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Ashley Cole Says Farewell To Chelsea, Will Choose One Of Eight Clubs

Ashley Cole’s contract with Chelsea expires on June 30. Where he goes next is anyone’s guess. Cole, 33, appears destined to end his eight-year Chelsea career this summer, and a host of clubs are preparing contract offers for the veteran fullback. Cole’s contract talks with Chelsea have come to a standstill, and he used Twitter to bid farewell to the Blues and their fans on...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Place Felix Doubront On 15-Day DL, Announce Stephen Drew Signing

The Boston Red Sox shuffled their roster Wednesday afternoon, replacing one 2013 World Series champion with another. The team placed left-handed starter Felix Doubront on the 15-day disabled list and officially announced the signing of shortstop Stephen Drew to a contract through the end of this season. It's official! #RedSox today agreed with SS Stephen Drew on a one-year contract...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Tracy Wolfson Named Sideline Reporter For ‘Thursday Night Football’

Now that CBS will be airing “Thursday Night Football” starting in 2014, the network did some shuffling in its on-air personalities. On Wednesday the network announced that longtime college football sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson will move to the NFL sidelines. Wolfson had a commanding presence over the last 10 years as CBS’ lead college football reporter covering the SEC....
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Novak Djokovic Donates Italian Open Winnings To Serbian Flood Victims

Novak Djokovic came up big both on and off the tennis court on Sunday. The 26-year-old tennis star won his third career Italian Open when he took down rival Rafael Nadal in the finals, taking home a total of $749,934. Rather than keeping the money for himself, Djokovic donated his entire winning check to help aid relief efforts for massive floods that recently hit his native country...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Winning MMA Fighter Taps Out For Losing Opponent’s Safety (Video)

MMA fighters are known for their ruthlessness, but even they can have displays of true sportsmanship. Amateur flyweight fighter Mike Pantangco was clearly winning a recent MMA fight, when he ended the bout because his opponent refused to tap out and Pantangco was worried about hurting him. The unpaid bout took place in the Prison City Fight League, and Pantangco gave a pretty good...
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WNBA To Launch Marketing Campaign Aimed At LGBT Community

NEW YORK — The WNBA is launching a campaign to market specifically to the LGBT community, a move that makes it the first pro league to specifically recruit gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered fans to its games. With the campaign, the WNBA is capitalizing on what it has known for years: The community makes up a significant portion of its fan base. The difference now is that...
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Report: Patriots Try Out Four, Including Running Back Ronnie Brown

The New England Patriots are keeping their options open at running back and tight end. The Patriots tried out two running backs, Ronnie Brown and Brian Leonard, and two tight ends, Nate Byham and Ben Hartsock, on Tuesday, Howard Balzer reported Wednesday. Brown has 1,261 career rushing attempts for 5,328 yards and 38 touchdowns in nine NFL seasons. He spent 2013 with the San Diego...
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Mario Balotelli Racially Abused By Young Fans At Italy Practice

FLORENCE, Italy — Police had to intervene after Mario Balotelli was subjected to racist chants at Italy’s 2014 FIFA World Cup training base on Wednesday. Kids outside the Coverciano complex were responsible for the chants, and Balotelli appeared visibly disturbed. The training session was open to media, and Balotelli could be heard saying as he ran by reporters, “Only in Rome...
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Patriots Post-Draft Roster Reset: Duron Harmon In Safety Competition

Cutting Steve Gregory in February showed that the New England Patriots have confidence in one of their young players to step up and start next to Devin McCourty at safety in 2014. The Patriots also decided not to spend on a high-priced free-agent safety, and they didn’t use a draft pick on a defensive back until the sixth round of the 2014 NFL draft. Over the last two weeks, NESN...
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Red Sox Fan Makes Most Casual Foul Ball Catch You’ll Ever See (Video)

In the past, we’ve seen fans go to great lengths to get their hands on a foul ball at a Major League Baseball game. This guy had one practically fall in his lap and didn’t even stop chewing his popcorn. In the fifth inning of Tuesday night’s game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays, Dioner Navarro hit a ground-rule double that bounced into the left field stands...
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Danny Ainge, Celtics Ready For Busy Month Ahead Of NBA Draft

Like the Jeffersons, the Boston Celtics could be moving up. Like Billy Joel, they could be moving out. Like Ke$ha, they could be going down. Or maybe, like Lisa Loeb, they will stay. Danny Ainge covered all those possibilities for the Celtics’ two first-round draft picks after Tuesday’s NBA draft lottery made it official that the Celtics will select at Nos. 6 and 17. In a 10...
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Aaron Hernandez’s Arraignment In 2012 Double Murder Set For May 28

BOSTON — Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez’s arraignment on charges that he fatally shot two men in Boston has been scheduled for next week. Hernandez is scheduled to be arraigned on two murder charges May 28. Prosecutors say Hernandez shot Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado as they sat in a car in the city’s South End in July 2012 after a chance encounter...
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Thomas Vanek On Habs’ Fourth Line At Practice; Dustin Tokarski To Start Game 3

