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Reports: Francisco Liriano, Pirates Agree To Three-Year, $39M Contract

This embed is invalid" /> Francisco Liriano will remain in the Steel City. Liriano and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract, a source told MLB Daily Rumors’ Robert Murray. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman has since confirmed the deal. Liriano spent the last two seasons in Pittsburgh, where he revitalized a career that...
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Carl Soderberg, Daniel Paille Miss Bruins Practice; Simon Gagne On Personal Leave

The Bruins had only 10 forwards for Tuesday’s practice at TD Garden. First-line center David Krejci returned to practice, but center Carl Soderberg and winger Daniel Paille were absent because of a virus, per Bruins head coach Claude Julien. Julien said the team was tested for the mumps virus that is affecting a few teams around the NHL. He didn’t say what specific virus Soderberg...
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Ex-Red Sox David Ross: Free Agency Process ‘Humbling’ Late In Career

This embed is invalid" /> David Ross will turn 38 in March. He’s coming off a bad season and his impact offensively has been minimal the last two years. So why, then, is Ross reportedly garnering plenty of interest in free agency? Well, Ross is one of the most respected players in Major League Baseball. Even though he’s unlikely to post big numbers...
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Youth Football Coach Paralyzed At Team’s End-Of-Year Celebration

A celebration turned scary real quick for a youth football coach in Union City, Ga. Jonathan Magwood, head coach of the 10-and-under Union City Eagles, was paralyzed after a freak accident at his team’s end of the year banquet on Nov. 30. The 28-year-old jumped into a foam pit and suffered two broken vertebrae, according to Jeremy Campbell of USA Today Sports. Magwood was immediately...
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Rob Gronkowski Does His Best Backstreet Boys Impression On ESPN Cover (Photo)

Backstreet’s back, alright. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski graces the cover of this year’s ESPN The Magazine’s interview issue, and he does his best impression of a primetime boybander in his closeup. The chain with the word “sexy” on it just pushes things to another level. The magazine hits newsstands Friday. Photo via Twitter/@RobGronkowskiFiled under...
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Zdeno Chara, David Krejci Return To Bruins Practice; Status Vs. Blackhawks Uncertain

BOSTON — Zdeno Chara practiced with his Bruins teammates Tuesday for the first time since he tore the PCL in his left knee against the New York Islanders on Oct. 23. Chara took part in contact and the 2-on-2 battle drills during practice, but head coach Claude Julien did not confirm his No. 1 defenseman’s status for Thursday night’s showdown against the Chicago Blackhawks at...
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Cam Newton involved in car accident in Charlotte

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was injured after being involved in an automobile accident Tuesday in Charlotte, according to multiple reports. The Charlotte Observer first reported the initial details of the two-car crash. Newton’s injuries are unknown at this point, but the quarterback was taken to the hospital around 12:50 p.m. ET, according to the paper. Jonathan...
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Nets Coach Lionel Hollins Not ‘Crazy’ About Prince William, Dutchess Kate

Lionel Hollins doesn’t understand why everyone is making such a darn big deal over Prince William and Dutchess Kate’s visit to the U.S. Like most of the players and coaches at Monday’s game between the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers, Nets coach Lionel Hollins was asked what he thought of the royals’ visit. His response: Not much. “I don’t...
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Green Bay Police Arrest 11, Eject 36 From Monday’s Falcons-Packers Game

There were almost more ejections Monday night at Lambeau Field than points scored by the home team. While the Green Bay Packers were busy holding off the Atlanta Falcons in a 43-37 shootout victory, the Green Bay police had their hands full ejecting 36 people and arresting 11 more, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports. Those are the second-highest totals of the season, falling...
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Liverpool-Basel Live: Reds Must Win To Progress In Champions League

12:30 p.m. ET: Liverpool has been here before. The Reds face Basel FC on Tuesday in a must-win UEFA Champions League game at Anfield. The hosts will leapfrog the visitors from Switzerland into second place in Group B and ensure progression to the Round of 16 with a victory in the group-stage finale. Liverpool’s fans will be roaring on their heroes — just as they did in 2004...
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Effective Running Game, Balance Still Key To Winning Late-Season NFL Games

Balance in life is important, and it’s just as vital when it comes to having success in the NFL. The passing game obviously is important for a lot of teams across the league, but are the NFL’s best teams also the ones who throw the ball the most? Former NFL linebacker Matt Chatham dug deeper to answer that question Tuesday on FootballByFootball.com...
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Patriots Open As Favorite Over Dolphins With AFC East Title On Line

The New England Patriots will be back in Foxboro this weekend for their first home game in three weeks as they host the Miami Dolphins with a chance to clinch the AFC East and move closer to a potential first-round bye in the playoffs. New England opened as a 7.5-point favorite, but that line has climbed to eight or nine points at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The total...
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Andre Miller spans eras from old school to new

