford Made High School Football Team Roll In ‘Goose Droppings’

TORONTO — Newly released documents say Toronto Mayor Rob Ford once made players on a high school football team roll in goose droppings. The scandal-plagued mayor was fired last year from a side-job as a volunteer coach at Don Bosco high school after he made disparaging remarks to a TV network about parents and their children. The documents from Toronto’s Catholic School Board...
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Tom Brady Makes Rare Cameo As Extra Point Holder For Patriots (GIF)

Jimmy Garappolo took every snap at quarterback for the New England Patriots on Thursday, but Tom Brady’s night wasn’t entirely uneventful. The quarterback entered the game for one play midway through the second quarter of the Patriots’ final preseason game, serving as the holder on a Stephen Gostkowski extra point. Punter Ryan Allen normally handles the holding duties for...
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Brad Marchand Shows Off Singing Skills In New ‘NHL 15′ Commercial (Video)

EA Sports’ new “NHL 15″ video game featuring cover athlete Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins releases on Sept. 9, and we are starting to see some of the first commercials. One of them is of Bruins winger Brad Marchand signing a song called “I Want to Marry NHL 15.” The video also gave us this image, which probably will be put into the visiting locker room to frighten...
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Patrice Bergeron Does Poetry In Latest ‘NHL 15′ Commercial (Video)

This is a side of Patrice Bergeron we’ve never seen before. The Boston Bruins center isn’t known for being real outgoing. That’s not a bad thing. He always says the right things and makes sure to carry himself like a true professional at all times. However, he rarely shows his lighter side. The defending Selke Trophy winner is featured on the cover of the “NHL 15″ video...
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A’s Play Game Under Protest After Controversial Obstruction Call (Video)

A pivotal four-game series between the Los Angeles Angels and Oakland A’s got off to an odd start Thursday night. With the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Angels shortstop Erick Aybar smacked a high-bouncing ball down the first base line. A’s pitcher Dan Otero and first baseman Brandon Moss both converged on the ball, with Otero grabbing it in time to tag Aybar...
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Bill Murray Takes Tickets, Catches First Pitch At Baseball Game (Video)

Bill Murray doesn’t do a ton of acting anymore, but he still continues to do other awesome stuff. He was at it again on Thursday night in St. Paul, Minnesota, of all places. Murray was in town to take in a St. Paul Saints game, an independent league baseball team of which he’s a primary owner. In the team’s final game at Midway Stadium, Murray was in attendance to help celebrate...
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Celtics Forward Jeff Green Makes $1M Donation To Georgetown

Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green gave back to his alma mater in a big way Thursday. Green, who played three seasons at Georgetown from 2004 to 2007, donated $1 million to assist in the school’s construction of a new, $62 million athletic facility. “First and foremost, (Georgetown) gave me an opportunity to pursue my dream of getting to the NBA,” Green said, via The Washington...
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Mariners’ Jesus Montero Throws Ice Cream Sandwich At Scout After Being Heckled

A perfectly good ice cream sandwich went to waste Thursday night as tempers flared at a minor league baseball game. Seattle Mariners farmhand Jesus Montero — once one of baseball’s top prospects — had to be restrained as part of an altercation with a scout. According to MILB.com, Montero was held back by coaches and teammates as he attempted to climb into the stands to fight...
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Study: Harvard, Not BC, Is Most Popular College Football Team In Mass.

UMass’ promotion two years ago gave the state of Massachusetts two participants in the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision. But, according to data compiled by TicketCity, neither is the commonwealth’s most popular college football team. That honor instead goes to Harvard, which quietly has built a reputation as one of the nation’s most consistently successful programs. Four...
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Texas A&M’s Rout Of South Carolina Earns Fans $1M In Free Furniture

If Texas A&M fans were missing Johnny Manziel, that likely changed after Thursday night. Sophomore quarterback Kenny Hill, the official heir to Johnny Football, threw for a school-record 511 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Aggies to a shocking 52-28 rout of No. 9-ranked South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. For A&M fans, things only got better after that. According to...
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