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Mookie Betts Ready To Make Adjustments, ‘Work Hard’ For Boston Red Sox

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Mookie Betts knows Year 2 will present even more challenges. Betts burst onto the scene in 2014, emerging as a bright spot amid an otherwise dismal season for the Red Sox. The 22-year-old isn’t resting on his laurels, though. Sustaining success at the major league level is a tall order. “There’s going to be...
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John Howard’s First Priority After UFC Bout: Watching Patriots Game

John Howard has a busy Sunday night ahead of him. The Dorchester native will seek to end his two-fight losing streak when he takes on Lorenz Larkin in a welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night 59 in Boston, but that’s not the only thing on his mind. Howard’s also worried about cheering on his New England Patriots who play the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game on the...
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Boston protesters planning anti-Olympics demonstrations

By NESN Staff If you thought Thursday’s protest on I-93 made things difficult for commuters, imagine similar demonstrations popping up intermittently throughout the region for the next, say, 10 years. That’s what Boston could have in store as it pursues its bid to host the 2024 Olympics. At least two separate groups of activists have taken the expressed goal of convincing...
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Blake Swihart Striving To Add Catching Knowledge, Gain Red Sox’s Trust

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Blake Swihart enters 2015 as the Red Sox’s top-ranked prospect. It’s both an honor and a hurdle. While Swihart has all the tools to become an impactful major leaguer, the 22-year-old catcher also faces sky-high expectations. Some farmhands might shy away from such pressure, but Swihart is embracing the challenge...
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Rob Gronkowski Named PFWA Comeback Player Of The Year After 12-TD Season

FOXBORO, Mass. — Rob Gronkowski’s remarkable return from a torn ACL earned him some hardware. The New England Patriots tight end was elected the PFWA Comeback Player of the Year after catching 82 passes for 1,124 yards with 12 touchdowns in 15 games. Gronkowski injured his knee Dec. 8, 2013, had surgery a month later and was back on the field for Week 1 of the 2014 season. Gronkowski...
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Blake Swihart, Mookie Betts Unfazed By Red Sox Offseason Trade Rumors

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts are tuning out the rumblings. The Red Sox are no strangers to trade rumors. Both Swihart and Betts — Boston’s most highly regarded prospects — recognize that reality and thus aren’t paying much attention to this offseason’s trade chatter. “My mom and dad were the ones telling...
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Jonas Gray Still Unsure If He’ll Be Active In Patriots-Colts Matchup

FOXBORO, Mass. — Jonas Gray is well-versed in the lows of the NFL, and he’s ready for another high this week against the Indianapolis Colts. Gray led the New England Patriots in rushing this season with 412 yards on 89 carries, but nearly half of that total came in one game: Week 11 against the Colts. Gray was just one month removed from being a practice-squad player when he...
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Patriots Fan Discovers ‘Tom Brady’ Tattooed Inside Lip After ‘Crazy Night’ (Photo)

How far are you willing to go for your team? One fan in Indonesia — yes, Indonesia — showed his team pride when he got his favorite quarterback’s name tattooed inside his lower lip. Johnny Nichols, reportedly a New England Patriots fan from Waltham, Mass., traveling abroad, went out and got “Tom Brady” inked inside his mouth. Waltham kid gets...
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Bruins Practice Notes: B’s Focused On Entering All-Star Break On High Note

WILMINGTON, Mass. — The Boston Bruins returned to practice Friday at Ristuccia Arena as they prepare to play the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday at TD Garden. Boston extended its win streak to five games Thursday night with a 3-0 win over the New York Rangers. The Bruins have three more games before the NHL schedule pauses for the All-Star break. “We like our game as of late...
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Bill Belichick Cites Eisenhower: Preparation Is Everything Until Battle Starts

FOXBORO, Mass. — Bill Belichick knows that preparation isn’t even half the battle. Belichick cited 34th President of the United States and Army general Dwight Eisenhower in his final news conference before the New England Patriots take on the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game. Belichick started by saying that there is a point where he feels like his...
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Justin Masterson: Red Sox Capable Of ‘Great Things’ In 2015 (Video)

Justin Masterson knows what he’s getting into. Masterson is well-aware of the pressure of playing in Boston. He was drafted by the Red Sox in 2006 and spent two seasons with the big league club before being shipped to the Cleveland Indians at the 2009 Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline. The right-hander isn’t fazed by the heightened expectations, though. Instead...
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Patriots Practice Report: Bryan Stork Absent, Unlikely To Play Sunday

FOXBORO, Mass. — New England Patriots rookie center Bryan Stork is almost certain to miss Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. Stork missed all three days of practice this week after injuring his knee Saturday in the Patriots’ 35-31 win over the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs. The Patriots practiced on the Gillette Stadium game field in shells and...
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Mass., Ind. governors make wager on Colts-Patriots game

