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Robert Woods Is Patriots’ Best Option to Improve Passing Attack in NFL Draft

Robert Woods isn’t the best wide receiver in this year’s NFL draft, but he is the best fit for the Patriots. In three years at USC, Woods developed into a quick, shifty playmaker with the ability to break off the big play at any point. He was primarily used as a possession receiver in Lane Kiffin‘s offense, but was known for his wide catch radius and reliability on third-downs...
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April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Luke Joeckel Ranked No. 1, Dion Jordan No. 2 in 2013 NFL Draft Top 100 Big Board

The NFL draft is so close I can nearly taste it — though I’m not sure I really want to know what an NFL draft tastes like. It’s still unclear how the No. 1 pick will shake out, let alone the first, second or third rounds, but this is the way I rank the Top 100 prospects in the draft. There may not be a consensus No. 1 pick in the class like there was in 2012 with Andrew Luck...
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April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Gareth Maybin Unveils Greatest Golf Trick Shot Video of All Time (Video)

Northern Ireland golfers and swing with the best of them, but Gareth Maybin tops ‘em all when it comes to trick shots. The 32-year-old golfer, who went pro in 2005, took trick shots to a whole new level, as seen in a YouTube video that hit the interwebs last week. In it, Maybin even mixes in other sports, showing off some soccer juggling skills and his gentle touch on the felt...
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April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Auburn’s Jonathon Mincy Ejected From Spring Game For Illegal Hit on Teammate (Video)

Jonathon Mincy is a good football player, but that doesn’t mean he’s a good teammate. During Auburn’s spring game, Mincy slipped through receiver Dimitri Reese‘s blockers on a screen and lit him up with a devastating blow. Moncy was flagged 15 yards for targeting the receiver above the shoulders, which leads to an automatic ejection. That’s right, a player was ejected...
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April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Barry Bonds Plaque Commemorating 756th Home Run Stolen From AT&T Park (Photo)

If you visit Cooperstown and the Hall of Fame, nowadays, you can find Barry Bonds‘ infamous 62nd home run ball from the 2001 season marked with an asterisk, courtesy of fashion designer Marc Ecko. Now, another memory from Bonds’ historic career has been defaced, too. A Giants spokesperson admitted on Tuesday night that the plaque commemorating Bonds’ 756th career home run has...
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April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Claude Julien Rips Bruins After Loss to Flyers, Calls Excuses ‘A Lot of BS Right Now’

Claude Julien was mad Tuesday night and for good reason. He had just seen his team play one of its worst games of the season, and after the game, the Bruins head coach let his club have it. It’s unclear whether or not Julien lit his boys up in the dressing room (one would assume there’s a good chance that happened, though), but he also took the B’s to task in his postgame news...
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April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Royal & Ancient Golf Club Says it Won’t ‘Bully’ UK Private Clubs Into Taking Female Members

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Just because the home of the Masters now has female members, the Royal & Ancient Golf Club has no plans to pressure the all-male clubs in the British Open rotation to change its membership policies. The British Open is being played this summer at Muirfield, which has no female members. “There is nothing wrong under UK legislation with a single-sex...
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April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Lance Armstrong Being Sued by U.S. Postal Service Over Sponsorship of Cycling Team

Lance Armstrong has already endured a stunning fall from grace in the public eye, and the loss of most of his sponsorships and revenue streams. Now, whatever money he may have left is being eyed by the U.S. Postal Service, the major sponsor of Armstrong’s cycling team from 1996 until 2005. Late Tuesday, the U.S. Justice Department formally filed its lawsuit against Armstrong, reports...
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April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Adrian Wilson Earns ‘Incredible Hulk’ Nickname From Devin McCourty, Patriots Teammates

Devin McCourty was something of a superhero in the Patriots’ secondary last season, as he switched back and forth between cornerback and safety on a near weekly basis. But this offseason the Patriots brought another superhero into the fold. Adrian Wilson is a 12-year veteran in the NFL and an imposing presence out on the football field. His 6-foot-3, 230-pound frame is big, even...
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April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Thomas Muller Shined Brightest on Biggest Stage In Bayern Munich’s Demolition of Barcelona

A 21-year-old German soccer player named Thomas Muller burst onto the world stage like a man-child at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. On Tuesday, he dropped “child” from his label and simply became the man. Muller was the most influential player in Bayern Munich’s 4-0 thrashing of FC Barcelona — quite a statement considering the occasion and players with whom he shared the field...
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April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Manny Ramirez Blasts Two-Run Homer in Extra Innings, Takes 30 Second Trot Around the Horn (Video)

Just another reason you can never hate Manny Ramirez. In a tie game Tuesday afternoon in the CPBL (Chinese Professional Baseball League), Manny decided to take matters into his own hands. The situation? Top eleven, one on, no outs in a 2-2 ballgame. In classic fashion, Manny rips one to left field, easily clearing the wall and then comes the deep stare — the stare as if he...
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April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

D.J. Hayden’s Freak injury Shouldn’t Concern Patriots as He Would Make Immediate Impact in Secondary

D.J. Hayden is lucky to be living, never mind gearing up to figure out where he will play in the NFL. Hayden was on his way to being a first-round pick when a freak collision in practice left him with a tear of the inferior vena cava, which carries blood from the lower half of the body to the heart. Luckily, doctors were able to fix the issue and he is on his way to making a full...
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April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Duke Track Team Remakes Classic Backstreet Boys Song ‘I Want It That Way’ in End-of-Year Tribute (Video)

