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Taylor Swift, Olympian Gracie Gold Now Good Friends Because Of Twitter

See, social media can do some good after all. Grammy Award-winning recording artist Taylor Swift and United States Olympic figure skater Gracie Gold have developed quite the friendship over the last year. They have Twitter to thank for their budding relationship. The magic began with the following tweets during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Just googling when I can watch @GraceEGold...
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January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Are Built Too Well To Lose AFC Championship, Miss Super Bowl

Everyone remembers the New England Patriots getting shellacked by the Kansas City Chiefs 41-14 in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football. But how about before that game? ESPN analysts and former NFL quarterbacks Steve Young and Trent Dilfer blasted the 2-1 Patriots and how they had built their roster. Young said the Patriots were in transition mode, while Dilfer argued...
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January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Boston College Shoots For Upset Of No. 2 Virginia At Conte Forum

The Boston College Eagles will be shooting for their fourth straight win against the spread and first straight-up win of the season against an ACC conference rival when they welcome No. 2 Virginia to town this weekend. The Eagles are coming off a 64-57 victory over the Harvard Crimson on Wednesday night, winning outright as three-point home underdogs and...
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UFC star: I broke nose of Boston Marathon bombing suspect

By Ricky Doyle John “Doomsday” Howard once had the privilege of doing what most Bostonians would have loved to have done. Howard, a native of Dorchester, Mass., is scheduled to fight in Sunday’s UFC event at TD Garden. It should be a memorable experience for the local product, but he’ll always remember the time he sparred with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev...
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Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton Reunite To Watch Sons Play In Seattle (Video)

Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton were together again Thursday on the basketball court, right where they belong. The former Seattle Supersonics teammates reunited to watch their sons face off in a Pac-12 college basketball matchup. Shawn Kemp Jr. plays for the University of Washington, while Gary Payton II suits up for Oregon State, his dad’s alma mater. Two Seattle legends are in the...
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Rory McIlroy Sinks First Hole-In-One Of His Professional Career (Video)

Rory McIlroy just found out there’s a first for everything. McIlroy, who currently is the world’s top-ranked golfer, has carved out a very successful PGA career to this point, yet he never hit a hole-in-one until Friday. The 25-year-old aced the par-3 15th hole at the Abu Dhabi Championship en route to a second-round 66. McIlroy’s milestone hole-in-one was the third of the...
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Patrice Bergeron: David Pastrnak Staying With Bruins Is ‘Well-Deserved’

BOSTON — Rookie forward David Pastrnak played in his ninth game of the season Thursday night in the Bruins’ 3-0 win over the New York Rangers. That was the games played limit before the Bruins had to either burn the first year of his entry-level contract and keep him at the NHL level, or send him back to the Providence Bruins (AHL). B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli announced...
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January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Jack Edwards: David Pastrnak Impressing On More Than Just Offense (Video)

David Pastrnak can score the hockey puck. Boston Bruins fans certainly found that out this week after the Czech rookie exploded for four goals in two games. Yet the 18-year-old’s game extends beyond the offensive zone, a fact that probably wasn’t lost on Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli when he announced Thursday night that Pastrnak will stay...
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Toronto FC Hopes To Finalize Jozy Altidore Deal With Sunderland Soon

PHILADELPHIA — Toronto general manager Tim Bezbatchenko hopes Major League Soccer will soon finalize his team’s acquisition of Jozy Altidore from Sunderland of England’s Premier League. “We’re confident that process will be done in the next 24 hours,” Bezbatchenko said Thursday at the MLS draft. As a U.S. national team player returning to MLS...
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Claude Julien: Tuukka Rask Was Bruins’ ‘Best Player’ In Win Over Rangers

BOSTON — Tuukka Rask was the best goaltender in the NHL last season and it was a major reason why the Bruins finished the regular season with the league’s best record. After an inconsistent start to begin the 2014-15 campaign — aided by injuries to important defensemen such as Zdeno Chara and more defensive zone breakdowns than normal — Rask has rediscovered his Vezina Trophy...
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Tuukka Rask’s Save On Lee Stempniak Negates Bruins’ Defensive Mistake (Video)

Dougie Hamilton made a defensive mistake early in the Boston Bruins’ game against the New York Rangers on Thursday, but luckily, Tuukka Rask was there to bail him out. The B’s got on the board early, but midway through the first period, Hamilton gave them a chance to catch up. The young defenseman underestimated the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Rangers center Kevin Hayes, who blew...
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Claude Julien: Bruins Excelling At ‘Little Details’ During Win Streak (Video)

The Boston Bruins are doing the little things right, and it’s paying off in a big way. The B’s earned a 3-0 win over the New York Rangers at TD Garden on Thursday night to extend their win streak to five games. They’ve now earned at least a point in each of their last nine contests and have yet to lose a game in regulation in 2015. Things seem to...
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Chris Kelly, Chris Kreider Fight After Rangers Forward Boards Carl Soderberg (Video)

