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John Farrell Believes Clay Buchholz Is Back On Track After DL Time (Video)

The move to designate left-handed Boston Red Sox reliever Chris Capuano for assignment Wednesday was all but inevitable. Clay Buchholz was slated to return from the disabled list, and Felix Doubront’s move to the bullpen added another lefty who could last through multiple innings of relief. Not to mention, Capuano’s numbers were declining as the season went on. And although...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Shane Victorino Suffers ‘Setback,’ Unlikely To Rejoin Red Sox In New York

The Boston Red Sox were hopeful that outfielder Shane Victorino finally would be able to rejoin the team this weekend. That option now appears to be off the table. Manager John Farrell said before Wednesday’s game in Seattle that Victorino suffered a “setback” in his rehab, and that the team now does not have a timetable for his return to the lineup. The outfielder reported...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

U.S. Soccer Tweets Permission Slip To Skip Work For USA-Germany Game (Photo)

USA’s 2014 FIFA World Cup game against Germany on Thursday will decide whether the U.S. advances to the knockout rounds. Unfortunately, it airs at 12 p.m. ET, meaning most of us will be at work. But U.S. Soccer has you covered. They tweeted out a permission slip Wednesday for fans to skip work to watch the game. It’s even signed by coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Need note to get out...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Tampa Bay Rays Prepared To Trade David Price ‘Right Now’

Wednesday’s start might have been David Price’s last in a Tampa Bay Rays uniform. The former Cy Young Award winner, who’s spent his entire career in the Rays organization, could be on his way out the door, according to a report from ESPN’s Buster Olney. “Only the Tampa Bay Rays know for sure what will be deemed acceptable for David Price, or when they’ll be ready to say...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

USSF President Sunil Gulati: Fan Reception Of U.S. Team ‘Better Than Expected’

The 2014 FIFA World Cup has had a record number of American viewers, and the fan reception of the U.S. men’s national soccer team has surprised even U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati. Perhaps it’s because the USA team is doing better than expected, but regardless of the reason, Gulati is pleased with the results. “The narrative that’s constant and consistent...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox-Mariners Live: Little Margin For Error For Clay Buchholz In Return

7:50 p.m. ET: Clay Buchholz makes his return to the major league mound Wednesday night in Seattle, taking the ball for the Boston Red Sox for the first time in nearly a month (30 days, to be exact). That’s a sizable gap between starts, but time for Buchholz ease back into his rhythm is a luxury the Red Sox really do not have. The Sox have been beaten and battered during their...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NBA Draft: Aaron Gordon, Marcus Smart Realistic Targets For Celtics (Podcast)

After all the weeks of talk and speculation, Thursday is finally the day when all the questions are answered. Who goes first between Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins? How seriously do teams take Joel Embiid’s broken foot? Is Dante Exum really an option at the No. 1 pick or is it all a smokescreen? More importantly, for folks in the New England, who will the Boston Celtics end...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NBA Draft Order: Cleveland Cavaliers Have Options With No. 1 Pick

Here is the order of picks in the first round of the 2014 NBA draft, which takes place Thursday night in Brooklyn: 1. Cleveland Cavaliers 2. Milwaukee Bucks 3. Philadelphia 76ers 4. Orlando Magic 5. Utah Jazz 6. Boston Celtics 7. Los Angeles Lakers 8. Sacramento Kings 9. Charlotte Hornets (from Detroit) 10. Philadelphia 76ers (from New Orleans) 11. Denver Nuggets 12. Orlando Magic...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Brock Holt Returns To First Base For Red Sox In Seattle Series Finale

Brock Holt’s grand tour around the diamond continues. The Boston Red Sox utility man, who spent the first six games of the team’s abysmal road trip in the outfield, will start at first base Wednesday night in the finale of a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners — the first time he has seen action at the position since June 7. Holt was one of the few bright spots for...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants’ Tim Lincecum Throws Second Career No-Hitter Against Padres

SAN FRANCISCO – Tim Lincecum pitched his second no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in less than a year, allowing only one runner Wednesday and leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win. Lincecum totally shut down the weakest-hitting team in the majors, striking out six and walking one. San Francisco fielders didn’t need to make any exceptional plays to preserve Lincecum’s...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Activate Clay Buchholz, Designate Chris Capuano For Assignment

The Boston Red Sox activated starting pitcher Clay Buchholz from the disabled list Wednesday, and he’ll take the mound for the finale of the team’s three-game series against the Seattle Mariners. Buchholz was placed on the disabled list on May 28 after he hyperextended his knee during his start against the Atlanta Braves on May 26. He’s 2-4 with a 7.02 ERA on the season. With...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

German Midfielder On World Cup Game Against USA: ‘We Don’t Play For A Draw’

Both Germany and the U.S. can advance to the knockout round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup if they draw. But Germany, unsurprisingly, doesn’t want that. “As a player, we don’t play for a draw,” German midfielder Mesut Ozil told reporters Wednesday via ESPN. “Our objective out on the pitch is to do the utmost to win, and that’s what we’re going to do against the United...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Kevin Garnett Preparing To Return To Brooklyn Nets Next Season

