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Bruins-Islanders Live: B’s Wrap Up 2013 by Hosting Isles in New Year’s Eve Tilt

2:15 p.m.: There are just a few years left in 2013, and the Bruins will spend a few of them by doing what they have done a lot of this calendar year: playing hockey. The B’s will wrap up what was an insanely busy and eventful 2013 with one more game when they host the New York Islanders on Tuesday night at TD Garden. According to Bruins media relations, Tuesday night’s game against...
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December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Michael Schumacher Shows Small Signs of Improvement After Second Surgery, But Doctors Still Have No Prognosis

GRENOBLE, France — Michael Schumacher underwent a second surgery after a brain scan showed small, “surprising” signs of improvement, but grim doctors said Tuesday they could offer no insight into the prognosis for the Formula 1 champion. Schumacher, who turns 45 on Friday, suffered critical head injuries when he fell and struck a rock Sunday while skiing on a family vacation...
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Report: Browns receive permission to interview Josh McDaniels

The NFL’s Black Monday has affected the New England Patriots even though the team is still in the playoff hunt. After the Cleveland Browns fired head coach Rob Chudzinski on Sunday, the team reportedly was “pushing to interview” Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. It seems the Browns’ persistence paid off. The Patriots have reportedly granted Cleveland permission...
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Zdeno Chara Returns to Bruins Lineup Tuesday, Dougie Hamilton, Carl Soderberg Still on Mend

It was a full team morning skate effort Tuesday morning at Ristuccia Arena as Zdeno Chara, Loui Eriksson, Carl Soderberg and Dougie Hamilton all took the ice prior to the Bruins’s matchup against the New York Islanders. Only one of those players is ready to return to the lineup, though. Chara told reporters after Tuesday’s morning skate that he plans to play Tuesday night against...
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Vote: Should the Patriots Sign Maurice Jones-Drew if Running Back Hits Free Agency?

Maurice Jones-Drew has been saying he is going to test the free-agent market for quite some time, and it appears that the Jacksonville Jaguars will let their top offensive player do just that. Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said on Wednesday that Drew “earned the right” to test free agency, but that the team is still interested in retaining the running back. That means...
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Shawn Thornton Will Not Appeal Suspension Through Outside Arbitration, Says He Doesn’t Want to Be a ‘Distraction’

Shawn Thornton is focused on his return to the ice on Jan. 11. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman upheld Thornton’s 15-game suspension after the Bruins forward initially appealed it, and Thornton has accepted that ruling and is moving forward. Thornton said Tuesday that he “didn’t want to be a distraction” to his team by dragging the saga out, per Jamie Erdahl. Shawn Thornton...
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Team USA Will Wear Awesome 1960s Throwback Jerseys in World Junior Championship (Photo)

Team USA takes on Canada on Tuesday in the final Group A game at the IIHF Junior World Championship, and the Americans will be doing so in style. Team USA will don 1960s throwback jerseys for the game, honoring U.S. hockey’s original golden boys. The Miracle on Ice wasn’t the first time Team USA achieved Olympic gold — they also took home the top hardware in 1960 with a stunning...
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Andrew Bynum Saga’s Origins Go Farther Back Than Recent Fiascos in Cleveland, Philadelphia

Depending on the teller, Andrew Bynum is a heartless disgrace to his God-given talent or an unfortunate victim of injury-ravaged circumstance. He’s probably a little bit of both. Yet while Bynum’s recent suspension, which has evolved into the Cleveland Cavaliers excusing the 26-year-old big man indefinitely from all team-related activities, has been hung on both Bynum and on...
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Bill Cowher, Ken Whisenhunt, Jay Gruden Among Potential Redskins Head Coaches

Bill Cowher hasn’t been on the sidelines since 2006, but that might not stop the Redskins from inking the former Steelers coach to take over as head coach in Washington. With Mike Shanahan out, Zac Boyer of The Washington Times put together an interesting list of potential Skins head coach candidates — a list that includes Cowher, who is currently a studio analyst for The NFL...
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LeGarrette Blount Wins AFC Offensive Player of the Week Award After Breakout Performance in Patriots’ Win Over Bills

LeGarrette Blount rushed for more yards in the Patriots’ Week 17 win against the Bills than he did in all of 2012, so naturally he was rewarded for his efforts. Not only did Blount receive a massive man hug from Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sidelines after Sunday’s win, but he was also named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday for his epic performance...
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Dion Phaneuf, Toronto Maple Leafs Agree to Seven-Year Extension Worth a Reported $49 Million

It will be a happy new year for Dion Phaneuf. On the even of the NHL’s Winter Classic, The Maple Leafs signed the defenseman t0 a seven-year contract extension that will begin at the start of the 2014-15 season, the team announced Tuesday. The deal is worth a reported $49 million, according to Darren Dreger of TSN. “This is a very proud day for me and my family,” Phaneuf said...
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Jets Defensive Tackle Sheldon Richardson Says He Is ‘Most Definitely’ NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year

The Jets overachieved this season, with Rex Ryan keeping his position as head coach after a surprising 8-8 campaign. Much of that success can be credited to the defense, including rookie defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. Richardson was one of the Jets’ best players in 2013 as well as one of the best rookies in the NFL. The 23-year-old managed 77 tackles, 3 1/2 sacks and 12 tackles...
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Bruins Recall Nick Johnson on Emergency Basis

Up, down, up, down. That’s how the last few weeks have been for Nick Johnson. With Carl Soderberg out for Tuesday night’s game against the New York Islanders with concussion-like symptoms, the Bruins have recalled Johnson on an emergency basis from Providence. He will join the team Tuesday and be eligible for Tuesday night’s matchup at TD Garden. Soderberg missed Saturday night’s...
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Report: Lakers Interested in Trading for Andrew Bynum in Cash-Saving Move

