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Celtics Live Blog: Kevin Garnett, C's Go for Knockout Blow of Heat in Game 7 in Miami

11:30 a.m. ET: This is it. The Celtics' season will either continue on to the NBA Finals, or end abruptly just five wins short of the organization's 18th championship. In what could be their final time on the court together as teammates, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen will lead the Celtics into the American Airlines Arena for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals...
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June 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Maria Sharapova Nets Career Grand Slam, Defeats Sara Errani to Capture French Open Title

Already a big name on the red carpet, Maria Sharapova is now a champion on the red clay, too. The Russian star won the French Open on Saturday, defeating Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2 in the final at Roland Garros to complete the career Grand Slam. Second-seeded Sharapova, who was guaranteed of moving to No. 1 in the world regardless of the result, jumped to a quick 4-0 lead against the 21st...
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June 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper, Adrian Gonzalez Both Hot Coming Into Red Sox-Nationals Rematch

Editor's note: The temperature gauge is a Bill James-created statistic that measures how hot or cold hitters are. We will spotlight Red Sox and opposing team temperatures on game days. A little interleague play may do Adrian Gonzalez some good. Gonzalez, a former National League player with the Padres, was one of the few Red Sox to have any luck against Washington on Friday night...
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June 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Peyton Manning Temporarily Living in Mike Shanahan's Colorado Mansion (Photo)

Peyton Manning isn't wasting any time becoming the new face of the Denver Broncos. The legendary quarterback is attempting to restore greatness to a franchise that hasn't hoisted the Lombardi trophy since John Elway and Mike Shanahan led the team to back-to-back Super Bowls in the 1990s. But Manning is also looking to follow in Shanahan's steps in another way -- by moving...
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June 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Smarty Jones, Big Brown Among Closest Triple Crown Threats Since Affirmed Won in 1978

With the stunning announcement that I'll Have Another will be held out of the Belmont Stakes because of an issue with his left front leg and some tendinitis, horse racing fans will have to wait another year to witness the ultimate achievement in the Sport of Kings -- the Triple Crown. It will now be 34 years since Affirmed last took the three crown jewels of U.S. thoroughbred...
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June 09, 2012  |  Discuss

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade Still Potent Despite Miami's Three-Headed Monster Being Hobbled

The Miami Heat's three-headed monster lost a vital piece when Chris Bosh went down with an abdominal strain in the playoffs. But that hasn't kept the two remaining pieces of the Heat's Big 3 -- Dwyane Wade and LeBron James -- from combining to score a good portion of Miami's points. The three-headed monster may be a lot for a team like Boston to contain, but with...
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June 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Kevin Millwood, Five Relievers Throw Rare Combined No-Hitter Against Dodgers (Video)

Well, that's one way to do it. The Seattle Mariners used a record six pitchers Friday night to combine for a no-hitter. Starter Kevin Millwood was on track for a no-no, having logged six innings with six strikeouts and one walk, but he felt a twinge in his groin when warming up for the seventh. He was pulled, and Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and...
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June 09, 2012  |  Discuss

'Let's Go Celtics' Chant Was About More Than Fans Giving Team a Strong Send-Off to Miami

The Boston Celtics were moved by the gesture, and it was not difficult to see why. Paul Pierce and company had played one of the worst games of their NBA careers, and what they heard from the stands at the TD Garden in the fourth quarter of Thursday's demoralizing loss was not boos or jeers, but a steady chant of "Let's go Celtics!" that lasted the final three minutes...
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June 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Live Blog: Daisuke Matsuzaka Makes Triumphant Return to Mound Against Nationals

8 a.m. ET: For the first time in over a year, Daisuke Matsuzaka will take the mound for the Red Sox (29-29) and it will be against the Nationals (33-23). Matsuzaka's start will be just a day shy of the one-year anniversary of when he underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. It'll mark his first start since May 16, 2011, when he yielded five runs to the Orioles. The...
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June 09, 2012  |  Discuss

LeBron James' Blockbuster Performance Will Not Force Widespread Changes Defensively for Celtics

With the whole season riding on one game, the Celtics are not scrapping their gameplan for something new and entirely different in response to LeBron James' 45-point classic in Game 6. James has had jaw-dropping offensive performances before, many against the Celtics, so coach Doc Rivers is familiar with the many tools in James' kit. Not since 2009 had James gone on a scoring...
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June 09, 2012  |  Discuss

How Many Games Will Daisuke Matsuzaka Win This Season?

Three hundred and sixty-four days after undergoing Tommy John surgery, Red Sox fans will finally get a look at a newly healed Daisuke Matsuzaka. The righty, who was perhaps the most hyped Sox signing in decades, has spent the past few months rehabbing his arm and experiencing various complications along the way. But at long last, Matsuzaka will make his return to the mound against...
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June 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Rob Gronkowski's Record-Breaking Contract Could Be a Steal for Patriots in Long Run (Video)

Rob Gronkowski scored big time on Friday. And this one deserved a major Gronk spike! Gronkowski cashed in on the biggest tight end contract in the history of the NFL by signing a six year, $54 million contract. The contract may seem like a lot of money given the history of payouts for the position, but if Gronk continues on his recent pace it could turn out to be a steal for the...
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June 09, 2012  |  Discuss

R.A Dickey Continues to Impress Fantasy Owners, Paul Goldschmidt Good Waiver Wire Option (Video)

