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Report: Bayern Munich Wants Neymar, Hopes $130 Million Is Too Much for Santos to Refuse

Watch out, Cristiano Ronaldo. Neymar could be coming for your title. Bayern Munich has joined Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City among the ranks of those interested in signing Neymar. The German giant is preparing a transfer offer that, if successful, would make the Brazilian star the most expensive player in history, according to Metro. “But it looks as though the Blues ...
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Vote: Who Is the Greatest Quarterback in Falcons History?

Editor’s note: As part of NFL’s Greatest Quarterback, fans will decide the best QB in each team’s history. Steve Bartkowski: Bartkowski holds the Falcons’ franchise record for career passing yards, though, that record may only stand for one more year. Matt Ryan is 4,513 yards behind. Bartkowski was the first overall pick in the 1975 draft and started for Atlanta for the...
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Michael Jordan Wants Judge to Dismiss Paternity Lawsuit

ATLANTA — Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan asked a Georgia court on Monday to dismiss a paternity suit against him, calling it a “shameless, bad faith attempt to abuse the legal system.” Jordan’s lawyer John Mayoue said in a document filed in Fulton County Superior Court that the six-time NBA champion is not the father of Pamela Y. Smith‘s 16-year-old son. The paternity...
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Patriots Don’t Use Franchise Tag, Setting Up Wes Welker, Aqib Talib, Sebastian Vollmer for Free Agency

The start of NFL free agency is a little over a week away, and the Patriots’ three biggest free agents appear headed to the open market. The Patriots decided against using the franchise tag for the first time in five years on Monday. That leaves Wes Welker, Aqib Talib and Sebastian Vollmer all staring down the possibility of free agency. Welker, 31, was close to this scenario last...
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Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman Breaks Ankle in Sky-Diving Stunt (Photos)

Red Sox fans will enjoy this one. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman got more then he bargained for when he decided to go sky-diving with the Golden Knights of the United States Army. On Monday, Cashman suffered a broken ankle during his second jump and will undergo surgery, John Harper of the New York Daily news confirmed. Cashman says he needs surgery on ankle. Hasn'...
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China’s Fujia Chu Makes Embarrassing Baserunning Gaffe in World Baseball Classic (Video)

Monday was not a banner day for Team China. In the midst a 12-0 steamrolling at the hands of Cuba in the first round of the World Baseball Classic, China first baseman Fujia Chu secured his spot on the nightly highlight reels — and not in a good way. With one out in the top of the second, Chu stole second base on a dropped ball by the catcher. But upon reaching the base, he inexplicably...
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Report: Dwayne Bowe Agrees to Five-Year Deal to Stay in Kansas City, Chiefs Make Dustin Colquitt Highest-Paid Punter

Dwayne Bowe was expected to be one of the biggest names on the free-agent market this offseason, but it appears those plans have changed. Bowe agreed to a five-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday, just ahead of the franchise tag deadline, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Chiefs didn't use tag on WR Dwayne Bowe because they didn't have to. Chiefs and Bowe...
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Rob Gronkowski the Greyhound Continues to Leave Four-Legged Foes in the Dust (Video)

Rob Gronkowski is on a roll. But we’re not talking about the Patriots tight end — this Gronk was born Aug. 22, 2011 and weighs in at 70 pounds, and likely doesn’t funnel Natty Light in his spare time. Rob Gronkowski the greyhound recently won his fourth straight race at the Palm Beach Kennel Club Racetrack. In his three previous wins, he “outclassed the field,” “never...
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Rajon Rondo Ranked Sixth-Best Point Guard in NBA by Sports Illustrated

Around Boston, it is not uncommon to hear Rajon Rondo called a “top-five” point guard. In some cases, the Celtics’ floor general is even called the best point guard in the NBA, although that might be going a little too far for even Rondo’s biggest fans. Sports Illustrated weighed in on the topic, as we did months ago, with an updated list of the top 10 point guards in the...
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Claude Julien Stands Behind Stance Against Embellishment, Says He Doesn’t Want His Team Doing It

Claude Julien wasn’t quite as outspoken against embellishment on Monday as he was Sunday night, but the Bruins head coach stood by his stance that something needs to be done. Julien ripped just about everyone involved Sunday night, speaking out about embellishing in the moment’s following his team’s 4-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. The Bruins returned to practice Monday...
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Celtics, Hawks Could Be on Collision Course for Another Eastern Conference Playoffs Matchup

With Eastern Conference opposition on their heels, the Boston Celtics will look to gear up for the final playoff stretch. Postseason positioning will be up for grabs in a Friday night matchup against the Atlanta Hawks. The veteran C’s know that they have their work cut out for them if they want to continue to beat the NBA odds — especially against a team that’s fast become...
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Vote: Who Is the Greatest Quarterback in Buccaneers History?

