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Red Sox-Jon Lester Extension Talks Expected To Continue, Larry Lucchino Says

The Boston Red Sox haven’t given up hope that they can come to terms on a contract extension with pitcher Jon Lester before the ace becomes a free agent. Lester will become a free agent this winter, and his impending free agency has been a hot-button topic among the 2014 Red Sox storylines. Both sides have said they’d like to find common ground on a contract extension, but any...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Shane Vereen: Patriots’ Running Backs Moving On Without LeGarrette Blount

FOXBORO, Mass. – Head coach Bill Belichick has made it abundantly clear in his 15 years building New England Patriots teams that he won’t pay top dollar for a running back. Belichick’s refusal to spend on a lead back was in full display this offseason when the Patriots let last year’s starter, LeGarrette Blount, walk in free agency on a two-year, $3.85 million contract...
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Rajon Rondo Employed Own Stats Analyst, Without Celtics’ Knowledge

Rajon Rondo likes to tell reporters that he does a lot of behind-the-scenes work they never see. Apparently, there is at least one area in which the Boston Celtics are just as much in the dark. Following a burgeoning trend within the NBA, Rondo employed a personal advanced-statistics guru this season, according to The New York Times. The Celtics point guard was one of a number of...
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Report: Hayden Panettiere, Wladimir Klitschko Expecting First Child

Ukrainian heavyweight professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko and actress Hayden Panettiere are expecting their first child, a source revealed to Us Weekly on Wednesday. “Hayden is totally pregnant!” claims the source. Klitschko and the 24-year-old actress have been engaged for about a year, and have been seeing each other on and off since as early as 2009. The couple met at...
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Johnny Damon’s Mansion Pays Tribute To Red Sox Playing Days (Video)

Johnny Damon has come a long way since his lovable band of “Idiots” made a historic run to capture the World Series championship in 2004. Yet that doesn’t mean he is ready to completely put his playing days in the past. The former Boston Red Sox outfielder teamed up with Major League Baseball and Coldwell Banker in a recent video to give fans a tour of his home, a nearly...
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Lance Stephenson Blows In LeBron’s Ear, Enters Heat Huddle In Game 5 Win (Video)

Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson is a weird dude. There’s no other way around it, and he was at it again Wednesday night in Indiana. The Pacers were able to hold on for a 93-90 win over the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals and stave off elimination for at least one more game. Indiana’s Paul George was crazy good with 37 points in the winning effort, but Stephenson’s zany...
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Jason Varitek, Derek Lowe Recall Famous Trade From Mariners To Red Sox

BOSTON — The Red Sox didn’t know what they were getting in 1997 when they acquired minor leaguers Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for reliever Heathcliff Slocumb. No, really. They didn’t know. “I remember we went back to the hotel (in Albuquerque) and Jason and I were in the same room, and (Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette) thought I...
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Manny Ramirez Lightened Mood Throughout Red Sox’s 2004 World Series Run

BOSTON — Johnny Damon could never hit quite like Manny Ramirez, but when the former Red Sox teammates reconvened Wednesday at Fenway Park, at least Damon wasn’t rocking whatever that thing was Ramirez had on his head. “I’m just glad my hair still looks a lot better than his,” Damon said. Damon and Ramirez were back, along with the majority of the 2004 Red Sox, to celebrate...
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Manny Ramirez’s Famous Cutoff Still Remembered Fondly By 2004 Red Sox

BOSTON — Johnny Damon stood near one corner of the Fenway Park media room Wednesday, willingly answering questions about the Red Sox’s 2004 World Series run, his tenure in Boston and the famous hair/beard combo he sported as a member of the self-proclaimed “Idiots.” Then, Manny Ramirez walked in, causing a tornado of reporters to nearly knock over the accommodating Damon...
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Jonny Gomes Plays Very Familiar Role; Other Notes From Red Sox’s Win

BOSTON — Look out for those Red Sox. The Red Sox have followed their 10-game losing streak with their longest winning streak of 2014. The Sox took down the Atlanta Braves 4-0 on Wednesday at Fenway Park, marking Boston’s third straight victory. Wednesday’s action at Fenway kicked off in a big way, as the 2004 World Series-winning team was honored as part of a pregame ceremony...
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Blackhawks Force Game 6 Against Kings With OT Game-Winner (Video)

CHICAGO – Michal Handzus scored at 2:04 of the second overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-4 in Game 5 on Wednesday night to stay alive in the Western Conference final. Brandon Saad made a nice pass to the middle to Handzus, who beat goalie Jonathan Quick with a backhander for his second goal of the playoffs. Handzus celebrated by jumping against the...
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OTAs Will Help Patriots Create Chemistry With New Players (Video)

Organized team activities may not seem like the most vital part of the NFL offseason, but they serve their purpose. The New England Patriots kicked off their OTAs on Tuesday, and the team will benefit most from the mental aspect of the activities. Full contact is not allowed in these practices, so teams spend a lot of time getting to know formations, as well as each other. With big additions...
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John Lackey, Jon Lester Showing Red Sox’s Success Still Begins At Top

