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John Farrell Praises John Lackey, Thinks Pitcher Could Make Big Impact for Red Sox in 2013

John Lackey will enter the 2013 season as one of the Red Sox’ biggest question marks. Manager John Farrell also thinks he could be one of the team’s most important pieces. “I think he has a chance to have as big an impact on our club as anyone on our roster,” Farrell said on WEEI’s Red Sox Hot Stove Show. “He looks great. I think when people see him for the first time...
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February 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Brad Marchand Misses Bruins Practice, But Claude Julien Says Forward ‘Progressing Very Well’

The Bruins enjoyed a well-deserved day off Sunday, but they were back to work on Monday at Ristuccia, where they hit the practice ice in Wilmington. They did so without a couple of big names. Most notable was the absence of Brad Marchand. The agitating forward missed practice just a couple of days after leaving Boston’s game with the Maple Leafs. He took a nasty-looking spill into...
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February 04, 2013  |  Discuss

J.J. Redick Might Annoy the Heck Out of Many Fans, But Valuable Player Would Be Intriguing Trade Deadline Pickup

BOSTON — Seven years removed from his last 3-pointer with Duke, J.J. Redick does not receive the same relentless treatment from fans as he did early in his career. Back then, the anti-Duke armies at certain arenas would boo loudly whenever the former NCAA Player of the Year touched the ball or kinda, sorta exaggerated contact whenever a defender bumped him. Although he never averaged...
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February 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Jose Valverde Close to Signing One-Year Deal With Marlins

Jose Valverde led the league in saves two years ago and finished fifth in Cy Young voting. Now he’s without a home, although it appears that is about to change. Valverde is close to signing a one-year deal with the Marlins, according to ESPN.com’s Enrique Rojas. Valverde, who is a three-time All-Star, has reached the 40-save plateau on three separate occasions, leading the league...
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February 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Steven Gerrard Named 2012 England Player of the Year, Jordan Henderson Wins U-21 Honor

Steven Gerrard was named England’s Player of the Year for the second time in his career while Jordan Henderson scooped the U-21 accolade at the inaugural FA England Awards on Sunday evening. The Liverpool midfielders were honored with the awards at a special ceremony at St. George’s Park following a fans’ vote over the past few months. Gerrard beat Ashley Cole and Danny Welbeck...
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February 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Astros, Mets ‘Kicking Around the Possibility’ of Signing Daisuke Matsuzaka

Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s career has been an interesting one, but there are apparently two teams at least considering taking a flier on the right-hander. According to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, the Astros and Mets are “kicking around the possibility” of adding Matsuzaka, whose six-year stint in Boston wasn’t exactly illustrious. Matsuzaka won 18 games in 2008, compiling...
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February 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Joe Flacco’s Chevrolet Corvette Stingray MVP Prize Could Cost Him $25,000 in Taxes (Video)

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is expecting a big payday this offseason, as the Super Bowl MVP enters free agency. Flacco may need the big pay raise, because if he accepts his MVP prize — a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray — he could owe more than $25,000 on taxes, according to Forbes.com. If he donates the flashy new ride to charity, he could save. “Flacco will owe about ...
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February 04, 2013  |  1 Comment

Volkswagen ‘Get In. Get Happy.’ ‘Coke Chase’ Among Top 10 Most Talked-About 2013 Super Bowl Commercials (Videos)

Sure, plenty of people are talking about the great Super Bowl game that occurred last night with the 49ers’ epic comeback, just to be thwarted at the last minute by poor playcalling and officiating. But we’re here to talk about the commercials. There were plenty of ads that had people yapping leading up to the Super Bowl, on social media during the game and even into Monday morning...
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February 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Grant Hill Praises Celtics Coach Doc Rivers, Calls Him ‘Great Communicator,’ ‘Good Man’

In 18 years as an NBA player, Grant Hill has seen every shape and style of coach. He was reunited, briefly, with one of his former coaches on Sunday afternoon. Doc Rivers, whose Celtics handed Hill and the Los Angeles Clippers a 106-104 defeat, coached Hill for three-plus seasons in Orlando. Although Hill’s time with the Magic was marred by injuries and Rivers’ final season with...
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Bruins Penalty Kill Wins Amica Coverage Play of the Week (Video)

The Bruins’ penalty kill unit topped Bryce Salvador and the B’s power play to earn the Amica Coverage Play of the Week. Check out all three videos below. Play 1: Bruins Penalty Kill Play 2: Bryce Salvador Play 3: Bruins Power Play NESN.com staff will pick the two or three best Amica Coverage Plays of the previous week for games played...
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Baltimore Furniture Company Makes Good on Kick Return Guarantee, Refunds $600,000 Worth of Furniture

Jacoby Jones‘ 108-yard kickoff return for the Ravens right after halftime Sunday night was costly for the 49ers’ chances at coming back and winning the Super Bowl. But it turned out just fine for Ravens fans, and especially for a bunch of Baltimore-area furniture customers. Gardiners Furniture in Baltimore had a special, Super Bowl-themed sale over the last few days, with the...
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February 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Vote: Should Jimmy Smith Have Been Called for Holding Michael Crabtree on 49ers’ Final Play?

