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Flyers Hold Lengthy Team Meeting After Loss to Bruins, But Nature of Talks Are ‘Secret’

BOSTON — There’s a sign outside the visiting locker room at TD Garden that says teams have five minutes from game’s end to meet with the media. The Philadelphia Flyers used a little bit more than that following their loss to the Bruins on Saturday afternoon. The Flyers held a team meeting for at least 20 minutes after they were defeated 3-0 in a pretty listless effort at the...
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Report: Patriots Among Leading Candidates to Sign Sean Smith in Free Agency

It appears the Patriots are not limiting their scope at cornerback to Aqib Talib. New England is among the leading candidates for Sean Smith’s services in free agency, according to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports. Smith has spent his entire four-year career with the Miami Dolphins. The Utah product is 6-foot-3, 218 pounds and has started every game for Miami the past two years. He...
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Dave Poulin Was the Former Bruins Defenseman Who Also Served as Flyers Team Captain From 1984-89

Dave Poulin might have impressed the Boston Garden crowd as a Bruin back in the early 1990s, but it was with the Philadelphia Flyers that the defenseman really made his mark on the game. After setting a Flyers rookie record in 1984 for points in a season (since broken), the 5-foot-11 defenseman was named the team’s captain beginning for the 1984-85 campaign. That was a title he...
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Tuukka Rask Earns ‘Payback Points’ With Shutout, Can Now Move Playoff History With Flyers to Rearview Mirror (Video)

It could have been a non-issue before Saturday’s game, but it certainly was afterward: 2010 is long gone, and the Bruins-Flyers have both moved on from that playoff series. In fact, the Flyers didn’t even look like a playoff time this time around. The Bruins did, however, thanks in large part to Tuukka Rask‘s stellar play in goal. He made 23 saves in posting his second shutout...
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CenturyLink Field, Heinz Field Among Top 10 Best NFL Stadiums (Photos)

Most NFL stadiums across the nation have at least one special aspect that gives their fans or tourists a lasting memory. It has been a common theme of franchises around the league to upgrade and renovate their home. One that comes to mind is Cowboys Stadium. Dallas owner Jerry Jones invested $1.15 billion in 2009 on the new stadium. Recently, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank...
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Vote: Who Would You Name the Hockey East Player of the Year?

There is always something electric about the men’s Hockey East conference, whether it’s rivals clashing or a David vs. Goliath-esque battle. But in the conversations of the best player in the Hockey East, it really is a toss up between four competitors: Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau and Steven Whitney, University of New Hampshire’s Kevin Goumas and Merrimack College’s Mike...
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Ilya Brzgalov Finding Trouble On, Off Ice Thanks to ‘Star Wars’ Goalie Mask Mix-Up (Video)

Ilya Bryzgalov allowed three early goals to the Bruins on Saturday, but that wasn’t the only trouble he could have been in. After all, the Flyers goalie has been no stranger to controversy over the course of a very entertaining, never-dull NHL career. His latest imbroglio came as a result of his ornately painted goalie mask depicting a couple of characters from the Star Wars...
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Mike Milbury Says Bruins Haven’t Played to Full Potential, but Good Enough to Win (Video)

The Bruins are currently sitting in second place in the Eastern Conference and Northeast Division with 33 points, so it’s tough to imagine the team playing better. Mike Milbury says the team hasn’t played to their full capabilities yet, though. The former Bruin said any team is in good shape when you’re talking about how to make your third line better, but Boston still has...
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Bruins Would Do Well to Capitalize on Any Chance They Get at Easy Win in Shortened Season (Video)

It hasn’t come easy for the Bruins this season, despite what you might expect from looking at their record. The team hasn’t held many big leads during the first half of the season, and one of their biggest was squandered not so long ago against the Washington Capitals. With a three-goal lead early against the Flyers, the B’s would do well to take care of business when they...
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Jarome Iginla, Daniel Alfredsson Possible Trade Targets for Bruins Before April 3 Trade Deadline (Video)

With the April 3 trade deadline approaching, it’s time to brainstorm some names that could help the Bruins during the last month of the season and into the playoffs. NESN’s Gord Kluzak thinks the Bruins could target Jarome Iginla of the Flames or Daniel Alfredsson of the Senators before the trade deadline. Kluzak thinks either player could help the Bruins on the power play...
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Tuukka Rask Doesn’t Need to Prove Anything in First Matchup Against Flyers Since 2010 Playoffs (Video)

Back in 2010, before the Bruins won the Stanley Cup, the team suffered a crushing blow against the Philadelphia Flyers in the playoffs. Leading three games to none, Boston ultimately lost in seven games, with Philly overcoming a three-goal deficit in Game 7 to really twist the knife in. Tuukka Rask was the goalie for the B’s back then, but he hasn’t gotten a chance to face the...
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James Harrison Tweets Farewell to Steelers Fans, Indicating Release From Pittsburgh

It appears James Harrison has been released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The outside linebacker tweeted “It’s been a great run but all good things must come to a end. Thank you Steelers Nation I will miss you all!” on Saturday morning. Harrison and the Steelers were having trouble agreeing to a pay cut, according to USA Today. Harrison was set to make $6.57 million in 2013....
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Report: Ryan Mallett Expected to Be Targeted in Trade by Browns to Compete With Brandon Weeden as Starter

The Browns are looking for a quarterback to compete with incumbent starter Brandon Weeden in 2013. Two of the names they were looking at — Matt Moore and Brian Hoyer — were taken out of the mix on Saturday. That increases the chances the Browns will attempt to trade for Patriots backup Ryan Mallett, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. One source told the Plain Dealer they...
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Vote: Which Division Is the Toughest in the NHL?

