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Red Sox Notes: Jackie Bradley Jr. Failing To Show Offensive Improvement

The Boston Red Sox left the Steel City empty-handed. The Red Sox suffered a three-game sweep against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The Pirates squeaked out a 3-2 win in Thursday’s series finale, which featured an extremely bizarre play in the ninth inning. Boston now travels to Baltimore for three games against the American League East champion Orioles. Nine games remain...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox Should Consider Role Change For Brandon Workman In 2015

Brandon Workman once seemed like a lock for the Red Sox’s 2015 starting rotation. Now, Boston should take a long, hard look at whether the right-hander is better equipped for the bullpen. Workman overcame a shaky first inning Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates to toss five frames in which he allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits. It wasn’t Workman’s worst outing...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Giancarlo Stanton: ‘I Was Really Fortunate’ Face Injuries Weren’t Worse

Giancarlo Stanton is disappointed that he won’t be playing in all 162 Major League Baseball games, but he’s just happy he can still see. The Miami Marlins slugger spoke for the first time Thursday about the injuries he sustained — lacerations, facial fractures and dental damage — when he was hit in the face by a fastball from Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers on Sept....
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Reilly Smith, Torey Krug Among Bruins’ Top Questions For Training Camp (Video)

Hockey season is finally back. The Boston Bruins will participate in their first on-ice session of training camp Friday as they prepare for their 2014-15 campaign. With that preparation, however, comes a number of questions, especially regarding forward Reilly Smith and defenseman Torey Krug. Both players are free agents who have yet to re-sign with the team, and they could potentially...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Jemile Weeks Involved In Crazy Play In Red Sox’s Loss To Pirates (Video)

Not too many things have gone right for the Boston Red Sox this season. The Sox staged a late comeback against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night, but their rally was killed in part by a strange play involving pinch runner Jemile Weeks. As Weeks took his lead off third base with nobody out, Will Middlebrooks hit a chopper directly toward the third base bag that ended up hitting...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Find New Way To Lose Game To Pirates As 2014 Season Winds Down

Give the 2014 Boston Red Sox credit. They’re creative. Just when you thought the Red Sox couldn’t find any more ways to lose a baseball game, they discovered that squandering a ninth-inning rally requires only a well-placed chopper down the third base line. The Red Sox entered the ninth inning Thursday trailing the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 at PNC Park. Pirates closer Mark Melancon...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Devin Hester Hugs Falcons Security Guard After Scoring Touchdown (GIF)

Devin Hester is having himself quite the “Thursday Night Football” game, so it’s no surprise that he wanted to share his joy with someone else. The Atlanta Falcons return specialist rushed 20 yards for a touchdown during the second quarter of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he showed an unsuspecting security guard some love on his trip through the end zone...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Vick: Roger Goodell ‘Doing A Great Job’ As NFL Commissioner

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Michael Vick fully supports the man who gave him a second chance in the NFL. The New York Jets quarterback defended NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell while the league and its teams have come under heavy criticism during the past two weeks over how they are dealing with several players facing domestic violence allegations. “I think he’s doing a great job,...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Procter & Gamble Pulls Out Of Cancer Initiative With NFL

The NFL is having a tough time hanging on to sponsors nowadays. Procter & Gamble is reportedly the latest company to pull out of a partnership due to off-field incidents in the league, according CBS Sports sources. The company was supposed launch a league-wide breast cancer initiative on behalf of Crest toothpaste. The campaign, which would have taken place during October for...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

PawSox Manager Kevin Boles To Spend Time With Red Sox’s Coaching Staff

Pawtucket Red Sox manager Kevin Boles will follow in the footsteps of several PawSox players this weekend. Boles, who recently guided Pawtucket to a Governors’ Cup victory, will join Boston Red Sox mangaer John Farrell’s coaching staff before Friday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, according to the PawSox’s official website. It’s unclear how much time...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Anheuser-Busch can end NFL contract without penalty

Anheuser-Busch has long been one of the NFL’s most prominent sponsors. According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, however, the brewing company’s contract with the league isn’t exactly set in stone. A source with a copy of the six-year, $1.2 billion contract told Rovell that Anheuser-Busch could “unilaterally end” it’s deal with the NFL “if a ‘league-wide’ event ‘brings...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Jeremy Jacobs ‘Confident’ Bruins Will Return To Stanley Cup Level

BOSTON — The annual “State of the Bruins” was held Thursday night at TD Garden. Season ticket holders had the opportunity to ask questions to team ownership, president Cam Neely, general manager Peter Chiarelli, head coach Claude Julien and David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara. After the event, Bruins owner and NHL Board of Governors chairman Jeremy Jacobs talked...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Play Prank On Bryce Brentz After Rookie’s First MLB Hit (Video)

