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David Ortiz Relates To Tom Brady’s Career Outlook, Winning Mentality

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady are cut from the same cloth. They’re elite players whose popularity transcends sports. Above all, they’re proven winners, which is a reality that’s very much the result of their own motives and desire to be great. “Tom Brady isn’t worried about fame, he’s not worried about the money he makes...
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Former Boston Bruins Defenseman Carol Vadnais Dies At 68 Years Old

NEW YORK — Former NHL defenseman Carol Vadnais, a six-time All-Star, has died. He was 68. The New York Rangers reported on their website that Vadnais, who spent seven seasons with the team, passed away Sunday. A cause of death was not given. Vadnais made his NHL debut in 1966-67 with his hometown Montreal Canadiens and played 17 NHL seasons, winning Stanley Cups in 1968 with Montreal...
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Rusney Castillo Signing Leaves Mookie Betts’ Position Uncertain (Video)

Boston Red Sox rookie Mookie Betts is a second baseman by trade, but because that position will be occupied by Dustin Pedroia for a while, he was switched to center field. Now, his outfield job is in jeopardy. Rusney Castillo, who Boston signed to a seven-year, $72.5 million deal in August, is expected to be the starting center fielder, but Betts has been playing well enough to...
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Xander Bogaerts Maintaining Composure Despite Struggles (Video)

Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts isn’t having the best season, but he certainly isn’t acting that way. If there’s anything positive to take away from the 21-year-old’s .224 batting average this season, it’s that he’s still able to maintain his composure and try his hardest every single day. “I can’t imagine a kid his age handling it the way he has,” former...
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Cristiano Ronaldo: I Wouldn’t Have Changed Real Madrid ‘Like This’

Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t happy with Real Madrid. Ronaldo didn’t put it that bluntly, but he did little to hide his feelings about Real Madrid’s activity in the summer 2014 transfer market. Under the direction of president Florentino Perez and head coach Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid added new players to and discarded others from the squad that won last season’s UEFA Champions...
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Reports: Wes Welker Suspended Four Games For Amphetamine Use

Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker will be missing time this season, but not because of a concussion. Welker has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Welker tested positive for amphetamines. Filed to ESPN: Broncos WR Wes Welker has been suspended four games...
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Tom Brady Reflects On Childhood Golfing Tradition In Newest UGG Ad (Video)

If it’s time for football, that means it’s also time for a new UGG ad starring New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. UGG for Men released its newest spot Tuesday, which features Brady, his father Tom Brady Sr., and his dog Lua enjoying life’s smaller moments as they reflect on a special tradition the men in the family shared — golf. According to a press release from...
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Mike Napoli Fighting Nagging Injuries: ‘I’ve Been Banged Up All Year’

A position change was supposed to prevent this sort of thing. Mike Napoli, who left behind a career of catching to become a full-time first baseman upon joining the Boston Red Sox before the 2013 season, is a hurting human. The 32-year-old has played 109 games this season, but nagging injuries are taking their toll. “I’m banged up,” Napoli told ESPN.com’s Gordon Edes on Monday...
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Red Sox-Yankees Live: Joe Kelly Gets First Taste Of Boston-New York Rivalry

6:12 p.m.: Brock Holt will return to the leadoff spot Tuesday. Holt batted second in Monday’s series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mookie Betts, who has been playing very well since his most recent recall, led off against lefty Drew Smyly. Holt will play second base again in Dustin Pedroia’s absence. The outfield will consist of Betts in center field,...
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Rodney Harrison: Tom Brady Could Play 10 Or 15 More Years With Rule Changes

Most people believe that 37-year-old New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s playing days are numbered. Rodney Harrison doesn’t. The former Pats safety joined WEEI’s “Middays with MFB” on Tuesday and said he thinks Brady has at least another decade in him. “Tom Brady is probably talking about him playing until he’s 45, 50 years old because of the rule changes...
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Radamel Falcao Thanks Agent, Lawyers For Complex Man United Move

Radamel Falcao hasn’t said much since completing an astonishing move to Manchester United on transfer deadline day. On Monday, Falcao joined Manchester United from French club AS Monaco in a season-long loan deal that reportedly will cost the Premier League club around £24 million ($39.6 million), according to the Telegraph. Upon completing the move, Falcao had a standard message...
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Patrice Bergeron: Bruins Have Something To Prove In 2014-15 Season

The Boston Bruins returned to the ice Tuesday morning, as a number of players participated in the first informal practice of the season at Ristuccia Arena. Veteran center Patrice Bergeron led the group, which included current Bruins, Providence Bruins, prospective B’s and even former teammate Shawn Thornton, in the on-ice session. “It’s always nice to get back here,” Bergeron...
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Craig Breslow: Yoenis Cespedes ‘Can Throw A Baseball Across The World’

