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Tim Tebow Goes From Blocking to Throwing, Promptly Gets His Receiver Injured (Video)

Tim Tebow enthusiasts have been calling for the Jets' No. 15 to take over at quarterback since the moment he was signed by New York. On Sunday, Tebow finally spelled Mark Sanchez for the first time. At first he just came into the game with Sanchez under center, lining up out wide and blocking the 49ers' Aldon Smith on one play and Ahmad Brooks on another as Sanchez worked...
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September 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Snoop Lion's Soccer Skills Miss Mark, Rapper Can't Score on Wide-Open Goal (Video)

Snoop Lion proved you can't teach an old Dogg new tricks. The rap star showed that his soccer skills need work when he twice failed to score from the penalty spot. Should we even mention that there was no goalkeeper? Snoop Lion, formerly known as Snoop Dogg, appeared on ESPN's campus Wednesday to show off what hours of playing video-game soccer have taught him. He promised...
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September 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Rajon Rondo Declines to Say Ray Allen's Name, Refers to Former Celtics Teammate as 'Number 20'

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and the rest of the Celtics insist that they harbor no ill will toward Ray Allen for signing with the rival Miami Heat this summer. Rajon Rondo might say the same, if he could bring himself to even say Allen's name. The Celtics point guard declined to refer to the league's most accomplished 3-point shooter by name on Sunday, calling...
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September 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Rajon Rondo Tries to Adjust Attitude Yet Stay Confident As He Emerges as Celtics' Leader

WALTHAM, Mass. -- The agony of defeat had not even had time to wear off when Rajon Rondo plopped into a seat next to Kevin Garnett on the team bus. The Celtics had just lost to the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals and there were murmurs that Garnett, who was at the end of his contract, might consider retirement after 17 professional seasons. Rondo, who had never...
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September 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Rory McIlroy Gets Time Zones Mixed Up, Nearly Misses Tee Time at Ryder Cup

MEDINAH, Ill. -- This wasn't the start Europe planned. Already facing a big deficit at the Ryder Cup, Rory McIlroy needed a police escort to the first tee after mixing up his time zones. Watching TV, he saw the tee time for his singles match against Keegan Bradley listed at 12:25 p.m. One problem: That was Eastern time. Medinah Country Club, outside Chicago, is in the Central...
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September 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Mark Melancon Says Becoming More 'Fiery' Is What Has Fueled Shutdown September

When the Red Sox acquired Mark Melancon last December in a trade with the Astros, they expected him to be a vital piece of the bullpen. But Melancon has been far from the lights-out closer who shined in Houston. Through his first 33 games for the Red Sox, which were interrupted with a nearly two-month-long detour to Pawtucket, Melancon had a 7.71 ERA. This September, however, he...
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September 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist Shows Off Juggling Skills in Front of Thousands of Fans (Video)

You knew Ben Zobrist could hit and play basically any position. But did you know that he can juggle, too? Zobrist started at shortstop in Tampa Bay's Saturday matchup against the White Sox and was in perfect position on a ball hit by Dayan Viciedo. But a routine play turned into quite the affair. Zobrist had the ball go off of his glove, then off of the top of his hat, then back...
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September 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Ryan Howard Out for Rest of Season After Dropping Lead Pipe on Toe

Major League Baseball has had a slew of weird injuries, but Ryan Howard may have won the award for the weirdest. The Phillies slugger broke a toe Saturday after reportedly dropping a lead pipe on it, and he won't play in any of the team's final four games of the season, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. Ryan Howard broke a toe when he dropped that led pipe he swings in...
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September 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Jacoby Ellsbury Back in Lineup as Boston Tries to Salvage Final Game of Orioles Series

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. Jacoby Ellsbury will lead off and play center field for the Red Sox in Sunday afternoon's matchup against the Orioles, a good addition for a Boston lineup that has cooled off as of late. Ellsbury...
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Radamel Falcao Downplays 'Pichici' Race With Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao is more focused on helping his team than on his goal-scoring race against Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo (to wing the "Pichichi" award in La Liga). After scoring two goals against Betis on Wednesday, the Colombian star has now accumulated seven goals in five league games this season, surpassing Messi who has six. "I didn'...
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Red Sox Pack Power at Top of Lineup as Boston Aims to Steal One in Baltimore

The Orioles are flying high. They're tied with the Yankees for the division lead, almost certain to get a playoff berth and just can't seem to lose close games. Enter the Red Sox. A year after Boston crumbled to a 7-20 finish and saw their postseason chances batted away by the Birds on the final day, the Sox have had a chance to return the favor. They haven't done much...
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Luis Suarez Ignites Liverpool Attack, Hat-Trick Hero Leads Reds to 5-2 Victory Over Norwich City

Lightning struck twice for Luis Suarez at Carrow Road as the Uruguayan once again terrorised Norwich with a scintillating hat-trick to help Liverpool to a 5-2 victory. Just as he was five months ago, the forward was simply unplayable, hammering home a variety of strikes, while Nuri Sahin and Steven Gerrard added their names to the scoresheet. As the teams lined up, the Norwich supporters...
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MLB Playoff Picture Gets Crowded as Manny Machado Leads Orioles Into Tie With Yankees, Rays Gain Ground (Video)

