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Belgium Advances To World Cup Round Of 16 With 1-0 Win Over Russia

After a comeback win against Algeria in its opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Belgium needed just one more win to advance to the elimination round. Belgian striker Divock Origi got the job done, delivering a tie-breaking goal inside the last three minutes of regular time to lift his team to a 1-0 win over Russia at Rio De Janeiro’s Maracana on Sunday afternoon. Origi broke...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Carmelo Anthony To Opt Out Of Final Year Of Knicks Contract

Let the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes begin. The New York Knicks star has decided to opt out of the final year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, multiple sources told ESPN on Sunday. Several reports indicating that Anthony wanted out of New York have surfaced recently, with the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets emerging as the latest potential suitors for the 30...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

USA-Portugal World Cup 2014 Live: Team USA Can Advance With Win

3 p.m. ET: The United States’ men’s national soccer team has already reached a crossroad in its journey at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and its performance at this Amazonian juncture could determine its fate. The United States takes on Portugal at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, on Sunday in the teams’ second game in Group G, the so-called “Group of Death.” Team USA can...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Garin Cecchini Becomes Latest Red Sox Prospect To Tackle New Position

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for Boston Red Sox prospect Garin Cecchini. Cecchini, who made his major league debut on June 1 during the first of two separate call-ups, became the latest Red Sox farmhand to tackle a new position Sunday. Cecchini started in left field for Triple-A Pawtucket, marking the first time in his professional career he started at a position other than...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Aaron Hernandez Briefly Taken To Hospital For Treatment Over Weekend

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was briefly taken to the hospital for treatment of a “medical issue” this weekend, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson confirmed on Sunday. Hernandez was transported from the Bristol County House of Corrections in Dartmouth, Mass. to St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford late Saturday morning in what Hodgson called a ...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox-Athletics: Boston’s Offense Looks To Wake Up In Series Finale

2 p.m.: Xander Bogaerts will return to the starting lineup Sunday after sitting out Saturday’s game. Bogaerts is in the midst of a major slump, hitting .093 (4-for-43) over his last 12 games. That includes an 0-for-12 stretch over his last three games, dropping his season average to .265 and his on-base percentage to .350. Stephen Drew will be out of the lineup Sunday against left...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Derrick Rose Looks Like Old Self, Has No Practice Limitations

Derrick Rose may finally be back to full strength again. The Chicago Bulls point guard is playing 5-on-5 on a “daily basis” and no longer has any practice restrictions, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports. In fact, the 25-year-old “looks like the old Derrick Rose,” according to a witness. “The Bulls are emboldened by their options and flexibility heading into the draft...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Adam Wainwright Rocks Patriotic Face Paint To Support U.S. Soccer (Photo)

Apparently Adam Wainwright is a pretty big soccer fan. The 32-year-old St. Louis Cardinals ace returned to the hill Saturday after missing one start with an elbow injury and allowed just one run over eight innings. What he had reporters talking about on Sunday morning, however, was his creative way of showing his support for Team USA in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Adam Wainwright is...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonathan Herrera To Replace Stephen Drew In Red Sox’s Finale Vs. A’s

The Boston Red Sox will have one more chance to get their bats going against the Oakland Athletics, but Stephen Drew won’t be in the lineup to do so. The Sox take on the A’s at 4 p.m. Sunday in the series finale of a four-game set, and Jonathan Herrera will get the call at shortstop and bat seventh in the place of Stephen Drew, who is hitless in his last 16 at-bats. Xander Bogaerts...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Argentina’s Soccer President: Diego Maradona A ‘Jinx’ At 2014 World Cup

When Argentina was blown out by Germany in the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup, many blamed head coach Diego Maradona for the team’s early exit. Maradona is no longer Argentina’s coach, but he’s still getting blamed for the team’s difficulties at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Julio Grondona, the president of the Argentine Football Foundation, raised eyebrows on Saturday by...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Jurgen Klinsmann: U.S. ‘Very Well Prepared’ For Heat At 2014 World Cup

Christiano Ronaldo and the Portuguese won’t be the only things the United States will battle on Sunday. The U.S. men’s national team will play its second game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup at the Arena de Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, a remote city located in the Amazon rainforest that’s known as one of the hottest and most humid locations of the World Cup. Weather forecasts predict...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Bulls looking like favorite to land Carmelo Anthony?

