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Milan Lucic’s Goal Wins Amica Coverage Play of the Week

Milan Lucic‘s goal against the Rangers in the season opener topped Dougie Hamilton‘s aggressiveness and physicality against the Jets to earn the Amica Coverage Play of the Week. Check out both videos below. Play 1: Milan Lucic Play 2: Dougie Hamilton NESN.com staff will pick the two or three best Amica Coverage Plays of the previous week for games played from Friday...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Red Sox Unlikely to Pursue Bobby Abreu as Backup First Baseman/Outfielder

The Red Sox were willing to give Bobby Abreu a look,  but that might be the extent of their interest. According to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, the Red Sox are unlikely to pursue Abreu as the backup first baseman/outfielder they’ve been seeking this winter. On the surface, Abreu — if capable of playing an adequate first base (a big “if”) — would seem to make some...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Josh Reddick Decides Slick-Backed Mullet Isn’t Enough, Goes for Frizzy Beard, Too (Photo)

Red Sox fans may still be bemoaning the loss of Josh Reddick to the Oakland A’s in the trade that brought Andrew Bailey to Boston. But, while comparing stats may leave Sox fans feeling down, the comparative grooming of the players should not. Reddick, who has grown one of the best mullets in the business, is now going the beard route, too, and it’s quite the interesting look...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Patriots Could Target Ed Reed This Offseason, Fulfill Bill Belichick’s Fantasies on Defense

It’s no secret that Patriots coach Bill Belichick is a giant fan of Ed Reed. From Belichick musing with Tom Brady about Reed’s defensive skills in A Football Life to the lovefest that Reed gets every time Belichick is asked about him before a Ravens game, it’s obvious that Reed is among the players Belichick most admires, if he’s not the favorite. Now, there’s a chance...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Randy Moss Doesn’t Want to Retire After Super Bowl, Plans to Play One More Year in NFL

Randy Moss finally got his fourth second chance, and he plans to make the most of it. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that Moss plans to play at least another year after the 49ers and Ravens face each other in the Super Bowl this Sunday. The 49ers signed Moss this season after the veteran wide receiver spent more than a year out of the game. He had failed to draw interest...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Rajon Rondo ‘Shocked’ by ACL Tear, Was Walking Around, Thought He Had Hamstring Injury

When reports first came Sunday that Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo had an ACL tear, the initial reaction was heavy skepticism. Rondo had finished the Celtics’ game against the Hawks just two days before, and he had been at the team’s shootaround Sunday morning. He was even walking around TD Garden as the C’s battled the Heat while he waited for the results of an MRI. Within...
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Bradley Cooper Denies Lance Armstrong Movie Rumors, Says He Hasn’t Asked for Role

Bradley Cooper may say he’s not in line to play Lance Armstrong in a new biopic, but then again, Armstrong also said for years that he wasn’t using performance-enhancing drugs. So, if Cooper is indeed getting the job and fibbing about it now, he may just be studying up for the part. Rumors have arisen in recent days that Armstrong’s story is headed to the big screen via a J...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Vote: Who Is the Greatest Quarterback in Jaguars History?

Editor’s note: As part of NFL’s Greatest Quarterback, fans will decide the best quarterback in team, division, conference and league history. Mark Brunell: Brunell was the face of the Jaguars for the first nine years of their existence. He still owns most of Jacksonville’s major passing records. Brunell played from day one in Jacksonville after the team traded a third- and...
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Vote: Who Is the Greatest Quarterback in Texans History?

David Carr: Carr was drafted No. 1 overall by the expansion Texans in 2002, but floundered in the NFL, leading the Texans to a 22-53 record in his five years starting with the team. Carr led the league in completion percentage, starting 16 games in 2006, but also threw just 11 touchdowns to 12 interceptions with 2,767 yards and 6.3 yards per attempt. Carr led the league in times...
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Vote: Who Is the Greatest Quarterback in Colts History?

Editor’s note: As part of NFL’s Greatest Quarterback, fans will decide the best quarterback in team, division, conference and league history. Johnny Unitas: Unitas was to the 1960s in the NFL what Otto Graham was to the league in the decade before him. Unitas’ Baltimore Colts were dominant in his time with the squad, winning four championships. Unitas was a three-time MVP...
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Vote: Who Is the Greatest Quarterback in Oilers/Titans History?

George Blanda – Blanda played football in a seemingly impossible four different decades, starting way back in 1949 as a backup quarterback, kicker and linebacker with the Chicago Bears. Blanda hitched on with the Oilers in the AFL’s inaugural season after having retired from the NFL in 1958. Blanda was one of the most prolific AFL passers, throwing for a then pro football record...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Bruins-Hurricanes Live: B’s Open Busy Week With Trip to Carolina to Battle Canes

8 a.m. ET: The Bruins got a mini-vacation this weekend, with two days off, a rarity in an action-packed schedule. That ends abruptly Monday when the B’s open a busy week. Boston heads to Carolina on Monday night for the first of four games in a six-day stretch, taking on the Hurricanes. It’s the first of a back-to-back, as the B’s return home Tuesday to take on the Devils....
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Jon Gruden to Cowboys Rumors Called ‘Ridiculous’ Despite Four Former Coaches on Dallas Staff