Yoenis Cespedes has drawn rave reviews in his short time with the Boston Red Sox. Cespedes’ stint with the Red Sox, which began July 31 when Boston traded pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for the Cuban slugger, has involved a steady diet of compliments. Several players have expressed amazement over Cespedes’ skills, both offensively...
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Red Sox Recall Anthony Ranaudo, Dan Butler Before Series With Yankees

The Boston Red Sox’s roster is growing. The Red Sox recalled pitcher Anthony Ranaudo and catcher Dan Butler before Tuesday’s game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The moves come one day after Boston made pitcher Steven Wright its first September call-up of 2014. Ranaudo is scheduled to start Wednesday’s game against the Yankees. It’ll be the fourth start of...
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Report: Cowboys looking to add Michael Sam to practice squad

The St. Louis Rams cut defensive end Michael Sam at the NFL’s 53-man roster deadline Saturday, but Sam might find a new home soon. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Dallas Cowboys are “doing research” into the plan of signing Sam to their practice squad. #Cowboys spent today calling players, gauging reaction to signing Michael Sam. They’ll have him in...
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Dustin Pedroia Out Of Red Sox Lineup For Third Straight Game

The Boston Red Sox will kick off their three-game series with the New York Yankees on Tuesday night, as they wrap up their 10-game road trip. The Red Sox will once again be without Dustin Pedroia, who was elbowed in the head during Saturday’s 7-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The second baseman, who sat out the past two games, suffered concussion-like symptoms after taking the hit...
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Red Sox Road Trips Aren’t Just Police Escorts And Charter Flights (Photos)

Moving the Red Sox traveling party around during a baseball season is like a well-choreographed ballet, orchestrated by a bunch of dedicated professionals. A road trip starts on the last day of a home stand when players and personnel arrive Fenway Park. The man in charge of orchestrating this ballet is Red Sox traveling secretary Jack McCormick. Jack is responsible for, among other...
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Bart Simpson Signs With Russian Soccer Team Zenit As Mascot (Photo,Video)

Bart Simpson took a break from starring in the Simpsons forever marathon to line up his next gig. Simpson “signed” with Russian soccer club FC Zenit St. Petersburg as its official mascot Monday. Simpson’s signing was part of an agreement between Zenit and 20th Century FOX, according to the club website. Zenit went to great lengths present Simpson as it would any new player...
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NFL Suspends Colts Owner Jim Irsay Six Games, Fines Him $500,000

The NFL didn’t waste any time handing down the punishment to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. Just hours after Irsay pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, the NFL suspended Irsay for six games and fined him $500,000 for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. The suspension will begin Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET. Irsay will...
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Tom Brady On Future With Patriots: ‘When I Suck, I’ll Retire’

Some NFL players just don’t know when to hang them up. Take Brett Favre as an example. The Packers legend could have gone out on top after 16 seasons in Green Bay, but instead decided to “unretire” several times in less-than-memorable stints with the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady hasn’t hit retirement age yet, but he’s...
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New Zealand’s Haka Dance Completely Bewilders Team USA Players (Video)

Someone really should have warned Team USA about New Zealand’s traditional Haka dance. Before their FIBA World Cup Game on Tuesday, New Zealand did the dance that is customary for the island country before a sporting event. But the pregame ritual was news to the American players, who looked somewhat scared and totally confused as to what was unfolding in front of their eyes...
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Premier League Spends Over $1B, Smashes Transfer Records In Summer 2014

LONDON — English Premier League clubs spent a record £835 million ($1.38 billion) on players during the summer transfer window, almost twice as much as any of Europe’s other top leagues. A study by football finance expert Deloitte showed gross spending in England’s top league was up more than 30 percent on the previous record of £630 million (now $1.04 billion) set in 2013...
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WWE Invites Michael Sam To Appear On Next Week’s Episode Of ‘Raw’

Michael Sam might be out of a job for the time being, but he’s got at least one option if he’s interested. World Wrestling Entertainment — also known as WWE — seemed to sense an opportunity to use Sam’s recent release from the St. Louis Rams for some extra exposure. Not long after Sam was cut loose by the Rams, the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team...
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Tim Tebow owned by more fantasy teams than Chad Henne

For some fantasy owners, emotion can occasionally cloud sound judgement on draft day. That’s the only plausible explanation we can think of for the fact that Tim Tebow is owned by more ESPN fantasy players than Chad Henne. Yes, the same Tim Tebow who hasn’t played an NFL snap since 2012. Yes, the same Chad Henne who will be starting for the Jacksonville Jaguars at quarterback...
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Tom Brady Admits He Throws Fits, Pouts To Get Gisele’s Attention

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady might not be the best guy to go to for marriage advice, but his methods apparently work. The 37-year-old revealed in an interview with Man of the World magazine that he’ll resort to childish ways to get his supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen to notice him while at home. “I like attention from her, so when I’m not getting it, I let her...
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