The Montreal Canadiens are just two losses from seeing their season end, and there might be changes on the way as the Eastern Conference finals shift to New York. The Habs trail the Rangers 2-0 in the conference finals, and they’ll look to get their first win of the series on Thursday night in Game 3 at Madison Square Garden. Montreal may feature a different look with their lineup...
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A’s Trying To Bring George Michael, ‘Careless Whisper’ Singer, To Game

When Oakland A’s outfielder Josh Reddick stepped to the plate to the sultry tune of George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” last Monday, A’s fans went wild. Imagine if George Michael himself showed up at the O.co Coliseum. That’s what the A’s hope will happen, as the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the club is working on getting the “Careless Whisper” crooner...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NBA Mock Draft: Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid Jostle For Top Billing

The order of picks in the 2014 NBA draft is finally known. Now the speculation and blind guessing about the likely selections can elevate from a slow simmer to an all-out fever pitch. Although the draft lottery was just held Tuesday night, this is the fourth installment of the ever-changing NESN.com NBA mock draft. Once again, No. 1 remains the same, although the jostling continues...
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Legally Blind Long Snapper Offered Preferred Walk-On Spot At Tulane

It’s not often that a high school long snapper makes national news. But Aaron Golub is no ordinary long snapper. Golub, a senior at Newton (Mass.) South High School, served as his team’s snapper for punts and extra points for the past two seasons despite being legally blind. Now, he’ll be taking his talents to the collegiate level after being offered a preferred walk-on spot...
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Olympic Figure Skater Meryl Davis Wins ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Meryl Davis joins the list of athletes who have reigned victorious on the ABC show ‘Dancing With the Stars.” Davis was crowned champion Tuesday night of season 18 of the hit show, joining Apolo Ohno, Kristi Yamaguchi and Shawn Johnson, according to NBC Sports. The Olympic ice dancer and her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, beat out finalists U.S. Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy...
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Yasiel Puig Helps New Yorkers Celebrate With Wild Bat Flips (Video)

Yasiel Puig has gotten good at many things since bursting onto the MLB scene in 2013. One of those things is the bat flip, a celebration that the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder has perfected in quite the awesome fashion. The Dodgers had an off-day Monday before beginning a three-game series with the New York Mets, and Puig took that opportunity to visit the MLB Fan Cave and watch New...
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Patriots Rookie Contracts: James White Signs Four-Year, $2.6M Deal

The NFL’s collective bargaining agreement has made signing rookie contracts into a formality rather than a struggle. Every player drafted in the first round signs a four-year contract with a fifth-year option, and every player drafted in Rounds 2 through 7 signs a four-year deal. Each draft slot has an amount of money in which the contract can max out, so a player drafted higher...
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Bruins’ Talks With Jarome Iginla Should Be Top Storyline Of B’s Offseason

BOSTON — The Bruins sound like they want to re-sign Jarome Iginla. It sounds like Iginla would like to re-sign with the Bruins. Accomplishing that, however, might be a little bit tricky. All parties involved have indicated they would like extend their relationship for another season, and why wouldn’t they? The future Hall of Famer was one of the Bruins’ best players this past...
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Johnny Manziel Endorses Andrew Wiggins For Cavaliers’ No. 1 Draft Pick

Drake’s track “Draft Day” might have been on to something. You’ve likely have heard — or at least heard of — the song, which opens with shout-outs to newly drafted Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel and highly touted Kansas basketball prospect Andrew Wiggins. Manziel even used it as his walk-out tune after the Browns finally ended his draft-night slide. Now...
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Lance Stephenson Scores On Tip-In With 0.1 Seconds Left In Half (Video)

It is a well-established NBA rule that at least 0.3 seconds need to be on the clock for a player to get a shot off before the buzzer. So when the Indiana Pacers got set to inbound with 0.1 seconds left in the first half of their NBA playoff game against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night, they appeared to be, for lack of a better word, screwed. Enter Paul George and Lance Stephenson...
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Hero Cat ‘Throws’ Out First Pitch At Baseball Game (Video)

The cat that recently saved a young boy from a vicious dog attack threw out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game. Kind of. Tara the cat was the guest of honor at Tuesday night’s Single-A Bakersfield Blaze game, and with a little help from her owner, she tossed out the ceremonial first pitch. Tara’s story went viral after she was shown on family security video...
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Pacers’ Paul George ‘Blacked Out’ After Collision With Dwyane Wade (Video)

Concussions aren’t nearly as serious a concern in basketball as they are in football, but doctors can’t be pleased to hear what Paul George had to say Tuesday night. The Indiana Pacers swingman took a knee to the head from Dwyane Wade while the two fought for a loose ball during the fourth quarter of the Pacers’ 87-83 loss to the Miami Heat. George played the rest...
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Vanessa Macias, Tim Duncan’s Girlfriend, Represents San Antonio (Photos)

Charles Barkley, you just got put on notice. Earlier in the NBA playoffs, the “Inside the NBA” analyst ripped the city of San Antonio, calling it a breeding ground for “big ol’ women” and a “gold mine for Weight Watchers.” Among those taking offense to Barkley’s comments was Vanessa Macias, the feisty girlfriend of San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan, who was seen at...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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