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Eagles’ Arrelious Benn Hauls In Circus Touchdown vs. Patriots (GIF)

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Arrelious Benn came up with one of the unlikeliest touchdowns of the NFL preseason Friday night in Foxboro. With the Eagles trailing the New England Patriots by seven late in the first half, quarterback Mark Sanchez fired a pass into the end zone toward a diving Ifeanyi Momah. The 6-foot-7 Boston College product couldn’t haul in Sanchez’s dart...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Colin Kaepernick, Kevin Hart Appear In Star-Studded ‘Madden NFL 15′ Ad (Video)

The latest “Madden NFL 15″ promo starts with comedian Kevin Hart slapping actor Dave Franco in the face, and it only gets weirder from there. EA Sports premiered the almost four-minute ad Friday, and it features a star-studded cast of athletes, including San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and even Portland Trail Blazers...
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Kings Sign 7-Foot-5 Center Sim Bhullar, First NBA Player Of Indian Descent

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sim Bhullar became the first player of Indian descent to sign a contract with an NBA team Friday, inking a deal to join the Sacramento Kings in training camp. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. “I’ve long believed that India is the next great frontier for the NBA, and adding a talented player like Sim only underscores the exponential growth basketball...
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Patriots’ Patrick Chung Knocks Off Brent Celek’s Helmet With Big Hit (Video)

The first half of Friday’s New England Patriots-Philadelphia Eagles preseason game was played amid a monsoon of yellow flags. The teams were penalized a combined 10 times (not counting those what were declined) during the game’s first 30 minutes, with several fouls stemming from the NFL’s new effort to limit defenders’ leeway to hassle receivers downfield. Patriots safety...
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Christian Vazquez Energizing Red Sox With Great Instincts, Enthusiasm

BOSTON — Christian Vazquez was born to catch. Vazquez has been excellent, particularly defensively, in his first five-plus weeks in the majors. The Red Sox catcher has flashed talent, intelligence and an impeccable work ethic en route to energizing a last-place Boston club. “He asks a lot of questions,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said before Friday’s game against the Houston...
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Yankees Ace Masahiro Tanaka Throwing, Hopes To Return By End Of September

New York Yankees’ ace Masahiro Tanaka will throw from the mound on Saturday for the first time since his July 8 start against the Cleveland Indians. Tanaka, who is slated to throw 25 pitches at Tropicana Field, is continuing to rehab a partial tear of his right ulnar collateral ligament. The Yankees are hopeful that the 25-year-old can return for two or three starts in the majors...
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Mo’Ne Davis Becomes First Girl To Throw LLWS Shutout, Strikes Out Eight

Philadelphia Taney Dragons ace Mo’Ne Davis continued her dominance of Little League opponents Friday, hurling a two-hit shutout in the Little League World Series to beat Nashville 4-0, per CBS Sports. Davis struck out eight and didn’t walk a single batter, becoming the first female to throw a shutout in Little League World Series history. She is the 18th girl out of nearly 9...
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Cary Williams Injures Hamstring On Tom Brady Pick-Six, Leaves Game (GIF)

FOXBORO — It didn’t take long for the New England Patriots’ tight end problems to bite them in the backside Friday night. On the first drive of their preseason matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles, a miscommunication between quarterback Tom Brady and recently signed tight end Steve Maneri resulted in Brady firing a pass straight to Eagles cornerback Cary Williams, who took...
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Christian Vazquez Establishing Himself In MLB With His Defense (Video)

When Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez almost picked off speedy Houston Astros center fielder Dexter Fowler during Thursday’s game at Fenway Park, he wowed a lot of people with his quick defensive instincts. Vazquez’s defense is how he’ll really establish himself in Major League Baseball. He’s been OK at the dish in his 22 games, but behind it he’s shown a presence...
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Steve Smith: Ravens Will Break Your Spork And Leave You With No Lunch

Steve Smith has apparently embraced the “bully way” in Baltimore, and you might not want to have a picnic around him anytime soon. Smith signed a three-year deal with the Ravens in March, and expressed why he’s a perfect fit in an interview with CSN Baltimore’s Brian Miller on Thursday night. “When I look in the defensive meeting room and I see, ‘Play like a Raven,...
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Yoenis Cespedes Has Ability To Be Ideal Fenway Park Hitter (Video)

Acquiring outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Oakland Athletics not only lengthened the Boston Red Sox’s lineup, but it also brought the team a batter who’s ideal for Fenway Park. Cespedes has proved to be a pull hitter, which could be good for the Red Sox. The right-handed Cespedes tends to send most of his hits to the right side of the field, which is ideal at Fenway where...
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Paul George: Still ‘Holding Out Hope’ I’ll Return Sometime This Season

INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George beat the odds to become an NBA star. He’ll have to do it all over again to play next season. Two weeks after a gruesome compound fracture of his right leg, George said Friday he remains hopeful that he can make it back onto the court late next season even though it’s a longshot. George called the injury a “freak accident.” “All I can do at this...
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Allen Craig Could Begin Rehab Assignment Monday; David Ross Also On Mend