Aside from the (nearly) immortal Chicago Blackhawks, both conferences are wide open this season. No team is further than six points out of a playoff spot entering action on Saturday, and the top five teams points-wise in the East are separated by a mere four points. As far as the West is concerned, Anaheim and Vancouver have stayed competitive while Chicago has opened up an eight...
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PAY CUT OR BE CUT

Report: Ravens could release Boldin

Anquan Boldin reportedly needs to take a pay cut to remain with the Ravens, and it looks unlikely that he will be willing to do that.

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Mariano Rivera Officially Announces He Will Retire After 2013 Season

Everyone knew it was coming, but Mariano Rivera made it official on Saturday morning. The long-time Yankees closer will retire following the 2013 season. Rivera held a news conference on Saturday morning in Tampa, Fla., to announce his decision. “It’s official now. After this year, I will be retired,” Rivera said. By announcing his retirement now, that allows Rivera to go on...
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Blackhawks Record 25-Game Point Streak to Start Season Ended by Avalanche in 6-2 Loss

DENVER — The best start in NHL history is over. The Chicago Blackhawks finally left the ice without a point — but with their heads held high. The Blackhawks were stunned 6-2 by the struggling Colorado Avalanche on Friday night. It was their first loss in regulation and ended a remarkable run in which they earned at least one point in their first 24 games, an NHL record. “We’re...
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Report: Report: Dunta Robinson Signs With Chiefs on Three-Year Deal

Starting on March 12, when NFL free agency starts, expect to see a couple of action packed weeks. Free agents can officially sign on the 12th, but players who were cut prior to the league’s start date can be signed at any time. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Dunta Robinson has agreed to a three-year deal with the renovated Kansas City Chiefs. The 30-year-old cornerback...
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Transgender MMA Fighter Fallon Fox Has Photo Released Showing Before, After Gender Reassignment Surgery (Photo)

Transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox, who is under investigation by the Florida State Boxing Commission, has had a photo released showing her before she underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2006. The 37-year-old fighter was outed by SI.com and was 5-0 as an amateur and professional after recording five first-round knockouts. The photo, which was released by TMZ.com, shows what...
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Terry Francona Drives Scooter Around Arizona, Says He’ll Drive It to Progressive Field During Regular Season (Video)

Terry Francona sees Bobby Valentine’s bike riding and raises him a scooter. The former Red Sox managers may share an affinity for alternate modes of transportation, but no injuries occurred for Francona while he was riding his scooter throughout Arizona. During spring training, the Cleveland Indians skipper has been foregoing a vehicle with four wheels, and instead opting for one...
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Ryan Lochte Spotted Kissing Childhood Crush Carmen Electra at Hollywood Club (Photo)

Ryan Lochte has gone Hollywood. The Olympic swimmer was spotted at a Hollywood nightclub with his childhood crush, Carmen Electra, according to E!. The two were seen together at Bootsy Bellows in a booth kissing, and later standing up while locking lips. An “eyewitness” at the club told E!, “They did not leave together, and I am not sure if they will see each other again. But...
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Report: Mike Wallace Drawing Interest From Patriots During Free Agent Tampering Window

As the clock struck 12 a.m. on Friday night, NFL teams were officially allowed to contact and enter contract negotiations with unrestricted free agents. The Patriots got a head start on their wide receiver search. New England has shown interest in Mike Wallace, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. Salguero notes that this doesn’t mean the Patriots will actually sign...
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Ed Reed Isn’t What He Once Was, But His Leadership Could Be Key to Turn Tides for Patriots’ Secondary

Editor’s Note: NESN.com will evaluate and analyze one potential Patriots free agent addition every day from Feb. 18 through the start of NFL free agency on March 12. The love affair between Ed Reed and Bill Belichick is well established, which only adds to the intrigue. Belichick has been praising Reed’s work ethic, drive and intelligence since his first days in the NFL, and...
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Which Former Bruins Forward Also Served as Flyers Team Captain from 1984-89?

After just three full seasons with the Broad Street Bullies, center Claude Giroux was named captain, replacing grizzled veteran Chris Pronger. Giroux joins a long list of Flyers great to covet the C. There’s even a former Bruin among those to once hold the title of Flyers captain. Can you name the former Bruins forward who also served as Flyers captain from 1984-89? Answer The...
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Bruins-Flyers Live: B’s Looking to Add to Flyers’ Misery in Matinee Matchup at Garden

8 a.m. ET: The Bruins and the Flyers have had some memorable playoff series recently, but they might not get a chance to meet this season if Philadelphia can’t turn things around. They’ll have another chance to do so on Saturday afternoon when they come to Boston to take on the B’s at TD Garden. Peter Laviolete’s bunch has stumbled out of the blocks this season, and they...
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