If you haven’t noticed, the Dallas Cowboys are essentially building the perfect scenario for Jon Gruden to step into as head coach. The Cowboys have hired three of Gruden’s former coaches this offseason, and added another one in 2012. Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia all served under Gruden during...
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January 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Rhode Island Native Derek Army Looks to Lead Providence to Hockey East Glory (Video)

Growing up just 20 miles from the Providence College campus, Derek Army always wanted to be a Friar. But when his father Tim, who had been PC’s head coach, was dismissed by the program after Derek’s freshman season, the 5-foot-11 center had a decision to make. To Army, though, the choice was simple. Two years later, the junior is the leading scorer (10 goals, eight assists) on...
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January 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Dougie Hamilton Joins Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, Fernie Flaman Among Teen Star Defensemen in Bruins History (Video)

What Dougie Hamilton is doing in the NHL as a 19-year-old rookie defenseman is impressive, but it’s not unprecedented. Fortunately, the 2011 No. 9 overall pick joins some pretty elite company as a Bruins teenage defenseman. Before Hamilton, Fernie Flaman, Dallas Smith, Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque and Glen Wesley all starred in Boston as teen defensemen. Though it’s too early to call...
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January 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Jeff Saturday Switches Teams for One Play to Snap to Former Teammate Peyton Manning in Pro Bowl

The Pro Bowl is usually a forgettable contest, but this year’s edition provided at least one lasting image. Packers center Jeff Saturday, who has announced that he will retire after the Pro Bowl, switched from the NFC to the AFC for one play in the first quarter to snap the ball to longtime teammate Peyton Manning one last time. The two spent 13 seasons together with the Indianapolis...
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January 27, 2013  |  Discuss
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Pollard: Future of NFL is in question

Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard believes the future of the NFL is in question because of the safety factor. See what he's worried about.

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January 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Ray Allen Says He’ll Always Be a Celtic Regardless of Fans’ Boos Everytime He Touched Ball in Return

Sunday’s 1:00 p.m. Heat-Celtics game was supposed to be all about Ray Allen and his return to Boston. Then, word came down about Rajon Rondo‘s ACL tear, and the day became all about the injured point guard. But just because the Celtics lost Rondo for the season doesn’t mean you can forget all about Allen’s five seasons with Boston and his emotional return to the TD Garden...
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January 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Vote: Who Should Replace Rajon Rondo at Point Guard?

The Celtics both won and lost on Sunday afternoon. Boston left the TD Garden with a 100-98 double overtime win against the Heat in the return of Ray Allen. Before the clock struck zero it had already been confirmed that the Celtics will be without Rajon Rondo for the remainder of the season due to a torn right ACL. The Celtics don’t have another true point guard on the roster...
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January 27, 2013  |  Discuss

TD Garden Night at the Fights Answers Old Questions About Boxing’s Future in Boston, Poses New Ones

In boxing terms, five years is a lifetime. Fighters can make, break, re-make and re-break careers in that span of time. Fans can just as easily fall in and out of love with the sport in half of a decade. On Saturday night, boxing returned to the TD Garden for the first time since 2007. If those in attendance — promoters, fighters and boxing fans — have their way, the Garden...
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January 27, 2013  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues Wear Stan Musial’s Name on Practice Jerseys in Honor of Cardinals Great (Photo)

In a display of St. Louis pride, the Blues paid tribute to one of their city’s most beloved athletes on Sunday. The team wore Stan Musial‘s name and number on the back of their jerseys during pregame warm-ups in memory of the Hall of Fame outfielder. Musial, who played 22 season for the St. Louis Cardinals, died last Saturday at age 92. The sweaters will then be autographed by...
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January 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Paul Pierce Learns About Rajon Rondo’s ACL Tear From Doris Burke on Live Television (Video)

It’s never easy to hear about a friend and teammate suffering a season-ending injury. But hearing about it on live television must be especially challenging. That’s what Paul Pierce faced on Sunday when ABC’s Doris Burke informed him that Rajon Rondo was diagnosed with an ACL tear. The look on Pierce’s face told the entire story, as he likely had the Celtics’ season and...
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January 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Pro Bowl Is Fundamentally Flawed, But Too Lucrative for NFL to Do Away With

There’s no way around it, the Pro Bowl is not a good football game. Every year, NFL’s annual all-star game in Hawaii is ridiculed by hardcore fans and casual observers alike as a waste of time, with even the normally straight-faced Associated Press getting its jabs in from time to time. Calling the game a glorified scrimmage is giving it too much credit. Nobody expects the intense...
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January 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Rajon Rondo’s Knee Injury Forces Celtics to Dig Deep in Latest Test of Team’s Toughness

BOSTON — Fatigue set in early for the Celtics on Sunday. Playing a third game in four days, not to mention a second straight double-overtime grinder, have a way of doing that to a team. Yet through gasps for air and tugging on shorts, the Celtics responded to their coach’s laughably simple instructions. “One time, late in the game, you could see Jeff [Green] had his head down...
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January 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Vote: What Does Rajon Rondo’s ACL Injury Mean for the Celtics?

The Celtics snapped a six-game losing streak Sunday at home against the hated Miami Heat. While there is reason to rejoice, as the C’s spoiled Ray Allen‘s return to Boston, news broke at halftime that the Celtics will be without All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo for the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL. Rondo was a late scratch, being ruled out with a hyperextended...
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January 27, 2013  |  Discuss
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