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Buccaneers, Falcons, Panthers Troll Each Other In NFC South Weather War (Photos)

The NFC South has harbored some of the NFL’s best teams over the past few seasons, and apparently the level of competition has brought about some fierce rivalries that even extend beyond the field. The Carolina Panthers, who won the division this season, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons, who were division champions in 2012, all got into a bit of a Twitter war on Tuesday...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Kolo Toure: Liverpool’s Pressure, Fan Support Turning Anfield Into Fortress

A combination of Brendan Rodgers’ tactical instructions, the players’ sheer belief and an “amazing” atmosphere in the stands is slowly turning Anfield into a fortress once again, according to Kolo Toure. The Ivorian enjoyed mixed emotions in front of the Kop before he arrived on Merseyside in the summer, winning three times in L4 with Arsenal, the team Liverpool thrashed...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Bill James: Will Middlebrooks Primed For Monster Season With Red Sox

Bill James is among those who believe Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks is poised for a breakout season in 2014. James, a senior adviser in the Red Sox’s baseball operations department who also happens to be the father of sabermetrics, publishes an annual reference guide that includes both statistical data from the previous season and projections for the upcoming season...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Shouldn’t Use Franchise Tag On Aqib Talib, Julian Edelman

The New England Patriots have to be wise with the limited salary cap room they have for the 2014 offseason. That means the Patriots can’t go slapping players with the franchise tag all willy-nilly, especially when it’s not required. Speculation has begun to pick up that the Patriots could use the franchise tag on either cornerback Aqib Talib or wide receiver Julian Edelman. That...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Dion Waiters Could Interest Celtics, Despite ‘Attitude’ Issues

Dion Waiters’ reputation has taken a hit this season. Then again, that could be said for just about everybody involved with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs began the season with playoff aspirations, but things unraveled for them quickly. Andrew Bynum was suspended, then released, for poor conduct. Kyrie Irving has underperformed and there have been murmurs about his attitude...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Pete Rose: Using PEDs worse than gambling on baseball

Pete Rose, who remains banned from Major League Baseball for betting on games during his years as a player and as a manager, said Monday that his transgression isn’t quite as bad as using performance-enhancing drugs. “They’re both bad. I think in my case, I know I didn’t do anything to alter the statistics of baseball,” Rose said on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN 98.7 FM...
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Doc Rivers: DeAndre Jordan, Bill Russell ‘Genuinely’ Share Some Traits

The Los Angeles air must be getting to Doc Rivers. Rivers spent nine years getting an education in the history and tradition of the Boston Celtics, but apparently he’s already forgotten much of what he learned. In his first year as coach of the L.A. Clippers, Rivers has said some pretty surprising stuff, claiming the Clips “should be better than any team I’ve ever coached...
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Jonathan Vilma: NFL Players Will Have ‘Resistance’ to Michael Sam, Gay Players

Michael Sam’s decision to come out publicly has garnered a lot of support and praise from fans, owners and players alike around the NFL. The way he’ll be treated once inside a NFL locker room, though. is a different story. New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma expressed some doubts about gay players being accepted in NFL locker rooms during an interview with the NFL Network...
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Cleveland Browns’ CEO, General Manager Out After One Season At Helm

The Cleveland Browns are shaking up their front office after just one season at the helm. General manager Michael Lombardi is leaving the Browns and CEO Joe Banner is set to step down in May. The Browns are promoting Ray Farmer to general manager. Lombardi and Banner were hired last January. The Browns went 4-12 under head coach Rob Chudzinski in 2013. Jimmy Haslam bought the team...
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Astros Pitcher Jarred Cosart Apologizes For Using Gay Slur In Justin Bieber Tweet

Houston Astros pitcher Jarred Cosart has apologized after he reportedly used a gay slur to describe pop star Justin Bieber when he tweeted a message to a former teammate. Cosart deleted the offensive tweet from his account and apologized for “a very poor choice of words.” He also says in a tweet that the earlier post does not reflect who he is as a person. The Astros released...
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Matt Lauer To Replace Bob Costas On NBC’s Primetime, Late Night Olympics Coverage

NBC is going to the bullpen for its prime-time and late night coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Host Bob Costas will step away from his Olympic broadcast duties for the first time in more than 20 years because of an eye infection that has grown increasingly worse since the opening ceremony, according to NBC Sports. “TODAY” show host Matt Lauer will replace Costas. Costas’...
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Patriots-Rutgers Connection Lives On; Scarlet Knights To Hire Josh McDaniels’ Brother

The New England Patriots have a new connection at Rutgers University. Rutgers is expected to hire Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ brother, Ben McDaniels, as an offensive assistant, a source told NJ.com. Ben McDaniels was an offensive assistant on Greg Schiano’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff in 2013. Schiano was Rutgers’ head coach from 2001 to 2011. The Patriots...
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Josh Beckett Expects To Be Ready For Start Of Dodgers’ Season

