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Derrick Rose's Absence Already Felt, As Bulls Much Less Fierce Without Reigning MVP

The Chicago Bulls were thought to have enough firepower to overcome the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the playoffs despite losing Derrick Rose. Not so fast. The Sixers embarrassed the Rose-less Bulls on their home floor in Game 2, tying the best-of-seven series at a game apiece, and raising questions as to whether Chicago can overcome the loss of their All-Star point guard...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Live Blog: Daniel Bard and Brandon McCarthy Set to Face Off in Red Sox-Athletics Rubber Match

8 a.m. ET: Having fallen below .500 again with Tuesday's loss, the Red Sox (11-12) are looking to climb back to the win column against the Athletics (12-13). Daniel Bard is fresh off his best start of the season and his first victory as a starting pitcher. He has his eyes on replicating the magic from his last outing, where he tossed seven innings and struck out six. Bard, who...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Space Needle, Adventure Island Highlight List of Destinations on Red Sox' Trip to Oakland, Seattle and Tampa Bay (Photos)

Editor's note: Each Wednesday from April 11 to May 23, NESN.com will highlight some of the cities the Red Sox visit on road trips this season. This week, we spotlight Oakland and Seattle, where the Red Sox will play June 28-July 4. The Red Sox then move on to Tampa Bay for their next series, from July 13-15. Next week, we target Texas and New York City, where the Red Sox will...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Dont'a Hightower, Chandler Jones Should Solidify Patriots Defense and 19 Other NFL Thoughts

FOXBORO, Mass. -- The next team to win a Super Bowl in April will be the first. But as I wrote Monday, the Patriots continued to take steps toward Super Bowl XLVII with a killer performance in last week's draft. So, now seems like as good of a time as any to run through the draft class and make some assumptions that probably won't mean that much in three years. Unless they...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Kevin Garnett, Marquis Daniels Clamping Down on Defense in Fourth Quarter Set Tone for Celtics' Victory Over Hawks

When Marquis Daniels checked in for the Celtics early in the fourth quarter, Celtics fans could be forgiven for assuming there was some sort of clerical error. Daniels had played a grand total of 51 seconds in the first half after not seeing the floor at all in Game 1 of Boston's playoff series against the Hawks. His last meaningful postseason action came six years ago, and not...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Tyson Chandler Wins Defensive Player of the Year Award

The Knicks pursued Tyson Chandler for his defensive ability, and it appears their expectations have been fulfilled. Whether New York makes it past Miami in the first round of the playoffs is still in the air, but an Associated Press source reported early Wednesday morning that Tyson Chandler has been named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year. The official announcement is to...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss
HANDS-ON MATTER

Gruesome details from Amare's injury

Amar'e Stoudemire severely injured his hand by punching a fire extinguisher after Game 2, and the details are pretty nasty.

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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Todd McShay to Recap 2012 NFL Draft on Wednesday's Dennis and Callahan

The NFL draft has come and gone, with the New England Patriots making some noise before it was all said and done. ESPN draft expert Todd McShay will be making an appearance on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan morning show at 8 a.m. on Wednesday to discuss the Patriots draft . McShay will also discuss some other major draft-day moves and what to expect from some of New England's...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Paul Pierce Submits Performance for the Ages to Keep Celtics Out of Dire Situation Against Hawks

Some of the most memorable plays of Paul Pierce's career have come within a hair of sheer disaster. So many times, Pierce has appeared to be moments from losing the ball, getting his shot blocked or picking up his pivot foot before suddenly executing a move no coach in his right mind would ever have taught him. Yet so many times, it has worked. It only made sense then that one...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Kevin Youkilis Absence Leaving Noticeable Hole in Middle of Red Sox Lineup

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 that sums up the day for the Red Sox. The Boston bats have been awfully loud lately. In the past 10 games, the Red Sox offense has produced 69 runs and the team is an impressive 7-3 over the stretch. So, the absence of a slow-starting...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Yoenis Cespedes Believes in Fellow Cuban Jose Iglesias's Hitting Capability, Hopes He Surrounds Himself With Right Mentors

BOSTON –– The speedy shortstop gripped Yoenis Cespedes' attention years ago. Each time the Athletics' outfielder turned on his television –– in his native country of Cuba –– he became enthralled with a teenage whiz that was shining for the junior national team. Turns out, that standout was Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias, who was promoted to the majors before...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Felix Doubront's Tough Start Is a Reminder He's Still a Rookie, Adjusting With Each Start

BOSTON –– It's normal to forget that Felix Doubront is a rookie. Prior to Tuesday's 5-3 loss, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine recognized the fact. In Doubront's first four stats, the lefty was arguably the most effective pitcher in the rotation, having allowed 10 runs over 22 innings. For a rookie –– a first-time, full-time starter –– there will be shortcomings...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Daniel Bard Says 'I Want to Take the Ball Every Time They Ask Me To' (Video)

Daniel Bard has had plenty of discussion surrounding his role with the Red Sox this year. He's made several quality starts but also came on in relief in Minnesota to get a win for the Sox. Bard talks about how he fits with the team and its expectations on NESN Daily.
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