A player’s first MLB hit is something he’ll always remember. That’s certainly the case for Boston Red Sox rookie Bryce Brentz, but for more than one reason. After getting the call from Triple-A Pawtucket before Wednesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Brentz delivered by smacking a pinch-hit double in first major league at-bat. As is tradition, the Red Sox tracked...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Jerome Simpson Released By Vikings Following More Legal Trouble

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings released Jerome Simpson on Thursday following the revelation of more trouble for the wide receiver: three misdemeanors related to a previously unreported incident this summer. Simpson is facing charges of driving on a limited driver’s license, possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle and having an open bottle in a motor vehicle, according...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Brock Holt Could Play In Instructional League After Red Sox’s Season

The Boston Red Sox aren’t ready to close the book on Brock Holt’s 2014 season. Holt received some “encouraging news” after meeting with concussion specialist Micky Collins on Thursday, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell. The utility man, who has been sidelined with a concussion since Sept. 5, could resume baseball activities Friday in the hopes of returning before...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

‘Thursday Night Football’ Injuries: Doug Martin, Roddy White Inactive

The third installment of NFL “Thursday Night Football” will be without some considerable star power on both sides. Ahead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ matchup with the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome, the Bucs have deactivated running back Doug Martin, while the Falcons have deactivated wide receiver Roddy White. Martin practiced this week after sitting out Week 2 with a...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Middlebrooks: ‘I Love The Pressure To Win’ With Boston Red Sox

Will Middlebrooks’ career appears stuck in the mud. You’d never know it based on his positive attitude. Middlebrooks, currently in the midst of his second consecutive down season, believes he’ll be the Red Sox’s starting third baseman on Opening Day 2015. The 26-year-old also is welcoming whatever challenges come his way, as he’s confident he’ll ultimately prevail within...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

John Farrell: Brock Holt Returning In 2014 ‘Not Out Of The Question’ (Video)

Brock Holt has pretty much done it all this season. At the moment, though, he’s not doing much of anything. The Boston Red Sox utilityman was diagnosed with a concussion last Friday that stemmed from his collision with Dustin Pedroia on Aug. 25. He hasn’t played since Sept. 5. While the Sox don’t have much left to play for in 2014, Red Sox manager John Farrell noted before...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Bruins Launch ‘Little Bruins’ Youth Hockey Program In Massachusetts

If you have young children who want to play hockey, then the Boston Bruins have a new program for you. The team announced their “Little Bruins” Learn To Play Hockey program Thursday, which is available to all children ages five through eight and will be hosted at six different hockey rinks in Massachusetts. “I have said many times that we are stewards of the game of hockey...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

BAA: Registration For 2015 Boston Marathon Now Officially Closed

The 2014 Boston Marathon produced a record turnout of runners, and the race’s popularity will continue in 2015. The Boston Athletic Association announced Wednesday that registration for the 2015 Boston Marathon has officially closed, and that an additional registration period scheduled for Sept. 22 has been cancelled. The Sept. 22 date was originally set up for qualifying runners...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox-Pirates Live: Brandon Workman Looks To Find Way Vs. Pittsburgh

It’s been a long time since Brandon Workman won a major league baseball game. The Boston Red Sox enter Thursday’s series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates looking to avoid a three-game sweep at PNC Park. Workman will receive the nod, though his season has taken a turn for the worse after such a promising start to the year. Workman is 0-9 over his last 10 big league starts...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Injury Report: Julian Edelman (Back) Still Limited In Practice

FOXBORO, Mass. — Two of the New England Patriots’ offensive stars remained limited in practice Thursday. Julian Edelman (back) and Shane Vereen (shoulder) weren’t full participants in practice for the second straight day, according to the Patriots’ practice participation and injury report. Defensive end Michael Buchanan (ankle), linebacker Jamie Collins (thigh), offensive...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Liverpool’s Jon Flanagan Undergoes Knee Surgery, Out For ‘A Few Months’

Jon Flanagan won’t be defending or attacking Liverpool’s flanks anytime soon. On Thursday, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed that Flanagan has undergone surgery on his left knee, which will rule him out until November or December. “Young Jon Flanagan, unfortunately, has just had an operation that will probably have him out for a few months — which is disappointing...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Rafael Devers Headlines Red Sox’s 2014 Fall Instructional League Roster

As the 2014 Major League Baseball season nears its conclusion, the Boston Red Sox continue to work toward developing the organization’s next batch of big league stars. The Fall Instructional League already is underway. The Red Sox’s 2014 roster includes several intriguing prospects, including Rafael Devers, Manuel Margot and Michael Chavis. The Fall Instructional League is used...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon Marshall: Domestic Violence Is World ‘Epidemic,’ Not NFL Problem

Brandon Marshall is honest about his transgressions, but he has strong opinions about how they should be viewed by others. The Chicago Bears wide receiver was furious about how his history of domestic violence and his struggles with borderline personality disorder were portrayed in ESPN’s “E:60″ documentary about him. He expressed those feelings candidly at a 40-minute news...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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