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Report: Patriots Plan to Replace Wes Welker With Danny Amendola

The Patriots chose not to franchise Wes Welker (or anyone, for that matter) on Monday, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a plan at slot receiver if Welker’s not a Patriot next season. According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, the Pats have a replacement in mind in Danny Amendola. Florio, who was a guest on the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday morning, hinted that the...
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March 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Wes Welker Has ‘Mild Disdain’ for Patriots, Is ‘Miffed’ Over Treatment From Last Season

All reports seem to indicate that the Patriots are working hard on a deal to keep Wes Welker, with only the final details keeping the two sides from signing that multiyear contract that has been several seasons in the making. The Patriots reportedly want to lock up Welker before free agency opens March 12 and other teams get into the bidding. That would assume, however, that Welker...
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March 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Six World-Class Skiers Test Out First-Ever Cold-Activated Skis and Snowboards (Video)

You’ve seen cold-activated cans, but now you can feast your eyes on cold-activated skis and snowboards. This winter, Coors Light and K2 introduced the first-ever cold-activated skis and snowboards and strapped them to some of the best skiers and snowboarders in the world. Andy Mahre, Zach Crist, Shaun McKay, Ryan Schmies, Dan Ray and Tim Eddy — also known as the Coors Light Six...
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Dwight Howard Appears to Be a Much Better Free Throw Shooter in Practice (Photo)

Over his last three games, Dwight Howard is 4-for-20 from the free throw line, continuing his career-long struggles from the charity stripe. On the year, the Lakers center is shooting a dismal 48 percent. Behind closed doors, however, Howard appears to be a much different free throw shooter. Beto Duran of ESPN Radio snapped a photo Monday inside the Lakers’ locker room of a board...
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Kobe Bryant Says He Would Have ‘Smacked in the Mouth’ If He Was Punched in Groin Like Blake Griffin

Clippers forward Blake Griffin may not have retaliated when Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka literally assaulted his manhood, but Los Angeles’ biggest star, the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, wants everyone to know what he would have done. Bryant had thoughts about Ibaka’s controversial hand placement against Griffin in Sunday night’s game, a play that drew a flagrant but no suspension...
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Tim Tebow Expected to Compete for Jets’ Starting Job at Training Camp, General Manager John Idzik Says

If the only reason the Jets acquired Tim Tebow was to have him be a publicity draw, then it only makes sense that the team would like to get a few more rounds out of the dog and pony show before releasing or trading the backup quarterback. Jets general manager John Idzik left that possibility open this week, saying on a conference call with Jets fans Monday that Tebow will remain...
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Ichiro Suzuki, Michael Jordan Rub Shoulders in Classic Video From Japanese Star’s 1995 Visit to Chicago (Video)

What did the world look like before Ichiro Suzuki became an unforgettable part of modern Major League Baseball? What did the world look like when Michael Jordan was still the most coveted conversation in sports — a legend among even the would-be legends? For that matter, what did the world look like when Tom and Jerry sweatshirts still existed, and when Japanese baseball stars...
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Robinson Cano, Yankees Will Agree on New Deal Before Free Agency, Cano’s Father Says

TAMPA, Fla. — Robinson Cano‘s father says he expects the New York Yankees to re-sign their All-Star second baseman rather than let him leave through free agency after the season. Jose Cano says he hopes Robinson will spend his entire career in New York. Jose says he thinks his son will get a six- or seven-year contract. The 29-year-old Cano can become a free agent for the first...
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Red Sox-Puerto Rico Live: Boston Hosts Deep Puerto Rican Squad in World Baseball Classic Tuneup

8 a.m. ET: If you’re not yet on board with the World Baseball Classic, well, it’s time to hop on. Yes, there are some inherent problems with the tournament’s setup, and, as a certain live blogger recently noted, the rosters aren’t nearly as exciting as they could be. However, so far the Classic has produced some great moments, namely Team Brazil surprising its way into the...
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Boston College Hopes to Continue Success Against Clemson in Live ACC Basketball on NESNPlus, Listings Here

It was just about a month ago that the Boston College Eagles defeated the Clemson Tigers on their home court. But now it’s senior night at Littlejohn Coliseum, and the Tigers are hoping to end a mini two-game losing streak to BC. Both teams are looking to improve their position heading into the ACC tournament next week, but Clemson comes into Tuesdays matchup reeling just a bit...
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Glover Quin Would Be Good Option Alongside Devin McCourty if Patriots Can’t Finagle Ed Reed

Editor’s Note: NESN.com will evaluate and analyze one potential Patriots free agent addition every day from Feb. 18 through the start of NFL free agency on March 12. The Patriots’ apparent free-agent prize this offseason is safety Ed Reed, and after nine Pro Bowls and 61 interceptions why wouldn’t he be. But wants are very different than guarantees. Reed pondered the possibility...
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March 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Replacement Referee Lance Easley Returns to Seattle for First Time Since Infamous Blown Call

Lance Easley made his first appearance back at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field on Friday after his tragic call in Week 4 of last season. I’m sorry, who are we talking about? Gamblers know know his name all too well, but let me refresh your brain anyways. Everyone remembers the call — 4th and 10 from Green Bay’s 24-yard line and no timeouts left. Russell Wilson drops back...
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Felix Doubront Turns in Solid First Outing of Spring With Mother in Attendance (Video)