Football games are a collection of plays, a whole bunch of them, that all unfold over the course of the 60 minutes they’re played in. However, we’re usually left second-guessing or questioning one or two of those when the game is over. This year’s Super Bowl was no different, with the play in question being the 49ers’ final offensive play. Facing a fourth-and-5 from the Ravens’...
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February 04, 2013  |  4 Comments

MetLife Stadium Makes Fun of Superdome Power Outage, Says It Will Have Lights on for Next Year’s Super Bowl

If the back-and-forth between the teams playing in the Super Bowl isn’t enough, now we have this. MetLife Stadium, which is due to host the next Super Bowl, decided to answer some detractors on Sunday. People have been criticizing the NFL for picking the East Rutherford, N.J., stadium — home of the Giants and Jets — because it has an open top and is not in a warm climate, meaning...
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February 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Michael Crabtree Insists He Was Held by Jimmy Smith, Says It Was a ‘Missed Call’

Michael Crabtree had a chance to be a hero on Sunday night in the Super Bowl, but he couldn’t come up with what would have been the game-winning catch. The 49ers receiver got tangled up with Baltimore cornerback Jimmy Smith on San Francisco’s final offensive play, as Colin Kaepernick‘s pass on fourth down fell harmlessly to the ground. A couple of plays later, the Ravens were...
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February 04, 2013  |  Discuss
SORE LOSER?

Gore: Ravens 'got away with one'

49ers running back Frank Gore said he believes San Francisco was the better team on Sunday and claimed that the Ravens "got away with one."

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February 04, 2013  |  6 Comments

Shaquille O’Neal Lip-Syncs Beyonce’s Halftime Show From Superdome Stands (Video)

We’re not sure if Shaquille O’Neal is a fan or a troll, but he was definitely at the Super Bowl on Sunday and having a good time. Shaq checked in from the Superdome via social media several times as he watched the Ravens win, but his finest moment came at halftime, when Beyonce took the stage. Shaq rolled the tape during Beyonce’s rendition of “Halo,” lip-syncing along...
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February 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Vote: Who Is the Greatest Quarterback in Chargers History?

Editor’s note: As part of NFL’s Greatest Quarterback, fans will decide the best quarterback in team, division, conference and league history. John Hadl: Hadl started on and off for the Chargers from 1962 to 1964 until he took over full time in 1965. He was a four-time AFL All Star, two time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro. He benefited from playing with one of the league...
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February 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Vote: Who Is the Greatest Quarterback in Chiefs History?

Editor’s note: As part of NFL’s Greatest Quarterback, fans will decide the best quarterback in team, division, conference and league history. Len Dawson: Despite starting his career 50 years ago, Dawson still ranks at the top of most Chiefs passing records. He led the team to three AFL Championships and one Super Bowl championship in 1969. The Chiefs made the playoffs five...
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Vote: Who Is the Greatest Quarterback in Raiders History?

Editor’s note: As part of NFL’s Greatest Quarterback, fans will decide the best quarterback in team, division, conference and league history. Daryle Lamonica: Lamonica has the second highest winning percentage — 78.4 percent — in NFL history and the highest — 90 percent — in AFL hisory. He led the Raiders to a 1967 AFL Championship, but lost in Super Bowl II to the...
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February 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Vote: Who Is the Greatest Quarterback in Broncos History?

Editor’s note: As part of NFL’s Greatest Quarterback, fans will decide the best quarterback in team, division, conference and league history. Craig Morton: Morton held most of the Broncos’ career passing yards for his service from 1977 to 1982. Then a guy named John Elway came along and wiped all those records away. Still, Morton had a very impressive 41-23 record for the...
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Power Outage Nearly Ruined Super Bowl, But Delay Gave 49ers Hope and Made for Entertaining Finish

As the second half of Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII got underway, the San Francisco 49ers trailed by 15 points and a 108-yard touchdown return from Jacoby Jones to start the third quarter left them seemingly dead in the water down in New Orleans. In order to turn those tides, the Niners would need a serious power surge of their own, or at least a timely outage elsewhere. Ask and you...
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February 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Super Bowl’s Controversial Ending Will Be Greatly Scrutinized in Days to Come (Video)

Super Bowl XLVII had a little bit of everything. But the part of the game that will be most talked about — other than the half-hour power outage, of course — is the controversial ending. On fourth-and-goal from inside the Ravens’ 5-yard line with less than two minutes to play, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick tossed a fade to Michael Crabtree in the end zone. Crabtree jostled...
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February 03, 2013  |  Discuss
LIGHTS OUT

Power outage at Super Bowl XLVII

With 13:28 remaining in the 3rd quarter of the Superbowl, the Superdome abruptly lost power. Play resumed after about 15 minutes. 

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February 03, 2013  |  1 Comment

Ravens’ Cary Williams Shoves Official During First-Half Skirmish in Super Bowl (Video)

The first half of the Super Bowl has been a heated affair, and that tension nearly boiled over into an all-out brawl late in the second quarter. Following an interception by Ravens safety Ed Reed, players from both teams remained engaged after the whistle. In the ensuing scrum, Baltimore cornerback Cary Williams had his helmet ripped off by San Francisco’s Bruce Miller and, rather...
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February 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Paul Pierce, Celtics Escape With Victory But Blown Lead Offers Reminder That They Cannot Let Up

BOSTON — Paul Pierce’s shot went through the hoop and the crowd erupted, cheering wildly for a fourth straight victory by the Celtics. Amid the cheers, though, there had to be quite a few folks just sighing in relief, because this game turned out to be a lot more interesting than it had to be. Before Pierce’s 3-pointer nestled into the net with 2.5 seconds remaining to clinch...
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February 03, 2013  |  Discuss
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