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Red Sox Display Never-Say-Die Attitude With Dramatic Ninth-Inning Comeback Against Rays

The Red Sox entered the ninth inning of Thursday’s game with the odds stacked against them. For as much success as they’ve enjoyed this season, the Sox were winless when trailing after eight innings. “There’s a first for everything,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell following his club’s dramatic 4-3 win on Thursday, during which Boston rallied from a 3-1 ninth-inning...
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May 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Brad Marchand Ends Interesting Day With Overtime Game-Winner Against Rangers in Game 1

BOSTON — Brad Marchand left the TD Garden ice before expected on Thursday morning after suffering an apparent injury at Bruins’ morning skate. It was cause for concern for Bruins fans to say the least. It was nothing, assured Bruins coach Claude Julien, and sure enough Marchand was out there for Game 1 against the New York Rangers just a few hours later. The next time Marchand...
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May 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Disruptive Presence in Bruins’ Defensive Zone Leads Directly to Brad Marchand’s Game-Winner (Video)

Most great goals are triggered by equally great, but often overlooked defensive plays. That was certainly the case Thursday night, when a textbook poke check by Zdeno Chara near the Bruins’ blue line in overtime led directly to Brad Marchand‘s game-winning goal. Marchand beating Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist five-hole will be what shows up in all the highlight package, but...
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May 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Will Middlebrooks’ Clutch At-Bat, Recent Stretch Show Slugger Is Finally Finding Comfort at Plate

If Will Middlebrooks’ situation is any indication, more players should start injuring their ribs. Middlebrooks delivered a base-clearing double with two outs in the ninth inning on Thursday to lift the Red Sox to an improbable 4-3 victory over the Rays. The third baseman is now hitting .296 (8-for-27) over his last seven games, which coincidentally coincides with a rib injury he...
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Zdeno Chara Anchors Bruins’ Makeshift Defense With Huge Effort in Game 1 Win Over Rangers

BOSTON — Zdeno Chara walked to the podium for postgame news conference Thursday night with almost a little bit of a jump in his step. You would certainly understand if the big fella was lumbering a little, though. That’s because the Bruins captain had just played an astounding 38 minutes and two seconds of hockey in Boston’s 3-2 overtime win over the New York Rangers in Game...
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May 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Harrison Barnes Leaves Game After Taking Awful Tumble in Second Quarter Against Spurs (Animation)

Harrison Barnes has had a breakout postseason. The Golden State Warriors rookie has upped his scoring average to 16.7 points per game in the playoffs (from 9.2 points per game in the regular season) and he has developed into a go-to guy when defenses load up on Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. All that aside, we just hope Barnes is able to get back on the court soon. He took a cringe...
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May 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Zdeno Chara Praises Play of Torey Krug, Young Bruins Defensemen After Game 1 Win (Video)

The Bruins’ blue line looked much greener than usual Thursday night. After being struck by injury late in last week’s first-round series, Boston started three rookie defensemen — Dougie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski and Torey Krug — for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Rangers. It was the first time since 1985 that the B’s started three first-year blueliners...
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May 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Torey Krug, Dougie Hamilton Prove ‘The Kids Are All Right’ After Youngsters Shine on Defense, Power Play (Video)

Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good. The Bruins kept getting unlucky against the Rangers in Game 1 of their Easter Conference semifinals, so in the end, they decided to just be better. The B’s dominated the overtime period before eventually emerging with a 3-2 win over New York, thanks to Brad Marchand‘s game winner. However, without the play of a couple of rookies...
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Brad Marchand’s Game-Winning Goal Stands Out in Best Images From Bruins’ Game 1 Win Over Rangers (Photos)

Somebody should probably tell the Bruins that they’re allowed to win games in regulation time. As long as they are winning those games, though, nobody is going to argue. The Bruins came through with another white-knuckle victory on Thursday, getting an overtime goal by Brad Marchand to propel them to a 3-2 win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Marchand’s tip-in...
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Brad Marchand Beats Henrik Lundqvist in Overtime to Give Bruins Victory in Game 1 (Video)

The Bruins hammered the vaunted Rangers defense in overtime of Game 1, outshooting New York 16-5, and it finally paid off more than 15 minutes into the extra session. With 4:20 remaining in the first overtime, Brad Marchand took a feed from Patrice Bergeron and slid it through Henrik Lundqvist‘s legs, giving the B’s a 3-2 win and a 1-0 lead in the teams’ Eastern Conference...
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Millersville University Baseball Players Help Couple Save Life of Young Boy

It’s safe to say that the majority of the players on the Millersville (Pa.) University baseball team will not go on to stardom in the major leagues. But after last weekend, they will never be forgotten in the minds of at least one family. While a group of players were out for a late-night food run prior to a tournament, they came across a panicked couple pulled over on the side...
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Joel Hanrahan Undergoes Successful Tommy John Surgery, Has Right Flexor Tendon Repaired

Joel Hanrahan’s road to recovery is officially under way. Hanrahan underwent successful Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and had his right flexor tendon repaired, the team announced on Thursday. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. Hanrahan on Saturday revealed that he was going to undergo season-ending surgery. He sought a second opinion from...
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Goals Will Come at Premium in Bruins-Rangers Series, But They Will Come Eventually (Video)