The Red Sox’ presumptive fifth starter finally made his first start of spring training Monday, and manager John Farrell was pleased with his pitcher’s performance. Felix Doubront pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings against the Rays, allowing a hit and two walks while striking out two. The left-hander’s debut was delayed after he experienced shoulder troubles earlier in camp, but...
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Sharrif Floyd Takes Over Top Spot to Help Chiefs’ Defense After They Franchised Branden Albert in NFL Mock Draft 10

A wild week at the NFL combine produced some fast risers and a few big-time losers, but that’s not the whole story pertaining to this year’s draft. While Tavon Austin, Lane Johnson and Geno Smith were wowing scouts in Indianapolis, Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs, who just so happened to hold the No. 1 overall selection, were busy working the phone lines to lock down the...
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Max Pacioretty Says Bruins’ Embellishment Comments Stem From ‘Jealousy’

Circle March 27 on your calendars. That’s the next time the Bruins and Canadiens meet on the ice, and after comments made by both sides over the last two days, it’s sure to be a heated affair. On Monday, members of the Habs responded to claims made by Bruins coach Claude Julien that Montreal skaters commonly embellish penalties to draw calls from the referees. “I’ve known...
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Giancarlo Stanton’s Batting Practice Wows USA Teammates, Mark Teixeira Says He’s ‘Never Seen Anything Like It’

Giancarlo Stanton‘s tape-measure bombs have earned the admiration of a few of his Team USA teammates. CBSsports.com’s Danny Knobler reports that several batting-practice pitches to the Marlins slugger landed in the parking lot of Arizona’s Salt River Fields during practice for the World Baseball Classic, causing Mark Teixeira‘s jaw to drop in disbelief. The Yankees first...
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Keith Olbermann Hoping for Chance to Return to ESPN Despite Having ‘Alienated’ Many Former Colleagues

Once upon a time, before his career ambitions took a more left-wing political turn, Keith Olbermann was one of the bigwigs at ESPN. Known for his encyclopedic knowledge of sports and able hosting of SportsCenter alongside Dan Patrick, Olbermann found his voice with the network from 1992 to 1997, becoming one of the founding influences of ESPN Radio. In the years since leaving ESPN...
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Vote: Who Is the Greatest Quarterback in Saints History?

Editor’s note: As part of NFL’s Greatest Quarterback, fans will decide the best QB in each team’s history. Archie Manning: Manning is best known as Peyton and Eli‘s father, but Archie had quite a career with the Saints. He played 11 years in New Orleans and led the team to a 35-91-3 record. Manning made two Pro Bowls in 1978 and 1979. The Saints never made the playoffs...
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Dwayne Bowe Extension, Alex Smith Acquisition Make Chiefs Immediate Contenders in Weak AFC West

The Kansas City Chiefs will be a playoff team this season. No, seriously. The trade for Alex Smith was a huge step in the right direction, but Monday’s roster moves — highlighted by the signing of wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to a five-year extension and franchising of tackle Branden Albert – solidified the necessary foundation for the NFL’s worst team to morph into a legitimate...
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Vote: Do You Agree With the Patriots’ Decision Not to Use the Franchise Tag?

For four consecutive seasons the Patriots made use of the franchise tag, but as of Monday that streak has been snapped. The Patriots declined to place the franchise tag on any of their players, meaning that the speculated-upon names — Wes Welker, Aqib Talib and Sebastian Vollmer — are all set to hit free agency. Likewise, the team’s odds of retaining any of those players varies...
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Vote: Who Is the Greatest Quarterback in Panthers History?

Editor’s note: As part of NFL’s Greatest Quarterback, fans will decide the best QB in each team’s history. Kerry Collins: Collins was the first player drafted by the Panthers’ franchise. He didn’t start the team’s first game — that honor goes to Frank Reich — but he started 42 games in their first four years in existence. Collins made a Pro Bowl in 1996 when he...
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Patrick Kaleta Suspended Five Games for Hit From Behind on Brad Richards (Video)

Brendan Shanahan dished out his heftiest punishment of the NHL season on Monday, suspending Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta for five games after Kaleta sent the Rangers’ Brad Richards face-first into the boards with a hit from behind in Sunday’s game. Richards returned to the game after the third-period hit — and New York scored twice on the ensuing five-minute power play before...
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Lionel Messi Sends Leryn Franco Signed Jersey, Makes Stunning Paraguayan Olympian’s Day (Photo)

If anyone ever wondered who Lionel Messi‘s best-looking fan is, here’s your answer. Paraguayan Olympian javelin thrower and part-time model Leryn Franco tweeted a picture of a signed jersey she received from the world-famous Barcelona forward late last February. Accompanying the picture was a personal message (translated) from Franco thanking Messi for the gesture. “This is...
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Lakers Still in Playoff Chase, Celtics Could Be Primed for Run (Podcast)

With almost 60 games in the books for most NBA teams, two of the league’s most storied franchises find themselves fighting for their playoff lives. The Celtics have ripped off an 11-4 run since losing All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo, but they now enter a brutal stretch that includes road games in Indiana, Oklahoma City, Memphis and New York, as well as a game against the Heat...
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Home Depot Center to Be Renamed StubHub Center on June 1

CARSON, Calif. — The home of the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA Major League Soccer teams is changing its name to StubHub Center in a new naming rights deal. The 125-acre facility known as Home Depot Center since it opened 10 years ago will change its name on June 1. It is the first naming rights partnership for the San Francisco-based ticketing company. The price of the multiyear...
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