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Red Sox Commitment to 'Discipline' Won't Keep Ben Cherington From Being Aggressive in Offseason

It's been exactly one year since the Red Sox September freefall. Managers, general managers, pitching coaches and players have changed over that span, but the subpar results remain the same for the Red Sox. Since they are out of the playoff race, they'll spend this September assessing the young talent on their hands. Rosters expand on Saturday, meaning there may be a few...
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September 01, 2012  |  Discuss

NHL Talks Break Off, Leaving Lockout Probable as Season Start Approaches

NHL labor negotiations are at a standstill after talks broke off Friday, significantly raising concerns that the league is two weeks away from its fourth labor dispute in 20 years. Negotiations that were scheduled to resume in New York next week are now in limbo after NHL Players' Association executive director Don Fehr announced that the league had asked that talks be "...
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September 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Julian Edelman Expected to Take Bigger Role in Patriots Offense in Wake of Deion Branch's Release

When Julian Edelman first took the field at Gillette Stadium in 2009, the former college quarterback knew that his role was going to change. What he didn't know is that it might never stop. One season into his professional career and the seventh-round draft pick was already drawing wild expectations. After hauling in 37 receptions during his rookie campaign, including a six-catch...
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September 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Former Red Sox Farmhands Have Fun Night Beating Down Boston's Bullpen

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. Just when the season couldn't hit a new low, it did. The Athletics -- or rather, the former Red Sox prospects that now play in Oakland -- dispatched Boston's pitchers one by...
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September 01, 2012  |  Discuss

NHLPA's Decision to Suspend Negotiations on New CBA Could Be Prelude to Oncoming Lockout (Video)

The 2012-13 NHL season is still very much up in the air. Both the NHL owners and NHL Player's Association are still haggling over money and other details in their current negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement. But time is running out. Come Sept. 15, if a new deal is not in place the players will be locked out and games will be missed for the second time in past...
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September 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Brendan Rodgers Relishing Challenge Ahead After Tough Europa League Draw

Brendan Rodgers has set his sights on guiding Liverpool into the knockout stages of the Europa League after today's group-stage draw handed the Reds a tough assignment in the form of three difficult opponents. The draw in Monaco placed the Reds in Group A where they will take on Italian outfit Udinese, Swiss side Young Boys and big-spending FC Anzhi Makhachkala of Russia. "...
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September 01, 2012  |  Discuss

George Kottaras Leaves Red Sox 'West Coast Crushed' While Leading Spectacular Romp (Video)

The Red Sox might want to consider taking their ball and going home. Whatever is going on for the Sox on this West Coast road trip is clearly not good, and it showed after a 20-2 rout by the Oakland A's on the heels of a sweep by the Los Angeles Angels. What made this particular beating even worse -- besides the margin of victory -- was that practically all of the damage was...
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September 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Absurd Outburst of Scoring From Former Red Sox Players Enters Stranger-Than-Fiction Territory (Video)

If you once played for the Boston Red Sox and now play for the Oakland A's, chances are that you've had a big game against the Sox at some point this year. Just about everyone on the A's had a big game on Friday night, however, thanks to a nine-run seventh inning in which Oakland sent 12 hitters to the plate and showed no mercy on Boston pitching. Josh Reddick hit a grand...
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September 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Tiger Woods Trails by Two Strokes at Deutsche Bank Championship After Shooting 7-Under 64

NORTON, Mass. -- Tiger Woods had his lowest opening round in three years Friday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. It still wasn't enough to be low man in Sean Foley's coaching stable. Seung-yul Noh, a rising star from South Korea in his first season on the PGA Tour, ran off four straight birdies early in his round and closed with back-to-back birdies on the TPC Boston for...
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September 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Daniel Bard's Return to Big Leagues Complete With Mixed Results for Embattled Pitcher (Video)

Daniel Bard is back in the big leagues, and things went... OK. The reliever-turned-starter-turned-reliever again made his first appearance for the Red Sox since June on Friday, and yes, he gave up a home run, but he also didn't walk anybody or hit any batters. That's progress, isn't it? NESN Nation's Dan Duquette thinks so, at least. Se more in the above video. Join...
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September 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Realities of Sports Business Becoming All Too Familiar for Fans as Lockouts Loom Again

When did it become so exhausting to be a sports fan? Sports used to be just that -- sports. There wasn't any need to know the intricacies of a collective bargaining agreement, or even what a CBA was. The commissioner of a sports league wasn't hounded by reporters every day, and if you knew what basketball-related revenue was, you were probably an agent. Yet with the NFL embroiled...
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August 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Jarrod Saltalamacchia Has 'Played Like a Champion' Despite Losing Playing Time to Ryan Lavarnway

This September, the Red Sox are in evaluation mode. With the team out of playoff contention, the Red Sox have made it a priority to give youngsters, such as Ryan Lavarnway, playing time. His promise as a backstop has impacted catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia's role on the team. During three of the past four games entering Friday night, Lavarnway has started behind the plate. It...
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August 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Alfredo Aceves to Be Stretched Out Into Long Relief or Spot Starting After Losing Closer's Role

