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Red Sox-Blue Jays Live: R.A. Dickey Brings Knuckleball to Spring Training Showdown With Boston

9:15  a.m. ET: The Red Sox will be answering to voices from the recent past Monday afternoon when they split the squad for two more spring training games. The half of the team that heads to Dunedin, Fla., will be facing the Toronto Blue Jays. That’s the former team of new manager John Farrell, of course, meaning the Red Sox skipper will be handling flak from the Toronto media...
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February 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders Free Agent Desmond Bryant Arrested on Charges of Criminal Mischief

An NFL player named Desmond Bryant was arrested on Sunday morning and it was not Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. Bryant, a Raiders free agent defensive tackle, was arrested on charges of criminal mischief. He was booked at 9:24 a.m. Sunday on $1,000 bail, according to ESPN.com. The Harvard product was one of Pro Football Focus’ top rated interior defenders in 2012. He had three...
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February 25, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL Combine Live: Ezekiel Ansah, Dion Jordan, Manti Te’o Among Prospects in Spotlight During Day 5 Drills

8 a.m.: The NFL combine drills have reached their halfway point, and on Day 5, we’ll see defensive linemen and linebackers going through speed, agility, explosion and positional drills. Some of the biggest freak athletes in this draft line up at defensive end and tackle, and we should see some record times from these players. BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah ran track before switching...
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February 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Jon Lester Tosses Two Perfect Innings in Encouraging First Outing of Spring Training (Video)

The Red Sox couldn’t have asked for much more from Jon Lester on Sunday. The left-hander retired all six batters he faced in his first start of spring training — a 5-3 Boston win over St. Louis. Lester struggled through the most difficult campaign of his career last season, going 9-14 with a career-worst 4.82 ERA, and came into camp looking to put the tumultuous events of last...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Jacoby Jones to Compete on Upcoming Season of ‘Dancing With The Stars’ (Animation)

After bursting onto the scene with a breakout performance in Super Bowl XLVII, Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones now plans to follow in the footsteps of such NFL greats as Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice and Hines Ward. The wideout will be a contestant on the upcoming season of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, the network announced during a commercial break in the Academy Awards on Sunday...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Alex Smith’s Trade From San Francisco ‘Effectively Complete,’ Kansas City Likely Landing Spot

Colin Kaepernick‘s ascension in San Francisco has put Alex Smith out of a job. It was widely speculated that the 49ers would either trade Smith, who was leading the NFL in completion percentage when he went down with a concussion in Week 10, or grant him his release this offseason. The Niners are reportedly “highly, highly unlikely” to release the veteran quarterback, but it...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Bruins’ Penalty Kill Proves Dominant Again as Boston Completes Florida Sweep in Sunrise (Video)

With a 4-1 win over the Panthers on Sunday, the Bruins enter the most brutal portion of their schedule on a three-game winning streak. The B’s penalty-kill unit was dominant during the stretch, as it has been all season, and has held opponents scoreless on 20 consecutive power plays. In fact, Boston has allowed just three power-play goals all season, good for a 94.8 percent penalty...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Top NFL Prospect Star Lotulelei Will Not Participate in Combine Drills After Heart Problem Discovered

One of the NFL Draft’s top prospects was thrust into the spotlight on Sunday afternoon, but it wasn’t because of his time in the 40-meter dash. Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei announced through his agent that he will not participate in the NFL Combine’s drills, after an echocardiogram detected a heart condition. The news was first reported by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, who...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Kobe Bryant Tweets ‘Amnesty THAT’ After 38-Point Performance in Win Over Mark Cuban’s Mavericks

Kobe Bryant might just have had something to prove on Sunday afternoon, when he went off for a game-high 38 points in the Lakers’ 103-99 win over Dallas. After all, it was Mavericks owner Mark Cuban who said earlier in the week that the Lakers’ should use their amnesty clause on the five-time NBA champ. In case Bryant’s 38 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists weren’t...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Bruins Take Advantage of Poor Florida Change to Net Power-Play Goal (Video)

The Bruins’ power-play attack still leaves much to be desired, but the B’s capitalized with a Panther in the box on Sunday. Just over two minutes into the second period, a poorly timed change by Florida allowed Boston to make a 5-on-3 rush into the Panthers’ zone. Chris Bourque drew a pair of defensemen to him near the right boards, leaving a wide-open lane for Daniel Paille...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Zdeno Chara Adds ‘Sunshine Spin-O-Rama’ to List of Achievements After Crazy Goal Lifts Bruins to Victory (Video)

It’s usually a highlight whenever Zdeno Chara scores for the Bruins, but Sunday’s effort kicked things up a notch or three. The Bruins’ captain scored on a whirling dervish through the Panthers defense, pulling off a perfect spin-o-rama before going top shelf to beat goalie Jacob Markstrom. The tally cemented a two-goal lead for the B’s, capping off a memorable swing through...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau Highlights Impressive Rookie Campaign With Penalty-Shot Goal Against Flyers (Video)

Jonathan Huberdeau has been a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season for the Florida Panthers thus far. The rookie out of Saint-Jerome, Quebec, leads the team in both goals and points through 18 games, and earned a spot on highlight reels around the country with his nifty penalty-shot goal against Philadelphia’s Ilya Bryzgalov on Thursday. The third overall pick in 2011...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Jimmie Johnson Wins Second Daytona 500, Danica Patrick Finishes in Eighth

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A big first for Danica Patrick, but an even bigger second for Jimmie Johnson. Patrick made history out front at the Daytona 500, only to see five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson reclaim his spot at the top in the end. Johnson won his second Daytona 500 with a late push on Sunday, grabbing the spotlight from Patrick as she faded on the final lap. Patrick...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Vote: Which Boston Sports Figures Should Win the NESN Daily Academy Awards?

