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Celtics-Rockets Live: Avery Bradley, C’s Look to Lift Off Against Dwight Howard, Houston

8 a.m. ET: Dwight Howard and the Rockets got off to a shaky start, but it looks like they have more or less figured things out. The league’s highest-scoring team is clicking, and the Celtics are coming to town at just the wrong time. The Celtics (4-7) have lost three straight games. Judging by the way the Rockets (7-4) are playing, the Celtics will have a tough time avoid consecutive...
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November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Patriots Had Opportunities to Beat Panthers Before Officials Incorrectly Picked Up Pass Interference Flag

The NFL needs to put the officials chosen to call the Patriots-Panthers game on blast. All of them: Clete Blakeman, Garth DeFelice, Tony Veteri, Ron Marinucci, Greg Meyer, David Meslow and Terrence Miles. Miles made the right call by throwing a flag on Luke Kuechly for pass interference. Then the officials erroneously picked it up — for no reason. Rob Gronkowski was forcibly...
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November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Officials Defend Call at End of Patriots-Panthers Game to Pick Up Flag on Luke Kuechly-Rob Gronkowski Pass Interference

The officials think they got it right. After the Patriots-Panthers game, New England and Carolina’s pool reporters met with referee Clete Blakeman to discuss the decision to pick up the flag on Luke Kuechly‘s apparent pass interference on Rob Gronkowski. Check out the transcript below.  Mike Reiss: I guess the first question is what was seen on the last play to initially have...
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November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Shane Vereen, Rob Ninkovich Among Stars of Patriots-Panthers Game

There was a great game played in the 59 minutes and 57 seconds before a picked-up flag ruined it all. No one will remember the first 59 minutes and 57 seconds, though. But this is a game that should be recalled. It may have been the best the NFL has seen this season. The Patriots and Panthers matched up incredibly well and there was a reason it came down to the final play. Cam Newton played...
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November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Rob Gronkowski Appears to Be Interfered With on Final Play, Officials Pick Up Flag Without Explanation (GIF)

It appeared the Patriots should have had one more shot at the end zone from the goal line, but it wasn’t to be. Tom Brady underthrew Rob Gronkowski, but as the tight end started coming back for the ball, Luke Kuechly hugged him and forced him out of the end zone. The officials threw a flag on the play but picked it up without explanation. It’s the second game that the Patriots...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Tony Allen Ejected for Kicking Chris Paul in the Face (Video)

File this one under “you can’t do that.” It was a short night for Memphis shooting guard Tony Allen. With only a few minutes remaining in the first quarter of the Clippers-Grizzlies matchup Monday night, Allen was ejected for kicking LA star Chris Paul in the face. CP3 was driving to the net and caught Allen out of position. The Memphis guard tried to compensate for his poor...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Duke Towel Boy Comes Dangerously Close to Getting Trampled by UNC Asheville Player on Fast Break (GIFs)

This is exactly why his mom tells him to be careful every time he leaves the house. A Duke towel boy saw his life flash before his eyes on Monday night as the youngster came scarily close to getting steamrolled by a UNC Asheville player during a fast break. Out near the three-point line, the ball boy was innocently doing his job before he had to turn on the jets — no doubt impressing...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Bruins’ Penalty Kill Locked In, Impressive Streak Putting Unit’s ‘Awful’ Start in Rearview Mirror

The Bruins haven’t exactly been consistent this season. Their play has been uncharacteristically uneven, and even when they put together a four-game winning streak during a recent five-game homestand, there were still areas of the game you could nitpick. One facet of the Bruins’ game that can’t be argued at this point, however, is the penalty kill. The B’s downed the Carolina...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Cam Newton Eludes Six Patriots Players, Covers Total of 75.8 Yards on 14-Yard Gain in Amazing Run (GIF)

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is so difficult to defend because he has a cannon for an arm and moves that running backs and wide receivers display in the open field. During a lengthy third-quarter drive that ended with a go-ahead touchdown, Newton converted a key third down with one of his best runs as an NFL player. ESPN broke it down for us: As broadcast just showed...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Ray Lewis Offers to Pay Half of Any Fine NFL Hands Down for Ahmad Brooks’ Hit on Drew Brees

Those linebackers have to stick together. After Ahmad Brooks‘ brutal but seemingly legal hit on Drew Brees in Sunday’s 49ers-Saints game, the San Francisco linebacker had some strong words for the direction he sees the NFL moving. “Football, the way they call stuff these days, it’s watered down,” Brooks said after the game. “It ain’t real no more.” Brooks isn...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Jay Cutler: I don't smoke at all, bro

Smokin’ Jay Cutler blossomed into an Internet sensation, capturing the trademark disinterested look of the Bears quarterback and adding a photoshopped cigarette ever so casually in his mouth. Well, the signal caller is here to set the record straight, leaving the Internet meme to stay an Internet meme as Cutler voiced his opinion on the nasty habit and left no wiggle room for the...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Rob Gronkowski Powers His Way Into End Zone With Three Panthers Players Trying to Tackle Him (GIF)