After blowing three of his last six save chances, Alfredo Aceves has lost his closer's job. But he may benefit from the decision. During the team's series against the Angels, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine indicated the team planned on expanding Aceves' role on the pitching staff moving forward. "He can pitch a lot," Valentine told reporters. "We'll...
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August 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Josh Reddick 'Not at All' Surprised by Oakland's Season, Credits Chemistry for Team's Success (Video)

The Oakland Athletics might have surprised some outside observers with their emergence as a wild card contender this season, but they haven't surprised Josh Reddick. The 25-year-old outfielder has been a pleasant surprise himself in 2012, emerging as a legitimate power threat for the A's after an offseason trade that sent Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney to Boston. NESN'...
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August 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Schedule Gives Team Great Chance at Playing Spoiler for Surprising Athletics, Orioles (Video)

Last year, September was not kind to the Red Sox, as the team sputtered down the stretch and missed out on the playoffs thanks to a loss to Baltimore on the final day of the regular season. With the Red Sox out of contention this time around, they find themselves in a position to play the spoiler to another team's playoff hopes, similar to how the Orioles did last year. The irony...
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August 31, 2012  |  Discuss
INTIMIDATION

Oregon high school installs black turf

The blue turf at Boise State is probably one of, if not the, most recognizable and intimidating fields in all of college football. But what could be more intimidating than blue turf? How about black. West Salem high school, one of three high schools in Salem, Oregon, recently decided that its football field needed a facelift. So a group, led by the school's principal and athletic...
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Blue Moon Magic Might Be Just What Red Sox Need to Find Winning Ways Again (Video)

Once in a blue moon, the Red Sox are bound to win a game or two. Luckily, that's exactly what they have up in the sky on Friday night, with the fabled "blue moon" shining down from the skies on their game against the Oakland A's. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette is hoping that the Sox can capitalize on the magic of the night by finding a win. See more in the above...
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August 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Marwin Gonzalez Launches Himself Into Air, Sprains Ankle While Tripping Over First Base (Video)

Marwin Gonzalez was simply trying to show off some hustle in Thursday's game against the Giants. Considering the Astros have the worst record in the league, it was admirable that he attempted to beat out a ground ball. The only problem was his form. As Gonzalez made one last charge into first base -- with Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval trying to throw him out -- the shortstop...
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August 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Marco Scutaro Wears Wrong Jersey in Game, But Ends Up Rallying Giants After Switching

Marco Scutaro is still learning the proper protocol in San Francisco. Acquired at the trade deadline from Colorado, the utility infielder has bolstered the club's offense, hammering two home runs and 20 RBIs in 32 games. But his lack of familiarity with the organization's rules resulted in quite an embarrassing mistake. During Thursday's game against the Astros, Scutaro...
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August 31, 2012  |  Discuss

James Loney Fitting Right in With Red Sox Lineup After Hot Start to Boston Tenure

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. James Loney hasn't been with the Red Sox for very long, but he's quickly making himself right at home in the team's lineup. A day removed from his first time in the Red Sox cleanup...
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August 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Vote: Which Patriots Player's Release Was the Most Surprising?

Trimming any NFL roster from 75 down to the league-mandated 53 during the last week of the preseason always offers up some tough decisions as well as a few big surprises. On Friday, the Patriots were prepared to send 22 deserving guys packing and they also weren't afraid to make the bold decision. Bill Belichick released three big-name players during Friday's final roster...
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August 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Turn to Aaron Cook to Cool Off Red-Hot Wild Card-Leading Athletics

The Athletics welcome the Red Sox to Oakland in the middle of a hot streak, having won six straight. The Sox, on the other hand? Not so much. Boston enters on the heels of a series (and season) sweep by the Los Angeles Angels, and will turn to Aaron Cook to stop the bleeding and turn the team back in the right direction. To do so, he'll have to improve on his 5.14 ERA in his...
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August 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Jason Terry Has Good-Natured Attitude Toward Labor Day Traffic (Photo)

Labor Day means hot dogs, cold beer, pool parties and the last chance to enjoy a long weekend while it is still warm enough to enjoy it. Labor Day is about fun, in other words. Unfortunately, it is also about sitting in traffic. Anyone who has ever vacationed on Cape Cod over Labor Day weekend knows all about enduring bumper-to-bumper traffic on Route 3 from Quincy all the way to...
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August 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Shawn Thornton Follows Keegan Bradley, Live Tweets at First Round at Deutsche Bank Championship

Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton was inside the ropes at TPC Boston on Friday afternoon with Keegan Bradley. No, he wasn't part of Bradley's security team, he was asked by the PGA Tour to live tweet Bradley's round using @PGATOUR's official Twitter handle. Check out the tweets below. [View the story "Shawn Thornton Trails, Tweets Keegan Bradley's First Round...
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August 31, 2012  |  Discuss

UConn's LJ Mazzilli, Son of Lee Mazzilli, Looking to Carve Out Own Big League Legacy (Podcast)

LJ Mazzilli has been around baseball his entire life. That's what happens when your father is a major league outfielder. Mazzilli's father, Lee, played 14 seasons in the majors, and has enjoyed a coaching career in recent years. Mazzilli said he learned a lot from his father and from being around the game on a daily basis, but the UConn standout is now focused on carving...
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August 31, 2012  |  Discuss
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