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Rob Gronkowski, Tyler Seguin, Shane Victorino Send Out Thoughts to Those Affected by Boston Marathon Explosion

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Two Explosions at Boston Marathon Finish Line Go Off Monday Afternoon (Video)

Two explosions took place near the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday afternoon at around 2:45 p.m. ET. Check out aerial footage of aftermath below.
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TRAGEDY IN BOSTON

Explosions rock Boston Marathon

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Patriots Turn to Versatile Wide Receiver in NFL Mock Draft 13 After Losing Out on Emmanuel Sanders

Losing out on the Emmanuel Sanders sweepstakes leaves the Patriots with just one more need they’ll now need to address come draft weekend. There was a good chance the Patriots would find a receiver at some point on draft day when Sanders was still a possibility, but now that he’s out the pressure to find a playmaker only increases. Fortunately for Tom Brady and company, this...
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Artie Lange Goes Off on Alex Rodriguez for Lounging in Miami, Forcing Fans to Pay $600 to Enjoy a Game (Video)

It isn’t news that Artie Lange is funny or that Yankees fans are starting to dislike Alex Rodriguez, but when the lifelong Yankees fan Lange was asked about his team’s third baseman recently, it turned into an epic rant that has to be seen and heard to be believed. Lange spoke about the ridiculousness of bringing an overweight child to an expensive Yankees games while A-Rod...
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Stephen Drew Cuts Down Evan Longoria Shot Up Middle, Nabs Runner at First in Bang-Bang Play (Video)

The umpire ruled the runner out at first base, and Red Sox fans are not going to disagree. But even if Stephen Drew didn’t nip Evan Longoria at first in Monday’s one-run game, his cleanup work at shortstop would have been worth a tip of the cap anyway. With two outs in the top of the sixth and runners on the corners, Ryan Dempster needed a stop to get himself out of the inning...
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Claude Julien Taking Wait and See Approach With Carl Soderberg’s Role Upon Joining Bruins

Carl Soderberg is finally set to join the Bruins, but it sounds like B’s head coach Claude Julien won’t necessarily believe the Swedish forward is joining the club until he’s got the black and gold on. Soderberg is supposed to join the club this week, perhaps Wednesday, but given all of the hold-ups in the process to this point, Julien is going to wait until that finally happens...
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Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia Wins 117th Boston Marathon, American Jason Hartmann Comes in Fourth

The 177th edition of the Boston Marathon went to Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa. Desisa finished the 26.2-mile race with a time of 2 hours, 10 minutes and 23 seconds. American Jason Hartmann finished fourth for the second straight year. As for the women, Rita Jeptoo took the crown in what is her second Boston Marathon victory. Shalane Flanagan of Marblehead, Mass., finished fourth in...
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Doug Collins Staying With Sixers in Non-Coaching Job Would Be Right Move

Doug Collins will not last a fourth year in Philadelphia, because Collins never lasts four years anywhere. The steadfast rule throughout Collins’ coaching career is that his tenure is always is shorter than the typical presidential administration. Multiple reports indicate that Collins informed the Sixers on Sunday night that he will not return as coach next season, bringing to...
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Sean Rodriguez Wears Bubble Gum Rally Cap in Tampa Bay Rays Dugout (Photo)

The Tampa Bay Rays had baseball’s worst on-base percentage entering Monday’s game against the Red Sox and didn’t do much against Ryan Dempster to help themselves in that category. Dempster went seven innings against the Rays on Patriots’ Day, allowing just two hits and one run while walking two. In an apparent attempt to shake things up and spark some sort of offense, Rays...
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Kobe Bryant’s Career May Be Over, According to Taiwanese Animation (Video)

The Lakers have gone through a litany of injuries this season but Kobe Bryant‘s season-ending Achilles’ injury stings the most. Taiwanese animation creators NMA recently put together a video of Bryant’s injury, showing that it could be the end of his illustrious career. It also shows him crying on the sideline with a double-scoop ice cream cone and Jeremy Lin riding a rocket...
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Who Will Be the Amica Pitcher of the Week?

Vote for the Amica Pitcher of the Week and give yourself a chance to win a $100 gift card to the Yawkey Way Team Store. Voting begins every Monday and winners are picked every Saturday, so make sure to come back every week to give yourself another chance to win. First read the official rules, then completely fill out the form below for your chance to win. The Red Sox are off to a...
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Denard Span Admits Not Understanding Double-Switch Rules, Thought He Was Being Benched When Subbed Out of Game

Baseball’s rules can be pretty intricate, and knowing all of them can be tough — even for players. That apparently goes double for players switching from the American League to the National League, as first-year Washington outfielder Denard Span learned Sunday. After the Nats pinch-hit for starter Gio Gonzalez and made a double-switch for pitcher Zach Duke in the fifth inning...
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Brazilian Soccer Player Takes Contender for Worst Penalty Kick in History With Backwards Shot (Video)