Josh Beckett said he will be ready for the start of the Dodgers’ season after having a rib removed last July in a surgery to alleviate a nerve condition that was affecting his right arm. “I don’t have numbness and tingling, anymore,” Beckett said Monday. The right-hander is expected to battle newly acquired Paul Maholm for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ starting rotation...
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Bruins In Sochi: Tuukka Rask Could Have Biggest Impact At Olympics

It won’t take long for the Boston Bruins’ impact to be felt at the Winter Olympics. The puck will drop on the men’s hockey tournament Wednesday in Sochi, Russia, and two prominent Bruins forwards will be featured in the first matchup. When the Czech Republic and Sweden kick off the tournament, Boston’s David Krejci will represent the Czechs, and Loui Eriksson will be playing...
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Derek Jeter: New York Yankees Must ‘Move On’ From A-Rod Fiasco

Derek Jeter says the New York Yankees have no choice but to move forward now that Alex Rodriguez has accepted his suspension for the 2014 season. Rodriguez ended his extended and acrimonious fight with Major League Baseball on Friday, withdrawing a pair of lawsuits that were filed in an attempt to overturn a season-long ban for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal — the longest...
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Report: Ndamukong Suh To Hire Jay Z To Join Circle Of Advisers

Ndamukong Suh is set to join Jay Z’s stable of clients. The Detroit Lions defensive tackle fired his agent last month and is expected to hire Jay Z in some capacity, sources told ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter. It’s unclear if the rapper will be Suh’s agent, or if Jay Z will help the fourth-year pro with marketing. Suh is entering the final year of his contract with the Lions....
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Pink-Eyed Bob Costas Slams A Shot Of Vodka On Air (Video)

NBC anchor Bob Costas battled what looked  like a nasty case of pink eye for the first few days of the network’s Olympics coverage, and the “TODAY’ show announced Tuesday that Costas has been sidelined and Matt Lauer will replace him on the anchor desk. Costas’ increasingly red eyes have been fodder for social media jokesters, and he seems to be taking it with a good sense...
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Vermont Native Devin Logan Takes Silver In Ski Slopestyle In Sochi

It’s good to be a New Englander in this year’s Winter Olympics. New Hampshire and Vermont have a combined 22 athletes representing the two states in the Games, and freeskiier Devin Logan is the second athlete from New England to earn a medal in the first four days of competition. Logan took silver behind Canada’s Dara Howell in the inaugural women’s ski slopestyle competition...
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2014 Sochi Winter Games: Notable Differences Between NHL, Olympic Rules

There’s over 100 NHL players competing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, but the men’s hockey tournament will use the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) rulebook. Fans will quickly notice that some of the rules in international tournaments are different from the NHL’s, including the dimensions of the ice, how games are determined in overtime and which equipment...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Northeastern’s Beanpot Bid Falls Short In Final Yet Again

The 2014 Beanpot championship game will go into the record books as a 4-1 win for Boston College — another conquest for an Eagles team that may very well go on to lift another trophy in Philadelphia on April 12, and another sad chapter in Northeastern’s tortured Beanpot history. That’s a real shame. The Boston College squad that celebrated its fifth straight Beanpot victory...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Patrick Brown Outshines Star Teammates As Boston College Wins Another Beanpot

BOSTON — The Boston College Eagles are a team that is loaded with high-end college hockey talent. The Eagles’ best line, which features three NHL draft picks, is quite possibly one of the best in the history of college hockey. Yet it was an unsung hero that ended up propelling BC to yet another Beanpot title. Boston College won its fifth straight Beanpot title on Monday night...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Rookies Bring Joy; Other Impressions From Celtics’ Win Over Bucks

When they hit shots, they nearly bounced back down the court — hopping, yelling, smiling. It was almost like they were kids playing a game, which is exactly what they were. Kelly Olynyk and Phil Pressey were a breath of fresh air in this stuffy season for the Boston Celtics on Monday. In a dominating fourth quarter, when their team was in the process of running away from the lowly...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Winter Olympics Schedule: Full Listing Of Events For Feb. 11

On Tuesday, gold medals will be up for grabs in eight events spread out over seven different sports.  Speed skating, women’s ice hockey and cross-country skiing will all continue as the Winter Olympics roll on, but all eyes will be on Shaun White and the halfpipe. White will make his Olympic debut on Tuesday, hoping to earn his third-straight gold medal in the men’s halfpipe...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Kevin Hayes Wins Beanpot MVP As Boston College Captures Fifth Straight Title (Video)

Boston College won its fifth straight Beanpot title on Monday night with a 4-1 victory over Northeastern. The final score paints a picture of a comfortable win for the Eagles, but the game was tied 1-1 in the third period until senior captain Patrick Brown scored the game-winner while laying on the ice with 5:30 left to play. Eagles winger Kevin Hayes won the tournament MVP with...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Sam Drops 70 Spots In CBS Draft Rankings After Saying He’s Gay

Since announcing he was gay, Michael Sam has garnered more attention than many of the more prominent names on the NFL draft board. Just a day after going public with his sexuality, Sam fell from 90 to 160 in the draft rankings published by CBS. While almost no one offered a concrete explanation for the 70-spot drop, CBSSports.com and NFLDraftScout.com writer Rob Rang offered some...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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