Andrew Bynum could be headed back to Los Angeles, but only technically. The Lakers and Cavaliers have discussed a swap of Pau Gasol for Bynum, ESPN.com reports. The move would not reunite Bynum with Kobe Bryant, though, and Bynum likely would never step foot in L.A. The Lakers would quickly turn around and release Bynum prior to Jan. 7, when the final $6 million of his contract would...
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December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Southern University Basketball Sets Record, Beats Champion Baptist College by 104 Points

There’s what some people call a “cupcake” matchup, and then there’s this — Southern University basketball beating Champion Baptist College by 116 – 12 on Monday night. The matchup between Division I Southern and Champion Baptist, an independent member of the Association of Christian College Athletics, got out of hand quickly. Southern came out and scored 44 unanswered...
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Houston Texans Atop List of Open NFL Head Coaching Jobs; Ranking Vacancies From Best to Worst

The regular season ended on a sour note for many teams across the NFL, forcing the hand of at least a half-dozen team owners to wash their hands of a messy situation and start fresh. The Houston Texans led that charge earlier in the year, canning Gary Kubiak after losing 10 straight and falling out of the playoff picture. On Sunday night, the Cleveland Browns followed suit, dumping...
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Dont’a Hightower, Logan Ryan Stand Out Among Patriots in 2013 Coverage, Pass Rush Statistics

There’s a good reason why the New England Patriots were still able to go 12-4 despite taking a step back on offense, and it didn’t all have to do with toughness, grit, determination and mental strength. The Patriots’ pass defense was much better in 2013 compared to last season. And while quarterback Tom Brady‘s play went down with some key subtractions — thanks to injuries...
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December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Alex Rodriguez Accuses Yankees of Having Bounty on His Contract, Yankees President Makes Steroid Jokes in E-mail Exchange

Baseball fans still don’t know whether they will be seeing Alex Rodriguez suit up in pinstripes at the beginning of the upcoming season, as an arbitrator has yet to decide if  the third baseman’s 211-game suspension will be upheld. That doesn’t mean there won’t be A-Rod drama, though. Steve Fishman of New York Magazine gives fans an inside look at one of the greatest sports...
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Tom Brady, Logan Ryan, Julian Edelman Among Big Winners in Patriots End of Season Awards, Superlatives

FOXBORO, Mass. — The regular season is in the rearview mirror for the New England Patriots and a whole new season is set to begin. The Patriots capped off their whirlwind year with a commanding but unspectacular 34-20 win over the Bills. If there’s such thing as momentum in football, New England has it after two blowout wins to finish the year. It’s been one of the most eventful...
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Celtics-Hawks Live: Jared Sullinger, Celts Try to Stay On Their Feet Against Atlanta

8 a.m. ET: The Atlanta Hawks are no pushovers — except when they are. Despite being one of only three teams in the Eastern Conference with a record above .500, the Hawks (17-14) haven’t looked so hot lately. Since pushing the Dwyane Wade-less Miami Heat to overtime before ultimately losing four games ago, the Hawks have needed extra sessions to dispatch the Cavaliers and Bobcats...
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Colin Fraser Launches Michal Rozsival Over Boards, Sends Him Crashing Into Brian Engblom Between Benches (GIF)

NBC Sports Network analyst Brian Engblom received some unwelcome guests in between the benches on Monday night. As the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks were battling in the first period, Colin Fraser decided it was time for Michal Rozsival to get off the ice. With a hard check, Fraser catapulted the Hawks defenseman over the boards and flying into the small space that Engblom...
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December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Nick Saban Shows Softer Side, Gets Nails Painted During Visit to New Orleans Children’s Hospital (Video)

Nick Saban is doing everything in his power to get his team ready for Thursday’s Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma in New Orleans. The University of Alabama head coach is meticulously going over game film, strategy and ensuring that his nails look pretty for the big matchup on Jan. 2. Yes, you read that correctly. While manicures don’t usually make it onto Saban’s to-do list before...
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Drew Bledsoe’s $9.95 Million Oregon Estate Is Every Sportsman’s Dream With Basketball Court, All-Purpose Turf Field (Photos)

Former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe is selling his Oregon home for $9.95 million, and sports lovers everywhere will be envious of this mansion. Located in a gated community, the 10-acre property boasts an all-purpose turf field, a basketball court with retractable backboards, a pool and a putting green — not to mention stunning views of the Cascade Mountains from...
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Dennis Seidenberg Speaks for First Time Since Tearing ACL, MCL, Says Focus is on ‘Getting it Fixed’ (Video)

Just because injuries are nothing new to the Bruins this season, doesn’t mean it makes them any easier to take when they happen. On Monday, Dennis Seidenberg spoke for the first time since tearing his ACL and MCL, and although his focus is on getting healthy for next season, the rest of the defensive corps are working hard now to make up for his absence. Seidenberg’s presence...
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December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Peyton Manning’s Single-Season Passing Yardage Record Under Review, May Finish Season Seven Yards Short of Mark

Peyton Manning‘s season was full of record-breaking statistics, but one of his feats might be in jeopardy just a day after accomplishing it.   The Broncos quarterback made history once again on Sunday, eclipsing Drew Brees’ single-season passing yardage record by one yard. Manning only needed one half to surpass Brees’ mark, throwing for 266 yards and four touchdowns en route...
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December 30, 2013  |  Discuss
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