The old man can still ball. When Andre Miller was drafted eighth overall in the 1999 NBA Draft, AOL was still mailing CDs loaded with 30 free hours of online service. Cell phones were only for super-rich people. The Charlotte Bobcats didn’t exist. Yet at 38, Miller is still playing, still a contributing member of the rising Washington Wizards and still surprising much younger...
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AnnaLynne McCord Honors Gronk With ’69’ Shirt At Chargers Game (Photo)

Rob Gronkowski has sparked a trend. The New England Patriots tight end went full bro at Wednesday’s practice in San Diego, taping the No. 69 to his back. While Gronk presumably giggled for hours at his “creativity,” he wasn’t the only one to rock the makeshift jersey this week. AnnaLynne McCord, a 27-year-old model/actress who starred in “90210,” paid tribute to Gronkowski...
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MVP Power Rankings: Rodgers running away as favorite

Aaron Rodgers is playing the best football of his career, and that’s saying something. Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers kept rolling against the lowly Atlanta Falcons, as Rodgers and the Green Bay offense carved up one of the NFL’s worst defenses. It was a milestone night, of sorts, for Rodgers. He made his 100th career start. To put how good he’s been in his career, we...
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MLB Winter Meetings Day 2 Live: White Sox Make Late Flurry Of Moves

8:10 a.m.: Day 1 of the 2014 MLB winter meetings is in the books. It might have been a slow start to the day, but the action certainly picked up in the later hours. While the baseball world still eagerly awaits Jon Lester’s decision, which now might “bleed over into Wednesday,” according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, a couple big-name arms did come off the board. According to...
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Fantasy Football: Five Reasons Your Team Didn’t Make The Playoffs

The fantasy football playoffs are here, and you’re on the outside looking in. But don’t worry: It probably wasn’t your fault. OK, so maybe it was. Maybe drafting Johnny Manziel in the fifth round wasn’t the best idea. But before you’re too hard on yourself, it’s important to note that a lot of things have to go right for a fantasy team to be...
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NFL Playoff Picture: Dolphins’ Season Likely On Line Vs. Patriots

The Miami Dolphins have been improved this season, no doubt, but it still looks like an uphill battle to make the playoffs. The Dolphins’ playoff ch ances took a huge blow Sunday when they lost at home to the Baltimore Ravens. The Dolphins are on the outside looking in of the AFC playoff with a 7-6 record, tied with the Houston Texans and one game back...
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Marvin Lewis Calls Johnny Manziel ‘A Midget,’ Eventually Apologizes

Marvin Lewis slipped up and let his real feelings about Johnny Manziel known. The Cincinnati Bengals head coach is in some hot water at the moment after some controversial comments to a radio show Monday night about the Cleveland Browns quarterback. Lewis and the Bengals are preparing for Manziel and the Browns this weekend, and Lewis went out of his way...
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Report: David Robertson, White Sox Agree To Four-Year Contract Worth $46M

The Chicago Cubs are expected to be big players at the winter meetings, but it was their cross-town rivals who made the meetings’ first big splash. The Chicago White Sox and free-agent closer David Robertson came to an agreement on a four-year contract worth $46 million, according to reports early Tuesday morning. USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale was the...
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Report: Lester's four contract offers in 6-year, $150M range

Jon Lester’s decision is coming soon — or so it certainly seems. The free-agent pitcher is figured to be the most important domino to fall at the winter meetings, and he’s reportedly expected to make his final decision at some point Tuesday. When he does, he won’t necessarily be taking the biggest offer. FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reported Tuesday morning that Lester...
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MLB Winter Meetings Day 1 Wrap-Up: Chicago White Sox Make Early Noise

This embed is invalid" /> Day 1 of the 2014 Major League Baseball winter meetings in San Diego was all about Jon Lester. Lester has become the focal point of the MLB offseason, as the rest of the starting pitching market likely will take shape only after the left-hander decides which team he’ll pitch for in 2015 and beyond. That being said, Day 1...
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Evan Turner: John Wall Got ‘Christmas Early’ With ‘Garbage’ Foul Call

Evan Turner won’t quibble with the first nine points John Wall scored in double overtime Monday night. But he was steaming mad over the 10th. Wall’s final point, the eventual game-winner in the Washington Wizards’ wild, 133-132 win over the Boston Celtics, came on a free throw with 44 seconds remaining. The officials ruled that Turner had fouled Wall as the Wizards point guard...
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Brad Stevens: Rajon Rondo Was ‘Loudest Guy On The Bench’ Vs. Wizards

Rajon Rondo’s impact on Monday night’s game was minimal. The Boston Celtics point guard posted season lows across the board against the Washington Wizards — points, assists, rebounds and, most noticeably, minutes. Rondo did not see the floor after the 5:20 mark of the third quarter, with head coach Brad Stevens instead opting to stick with backups Marcus Smart and Evan Turner...
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Red Sox Winter Meetings Notes: Boston Already Casting Wide Net On Day 1

This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Red Sox’s focus seemingly remained on Jon Lester throughout Day 1 of the Major League Baseball winter meetings in San Diego. This isn’t to say the Red Sox didn’t explore other potential moves. In fact, Boston is casting a wide net in its search for starting pitching. But Lester certainly dominated Monday...
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