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Matt Bryant’s Clutch Kicks Less Impressive Than Kicker’s Weird Talent, ‘Alligator Whisperer’ Moniker

Matt Bryant really made a name for himself on Sunday by nailing a game-winning, 49-yard field goal to put the Falcons in the NFC Championship. It appears Bryant was already well-known in reptile circles, however. Bryant, who has been called Atlanta’s other “Matty Ice” — in addition to quarterback Matt Ryan — in the wake of Sunday’s thrilling victory, apparently has the...
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January 18, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL Mock Draft IV: Manti Te’o Drops Three Spots In Wake of Lennay Kekua Hoax

As you might expect, we’re leading this week’s mock draft with the big story of the week: Luke Joeckel. I kid, I kid. But in all seriousness, Manti Te’o's current predicament with the now exposed hoax of his supposedly deceased “girlfriend” Lennay Kekua could seriously alter his draft stock. So, with that in mind and without delving too far into Te’o's still mind...
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January 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Celtics-Bulls Live: Paul Pierce, C’s Shoot to Regain Winning Form Against Old Friends Tom Thibodeau, Nate Robinson

8 a.m. ET: Not having Derrick Rose has not turned out to be much of a problem for the Chicago Bulls. Then again, that should not be much of a surprise, given their leadership. Former Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau is the head man in Chicago, of course, and under his direction the Bulls have not let the absence of the former NBA Most Valuable Player hold them back. The Bulls...
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January 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Ben Cherington ‘OK’ With Red Sox Playing in World Baseball Classic, But Admits There’s Sometimes Some Anxiety

While the World Baseball Classic might be exciting for fans, it can be a rather stressful time for members of major league front offices. Four members of the Red Sox — Shane Victorino (United States), Alfredo Aceves (Mexico), Xander Bogaerts (Netherlands) and Jose De La Torre (Puerto Rico) — are listed on the provisional rosters for this year’s WBC, which will be held in San...
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January 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Haverhill Inner City Boxing Club Fights On Despite Loss of Gym (Video)

Back in September, the Haverhill Inner City Boxing Club lost their gym because of a lack of funding. For most similar organizations that would mean the end, but this group of mostly teenagers fights on, braving the harsh New England winter to keep practicing the sport they love. The club still meet regularly in the parking lot of an abandoned hardware store — no matter what the...
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January 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli’s Reported Deal Heightens Injury Concern, But Could Be Red Sox’ Best Offseason Move

Signing Mike Napoli looked like it was going to be the Red Sox’ first big move of the offseason. Seven weeks and a few transactions later, signing Napoli might be the Red Sox’ last big move of the offseason. If it is, it’s Ben Cherington‘s best work. While the Red Sox began to take some heat from those insisting the club should explore other first-base options, Cherington...
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January 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Tiger Woods Asks Ex-Wife Elin Nordegren to Remarry Him

It’s no secret that the dissolution of Tiger Woods‘ marriage to supermodel Elin Nordegren set off a chain of events — beginning Thanksgiving 2009 — which precipitated perhaps the hardest fall from grace an athlete has experienced since O.J. Simpson. Moreover, given the details that came out regarding Woods and his harem of lovers — the text messages, the deception, the...
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January 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam

Advance Auto Parts MONSTER JAM is storming into the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. Register here for a chance to win four (4) tickets to MONSTER JAM, and get an up-close and personal look at many of the biggest and baddest Monster Trucks in the country. Just read the official rules and completely fill out the entry form below for your change to win! For more information...
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January 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Lance Armstrong Admits to Doping for All Seven Tour de France Wins in Interview With Oprah Winfrey

After years of speculation and rumors, and almost a week after news broke that Lance Armstrong was finally he going to confess to doping, he did so in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, admitted that he had cheated for years and fooled so many he had inspired. Part 1 of the two-day interview took place Thursday night...
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Manti Te’o Mentioned Lennay Kekua Twice Recently

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Not once but twice after he supposedly discovered his online girlfriend of three years never even existed, Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te’o perpetuated the heartbreaking story about her death. An Associated Press review of news coverage found that the Heisman Trophy runner-up talked about his doomed love in a Web interview on Dec. 8 and again in...
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Kevin Garnett and Carmelo Anthony Will Play Alongside Each Other as All-Star Starters

Another storyline has been added to the recent feud between Kevin Garnett and Carmelo Anthony. The two stars exchanged heated words in the Celtics’ 102-96 win against New York on Jan.7, resulting in Anthony waiting outside the Boston locker room following the game. Since then, reports have surfaced about Garnett’s trash talking, mainly focusing on Anthony’s wife. The two...
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Manti Te’o Signed With Agent Last Week, Can Now Accept Money for Interviews

We’re not necessarily implying this information is related to the ongoing hoax, but it sure is quite a coincidence. One of the overlooked items from last night’s press conference at Notre Dame — handled by athletic director Jack Swarbrick — was that Manti Te’o‘s media availability is no longer handled by the university. Te’o, in fact, signed with talent agency CAA last...
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss
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Pees jokes about stopping Brady

Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees had a little fun when asked by reporters how he planned on slowing down Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Sunday.

