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Patriots Practice Report: Brandon LaFell Absent After Injury Sunday

FOXBORO, Mass. — Get ready to be on Brandon LaFell watch for the next two weeks. The New England Patriots starting wide receiver was absent from practice Tuesday after injuring his left foot or ankle in Sunday’s 17-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills. LaFell actually came back into the game after suffering the injury. The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin saw LaFell leaving Gillette Stadium...
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December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: LeBron James, Cavaliers Players Tuning Out Coach David Blatt

Just 30 games into his first season as an NBA head coach, David Blatt might already be losing the ears of his players. There is “rising concern” within the Cleveland Cavaliers organization that Blatt is no longer reaching his team, ESPN.com reported Monday, citing sources. The team’s performance has failed to match expectations with LeBron James and...
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December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

David Ross Explains Choosing Cubs Over Red Sox In ‘Crazy’ Free Agency

David Ross’ free agency wasn’t without drama. Ross, who spent the last two seasons with the Boston Red Sox, recently signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Chicago Cubs. The decision capped an interesting offseason on the open market that culminated with a “crazy” final day, the catcher recently told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. “€œKind of the deciding factor...
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December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA Notes: Cavs’ David Blatt, LeBron James Battling Unfair Expectations

Question: What happens when you bring together two star players with reputations for indifference on defense and expect them to become fulcrums of your basketball team? Answer: Exactly what’s happened to the Cleveland Cavaliers. One of the most puzzling things about the uproar over the star-laden Cavs’ inconsistency thus far is why anyone is surprised...
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Jim Harbaugh Press Conference Live: Michigan To Introduce New Coach At Noon

11:40 a.m.: The University of Michigan got their guy. After heavily recruiting Jim Harbaugh over the course of a few weeks, the former head coach of the San Francisco 49ers signed an agreement to become the Wolverines’ next coach, and he will be introduced at a news conference scheduled at noon Tuesday. The financial details of the deal have begun to leak out, with Harbaugh taking...
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Cleveland Browns Player: We Want Johnny Manziel Leading Us Next Season

This embed is invalid" /> Johnny Football still has the locker room, apparently. Johnny Manziel’s off-the-field behavior continues to cause a stir in the media, but it sounds like the Browns quarterback hasn’t lost the support of his teammates. At least one anonymous teammate wants Manziel to be Cleveland’s signal caller next season, according...
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Ndamukong Suh’s Dirty Antics, Suspension Hurt Lions’ Playoff Chances

Ndamukong Suh’s history of infantile behavior has come back to cost him and the Detroit Lions. Suh was suspended Monday for one game after he stomped on the ankle of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers during Detroit’s loss Sunday in its regular-season finale. That means one of the Lions’ premier defensive playmakers will be sidelined for...
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Zdeno Chara: Effort Vs. Red Wings ‘How We Have To Play’ For Rest Of Season

BOSTON — Bruins head coach Claude Julien specified “commitment” as one area he wanted to see improvement in from his team heading into Monday night’s game against the Detroit Red Wings. The B’s didn’t show enough of it Saturday night and the Columbus Blue Jackets capitalized for a 6-2 win. Boston responded with arguably its best performance of the season versus the Red...
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Kevin Garnett’s ‘Low Moment': Why Is Everyone So Surprised I Can Dunk?

This embed is invalid" /> Kevin Garnett is a professional basketball player who stands nearly 7 feet tall. What’s all the fuss about? Garnett threw down an impressive alley-oop dunk Monday in the third quarter of the Brooklyn Nets’ 107-99 win over the Sacramento Kings. The 38-year-old was asked about the play by reporters after the game, prompting...
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Patrick Kaleta Stops Hitting Jared Cowen Momentarily To Punch Himself (Video)

Uh, Patrick Kaleta, you’re doing that whole fighting thing wrong. The Buffalo Sabres forward dropped the gloves with Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen late in the first period Monday night, but it wasn’t your average bout. Kaleta displayed a rather unorthodox game plan as he proceeded to punch himself — yes, himself — in the side of the head before winding up and...
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Darrelle Revis Shines In Patriots’ 2014 Season-Long Pass-Coverage Stats

Darrelle Revis might have beat out Nantucket as Bill Belichick’s favorite island in New England. Signing Revis was considered a safe move back in March, and it turned out to be a pretty savvy one too, as the Patriots turned out their best defensive season in years. Revis revolutionized the Patriots’ defense, allowing them use more man coverage than in years past while experimenting with...
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Report: Rex Ryan to interview with ESPN after firing by Jets

If you thought you were done hearing from Rex Ryan, think again. Ryan, who was fired by the New York Jets on Monday, will meet with ESPN executives Tuesday to discuss a possible role with the network in case he doesn’t land another head coaching job, according to The New York Daily News. Ryan said last week he thinks he’ll someday win a Super Bowl as a head coach, so it’s...
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Jack Edwards Revisits Blue Jackets’ Controversial Goal Against Bruins (Video)