BOSTON — It all starts at the top. Red Sox manager John Farrell said during Boston’s recent 10-game losing streak that the club’s turnaround needed to begin with good starting pitching. Jon Lester and John Lackey seemingly took that as a challenge, as the Red Sox have won three straight games behind a couple of strong performances from its top two starters. “When you look...
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No Timeline On Rob Gronkowski’s Return, But Tight End Is Progressing (Video)

The New England Patriots’ inactivity in the tight end market has many thinking that injured star Rob Gronkowski could be close to a return from his knee injury. The Pats are never a team to divulge the details of player injuries, so the timeline on Gronk’s return is still unknown. However, Gronkowski said that he’s progressing in his rehab every week, and he’s doing as much...
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2004 Red Sox Reunion Sparks Debate On Best Boston World Series Team (Video)

With the 2004 World Series championship team back in town for their Fenway Park reunion ceremony, a question came to the minds of many fans: Who would win in a matchup of the 2004 and the 2013 Boston Red Sox? The two teams had their similarities. They were both fueled by the individual charisma of their players and their chemistry as a team. They were both considered underdogs in...
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Manny Ramirez’s Former Red Sox Teammates Endorse New Cubs Coaching Gig

BOSTON — Whatever the Chicago Cubs are hoping to get out of Manny Ramirez’s new role as a minor league player-coach, it won’t be a sage, wizened old man. “I just see a big kid,” Pedro Martinez said. “Manny remains the same way. Manny is a kid — with a couple of gray hairs.” With Ramirez, Martinez and the rest of the 2004 Boston Red Sox in attendance at Fenway Park...
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Stephen Drew Goes 1-For-3 In Pawtucket, Plays Seven Innings At Shortstop

Stephen Drew is nearing his return to the big leagues. After being signed to the Boston Red Sox last week, Drew made his first start in Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday night. He played seven innings at shortstop and batted third, going 1-for-3. Drew singled and struck out twice in the Pawtucket Red Sox’s 3-0 victory over the Gwinnett Braves. He’s scheduled to be Pawtucket...
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Johnny Manziel Got Stuck In Dreaded Middle Seat On Flight (Photos)

Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel might be making big bucks soon, but he isn’t quite yet. This was evident when some football fans snapped photos of him sitting in his seat on a Southwest Airlines flight. Not only was Johnny Football in coach, but he was also squished in the middle seat. For The Win pointed out that the fact that it was a Southwest flight means...
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Manny Ramirez Finally Finding Peace After Starting New Chapter In Life

BOSTON – Manny Ramirez has a new look, a new job and a new view on life. Ramirez, one of the most eccentric players in the history of Major League Baseball, returned to Fenway Park on Wednesday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Boston Red Sox’s 2004 World Series-winning team. The 41-year-old stressed that he’s closed the book on his wacky ways — more commonly known...
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Tiger Woods Still Recovering From Back Surgery, Withdraws From U.S. Open

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) Tiger Woods withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday as he recovers from back surgery that has kept him out of golf for nearly three months. It will be the second U.S. Open, and sixth major, he has missed because of injury over the last six years. The U.S. Open is June 12-15 at Pinehurst No. 2, where Woods tied for third in 1999 and was runner-up in 2005. The announcement...
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Keith Foulke, Kevin Youkilis’ Lives, Legacies Changed By 2004 World Series

BOSTON — Keith Foulke could never understand why anyone would shrink from taking the ball in a big moment in the World Series — and not just for the glory. “Well, first of all, the pay is better,” said the man who closed out the Red Sox’s 2004 World Series title. “That was part of it.” When Foulke signed with the Red Sox before the fateful 2004 season, he had the World...
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Johnny Damon Cuts Off Manny Ramirez’s Ceremonial First Pitch (Video)

Johnny Damon finally got his revenge on Manny Ramirez. Ramirez threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park on Wednesday during the pregame festivities honoring the 2004 World Series championship team before the Boston Red Sox’s game against the Atlanta Braves. Following suit with Ramirez’s infamous blooper, Damon cut off his former fellow outfielder’s pitch, adding...
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Kevin Youkilis Hopes To Return To ‘Cool Atmosphere’ Of Japanese Baseball

BOSTON — Kevin Youkilis had several options after his contract with the New York Yankees expired at the end of last season. He could stay around Major League Baseball in some capacity, traveling to the same old cities and staying in the same old hotels. Or he could take his family abroad, learn a new culture and discover a new brand of baseball in Japan. For Youkilis, the decision...
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Clay Buchholz Placed On Disabled List By Red Sox; Alex Wilson Recalled

BOSTON — Clay Buchholz’s 2014 season just got even worse. The Red Sox placed Buchholz on the 15-day disabled list due to a hyperextended left knee before Wednesday’s game against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park. Reliever Alex Wilson was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Buchholz’s spot on the active roster. Buchholz suffered the injury on a pitch in the fourth inning...
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Mood In Boston Changed After Pivotal Game 4 Win In 2004 ALCS (Video)

When the Boston Red Sox fell behind 3-0 to the New York Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series, even the folks here at NESN were skeptical about how Game 4 would play out. But after the Sox took a big W, the atmosphere in Boston started to change. Knowing that Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling were the next two starting pitchers in the rotation, it looked as though...
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