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Manny Ramirez Made Positive Impact On Cubs, Still Hopes To Return To Majors

The idea of Manny Ramirez having a positive impact on minor leagues players seemed, at best, far-fetched. However, Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein felt the former slugger had changed. That’s why Epstein took a chance earlier this season and signed the ex-big leaguer to serve as a coach and part-time player with the Cubs’ Triple-A team in Iowa. Taking...
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Week 1 Waiver Wire: Free Agent Steals Who Can Boost You To Victory

Did you fall asleep during the last few rounds of your fantasy draft? Not a fan of your late round picks? If so, don’t sweat it. The beauty (and frustration) about Week 1 is that everyone has a clean slate, and there’s a very good chance that a player who wasn’t drafted in your league will end up performing better than a player who was. Once the dust has settled and your roster...
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Manny Pacquiao’s NFL Song Is Latest ‘Hit’ In His ‘Singing Career’ (Video)

Manny Pacquiao will always be known foremost for what he’s able to do in a boxing ring. However, he’s been more of a singer than a boxer in recent years. Pacquiao has just two boxing wins since the beginning of 2012, but he’s had plenty of hits outside the ring as a crooner. OK, so maybe Pacquiao’s singing skills still trail his in-ring ability (quite considerably), but...
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Patriots 53-Man Roster Breakdown: Cornerback Biggest Area Of Strength

The New England Patriots’ 53-man roster still needs to be tweaked before the start of the 2014 season, even after countless moves to whittle the team down from 90 players to 53. The Patriots have an overabundance of defensive tackles and safeties, and they lack any significant depth at linebacker after this weekend’s moves. The Patriots are running out of time to fill out the...
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Report: J.J. Watt, Texans Agree On Six-Year, $100M Contract Extension

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is one of the most dominant defensive players in the NFL, and his pay is about to reflect that fact. ESPN.com reports Watt and the Texans have come to terms on a six-year contract extension that could be worth as much as $100 million. The new contract will keep him with the Texans through the 2021 season and reportedly will make Watt $51.8...
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Brady on Mankins: 'Nobody stood for Patriot football more'

As they gear up for the regular season, NFL teams often make tough decisions that aren’t always popular among teammates and fans. Count the Logan Mankins trade among those decisions. The New England Patriots surprised many last week by trading the Pro Bowl offensive lineman to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in return for tight end Tim Wright and a 2015 fourth-round draft pick. After...
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Rusney Castillo Insists He’ll Continue To Be ‘Aggressive’ With Red Sox

Newly signed Boston Red Sox center fielder Rusney Castillo is a relative unknown, but the club and its fans are slowly starting to see the vague scouting reports actualize as he begins his American career. Castillo started his new baseball life over the weekend when he made his American professional debut with the team’s Gulf Coast League affiliate. The results were mixed, but...
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Adam Dunn Homers In First At-Bat With Oakland Athletics (Video)

Adam Dunn didn’t wait long to make his impact on a struggling Oakland Athletics team. The veteran slugger was acquired by the fledgling A’s over the weekend in an attempt to wake the dormant Oakland offense. Coming off an embarrassing weekend sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels, the A’s needed a shot in the arm, and they got it off the bat of Dunn. The big guy made...
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NFL 2014 Award Predictions: Aaron Rodgers Ousts Peyton Manning As MVP

It was pretty obvious who the best teams in the NFL were last season. It was even more obvious who the best player was. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, at the ripe age of 37, set every offensive record under the sun en route to earning the fifth NFL MVP award of his storied career. By default, Manning remains the favorite to win the award again in 2014. Yet the Seattle...
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NFL 2014 Predictions: Why The Broncos Will Earn Super Bowl Redemption

Predicting the outcome of an NFL season is, to put it mildly, a bit difficult. In no other professional sports league, it seems, is there so much variance and uncertainty from year to year. The Houston Texans, fresh off their best season in franchise history, lost 14 consecutive games last year to finish with the NFL’s worst record. The Carolina Panthers, meanwhile, rattled off...
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NFL 2014 Predictions: 10 Players Poised To Break Out This Season

Victor Cruz in 2011. Doug Martin in 2012. Alshon Jeffery in 2013. Every year, at least one player vaults from relative unknown to NFL superstar, thanks to what everyone dreams of — a breakout season. Pinpointing who will break out in 2014 is a difficult exercise by nature, as the definition of a breakout star is a player who exceeds expectations and takes everyone by surprise...
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NFL 2014 Predictions: 10 Players Who Could Become Busts This Season

The NFL can be a cruel league sometimes. Let’s rephrase that — the NFL always has been a cruel league. A handful of talented, dedicated players are able to separate themselves from the riff-raff and carve out successful careers. For everyone else, their time to shine in the NFL spotlight is either fleeting or nonexistent. In the case of an undrafted rookie or a fringe special...
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Rajon Rondo, Agent Deny Report Celtics Point Guard Requested Trade

