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Dustin Pedroia Vows To Heat Up For Boston Red Sox: ‘The Storm’s Coming’

Even Dustin Pedroia isn’t immune to the Boston Red Sox’s offensive woes. Pedroia’s numbers this season are rather pedestrian, especially by his standards, leading many to wonder if there’s something physically wrong with the All-Star second baseman. Pedroia insists he’s healthy, however, and the veteran thus is looking to simplify things in an effort to combat his struggles...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Draft: Analysis, Highlights Of Bruins’ 1st-Round Pick David Pastrnak

The Boston Bruins added speed and offensive skill to their prospect pool by selecting right winger David Pastrnak with the 25th overall pick in the 2014 NHL draft. Pastrnak, a native of Havirov, Czech Republic, ended the 2013-14 season with Södertälje in Sweden ^CS— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 28, 2014 Overview Position: Right Wing Team: Sodertalje (Allsvenskan) DOB: 5...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Newspaper Replaces Weather Map With Tony Gwynn’s Average In Each City (Photo)

Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn received tributes from much of the MLB community and its fans after he died from cancer on June 16. One particularly cool tribute came from the U-T San Diego. Gwynn spent his entire 20-year career with the San Diego Padres, so the newspaper paid its respects to the former right fielder by substituting the temperatures on their weather map with...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

DeSean Jackson: Hand Gestures Are Dedicated To Friends, Aren’t Gang Signs

Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson has vehemently denied ever being in a gang, and says the “hand gestures” he holds up during games are simply an ode to his childhood friends. “If I score a touchdown or make a play, and my boys at home can see me throwing up the area we’re from, that’s me showing them love,” Jackson told ESPN The Magazine. “They weren’t...
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Yankees Pay Tribute To Red Sox Employee Killed In Back Bay Crash (Photo)

Some things are much bigger than baseball rivalries, and the New York Yankees showed that with a gesture Friday night. The Boston Red Sox are mourning the loss of Jack Lanzillotti, their manager of productions/game operations, who died tragically Saturday along with his girlfriend Jessica Campbell after the two were struck by a car while walking through Boston’s Back Bay. The...
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2014 NHL Draft: Blue Jackets Select Boston College’s Sonny Milano At No. 16

The Columbus Blue Jackets added to one of the NHL’s deepest and most talented prospect pools by selecting Boston College freshman Sonny Milano with the 16th overall pick in Friday night’s entry draft. “He’s so dynamic, very good with the puck in traffic and in open ice and can make defensemen look silly,” Central Scouting’s David Gregory told NHL.com in November. “He...
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Russian coach blamed World Cup loss on laser

Russia coach Fabio Copello has an interesting explanation for his team’s early exit from the 2014 World Cup. Russia was eliminated in Thursday’s 1-1 draw against Algeria, and Copello claims that a laser beam pointed at his goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev during the moment Algeria scored the equalizer is to blame. “He was blinded by the laser beam,” Capello said to the Guardian...
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Penguins Trade James Neal To Predators In Exchange For Patric Hornqvist, Nick Spaling

Jim Rutherford has made his first major trade as general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins by sending top-six winger James Neal to the Nashville Predators in exchange for two players. Official: Penguins trade James Neal to Predators for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling.— Hockey Central (@SNHockeyCentral) June 28, 2014 FYI there was no money retained in the Pitt-Nashville deal...
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Pirates Trade Former All-Star Jason Grilli To Angels For Ernesto Frieri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Los Angeles Angels acquired veteran Jason Grilli from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday for fellow reliever Ernesto Frieri in an attempt to solidify the back end of their bullpen. The 37-year-old Grilli has struggled with his command this season and is 0-2 with a 4.87 ERA and 11 saves in 22 appearances. But he was pivotal to the Pirates’ resurgence last...
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2014 NHL Draft: Panthers’ Top Pick Aaron Ekblad Ready To Play In NHL Right Away

The Florida Panthers addressed their most glaring weakness with the No. 1 pick in Friday night’s 2014 NHL draft in Philadelphia. They selected Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad to join a blue line that lacks a young defenseman capable of developing into a franchise cornerstone. The 18-year-old from Belle River, Ontario is the first blueliner selected with the top pick since...
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Top Prospect Mookie Betts Could Find A Place On The Red Sox Soon (Video)

For Boston Red Sox fans who have been anxious to see top prospect Mookie Betts in the majors, that time might come sooner rather than later. While there’s still no timetable on a call-up for Betts, more signs are pointing to an eventual appearance with Boston this season. Betts has only played 22 games with Triple-A Pawtucket this year, but he’s been moving up steadily in the...
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Mookie Betts Seeing Time In Right Field With Shane Victorino Shut Down

NEW YORK — It’s unclear if and when the Red Sox will call up top prospect Mookie Betts this season. It’s abundantly clear, however, that Boston is taking the necessary steps to prepare the 21-year-old for such a move. Right fielder Shane Victorino has been shut down from baseball activities after tweaking his back during his minor league rehab assignment, according to Red Sox...
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Wes Welker: Patriots Never Had Jets’ Playbook; Story All ‘Mind Games’