There might not be many goals in this Bruins-Rangers playoff series, but the ones that come will certainly count. With both defensive-minded teams being as careful as possible in their own ends, offense is coming at a premium in Game 1. That’s not anything that’s likely to change as the play continues, but one thing is for sure: there will be more goals. There have to be, after...
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May 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Brian Hoyer, Former Patriots Quarterback, Signs Two-Year Deal With Browns

Brian Hoyer is heading home. The former Patriots quarterback — and Cleveland native — signed a two-year deal with the Browns on Thursday, as first reported by Adam Caplan of Sirius XM Radio. Hoyer was considered one of the NFL’s top reserve quarterbacks during his time backing up Tom Brady in New England, similar to the status Ryan Mallett currently enjoys. In fact, it was...
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Bruins, Rangers Fearful of Making First Mistake As Both Teams Come Back Down to Earth From Game 7′s (Video)

The early returns on the Bruins-Rangers playoff series didn’t quite compare to those from the B’s-Maple Leafs bout. Then again, what could? With an immortal Game 7 still fresh in the memory banks for Boston fans, Game 1 of the Bruins’ Eastern Conference semifinals was understandably a little underwhelming. That comes with the territory of adjusting to a new team for a new...
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Nationals’ Tough Guy Approach With Bryce Harper Ironic Considering Stephen Strasburg Debacle

The Nationals heard it all last season when it came to their handling of Stephen Strasburg, who was placed on an innings limit and subsequently shut down before the playoffs. The Nats babied the 24-year-old, they upset the ace and they ruined their season, which once looked so promising. Now, eight months later, the Nationals are faced with a bit of a health situation involving their...
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May 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Bruins Viewing Game 7 of First Round as Positive Heading into Series With Rangers (Video)

The Bruins came dangerously close to a very disappointing first-round exit earlier this week, needing a historic comeback to prevent the Maple Leafs from taking the series after trailing three games to one. B’s head coach Claude Julien said that near-collapse is nowhere near his players minds as the team prepares to take on the New York Rangers, though, and that his team is instead...
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May 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Celtics Assistant G.M. Mike Zarren Turned Down Sixers’ General Manager Job

Having already lost one key member of the front office who probably did not get as much public credit as he deserved, the Celtics managed to avoid losing a second member of their successful front office this offseason. Mike Zarren, who has been believed to be a serious candidate for the general manager’s job in Philadelphia since last summer, reportedly turned down that job this...
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Raffi Torres Suspended for Duration of Western Conference Semifinals After Hit on Jarret Stoll

NEW YORK — San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres was suspended for the rest of the Western Conference semifinal series against Los Angeles on Thursday for a hit to Kings forward Jarret Stoll‘s head. Torres was assessed a minor penalty for charging for the second-period hit Tuesday night in the Kings’ 2-0 victory in Game 1. Under the collective bargaining agreement, Torres is...
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Andrew Bailey Accepting of Red Sox Decision Sending Him to Pawtucket, Will Be ‘Ready to Go’ Monday (Video)

Andrew Bailey has that closer mentality when it comes to pitching. He didn’t want to have any rehab outings after recovering from a biceps strain. He wanted to get sent right back into the fires of major league baseball. John Farrell and the Red Sox overruled him on that, however, instead choosing to send the closer to Triple-A Pawtucket for one game on Satuday to make sure that...
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Joe McKnight Says New Jets Running Backs Will Have to ‘Kill Me to Take My Spot’

Everyone knows that the Jets’ quarterback situation is a mess, but their status at running back is far from settled, either. There was much shuffling among the New York tailback ranks, with former starter Shonn Greene heading to Tennessee in free agency and newcomers Chris Ivory and Mike Goodson joining the roster. That fluidity has led some to question running back/returner Joe...
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Bruins-Rangers Series Up for Grabs, As Regular-Season Results Shouldn’t Hold Much Water for Playoff Matchup (Video)

The Bruins and Rangers haven’t played each other in the postseason in a long time. They also haven’t squared off in the regular season very recently. Despite the results from the three games between Boston and New York this year, NESN Nation’s Dan Duquette isn’t ready to call an advantage for either team. After all, they both have made some big changes since they last met...
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May 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Australian TV Host Falls Victim to ‘Anchorman’-Style Prank After Europa League Final

Legendary anchorman Ron Burgundy knows the feeling. An Australian television personality fell victim to a classic teleprompter prank Wednesday. It was something straight out of the hit movie Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. The real-life television host was reading a script off of the teleprompter as highlights of Chelsea’s victory over Benfica in the Europa League final...
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May 16, 2013  |  Discuss
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Ex-NBA union head sues Derek Fisher

Former NBA players association executive director Billy Hunter accuses current NBAPA president Derek Fisher of having a secret deal with owners during the last lockout.

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David Price Placed on 15-Day Disabled List After Leaving Game With Strained Left Triceps

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — AL Cy Young winner David Price was put on the disabled list Thursday for the first time in his career, a day after the struggling Tampa Bay ace was slowed by a strained left triceps. Price went on the 15-day DL. The left-hander exited Wednesday night’s loss to Boston after allowing four runs in 2 1-3 innings. Price is 1-4 with a 5.24 ERA in nine starts...
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May 16, 2013  |  Discuss
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