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Georgia, South Carolina Favored to Win SEC East in 2012

The SEC has ruled the college football landscape for six straight seasons. But at a closer look, it’s the SEC West -- not the East -- that’s produced the bulk of the champions, as four of the last five have come from the West. The SEC is once again the conference that’s the cream of the crop, with six teams in the preseason Top 25, but four of those are from the West. The two...
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August 18, 2012  |  Discuss

MMA Champ Ronda Rousey Plans to Choke Sarah Kaufman Until She's 'Actually Dead' (Video)

Ronda Rousey is tough, candid and a little bit scary. There's not a lot of people that would enjoy stepping into the cage with Rousey, especially when the MMA champ is as focused as she is for her upcoming fight with Sarah Kaufman. The actual match will go down in San Diego on Saturday night, but the fighting words are already out in the open, with Rousey making some rather terrifying...
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August 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Giancarlo Stanton Blasts Moon Shot That Travels Estimated 494 Feet (Video)

Put Giancarlo Stanton in Coors Field, and what do you get? Moon shots. No, seriously, this ball looked like it was going to land directly on the earth's natural satellite. And judging by pitcher Josh Roenicke's reaction, he likely anticipated that being the case as well. When Stanton's absolute bomb finally did land, it plunked off the center-field bleachers just about...
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August 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Serge Ibaka Agrees to Four-Year, $48 Million Extension With Thunder

Serge Ibaka has become a beast in Oklahoma City's frontcourt, and it looks like he'll stick around for a while. Ibaka and the Thunder have agreed to a four-year extension worth $48 million, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. Ibaka has led the NBA in blocks two straight seasons, including averaging a league-high 3.7 stuffs per contest last year. That shot...
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August 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Tommy Kelly Rips Kevin Kolb, Calls Cardinals Quarterback 'Scared,' 'Skittish'

Kevin Kolb isn't really that good. No, it's not because he royally messed with my fantasy football team last season. It's because his production simply hasn't been there, despite the quarterback receiving a nice payday from the Cardinals prior to last season. Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly thinks there's some glaring reasons for Kolb's struggles at the...
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August 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Do Major League Umpires Have Enough Accountability for Their Actions?

For as long as there have been umpires, there has been umpire controversy. And until the human race develops to a point where no one ever makes mistakes, people will complain about umpires. The latest individual to voice his frustration was Orioles first baseman Mark Reynolds, who was the victim of a bad call in the fifth inning of Friday night's game against the Tigers. On the...
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August 18, 2012  |  Discuss
BOYS IN BLUE

Mark Reynolds blasts umpires

Mark Reynolds blasted the umpires who overturned a call during the Orioles' loss to the Tigers. He clearly was unhappy. 

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August 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Larry Bird Personified Greatness for 13 Season With Celtics (Video)

The fans never wanted him to leave, but Larry Bird's back would no longer allow him to play with the same zeal he had for more than a decade. So 20 years ago Saturday, Bird announced his retirement after 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics. Bird took with him three NBA championship rings, three Most Valuable Player trophies and numerous other honors, including 12 All-Star games...
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August 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Absence of Vicente Padilla, Mark Teixeira Matchup Stunting Excitement of Red Sox-Yankees Rivalry

The Red Sox are experiencing arguably the most turbulent week of the season, dropping two games to the Orioles while dealing with reports of clubhouse mutiny against manager Bobby Valentine. With a series against the Yankees, the pressure is only mounting for the Red Sox. They'll likely need the Rays, the Orioles, the Tigers, the Athletics and/or the Angels to go collapse ...
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August 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Live Blog: Jon Lester Looks to Continue Strong Effort In New York Against Yankees

8 a.m.: The Red Sox fell victim to the long ball on Friday night, dropping a game to the Yankees following five solo home runs off the bats of the Bronx Bombers. Franklin Morales was victimized by the New York bats en route to a 6-4 loss. But on Saturday Jon Lester will be on the mound, looking to continue with the solid form he showed when striking out 12 earlier in the week. The...
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August 18, 2012  |  Discuss

NHL Players Aren't Talking About Stopping Season, Still Ready to Get a Deal Done (Video)

The NHL players have been working with the league on a new collective bargaining agreement for months, and while there's still no deal in place the hope remains. NHLPA president Donald Fehr discussed the feeling amongst players at the current juncture after Friday's meetings, and Fehr explained that there is still a overwhelming sense of optimism that exists throughout. Check...
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August 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Franklin Morales 'Takes the Blame' For Tough Red Sox Loss in New York (Video)

Franklin Morales night didn't quite go as planned on Friday. The Red Sox starter tossed 5 1/3 innings against the Bronx Bombers but ultimately the home runs fell like raindrops at Yankee Stadium with the Yankees heading home with 6-4 win. The loss dropped the Red Sox back to four games under .500 and left Morales feeling like he was responsible. Check out the video above to see...
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FIBA Believes David Stern's Idea to Limit Olympic Players to Under-23 Is 'Premature'

