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Daniel Bard: Struggles A ‘Snowball Effect’ Of Physical Issue

Daniel Bard has reason to be optimistic this season. While Bard’s career has been on a downward spiral over the last two years, the right-hander expects to enter Texas Rangers spring training free of any physical issues. Bard, whose once promising career took a turn for the worse in 2012, was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome and underwent surgery on Jan. 2. While the injury...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings Retain Coach Mike Priefer Whom Chris Kluwe Called A ‘Bigot’

The Minnesota Vikings are keeping their special teams coach despite some recent allegations of bigotry. The Vikings announced new head coach Mike Zimmer’s staff, which includes special teams coach Mike Priefer. Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe accused Priefer of anti-gay remarks in a piece written for Deadspin.com. Kluwe called for Priefer’s firing in the column and wrote that...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Sochi Olympic Housing Problems Include Bad Water, Tacky Decor (Photos)

The Sochi Winter Olympics are by far the most expensive Olympic Games yet, but try telling incoming guests that. Athletes and reporters staying in and around the Olympic Village haven’t been impressed with the less-than-lavish accommodations. With the opening ceremony just hours away, people are quickly descending on Sochi. Some are enjoying better living conditions than others...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Phil Kessel Goes To Town On Smelling Salts On Maple Leafs Bench (GIF)

With his Toronto Maple Leafs sleepwalking through an eventual 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers, Phil Kessel tried very hard to wake himself up — very, very hard. TV cameras spotted Kessel on the Leafs’ bench repeatedly sniffing smelling salts — which, you know, don’t smell particularly good. Bold strategy, Phil, but it didn’t really work out for you. The Maple Leafs’...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Martin St. Louis Replaces Steven Stamkos On Canada Olympic Hockey Team

Steven Stamkos will not be suiting up for Team Canada in Sochi, but one of his Tampa Bay Lightning teammates will. Lightning captain Martin St. Louis has been selected to replace Stamkos on the 2014 Canadian Olympic squad, Hockey Canada announced Thursday. St. Louis has been one of the NHL’s most consistent players throughout his 12 year career, earning six All-Star selections...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Russell Wilson Mocks Bleacher Report’s ‘F’ Grade On Seahawks’ 2012 Draft (Photo)

Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks’ second-year players still aren’t over the negative grades they received after the 2012 NFL draft. A class that produced Wilson, linebacker Bruce Irvin and linebacker Bobby Wagner received an F grade from Bleacher Report the day after the 2012 draft concluded. Wilson hasn’t forgotten. The Seahawks quarterback tweeted a photo of himself...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Lavarnway: Playing First Base With Red Sox ‘An Exciting New Challenge’

Although Ryan Lavarnway still considers himself a catcher first, the 26-year-old is open-minded about playing first base during Boston Red Sox spring training. Lavarnway told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford on a podcast that he spoke to Red Sox manager John Farrell in the last week, and that he’s prepared to give first base a whirl down in Fort Myers. “We’€™re going to give it...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Norwegian Snowboarder Takes Nasty Spill On Sochi Slopestyle Course (GIF)

The course for the inaugural Olympic slopestyle competition has been called everything from “sketchy” to “dangerous,” with concerns about its safety causing U.S. snowboarder Shaun White to pull out of the event. Qualifying for snowboard slopestyle began Thursday, and Norwegian Kjersti Buaas was the one of the first to experience the danger of the course firsthand. Buaas mistimed...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Ron Rivera: Panthers Need More Than ‘Status Quo’ To Stay Relevant

Ron Rivera had a huge year in Carolina. On the verge of losing his job after a 1-3 start, Rivera coached the Panthers to a 12-4 record, NFC South title and first-round bye in the NFC playoffs. He even won NFL Coach of the Year and inked a three-year contract extension to cap it all off. Even with all the accomplishments, Rivera is still striving for more. “The status quo doesn’t...
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Spygate Cameraman Selling Patriots-Eagles Super Bowl Ring

New England Patriots fans should be leaving in fear until Friday at 10 p.m. A piece of Patriots shameful history is up for sale that would be perfect for a super-rich New York Jets fan to buy and rub in the face of any friends in New England. The man caught filming the Jets’ defensive signals in 2007, Matt Estrella, is selling his Super Bowl XXXIX ring. The ring is currently listed...
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Italian Basketball Coach Flips Out About Sportsmanship (Video)

There is more to sports than winning, especially to one Italian basketball coach. Gianmarco Pozzecco, head coach of Italian basketball team Orlandina Basket, seemed frustrated after a game earlier this week when his team, in second place in Serie C, lost 78-76 to FCM Ferentino, which is just 9-10 on the season. Pozzecco clearly was unhappy with the loss, but the lack of sportsmanship...
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Patriots Offensive Rookie Review: Aaron Dobson Should Break Out In 2014

The New England Patriots finally found some rookie wide receivers in 2013 who could contribute. After the Patriots didn’t pick up wide receiver Brandon Lloyd’s option for 2013 and failed to re-sign Deion Branch, the team obviously was prepared to rely on its three rookie wide receivers — Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce. The three rookies impressed so much in...
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Jarome Iginla’s Goal Scoring A Positive Sign For Bruins Before Olympic Break