Brooklyn Nets big man Kevin Garnett wants to return for his 20th season in the NBA. A league source told ESPN that the former Boston Celtic has indicated that he will begin preparing for at least one more season. Nets general manager Billy King told ESPN on Wednesday that the team has been operating as though Garnett will return. King also said that he believes Garnett will still...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Celtics Targeting Julius Randle, Marcus Smart With No. 6 Draft Pick

With the 2014 NBA draft just 24 hours away, the Boston Celtics still have both of their first-round picks. Kevin Love has yet to walk through that door. Should the Celtics end up keeping their picks, they have whittled down their options. With the No. 6 pick, the Celtics have narrowed their list to either Kentucky’s Julius Randle or Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Jonathan Givony...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Manny Ramirez To Join Triple-A Iowa Cubs On Thursday

Manny Ramirez is moving on up the minor-league ladder. The 42-year-old slugger will join the Triple-A Iowa Cubs on Thursday as a player/coach, the team announced Wednesday. The former All-Star was signed by the club to a minor-league contract in May, and has been working out at the Cubs’ spring training complex in Arizona where he has been working with young players and getting...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Lionel Messi Adds Two More Goals In World Cup Win Over Nigeria (Videos)

Lionel Messi must have heard the critics, because he’s doing everything to silence them at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The three-time Ballon d’Or award winner had struggled on the international stage before this year, managing just one goal in two disappointing World Cup appearances for Argentina in 2006 and 2010. This year has been a different story for Messi, who poured in two...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 World Cup Group E Live: Scores, Highlights, Analysis From Group Finales

3:45 p.m. ET: Group E of the 2014 FIFA World Cup ends with two games on Wednesday. Group leader plays second-placed Ecuador in one matchup. Third-placed Switzerland France takes on Honduras in the other contest. France will win Group E as long as it doesn’t lose by six or more goals. Ecuador must match (or improve on) Switzerland’s result against Honduras in order to guarantee...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Ian Kinsler Homers In Return To Texas, Trolls Former Teammates With Wave (Video)

Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler might not be over it. After being traded from the Texas Rangers to the Tigers for Prince Fielder during the offseason, Kinsler ruffled some feathers when he directed some harsh comments toward his former team in an ESPN the Magazine profile. In the piece, Kinsler said he hoped the Rangers would go 0-162 this season, and although he later...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL agrees to remove cap on concussion damage settlements

PHILADELPHIA – The NFL agreed Wednesday to remove a $675 million cap on damages from thousands of concussion-related claims after a federal judge questioned whether there would be enough money to cover as many as 20,000 retired players. A revised settlement agreement filed in federal court in Philadelphia also eliminates a provision that barred anyone who gets concussion damages...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings Agree On Seven-Year Contract

The Los Angeles Kings just won the Stanley Cup, and they are doing all they can to keep all the Kings’ men together. The team announced Tuesday that they have re-signed forward Marian Gaborik to a seven-year contract. Gaborik was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. According to reports, Gaborik’s deal is worth $34 million and has an annual salary cap hit of...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Rob Gronkowski Busts A Move At Jennifer Lopez Concert (Video)

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski did the only thing he could do at a Jennifer Lopez concert. He danced his heart out. Everyone’s favorite NFL party animal was back doing Gronk-esque things Saturday night at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, jamming out to J-Lo’s 2002 classic hit, “Jenny from the Block.” Although Gronk was the biggest man in the crowd by far...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Joel Embiid ‘Highly Unlikely’ To Slip Past Celtics, Lakers In Draft

Joel Embiid’s broken foot has teams at the top of the 2014 NBA draft scrambling to figure out how much the reward of picking the big man outweighs the risk. The Boston Celtics will not be scared away from drafting the potentially franchise-altering center, according to previous reports, and now it appears their interest is more than hypothetical. It is “highly unlikely” Embiid...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Curt Schilling In Remission After Successful Cancer Treatments

After a nearly five-month battle with cancer, former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling had some very good news for his supporters on Wednesday. As of yesterday I am in remission. Start the 5 year clock!— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) June 25, 2014 Schilling, who will turn 48 in November, announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer on February 5 and received an outpouring...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Adrian Beltre Gets 2,500th Hit, Freaks When Miguel Cabrera Touches His Head (Video)

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is known for two things: hitting baseballs very hard and not being a fan of having his head touched. Those two things intersected on Tuesday night. Beltre smoked an offering from Detroit Tigers pitcher Drew Smyly right up the middle in the second inning, a screaming shot back through the box that eventually skidded into the outfield for...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Miami Heat Want Shabazz Napier In Attempt To Woo LeBron James

When LeBron James announced that he would be opting out of his contract and become a free agent this offseason, he ensured that several NBA teams would go to great lengths to try to earn his services. That list of teams, of course, includes his former squad, which is aggressively courting a college basketball star in an attempt to keep him in Miami. League sources told ESPN’s...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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