Wes Welker offered clarification to Mike Pettine’s claim that the New England Patriots might possess a New York Jets playbook. Welker said Friday on The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich” that he used to joke with Jets assistant coach Mike Smith, which unwittingly might have sparked the playbook controversy. Tom Brady even joined one of the playful conversations during Welker’s...
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Tiger Woods Misses Cut At Congressional In Return From Back Surgery

BETHESDA, Md. — Tiger Woods didn’t last more than 36 holes in his return to competition. Woods showed plenty of rust with his short game when he ran off four consecutive bogeys on the back nine Friday at Congressional to end any hopes of sticking around for the weekend at the Quicken Loans National. Woods shot a 4-over-par 75 and missed the cut by four shots. It was just the...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Shane Victorino, Will Middlebrooks Shut Down In Triple-A Pawtucket (Video)

The Boston Red Sox were looking to get outfielder Shane Victorino and third baseman Will Middlebrooks back on the 25-man roster soon, but that likely will not be the case. Both were shut down from baseball activities during their rehab in Triple-A Pawtucket. Middlebrooks, who broke his right index finger May 10, was scratched Monday with swelling in the finger. Victorino was placed...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox-Yankees Live: Brandon Workman Returns For Battle Against New York

6:47 p.m.: The big news before Friday’s game centered on Felix Doubront, who will stay in the Red Sox’ bullpen moving forward, according to manager John Farrell. The move isn’t too shocking given Boston’s rotation crunch, but Farrell indicated before Doubront’s relief appearance Wednesday in Seattle that the left-hander could start a game next week against the Chicago Cubs...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Stars Interested In Acquiring Sharks’ Joe Thornton

Joe Thornton’s future with the San Jose Sharks has been one of the hot topics of the summer after his team blew a 3-0 series lead in Round 1 of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs to the eventual champion Los Angeles Kings. The Sharks appear headed for a mini-rebuild (or retool) and might decide to part with veterans such as Thornton and Patrick Marleau in order to acquire assets for...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Felix Doubront ‘Disappointed’ By Being Bumped From Red Sox’s Rotation

NEW YORK — Felix Doubront is staying in the bullpen, much to the left-hander’s chagrin. Red Sox manager John Farrell said before Friday’s game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium that Doubront will continue to pitch in relief as Boston’s rotation remains in flux. Doubront made it clear he’s “disappointed” by the move, as the 26-year-old views himself as a...
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Cavaliers Announcer Introduces Andrew Wiggins as ‘Mitchell Wiggins’ (Video)

The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, then introduced the former Kansas star in a press conference on Friday. Unfortunately, the introduction didn’t go exactly as planned. Cavaliers play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod told all in attendance to “say hello to Mitchell Wiggins,” correcting himself moments after as...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Straight Coaching Homie: Randy Moss On Staff At Small Christian School

Hopefully Randy Moss learned a thing or two from Bill Belichick during his playing days. Moss, the former New England Patriots wide receiver, now is an associate head coach at Victory Christian Center School in Charlotte, N.C. Moss is coaching his son, Thaddeus, who will enter his junior season at the school. Moss made his coaching debut at Cam Newton’s 7-on-7 tournament Thursday...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Kesler: Canucks ‘Years Away From Being A Contender’

Ryan Kesler was traded to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday in the first blockbuster move of the summer, and one of the determining factors in his desire to leave the Vancouver Canucks was that he feels they are not close to contending for a Stanley Cup in the near future. “Last year, that season was tough on all players that played for the Canucks…that season was painful to be honest...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Draft Live: Panthers Reportedly Still Fielding Offers For No. 1 Pick

6 p.m. ET: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to draft night in the NHL. The first round of the 2014 NHL draft takes place Thursday night at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo, and, as it currently stands, the Florida Panthers own the top pick. That certainly is subject to change, however, as reports have been flying that Dale Tallon’s club is actively looking to trade out of that top spot...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Announces $69 Million Salary Cap For 2014-15 Season

The NHL announced the salary cap figures for the 2014-15 season on Friday, and the ceiling is not as high as initially expected. The upper limit (cap) is $69 million, the midpoint is $60 million and the cap floor is $51 million. The cap was expected to be about $70-71 million. The final figure, which is $4.7 million higher than last year’s cap, could force teams to unload salary...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

76ers First-Round Pick Joel Embiid To Miss 5-8 Months, Not 4-6 Months

Last year, the Philadelphia 76ers acquired injured center Nerlens Noel in a draft-night trade. The Kentucky big man, who tore his ACL during his lone collegiate season, was forced to miss the entire 2013-14 NBA campaign. This year could be more of the same in the City of Brotherly Love, as the Sixers might have to wait an entire season to see No. 3 overall pick Joel Embiid take the...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Jurgen Klinsmann Says USA Will Have Lengthy Stay In 2014 World Cup

U.S. soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann made headlines before the 2014 FIFA World Cup when he said that his team had no chance of winning. Now, with USA in the knockout stage, Klinsmann said he told all of his players to book their flights out of Brazil on July 13, one day after the World Cup final. Klinsmann’s sudden change of heart is just another way to light a spark under his team...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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