New Jersey Devils Blast Past Philadelphia Flyers to Even Series (Video)

PHILADELPHIA -- Adam Larsson watched Game 1 from the press box, dressed sharply in a suit and tie. From the rafters, he sat helplessly as he watched his New Jersey Devils lose a tough road opener in this Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Flyers in overtime. In Game 2, though, he received his chance to shed the suit and don a uniform. And the 19-year-old rookie took...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Lars Anderson Demoted to Triple-A, No Corresponding Move Has Been Announced

BOSTON –– Lars Anderson is heading back down to Triple-A. After Tuesday's 5-3 loss against the Athletics, Anderson was summoned into Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine's office. Shortly after the conversation, the first baseman and outfielder started cleaning out his locker. The Red Sox haven't announced a corresponding move for Anderson. General manager Ben Cherington...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Mike Aviles Leads Ninth-Inning Rally for Red Sox (Video)

The Red Sox didn't get the win Tuesday night, but they did put up a fight. Mike Aviles led the ninth-inning rally, driving in two runs on a bases-loaded single to cut the Athletics' 5-1 lead in half before the Red Sox were retired for good. Aviles talks about the team's fighting spirit during Red Sox Clubhouse Uncut.
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May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics Both Even First-Round Series With Wins on the Road

Fears that the Bulls would crumble without Derrick Rose were not premature. Chicago wilted in its first game without its dynamic point guard, coughing up an eight-point lead as the Sixers evened the series before heading back to Philadelphia. Theirs was the second of two Tuesday night games to go to the road team, as the Celtics also won in Atlanta to pull that series to 1-1. Here...
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May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Josh Smith's Status Uncertain After Hawks Forward Sprains Left Knee Late in Game 2 Against Celtics

For more than 37 minutes, the Celtics were nearly helpless to stop Josh Smith when he was on the floor. For the final four minutes, Smith was helpless to stop the Celtics. Smith left with 4:20 remaining in Game 2 in Atlanta on Tuesday with what was initially called a sprained left knee. When he left the game, the Hawks trailed by only two points, but without him their deficit gradually...
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May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Cody Ross-Led 'Rainy Rally' Ultimately Falls Short Despite Exciting Finish (Video)

The Red Sox bats heated up at the end of this one, but ultimately it wasn't enough and the A's survived a late rally to take this one. Cody Ross stayed red-hot throughout, however, collecting three of the team's seven hits while wearing a fancy, fuzzy neckwarmer. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette wants to know how quickly we can get everybody else in the lineup a neckwarmer...
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May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Nate Ebner Earns 'Leonidas' Nickname, Dubbed Ohio State's Most Valuable Player for Strong Work Ethic

The legend of Nate Ebner is consuming all of New England. The Patriots' sixth-round draft pick was initially met with the lice effect, as many in the NFL universe scratched their heads while trying to figure out Ebner's deal. He was listed as an Ohio State safety, but he only played three snaps on defense last season. And his biography had more impressive details about his...
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May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Paul Pierce 'Tebows' After Leading Celtics to Big Playoff Win (Video)

Paul Pierce did his best Tim Tebow impersonation on Tuesday night. The Celtics captain scored 36 points in Boston's Game 2 win in Atlanta, leading Boston back from as many as 11 down in the second half onto a 87-80 win. Pierce's heroics were rather reminiscent of some of Tebow's comeback victories during the 2011-12 football season. The Truth flexed his basketball muscles...
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May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Vancouver Canucks Forward David Booth Kills 'Chara-Sized' Bear in Hunt

David Booth wasn't with the Canucks when they lost to the Bruins in last year's Stanley Cup Final. He wasn't even in the lineup the only time the teams faced each other again this season -- he was sidelined with a sprained right knee when the Canucks returned to the Garden in January. But the Vancouver forward has obviously spent enough time with his Vancouver teammates...
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May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

'Dark Knight Rises' Trailer, Manny Ramirez Saga Offer Striking Similarities (Video)

The latest The Dark Knight Rises trailer is out, and obviously the Internet is going bonkers about it like the Internet is wont to do. At first glance, this might not have anything to do with baseball, but upon closer examination, there is a little bit of a parallel between how Batman is handling his business and how Manny Ramirez is dealing with his. For starters, both Batman and...
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May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper's Softball Skills Launch Debate of Which Current Player Is Best Suited for Slow-Pitch (Video)

Bryce Harper can hit a baseball. This much we know. Now, after he was spotted playing slow-pitch softball near the Washington Monument, we also know that he can do that, too. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette thought he would ask our Twitter followers what other current major league players would be the ideal softball player. Spoiler alert: they're mostly lefties, for some reason...
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May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Aaron Rodgers Passes on 'Saturday Night Live,' Leaving Eli Manning to Draw the Laughs

Aaron Rodgers wouldn't dare play a game without preparing, and it appears he has the same work ethic when it comes to comedy. Rodgers told 1090 AM San Diego this week that he has been asked to host Saturday Night Live, but he said no because he didn't think he'd have time to do it well. "I have been invited," he said. "I want to do it right, and the commitment...
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May 01, 2012  |  Discuss
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