Much was made about the controversial goal Matt Calvert of the Columbus Blue Jackets scored against the Boston Bruins on Saturday night, as confusion over the interpretation of the rule abounded. NESN’s Jack Edwards firmly stated that the goal should not have counted because about 90 seconds prior to Calvert finding the back of the net, the puck hit the protective netting behind...
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Skip Bayless: Browns’ Johnny Manziel Is An Alcoholic Who Needs Help

This embed is invalid" /> Even Skip Bayless is turning on Johnny Football. Bayless, who has long supported Johnny Manziel, said Monday on ESPN’s “First Take” that he thinks the polarizing Cleveland Browns quarterback has an alcohol problem. Bayless also labeled Manziel a “liar” while suggesting the controversial signal caller needs help....
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Bruins-Red Wings 3 Stars: Carl Soderberg Tallies Three Points In 5-2 Win

BOSTON — At least one player from each Bruins line and nine players in total tallied a point or more in Monday’s 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden. It was the type of balanced scoring that the Bruins used to rank third in goals scored last season. Boston has averaged four goals over the last four games, which is a good sign for a team that has ranked in the bottom...
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December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Strong First Period Among Takeaways From Bruins’ Win Over Red Wings

BOSTON — The Bruins played one of their best games of the season Monday night to earn a 5-2 win over a talented Detroit Red Wings team that’s difficult to play against. “That was a great example of how we have to play, pretty much for the rest of the season, it’s pretty simple,” Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said. “We had the right attitude and right approach right from...
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Devils’ Jordan Tootoo Fights Robert Bortuzzo Twice In Same Period (Video)

Robert Bortuzzo had to defend himself Monday night against Jordan Tootoo — twice. Bortuzzo drew the ire of the New Jersey Devils earlier this month when he delivered a cheap shot on Devils winger Jaromir Jagr. The Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman, who said after that game that he was “OK” with his hit, was slapped with a two-game suspension, but Tootoo decided to add a bit of...
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Zdeno Chara: Win Over Red Wings Showed How Bruins Need To Play (Video)

This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Bruins came up with one of the biggest wins of their season Monday. Even with stars Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic missing the game due to undisclosed injuries, the Bruins handled a Detroit Red Wings team ranked fourth in the Eastern Conference by a final score of 5-2. Speaking with reporters after the win, B’s captain...
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Hockey East Roundup: UMass, Providence Earn Victories At Catamount Cup

This embed is invalid" /> The UMass men’s hockey team scored four unanswered goals Monday night to cruise past Air Force 5-1 at the Catamount Cup in Burlington, Vt. Each of the Minutemen’s five tallies were scored by a different player, and nine skaters registered at least a point in the contest. Powering the UMass attack was sophomore winger Frank Vatrano...
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Bruins Display Effort, Tenacity On Gregory Campbell Goal (Video)

This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Bruins’ second goal of the game Monday night did not come easy. Torey Krug, Loui Eriksson and Carl Soderberg all contributed on the play — with Soderberg doing so from his stomach — before Gregory Campbell hammered the puck past Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard. Check out Andy Brickley’s breakdown of the play...
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Lyndon Red Wings Edge Maine Moose In TD Bank Mini 1-On-1 (Video)

This embed is invalid" /> Strong goaltending by Sawyer Goodwin propelled the Lyndon Red Wings past the Maine Moose in the boys’ 10 and under bracket of TD Bank Mini 1-on-1. Goodwin stopped both bids from Maine’s Gabe Poirier, and Lyndon’s Austin Kapoukranidis beat Josh Girard on his second attempt for the one and only goal. Check out the full shootout...
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Reilly Smith Beats Red Wings’ Jimmy Howard To Give Bruins Early Lead (Video)

The Boston Bruins came out flying Monday night against the Detroit Red Wings, lighting the lamp three times in the first period. The first of those tallies came off the stick of winger Reilly Smith, who beat Red Wings netminder Jimmy Howard to open the scoring. Defenseman Dougie Hamilton picked up the assist on the play, but Brad Marchand’s efforts deserve recognition, as well...
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Liverpool-Swansea City Verdict: Reds’ New Brigade Shines In Reunion Show

Liverpool waited until the end of 2014 to simultaneously turn back the clock and give a glimpse into the future. Liverpool defeated Swansea City on Monday at Anfield by a score of 4-1. The three poins lift the Reds over the Swans into eighth place in the Premier League standings. The emphatic result and performance both were cause for celebration, as Liverpool...
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Jaguars Chirp Patriots On Facebook Over Helmet Logo Mix-Up (Photo)

The Jacksonville Jaguars changed up their look a few years ago, and they want to make sure everybody knows about it. The New England Patriots posted a Facebook photo Monday announcing their 2015 opponents, and instead of using the Jaguars’ new, two-toned helmet, they went with the standard black lid the Jags wore until 2012. The error went unnoticed by the majority of the team’s...
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Billy Jaffe: Bruins Can’t Be Cautious, Need To Find Confidence (Video)

This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Bruins looked like they might have turned a corner last week, winning three out of four games to inch closer to playoff position. Then, they went out Saturday and got stomped by the Columbus Blue Jackets, proving that this team still has a long way to go. NESN’s Billy Jaffe spoke before Monday’s Bruins-Detroit Red Wings...
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December 29, 2014  |  Discuss
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