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Maple Leafs Focused On Defense As NHL Season Approaches

As the 2014-15 NHL season approaches, the Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to make some defensive-zone changes. After being named the worst sports franchise in North America in ESPN’s “Ultimate Standings” for 2014, it’s about time to switch up the style of play. The Maple Leafs have made the postseason just once (2013) in the last decade, and the Boston Bruins’ incredible...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Offensive Potential Must Be Questioned After Ugly Win Over Raiders

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots made a statement in their 16-9 win over the Oakland Raiders: that they need a ton of work before facing any real competition. The Patriots are lucky that the Raiders are terrible because they probably would have lost to any other team in the NFL. Tight end Rob Gronkowski saw it a different way, however. “A win is a win,” Gronkowski...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Rubby De La Rosa, Brandon Workman Likely Done With 2014 Starts

Rubby De La Rosa and Brandon Workman likely have started their final games for the Boston Red Sox this season. Red Sox manager John Farrell detailed his expected starting rotation for Boston’s final six games before Sunday’s series finale against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. Steven Wright is expected to start in De La Rosa’s place Friday against the New York Yankees...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester City Earns 1-1 Tie With Chelsea After Frank Lampard’s Goal

MANCHESTER, England — Frank Lampard made Chelsea pay for releasing him this summer after 13 years, scoring a trademark equalizer against his former club for Manchester City in a 1-1 draw between the two biggest contenders for the Premier League title on Sunday. Chelsea’s four-match winning run to open the season was ended by its all-time record scorer, with Lampard arriving late...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

'South Park' roasts Redskins' name with ad during game

NFL fans watching Sunday’s Philadelphia Eagles-Washington Redskins were treated to a rare sight during a fourth-quarter commercial break. FOX aired a one-minute ad for the 18th season of “South Park” that was less a promo for the Comedy Central show and more a thorough takedown of the Redskins’ nickname and the controversy surrounding it. [Click here to see South Park...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Vince Wilfork Seals Patriots’ Win With Last-Minute Interception (Video)

The New England Patriots played nowhere close to their best football Sunday afternoon, but they still were able to leave Gillette Stadium with a win. Putting the bow on the 16-9 victory was defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, who intercepted Oakland Raiders cornerback David Carr in the red zone with 59 seconds remaining. Carr’s pass bounced off Raiders receiver Denarius Moore and...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Xander Bogaerts Exits Red Sox’s Game Vs. Orioles Due To Neck Stiffness

Xander Bogaerts’ afternoon ended rather quickly Sunday. Bogaerts exited the Boston Red Sox’s series finale against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards before the bottom of the second inning with neck stiffness. The shortstop garnered one at-bat and made one play in the field before leaving the game. Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop J.J. Hardy in his lone at-bat in the first...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Julian Edelman, Dont’a Hightower Among Patriots’ Standout Performers

FOXBORO, Mass. — Check out the New England Patriots’ standout performers, both good and bad, from their 16-9 win over the Oakland Raiders: Julian Edelman The Patriots’ receiver did all he could to carry the team on his back, catching 10 passes for 84 yards on 12 targets. It’s going to be a long season for Edelman as Brady’s favorite receiver. He’s going to continue to...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Drew Brees Gets Body-Slammed, Does Not Appreciate It (GIFs)

Drew Brees’ temper made a rare appearance Sunday at the Superdome. The New Orleans Saints quarterback was sacked by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, who capped off the tackle by lifting Brees and slamming him hard to the turf. Brees isn’t known for showing much emotion on the field, but Munnerlyn’s body slam apparently pushed him over the edge. The veteran signal...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Bruins Player Preview: Gregory Campbell’s Expected Role, Projected Season Stats

Editor’s note: NESN.com will preview every NHL-level Bruins player over the next few weeks, leading to the Oct. 8 season opener. Click here for the full schedule and to read other player profiles. The Bruins’ fourth line has been one of the most consistent aspects of the team since its 2011 Stanley Cup-winning season, but that will change in 2014-15. Shawn Thornton left as a...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Bryce Brentz’s Power Adds Extra Intrigue To Red Sox’s Crowded Outfield

Bryce Brentz is one of the more intriguing players in the Boston Red Sox organization. Brentz, who made his major league debut Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park, possesses a ton of power, which is a commodity with offense down across Major League Baseball. The 25-year-old has battled injuries throughout his minor league career, though, and his future within the Red...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Ravens Fullback Trolls Browns Fans With LeBron James Celebration (Video)

Kyle Juszczyk knows how to get under the skin of Cleveland fans. After catching his first career touchdown Sunday against the Browns, the Baltimore Ravens fullback acted out the powder toss routine made famous by some guy named LeBron. Juszczyk’s intentions likely were...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Johnny Manziel has trick-play catch called back

