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NFL Schedule 2015: Patriots-Broncos Among Five Can’t-Miss Games (Photos)

Bust out your Sharpies, folks. It’s time to circle those calenders. The NFL released its official 2015 schedule Tuesday after much anticipation. We’ve known for a while which opponents each team will face, but now we have the most important piece of the puzzle: the dates. Of course, the regular season still is several months away, but that didn’t stop us from digging through...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Matthew Slater: Patriots’ White House Trip ‘Closes The Book On 2014′ Season

FOXBORO, Mass. — After a trip to meet President Barack Obama on Thursday, the New England Patriots are on to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Patriots will be concentrating on the 2015 season after their trip to the White House and putting Super Bowl XLIX behind them. “I think this kind of closes the book on 2014,” Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater said Tuesday at Gillette...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Rajon Rondo Wants Mavericks To Choose Between Him, Rick Carlisle

No matter how things ended in Boston, Rajon Rondo will always be Celtics royalty. He helped win a championship here. He played through injury here. He enjoyed the best years of his NBA career here. The same can’t be said for Rondo in Dallas, which is why the free-agent-to-be’s reported ultimatum to the Mavericks is puzzling at best and laughable at...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Podcast: Red Sox’s Pablo Sandoval Struggling; Sandy Leon Ready To Play

The Boston Red Sox are off to a pretty strong start, but there are still questions about their starting rotation. The offense has been dynamic in terms of star power and consistency, but new guy Pablo Sandoval has struggled to find his rhythm. In this week’s podcast, NESN.com’s Ashley Allen and Red Sox beat writer Ricky Doyle discussed how the Red Sox have looked thus far. Ricky...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Archer Looks A Bit Hypocritical With David Ortiz Strikeout Celebration

If Chris Archer is going to be the arbiter of baseball etiquette, he maybe should cool it just a little bit. The Tampa Bay Rays right-handed pitcher ruffled some feathers last season when he criticized Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. After a slower than normal home run trot from Ortiz, Archer piped up by putting down Ortiz, claiming the DH’s...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Adam Jones, Jose Bautista Have Heated Exchange After Pimped Homer (Videos)

It’s only April, but there’s been plenty of heat in Major League Baseball already. We’ve seen plenty of major spats and epic rants in the young MLB season, and that trend continued Tuesday night with a hearty beef between Adam Jones and Jose Bautista. It all started in the seventh inning, when Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jason Garcia threw behind the Toronto Blue Jays outfielder...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Podcast: Rajon Rondo’s Act Hits New Low; NFL Schedule ‘Event’ Is Tiresome

Rajon Rondo and the Dallas Mavericks have not had a marriage made in heaven, but the partnership might have hit rock bottom Tuesday. Rondo was essentially benched, playing just 10 minutes of the Mavs’ Game 2 playoff loss to the Houston Rockets, amid some unflattering moments for the former All-Star. NESN.com’s Mike Cole and Ben Watanabe discussed Rondo’s rocky present and future...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

DraftKings: Play Tom Caron For Chance To Win Green Monster Experience

Daily fantasy baseball site DraftKings.com, the official daily fantasy partner of the Boston Red Sox, is running a one-day fantasy contest starting Wednesday where you can compete against Tom Caron for the chance to win Red Sox tickets and watch a game from inside the Green Monster. If that wasn’t cool enough, the winner also will be able to watch batting practice on the field...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Paul Pierce wants to sweep Raptors to avoid customs

By Mike Cole Paul Pierce has plenty of motivation to close out the Toronto Raptors. Pierce and the Washington Wizards took a 2-0 series lead with a Game 2 win Tuesday night, and the two teams now head to D.C. to continue the series. Pierce is hoping the Wizards can wrap things up, not only to advance to the next round but also to ensure he doesn’t have to return to Toronto. ...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Six Teams In Adrian Peterson Trade Discussion; Cowboys Among Them

Adrian Peterson’s only way out of Minnesota is via trade. Where he’d end up is anyone’s guess, but it appears there’s now a short list. The Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers all are in the mix for the Vikings running back, a source told the Pioneer Press’ Chris...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Capitals’ Tom Wilson Steamrolls Lubomir Visnovsky With Crushing Hit (Video)

Tom Wilson made absolutely sure he finished his check Tuesday night. The Washington Capitals forward delivered one of this postseason’s biggest hits when he unloaded on Washington Capitals defensive Lubomir Visnovsky in the second period of Game 3 of their Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series. Visnovsky got caught in a precarious position as he skated behind his own net, which...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators’ Pekka Rinne Gets Puck Stuck In Pads For The Longest Time (Video)

Pekka Rinne doesn’t just save pucks. He makes them disappear. The Nashville Predators goaltender was his usual stellar self in Game 4 of his team’s Stanley Cup playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks. With under six minutes remaining in the first overtime period, however, Rinne took his talents a bit too far. After trying to clear a puck behind the net, Rinne somehow managed...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Rajon Rondo Benched In Game 2, Apparently Not Giving His ‘Competitive Best’

