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Ryan Sweeney Signing Makes Sense for Red Sox, While Mark Hamilton Remains Interesting Player to Watch

Ryan Sweeney‘s first season in Boston wasn’t exactly the smoothest campaign, but with very little to lose, bringing him back makes sense for the Red Sox. Sweeney got off to a surprisingly torrid start in 2012, hitting .373 (25-for-67) through his first 19 games. After that, he fell back down to earth. The outfielder suffered a concussion while sprawling out for a ball in Philadelphia...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Aldon Smith Voted 49ers MVP by Teammates, Says He Voted for Randy Moss

The Super Bowl is still almost a week away, but one member of the 49ers is already earning accolades. Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed to Pro Football Talk on Monday that second-year outside linebacker Aldon Smith had been named the team’s most valuable player after a vote by San Francisco’s players and coaches. Though he was part of a star-studded Niners defensive unit...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Nail Yakupov, Dougie Hamilton Make Early Impacts, Among Top 10 NHL Rookies to Watch (Photos)

Dougie Hamilton has turned himself into a fan favorite in Boston in just a few weeks, and in the process, he’s showing how effective NHL rookies can be without much experience in the league. Hamilton isn’t alone in conquering the league at a young age, though. There is more more young talent in the NHL right now there has been in seemingly a long time, and Hamilton is just one...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Jose Aldo-Frankie Edgar Featherweight Title Bout Headlines UFC 156 in Las Vegas

UFC has become a huge success, essentially the NFL of the mixed martial arts world, because of tremendous marketing. Part of that is putting good cards on some of the biggest sports weekends of the year. That is again the case this Saturday on the eve of the Super Bowl as a featherweight title fight between champion Jose Aldo and challenger Frankie Edgar is the main event of UFC...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Pro Bowl Might Stay After All, Seeing as Roger Goodell Noticed ‘Improved Quality’ of Game

The future of the Pro Bowl is still in doubt, but maybe not as much as it was even Sunday night. While NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and many others around the NFL continue to prepare for Sunday’s Super Bowl in New Orleans, the future of the league’s all-star game still hangs in the balance. With the Super Bowl media frenzy already shifting into overdrive, Goodell took to Reddit...
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Celtics Fans Should Reconsider Calls to Blow Up Team, With NBA Draft So Full of Risks (Podcast)

With Rajon Rondo out for the year, what happens next for the Celtics? That’s the question on everyone’s mind after learning the news of the star point guard’s torn ACL, and one with no easy answer. With Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett still playing at a high level, the C’s could still have a fighting chance this season. Then again, without Rondo, it’s hard to imagine a deep...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Justin Smith Is Core of 49ers’ Defense, Which Could Cause Real Problems for Joe Flacco, Ravens

The San Francisco 49ers made it to the Super Bowl this season on the strength of their defense, and defensive lineman Justin Smith played a key role in that effort. Smith has never been one to rack up gaudy statistics, managing 70 tackles and 8 1/2 sacks in arguably his best NFL season (2010), and this year was not much different. Smith piled up 66 tackles and took down opposing...
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Will Middlebrooks Confident in Mike Napoli’s Health, Says New Red Sox First Baseman ‘Fun to Be Around’

Mike Napoli‘s hip condition may be concerning to some Red Sox fans, but third baseman Will Middlebrooks doesn’t see it being an issue this season. Middlebrooks, who is training with Napoli at the Athlete’s Performance facility near Dallas, likes what he has seen out of Boston’s recently signed first baseman thus far, and he appears confident in Napoli’s ability to stay...
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Didier Drogba to Join Galatasaray, End Chinese Adventure With Shanghai Shenhua

Didier Drogba is set to make a sensational return to the European soccer scene. The Ivorian star will join Galatasaray following the Africa Cup of Nations after agreeing to sign an 18-month deal with the Turkish club. He leaves China’s Shanghai Shenhua where he spent the last six months. The Telegraph reports the specifics of the deal between Galatasaray and Shanghai Shenhua are...
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Claude Julien Not Worried About Bruins’ Power Play Yet, But Results Starting to Speak Loudly

The Bruins are having problems with the power play, which is turning into a annual gripe for B’s fans. Boston’s power play has yet to be plugged in, but head coach Claude Julien isn’t yet worried about the lack of results on the man advantage. Even though the Bruins enter this week 1-for-17 (5.9 percent) on the power play, Julien is advising the emerging critics to chill out...
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Roger Goodell Says Touchdown Celebrations Get Reviewed by NFL Competition Committee Every Year

Roger Goodell took time out of his busy pre-Super Bowl schedule to hold an AMA, or ask me anything, on Reddit Monday afternoon. The commish avoided questions like “If Jonathan Vilma and a dog were trapped in a car on fire and you could only save one of them, what would you name the dog?” from Reddit user vitey15, but he did tackle some controversial issues. One question Goodell...
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J.J. Redick Admits to Attending Justin Bieber Concert, Says ‘A Happy Wife Is a Happy Life’

So many life lessons, J.J. Redick. So many. While most teenagers may turn to pop stars like Justin Bieber for life advice, Redick is handing out some good rules for the future — and getting himself to a Bieber concert in the process. Redick spent a recent off night in Orlando listening to Bieber, and he told Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel that he was there because his wife...
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Nationals Owner Mark Lerner Declares ‘We’re Going to the World Series This Year’ at Season Ticket Holder Event

