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Logan Ryan’s Shutdown Ability, Logan Mankins’ Strong Play at Left Tackle Among Five Takeaways From Patriots-Ravens

There are not many reasons to complain about Bill Belichick‘s drafting this season. The Patriots would be in rough shape this year if the head coach/general manager didn’t hit on nearly every rookie he brought in this season. On Sunday alone, left guard Josh Kline, wide receiver Aaron Dobson, defensive tackle Chris Jones, linebacker Jamie Collins and cornerback Logan Ryan all...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Offense Not Perfect Without Rob Gronkowski, but Tight End’s Injury Will Not Tank Season

After the Patriots’ offense looked lost in the red zone in their first full game without Rob Gronkowski, it was looking like the season had ended prematurely. New England had reached its breaking point. And even if the team’s bandwagon wasn’t totally empty, it was getting pretty barren. Anyone remaining was peering over the sides, waiting to leap out at the first sight of...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

10 old school NBA logos that should come back

The Charlotte Hornets soon will be back. Although the logo won’t be exactly the same, the teal-and-purple motif should be enough to satisfy fans who have missed the color scheme ever since they were forced to give their old Starter jackets to Goodwill. The Hornets aren’t the only team that needs to dig into its past for the perfect logo. Several other teams could use some rebranding...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Bruins Relish Wins on Home Ice, Pride Themselves on Playing Same Game on Road As at Home (Video)

For the Bruins, there’s no place like home. In their last 14 games on TD Garden ice, the B’s are 12-0-2. Having been bitten by the injury bug (along with the suspension bug), the Bruins have done everything in their power to stay on top. The B’s hold a three-point lead atop the Atlantic Division standings, and will try to hold on to that position in their upcoming holiday matchups...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Carp Captures Red Sox’ World Series Celebration From Players’ Perspective With GoPro Camera (Video)

There a few venues more exciting than a major league clubhouse in the hours after a World Series championship, and video put together by the Shane Victorino Foundation gives fans an never-before-seen look at how the Red Sox celebrated their most recent title. Armed with a GoPro camera, Sox outfielder Mike Carp captured the final out of Game 6 against the Cardinals, the wild clubhouse...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

LeGarrette Blount Says He Meant No Disrespect to Ray Lewis With Dance, Linebacker Told Him to ‘Kill That Thang’

Some may have viewed LeGarrette Blount‘s touchdown dance during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s rout of the Ravens as a taunt aimed at former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis. But as Blount tells it, the celebration was more of an homage to the future Hall of Famer. The Patriots running back tweeted after the game that he meant no disrespect to Lewis, and that he got the backer’s...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Devin McCourty, Shane Vereen’s Injuries Do Not Deter Patriots, Who Win Despite Losing Two More Top Players

Going into the season, the Patriots best defensive lineman was Vince Wilfork, their best linebacker was Jerod Mayo and their best defensive back was Devin McCourty. New England was without all three on Sunday. McCourty left the game just minutes into the second half after banging his head on Ravens tight end Ed Dickson‘s leg. The details of his injury are not known, though it...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Rajon Rondo’s Return Not Imminent, Could Be Late February Before Celtics Point Guard Plays in Game

The best-case scenario became an impossibility long ago. Now the Celtics may have to move on to the third- or fourth-best scenario for Rajon Rondo‘s return. Rondo, who was initially targeted for an optimistic early-December return date, told reporters in Indiana that it could be more than a month or two before he gets back to playing in games. Speaking after the Celtics’ loss...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Full-Team, 60-Minute Effort Comes at Perfect Time As Playoffs Are Approaching

No one saw this coming. It wasn’t a must-win game for the Patriots, so why would they show up with their first 60-minute, full-team victory of the season? Maybe they needed a lack of pressure to finally churn out a four-quarter win. They didn’t dominate in the first or second half, Tom Brady didn’t put up 300 yards and the defense was not able to hold the Ravens’ offense...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Lance Stephenson Shows Off And Other Impressions From Celtics’ Loss to Pacers

We can all use a few days off after this one. As expected, the Pacers doused the Celtics on Sunday, but that didn’t make it any easier to watch. In every manner and from every angle, the Pacers dominated the Celtics just as one would expect from one of the three best teams, record-wise, in the NBA. But Lance Stephenson added insult to injury in the Celtics’ 106-79 loss. Stephenson...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Vote: Who Was the Top Performer in the Patriots’ Win Over the Ravens?

Those who were hoping for a tight, hotly contested rivalry game Sunday afternoon in Baltimore were sorely mistaken. The Patriots demolished the defending champion Ravens, building a 17-0 halftime lead and scoring three touchdowns in the final 2:05 of the fourth quarter en route to a 41-7 rout. LeGarrette Blount paced the Pats on the ground, rushing for a game-high 76 yards and two...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Logan Ryan, Logan Mankins, LeGarrette Blount Among Five Stars of Patriots-Ravens Game

A Patriots game finally did not come down to the wire. No last-second heroics were necessary, though New England’s defenders provided them anyway. There was nothing immediately on the line, either — the Patriots had already clinched a playoff spot and the AFC East prior to kickoff. But New England finally put together 60 minutes of quality football. It wasn’t the most impressive...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Tom Brady Left Hanging on Sideline After Tavon Wilson’s 74-Yard Interception Return (GIF)

Tom Brady may be one of the greatest quarterbacks of his generation, but how to pull off a successful high-five continues to elude him. After Tavon Wilson sealed the Patriots’ 41-7 domination of the Ravens with a fourth-quarter pick-six, Brady was spotted wandering the sideline looking to slap hands. Celebrating with the franchise quarterback is apparently not a very desirable...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