The Dallas Mavericks took a chance on Rajon Rondo, and they’re two losses away from having to call that chance a failure. Rondo was benched Tuesday night in Game 2 of the Mavericks’ NBA playoffs first-round series with the Houston Rockets, as the mercurial point guard played just 34 seconds in the second half of the Mavs’ 111-99 loss to Houston. Unsurprisingly, Rondo left...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

J.J. Watt Dances With Lady On Court After Rockets’ Playoff Win (Video)

Rob Gronkowski isn’t the only NFL big man who knows how to break it down. Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has taken in his fair share of sporting events this offseason, and Tuesday found the All-Pro sitting courtside for the Houston Rockets’ NBA playoff matchup with the Dallas Mavericks. The Rockets cruised to a 111-99 win to take a 2-0 series lead, which had everyone...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Brent Seabrook’s Rocket Helps Blackhawks Beat Predators In 3OT (Video)

CHICAGO — Brent Seabrook scored on a booming slap shot one minute into the third overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Tuesday night in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series. Seabrook’s long drive beat a screened Pekka Rinne on the 100th shot of the longest game in Nashville history. Rookie Scott Darling made 50 saves for Chicago. Brandon...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Alexi Ogando Offers Glimpse Of High-Leverage Potential

This embed is invalid" /> Unearned runs have been the name of the game this season for the Boston Red Sox. Why, then, shouldn’t their first 1-0 win of the season be a product of an unearned tally early in the contest? The Red Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Tuesday at Tropicana Field. The lone run scored in the third inning when Mookie Betts’...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Brock Holt’s Nifty Defense In Red Sox’s Win Adds To Growing Reputation

This embed is invalid" /> Brock Holt has become a human ping pong ball the last two seasons, bouncing all over the place for the Boston Red Sox and rarely settling into one area or stopping completely. The epic volley continued Tuesday as Holt made a pair of excellent defensive plays at shortstop to help the Red Sox secure a 1-0 win over the Tampa...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Lindsey Vonn Is An Awesome GF, Says Tiger Is An Amazing Father (Video)

Divorce is a sticky situation, especially when it’s as public and embarrassing as Tiger Woods’ was. It’s often even worse for the kids, though, and given the nature of Woods’ problems, no one would blame his children for having a difficult relationship with their father. And maybe someday, when they’re older, they might. But for now, Tiger seems to be doing a heck of a...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics Doomed By Familiar Evils As Game 2 Vs. Cavaliers Slips Away

It’s one of the oldest cliches in basketball, but beating the Cleveland Cavaliers this postseason truly will require a full, 48-minute effort. The Cavs simply are too good, too explosive and too talented to be felled by anything less. Through two games of their first-round series, minutes 25 through 36 have been the killers for the Boston Celtics. “They came out (of halftime...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Rays’ Chris Archer Shows Emotion Against Red Sox: ‘You Have To Have Fun’

This embed is invalid" /> An excited Chris Archer pumped his fist, pounded his glove and danced off the mound after striking out David Ortiz in the fifth inning Tuesday. It was just business, according to the Tampa Bay Rays starter. Archer and Ortiz traded barbs last season after a trademark Big Papi bat flip ticked off the young right-hander. The...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Evan Turner Blasts Officiating After Celtics’ Game 2 Loss To Cavaliers

Evan Turner had some strong words for the referees Tuesday after the Boston Celtics’ Game 2 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Turner, who’s know for his candidness in postgame interviews, said his beef with the zebras after Boston’s 99-91 loss centered around one call made late in the fourth quarter. With just under four minutes remaining and the Celtics trailing by five, guard...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Benefit From Controversial Call In 1-0 Win Over Rays (Video)

It’s all coming up roses for the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox held off the Tampa Bay Rays for a 1-0 win in Tuesday’s series opener at Tropicana Field. The game’s lone tally was an unearned run scored in the third inning, but that wasn’t the only break the Red Sox caught, as Boston’s stretch of good fortune continued in the sixth inning. Steven Souza Jr. followed Brandon...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics Notes: No Moral Victories For C’s After Hard-Fought Game 2 Loss

A 14-point, five-rebound performance didn’t do much to lift Jared Sullinger’s spirits Tuesday night. Sullinger’s showing came in a hard-fought but ultimately fruitless effort for the Boston Celtics, who lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-91 in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. Cleveland now owns a two-games-to-zero lead as the series shifts to Boston. “We don’t...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Mookie Betts Aiming To Make A Difference, Even When Hits Don’t Come (Video)

Mookie Betts played a big role in the Boston Red Sox’s 1-0 win Tuesday. While the young center fielder has been struggling a bit at the plate, he’s still found ways to make a difference. Tuesday night, that was through a hustling hard slide into second base to break up a double play. “I talked to some of the guys, and it’s just (one of) those things we talked about,” Betts...
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April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Mookie Betts’ Hard Slide A Game-Changer In Red Sox’s 1-0 Win Over Rays

This embed is invalid" /> Middle infielders, take notice. The Boston Red Sox aren’t offering any freebies. Mookie Betts executed a hard takeout slide at second base in the third inning Tuesday as the Red Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 at Tropicana Field. The hustle play opened the door for the game’s lone run and served as additional evidence...
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April 21, 2015  |  Discuss
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