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Xander Bogaerts Hoping Offseason Regimen Yields Big Things For Red Sox

This embed is invalid" /> The New England Patriots can only hope to return from Arizona half as pleased as Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts worked out this offseason at the EXOS performance institute in Phoenix (the host city of Super Bowl XLIX) in the hopes of hitting the ground running in 2015. The 22-year-old is confident his new...
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Marshawn Lynch: ‘I Don’t Know What Story (Media) Are Trying To Get Out Of Me’

Marshawn Lynch reached his breaking point Thursday. The Seattle Seahawks running back has been kicking the media’s butt in an ongoing game of chicken this week leading up to the Super Bowl. Lynch has gone out of his way to offer little or nothing during his mandatory media sessions. Thursday, the running back opened up a bit in a bizarre lecture to the assembled reporters. The...
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NFL to assist Seahawks in ID'ing Pats' ineligible receiver sets

By Doug Kyed PHOENIX — NFL officials are now making up new signals on the fly. Head coach Pete Carroll said Thursday at the Seattle Seahawks’ team hotel that officials will use a signal to identify which New England Patriots players are ineligible in Super Bowl XLIX. The signal will look like one used by officials for a missed extra-point. Officials previously announced which...
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Matt Chatham: Russell Wilson’s Scrambling Presents Challenge To Patriots

Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman have their own unique strengths and weaknesses, and both are all-world cornerbacks. That’s something we can all agree on. It might be debatable which one is better, but it’s not debatable who will have a tougher time containing a scrambling quarterback in Super Bowl XLIX. As great a legend as Tom Brady is, the three...
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Tom Brady Expects To Be 100 Percent For Super Bowl Despite Nagging Cold

By Doug Kyed CHANDLER, Ariz. — Breaking news: Tom Brady is mortal and prone to the common cold. That’s what the New England Patriots quarterback is dealing with this week as his team prepares for their Super Bowl XLIX matchup with the Seattle Seahawks. Brady continued to sound congested during his meeting with reporters Thursday at the team’s hotel. “I think I’ve been...
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Super Bowl Prop Bets: Marshawn Lynch TD Celebration Among Seahawks’ Wagers

Seattle faces New England on Sunday in Super Bowl XLIX, with the Patriots hovering around one-point or two-point favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. However, there are plenty of prop bets to consider as you wager on Sunday’s big game. The most offbeat Seahawks-specific wager involves running back Marshawn Lynch. He has been in the news due to fines related to his...
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Billy Joel Returns To Fenway Park July 16; Tickets Go On Sale Feb. 6

Billy Joel is coming back to Boston. The world-famous performer entertained fans in Boston in 2014, and he’ll make his return in 2015. Joel will play a show at Fenway Park on July 16, the Boston Red Sox announced Thursday. Tickets for the show go on sale to the public on Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. ET. “How awesome is it that as we dig out of a New England blizzard...
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Belichick, Brady can't imagine Hall of Fame without Seau

By Doug Kyed CHANDLER, Ariz. — If Junior Seau isn’t elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, then Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will have an issue with the selection committee. Seau played four seasons with the New England Patriots from 2006 to 2009, appearing in 38 games, recording 4.5 sacks and 121 tackles. Seau is a first-time Hall of Fame finalist this season...
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Christian Vazquez Has Look Of Leader Going Into Red Sox’s 2015 Season

This embed is invalid" /> Baseball never stops for Christian Vazquez. Vazquez again played winter ball in Puerto Rico this offseason despite cracking Boston’s major league roster in 2014. The 24-year-old catcher also texted former Red Sox captain Jason Varitek in an effort to better himself as both a catcher and a leader. “Of course, that’s important...
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Rex Ryan On False Fire Alarms: Bill Belichick ‘Probably Did It Himself’

You can call him Detective Rex Ryan. The New England Patriots have been the victims of two false fire alarms at their team hotel during Super Bowl week, with the first waking them up in the middle of the night Tuesday and the latest incident occurring just before 5 a.m. local time Thursday. While the culprit(s) behind the little stunts is unknown, the new head coach of the Buffalo...
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Tom Brady: ‘I Certainly Hope (Peyton Manning) Comes Back’

CHANDLER, Ariz. — The New England Patriots will play the Denver Broncos again next season, and Tom Brady hopes his old rival is on the other sideline. Brady said Thursday at the Patriots team hotel that he doesn’t want Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning to retire. “What a great player he’s been for this league,” Brady said. “He’s a great competitor, and I’ve been...
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Paul Pierce Rooting ‘Hard’ For Patriots, Has Never Deflated Basketball

Paul Pierce doesn’t have an NFL team in Los Angeles to root for anymore, so he’s gone all-in with the New England Patriots. The former Boston Celtics forward and official Pats convert has been following New England’s run to Super Bowl XLIX “religiously” and is pulling for quarterback Tom Brady to get a fourth championship to “cement his legacy,” he told CSNNE’s Gary...
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Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial Live Stream: Opening Statements Begin

The murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez begins Thursday in Bristol County Superior Court. Hernandez is accused of killing Dorchester man Odin Lloyd in 2013. Two other alleged accomplices will be tried separately. The proceedings got off to a rough start when one juror was late and another had to be replaced for an undisclosed reason, but things finally...
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Darrelle Revis Unfazed By Contract Talk Before Patriots’ Super Bowl Clash

This embed is invalid" /> Darrelle Revis is a self-aware individual. A little bit of outside noise isn’t going to impact his Super Bowl XLIX homework. Revis’ contract with New England includes a $20 million option for 2015. The Patriots could exercise the option — something they’re reportedly considering — but it’s also possible the sides...
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Super Bowl 2015 Prop Bets: Odds That Bill Belichick Smiles During Game?

New England and Seattle meet on Sunday in Super Bowl XLIX, and there are numerous prop bets on which you can wager. There are plenty of random entertaining prop bets, but there are also quite a few related to the game itself. The most offbeat Patriots-specific wagers from sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com have to be related to Bill Belichick. First, you can bet on the color...
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One Juror Late, Another Replaced On Opening Day Of Aaron Hernandez Trial

The start of Aaron Hernandez’s murder trial had to be delayed Thursday over issues with the jury, according to multiple courtroom reports. One juror was experiencing snow-related travel problems and another was in the process of being replaced for an undisclosed reason, according to The Boston Globe. The jury was supposed to be sworn in at 9 a.m., with...
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Fire Alarm At Patriots’ Team Hotel Goes Off For Second Time In Three Days

Super Bowl week has not been a restful experience for the New England Patriots. For the second time in three days, a false fire alarm sounded at the Pats’ team hotel in the wee hours of the morning, according to NFL Media’s Kimberly Jones. The first disturbance happened Tuesday, as the team was woken up in the middle of the night, presumably by some hilarious pranksters. Well...
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Bruins-Islanders Preview: Boston Takes On Metropolitan Division Leaders

The Boston Bruins have a difficult schedule coming out of the All-Star break and the first test is Thursday night on Long Island against the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Islanders. Boston will play the Islanders twice, host the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, travel to Madison Square Garden to play the New York Rangers and close their season series with...
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Pats fans buy Super Bowl tickets, told they're unavailable

By Anna Fogel Forget DeflateGate, a group of Massachusetts guys are much more concerned about TicketGate right now. Sandwich, Mass., resident Josh Helms and five of his friends paid nearly $10,000 for tickets to see their beloved New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, but they were told Wednesday those tickets were no longer available. According...
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Ex-NFL QB Jeff Blake Downplays DeflateGate Drama: ‘Every Team Does It’

This embed is invalid" /> Add Jeff Blake to the list of retired NFL quarterbacks chiming in on DeflateGate. Blake, who played for seven teams from 1992 to 2005, brushed off the concept of deflating footballs during a radio interview Wednesday. The former QB suggested the practice happened all the time during his playing days. “I’m just going to...
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Columnist: Media should boycott Skittles to protest Lynch

By Mike Cole Marshawn Lynch hasn’t endeared himself to the media, which is a big no-no — according to the media. Lynch has done a terrific job of annoying reporters this week at the Super Bowl. The Seattle Seahawks running back mailed in media day and followed that up with another refusal to say anything of substance Wednesday. That led to passionate takes from sportswriters...
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Red Sox’s Pablo Sandoval Mastering Art Of Basketball Trick Shots (Video)

You paying attention, Boston Celtics? Pablo Sandoval, a two-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion, signed a five-year, $95 million contract with the Boston Red Sox this offseason, yet it’s the city’s basketball team that should take notice of the third baseman’s winter workout regimen. Sandoval apparently has mastered the art of basketball trick shots, evidenced...
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Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola Might Be Too Much, Too Little For Seahawks

Brandon Browner really doesn’t like small receivers. The New England Patriots cornerback doesn’t want to touch them, because he can’t. “The little guys, the little quicker guys, I have a tendency to have a little problem with those guys because they can duck under my jam at times,” Browner said back in October. Browner likes to face bigger receivers that he can jam, trail...
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Richard Sherman Makes DeflateGate Joke While Playing ‘Madden’ With Shane Vereen

Richard Sherman couldn’t resist himself. The Seattle Seahawks cornerback is one of the best in the business at what he does, and he’s also one of the NFL’s best trash talkers. He showed Wednesday that trash talk isn’t reserved for only the field. Sherman and New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen will meet up Sunday in the Super Bowl, but first they got together for...
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Penguins-Capitals Brawl Puts Bow On Fight-Filled Rivalry Night (Video)

The Washington Capitals beat up on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night in more ways than one. In one of the rare “Rivalry Night” games that featured actual rivals, the Caps sent a loud statement with a resounding 4-0 win over the Metropolitan Division foes. In addition to lighting up the Pens on the scoreboard, Washington also tuned up Pittsburgh with its fists. The rough...
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