Nationals owner Mark Lerner thinks his team is ready to take the next step in 2013, and he didn’t hide his excitement while speaking at a season ticket holder event over the weekend. “We’re going to the World Series this year,” Lerner said. Lerner surely isn’t the only one who feels that way, as the Nationals have one of the most talented rosters in all of baseball and...
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Barack Obama Tells LeBron James ‘It’s Your World, Man’ During Miami Heat’s Visit to White House (Video)

Never tell LeBron James he is supposed to play it cool. Just a few days after he tackled a fan who hit a $75,000 halfcourt shot during a game, the league’s top player got starstruck over a visit to the White House and a meeting with President Barack Obama. James was at a loss for what to say when he took the podium, so he just listed all the various hometowns of his teammates....
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

New Jets General Manager John Idzik Says He ‘Got a Really Good Feeling’ From Mark Sanchez for Quarterback Spot

Much of the sports world would agree that Mark Sanchez should not be the quarterback of the New York Jets. But when people go inside the team facility, something funny happens. People start saying strange things, and most of those people become Sanchez fans. New Jets general manager John Idzik has apparently joined that club and thinks Sanchez should still have a chance at the Jets’...
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Joe Flacco Is ‘as Dull as He Is Portrayed in the Media,’ According to His Father (Photo)

Don’t expect any exciting answers from the Ravens’ starting quarterback leading up to the Super Bowl, apparently he’s a pretty boring guy. Joe Flacco‘s father, Steve, called his son “dull” in an interview with the New York Times. “Joe is dull,” the elder Flacco said. “As dull as he is portrayed in the media, he’s that dull. He is dull.” So, Joe is dull? We...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan Kalish’s Injury an Unfortunate Blow to Red Sox, But No Reason to Spark Josh Reddick Lovefest

The news of Ryan Kalish‘s most recent setback was met with moans, groans and a lot of cries for Josh Reddick. But while it’s easy for us all to start playing the role of Monday morning quarterback, we’d be wise to pump the brakes on the Reddick lovefest. Kalish and Reddick will forever be linked because of the Red Sox’ decision to trade away Reddick — rather than Kalish...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Celtics Making Franchise-Altering Move Might Not Be Wisest Response to Rajon Rondo’s Season-Ending Injury

BOSTON — Kevin Garnett was trying to offer consolation. He wanted to calm everyone in the wake of the devastating news that Rajon Rondo would miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee, and reassure anyone who would listen that the Celtics are not about to panic. In doing so, however, he offered up imagery from one of the darkest eras of Celtics basketball. The...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Doc Rivers Says ‘I Still Like Our Team,’ Celtics’ Chances in Eastern Conference, Even With Loss of Rajon Rondo

It’s a refrain Celtics coach Doc Rivers has offered plenty of times before, but it has another level of importance at this point in the season, when the Celtics are not only 21-23 but are also suddenly without point guard Rajon Rondo. “I still like our team,” Rivers said Sunday after the C’s gutted out a double-overtime win against the Heat in the same window during which...
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Anton Khudobin Likely Starting Against Carolina, Hoping to Replicate His First Start With Bruins (Video)

Anton Khudobin is likely to make his first start of the season for the Bruins on Monday night in Carolina, and if he can continue to do anything like he did in his first start with the B’s last  year, Boston could be looking at one of the game’s best backups. That’s a pretty bold claim, of course, but Khudobin did show flashes of brilliance in his first start with the Bruins...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Scott Pioli Ranks Luke Joeckel, Dee Milliner, Sharrif Floyd as Top Underclassmen in 2013 NFL Draft

Scott Pioli may be out of a job after being let go by the Chiefs following their dismal 2-14 season, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t working to prepare for the 2013 NFL draft while still under employment. The former Kansas City general manager and Patriots vice president of player personnel ranked his Top 10 underclassmen in the 2013 draft as part of Peter King‘s Monday Morning...
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Jenny Dell, Danny O’Connor Among Celebrity Judges for Revs Girls Auditions at Game On! Thursday Night

The Red Sox might still be in the offseason, but NESN’s Sox reporter Jenny Dell is already hard at work. Dell, Hot 96.9 FM’s Pebbles, boxing champ Danny O’Connor and others will serve as celebrity guest judges for the New England Revolution’s Rev Girls audition finals on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 9 p.m. ET at Game On! in Boston. The Rev Girls serve as the team’s official promotional...
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Jose Mourinho Promises to Win Another Champions League Title, Vows Never to Coach in Germany

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho gave an interview to Italian television to mark his 50th birthday, making controversial declarations as always. “I will win another Champions [UEFA Champions League],” he said. “The third one will come. I can’t say I will obtain it this season, but in the fifteen or twenty years I have left in my coaching career, I will win it.” Mourinho...
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Colin Kaepernick Says He Doesn’t ‘Feel Pressure,’ Isn’t Nervous About Playing in Super Bowl

Colin Kaepernick will be making just his 10th start in the NFL in Super Bowl XLVII, but the second-year quarterback says he’s not the least bit nervous about the big stage. Kaepernick and the 49ers arrived in New Orleans on Sunday night, excited for the week of festivities but also ready to get to work. When asked about his level of excitement and the nerves involved in such a...
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Report: Alex Smith Will Ask for Release Before March 12 Free Agency Start Date

Unless Alex Smith has to relieve Colin Kaepernick in Super Bowl XLVII this Sunday, the former No. 1 overall pick has likely played his last game with the 49ers. Now, San Francisco has to pick between trading Smith and his $8.5 million contract, or releasing him. The quarterback would prefer the latter. Smith will ask for his release before the start of free agency, March 12, according...
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