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo continues to be the subject of trade rumors, but he’s insisting he’s not the one starting those rumors. The latest news came over Labor Day weekend, as ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan “reported” that the Celtics captain requested a trade. Rondo’s camp quickly responded, and on Monday, they shot down the report. “Neither Bill nor Rajon...
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Rusney Castillo Adjusting To MLB, Will Join Portland Wednesday (Video)

Boston Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo didn’t have a great second game in the Gulf Coast League, but that’s to be expected from someone who hasn’t played a game of organized baseball in a year and a half. Castillo went 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in the GCL Red Sox’s 8-1 victory over the GCL Yankees. The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo was there for all of the action...
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Jermaine Wiggins: Pats Will Ease Rob Gronkowski Back Into Game (Video)

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said himself that he “definitely, probably won’t take all the snaps” once he returns from his knee injury. Former Pats tight end Jermaine Wiggins agrees. Wiggy said on “NESN Sports Today” on Monday that Gronk won’t see too much of the field when he first returns — which likely could be during Week 1. But that doesn’t...
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Rob Gronkowski’s Return Beneficial For New Tight End Tim Wright (Video)

The return of star tight end Rob Gronkowski obviously is a great thing for the New England Patriots, but it’s beneficial to newly acquired tight end Tim Wright as well. “I definitely think we can work off each other, and I’m going to learn a lot of things from him,” Wright said Monday. “I’m learning a lot of things from the receivers that they have and just overall from...
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Video: 'Madden NFL 15' has hilarious Tiny Titan glitch

“Madden NFL 15″ is the most realistic installation of the video game yet, so naturally that comes with a glitch or two. And one that the Internet has dubbed the “Tiny Titan” glitch is actually hilarious. Christian Kirksey is a linebacker for the Cleveland Browns who the team selected in the third round of this year’s NFL draft. He’s listed at 6-foot-2, 235 pounds on the...
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Cole Hamels, Phillies Pitch First Combined No-Hitter In Franchise History

Cole Hamels had six no-hit innings going against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on Monday, but after throwing 108 pitches in the 90-degree heat, the Philadelphia Phillies turned to their bullpen. Luckily, they kept rolling for Hamels. Jake Diekman and Dan Giles handled all of their batters in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, and former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon shut...
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Chris Kirk Rallies On Back Nine To Take Deutsche Bank Championship

NORTON, Mass. — Chris Kirk picked up the biggest victory of his career Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Still to be determined is just how big. Kirk closed with a 5-under 66 in another wild Labor Day finish at the TPC Boston, coming up with three big putts on the back nine to pull away for a two-shot victory. Along the way, he made a strong case to be one of the three...
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Dustin Pedroia Feeling ‘Normal,’ Less Concussion-Like Symptoms (Video)

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia left Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays with concussion-like symptoms after being elbowed in the head by Rays infielder Logan Forsythe and didn’t return to the lineup the next two games. Luckily, Pedroia said that he’s taking all of the necessary precautions and is feeling better. “I’m feeling normal for the most part...
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Patriots Claim Don Jones Off Waivers From Dolphins, Waive Chris Barker

The New England Patriots are still sorting out their 53-man roster. The Patriots claimed defensive back Don Jones off waivers from the Miami Dolphins and waived offensive guard Chris Barker on Monday. Jones was drafted by the Dolphins in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL draft. He played all 16 games for the Dolphins last season as a special teamer. The Patriots had a surplus of...
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Red Sox Notes: Mookie Betts Continues To Provide Offensive Spark

The Boston Red Sox won’t be involved in the playoff races in September, but exciting outfield prospect Mookie Betts is giving fans reasons to follow the team over the final month of the regular season. Betts was moved up to the leadoff spot for Monday’s series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, and he provided some much-needed offense for Boston. The 21-year...
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Japanese High School Baseball Game Takes 50 Innings, 4 Days To Finish (Video)

The Chukyo High School baseball team took the long road to a win in the National High School Rubber Baseball Tournament on Sunday, beating Miura Gakuen High School 3-0 in 50 innings. That’s right, 50 innings. That was after four days of play and 49 scoreless innings. Games in the tournament are played with a rubber ball called a “nanshiki,” which is lighter than a regular...
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Patriots’ Sebastian Vollmer Mum On Report About Moving To Guard

FOXBORO, Mass. — Sebastian Vollmer looks like the prototypical tackle at 6-foot-8, 320 pounds, so it’s no surprise that the German-born New England Patriots right tackle has never played guard. The Patriots are considering sliding Vollmer over to guard, however, according to The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin, filling the void left after trading Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and all...
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Chicago Business Offers Rent For Homeless LLWS Player’s Family

Jaheim Benton played a big role in the success of his Little League World Series team, Jackie Robinson West, which represented the Great Lakes region in this summer’s tournament. Jackie Robinson West went on to lose in the World Series finals in Williamsport, Penn., and Benton returned to Chicago to an even more harsh reality — his family was homeless. Benton’s mother is an...
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