Duke University has always been known for its honor, commitment and achievement. Although they looked committed, after you see this video, I don’t think the words “honor” and “achievement” come to mind. The Trackstreet Boys, formerly known as the Duke track team, decided to sway just a bit outside of their lanes when they decided to make this year’s tribute video. The...
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April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

College Football Playoff to Be Named ‘College Football Playoff,’ Championship Will Be Held at Cowboys Stadium in 2015

Whoever was in charge of naming the college football playoff, they’re obviously a very creative person or body. The name of the four-team playoff will be the College Football Playoff, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. The 2014 season marks the first campaign with a playoff, and college football’s champion will be crowned at Cowboys Stadium on Jan. 12, 2015. Tampa, Fla. was...
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April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Carmelo Anthony, Knicks Controlling Series With Celtics By Keeping Kevin Garnett in Foul Trouble

It is sort of amazing, given Kevin Garnett‘s reputation for being a bit handsy on defense, that he only fouled out of one game all season and was whistled for at least five personal fouls just five times. In 68 games this season, Garnett was called for just 154 fouls, or an average of less than 2.3 fouls per game. Think about that, Celtics fans, next time you start to whine about...
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April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Sox-Athletics Live: Jon Lester Can Keep Sterling Start Rolling Against Uneven A’s

8 a.m. ET: When a pitcher’s “worst start of the year” includes going five innings and giving up two earned runs while striking out seven, that’s a sign the pitcher is having a pretty good year. Such is the case for Jon Lester, who has not only bounced back from last season and reassumed the mantle of team ace but is also putting together one of his strongest stretches ever...
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April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Flyers Capitalize on Bruins Turnover, Leave B’s Limping Toward Playoffs (Video)

NESN.com staff will pick the two or three best Amica Coverage Plays of the previous week for games played from Friday night to Thursday night. Voting will begin every Friday morning and conclude on Monday.  I’ts hard to win a game when you give the puck away 16 times. Philadelphia Flyers winger Scott Hartnell took advantage of a miscue by Boston’s defense and was able...
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April 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Bruins Plagued by Turnovers in Sloppy Loss to Flyers As Puck Management Costs Team Chance to Win (Video)

There weren’t many positives to take away from the Bruins’ loss to the Flyers on Tuesday, so Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley didn’t try to find any. With a 5-2 loss firmly etched into the scorebook, the two broadcasters took a somber look back at what went wrong for the Bruins in Philadelphia, starting with some key turnovers the B’s committed in their own zone. “It’s...
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April 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Kenyon Martin, Knicks Turning Tables on Celtics With Dominating Defensive Performances

They are the team that does not fold. They stare halftime deficits in the face and laugh, knowing that they can more than make up the difference in the second half. They know they simply need to flip the switch, turn up their intensity and leave their opponent flustered, opening the way for another playoff victory. The Celtics brought that pedigree into their first-round playoff...
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April 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Bruins Need to Get Back To Basics, Shift Focus After Disappointing Loss (Video)

Turnovers were the demise of the Bruins on Tuesday night against the Flyers. The B’s turned the puck over 16 times and managed the puck poorly in what resulted in a 5-2 loss to the Flyers. With three games to go before the postseason, the Bruins are shifting their focus to finding consistency within their lines. Head coach Claude Julien says the team needs to get back to the basics...
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April 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Steven Wright Thankful for Support From Teammates After Making Major League Debut in Loss to Athletics (Video)

Steven Wright‘s outing on Tuesday night would normally be a forgettable one, except the circumstances surrounding the knuckleballer’s performance would in fact make it memorable. Despite allowing five runs in 3 2/3 innings of work against the Oakland A’s, Wright was all smiles after the game. It was, after all, his major league debut. The 28-year-old was happy to have done...
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April 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Daniel Bard Will Be Called Back Up to Red Sox From Portland

According to a report from the Portland Press Herald’s Kevin Thomas, Daniel Bard will be recalled to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday. Thomas reports that Bard got word after Tuesday’s game. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in seven appearances with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs so far this season. Bard last pitched for the big league club last Sept. 28 in a 9-1 loss...
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April 23, 2013  |  Discuss

‘Game of Thrones’ Author George R. R. Martin Rips Jets for Trading Darrelle Revis

You may know George R. R. Martin as the man behind Game of Thrones. You probably don’t know that Martin, who grew up in New Jersey, is also a diehard New York Jets fan.   And like most Jets fans, Martin had a strong opinion about the team’s decision to trade All-Star cornerback Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay on Sunday. The Buccaneers sent a first-round pick in this week’s draft...
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April 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Carlos Quentin Has ‘Good, Productive Conversation’ With Zack Greinke Following Eight-Game Suspension

Let bygones be bygones. Carlos Quentin and Zack Greinke are passionate when it comes to playing on the diamond, but when actions and words were alive in the April 11 brawl, things may have gone slightly overboard. Quentin, who returned Tuesday after an eight-game suspension for charging the mound, talked to the media about his return and mentioned his prompt conversation with Greinke...
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April 23, 2013  |  Discuss

UNH Track Athlete Cameron Lyle Ends Collegiate Career to Donate Bone Marrow (Video)

University of New Hampshire senior Cameron Lyle thought nothing of going to a bone marrow registry two years ago. However, what was considered a one-in-five-million chance of happening has occurred. Lyle has been found as a match for a 28-year-old man suffering from lymphoblastic leukemia. Without the transplant, the man would have only had six months left to live. Lyle’s case...
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April 23, 2013  |  Discuss
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