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Alan Branch Strolls Through Patriots Locker Room After Reportedly Agreeing To Contract

FOXBORO, Mass. — There was a 6-foot-6, 325-pound man in the New England Patriots’ locker room wearing a Michigan sweatshirt and Detroit Tigers hat who answered to Alan, and he stopped at a locker with a No. 97 jersey hanging in it. It’s safe to say Alan Branch has arrived at Gillette Stadium. Branch briefly breezed through the Patriots’ locker room during media availability...
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Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool Adressed Mario Balotelli, Pepe Shirt Swap Internally

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers quickly doused the fire surrounding Mario Balotelli’s controversial jersey exchange before it could spread. Balotelli was criticized for exchanging jerseys with Pepe at halftime of Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League game between Liverpool and Real Madrid. Liverpool was trailing 3-0 at the break when the Liverpool striker and Real Madrid defender...
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Johnny Boychuk Grateful For Opportunity Bruins Gave Him For Six Seasons

BOSTON — Johnny Boychuk understands the business of the NHL, even if it’s difficult to deal with at times. The Bruins went into training camp with eight NHL-caliber defenseman, many of whom were on one-way contracts and/or needed additional ice time at the top level to continue their development. Boychuk knew that it was possible that he could be the odd man out. Ultimately,...
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Yankees’ CC Sabathia: I Would Take Jon Lester In Must-Win Playoff Game

The New York Yankees don’t need to look far for a ringing endorsement of Jon Lester. CC Sabathia was asked during an interview with ESPN Radio on Wednesday who he’d want on the mound in a must-win playoff game. The Yankees pitcher pointed to a longtime American League rival. “I think it would have to be, I guess, Jon Lester,” Sabathia said. “I like Lester.” Sabathia and...
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Brad Stevens: Rajon Rondo ‘More Ready To Roll Than Not’ For Celtics

WALTHAM, Mass. — It’s beginning to look more and more likely that Rajon Rondo will be on the court for the Boston Celtics on opening night. The point guard began taking some contact in practice earlier this week, and head coach Brad Stevens said he has seen no ill effects. “(He’s looked) great,” Stevens said before Thursday practice session. “He’s got almost a baseball...
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Celtics’ Walter McCarty Issues Statement Regarding Larceny Charge

Boston Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty issued a statement Thursday regarding his appearance in Framingham District Court, reportedly on a larceny charge. McCarty pleaded not guilty to larceny by check, according to CBS Boston. “This matter stems from ordering some kitchen cabinets for a home that my family and I are building,” McCarty said in the statement. “We hope...
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Islanders Goalie Chad Johnson To Start Against Former Bruins Teammates

BOSTON — New York Islanders backup goalie Chad Johnson will make his second start of the season Thursday night at TD Garden against his former Bruins teammates. Islanders head coach Jack Capuano confirmed the news during his morning availability. Johnson is 1-0 with the Isles in two appearances. He’s posted a 2.25 goals against average and a .897 save percentage. The 28-year...
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Zach Moore Ready To Be Next Man Up For Patriots After Chandler Jones Injury

FOXBORO, Mass. — Sunday afternoon might feel like a bizarro dream for New England Patriots rookie defensive end Zach Moore. Moore was a huge Bears fan growing up on the south side of Chicago, and now his goal will be to cause his former favorite team to lose. “Loved the defense,” Moore said in the Patriots’ locker room on Wednesday. “I still kinda am a Bears fan. I love...
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Chargers Open As Underdog Against Broncos On ‘Monday Night Football’

The Denver Broncos host the San Diego Chargers on “Thursday Night Football,” kicking off a huge divisional matchup at 8:25 p.m. ET. The Broncos opened as a 6.5-point favorite, but the line has climbed to 8.5 points at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The total is set at 51.5 points. San Diego has been strong against the spread versus Denver in recent years. The Chargers...
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Brian Urlacher: Bears’ Jay Cutler Elite Quarterback Only ‘Financially’

Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher thinks Jay Cutler is elite. But in a bad way. Urlacher, who played with Cutler from 2009 through 2012, shot down the idea his former teammate is an elite quarterback, instead pointing to the signal caller’s salary. “Financially, he is one of the elite guys in the NFL. … He just hasn’t produced like an elite quarterback,” Urlacher...
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London-Based NFL Team A Certainty, But Still Not Good Idea

Some time in the next eight years, an NFL team will move to London, according to Rocky Boiman. Just because it is destined to happen, however, doesn’t make it a good idea. Beyond the obvious travel obstacles the NFL would face having a franchise across the pond, a London-based team would face scores of other challenges, not all of them purely logistical. It is far from known how...
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Alan Branch Not Practicing For Patriots After Reportedly Agreeing To Deal

FOXBORO, Mass. — Alan Branch has yet to find his way onto the New England Patriots’ practice field. Branch, who reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Patriots on Tuesday, wasn’t present in the Dana-Farber Field House for practice on Thursday. The Patriots haven’t made Branch’s signing official yet. Chandler Jones (hip) was the only player listed on the Patriots’...
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Who Was The Last Bruin Traded To Islanders Before Johnny Boychuk?