Rob Gronkowski proved why he’s one of the elite red zone targets in the NFL during  the Patriots’ Monday night game against the Panthers by running through three defenders after the catch to score his team’s first touchdown. Not only did the 24-year-old tight end use his impressive strength to get close to the goal line, he did a tremendous job reaching the ball over the plane...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Johnny Boychuk Scores First Goal of Season in Bruins’ 4-1 Win Over Hurricanes (Video)

Johnny Boychuk‘s insurance goal in the third period of Monday’s game against the Hurricanes secured an important road victory for the Bruins and ensured that a repeat of Friday’s collapse against the Senators would not happen. The veteran defenseman’s goal was his first of the season, and it was made possible because Carolina goalie Cam Ward lost his stick from a previous...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Aqib Talib, Steve Smith Get Into Heated Scuffle During First Period of Monday Night Football (GIF)

The battle between Aqib Talib and Steve Smith was hyped for a reason. Talib, who has been sidelined for the past three weeks with a lingering hip injury, returned to the gridiron on Sunday and he returned with a vengeance. Matching up with Carolina’s wide receiver, the two wasted no time getting reacquainted as the New England cornerback showed no interest in letting go of Smith’s...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Bruins’ Impressive Penalty Kill Keeps 2-1 Lead Over Hurricanes Intact Going Into Third Period (Video)

The Bruins needed to kill a couple of penalties in the second period to protect a 2-1 lead over the Hurricanes. After Johnny Boychuk and Gregory Campbell went to the penalty box for tripping and delay of game minors, respectively, Boston found itself in a 5-on-3 situation. Thanks to some fine saves by Tuukka Rask and strong defense by Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg, the Bruins...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Top High School Recruit Nsimba Webster Jukes Entire Team Out of Their Shoes (Video)

Nsimba Webster – remember the name. Webster is a senior at Deer Valley High School in Antioch, Calif., though he won’t be there for long. The shifty quarterback is being aggressively recruited by Arizona State, Washington and Nevada, and after seeing what he can do to would-be tacklers, it’s no surprise why. Deer Valley met Castro Valley in a playoff matchup that saw Webster...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Blackhawks Selling Melted Ice From Championship Season for $99, Proceeds to Benefit Charities (Photo)

The Chicago Blackhawks have your stocking stuffers covered. After the Hawks hoisted the Cup, the team announced that they would be melting down the last layer of ice from the United Center and putting it into vials to commemorate their 2013 championship season. The Blackhawks are now delivering on that promise, selling a limited number of vials for $99 with all of the proceeds benefiting...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Berkshire Bank Rewind: Great Puck Movement Leads to First-Period Power-Play Goal by Bruins (Video)

The Bruins opened the scoring in Carolina on Monday night with a great power play that included phenomenal puck movement and strong defense below the goal line. With Dougie Hamilton running the show at the point, the Bruins kept the Hurricanes penalty killers moving with quick passes that opened up shooting lanes. After some good work by Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson to win...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

NHL Player Snuggies the Perfect Gift for Ironic, Colorblind Hockey Fans (Photos)

Darn it if those NHL arenas don’t get downright chilly sometimes. What better way to keep warm than wrapping yourself in several square yards of polyester adorned with your favorite team’s colors? Shop.NHL.com recently rolled out a limited, Eastern Conference-biased selection of Snuggie-like “player comfy throws” mere days ahead of Black Friday. So far, hockey fans with...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Roberto Luongo Jokes About Critical Comments of Tim Thomas During Stanley Cup Final in Funny Tweet (Photo)

Roberto Luongo made some controversial comments after Game 5 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, telling reporters that the goal Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas allowed in the Canucks’ 1-0 win would have been an “easy save for me.” Before catching the team flight for Game 6 in Boston, Luongo made another regrettable comment, saying “I’ve been pumping [Thomas'] tires ever since...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

P.K. Subban Anthem Implores More Ice Time for Defenseman, Catchy Song Inspired by Village People (Audio)

Never underestimate the power of song. P.K. Subban has emerged as a certifiable star in Montreal, but his ice time hasn’t always reflected that this season. The Norris Trophy winner has been spending prolonged stretches of time on the bench — most notably not receiving shifts at the end of tight games — and Subban’s absence has prompted plenty of the Canadiens faithful and...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Tuukka Rask Aims to Get Back on Track for Bruins in Matchup Versus Hurricanes (Video)

Tuukka Rask had a rare rough outing in Friday’s 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators. It was the second time all season that Rask had allowed four goals in a game, but he will be back in the net for the Boston Bruins during Monday night’s road game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Rask has been one of the NHL’s best goaltenders this season with a 10-5-1 record, while also ranking...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss
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