Major League Baseball knew just how good the end of last year was, with postseason berths changing seemingly by the minute as teams fought for the playoffs on the final day of the season. Starting this year, two wild card spots are available, with the goal being to have the end of every year full of just as much excitement as last season. So far, 2012 appears to be ready to do the...
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September 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Live Blog: Zach Stewart Looks to Slow Down Surging Orioles in Series Finale

8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox are one game away from losing 90 games for the first time since 1966, and the red-hot Orioles are looking to make that nightmare a reality. Boston will send right-hander Zach Stewart to the mound for just his second appearance for the club since he came over from the White Sox in the trade that sent Kevin Youkilis to Chicago. In Stewart's lone start with...
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September 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Patriots Live Blog: Tom Brady Looking to Lead Patriots Back to Winning Ways in Buffalo

8 a.m. ET: After a pair of early-season letdowns, Bill Belichick and the Patriots are at 1-2 heading into an AFC East showdown in Buffalo. That's a place they certainly weren't expecting. With so much talent on the offensive side and a revamped defense, New England had high hopes for a Super Bowl return entering the year. But the results just haven't been there. Maybe...
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September 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Gary Bettman, Donald Fehr Hold Second Private Meeting, Still No Hockey (Video)

For the second consecutive night, NHL commisioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players Association executive director Donald Fehr met privately to discuss issues at hand regarding the current lockout. The two men discussed issues on the revenue front on Saturday, while also covering issues related to player safety and drug testing. It is still unclear as to how close both sides are to making...
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September 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Felix Doubront Loses Final Start of 2012, Still Shows Promise for 2013 (Video)

Felix Doubront pitched the final game of his rookie season on Saturday night and the Boston Red Sox lost to the Baltimore Orioles 4-3. While Doubront will end the season with a loss, he showed the poise of a veteran starter.The left-hander went seven innings, allowed three earned runs and fanned 10 batters, but gave up two critical home runs that wound up being the difference in...
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September 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Houston Texans Not Only Undefeated, Also Best Team in the NFL Thanks to J.J. Watt, Defense, Running Game

The only reason the Texans were not the AFC representatives in Super Bowl XLVI was because of who was under center. With Matt Schaub at quarterback, rather than rookie T.J. Yates, the Texans could have driven through Baltimore and New England on the way to the Super Bowl. That's why it's not a surprise that they're one of three undefeated teams left in 2012. The Texans...
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September 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Felix Doubront Offers Silver Living For Future After Maturing Throughout the Year

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 a Valentine quote that sums up the day for the Red Sox. On paper, it was simply another 'L' in the standings. But the Red Sox were able to take solace in one facet of Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Orioles –– Felix Doubront's dazzling...
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September 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Logan Mankins, Brandon Deaderick, Justin Francis, Alfonzo Dennard Inactive Sunday Against Bills

The Patriots will be without some key players on Sunday against the Bills. Logan Mankins, Brandon Deaderick, Justin Francis and Alfonzo Dennard will join Aaron Hernandez and Julian Edelman on the inactive list on Sunday against the Bills. That leaves one more player for the team to announce before Sunday's 1 p.m. start time. With just four active linemen on the roster, there...
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September 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Merrimack Feeling Confident, Ready to Make Leap After Enjoying National Success

After a 13-9-5 record in the Hockey East last Season, the Merrimack Warriors are ready for a championship. Merrimack has been able to escape the shadow of instate rivals and Hockey East foes Boston University and Boston College. With another winning season to add to their resume, Merrimack is ready to step into the spotlight of the Hockey East and compete for the league title. The...
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September 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Thomas DeCoud Pranks 'Sportscenter' Anchor During Interview, Plays 'Meow' Game (Video)

It's time to talk some football meow. Thomas DeCoud of the Atlanta Falcons is playing great early on this season. The safety already has three interceptions in the first three games, helping Atlanta to a 3-0 record. When you play that good you get to have a little fun off the field. DeCoud did just that in a Thursday interveiw with Sportscenter in which he took a page out the...
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September 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Paul Pierce Says Celtics Are 'Gonna Be Scary Good' After First Day of Practice

The Boston Celtics opened their first day of practice at their Waltham training center on Saturday and Paul Pierce liked what he saw. After practice the veteran took to the twittersphere saying that the C's are "gonna be scary good" this year. And those are some encouraging words for Boston sports fans as the Red Sox will finish up their worst season since 1997 and...
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September 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Americans Up By Four, Europeans Charging Late Going Into Final Day of Ryder Cup

MEDINAH, Ill. - Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley helped stake the Americans to their biggest lead in the Ryder Cup in more than 30 years. Ian Poulter, eyes bulging and fists shaking with every clutch putt, at least gave Europe a lot of momentum over the final frantic hour Saturday at Medinah. Right when it looked as if the Americans were a lock to win back the cup, Poulter birdied...
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September 29, 2012  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants Haze Rookies By Forcing Them to Dress Up in Spandex Suits (Photo)

It's hazing time, rookies. Days after the Rays dressed their rookies like women -- and forced them to sing "Call Me, Maybe" -- the Giants forced their rookies to dress up in spandex suits for their last road trip of the season. More #SFGiants Rookies.San Diego, here we come twitter.com/SFGiants/statu… — San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) September 27, 2012 Needless...
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September 29, 2012  |  Discuss
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