LeGarrette Blount Taunts Ravens, Breaks Out Ray Lewis Dance After Fourth-Quarter Touchdown (Video)

LeGarrette Blount‘s seven-yard touchdown run put the Ravens away for good on Sunday, and the Patriots running back made sure to rub some salt into the wounds of Baltimore fans. After galloping into the end zone to give New England a 27-7 lead, Blount broke out into an enthusiastic rendition of former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis‘ signature “squirrel dance.” The Patriots went...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Matt Flynn Nails Cameraman in Crotch With Pass During Packers-Steelers Game (GIF)

As if standing outside in the snow for three hours isn’t bad enough, Matt Flynn made one poor cameraman’s Sunday even worse. With Lambeau Field living up to its “frozen tundra” billing and the Packers driving deep into Steelers territory, Flynn decided to loft a second-down pass out of the back of the end zone. The ball cleared the boundary with ease, but it made contact...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Seahawks 330-Pound Defensive Tackle Red Bryant Runs Full Speed, Bulldozes Cardinals Ball Boy (GIF)

The life of a NFL ball boy isn’t all that bad, but one Cardinals ball boy might be rethinking his job after Sunday. During the third quarter in Seattle on Sunday, Seahawks defensive tackle Red Bryant was in hot pursuit of a Cardinals running back headed toward the sideline. The 330-pound lineman had trouble slowing himself down on the wet grass as he rumbled out of bounds, though...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Strip Club Busted for Selling Counterfeit Patriots, Bruins, Red Sox Merchandise

A Brockton, Mass., strip club has come under fire for dealing knock-off New England sports memorabilia to its patrons. Police raided the Foxy Lady Brockton on Friday and found more than $10,000 in counterfeit Patriots, Red Sox and Bruins gear, according to the Boston Herald. A number of club employees were reportedly wearing the unlicensed shirts when authorities arrived. “We seized...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Jake Livermore Breaks Camera in Premier League’s $20,000 Goal Celebration (Photo)

Jake Livermore performed one of the most expensive goal celebrations in soccer history on Saturday. The Hull City midfielder opening the scoring in his team’s Premier League game at West Brom, and his exuberance got in the way of his better judgement when it came time to celebrate. He marked his first goal of the season by kicking a professional photographer’s £6,000 ($9,800...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Blackhawk players star as classic movie characters in X-Mas video

The Virden Oil Capitals of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League set a high bar last week with their team video Christmas card, but the defending NHL champs may have them beat. The Blackhawks sent their holiday cheer in the form of an infomercial for the “Chicago Blackhawks Magical Movie Collection,” which features Hawks players reenacting scenes from iconic movies with bad costumes...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Cam Newton, Panthers Fight Through Torrential Downpours to Take Down Saints, Clinch Playoff Bid (Videos)

One knock on the New Orleans Saints is that, as a dome team, their performance plummets when they’re forced to play in poor weather. Well, the conditions in Carolina on Sunday were about as bad as can be. After a relatively uneventful first half — play-wise and weather-wise — the skies opened up in Charlotte, forcing the Saints and Panthers to brave a Jumanji-esque monsoon...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Carmelo Anthony Says LeBron James, Chris Bosh Were ‘Smart’ to Join Forces With Dwyane Wade in Miami

Some people have called LeBron James and Chris Bosh traitors for joining forces with Dwyane Wade on the Heat. Others have called them lazy for taking the easy route to a championship. Carmelo Anthony just calls them smart. In an ominous sign for the Knicks, Anthony told Ahmad Rashad in an interview for NBA TV that James and Bosh made the “smart” move to maneuver their way to...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Joe Flacco Turns Into ‘Mario Kart’ Character, Slips on Imaginary Banana Peel, Sacks Himself (GIF)

Joe Flacco must not be very good at Mario Kart, or at least he’s probably susceptible to a well-placed banana peel. Flacco did his best Koopa Trooper impersonation during the first half of the Ravens’ game against the Patriots on Sunday, dropping back into the pocket and somehow tripped over himself and wound up on the ground. Flacco took the ball from under center and was well...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Jets’ Fake Punt Attempt Fails Miserably in Eventual Win Over Browns (Video)

The New York Jets’ entire season of ineptitude was summed up in one play Sunday afternoon. Facing a 4th-and-9 from near midfield on their first drive of the game against the Browns, the Jets attempted to catch Cleveland off guard with a fake punt. The idea worked in theory, as gunner Isaiah Trufant was wide open on the left side of the formation, but the safety Josh Bush‘s pass...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

John Stockton's son gets posterized by K-State's Marcus Foster

David Stockton is a solid little ballplayer for Gonzaga, but he won’t make anyone forget his father, John Stockton, the greatest player in Bulldogs history. Yet while David Stockton’s college career won’t be as decorated, at least one moment will be memorable — unfortunately for him. Stockton became the victim of a vicious dunk by Kansas State freshman Marcus Foster when...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Jason Garrett Looks Angry, Pushes Cowboys Security Officer Out of Way After Comeback Win in Washington (GIF)

Jason Garrett has been under a lot of pressure recently, and he almost saw the Cowboys’ season burn up before his very eyes on Sunday. So, when Dallas pulled off an epic comeback win against the Redskins on Sunday, Garrett wasn’t letting anyone get in his way — not even Cowboys security. As the final few seconds were running off the clock in Washington on Sunday, Garrett and...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss
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