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Brandon LaFell Offends Panthers Fans, Retires From Twitter For A Month

New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell has temporarily retired from Twitter after offending Carolina Panthers fans with his comments about ex-teammate Cam Newton. LaFell, who signed a three-year contract with the Patriots, said Wednesday that he signed with New England to play with “Hall of Fame quarterback” Tom Brady. LaFell then implied that Panthers quarterback...
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Jose Iglesias Out Up To Six Months With Stress Fractures In Both Legs

VIERA, Fla. – Jose Iglesias will be out four to six months because of stress fractures in both legs. The Detroit Tigers shortstop was examined by Dr. Thomas Clanton, a foot and ankle specialist on Tuesday, and is scheduled to be reevaluated in four months. Speaking before the Tigers played the Washington Nationals in Viera on Thursday, general manager Dave Dombrowski indicated...
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Jonathan Herrera Wins Red Sox’s Utility Infielder Job; Other Roster Moves

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell announced several roster moves before Thursday’s spring training game against the New York Yankees at JetBlue Park. The Red Sox optioned pitcher Rubby De La Rosa and infielder Brock Holt to Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday while also reassigning infielder Brandon Snyder to minor league camp. Holt’s demotion essentially means Jonathan Herrera...
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Aroldis Chapman ‘Very Lucky,’ Needs Metal Plate In Forehead

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was undergoing surgery Thursday to repair a broken bone above his left eye but has no other serious injuries after being hit in the face by a line drive in a spring training game. Team medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek said Chapman could begin throwing off a mound in six to eight weeks, a timetable that could get him...
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Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury Undergoes Precautionary MRI On Calf

New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury underwent a precautionary MRI on his calf after skipping a scheduled batting practice session on Thursday, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch. Luckily for the Yankees, the test came back negative. Ellsbury still day to day with right calf tightness. Girardi said precautionary MRI was negative.— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) March 20,...
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Wayne Gretzky’s Son Traded From Cubs To Angels For Mike Scioscia’s Son

Another Gretzky has been traded to Los Angeles. The Chicago Cubs traded Trevor Gretzky, the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne, to the Los Angeles Angels for catcher Matt Scioscia, the son of their manager, Mike. Gretzky, a 21-year-old outfielder, was first drafted by the Cubs in the seventh round three years ago. He has hit .288 with one home run in two minor league seasons. Angels...
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Ryan Miller, Jaroslav Halak Create Awesome Goalie Masks For New Teams (Photos)

Veteran goaltenders Ryan Miller and Jaroslav Halak were swapped in a five-player trade between the St. Louis Blues and Buffalo Sabres before the March 5 NHL trade deadline. After the deal went down, both players needed to design a goalie mask for their new teams. After about two weeks of designing and building, their new masks have been unveiled. Miller’s mask is amazing. It features...
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Report: Jets Join Patriots, 49ers In DeSean Jackson Trade Talks

The New York Jets are welcoming Michael Vick for a visit Friday, but the quarterback might not be the only former Philadelphia Eagle donning a Gang Green uniform in 2014. DeSean Jackson, who’s reportedly being shopped by the Eagles this offseason, is drawing interest from the Jets, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Thursday. A recent report out of Philly indicated that the New...
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Bruins Working To Find ‘Delicate Balance’ When Resting Players

The Boston Bruins are in a very enviable spot. They’re playing their best hockey of the season with the playoffs right around the corner, and they also have a pretty sizable lead in their division. That should allow the Bruins to make some important lineup decisions down the stretch. That should likely include making the call to rest various players for some of the remaining regular...
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Harvard Upsets Cincinnati, Reaches 3rd Round Of NCAA Tournament

Harvard reached the third round of the NCAA tournament for the second straight year on Thursday with a 61-57 upset victory over Cincinnati in the No. 5 vs. No. 12 matchup of the East Region. It’s the Crimson’s (27-4) second-ever March Madness victory, and they are the first Ivy League school to win NCAA Tournament games in back-to-back seasons since Princeton in 1983-84. Harvard...
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Report: Jared Allen ‘Agrees To Sign’ With Seattle Seahawks

The Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks are set to scoop up the best-available free agent on Thursday. All-Pro defensive end Jared Allen has agreed to sign with the Seahawks, a league source told ESPN.com. Allen received interest from the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos. He’s on his second visit with the Seahawks. Allen seemed to be a fit for the New England...
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No. 1 Seeds Virginia, Florida, Wichita St., Arizona All Have Weaknesses

The NCAA tournament’s No. 1 seeds got their rankings for a reason, with all of them a decent choice to win it all. However, they all have their flaws, too. Let’s take a look at the top seed in each region and highlight their potential weaknesses, which could be exposed in the coming weeks. East Region: Virginia The Cavaliers (11-1 to win the NCAA championship) are a strong rebounding...
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Xander Bogaerts Idolizes Derek Jeter, Who Also Cut Teeth Under Brian Butterfield

Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is looking to follow in New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter’s footsteps. On the surface, Bogaerts (a 21-year-old Aruba native preparing for his rookie season) and Jeter (a 39-year-old getting ready to wrap up a Hall of Fame career with a 20th season in pinstripes) are vastly different. But Bogaerts and Jeter also possess similarities...
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Julian Edelman: ‘You Gotta Ask Bill Belichick’ If I’m In The ‘Entourage’ Movie

Julian Edelman is never shy to deflect a tough question. Edelman had no problem discussing how “surreal” it was to be on the “Entourage” set on Wednesday, but when asked about his role in the movie, the New England Patriots receiver directed the question to Bill Belichick. “You gotta ask coach Belichick on that,” Edelman said when asked if he’ll have a cameo in the...
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Edelman re-signed with Pats because of Brady: 'He's my dog'

Julian Edelman finally has some job security with the New England Patriots after four years on a seventh-round rookie contract and one more without any guaranteed money. Edelman signed a four-year, $19 million deal with $8 million guaranteed on Monday that locks him up for the length of quarterback Tom Brady’s contract. Edelman no longer has to worry about finding a pink slip in...
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Torey Krug Is Not Nearly As Tall As Zdeno Chara (Photo)

Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug has already made an impact in the NHL, as one of the Bruins’ best puck-movers in addition to being a weapon on Boston’s top power-play unit. He’s done all of that despite being a tad undersized. Krug has been knocked his entire career for being a little on the shorter side when it comes to the rest of the NHL’s defensemen. The Michigan...
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Tim Wakefield Answers Red Sox Fans’ Questions: I Still Could Pitch At Major League Level

Tim Wakefield, former Boston Red Sox pitcher and Honorary Chairman of the Red Sox Foundation, continues to leave his mark on the community. Wakefield is among those raising awareness for the Red Sox Foundation during Thursday’s Red Sox-Yankees spring training game at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla. The long-time knuckleballer also was gracious enough to respond to questions sent...
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Tigers GM: Red Sox Shared Jose Iglesias’ Medical Tests Before 2013 Trade

Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski made clear Thursday that the Boston Red Sox weren’t trying to pull any funny business last July when they sent shortstop Jose Iglesias to the Motor City as part of the Jake Peavy trade. Dombrowski told reporters Thursday that Iglesias is expected to miss four to six months because of stress fractures in both of his legs. The injury...
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Ray Allen Still Considers Boston Home, Honored By Place In Celtics Lore

BOSTON — Walking into TD Garden on Wednesday was an almost literal walk down memory lane for Ray Allen. Emblazoned on the walls of the hallway leading to the locker rooms are great moments from the Boston Celtics’ storied past, from Chuck Connors to Dave Cowens and beyond. Tom Heinsohn’s youthful face smiles out at visitors, beside Sam Jones preparing to release one of his...
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Johnny Boychuk Returns To Bruins Practice In Colorado

Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk was on the ice Thursday afternoon in Denver for the team’s optional practice, which means he could be nearing a return to game action. Thursday marked the first time Boychuk has practiced since suffering a lower-body injury on Saturday against Carolina. After initially saying he was OK following that game, Boychuk ended up missing games Monday...
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Red Sox-Yankees Live: Clay Buchholz Prepares To Face Yanks At JetBlue Park

2:38 p.m.: Thursday’s Red Sox lineup is below. Boston Red Sox Grady Sizemore, CF Shane Victorino, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Mike Napoli, 1B Daniel Nava, LF Xander Bogaerts, SS David Ross, C Jonathan Herrera, 3B Clay Buchholz, RHP 2:30 p.m. ET: The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees on Thursday will square off for the second time in three days. Clay Buchholz will lead...
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Report: Chris Babb Signs With Celtics For Rest Of Season

Chris Babb will finish the season as an NBA player. The Boston Celtics will sign Babb through the remainder of the season, Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports. That would make Babb the second player this season retained after initially signing on as a 10-day, joining Chris Johnson. Wojnarowski calls the deal a “multi-year” contract, although any seasons beyond this one...
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Danny Ainge, Celtics Not Limiting Rebuilding Plans To NBA Draft

Danny Ainge is expected to be a busy man this summer, when the first season of the Boston Celtics’ great rebuild will be in the books. But get ready to be patient, Celtics fans. This might only be the start. The Celtics have two first-round draft picks in the upcoming 2014 NBA draft, including their own lottery selection and the lower of the picks owned by the Brooklyn Nets and...
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Zac Brown Band To Play At Fenway Park On June 28

Country music will be coming to Fenway Park for a second straight summer. The Boston Red Sox and Live Nation announced Thursday that three-time Grammy Award-winning group Zac Brown Band will be headlining a show at Fenway on Saturday, June 28. The show comes one year after Jason Aldean played a two-night set at Fenway that broke the ballpark’s record for attendance. Zac Brown Band...
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Brandon Browner: Patriots Signing Influenced By Watching Seahawks Win Super Bowl

Brandon Browner will get a ring for the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl win, but the recently signed New England Patriots cornerback had to watch his former team win it all from home. Browner was suspended indefinitely by the NFL last season after violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Browner said watching the Seahawks win the Super Bowl was bittersweet, despite getting...
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