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Report: Red Sox View Mike Napoli as Priority in Free Agency to Fill First Base Vacancy

Mike Napoli sits atop of Boston’s wish list. According to the Boston Herald, Napoli is reportedly the Red Sox’ first option in free agency. If the club manages to reach an agreement with Napoli, they’d likely pencil him in at first base as opposed to catcher. Napoli, who has already convened with the Red Sox and Mariners, is scheduled to sit down with the Rangers on Wednesday...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Jon Lester Not Part of Trade Talks Between Red Sox, Royals, As ‘Nothing Going On’ Between Teams

A little speculation sure can fire up the hot stove. Kansas City Star reporter Bob Dutton wrote a story this week that suggested that Boston was ready to flip Jon Lester to the Royals in exchange for prized prospect Wil Myers, but a source with the Red Sox has now denied any negotiations for such a deal, according to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com. “There’s nothing going on,...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

West Ham Fans’ Abusive Chanting Shows Political Correctness Has Place in Soccer and Beyond

I visited Holland in 2007. One of the trip’s highlights was when I criticized a small group of Feyenoord Rotterdam fans over their infamous antisemitic behavior toward Ajax Amsterdam fans. Ajax, a leading Dutch soccer club has historical ties to Amsterdam’s Jewish community. Its fans often refer to the team and themselves as “the Jews.” Feyenoord is a longtime rival. One...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Red Sox the Frontrunner in Free Agent Race for Cody Ross, But No New Talks Recently

One of the givens as Boston entered the offseason seemed to be that Cody Ross would be returning to the Red Sox. The right fielder had said he enjoyed his time in Boston, and the club was said to be pleased with how his personality and power hitting had buoyed the team throughout the season. Several weeks into free-agent signings, though, and Ross is still on the market. But that...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Boomer Esiason Compares His Most Embarrassing NFL Moment to Far More Embarrassing Mark Sanchez Play (Video)

Mark Sanchez‘s Jets were embarrassed on national TV on Thanksgiving. The Patriots steamrolled them 49-19, showing once again who the AFC East powerhouse really is. The most embarrassing part of the game, however, came when Sanchez ran into the gluteus maximus of one of his offensive linemen. The Jets quarterback fumbled the ball, which led to a touchdown for Patriots safety Steve...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Tom Brady Auctioning Off Personal Passing Lessons for Low, Low Price of At Least $7,250

Do you ever wish that you could play in the NFL? Or be as good a quarterback as Tom Brady? Well, here’s your chance. If you just happen to have anywhere between $7,500 and $10,000 lying around, the New England Patriots legendary quarterback could be your personal passing instructor for a day. That’s right for the low, low price of roughly a used Kia Optima, you can have Brady...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Shaun Marcum Should Be Targeted to Help Bolster Red Sox Rotation If Other Teams Show Reluctance

The American League East is even more competitive than Shaun Marcum left it when the Blue Jays traded him to the Brewers for Brett Lawrie back in December 2010. Marcum is also two years older, and his health status is far more questionable. That shouldn’t scare the Red Sox away. Marcum is a real wild card on the open market this offseason, and someone who is unlikely to generate...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Sean Taylor’s Bone-Jarring Hit on Brian Moorman in 2006 Pro Bowl Just One of Safety’s Many Memories Five Years After Tragic Death (Video)

Sean Taylor was widely known throughout the NFL as one of the most ferocious hitters in football. His goosebump-inducing hits even earned him the nickname “Meast” from his Washington Redskins teammates, who endearingly described him as a “half-man, half-beast.” The ferocious young defensive back didn’t get the chance to establish himself as the NFL’s all-time great players...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Pep Guardiola Rejects Brazil, In-Demand Coach Won’t Break Promise to Family, End Sabbatical Early

Pep Guardiola will not contemplate the option of taking over the Brazilian national team. The former Barcelona coach, who is with his family in New York enjoying a sabbatical year, does not plan to interrupt his season off to take over after the departure of Mano Menezes as Brazil’s coach. According to sources close to Guardiola consulted by Terra, Guardiola will not change his...
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Report: Red Wings Prospect Was ‘Super Drunk,’ Wearing Teletubby Costume at Time of Drunk Driving Arrest

Riley Sheahan is a young guy who is a professional hockey player, and because of that, he’s going to be prone to mistakes, both on and off the ice. His biggest transgression in his young career has come away from the rink. MLive.com has the details of the the Red Wings prospect’s drunken driving arrest in late October, and there are some eye-opening revelations. According to...
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Report: Ryan Madson, Angels Nearing One-Year Contract For Reliever to Return to Closing

Ryan Madson is slated to make his first foray in the American League. According to CBSSports.com, the former Phillies set-up man and closer –– who missed the 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery as a member of the Reds –– is nearing a deal with the Angels. And Madson will likely get his chance to return to closing, a job he undertook for the Phillies in 2011. That...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Tom Brady, Peyton Manning Once Again Battling for Hardware Atop NFL MVP Power Rankings

Peyton Manning shared the MVP award with Steve McNair in 2003, the first of the former Colts quarterback’s Hall of Fame career. Counting that season, either Manning or Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been named NFL MVP six times in those nine seasons. It’s beginning to look like it could be one of those two legends once again coming away with the trophy this season. Manning...
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Report: Red Sox, Jon Lester Haven’t Discussed Contract Extension Amid Trade Talks

