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Florida State University Creates Bizarre New Mascot (Photos)

The Florida State University's traditional mascots, Osceola and Renegade, have some new competition. In addition to the original duo's tribute to Florida's Native American heritage, the Seminoles will soon bring in the more family-friendly Cimarron. This new mascot consists of a man dressed in a barely visible gray fur suit, tee shirt and shorts, clownishly large shoes...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Iran, United Arab Emirates Soccer Clubs Show International Soccer Has Sportsmanship (Video)

International soccer fans are some of the most passionate in the world. Unfortunately, that can often mean that competitive matches can turn ugly and sometimes even violent. In fact, we're less than three months removed from the tragic Egyptian match that erupted in violence and cost over 70 people their lives. Thankfully, two teams proved on Tuesday that it's not all bad...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Jason Licht Takes New Job With Cardinals, Leaving Void in Patriots Front Office

Jason Licht took a promotion Wednesday, leaving his perch as the Patriots' director of pro personnel to take over as the Cardinals' director of player personnel. You're probably staring at each title and wondering how one is better than the other, and that would be a normal reaction. The difference, basically, is Licht's new title mirrors that of Nick Caserio, who...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox' 1936 Throwback Jerseys Showing Off A's Organization's Sense of Humor (Video)

The Red Sox and A's are wearing throwback jerseys from 1936 on Wednesday. Why? Because Jimmy Foxx was sold from the A's to the Red Sox that year. So it makes sense for the Red Sox to want to celebrate one of their best players in franchise history, but why would the A's want to do that? Well, maybe they don't mind being reminded that they got rid of a good player...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Fenway Park, Mayor Thomas Menino Sponsor Young Adult Essay and Art Contest

With over 100 years of history, Fenway Park stands as one of the most well-known landmarks in the world of sports. After spending much of the first month of the 2012 baseball season commemorating the park's old memories, the Red Sox and Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino are teaming up to get a younger perspective on how the park has impacted its home city. Children and young adults...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Floyd Mayweather Jr. to Put Undefeated Steak on line Against Miguel Cotto May 5

Boxing just isn't the betting interest at the book that it used to be, as mixed martial arts has siphoned off a chunk of boxing interest and has become the largely more popular sport. But there are two boxers who drive the public interest and betting needle more than any other nowadays: Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Depending on whom you ask, either Mayweather or Pacquiao...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

'Brotherhood' of Red Sox Has Been Key in Team's Resurgence (Video)

Fans have to be feeling good about how the Red Sox are doing now. Sharing that optimism is the club's front office. Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino says management is more than pleased with how the team has come together, pointing to a "brotherhood" developing in the clubhouse so far this season. Lucchino shares his view on the team and its start to the season...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Tim Legler to Preview Celtics-Hawks Game 3 on Thursday's Dennis and Callahan

Paul Pierce helped lead the Boston Celtics to a huge 87-80 win over the Hawks in Atlanta on Tuesday night. The C's head back home in hopes of taking a 2-1 series lead over their opening-round foes. ESPN's Tim Legler will be joining the Dennis and Callahan show on Thursday morning to discuss the Celtics play so far this series, and to preview the C's chances of taking...
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Paul Pierce's Game 2 Heroics, Derrick Rose's Injury Could Key Celtics on Another Championship Run (Podcast)

After Paul Pierce's heroics in Game 2 of the Celtics-Hawks playoff series, the C's come home to Boston with the series tied at one game apiece and probably feeling pretty good about themselves. After the Truth's 36-point outburst to steal home court away from Atlanta, Boston will try to keep things rolling at the TD Garden with another key cog back in place. Rajon Rondo...
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Will Middlebrooks Leaves Past of Football, Minor League Success Behind as He Joins Red Sox (Video)

Will Middlebrooks' path has finally led to the big leagues. The hard-hitting infielder has been called up to take the place of Kevin Youkilis as the third baseman heads to the disabled list to deal with back pain. Middlebrooks' career path hasn't always been clear cut. He had promise as a high school football player, and he's spent time playing shortstop, too. Middlebrooks...
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Bountygate Suspensions Justified Given Saints' Poor Actions, Roger Goodell's Need to Send Message

Commissioner Roger Goodell continued to do the right thing Wednesday by levying overly harsh punishments to the Saints' players for their active roles in the team's bounty system. The suspensions are more valuable in the message they'll send to future players, but the four Saints deserve any repercussions they face for their participation in the bounty scandal. Linebacker...
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Red Sox Sign Mark Prior To Minor League Deal, Hope to Revive Once Promising Career

BOSTON –– Once a highly touted pitcher, Mark Prior will attempt to reinvent himself with the Red Sox. After evaluating Prior two weeks ago in Fort Myers, the Red Sox inked the 31-year-old to a minor-league deal on Tuesday. And general manager Ben Cherington envisions the right-hander as a potential reliever. "He looked good, the velocity's been good," Cherington...
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Fiorentina Fires Manager Delio Rossi After He Attacks Own Player for Protesting Substitution (Video)

When Delio Rossi woke up on Wednesday, he held the job of manager at Italian soccer club AC Fiorentina. He will go to sleep as the former Fiorentina following his attack on Adem Ljajic -- one of his own players. Rossi broke a number of written and unwritten rules when he grabbed and slapped Ljajic. Grown men are not supposed to fight men 31 years their junior. Managers are not supposed...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Aaron Cook to Start Saturday While Josh Beckett Deals With Lat Muscle Stiffness

BOSTON –– Aaron Cook has received his promotion. Now, he'll be rewarded with a start Saturday against the Orioles. Before Wednesday's game against Oakland, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine announced that Josh Beckett –– who was originally slated to start Saturday –– was experiencing stiffness in his right lat muscle. "Josh is going to just miss that one start...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Vote: Was Roger Goodell's Punishment of Saints 'Bountygate' Scandal Too Harsh?