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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Lance Armstrong Stripped of Olympic Bronze Medal From 2000 Sydney Games

The night before Lance Armstrong admits to doping in a taped interview with Oprah Winfrey on Thursday, the International Olympic Committee announced it has stripped Armstrong of his bronze medal. The IOC has sent a letter to Armstrong, asking him to return the bronze medal he won in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, according to The Associated Press. Armstrong’s interview, in...
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Vote: Should Curt Schilling Be Inducted Into Baseball Hall of Fame?

The baseball writers determined this year that no one was worthy of induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. As we’ve seen time and time again, however, opinions change over time, so it’ll be interesting to see whether players linked to the Steroids Era eventually gain enshrinement. One player who was on the ballot for the first time this year but failed to get in was Curt Schilling...
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Cristiano Ronaldo Leaves ‘Vapor Trail’ of Destruction in Latest Nike Commercial (Video)

When Cristiano Ronaldo steps onto the soccer field, he blows everyone away. That’s what the good folks at Nike would have you believe. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar leaves a trail of destruction in his latest commercial. Wearing a pair of Nike Mercurial Vapor IX, Ronaldo is no less than a force of nature. Fans, teammates, opponents, coaches, referees, riot police and...
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Joe Flacco May Not Outplay Tom Brady Again, But Incredible Arm Strength Should Concern Patriots

FOXBORO, Mass. — Joe Flacco still thinks he’s an elite quarterback in the NFL, even though the overwhelming opinion is to the contrary. But while he may not yet deserve admittance into that selective group, he’s definitely verging on the edge. Flacco’s regular season numbers won’t blow you away like Drew Brees or Matthew Stafford. He’s never thrown for 4,000 yards in...
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Tim Tebow Launches Line of Headphones, Including ‘Jet’ Model, Hangs Out With Ludacris at Release Party (Photos)

It’s no secret that with the success of Dr. Dre‘s Beats line, boutique headphones are seriously in style nowadays, and even Tim Tebow is getting in on the game. On Thursday Tebow officially launched his signature series of headphones at the 2013 International CES conference in Las Vegas, according to Mashable. The headphones are a collaboration between Tebow and Soul Electronics...
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Monty Williams Ideal Coach to Navigate Brash Austin Rivers’ Rookie-Season Struggles

BOSTON — Austin Rivers‘ first professional game against the Celtics came with all the hoopla the occasion merited. For only the fourth time in NBA history, a player was facing a team coached by his father, and the moment was special for anybody with “Rivers” in his or her name. Austin Rivers’ presence at the TD Garden was not all that made the night somewhat surreal for...
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Joe Paterno to Be Portrayed by Al Pacino in Film ‘Happy Valley’

LOS ANGELES — Al Pacino will play Joe Paterno in a movie about the late Penn State football coach. Producer Edward R. Pressman confirms Brian De Palma will direct “Happy Valley,” the tentative title of the film, based on Joe Posnanski‘s best-seller “Paterno.” “‘Happy Valley’ reunites the ‘Scarface’ and ‘Carlito’s Way’ team of De Palma and Pacino for the...
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Manti Te’o's Girlfriend Hoax Could Have Bigger Impact on Draft Stock Than Terrible Game Against Alabama

Before the 2012 college football season began, NFL scouts had questions about Manti Te’o. Before Te’o struggled through “adversity” while leading Notre Dame to a near-perfect season, before the Tide rolled Te’o's Irish in the BCS National Championship Game back on Jan. 7, even before all of this girlfriend hoax nonsense was first reported on Wednesday, Te’o's...
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Celtics’ Trio Deserving of NBA All-Star Nods With Recent Hot Streak Proving Team’s Potential (Podcast)

NBA All-Star voting is underway, and the Celtics are finally playing like a team that has a couple of All-Stars on its roster. Despite a hiccup on Wednesday night against the New Orleans Hornets, the C’s appear to be pulling things together, thanks in large part to their current “Big Three” of Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce. While Avery Bradley‘s return to the...
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Rangers Embracing High Expectations As Anything Less Than Stanley Cup Will Be Disappointment

Rangers head coach John Tortorella had a very John Tortorella-like response when his owner, James Dolan, suggested last year that his club was ready to make a Stanley Cup run. “We just have to go about our business. I had my owner up here talking about a Stanley Cup. That’s a bunch of bull—-,” Tortorella told reporters. “We’re just going about — we need to take one...
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Revolution Delighted to Select Andrew Farrell With First Overall Pick in 2013 MLS Superdraft

Andrew Farrell was one of college soccer’s best players in 2012. The New England Revolution hope he can transfer that class to the professional game in 2013. The Revs selected Farrell with the first overall pick in the 2013 MLS Superdraft. The 20-year-old defender is a junior at the University of Louisville where he had three standout seasons. Farrell was named Big East Defensive...
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

JaVale McGee Needs Just One Hand to Catch, Dunk Alley-Oop Pass From Ty Lawson (Video)

JaVale McGee provides his share of highlights — and lowlights — every game, but occasionally he pulls off a play so jaw-dropping that it reminds everybody why his teams put up with his hijinks. The Nuggets big man had one of those moments in Tuesday’s game against the Trail Blazers. As McGee lurked in front of the hoop, point guard Ty Lawson fired a lob toward the general vicinity...
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss
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