The U.S. Men's basketball team brought home gold for a second consecutive Olympics last week. The competition was more fierce than in Olympics past, but it also saw many of the game's greatest players bow out due to the hefty toll on their bodies as well as the short recovery time for the upcoming NBA season. Enter: David Stern. During this year's tournament, the NBA...
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August 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox' Insistence on Finding Silver Lining Wearing Thin as Evidence to Contrary Piles Up

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. Franklin Morales didn't make many mistakes on Friday night against the Yankees, but every one he did make was loud. Nick Swisher had two solo home runs, Derek Jeter had one too and...
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August 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Nick Swisher Turns 'Rainmaker' on Full Blast, Powering Yankees to Homer-Happy Win (Video)

Nick Swisher was making it rain on Friday night -- in a baseball sense. The Yankees first baseman blasted two home runs off Red Sox pitching, two out of five home runs launched by the Bronx Bombers as they lived up to their billing. All of the blasts were of the solo variety, so the damage could have been much worse, but it was damage enough. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette is upset...
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August 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Sergio Agüero Proves Dominance Over Lionel Messi, After Being Named Most Influential Argentine

Sergio Agüero is the most influential Argentine, according to a ranking of the top 50 Celebrities from the country of the tango, put together by Forbes magazine. Among the Top 10 are also fellow soccer legends Lionel Messi and Diego Armando Maradona, as well as four other athletes: Manu Ginobili, Carlos Tevez, Juan Martin del Potro and Luis Scola. Although Messi is in second place...
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August 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Mark Sanchez Will Not Be One of League's Top 10 Quarterbacks in 2012, No Matter What Bart Scott Says

Maybe Bart Scott is just taking a page out of Eli Manning's book. Because that is the only reason why Scott would predict that Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will break into the ranks of the NFL's top 10 passers in 2012. Before last season, Manning famously declared that he considered himself to be in the same class as Tom Brady and backed it up with a Super Bowl win over...
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August 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Bobby Valentine Keeps From Blowing His Top Despite Mounting Pressure From Critics

Bobby Valentine could be upset. Many fans probably wouldn't begrudge him a little emotion after all the turmoil that's been surrounding the Red Sox on a daily basis. Despite all the hubbub, though, Valentine kept from blowing his top. While there might be some anger smoldering beneath the surface, Bobby V is keeping his cool this year. However, with the Red Sox season teetering...
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August 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Currivan Alouidor Compares Beating Cancer to Playing for Bill Belichick Thanks to Jimmy Fund (Video)

Currivan Alouidor knows what it's like to battle through adversity after beating cancer not once but twice. After undergoing treatment for osteosarcoma, he compared the experience of getting treated at the Jimmy Fund to being part of the Patriots' well-oiled machine. "They have a system where you don't feel like you're in a system," he says of his treatment...
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August 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Yankees Able to Overcome Injuries Thanks to Contributions From Key Role Players (Video)

The Yankees have had their fair share of injuries this season, but that hasn't slowed down the Bronx Bombers one bit. Despite big-name players such as Alex Rodriguez sitting on the sidelines, the Yankees have continued chugging along, thanks to some shrewd moves made by general manager Brian Cashman. Ichiro Suzuki has been solid since joining the team in July and Casey McGhee...
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August 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Birthday Boy Dustin Pedroia Hinting at New Model of Success for Red Sox (Video)

Happy birthday, Dustin Pedroia! The Red Sox second baseman celebrated on Friday night by launching a three-run home run into the Yankee Stadium seats, giving the Red Sox a 4-3 lead early in the game. It's the second time that the Red Sox have had success from a player on his birthday -- Carl Crawford being the other -- and NESN Nation's Dan Duquette is wondering if the Sox...
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August 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Major League Baseball to Test New Advanced Replay Systems, Starting at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field

Major League Baseball's replay system may be getting a makeover. Owners agreed to test two advanced replay systems at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field next week, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. The systems would include a radar-based system and camera-based system, which would be similar to the replay structure used in tennis. MLB reportedly plans to analyze the method from...
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August 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Could Place Felix Doubront on Disabled List With Minor Knee Situation to Provide More Rest

The Red Sox skipped Felix Doubront's start in the rotation to give him a breather. Now, Doubront may receive extended time off. Before Friday's game against the Yankees, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine hinted at the possibility of placing Doubront on the disabled list. "He had a little knee situation that we wanted to make sure cleared up," Valentine told reporters...
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August 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Daniel Bard Regresses Again as Command Problems Resurface at Triple-A Pawtucket

Heading into September, Daniel Bard was a sure-fire candidate to be a call-up with rosters expanding. But his regression in Thursday's outing against the Yankees' minor-league affiliate could put that in jeopardy. Bard entered the game in the seventh inning with the PawSox leading 4-2. But his command problems resurfaced yet again, as he issued two walks, plunked a batter...
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August 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee Experiences Embarrassing Moment, Falling On the Ground After Checking His Swing (Video)

The 2012 season has been an anomaly for Cliff Lee. Usually one of the league's best pitchers, the Phillies ace didn't notch his first win of the season until July 4 despite delivering his share of quality performances. On Thursday, he experienced another strange occurrence, but this time it took place at the plate. During an at-bat against Brewers pitcher Jose Veras, Lee...
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August 17, 2012  |  Discuss
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