Editor’s note: As part of NFL’s Greatest Quarterback, fans will decide the best QB in each team’s history. Trent Dilfer was included in the Ravens’ vote. Doug Williams: Williams may be best known for this Super Bowl championship and MVP with the Redskins, but the quarterback’s best regular season years were spent with the Buccaneers. Williams went 33-33-1 in five seasons...
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Kevin Garnett, Celtics Being Smarter About Veteran’s Workload in Games, Practices

WALTHAM, Mass. — In past years, Kevin Garnett‘s withering glare would have been enough to keep him on the court. It still might, if he wanted it to be. Celtics coach Doc Rivers is not exactly Gregg Popovich, who cuts his veterans’ playing time so liberally he has drawn NBA commissioner David Stern‘s ire, but neither is he Tom Thibodeau, the Bulls coach for whom “rest...
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Claude Julien Supports Zdeno Chara ’100 Percent,’ Also Thinks Incident Will Help Tyler Seguin

Claude Julien said Sunday night that he had no problem with Zdeno Chara‘s fight, even if it may have cost the team a win. He stood by those sentiments on Monday as well. The Bruins coach addressed the media following practice in Wilmington, and he continued to support Chara, who took 17 penalty minutes after fighting Alexei Emelin in the second period of Boston’s 4-3 loss to...
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Carmelo Anthony, Knicks Becoming Predictable on Offense as Tyson Chandler Gets Overlooked

With one game-clinching play, LeBron James summed up everything that sets him apart from his peers while simultaneously revealing the Knicks’ greatest vulnerability. James’ steal-and-dunk, which turned a four-point nailbiter into a six-point sure thing for the Heat with 23 seconds left in Sunday’s game at Madison Square Garden, drew all the praise it deserved. His defensive...
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Players Like Brandon Prust, Brendan Gallagher Helping Canadiens to Return to Conference’s Elite

BOSTON — The Montreal Canadiens haven’t won a Stanley Cup since 1993, which is basically the equivalent of two lifetimes when you’re talking about hockey’s most successful franchises. While they may not be quite ready to end that drought this year, it’s clear that they’re certainly going in the right direction. It would appear that there is a bit of a change in philosophy...
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Golf Boys Ben Crane, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan Unveil ’2.Oh’ Music Video (Video)

Golf’s funniest foursome is at it again. PGA Tour stars Ben Crane, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan — also known as “Golf Boys” — recently unveiled their latest viral music video, “2.Oh” — a sequel to their 2011 hit, “Oh, Oh, Oh.” This catchy jam can be purchased on iTunes with all proceeds benefiting Charity:Water. The video, which was directed...
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Felix Doubront’s Pitch Efficiency Will Be Critical for Sophomore to Take Next Step in 2013

Felix Doubront‘s starts felt like Groundhog Day throughout much of 2012. Like most of the Red Sox’ pitchers, he tended to let the big inning get to him, but at times the young left-hander looked brilliant, using his vast repertoire, mid-90s velocity and devastating movement to great effect. But no matter how well or how poorly he was pitching, by the fifth inning you’d look...
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Claude Julien Praises Patrice Bergeron’s Line, But Calls on Rest of Team to Start Stepping Up

BOSTON — Lost in the hubbub of Claude Julien‘s postgame rant about the officiating Sunday night in Boston was the fact that the Bruins head coach wasn’t unhappy with just the referees. The Boston bench boss called on his team to step up its game, aside from one line. It was clear that the line of Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand was by far the Bruins’ best...
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Vote: Who Is the Greatest Quarterback in NFC North History?

Editor’s note: As part of NFL’s Greatest Quarterback, fans will decide the best quarterback in team, division, conference and league history. The people have spoken. We saw some close races among the NFC North teams, and that was to be expected — these are some of the oldest teams in the league’s history. For the Bears, Sid Luckman beat out Jim McMahon, Ed Brown and Billy...
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Patrice Bergeron Named NHL’s Second Star of Week

Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron seems like he continues to just get better and better, and he’s certainly playing some of his best hockey in a while right now. He was rewarded for that Monday. Bergeron was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for his performance this past week. Montreal’s Max Pacioretty, who played a vital role in the Canadiens’ win over the Bruins on...
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Report: Wes Welker, Patriots Have Made ‘Progress’ on New Deal as Franchise Tag Deadline Approaches

The Patriots aren’t expected to use the franchise tag on Wes Welker this year, but that doesn’t mean they’re dragging their feet on a new deal with the team’s top wide receiver. While Welker is not a likely tag candidate, the Patriots reportedly want to sign him to a new deal sooner rather than later. As the tag deadline approaches at 4 p.m. Monday afternoon, with free agency...
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Dustin Pedroia Backs Increased Penalties for PED Use, Says There’s No Excuse for Players Testing Positive

When Major League Baseball players get nailed for using performance-enhancing drugs, they often have elaborate excuses. But, while their descriptions of why they were using this drug or that may convince some loyal fans, for fellow players — like the Red Sox’ Dustin Pedroia — they just don’t cut it. “In my opinion, no,” Pedroia said, according to The Boston Globe, when...
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Robert Kraft Says He Suggested Tom Brady Extension to Avoid Dealing With Joe Montana, Peyton Manning Ending

In the NFL, and all pro sports, it’s just business. Players say that aloud regularly, and owners and general managers affirm it with paychecks and salary cap moves. Except, maybe, sometimes, it’s not all business — or, it can be the kind of business that lines up pretty well with what the fans like, too. Patriots owner Robert Kraft took less of a business line as he explained...
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Report: Colby Rasmus Takes Jab at John Farrell, Says John Gibbons Won’t Go Into ‘Freak-Out Mode’ With Blue Jays

In Boston, John Farrell is expected to be the manager who restores order, provides solid leadership and cleans the clubhouse of the crazy that kept the Red Sox from fulfilling their potential in 2012. In Toronto, though, one Blue Jays player says Farrell was opposite of that when managing the team last year. Outfielder Colby Rasmus had some harsh words about Farrell as he talked...
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