By NESN Staff If there’s a big football game going on, you can be sure a couple of elected officials are engaging in some sort of friendly wager. Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker and Indiana governor Mike Pence did not disappoint this week, both betting their favorite in-state snacks that their home teams would be victorious in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. If the...
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Bruins’ Brad Marchand Has Phone Hearing With NHL Dept. Of Player Safety

WILMINGTON, Mass. — Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand will speak to the NHL’s Department of Player Safety about his slew foot on New York Rangers center Derick Brassard from Thursday’s game. Boston's Brad Marchand will have a hearing this afternoon for a slew-foot on New York Rangers' Derick Brassard.— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) January 16, 2015 A phone hearing...
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Benson Henderson Eager To Spoil Donald Cerrone’s ‘Business Gamble’

BOSTON — There’s a reason Donald Cerrone has a reputation as the hardest-working fighter in the UFC. Cerrone and Benson Henderson will meet for the third time in the UFC Fight Night 59 co-main event, which will take place in Boston on Sunday — just 15 days after Cerrone’s UFC 182 victory over Myles Jury. That marks the fourth-fastest turnaround in UFC history, which most...
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LeBron James Blows Alley-Oop Dunk Attempt; Kobe Bryant Cracks Up (Video)

At 30 years old, LeBron James isn’t exactly ready to collect social security. But in terms of NBA longevity, he’s no spring chicken. James found out that father time is undefeated Thursday when he skied for what should have been an alley-oop dunk. Instead, James clanked the ball off the rim and into the crowd at Staples Center, where James’ Cleveland Cavaliers were taking on...
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Idina Menzel of 'Frozen' to sing anthem at Super Bowl XLIX

By Ricky Doyle The NFL announced Friday that Idina Menzel and John Legend will perform at Super Bowl XLIX. Menzel will sing the national anthem before the big game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Legend will sing “America the Beautiful.” Menzel, a Tony Award-winning actress, perhaps is best known as the voice of Elsa the Snow Queen in the 2013 animated...
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Amica Coverage Play Of The Week: Tuukka Rask Or Steven Stamkos?

NESN.com staff will pick the two or three best Amica Coverage Plays of the previous week for games played from Friday night to Thursday night. Voting will begin every Friday at 10 a.m. ET and conclude Monday. Vote for the Coverage Play of the Week and you will be entered for a chance to win a team jersey courtesy of the Pro Shop at TD Garden. First read the official rules, then...
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Aaron Rodgers, Packers Should Be Vulnerable To Seahawks Defense’s Attack

On paper, the Seattle Seahawks have every advantage over the Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers’ lingering calf injury only makes Seattle’s advantages more stark. The Seahawks cannot afford to be complacent, though, because anything can happen in the NFL playoffs. Former linebacker Brady Poppinga sees vulnerabilities in the Seahawks’ own impressive...
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Taylor Swift, Olympian Gracie Gold Now Good Friends Because Of Twitter

See, social media can do some good after all. Grammy Award-winning recording artist Taylor Swift and United States Olympic figure skater Gracie Gold have developed quite the friendship over the last year. They have Twitter to thank for their budding relationship. The magic began with the following tweets during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Just googling when I can watch @GraceEGold...
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Patriots Are Built Too Well To Lose AFC Championship, Miss Super Bowl

Everyone remembers the New England Patriots getting shellacked by the Kansas City Chiefs 41-14 in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football. But how about before that game? ESPN analysts and former NFL quarterbacks Steve Young and Trent Dilfer blasted the 2-1 Patriots and how they had built their roster. Young said the Patriots were in transition mode, while Dilfer argued...
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Boston College Shoots For Upset Of No. 2 Virginia At Conte Forum

The Boston College Eagles will be shooting for their fourth straight win against the spread and first straight-up win of the season against an ACC conference rival when they welcome No. 2 Virginia to town this weekend. The Eagles are coming off a 64-57 victory over the Harvard Crimson on Wednesday night, winning outright as three-point home underdogs and...
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UFC star: I broke nose of Boston Marathon bombing suspect

By Ricky Doyle John “Doomsday” Howard once had the privilege of doing what most Bostonians would have loved to have done. Howard, a native of Dorchester, Mass., is scheduled to fight in Sunday’s UFC event at TD Garden. It should be a memorable experience for the local product, but he’ll always remember the time he sparred with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev...
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Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton Reunite To Watch Sons Play In Seattle (Video)

Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton were together again Thursday on the basketball court, right where they belong. The former Seattle Supersonics teammates reunited to watch their sons face off in a Pac-12 college basketball matchup. Shawn Kemp Jr. plays for the University of Washington, while Gary Payton II suits up for Oregon State, his dad’s alma mater. Two Seattle legends are in the...
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Rory McIlroy Sinks First Hole-In-One Of His Professional Career (Video)

Rory McIlroy just found out there’s a first for everything. McIlroy, who currently is the world’s top-ranked golfer, has carved out a very successful PGA career to this point, yet he never hit a hole-in-one until Friday. The 25-year-old aced the par-3 15th hole at the Abu Dhabi Championship en route to a second-round 66. McIlroy’s milestone hole-in-one was the third of the...
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