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Olympics Schedule for Friday Includes Track and Field, Tennis, Women's Soccer

The United States now lead all countries in the 2012 London Olympics with 37 medals, thanks to the efforts of Team USA's gymnastics and swimming teams Thursday night. Gabby Douglas won the gold medal in the all-around gymnastics competition, while teammate and Needham native Aly Raisman lost a tiebreaker at third place to see a bronze medal slip away. Michael Phelps continued...
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August 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Stewart Downing Takes Brendan Rodgers' Advice, Scores Winning Goal in LFC-Gomel Game

Stewart Downing has explained how taking Brendan Rodgers' advice paid instant dividends as he fired the winner in Liverpool's 1-0 victory over FC Gomel on Thursday night. The winger cut inside from the right and drilled a left-foot shot home in the 68th minute to settle a tough contest in Belarus and secure a result that means the Reds have taken a big step towards the UEFA...
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August 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Roger Goodell 'Absolutely' Wants Football in Olympics, Not Ruling Out London NFL Franchise

The NFL is undoubtedly growing in popularity, but commissioner Roger Goodell has his sights set much higher. Goodell was asked by guest host Mike Florio on The Dan Patrick Show if he wants football in the Olympics, and the commissioner responded positively. "Absolutely," Goodell said. "We're already taking steps to gain that IOC recognition. We have, I think, 64...
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August 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Bobby Valentine's Jab at Buster Olney Conjures Up Memories of Some of Sports' Best Media Tussles (Gallery)

It may be tough to imagine, but just one year ago, Bobby Valentine and Buster Olney were coworkers. Of course, coworkers don't always get along, and it's starting to look like Valentine and Olney may not have been the best of buds at ESPN. Either that, or things are much different now that Valentine is back in the manager's chair. Valentine took exception to some of Olney...
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August 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Bill Belichick Views Training Camp Fights as Part of Football, Doesn't Plan on Breaking Them Up

If more fights break out at Patriots training camp, don't expect Bill Belichick to get involved. It's not because the New England head coach isn't taking notice, but rather he understands that fights are part of what happens this time of year. "Football is competitive. We're in a competitive camp," Belichick said. "It's part of football. I don&...
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August 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Stewart Cink Tweets Support of Chick-fil-A, Calls Chain 'Values-Oriented Company'

Chick-fil-A has gotten everyone talking lately, including golfer Stewart Cink. Cink lent his support to the restaurant chain via Twitter this week, calling the fast-food joint "a values-oriented company." That tweet, as you'd expect, has led to plenty of feedback -- whether it be criticism or stamps of approval. That's essentially what happens whenever a professional...
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August 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirates Have Had Great Season, But Only Playoff Berth Can Make Year True Success

On July 25, 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates' record stood at 53-47, good for a tie for first in the National League Central. Optimism around Pittsburgh was higher than it had been in almost two decades. Even if they didn't make the playoffs, at least the Pirates had a good chance at finishing with the team's first winning record since 1992. But the team faltered badly down...
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Davis forgets to wear jersey

Impending NBA rookie Anthony Davis caught a lot of flak from his USA teammates after he forgot to wear his jersey to the team's game against Nigeria.

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Peyton Manning Leads Broncos as Early Favorites to Take AFC West Crown

The Denver Broncos had the NFL's most talked-about quarterback in 2011, and they will again for the 2012 season even though it’s a different player under center. The biggest player news this offseason centered on the Broncos as they signed future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning after he was released by Indianapolis. Manning missed last season after neck surgery and...
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'Total Recall' Shouldn't Worry About Measuring Up to Original, 'Man of Steel' Is No 'Batman' and More Movie Thoughts

The problem with making a remake is that it will always be judged against the original. For Total Recall, that might not be a bad thing. When Arnold Schwarzenegger was last running around Mars doing crazy things, the year was 1990. Movies were simple, they were campy and they were fun. Now, the bar has been raised exponentially. Every single decision made in making a movie is scrutinized...
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Red Sox Drop Opener to Twins, Must Rebound and Continue to Take Advantage of Lesser Teams

The Red Sox could potentially get back into the playoff race by winning every series they play the rest of th way. That wouldn't guarantee anything, obviously, but it would sure help. Along the way, a sweep or two might help, and with the lowly Twins in town this weekend, one would think it would be time for the Red Sox to sweep the series. With a nonexistent offensive performance...
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Justin Williams Makes Couple's Marriage Proposal Extra Special During Day With Stanley Cup (Video)

The Los Angeles Kings have found a lot of cool ways to enjoy their time with the Stanley Cup this offseason. Justin Williams decided to make one couple's engagement a special one. Williams' brother-in-law dropped to one knee and proposed to his girlfrien d of six years, Dana, during a boat ride with family and friends. Dana said yes -- which is always a plus -- and the entire...
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Ryan Lochte Wants Mel Gibson's Superpower, Mom Says Swimmer Has One-Night Stands

Hey, everyone wants to be loved. That includes American swimmer Ryan Lochte, who has emerged as one of the most popular and most polarizing athletes at the London Olympics. Lochte, who turned 28 on Friday, spends most of his time training in an effort to become the best swimmer possible, which makes finding Mrs. Right a difficult task. As a result, the Olympian's relationships...
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August 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Ryan Dempster Shelled in Rangers Debut, But Josh Hamilton Helps Get Him Off the Hook