R.A. Dickey has been surprisingly trendous this year, leading the majors in ERA and scoring plenty of point for fantasy owners. There have been a few other pleasant surprises during this still somewhat young fantasy season, including Mark Trumbo, Paul Goldschmidt among others. NESN's Julie Wetherbee gets you caught up on all your weekly fantasy news and notes. Check out the video...
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June 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Adrian Gonzalez Feeling Confident in Swing Again After Underwhelming Start to Season (Video)

Adrian Gonzalez has finally seemed to turn the corner on an otherwise underwhelming season. The All-Star first baseman has struggled throughout the season and even looked lost at the plate at times. After being demoted to sixth in the Red Sox lineup earlier in the season, Gonzalez has turned it on of late and expects to continue rolling in the weeks ahead. Check out more from Gonzalez...
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June 09, 2012  |  Discuss

New Jersey Devils Up the Ante in Twitter Feud With Los Angeles Kings by Inviting Charlie Sheen to Smoke at Game 5

Game on, Los Angeles. The New Jersey Devils aren't going to concede the Stanley Cup without a fight, and that fight is spilling over into the world of Twitter. Charlie Sheen went to Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night, but he didn't stay the entire time. After stepping out for a quick smoke, Sheen was reportedly denied re-entry to the game and in retaliation...
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June 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Relishes Fenway Park Atmosphere, Exceeds Expectations Against Red Sox

BOSTON –– And then, there was Bryce Harper. Lost in the shuffle of Stephen Strasburg's extraordinary outing was the performance of the Nationals' 19-year-old phenom. Upon stepping into the batter's box on Friday, the first overall pick of the 2010 MLB Draft was welcomed to a few boos. But Harper delivered the knockout punches in the 7-4 victory over the Red Sox, going...
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June 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Stephen Strasburg Earns Respect From Red Sox Clubhouse As One of Baseball's Elite Pitchers

BOSTON –– It was the two-year anniversary of Stephen Strasburg's debut. Back on June 8, 2010, the young phenom marched onto the mound at PNC Park and validated his selection as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, fanning 14 batters through seven innings to claim the victory. Two years and one reconstructive elbow surgery later, much hasn't changed for Strasburg...
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June 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City May Be Getting Ahead of Themselves, Are Selling 'Beat the Heat' Shirts

Somebody forgot to tell the Oklahoma City Thunder's marketing department that LeBron James' eruption in Game 6 did not equal two wins for the Miami Heat. How else to explain the appearance of a "Beat the Heat" T-shirt now for sale on the Thunder's team store website? No "Beat the Celtics" matching T-shirt was readily apparent on the site, so it appears...
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June 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Bobby Valentine's Defense of Kevin Youkilis Shows Manager's Commitment to Red Sox Through Peaks and Valleys

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. Bobby Valentine approached the microphone in the press room at Fenway Park on Friday night with a disgusted scowl on his face. The Red Sox manager wasn't all that upset by the loss...
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June 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Matt Hunwick Re-Signs With Colorado as Avalanche Continue Busy Week of Moves

Matt Hunwick didn't get to stick around too long in Boston, but the defenseman has found a home in Colorado. Hunwick was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but signed a two-year, $3.2-million extension on Friday to stay with the Avalanche. Hunwick got off to a promising start with the Bruins, posting 6-21-27 totals in 53 games in his first full season in...
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June 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Mets, Yankees Players Actually Take Subway To 'Subway Series' Game Together

The New York Mets and New York Yankees have long vied for the attention of the country's largest city, giving way to the aptly-named "Subway Series" that occurs when the two neighboring teams face off. But Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Yankees pitcher Cody Eppley took the phrase literally on Friday -- by actually taking the New York subway to their game at Yankee...
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June 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Nationals' Young Guns Bring Their Brand of 'D.C. Domination,' Pick Up Franchise's First Win in Boston (Video)

Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper are the real deal. If you don't think so, ask the Red Sox. The Washington Nationals picked up their first franchise win on Friday night against the Red Sox, thanks in large part to their dynamic duo of young stars. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette, like everyone else, was really impressed by their performances, so he's giving them our "...
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June 08, 2012  |  Discuss

LeBron James, NBA Ratings Juggernaut May Be One Foe Not Even the Kings and Devils Combined Can Beat

Celtics fans weren't the only ones cursing LeBron James on Thursday night. Miami's win at the Garden caused nearly as much anguish in New York as it did in Boston, as the reality that the Los Angeles Kings' next chance to claim the franchise's first Cup would have to go up against a Game 7 showdown between the Heat and the Celtics surely made the NHL and NBC headquarters...
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June 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Major League Baseball Should Do Its Players and Fans a Favor, Get Rid of the Home Run Derby

The Home Run Derby is more than a month away, and yet news surrounding it is still making waves. Unfortunately for Major League Baseball, it's not about who will be there, following the recent naming of Matt Kemp and Robinson Cano as captains for the National League and American League squads, respectively. It's about who won't be. Coming on the heels of David Ortiz&...
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June 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Timothy Bradley Could Become Manny Pacquiao's Latest Knockout Victim (Gallery)

On Saturday, Manny Pacquiao will face Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, Nevada to prove he is the best pound for pound boxer in the world. Pacquiao, looking to recover from a controversial decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez in November, will be searching for a dominant performance to discourage the critics. Pacquiao has failed to bring down any of his opponents by knockout in his...
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June 08, 2012  |  Discuss
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