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Ryan Johansen’s Contract Talks With Blue Jackets Growing ‘Contentious’

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Talks between the Columbus Blue Jackets and leading scorer Ryan Johansen are clearly at a contentious impasse. Johansen’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, said the young star left Columbus on Wednesday afternoon — a day before the start of training camp. “(Our) talks (were) indicating that they weren’t going to allow the player be present at the facility,” Overhardt...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-Ravens DL retired to give kidney to younger brother

Ma’ake Kemoeatu takes his job as the oldest of seven siblings seriously. So much so that when his brother, former Pittsburgh Steelers guard Chris, found out he needed a kidney transplant, the then-Baltimore Ravens nose tackle retired so he could donate. Chris had suffered from kidney pain since he was a teenager and later found out that he had a form of kidney disease. Still,...
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Tony Gwynn Jr. Gets Emotional Standing Ovation From Padres Fans (Video)

San Diego Padres fans have given their fair share of ovations to a player named Gwynn. On Tuesday night, however, their round of applause took on an extra special meaning. The Philadelphia Phillies traveled to Petco Park for the first time this season on Tuesday, three months to the day after beloved Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn passed away from cancer at the age of 54. The significance...
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David Ross Realistic About Future With Boston Red Sox Beyond 2014 Season

David Ross is cognizant that his days with the Boston Red Sox could be numbered. Ross has said he’d like to play at least one more season before considering retirement. The 37-year-old catcher is open to re-signing with the Red Sox, but he’s set to hit free agency following a disappointing 2014 season. The ball is in Boston’s court. “It’s hard to know what they’re thinking...
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Pete Abraham: Red Sox Will Ease Rusney Castillo Into Big-League Role (Video)

Rusney Castillo has the potential to do big things for the Boston Red Sox. For now, though, he’s still a rookie making his Major League debut, and the organization is being careful to treat him as such. Castillo played just 11 games in Boston’s minor league system before being called up Wednesday to start against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and manager John Farrell said recently...
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Ben Cherington: Rusney Castillo Not Only Piece Of Center Field Puzzle (Video)

Boston Red Sox nation is abuzz with Rusney Castillo mania. The 27-year-old Cuban is making his much-heralded MLB debut Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates after a meteoric rise through Boston’s farm system. Ben Cherington and the Red Sox expect big things of Castillo; that’s why they signed him to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract last month. Before Wednesday...
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David Ortiz Silencing Those Who Criticized Red Sox Contract Extension

The Boston Red Sox signed David Ortiz to a contract extension during spring training. The decision has never looked better. Ortiz, who entered Wednesday hitting .263 with 32 homers and 99 RBIs, continues to be the Red Sox’s most productive offensive player. His extension with Boston wasn’t considered a slam dunk by everyone at the time it was signed, however, as there were some...
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Boston Bruins Announce 2014 Training Camp Roster

The Boston Bruins begin training camp Thursday at TD Garden with off-ice fitness testing. The first set of practices will start Friday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. In addition to the veterans, rookies and prospects who will be attending camp, a few other players have been invited on a tryout basis — forwards Simon Gagne, Ville Leino, Bracken Kearns, Ethan Werek, and defensemen...
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Greg Hardy Placed On Exempt List For Duration Of Domestic Violence Case

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers have removed Greg Hardy from the team’s active roster until the Pro Bowl defensive end’s domestic violence case is resolved. Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman said Hardy will continue to be paid and is allowed to be at the team facility, but will not practice. Hardy earns more than $770,000 each week during the regular season. The Panthers...
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Reports: Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer Arrested On Domestic Violence Charges

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on domestic-violence charges in Phoenix on Wednesday, first reported by Tyler Baldwin of 3TV Phoenix and later confirmed by CBS Evening News.   Cards RB Jonathan Dwyer is currently being questioned about alleged fight with wife from a while ago. She saved the records of her injuries— TylerBaldwin (@tylerbaldwin) September...
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Red Sox-Pirates Live: Rusney Castillo Makes Big League Debut For Boston

The Rusney Castillo era has begun. Castillo, who signed a seven-year, $72.5 million contract last month, officially joined the Boston Red Sox before Wednesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The Cuban outfielder will bat seventh and play center field in his major league debut. Castillo played in 11 minor league games — five with Triple-A Pawtucket, four with...
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LeBron James Debuts New Hairline With Sneaker Line; Twitter Reacts

LeBron James unveiled his new “Lebron 12″ sneakers for Nike on Tuesday, but that wasn’t the only new line he debuted. The shoes were supposed to be the main show, but all Twitter could talk about was the Cleveland Cavaliers star’s seemingly rejuvenated hairline. LeBron released his new shoes...AND HIS NEW HAIRLINE?! http://t.co/00Q1po46Zu—   (@SportsNation) September...
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Gloria Allred: NFL Ignored Victim Who Accused Brandon Marshall Of Domestic Violence

Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred held a press conference Wednesday afternoon in Atlanta where she blasted the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell for their mishandling of domestic-violence cases, and specifically for ignoring previous complaints filed against Brandon Marshall dating back to 2006. Allred appeared with a friend of and the father of Rasheedah Watley, the ex-girlfriend...
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Patriots Injury Report: Julian Edelman, Shane Vereen Added

FOXBORO, Mass. — New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo came out of Sunday’s Week 2 win over the Minnesota Vikings without any injuries. Mayo’s absence from practice Wednesday was not injury related. Safety Don Jones also missed practice with a hamstring injury. Wide receiver Julian Edelman (back), running back Shane Vereen (shoulder), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder...
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Patriots Re-Sign Daxton Swanson, Filling Out Practice Squad

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots brought back a familiar face on Wednesday to fill out their practice squad. The Patriots re-signed cornerback Daxton Swanson after releasing him from the practice squad Sept. 3. Swanson stood out during Patriots OTAs and minicamp, picking off passes in unpadded practices. The first-year defensive back forced and recovered a fumble in the...
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Red Sox Recall Rusney Castillo, Five Others From Triple-A Pawtucket

The Boston Red Sox on Wednesday recalled six players from Triple-A Pawtucket. Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo was among those called up before Wednesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Outfielder Bryce Brentz, third baseman Garin Cecchini, catcher/first baseman Ryan Lavarnway, left-handed pitcher Edwin Escobar and right-handed pitcher Heath Hembree also joined...
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Charles Barkley Throws ‘Turrible’ First Pitch At Cubs Game (Video)

Turrible, just turrible. Charles Barkley threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Chicago Cubs game Tuesday night, and well, it wasn’t excellent. Sir Charles looked pretty uncomfortably on the mound, and he didn’t feel any more at home during his delivery, as his pitch missed outside. Like, really really outside. Although Barkley’s follow-through could use some serious...
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Celtics’ Gerald Wallace Ranked Fourth-Most Overpaid Player In NBA

The following will not surprise Boston Celtics fans in the slightest: Gerald Wallace, the 32-year-old veteran forward, was listed as the fourth-most overpaid player in the NBA in a ranking by the Sporting News. Wallace, came to Boston in the blockbuster deal that sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets, has two years left on the four-year, $40 million...
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Rusney Castillo Batting Seventh, Playing Center Field In Red Sox Debut

The wait is finally over, folks. Rusney Castillo, who signed a $72.5 million contract with the Red Sox on August 22, will make his highly-anticipated major-league debut Wednesday night when the Boston Red Sox take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The Cuban outfielder will start in center field and bat seventh for the Sox, manager John Farrell said on WEEI’s “Dale and...
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Jordan Subban Loses Battle With Door, Says He Now Looks Like Lloyd Christmas

Losing a tooth here and there is just another day in the life of a hockey player, but these casualties typically occur on the ice. But that wasn’t the case for Vancouver Canucks defenseman Jordan Subban, the younger brother of Montreal Canadiens star P.K. Subban and Boston Bruins goaltender Malcolm Subban. The 19-year-old lost a fight, but it wasn’t with an opposing player,...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston Sports Betting Roundup: Bruins Remain Eastern Conference Favorites

The Boston Bruins are less than a week away from their 2014 preseason opener and they remain the betting favorites to come out of the Eastern Conference and get back to the Stanley Cup final, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. One big question heading into the preseason is how quickly winger Milan Lucic will return from offseason wrist surgery. Lucic had surgery...
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Report: NHL Rejects Idea Of Ads On Jerseys, Turns Down Potential $120M

The NHL had a very lucrative chance to become a trendsetter among the big four American professional sports, but the league isn’t quite ready for that sort of change -at least not yet. TSN reported Wednesday that the league has decided –for now — against putting corporate logos on jerseys. According to TSN, the NHL estimated the move would have made the league an extra $120...
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Bill Belichick Recalls 8th Grade Pop Warner Football In Jovial Presser

Bill Belichick wasn’t as interested in talking about the Oakland Raiders or his New England Patriots as he was in discussing the Annapolis T-Birds on Wednesday morning. Belichick held an unusually long (26 minutes) and jovial press conference as the Patriots prepare for their Week 3 matchup against the Raiders. Belichick went back nearly 50 years while discussing unbalanced...
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FSU Suspends Jameis Winston For First Half Vs. Clemson After Obscene Comment

Florida State has suspended starting quarterback Jameis Winston for the first half of Saturday’s game against Clemson for yelling an obscene phrase in a public space Tuesday. “As the university’s most visible ambassadors, student-athletes at Florida State are expected to uphold at all times high standards of integrity and behavior that reflect well upon themselves, their families...
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Tom Brady Concerned With Patriots’ Passing, But There’s No Need To Panic

FOXBORO, Mass. — Tom Brady’s concerned with the New England Patriots’ passing offense, which means only one thing: He could have a monster game against the Oakland Raiders this week. Brady’s unhappiness comes after an impressive 30-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. His stats — a 56.4 percent completion percentage, 78.9 passer rating and just two touchdowns — might...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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