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Hamilton got back on track and helped the Texas Rangers' offense stay on a roll on Thursday night. Hamilton drove in four runs and the Rangers bailed out Ryan Dempster in his Texas debut in a 15-9 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Hamilton hit .177 in July, but had his second four-RBI game of the season. He has 10 RBIs in his past nine games. "...
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August 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Boston Fan Mike Columbare One 'Face of the Nation' Sticking With Teams Through Good Times and Bad (Video)

Mike Columbare truly believes he was bred to be a Boston sports fan. The Malden, Mass. native roots for all of the local teams unwaveringly, and attributes that devotion to the sports culture that his parents surrounded him with growing up. For the past 12 years, Mike has traveled to Fenway Park to camp out for Opening Day tickets. According to his girlfriend Erin Galvin, "there...
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August 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Tuukka Rask Visits Jimmy Fund Clinic, Prepares for Life Without Tim Thomas (Video)

With Tim Thomas electing to take a year away from the NHL in 2012-13, Tuukka Rask is poised to become the starting goaltender for the Bruins as they shoot for a second Stanley Cup in three seasons. Rask seemed unsure what to make of Thomas' departure, but he appears determined to block out any extra attention he might receive because of it, remaining focused on his job stopping...
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August 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Seattle Seahawks' Three-Way Quarterback Battle Is in NFL, Whether You've Heard of It Or Not

You can have your quarterback battle in Tennessee -- no matter who wins, Jake Locker is taking over within a short amount of time. You can have your quarterback scrap in Cleveland -- old rookie or not, Brandon Weeden is still far better than Colt McCoy. You can have your running back squabble in New England -- whoever is deemed the starter, coach Bill Belichick is still likely to...
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August 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Jon Lester's Resurgence Far More Crucial Than Red Sox Frustrating Fall Back to .500

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. The string of hard luck continued for Jon Lester. But even as the Red Sox stud pitcher fell to a lowly 5-9 on the season with the loss, it appears the pitcher anticipated to be the ace...
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August 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Jon Lester Happy With Progress but Frustrated by Lack of Results (Video)

It wasn't the Jon Lester of old, but Thursday's performance was close. The 28-year-old lefty went eight innings, striking out seven and yielding three runs on seven hits. Normally, that would put the Red Sox in a good position to win the game, but the Sox' bats couldn't come through against the Twins' Samuel Deduno. Boston had just two hits on Thursday, both off...
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August 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Delmon Young Trying to Work Out Plea Deal in Hate Crime Case

NEW YORK -- Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young is trying to work out a deal with prosecutors in his hate-crime harassment case, his lawyer said Thursday. Young appeared briefly in a Manhattan court Thursday for an update on the misdemeanor case. He's accused of yelling anti-Jewish epithets at a group of tourists, tussling with them and tackling one to the ground in April...
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August 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Legacy of 1992's Dream Team Lives on With Carmelo Anthony-Led Dominance of Nigeria in 83-Point Win

No matter the year, 2012 or 1992, it suffices to say that the United States is better than every other country in the world at basketball. They might not play like the best team at times, but one glance at the scoreboard on Thursday night was pretty definitive evidence that yes, the legacy of the Dream Team lives on 20 years later. The U.S. men are better than anyone else at this...
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August 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Samuel Deduno Dishes Out 'Double Disappointment' As Red Sox Fail to Capitalize on Jon Lester's Strong Outing (Video)

Samuel Deduno vs. Jon Lester appeared to be a mismatch. It was, but not in the direction that you'd expect. The Twins scratched out three runs against Lester and the Sox couldn't get going against Deduno, as the Minnesota Twins stole the first game of their four-game set against Boston at Fenway Park. It's not what the Red Sox needed after gaining a little momentum against...
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August 02, 2012  |  Discuss

MLB Facebook Hacker Must Have Gotten Hold of Red Sox Lineup's Password, Too (Video)

Whoever got a hold of the Yankees' Facebook page must be working their way up to bigger things. How else to explain the Red Sox' struggles against a no-name pitcher like Samuel Deduno? NESN Nation's Dan Duquette is taking a look at the damage done by an unknown hacker on the social media front Thursday afternoon and figuring that there must be a connection to the Sox...
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August 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Browns Sold to Tennessee Truck-Stop Magnate Randy Lerner for More Than $1 Billion

CLEVELAND -- Here's one to make Cleveland fans shake their heads: a partial owner of the hated Pittsburgh Steelers is buying the Browns. Randy Lerner has reached a deal to sell the club to Tennessee truck-stop magnate Jimmy Haslam III -- a minority stockholder in the rival Steelers. Lerner will sell 70 percent of the Browns to Haslam now, with the other 30 percent reverting to...
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August 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Jon Lester's Fastball Command, Velocity Are Keys in Return to Form (Video)

Jon Lester didn't enjoy July. He went 0-3 with a 12.27 ERA over his final four starts of the month, allowing 41 baserunners in just 18 1/3 innings. But now that the calendar has turned to August, the lefty is hoping to return to the form that saw him post four straight seasons of sub-3.50 ERAs between 2008 and 2011. The Red Sox entered Thursday's matchup with the Twins just...
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August 02, 2012  |  Discuss
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