You’ve probably never heard of Pilo, and he might not want to come to your attention this way. The Brazilian soccer player took what could go down as the worst penalty kick in history on Sunday. It goes without saying that he missed it … badly. His gaffe came in a lower-division Paulista A3 state championship game between America-SP and Votuporanguense, but video of the miss...
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Tedy Bruschi, Chuck Fairbanks, Leon Gray Named Finalists for 2013 Patriots Hall of Fame

The Patriots have announced three finalists for the team’s Hall of Fame class of 2013. The trio includes Super Bowl champion linebacker Tedy Bruschi, former head coach Chuck Fairbanks and three-time All-Pro offensive tackle Leon Gray. This year’s selection will join legendary announcer Gil Santos in the class of 2013 and become the 21st member of the hallowed Patriots Hall of...
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Julius Erving Gave Doug Collins Vote of Confidence Shortly Before Coach Informed Sixers He Will Not Return

As far as awkward timing goes, this one has to be up there. Julius Erving, an icon of the Philadelphia 76ers franchise, offered coach Doug Collins a glowing endorsement during an appearance at the Wells Fargo Center as part of a celebration of the 1983 NBA championship team. Erving, who serves as a “strategic adviser” to the organization, met with the media prior to Sunday...
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Jesse Williams Would Give Patriots Potential Successor for Vince Wilfork on Defensive Line

Vince Wilfork isn’t going to be around forever, which the Patriots are unhappily aware of. So, the search for his eventually replacement will need to happen soon, if it isn’t already. Wilfork is already 31 years old and his contract runs through the 2014 season, at the end of which he’ll be 33. That gives the Patriots, at the very least, another two seasons to find someone...
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Red Sox’ Improved Pitching to Thank for Hot Start to 2013 Season (Video)

Many suspected the Red Sox’ pitching would be improved this year, but no one could have predicted just how hot the starters and relievers would begin the 2013 campaign. Through 11 games, the Red Sox have a 2.76 team ERA and 1.18 WHIP. They have 109 strikeouts in just 98 innings to average 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings. They currently lead the AL in ERA and batting average against...
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Kobe Bryant’s Achilles Injury Forces Lakers to Finally Play With Toughness

Dwight Howard insisted the Lakers will “fight to the end,” which was an interesting word choice since “fight” is exactly what the Lakers — aside from Kobe Bryant — have lacked for much of this season. With Bryant sidelined with an Achilles tear, the rest of the Lakers finally displayed some of their absent leader’s toughness on Sunday. While shooting an unsightly 37...
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CC Sabathia Shows Just How Slimming Pinstripes Can Be, While Scott Van Pelt’s Suit Causes Him to Balloon (Video)

Fashion 101: Vertical stripes make someone look skinnier. Horizontal stripes make someone look — um, wider. Scott Van Pelt found that out the hard way in the latest of ESPN’s “This Is SportsCenter” commercials, where the TV man wears a horizontally striped gray suit that has him looking like a sumo wrestler. CC Sabathia, however, looks nice and trim — thanks, of course...
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Rich Peverley Wins the Amica Coverage Play of the Week

NESN.com staff will pick the two or three best Amica Coverage Plays of the previous week for games played from Friday night to Thursday night. Voting will begin every Friday morning and conclude on Monday. Rich Peverley wins this week’s Amica Coverage Play of the Week. Check out the winning video below. Amica Winner: Rich Peverley
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Patriots Must Focus Attention on Drafting Stud Receiver Even More Now That Emmanuel Sanders Is Out

After five days of uncertainty, Emmanuel Sanders future has finally been settled. And it won’t be in New England. The Steelers decided to match the Patriots $2.5 million offer sheet in the final hours of their five-day window on Sunday night. The move keeps one of Ben Roethlisberger‘s favorite targets in Pittsburgh and forces the Patriots back to the drawing board at wide receiver...
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Pepe Reina Wants Liverpool to Focus in Remaining Games, Finish Season With ‘Winning Mentality’

With five games left in 2012-13, Reds stopper Pepe Reina insists there are major occasions remaining on Liverpool’s fixture list to look forward to — beginning with Chelsea on Sunday. The Spaniard kept a second consecutive clean sheet on Saturday as Brendan Rodgers‘ side was frustrated by Reading and opposite number Alex McCarthy in particular. But the 30-year-old has quickly...
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Which Three Active Bruins Have Played in More Than 1,000 Career NHL Games?

The Bruins may have some of the game’s best young players on the roster, but they also have a handful of veterans who have been around the league for quite some time. Three members of the Bruins have at least 1,000 career NHL games under their belts. Can you name them? Answer The Four’s Trivia Question of the Day and enter to win a $50 gift card to one of The Four’s three Boston...
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Bruins-Senators Live: B’s Look to Gain Some Momentum As They Open Homestand Against Sens

11 a.m.: The Bruins are in a bad way right now, but they’ve got a week of games at home to right the ship starting Monday with Ottawa. More importantly, however, is the fact that they’re starting to get healthy. Boston returns home after a highly disappointing loss to the lowly Carolina Hurricanes where they’ll host the Senators on Monday night in the first of four consecutive...
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