Johnny Boychuk on Thursday will take the TD Garden ice as a member of the opposition for the first time. The former Boston Bruins defenseman was traded to the New York Islanders just days before the regular season began. The trusty, veteran defenseman was the casualty of the NHL’s strict salary cap, as the Bruins had to get under the cap before the news season. The trade was still...
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Johnny Boychuk Wasn’t Shocked By Boston Bruins-New York Islanders Trade

For Johnny Boychuk, the writing was on the wall. The Boston Bruins traded Boychuk to the New York Islanders earlier this month. The move sent shockwaves throughout Boston, but Boychuk, a free agent after this season, knew a deal was possible given the lack of communication about a potential contract extension. “We didn’t talk, so I just figured something’s probably going to...
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NFL Week 8 Picks: Russell Wilson, Seahawks Hope To Bounce Back Against Panthers

It’s tight atop the standings of NESN.com’s NFL picks, with each of our three “experts” separated by just one game in the standings. Finally, Week 8 should bring some clarity. It’s time to separate the men from the boys. Many of this week’s games are tough to call, with a few evenly matched teams facing off while other matchups featuring clubs headed in opposite directions...
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Tom Brady Recalls Juking Bears’ Brian Urlacher: ‘Weren’t Many Of Those’

If there’s a little extra hop in Tom Brady’s step this Sunday, no one would blame him. The last time the Chicago Bears visited Gillette Stadium on Nov. 26, 2006, Brady nearly broke linebacker Brian Urlacher’s ankles with a shifty juke move on a pivotal 11-yard scamper. Brady, never known for being fleet-footed, picked up a first down on third-and-9, prolonging a drive that...
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Jameis Winston, Floyd Mayweather Among Most Controversial Athletes (Photos)

There are plenty of controversial athletes out there, but some can’t seem to ever put their controversy behind them. Take Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston for example. The Heisman Trophy winner seems to be making headlines for all the wrong reasons, starting with a sexual assault case in 2013. Winston’s latest of several issues is a current investigation involving the...
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Pittsburgh Supports Ottawa By Singing ‘O Canada’ After Tragedy (Video)

Singing “O Canada” before an NHL game isn’t anything new. You just usually don’t see it before a Penguins-Flyers game played in Pittsburgh. Yet that was the scene Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center as Pittsburgh, led by anthem singer Jeff Jimerson, paid tribute to Ottawa. Ottawa was put on lockdown Wednesday after a gunman shot a soldier standing guard at Canada’s...
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Belichick: Matt Forte may be the best RB in the NFL

The New England Patriots’ run defense has been disappointing. It’ll be tested in Week 8 when the Pats welcome the Chicago Bears to Gillette Stadium. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick heaped praise on Bears running back Matt Forte while discussing Sunday’s matchup with reporters Wednesday. As far as Belichick is concerned, Forte stacks up favorably with the NFL’s best. ...
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Ainge: Draft lottery reform would be 'better for the game'

Danny Ainge says he support for NBA draft lottery reform was simple: He wants a league in which every team is trying to win. Making his regular appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher and Rich” on Thursday, the Boston Celtics’ president of basketball operations acknowledged he was definitely in the pro-reform camp. A proposal that would have lowered the worst team...
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‘Marlins Man’ Stealing Show During World Series, 2014 MLB Postseason

If you watched either of the first two games of the World Series, you might have asked yourself, “Who is that guy sitting behind home plate wearing a bright orange Miami Marlins jacket?” If you didn’t, we’ll let it slide, though we’d suggest paying a little more attention to the things that really matter in life. To answer the question, his name is Laurence Leavy, better...
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Patriots Podcast: Banged-Up Defense Could Be Vulnerable Against Bears

The New England Patriots are 5-2, but question marks still surround the first-place AFC East team as it enters the season’s midway point. Linebacker Jerod Mayo and running back Stevan Ridley were put on injured reserve after both left last Thursday’s game against the New York Jets with knee injuries. Also injured is defensive end Chandler Jones, who’s battling a hip injury...
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Salvador Perez, Hunter Strickland Exchange Words In World Series (GIF)

The 2014 World Series became a lot more interesting Wednesday night. The Kansas City Royals rolled to a 7-2 win over the San Francisco Giants in Game 2 of the Fall Classic, evening the series at one game apiece. The Royals plated five runs in a sixth inning that featured some additional fireworks. Royals catcher Salvador Perez and Giants reliever Hunter Strickland exchanged words...
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Fantasy Football: Wes Welker Among Starts, Sits For Broncos-Chargers Showdown

Dust off that cowboy hat and head down to your local saloon. It’s time for a Wild West shootout. Week 8’s installment of Thursday Night Football might be the best one yet, and while that’s not saying much, the San Diego Chargers at the Denver Broncos should prove to be a doozy, especially for fantasy owners. Both teams enter the game as top 10 offenses, with Denver’s offensive...
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Brad Stevens, Celtics Ready For ‘Gauntlet’ With Preseason Now Behind Them

BOSTON — There are no more dress rehearsals. Now, it’s time for the main event. The NBA preseason is over for the Boston Celtics, having culminated Wednesday night in a 100-86 win over the Brooklyn Nets. The eight-game exhibition slate, however, told head coach Brad Stevens little about the true mettle of this Celtics team. “I think we all feel more comfortable, but we...
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