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NFL Replacement Referees Are 'Really In Over Their Heads,' Can't Keep Up at the Professional Level (Video)

One of the most-talked about issues going into the 2012 NFL season is that of the dispute between the league and its referees -- or rather, its locked-out referees. Until a new collective bargaining agreement can be reached, the usual referees -- who are attempting to negotiate higher pay -- will be unable to work NFL games. In their places, the NFL is drawing from a wide pool of...
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August 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Cody Ross, Red Sox 'Have a Ton of Confidence' in Their Pitchers, Need Them to Get Hot (Video)

Clay Buchholz held up his end of the bargain on Friday night. Now it's the rest of the rotation's turn. After twirling a complete-game two-hit gem on Friday night and stopping Boston's losing streak at three games, Buchholz has now gone at least seven innings in each of his last five starts with a 1.15 ERA over that span. If even a bit of Buchholz's success rubs off...
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August 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Former Patriots Linebacker Eric Naposki Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder of Lover's Rich Boyfriend

Former Patriots linebacker Eric Naposki was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering Bill McLaughlin, the live-in boyfriend of his lover Nanette Ann Packard McNeal. Naposki had been convicted of the crime -- which took place in 1994 -- last year, but had awaited sentencing until Friday. According to prosecutors, Naposki and McNeal conspired to kill...
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Bengals Defensive Lineman Domata Peko Writes Tim Tebow's Number on His Eye Black During Game (Photo)

Defensive lineman often have just one job to do during a football game: make the quarterback's life miserable. Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko decided before Friday's preseason game against the Jets which quarterback he was going to hone in on: Tim Tebow. Peko wore eye black during the game with Tebow's No. 15 written on each strip, making it very clear which of...
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Red Sox Dwindling Playoff Hopes Rest Squarely on Right Arm of Budding Ace Clay Buchholz

Editor's note: NESN.com is going to tell the story of the 2012 Red Sox in Bobby Valentine’s words. Each game day, we will select the best Valentine quote that sums up the day for the Red Sox. It's impossible for a pitcher to carry the load for any team, mainly because playing once every five days doesn't have quite the same impact as that of a positional player. But...
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'ClayTime' Comes at Perfect Moment With Red Sox in Need of Dominant Pitching Performance (Video)

Clay Buchholz is an ace. Right now, the Boston starter is pitching at about as high of a level as a pitcher can be, and the Red Sox have needed exactly that. Friday night, the offense was able to scratch together enough runs for another Buchholz gem to hold up, and the Sox held on for the 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians. It's an important win -- and the kind of game that the...
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Will Middlebrooks Headed for X-Rays After Getting Drilled on Right Wrist by Pitch

Red Sox Nation held its collective breath when Will Middlebrooks was hit on the wrist by a 96-mph screamer of a fastball in the top of the ninth inning on Friday night, and subsequently had to exit the ballgame against Cleveland. Now it appears that the star rookie third baseman is not quite out of the woods yet, as he is headed for X-rays on the affected right wrist. Bobby Valentine...
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HAD ENOUGH

Rejected job seeker sends Padres obscene email

A woman who was repeatedly rejected by the Padres sent the team an obscene yet hilarious email.

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WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

Same fan catches both of rookie's home runs

Some critics have called the Orioles "lucky" this season, but that's the only explanation for a fan's good fortune at catching home runs. Batimore rookie and uber-prospect Manny Machado hit his first two career home runs on Friday night and in doing so, became the youngest Oriole since World War I to accomplish that feat. However, the most miraculous part of that...
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David Ortiz 'Doing Everything He Needs to Do' to Play Again, Should Be Back by End of Weekend (Video)

It looks like Red Sox Nation's long nightmare is finally coming to a close. David Ortiz appears healthy and ready to go, and will almost certainly make his first appearance since he injured his Achilles tendon on July 16 before the team leaves Cleveland. For a Red Sox team that is 3-7 in its last 10 games, despite a torrid streak by Adrian Gonzalez, the return of their stalwart...
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Red Sox Continuing to Take Advantage of Bad Weather Against AL Central Teams (Video)

It's raining, it's pouring, the Red Sox are scoring. Boston took advantage of a brief bout of bad weather in Friday night's game against the Indians to scratch across a run -- one that's looming large in the early stages. It's the second time in recent weeks that the Sox have caught a break due to some rain, as NESN Nation's Dan Duquette explains in the video...
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Report: Bobby Valentine Says John Lackey Didn't Violate Team Rules With Beer in Clubhouse

Bobby Valentine's standing by his players, after a flare-up involving John Lackey and a report of beer in the Red Sox clubhouse. Lackey was reportedly seen following a loss to the Indians on Thursday having two beers. Some consternation followed because of the perception that the Sox had outlawed alcohol in their clubhouse, but that is actually an oversimplification of how the...
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Red Sox' Re-Signing of Scott Podsednik May 'Juice Them a Little Bit,' Keep Them Playing for October (Video)

The Red Sox are looking for anything to give them a spark as they try to avoid falling out of contention -- and their latest search has led them to an old friend. After trading him to the Diamondbacks along with Matt Albers for Craig Breslow, the Red Sox re-signed Scott Podsednik on Thursday night. Podsednik, who had been released by Arizona after refusing to accept an assignment...
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Vote: Does Dwight Howard's Arrival Make the Lakers This Season's Team to Beat?