Jon Lester‘s name has been thrust into trade discussions. On Monday night, it was reported that the Royals were interested in acquiring Lester from the Red Sox –– in exchange for top prospect Wil Myers –– to bolster their starting rotation alongside Ervin Santana. On the heels of the trade talks, WEEI.com is reporting that the Red Sox haven’t had any discussions with...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Mets Sweeten Contract Extension Offer For David Wright After Subpar Proposal

Contract extension negotiations between David Wright and the Mets have been bumpy. Early on Tuesday, FOXSports.com reported the Mets offered their cornerstone third baseman a six-year, $100 million extension. It appeared the club was lowballing their six-time All-Star with that offer. With Wright expected to refuse the initial terms, the Mets reportedly upped the ante for the 29...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Worcester Sharks, Portland Pirates Rack Up 143 PIMs, Total 15 Fighting Majors (Video)

No matter what’s going on with the NHL, hockey fans can always count on the AHL for some classic old time hockey. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the Worcester Sharks hosted the Portland Pirates in a classic physical battle. The Sharks would go on to win the game 5-1 but the six total goals weren’t making the headlines in this one, as the teams combined for 15 total fighting majors...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Sidney Crosby Admits His Playing Overseas ‘A Lot More Possible’ as NHL Lockout Drags On

Sidney Crosby hasn’t fled overseas to play during the NHL lockout, but as the work stoppage drags on, the biggest name in hockey says that he’s thinking about it more and more. “It’s a lot more possible right now,” Crosby told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after a player-organized workout on Monday. “I probably hadn’t thought about it quite as much as I have the past...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Brendan Rodgers Praises Jose Enrique’s Versatility, Says Liverpool Will Continue to Develop Young Talent

As the Reds prepare to take on a team with parallel aspirations in the Barclays Premier League, manager Brendan Rodgers has explained his plan to ensure Liverpool can compete. The Reds are currently eight matches unbeaten in the league and could close the gap behind Tottenham Hotspur to one point with a victory at White Hart Lane on Wednesday. Spurs invested heavily on players during...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Ndamukong Suh’s Non-Suspension the Right Call by NFL, But Lions Need to Adopt More Hands-On Approach

Ndamukong Suh will not be suspended. For now. The NFL decided Monday not to suspend Suh for the controversial lineman’s kick to Matt Schaub‘s groin during the Lions-Texans Thanksgiving game. It was the right call by the NFL, but we’d all be crazy to think Suh won’t land in hot water again at some point, and the Lions therefore need to start taking matters into their own hands...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Former MLB Union Head Marvin Miller Passes Away at Age 95

NEW YORK — Marvin Miller, the union leader who created free agency for baseball players and revolutionized professional sports with multimillion dollar contracts, died Tuesday. He was 95. Miller died at his home in Manhattan at 5:30 a.m., said his daughter Susan Miller. He had been diagnosed with liver cancer in August. In his 16 years as executive director of the Major League...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Alabama, Georgia Face Off for SEC Title As Rest of College Football Wraps Up Season, Awaits Bowl Games

Technically speaking, two more weeks of regular-season college football action remain, but the only game in Week 15 is the Army-Navy game, which means that this week’s slate is the finale. Notre Dame is set to play in the BCS championship game, but the opponent is yet to be determined. That, and other BCS bowl games, will be narrowed down as the conference championships are played...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Ndamukong Suh Said He Had Grown Up After Thanksgiving Incident Just Before He Created Another Thanksgiving Incident

Ndamukong Suh‘s career has been filled with big plays and even bigger criticism, as the Detroit defender has become known for being the dirtiest player in the NFL. But in early November, Suh appeared to be making the transition from a straight-up bad guy to a player who could learn from his actions and play fierce without necessarily raising eyebrows. Suh sat down for an interview...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook Throws Down Monster Dunk, Struts Down Baseline During Thunder’s Blowout Win Over Bobcats (Video)

Russell Westbrook gets his fair share of blame when things go wrong for the Oklahoma City Thunder, but everything was going right for them on Monday night. In a blowout win over the Charlotte Bobcats, Westbrook earned some well-deserved accolades for himself by throwing down a monster dunk at the end of the first half. To punctuate the slam, the point guard even did a little high...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Wil Myers Among Top 10 MLB Prospects Poised for Breakout 2013 Seasons, Wherever He Plays (Photos)

The Royals appear serious about making a run at contention in 2013, and they’re willing to trade away some of their better prospects to prove it. With a report swirling that Kansas City was discussing a swap of top prospect Wil Myers with the Red Sox in exchange for Jon Lester, many Boston fans are likely wondering who exactly this youngster is and whether he might be worth trading...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Andy Pettitte Finalizing One-Year Agreement With Yankees Worth About $11 Million

Andy Pettitte‘s baseball itch apparently wasn’t scratched. After sitting out the 2011 season, Pettitte returned to the Yankees to make 12 starts in 2012. Now, it looks like he’s on the verge of returning for an 18th big league season. According to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman, Pettitte is finalizing a one-year agreement with the Yankees worth about $11 million. The deal reportedly...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Andy Reid’s Seat Gets Even Hotter, Although He Claims Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie Has Been ‘Supportive’

It might be time for Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie to be a little less supportive of Andy Reid. Reid’s Eagles fell to the Panthers 30-22 on Monday night, pushing Philadelphia’s record to a disappointing 3-8. More importantly, the latest hiccup could cost the Eagles head coach his job — at least that’s what conventional wisdom and a ticked off Philly fan base will tell you. Reid...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss
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