It’s Johnny Manziel like you’ve never seen him before. With Brian Hoyer still holding down the starting job under center, the Cleveland Browns opted Sunday to line Manziel up at wide receiver for one play. The gimmick fooled the Baltimore Ravens, and Hoyer was able to hit his backup for a big gain down the sideline. [Click here to see Manziel's nullified catch.] Unfortunately...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions LB Stephen Tulloch Injures Himself While Celebrating Sack (Video)

Sometimes the hardest part of the play is the celebration, and if you’re Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch, that definitely rings true. During the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, Tulloch pulled a Bill Gramatica, managing to injure himself while celebrating. Tulloch was so proud of his sack of Aaron Rodgers that he unleashed what was an emphatic...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Mark Wahlberg Leaves Robert Kraft Hanging After Rob Gronkowski TD (Video)

C’mon, Marky Mark. Show some respect. Mark Wahlberg watched Sunday’s New England Patriots-Oakland Raiders game from Robert Kraft’s suite and — like the rest of Gillette Stadium — stood and cheered when Rob Gronkowski hauled in the first touchdown of the afternoon. He wasn’t interested in including Mr. Kraft in his celebration, though. [Click here to see Wahlberg stonewall...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Dan Duquette: Consistent Defense, Starting Pitching Has Led To Success (Video)

The Baltimore Orioles clinched the American League East title for the first time since 1997. The team has overcome several hurdles throughout the season, including injuries to Manny Machado and Matt Wieters, and most recently the O’s lost slugger Chris Davis to a 25-game suspension for using a banned stimulant. But it is a testament to the Orioles’ depth that they have continued...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Ray Lewis On Ray Rice: ‘Some Things You Can Cover Up,’ Some You Can’t

The Baltimore Ravens have dominated the news of late for all the wrong reasons. The latest report from ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” was the most damning yet, with sources saying the Ravens actively engaged in a cover-up in an attempt to prevent video of running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée from going public. Former Ravens linebacker discussed the scandal on ESPN...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Andy Dalton Hauls In First Career Touchdown Catch On Trick Play (GIF)

Andy Dalton nearly got knocked into next week during the first quarter Sunday. Instead, he ended up in the end zone. The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback became a Cincinnati Bengals receiver for one play, hauling in a pass from wideout Mohamed Sanu. Tennessee Titans cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson had the opportunity to steamroll the signal-caller with a Sheldon Brown-on-Reggie Bush...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox-Orioles Live: Joe Kelly Starts Boston’s Final Road Game Of 2014

The Boston Red Sox’s road slate ends Sunday. The Red Sox will complete their 2014 road schedule with a matinee showdown against the Baltimore Orioles. Baltimore, of course, will play into October while Boston’s season will end exactly one week from Sunday. The series finale represents a rubber match, as the clubs split the first two games of the series. David Ortiz launched two...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

John Farrell: Bryce Brentz Has ‘Always Been An Impressive Kid’ (Video)

Bryce Brentz is making his first major league start Sunday afternoon when the Boston Red Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles in the series finale. The 25-year-old outfielder made his MLB debut Wednesday, pinch-hitting for Clay Buchholz in the fifth inning, and it was a memorable one for Brentz. He wasted no time showing off his power, which manager John Farrell speaks so highly of...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Chargers’ Danny Woodhead Carted Off Field With Apparent Leg Injury

San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead had to be carted off the field Sunday after suffering a lower leg injury on his very first carry. Cart is coming out for Chargers RB Danny Woodhead here at Ralph Wilson Stadium.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) September 21, 2014 Replay shows that Danny Woodhead’s lower right leg/ankle bent awkwardly underneath him as he was tackled. Carted...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Mookie Betts’ Confidence, Unique Skills On Display With Boston Red Sox

Mookie Betts might be one player on the Boston Red Sox who wishes this season wouldn’t end. Betts, who made waves with his rapid ascent through the Red Sox system, has been awesome since his most recent recall from Triple-A Pawtucket. The 21-year-old has displayed confidence, calmness and a unique skill set that justifies the hype surrounding his arrival. “Mookie’s hand-eye...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Vikings don't see Adrian Peterson in their future

The Minnesota Vikings are reportedly ready to cut ties with running back Adrian Peterson following his indictment on a felony-abuse charge in Texas. The Vikings placed Peterson on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list Wednesday, and it appears they’ve already looking ahead to their next move. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortenson, citing league sources, the team does not...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Rusney Castillo Recalls Being Very Calm During Miami Showcase

Major League Baseball teams began lining up after hearing Cuban outfielder Yasmani Tomas planned to host a showcase in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. Boston Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo knows the feeling. Castillo, like Tomas, hosted a showcase before ultimately signing a seven-year, $72.5 million contract with the Red Sox last month. The 27-year-old took the field at the...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Ray Rice To Argue TMZ Elevator Video Was Edited In Appeal Of Suspension

In the appeal of his suspension, former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is expected to argue that the video TMZ released of him inside the elevator was edited, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. It is expected to be one of Rice’s “chief” arguments, according to the ESPN report. Legal sources told Schefter the TMZ video, which shows Rice punching his then-fiancee in...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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