Dwight Howard is a Los Angeles Laker. The trade is processed, the so-called "Dwight-mare" is over and basketball fans can finally look ahead after all the drama revolving around the former Orlando Magic center has been sorted out. What those fans may see, however, is a very dangerous Lakers team that appears poised to return to the pinnacle of the NBA mountain. Along with...
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Revolution Midfielder Zak Boggs Leaves Team to Accept Scholarship for Cancer Research

Playing soccer is fun, but one local player has his sights set on a cause a little more lofty: curing cancer. New England Revolution midfielder Zak Boggs is retiring from soccer to puruse a career in medical research, according to the team. Boggs was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to attend Leicester University in England. The 25-year-old, who was a second-round pick for the team...
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Unsung Heroes Waiting to Emerge as Red Sox Try to Bounce Back Against Indians (Video)

Scott Podsednik makes his return to the Red Sox lineup on Friday night against Cleveland, and while that might not sound like a lot, it could make all the difference for this one. After all, with the Sox in need of a win in any way possible, every little bit will help, regardless of where it comes from. The same, however, could be said for the Indians, who are playing with a little...
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August 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Jenny Dell, Red Sox Nation Team Up to TweetUp, Share Laughs at Social Media Event (Video)

The Red Sox hosted their annual TweetUp event recently, and a little rain couldn't put a damper on Red Sox Nation's spirits. Sox fans joined NESN's Jenny Dell at the social media reception, which brought avid Twitter fans together in one place for a night of laughs and giveaways. The weather wasn't cooperative, but the party was brought inside, and the fun didn'...
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August 10, 2012  |  Discuss

White-Hot Adrian Gonzalez Continues to Rake, Looks to Help Red Sox Stop Slide Against Indians

Editor's note: The temperature gauge is a Bill James-created statistic that measures how hot or cold hitters are. We will spotlight Red Sox and opposing team temperatures on game days. The Red Sox were victimized by yet another tough-luck loss on Thursday, letting an early lead slide through their fingers en route to a 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Indians. Boston, now 3-7 in...
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Red Sox Live Blog: Scott Podsednik Returns to Outfield as Clay Buchholz Looks to Shutdown Indians

5:45 p.m.: It looks like Felix Doubront is going to be shut down, but not for good. Bobby Valentine told reporters in Cleveland on Friday that the 24-year-old starter will be skipped over in the rotation for his next scheduled start, in favor of Aaron Cook. Cook hasn't started since a dominant win over the Rangers on Monday and likely won't take the hill again until next...
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Report: Pedro Ciriaco Being Considered for Outfield Spot in Hopes of Increasing Options for Playing Time

The Red Sox are looking for new ways to get Pedro Ciriaco into the lineup, and moving him to a new position is an option on the table. Ciriaco was approached by manager Bobby Valentine about the possibility of playing left field on Friday against Cleveland, but the Sox utilityman indicated that he is not quite comfortable enough with the position yet. The 26-year-old has bounced...
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Report: Felix Doubront Will Be Skipped Next Time Through Rotation as Youngster's Workload Mounts

Felix Doubront is going to be shut down, but not entirely. Bobby Valentine told reporters in Cleveland on Friday that the 24-year-old starter will be skipped over in the rotation for his next scheduled start, in favor of Aaron Cook. Doubront, who had been in line to start again against Baltimore, is expected to be available out of the bullpen if the Sox need him. Doubront has pitched...
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Joe Allen's Faith in Brendan Rodgers Makes Liverpool Ideal Place to Continue Career

Joe Allen spoke of his confidence that Brendan Rodgers can return Liverpool to the top of English football after completing his transfer from Swansea City. The 22-year-old has been reunited with his former boss after undergoing a medical at Melwood and signing a long-term contract to become LFC's second summer signing following the arrival of Fabio Borini. Allen granted his first...
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August 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: FBI Investigating Jerry Sandusky Pedophile Ring

Add yet another sickening turn to the Jerry Sandusky saga. This time, it involves the former Penn State coach sharing young boys in what RadarOnline.com source is calling a "pedophile ring." David Perel, the executive vice president/managing editor of RadarOnline.com reported on Friday that "Both the FBI and a criminal investigative division of the United States Postal...
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August 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Carl Crawford Gets Night Off As Scott Podsednik Returns to Red Sox Lineup Against Indians

Scott Podsednik is back in Boston, and he'll get a chance to contribute again as early as Friday night. The veteran outfielder, who was signed by the team just a week after being traded to Arizona, is in the Red Sox lineup for Friday night's game with the Indians. Podsednik was released shortly after being acquired by the Diamondbacks. Podsednik, who hit .387 in 19 games...
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August 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Manchester United IPO Makes Glazer Family's Dreams Come True

Friday was a good day for Malcolm Glazer and his sons Joel, Avram and Bryan. The Glazer family sold a 10 percent stake in a restructured Manchester United, ending the day wealthier and holding tighter control of the world's most valuable sports team. With great fanfare, Manchester United successfully launched its initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE...
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