Roger Goddell has already handed down plenty of punishment in connection with the New Orleans Saints "Bountygate" scandal. On Wednesday, the sanctions got just a bit worse. Three current Saints players and one former player were all handed suspensions for their role in connection to the "pay for pain" scandal. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma got the worst of it, being...
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Will Middlebrooks Fever Spreading Throughout Red Sox Nation With Third Baseman's Promotion (Video)

Will Middlebrooks is here! He's finally here! The Red Sox' highly-touted third base prospect is up with the big league team on Wednesday, and the moment couldn't have come a moment too soon for many Red Sox fans. Of course, that it came at the expense of a Kevin Youkilis trip to the disabled list is regrettable. Still, NESN Nation's Dan Duquette is psyched for Middlebrooks...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Jabar Gaffney Signs With Patriots

An already robust receiving corps in New England just got deeper. Former Patriots receiver Jabar Gaffney has signed with the team, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN. The Redskins released Gaffney this spring after one year with the club. He racked up 68 catches for 947 yards while with Washington. Gaffney was a wide receiver for the Patriots from 2006 to 2008. He then signed with...
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Will Middlebrooks 'Nervous' to Make Major League Debut As Sox Place Kevin Youkilis on DL

BOSTON –– The Red Sox have placed Kevin Youkilis on the disabled list. After missing three straight games with a stiff back, the third baseman said he was diagnosed with an "irritated joint." In the ninth inning on Tuesday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine attempted to convince Oakland that Youkilis would be pinch-hitting. But the Athletics didn't fall for the decoy...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Junior Seau Remembered for Friendly Attitude, Hall of Fame Career

The entire football world was stunned Wednesday afternoon after it was announced that Junior Seau had been found dead at his California home from an apparent suicide. The shocking news was felt by many football players, and members of the media who had covered Seau during the 20 seasons he spent in the NFL. Many players took to Twitter to express their condolences and sorrows over...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Will Middlebrooks Gets Start at Third Base as Daniel Bard Takes Mound Against A's

The back stiffness finally got to Kevin Youkilis, enough so to send him to the 15-day disabled list. But Youkilis' misfortune could be just the opportunity one of the Red Sox top prospects needed to break through in the big leagues. Will Middlebrooks will be getting the start at third base in Boston on Wednesday night, making his major league debut at Fenway Park. The 23-year...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Newcastle's Papiss Demba Cisse Buries Chelsea With Sensational Swerving Goal (Video)

Pappis Demba Cisse could very well be the best new signing of the Premier League season. The red-hot striker devestated Chelsea on Wednesday, scoring two two goals of the highest caliber. His second was a dipping, swerving effort that left fans breathless. With Newcastle leading Chelsea 1-0 late in the second half, the fourth official indicated that there would be 10 minutes of extra...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Junior Seau's Decorated Career Ended Without Super Bowl, But Linebacker Goes Down as NFL Legend (Photos)

We still don't know much about Junior Seau's final days, hours, weeks or even years, as there's plenty of mystery still surrounding his incredibly untimely death. What we do know, though, is what we learned from watching Junior Seau the football player over his years in the NFL. Seau, who played in the NFL for two decades, ended his career in 2009 as one of the greatest...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Junior Seau News Conference: Junior Seau Found Dead at Home

3:30 p.m.: It's an emotional scene outside Junior Seau's home right now, with his family, friends, neighbors and fans gathering. According to TMZ, they are now engaging in prayer. 3:25 p.m. ET: Junior Seau has been found dead at his home, marking a very sad day in the world of football. The police are ready to speak about the incident.
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Junior Seau's Free Spirit Shined Brightly in Locker Room, Whether Entertaining With a Guitar or Endless Football Knowledge

It's so difficult to see Junior Seau's life end this way. The future Hall of Fame linebacker was such a free spirit, so easy to be around. He cared about maximizing his life on the field and off, and he was always so happy. It's gut-wrenching to hear of his suicide. Seau spent the last four seasons of a 20-year career with the Patriots, and he was introspective, always...
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Follow Real Madrid-Athletic De Bilbao Match With Terra Sports' Live Blog

Real Madrid faces Athletic Bilbao with a chance to conquer the La Liga title with a win, regardless of the score of Barcelona vs. Malaga. You can follow the match with Terra Sports' live blog with pictures, narration and videos of the goal as they happen starting at 4 p.m. ET. Madrid will bring their star roster as they face the Europa League finalists in one of the toughest...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss
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