The Boston Bruins are in the midst of their most impressive scoring stretch of the season as the Olympic break approaches, and one player at the heart of this offensive resurgence is veteran winger Jarome Iginla. The 36-year-old forward scored his 16th goal of the season in Tuesday’s 3-1 victory over the rival Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden. He’s now four goals away from the...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Lakers Beat Cavaliers With Four Active Players, Robert Sacre Plays With Six Fouls

Los Angeles Lakers forward Robert Sacre picked up his sixth foul in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and in almost all situations, that would disqualify him from continuing to play. But the Lakers didn’t have any players left on the bench because of injuries suffered earlier in the the game (L.A. began the night with only eight active players...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan Students Carry On ‘Jort Out’ Tradition For Game Against Nebraska (Photo)

For the second straight year, University of Michigan students made a fashion statement when the Nebraska Cornhuskers came to the Crisler Center. The Maize Rage — Michigan’s student section — busted out their cut-up jean shorts in an effort to make their Big 10 rivals “feel at home” as they hosted their annual “Jort Out.” The plaid and short shorts wardrobe has quickly...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Rajon Rondo Dazzles; Other Impressions From Celtics’ Win Over Sixers

Rajon Rondo went almost a full year without playing in an NBA game, has been back for two weeks and already is capable of being the best player on the basketball court on a given night. Feel free to be discouraged about everything in your life right now. In just his eighth game back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Rondo was dominant Wednesday in leading the Boston Celtics...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Lakers’ Bench Is So Empty That 7-Foot Chris Kaman Can Nap Comfortably On It (Photo)

The Los Angeles Lakers have been absolutely decimated by injuries this season, but Chris Kaman isn’t complaining about all the extra room that leaves him on the bench. With Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, Jodie Meeks and Jordan Hill all sidelined for Wednesday’s matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Lakers dressed only eight players. That number only dwindled as the night went on...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Nazem Kadri Catches Smallest Shark Ever While Wearing Iffy Fedora (Photo)

The Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t been able to catch a win in Florida yet this week, but Nazem Kadri did snag something while in the Sunshine State. After falling to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, the Leafs headed out to the high seas on their off day Wednesday during their team’s annual Fathers’ Trip. The boys didn’t put on a very good show for their dads in the first game...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Agent: Patriots CB Kyle Arrington To Undergo Groin Surgery Friday

Kyle Arrington is going under the knife on Friday. The New England Patriots cornerback will undergo groin surgery, according to his representatives at KLASS Sports. Arrington’s recovery time is expected to be “roughly six weeks.” Arrington dealt with the groin injury for most of the season. He was originally hurt in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, though the ailment...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon Becoming NHL Star, Calder Trophy Favorite

There were a lot of fans and experts who thought the Colorado Avalanche made a mistake by selecting Halifax Mooseheads center Nathan MacKinnon over Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones with the top pick in the 2013 NHL draft. The Avalanche already had plenty of center depth with Ryan O’Reilly, Matt Duchene and Paul Stastny giving new head coach Patrick Roy a talented three...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Recruit D.J. Law Gets Overzealous On Signing Day, Signs With Three Schools

National Signing Day is an exciting time for high school athletes, but it was three times as thrilling for one Haines City, Fla., prospect. D.J. Law apparently had a hard time making up his mind so he signed letters of intent for three different schools this year. Ole Miss and Utah are both claiming to have received a letter of intent from Law, who also signed with East Mississippi...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Awesome Footage From Super Bowl XLVIII Helicopter Flyover (Video)

Very few people have the capability or authority to take part in a flyover for any sporting event, so United States Army specialist David Wilf was thrilled when he was offered the opportunity to take part in Super Bowl XLVIII’s helicopter flyover. Thanks to some nifty recording, Wilf captured the special moment as the helicopters made their pass over Metlife Stadium. The clear...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Potential Olympic Replacements For Steven Stamkos On Team Canada In Sochi (Gallery)

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced on Wednesday that superstar center Steven Stamkos would not make the trip to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi to play for Team Canada. Stamkos was selected to Canada’s final roster, but he wasn’t able to fully recover from a broken tibia suffered in November against the Boston Bruins. The next tough decision for Hockey Canada and general manager...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

David Beckham Loses To Jimmy Fallon In Game Of ‘Egg Roulette’ (Video)

David Beckham won 17 major trophies during his illustrious soccer career, but that success means little in the world of late-night comedy. Beckham appeared on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last Friday and played a game of “Egg Roulette” against host Fallon. In the classic game, a carton of 12 eggs contains eight hard-boiled ones and four raw ones. Both contestants select...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Nomar Garciaparra ‘Lost For Words’ Over Red Sox Hall Of Fame Induction

Nomar Garciaparra learned Wednesday that he’ll join Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens and play-by-play announcer Joe Castiglione in being inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2014. The honor speaks volumes about Garciaparra’s time with the organization. Garciaparra, who was selected to five All-Star Games in nine seasons with the Red Sox from 1996-2004, said on WEEI’s Mut...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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