BOSTON — Thursday’s game between the Bruins and New York Rangers at TD Garden featured plenty of physical play, two fights and a few questionable hits. One of the fights occurred in the third period when B’s center Chris Kelly fought Rangers winger Chris Kreider after he boarded Bruins center Carl Soderberg along the end boards. This embed is invalid" /> ...
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Tuukka Rask’s Timely Save On Chris Kreider Stands Out In 30-Save Night (Video)

The Boston Bruins’ 3-0 win over the red-hot New York Rangers yielded plenty of highlights, but perhaps no one was more impressive than goaltender Tuukka Rask. Rask recorded 30 saves in the shutout, but one of them in particular stood out. The defending Vezina Trophy winner made a difficult stop on Rangers forward Chris Kreider during a New York power...
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Mel Kiper Jr.’s 2015 Mock Draft: Patriots Take Auburn WR Sammie Coates

Apparently Mel Kiper Jr. doesn’t like the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl odds. ESPN’s well-known NFL draft analyst released the first version of his 2015 NFL Mock Draft on Thursday, which has the Patriots picking 31st, one spot ahead of the Seattle Seahawks. If Patriots fans take offense to that marginal slight, though, they’ll likely be happy...
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Torey Krug Extends Point Streak To Five Games In Bruins’ Win Over Rangers

BOSTON — The Bruins defeated the New York Rangers 3-0 Thursday night at TD Garden to extend their win streak to five games. Boston won five in a row earlier in the season from Oct. 30 through Nov. 10, but the current streak is more impressive because it includes victories over three of the top teams in the Eastern Conference — Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning and Rangers...
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Friars Shut Out Glades, Advance To TD Bank Mini 1-On-1 Finals (Video)

It was a hard-fought matchup, but the Providence Friars downed the Vermont Glades in the boys’ squirts bracket (10 and under) of the TD Bank Mini 1-on-1 tournament semifinals. It was a battle between Glades goaltender Liam Guyette and the Friars’ Lucas Hundley, as offense was hard to come by with these two between the pipes. It was Alex Nadeau...
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Hakeem Olajuwon: Jordan 'far superior player' than LeBron

By Sam Galanis The debate over whether LeBron James is a better player than LeBron James will always exist, but for one of the greatest NBA players of all time, it’s not even a question. Former Houston Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon told CNBC on Thursday that it’s always been MJ, and it always will be. “When people start comparing (James) with Jordan, then that’s not a...
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David Krejci Extends Bruins’ Lead Off Perfect Pass From Torey Krug (Video)

Torey Krug has been known to shoot the puck, but he raised eyebrows with his passing game Thursday night. The Boston Bruins already enjoyed a one-goal lead over the New York Rangers in the second period when Krug took the puck near the blue line. The Bruins defenseman wound up for the shot, but instead of blasting one on net, he fired a perfect slap pass...
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Matt Chatham: Patriots Must Prepare For Much Different Colts Team

What a difference a few weeks makes. The New England Patriots had little trouble handling the Indianapolis Colts in Week 11, rushing for 246 yards and four touchdowns in 42-20 win at the RCA Dome. Yet don’t expect the Colts to be the same pushovers when they visit Gillette Stadium for the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. Indy has dropped just one of...
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Rookie Forward David Pastrnak To Stay With Boston Bruins

BOSTON – The Bruins have decided to burn the first year of rookie forward David Pastrnak’s entry-level contract and keep him with the NHL club. B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli announced the team’s decision during the first intermission of Thursday’s game against the New York Rangers at TD Garden. The 18-year-old forward was able to play in nine games before the team...
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Brendan Rodgers: Lucas Leiva Not For Sale In January Transfer Window

Brendan Rodgers has a message for Italian soccer clubs that want to buy Lucas Leiva from Liverpool this month: He’s not for sale. Rodgers told reporters Thursday that he won’t sell Lucas during the January transfer window because the Brazilian midfielder is too important to Liverpool right now. Serie A (Italian first division) clubs Inter Milan and...
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Patrice Bergeron, Bruins Teammates Reflect On Rookie Seasons (Video)

With a decision looming on what to do with rookie David Pastrnak, some of the veteran Boston Bruins took the time to look back on their own first seasons in the NHL. Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron and Dougie Hamilton all have fond memories of being rookies, with the words “surreal” and “dream” being used by more than one of them. Like Pastrnak,...
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Colts’ Arthur Jones Could Be Key To Slowing Down Patriots’ Run Game

In their last two games against the New England Patriots, the Indianapolis Colts have been torched by LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray. Suffice it to say they’re looking to change things the third time around. Indianapolis enters Sunday’s AFC Championship Game having allowed nearly 500 rushing yards and a whopping 10 touchdowns over just two meetings...
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January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB To Implement Pitch Clock In Double-A, Triple-A Games This Season

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — A pitch clock will be used this season during minor league games at Triple-A and Double-A, but it has been ruled out for the major leagues this year. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday the decision to use the pitch-clock in the minors followed a successful experiment in the Arizona Fall League. MLB officials said details...
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January 15, 2015  |  Discuss
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