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Dion Lewis Again Proves He Deserves Patriots’ Third-Down Back Role

I’ll admit to being skeptical when I heard the New England Patriots were high on Dion Lewis, entering the 2015 offseason. If they were so high on him, why didn’t they sign the undersized running back after he worked out in November of last year? And if they liked him so much, why did he go unsigned from Sept. 16, when he was cut by the Indianapolis Colts, to Dec. 31, when the...
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Blake Swihart’s Inside-The-Park Homer Should Have Been A Lot Easier (Video)

Blake Swihart helped propel the Boston Red Sox past the New York Mets in thrilling fashion Friday when he raced around the bases in the 10th inning for an inside-the-park home run. But the rookie’s mad dash — a highly impressive feat for a catcher — should never have been necessary. “I was just looking for a good pitch to hit, and I got it with the first pitch,” Swihart...
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Scott Chandler’s Kids Jump For Joy After Dad’s TD Catch For Patriots (Video)

New England Patriots tight end Scott Chandler’s touchdown catch with less than a minute left in the first half of Friday’s preseason game against the Carolina Panthers was a welcome sign for fans. You could hear the exhale from New England when quarterback Tom Brady completed his first touchdown pass after a tumultuous offseason. But there were plenty of cheers mixed in, with...
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Patriots Fullback James Develin Carted Off Field With Leg Injury In Win Over Panthers

The New England Patriots weren’t able to survive Friday night’s 17-16 preseason win against the Carolina Panthers without losing a key player to injury. Fullback James Develin suffered a lower right leg injury in the fourth quarter. He caught a pass from backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and got his right leg stuck in the turf. Develin had to be carted off the field and did...
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Red Sox Wrap: Blake Swihart’s Inside-The-Park Homer Highlights Wild Win Over Mets

The Boston Red Sox’s key to victory Friday night? Face pitchers not named Matt Harvey. The Red Sox managed just two hits and zero runs in the Mets ace’s six innings of work but plated six against New York’s struggling bullpen en route to a 6-4, 10-inning win at Citi Field. GAME IN A WORD Opportunity. Harvey was lifted after completing a perfect sixth inning, and the Red...
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Scott Chandler, Dominique Easley Among Patriots Stars In Win Over Panthers

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots needed to end the first half with a glimmer of positivity. Brady and the Patriots’ first-team offense, which continues to be ravaged by injuries, were having trouble moving the football through two and-a-half preseason games. Brady had two interceptions going into the end of the second quarter, and suddenly he was facing one of his favorite...
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Fantasy Football Takeaways From Patriots-Panthers Preseason Game

The third preseason game normally is a dress rehearsal for Week 1 of the regular season, and most of the starters for the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers played the entire first half in Friday night’s matchup at Bank of America Stadium. Here’s a fantasy football recap from Patriots-Panthers. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots Brady and the Patriots offense didn’t do much of...
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Jordan Spieth Loses No. 1 Ranking, Misses Cut In First FedEx Cup Playoff Event

EDISON, N.J. — Jordan Spieth lost out on a chance to play the weekend at The Barclays. He also lost his No. 1 ranking. Bubba Watson, momentarily distracted by a rare warning for taking too long to play a shot, recovered with a birdie on the 18th hole at Plainfield Country Club for a 2-under 68 and a one-shot lead going into the weekend at the opening FedEx Cup playoff event. Trying...
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Robert Griffin III No Longer Cleared To Play; Could Miss Redskins’ Opener

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will miss Saturday’s exhibition game at Baltimore because of a concussion, reversing an earlier decision to let him play. In a statement released Friday by the Redskins, NFL independent neurologist Robert Kurtzke is quoted that Griffin “should be held from game play this weekend and be retested in one (to) two...
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Rob Gronkowski’s younger brother, Glenn, trying to make NFL as fullback

Do you hear that, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski? That’s your brother, Glenn Gronkowski, knocking on the NFL’s doors. Glenn is preparing for his junior season at Kansas State, but he already is getting asked about his chances at playing in the NFL. However, he has one problem — he’s a fullback. The last time a fullback was picked in one of the first three...
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Tom Brady Gives Patriots Halftime Lead With TD Pass To Scott Chandler (Video)

Just like last week’s preseason game against the New Orleans Saints, the New England Patriots offense didn’t find the endzone against the Carolina Panthers on Friday night until the end of the first half. Tom Brady and new tight end Scott Chandler connected on an 18-yard touchdown (Brady’s first of the preseason) to give the Patriots a 7-6 lead entering halftime. Brady completed...
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Mets Fans Troll ‘Deflator’ Tom Brady, Patriots At Red Sox Game (Video)

The Boston Red Sox are in Queens this weekend to take on the Mets, and given New Yorkers’ general disdain for the New England Patriots, it came as no surprise when a few fans decided to take a shot at Tom Brady during Friday night’s game. We’re going to assume these two guys are working together: This embed is invalid" /> Solid burn, Mets fans...
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Jonathan Kraft: Patriots haven’t apologized to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen

The crazy situation known as Deflategate took another interesting turn Thursday when ESPN’s Chris Mortensen went on an Arizona sports radio station and said Patriots owner Robert Kraft and president Jonathan Kraft apologized to him. Jonathan Kraft went on 98.5 The Sports Hub before the Patriots’ road preseason game against the Carolina Panthers on Friday night, and he denied...
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Dave Dombrowski: Red Sox Will Play Hanley Ramirez’s Move To First ‘By Ear’

Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski spoke at length Friday about his team’s recently initiated effort to shift left fielder Hanley Ramirez to first base. Ramirez, a career infielder before this season, began practicing the new position earlier this week in Chicago. He could see game action at first over the season’s final month, but Dombrowski said...
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Dave Dombrowski: ‘You Don’t Want To Rush’ Clay Buchholz Back From Injury (Video)

It appears Clay Buchholz’s 2015 season is officially over. And his status for 2016 depends largely on his health, too. Buchholz’s status was one of many topics Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski talked about with reporters before Friday’s game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. “You don’t want to rush him and hurt him,” Dombrowski said...
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Dave Dombrowski: Hanley Ramirez’s Move To First Base ‘Seems Logical’ (Video)

Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski says he likes what he sees from his team’s three young outfielders — Jackie Bradley Jr., Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo. But that means he needs to find a different spot for current left fielder Hanley Ramirez. It appears first base is the likely landing spot for Ramirez, who was a late scratch from Friday’s...
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Mets’ Three-Headed Monster Will Put Red Sox’s Ace-Beating Trend To Test

For a last-place team, the Boston Red Sox have performed surprisingly well of late against some of the best pitching Major League Baseball has to offer. They smacked around reigning American League Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, torched Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, beat up on Kansas City Royals ringer Johnny Cueto and finished off a miserable series against the White Sox last month...
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Mike Florio: Deflategate Investigation ‘Was A Prosecution’ Of Patriots

ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio always has a hot take, and this time, it’s one that New England Patriots fans will appreciate. Florio called in to WEEI’s “Dennis and Callahan” on Friday to discuss why he has a lot of issues with the NFL’s handling of the Deflategate investigation. One of his biggest problems was with the false air pressure numbers ESPN’s Chris Mortensen...
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NFL Admits To Communication Breakdown In Patriots-Saints Preseason Game

Bill Belichick was heated Saturday night when NFL officials wiped out a would-be New England Patriots first-down conversion as time was running out in the first half. Jimmy Garoppolo completed an 11-yard pass to Brandon Gibson with 1:02 remaining in the half. The Patriots marched to he line of scrimmage quickly and Garoppolo completed another pass to Gibson for a first down....
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Red Sox Prospect Draws Pedro Martinez Comparison From Pitching Coach

Anderson Espinoza signing with the Red Sox in July 2014 didn’t generate the same buzz that later came with Boston signing fellow international free agents Rusney Castillo and Yoan Moncada. But it’s time for casual fans to start taking notice. Espinoza doesn’t turn 18 until March, yet he’s been lights out in his first season in the Red Sox system. The Venezuelan right-hander...
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Patriots-Panthers Live: Reggie Wayne To Make Preseason Debut?

5:30 p.m. ET: It sounds like newly-signed wide receiver Reggie Wayne will make his New England Patriots preseason debut Friday night. ESPN’s Mike Reiss, among other reporters in Charlotte, is reporting Wayne was the first player on the field before the Patriots take on the Carolina Panthers in their all-important third preseason game. Wayne officially signed with the Patriots...
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Patriots Pass Rusher-Turned-Tight End Jake Bequette Placed On Injured Reserve

Jake Bequette’s conversion into a pass-catcher will be put on hold for the 2015 season. The New England Patriots placed Bequette on injured reserve Friday after he cleared waivers. The Patriots waived/injured the 2012 third-round draft pick Thursday. Bequette, who was drafted as a defensive end, starting making the transition to tight end last season while on the practice squad...
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David Ortiz Starts At First Base As Red Sox Visit Matt Harvey, Mets

David Ortiz will pick up the glove once again for the Boston Red Sox on Friday as they begin their final road interleague series of 2015. Ortiz, usually Boston’s designated hitter, will start at first base against New York Mets ace Matt Harvey at Citi Field. Ortiz sat out Wednesday’s 3-0 win over the Chicago White Sox, as did Pablo Sandoval, who will start at third base and bat...
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Jack Zduriencik Fired After Seven Seasons As Mariners General Manager

SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners fired general manager Jack Zduriencik on Friday after seven disappointing seasons during which the club failed to end its playoff drought. Mariners president Kevin Mather announced the decision to fire Zduriencik, with assistant general manager Jeff Kingston taking over on an interim basis. Kingston joined the Mariners front office in 2009 after spending...
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Premier League Round 4 Schedule: Tottenham, Everton Meet Amid Transfer Madness

Fans should savor the fourth round of Premier League action because they’ll have to wait a couple weeks before the chance to fulfill their desires for more action from England’s top flight comes back around. The 20 Premier League clubs are in action this weekend in their final games before the first international break of the 2015-16 season. The results of this weekend’s games...
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