BOSTON — The Red Sox are making progress from a podiatry standpoint. Outfielder Allen Craig and catcher David Ross — currently on the 15-day disabled list with foot injuries — are on the mend, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell. Craig, who is dealing with a left foot sprain, has shown improvement in his early work. He could begin a minor league rehab assignment as early...
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Report: Browns don't want to start Manziel against Steelers

After his solid preseason debut against the Detroit Lions last Saturday, reports indicated that Johnny Manziel had moved ahead of Brian Hoyer in the Cleveland Browns quarterback competition. Manziel completed seven of 11 passes for 63 yards, while rushing for a team-best 27 yards in the first NFL action of his career, drawing the highest preseason game television rating in NFL Network...
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Jon Lester: Can Only Hope Red Sox Want To Make Offer In Free Agency

Jon Lester is a member of the Oakland Athletics. Therefore, there’s not much the pitcher or the Boston Red Sox can say or do until the offseason regarding a potential reunion. That being said, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Red Sox aggressively pursue their former ace after the season, as Lester has made it clear that he’d be open to re-signing with Boston in free agency...
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Teenagers Break Into Ray Allen’s Florida Home, Released By Police

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Police say seven teenagers wanted to see how a professional basketball player lives, so they walked through an unlocked door at the home of former Miami Heat player Ray Allen. The teens were attending a party next door early Thursday when they entered the Coral Gables home. Allen’s wife and children were sleeping upstairs. Police spokeswoman Kelly Denham...
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Nerlens Noel: Rajon Rondo Was Biggest Help During Injury Recovery

Philadelphia 76ers rookie Nerlens Noel is ready to go after sitting out all of last season recovering from knee surgery. And Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo helped Noel get to that point. In an interview with CBS Sports’ James Herbert, Noel discussed the importance of talking to other NBA players who suffered the same injury as a way to help himself through the recovery...
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Blackhawks Announce Kevin Hayes Will Become Unrestricted Free Agent

Kevin Hayes will become an unrestricted free agent at midnight on Saturday after not signing an entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, the team that drafted him with the 24th overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft. “We offered Kevin what we believed was a generous and fair contract,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. “Unfortunately, he felt...
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Anaheim Ducks Re-Sign Jakob Silfverberg To One-Year Contract

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Anaheim Ducks have re-signed forward Jakob Silfverberg to a one-year, $850,500 contract. The Ducks announced the deal with the restricted free agent on Friday. Silfverberg had 10 goals and 13 assists in 52 games during his first season with the Ducks, who acquired the two-way forward from Ottawa last summer in a trade for Bobby Ryan. After scoring four goals...
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Red Sox-Astros Live: Boston Looks To Keep Streak Alive Versus Houston

5:20 p.m.: The Red Sox have won four straight for the first time since a five-game winning streak — separated by the All-Star break — from July 13-21. Boston’s last three victories have been of the come-from-behind variety. Clay Buchholz, who starts Friday, was lights out the last time he faced the Astros. He tossed a complete-game, three-hit shutout while striking out 12 in...
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Rays Forego BP For American Legion Weekend Against Yankees (Photo)

The Tampa Bay Rays are throwing it back to their youth days this weekend for their series against the New York Yankees. Manager Joe Maddon has proclaimed this weekend “American Legion Weekend,” meaning there will be no batting practice before any of the three games and players can show up as close to game time as they like. “Most of us played Legion ball, when we showed up...
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Liverpool Loans Midfielder Joao Carlos Teixeira To Brighton

Joao Carlos Teixeira will not start the upcoming season with Liverpool FC. The 21-year-old midfielder has made a loan move to Brighton, a team that finished in fifth place in the Championship (England second division) standings last season with 72 points. Liverpool’s midfield is a crowded group that includes the likes of captain Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen and Lucas...
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Patriots-Eagles Live: Tom Brady, Darrelle Revis To Make Preseason Debuts

4:30 p.m. ET: We’re three hours from kickoff, but NESN.com already is set up in the Gillette Stadium press box, ready to take in the New England Patriots’ second preseason game of the 2014 season. 215 minutes from kickoff. Not that I'm counting or anything. http://t.co/zd5PGwHcgQ— Doug Kyed (@DougKyedNESN) August 15, 2014 The Patriots’ preseason home opener comes against...
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Red Sox Looking To Win On Ben Affleck’s Birthday For First Time Since 1997

It’s time for the Boston Red Sox to reverse a new curse. Actor and Oscar-winning director and screenwriter Ben Affleck seems to have some sort of jinx on the Red Sox. Aug. 15 is Affleck’s birthday, and since his movie “Good Will Hunting” premiered in 1998, the Red Sox have gone 0-14 on his special day. If the @RedSox lose today, I'm going to have to start cheering for the...
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Chicago’s Little League Team Gets Better Ratings Than Cubs, White Sox

Move over Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, there’s a new baseball team that’s taking over the Windy City. The 2014 Little League World Series kicked off Thursday with Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West team shellacking Lynwood Pacific 12-2. But everybody in their home city already knew that, as the game drew a 2.4 rating on ESPN, according to the Chicago Tribune, meaning it...
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