Carmelo Anthony is exploring the possibility of joining the Chicago Bulls as the deadline approaches for the New York Knicks star to opt out of his contract, league sources told ESPN.com on Sunday. According to the report, Anthony has spoken with a high-profile person living in Chicago about what the city is like. The Bulls have inquired about Anthony as well, as head coach Tom...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Taiwanese Animators Create Strange Highlights From USA-Ghana (Video)

By this time, most fans have seen the highlights from the United States’ 2-1 win over Ghana on Monday. This video recap from Taiwanese Animators, however, isn’t your normal highlight. The video takes several shots at America’s lack of interest in soccer, featuring an ode to American football, some United States-Ghana foosball action and a hilarious depiction of what happened...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres Pitcher Alex Torres Wears Gigantic Protective Cap In Game (Photo)

Given all the recent head injuries to MLB hurlers, San Diego Padres relief pitcher Alex Torres isn’t taking any chances. Torres became the first pitcher to wear a protective cap in Saturday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The hat, which is made with extra padding to absorb impact, was designed by isoBlox. Brandon McCarthy, Juan Nicasio, Alex Cobb, and, most...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers Hire Gerard Gallant, Former Habs Assistant, As New Head Coach

SUNRISE, Fla. — Gerard Gallant and Jonathan Huberdeau had a wildly successful coach-player relationship at the top level of junior hockey. The Florida Panthers hope they will again in the NHL. Gallant was hired Saturday to coach the Panthers, a move that reunites him with Huberdeau, a young forward who is considered one of the franchise’s biggest keys to rebuilding. Gallant replaces...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Announcer Makes Fantastic Grab, Gives Ball To Young Fan (Video)

Rex Hudler looks like he still can play the field in the big leagues. Hudler played every position except pitcher and catcher during his 13-year major league career. Now an announcer for the Kansas City Royals, Hudler used his old skills to make a fantastic grab in the broadcast booth. Your browser does not support iframes. The catch is not only great, but his celebration isn’t...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Portuguese Star Cristiano Ronaldo To Start Against U.S. In World Cup

Portugal will have its star striker on the field Sunday against the United States. Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been nursing knee and thigh injuries, will be ready to go for the Group G game at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, according to Portugal coach Paulo Bento. “Cristiano played the last game,” midfielder Raul Meireles said, via ESPN. “He trains every day with all of...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Celtics Host Pre-Draft Workout For Three Potential Prospects (Video)

The Boston Celtics struggled in 2013-14, but now they’re looking to the future. In preparation for this year’s NBA draft, the Celtics held a workout for three prospects on Saturday — Glenn Robinson III from the University of Michigan, JaKarr Sampson of St. John’s University and Niels Giffey from the University of Connecticut. Robinson, the son of former No. 1 overall pick...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Dustin Pedroia Briefly Provides Spark After Huge Break

The Boston Red Sox’s 10-game road trip is off to a disastrous start. The Red Sox, who swept the Minnesota Twins earlier this week at Fenway Park, have dropped three straight to the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. Coco Crisp again delivered the finishing blow Saturday, lining an RBI single into right field in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the A’s a 4-3, walk-off win...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Offensive Futility Keeps Spoiling Boston’s Areas Of Strength

The Boston Red Sox’s offensive futility is becoming more troubling with each passing day. It’s as if the script is written before the actors even arrive on set. The Red Sox have scored three runs or fewer in each of their last eight games after suffering a 2-1, 10-inning loss to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday at O.co Coliseum. Amazingly, Boston has managed three wins in that...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Hope Solo’s Lawyer: Goalie Was Victim, Is ‘Not Guilty Of Any Crime’

SEATTLE — U.S. women’s soccer star goalkeeper Hope Solo was arrested at a suburban Seattle home early Saturday on suspicion of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew, but her attorney insisted that Solo herself was a victim in the altercation. “Hope is not guilty of any crime,” attorney Todd Maybrown said in an email to The Associated Press. “In fact, our investigation...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers Score Three Runs On One Wild Pitch During Crazy Play (Video)

Little League coaches everywhere are cringing after watching the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. Already up 5-2 over Colorado in third inning, the Milwaukee Brewers added three runs in the third inning without even taking a swing of the bat. Rockies pitcher Christian Friedrich uncorked a wild pitch that got by catcher Michael McKenry. The ensuing play makes the Bad News Bears look...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Dennis Eckersley Throws Out First Pitch Before Red Sox-A’s Game (Video)

Dennis Eckersley made a number of stops in his Hall of Fame career — including, of course, the Boston Red Sox — but arguably his most successful stint came with the Oakland A’s. The A’s are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their 1989 World Series this season, and they invited their former closer to throw out the first pitch before Sunday’s game against the Red Sox. Receiving...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Rubby De La Rosa Puts Ball In Red Sox’s Court With Impressive Showing

Rubby De La Rosa has controlled what he can control. The ball is in the Boston Red Sox’s court. De La Rosa turned in another impressive showing Saturday despite the Red Sox falling to the Oakland Athletics 2-1 in 10 innings at O.co Coliseum. The 25-year-old effectively has done everything in his power to lock down a spot in Boston’s major league rotation, although it’s possible...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

‘Out Of The Park’: Sunday’s Red Sox Game To Be Screened In Dorchester

For the second time this season, the Highland Street Foundation, Boston Red Sox and the City of Boston are working together to host “Out of the Park.” The free event will bring the feeling of a game at Fenway Park to fans at Franklin Park in Dorchester on Sunday, June 22. The Red Sox are on the road facing the Oakland Athletics, but fans can still experience the game as if...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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