While the stars of the silver screen are honored Sunday night in Hollywood, we’re taking the opportunity to honor the top performances in Boston sports with the NESN Daily Academy Awards. Looking back at the year that’s gone by, the awards offer us a chance to look back at all that’s transpired in the last year, while we select and celebrate some of the best sports moments...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez Could Find Manchester United Problem Waiting for Him at Real Madrid

You can’t always get what you want, especially if you play for Manchester United. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is frustrated playing third fiddle behind Wayne Rooney and current Premier League goal-scoring leader Robin Van Persie. Hernandez voiced his discontent with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to stick Rooney and Van Persie in big-game situations....
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Floyd Mayweather Receives Birthday Cake With Picture of His Face on $1,000 Bill (Photo)

Floyd Mayweather turned 36 on Saturday. To celebrate the boxer’s birthday, Showtime — who recently signed Mayweather to a large deal — sent over a cake including two of Mayweather’s favorite things: himself and money. The birthday cake features “Money” Mayweather on a $1,000 bill, and only hours into his special day, the boxer took to Twitter to share the cake with his...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Jon Lester Impressive in Spring Debut, Must Keep Working Toward Returning to Ace Status for Red Sox

It’s only spring training. Those words are muttered countless times year in and year out as some players thrive in camp while others fizzle out. The reason? It’s actually quite true. Spring training means a variety of things for a variety of players. For minor leaguers invited to major league camp, it’s a chance to lay the groundwork for a big league call-up. For veterans,...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Bruins Spend Off Day in Florida by Fishing, Enjoying Fact They Aren’t in Snowy Boston (Video)

Tyler Seguin and the Bruins aren’t in Boston this week, and they seem pretty happy with that fact. After all, when presented with a chance to escape snowy Boston for a couple of days and soak up some sunshine in Florida, most people would jump at the chance. That’s exactly what the B’s did on Saturday, enjoying an increasingly rare off day at owner Jeremy Jacobs‘ house with...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Bruins Clear Winners of Trade With Panthers That Brought Nathan Horton, Gregory Campbell to Boston

Sunday’s Captain Morgan Legendary Moment laid the foundation for the Bruins’ historic Stanley Cup run of 2011. Back in June of 2010, the B’s sent struggling defenseman Dennis Wideman and a pair of draft picks to the Panthers in exchange for forwards Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell. Only third-round pick Kyle Rau is still in the Florida system — though he has not suited...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Chile Allows Convicted Russian Drug Smuggler Maxim Molokoedov to Stay, Play Professional Soccer

SANTIAGO, CHILE – A Russian man who served three years in a Chilean prison for drug trafficking is being allowed to remain in the country to play professional soccer. Twenty-five-year-old Maxim Molokoedov finished his prison term Friday. He has been training with the Santiago Morning club in Chile’s second-tier league since last season under a special permit. During a ceremony...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Ronda Rousey Wins First-Ever UFC Women’s Fight Over Liz Carmouche With First-Round Armbar Submission (Photos)

Ronda Rousey won the first-ever UFC women’s fight after getting Liz Carmouche to submit to an armbar on Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Rousey remains undefeated, and also retains her UFC Women’s Bantamweight title, which she was awarded on Dec. 6. Although the fight lasted only a single round, it was an exciting bout, culminating in Rousey’s armbar with...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

‘Ballerina’ Zdeno Chara Dazzles With Beautiful Spin Move Before Backhand Goal (Video)

Zdeno Chara has been called a lot of things throughout his successful career. However, one thing the Bruins captain isn’t usually been described as is nimble. Chara scored the Bruins’ second goal on Sunday with a dazzling spin and a backhand, top-shelf shot. The goal gave Boston a 2-0 lead and sent Jack Edwards into a frenzy when the NESN announcer called Big Z a ballerina...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Curtis Granderson Expected to Miss 10 Weeks After Breaking Forearm in Spring Training Game

Spring training is supposed to be a relaxing time for veterans, but that’s not how it turned out for Curtis Granderson. The New York Yankees outfielder suffered a fractured right forearm on Sunday after being hit by a pitch in his first spring training at-bat of the season. Granderson will be out of action until at least the first week of May, the Yankees announced. Granderson...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Dougie Hamilton Continuing to Grow as Player Despite NHL’s Steep Learning Curve (Video)

Dougie Hamilton burst onto the scene with much aplomb, but has quietly come back down to Earth after a hot start to his young NHL career. While the rookie defenseman has seen his ice time decrease incrementally as the season has gone one, there’s still plenty about Hamilton’s game for Bruins fans to feel positive about. Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley discussed Hamilton’s development...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

French U-17 Ninja Goalkeeper Lands Gut-Wrenching Kick to Opponent’s Nether Regions (Video)

It seems as though this goalkeeper has been watching too many Bruce Lee movies lately. In a so-called friendly game between French U-17 squads AS Villaret and S.O.M., Villaret goalkeeper ventured out of his box to cut off an opposing striker’s scoring threat.  However instead of going for the ball, the keeper launches himself into mid-air and plants his cleat directly into the...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss
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