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Villanova Looking Like Team to Beat in New-Look Big East Conference

The Big East Conference has led college basketball in bids to the NCAA Tournament for the past few years, but that certainly will change this spring. Because of football-based realignment, the Big East only stands as a basketball conference these days. Original Big East schools Villanova, Providence, Georgetown, St. John’s, Marquette, Seton Hall and DePaul are now joined by Butler...
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December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Wyc Grousbeck, Celtics Co-Owners Invest in All-Electric Race Circuit, Joining Likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Branson

BOSTON — A new, environmentally friendly auto racing series just got even greener. Boston Celtics managing partner Wyc Grousbeck and a dozen of his co-owners in the NBA franchise have invested $21 million into Formula E, an all-electric circuit that has already attracted celebrities with environmental interests such as actor Leonardo DiCaprio and billionaire Richard Branson. The...
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Danica Patrick Gets Hugely Muscular for GoDaddy Super Bowl Commercial (Video)

Danica Patrick has been a mainstay on the Super Bowl commercial scene in recent years, but the NASCAR star will be sporting a bit of a different look this year. Patrick recently filmed her new commercial for GoDaddy.com — an ad that apparently features her running with bodybuilders while wearing a surprisingly convincing muscle suit. Check it out in the photo and video below. Danica...
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Rob Ninkovich, Chandler Jones Need Help From Interior Line in Generating Pressure, Improving Pass Defense

FOXBORO, Mass. — The Patriots may be feeling pressure right now, but they are not bringing it. Despite having two top-tier defensive ends, New England is still failing to get consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks. They rank ninth in the NFL in sacks with 40, but that doesn’t begin to tell the whole story. No matter what metric is used, the Patriots are struggling at rushing...
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Kobe Bryant to Miss Six Weeks After Suffering Fractured Tibia

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant just can’t buy a break, at least not in the sense of having something go right injury-wise. He didn’t buy it, but he did find out Thursday he has a break of another kind. The Lakers announced Thursday afternoon that Bryant has suffered a  fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee. That injury will keep Bryant out for six...
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Stand at Bekal, India, Soccer Stadium Collapses, More Than 100 Injured (Video)

A soccer stadium in Bekal, India, was the site of a harrowing stadium tragedy on Sunday. Minutes before a game between Saban Kottakkal and Mohammadans Mouval kicked off at the Bekal Brothers Sports Club, a stadium stand collapsed, sending hundreds of fans hurtling to the ground, the Telegraph reports. “Around 1,500 people are thought to have been been at the ground as the stand...
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Reports: Omer Asik Will Remain in Houston, As Rockets Close Trade Discussions

There will be no winner in the Omer Asik sweepstakes. The Rockets have ceased trade discussions involving the 7-foot center, according to multiple reports. Hearing now that Rockets are moving away from the trade table on Omer Asik. Looks like there will be no trade today— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) December 19, 2013 Houston has ended talks on an Omer Asik trade and plan to keep...
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Report: Raul Ibanez Agrees to One-Year Deal With Angels

The Halos have found their replacement for Mark Trumbo. The Angels have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Raul Ibanez, according to the Los Angles Times. The deal reportedly carries a base salary of $2.75 million, but incentives could increase the total value to $5 million. Ibanez is entering his 19th major league season. The 41-year-old will serve as the Angels’ designated...
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Aaron Dobson Says Injured Foot Is ‘Feeling Good,’ Rookie Wide Receiver Thinks He Will Play Against Ravens

FOXBORO, Mass. — It’s looking like the Patriots’ struggling red zone offense could be getting a boost this weekend. Rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson sounded optimistic about his chances of playing against the Ravens on Sunday. Dobson has missed the past three games after hurting his foot in the first half against the Broncos in Week 12. “It’s feeling good,” Dobson...
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Jonathan Herrera Adds Versatility to Red Sox While Boston Deals From Area of Depth

The left side of the infield was one of the Red Sox’ most fluid situations in 2013. Adding to the mix for 2014 only makes sense. The Red Sox on Wednesday acquired utilityman Jonathan Herrera from the Rockies in exchange for relievers Franklin Morales and Chris Martin. The move hardly guarantees that Boston’s infield is fully assembled, especially with the Red Sox reportedly still...
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Notre Dame Unveils Uniforms for Frozen Fenway Matchup With Boston College (Photos)

As the newest member of Hockey East, the Notre Dame men’s hockey team will get its first taste of Frozen Fenway when it takes on longtime football rival Boston College as part of a Jan. 4 doubleheader. Most teams commemorate the opportunity to play on the Red Sox’ home field by trotting out special uniforms — usually with an old-school feel — and the Fighting Irish did just...
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Peter Chiarelli Insists Bruins Aren’t Trading Brad Marchand, Says Forward’s Game Starting to Come Along

Bruins forward Brad Marchand isn’t going anywhere but up, according to general manager Peter Chiarelli. Chiarelli spoke to the media following the team’s morning skate in Buffalo on Thursday, a task usually reserved for the head coach. However, B’s coach Claude Julien continues to battle the flu so Chiarelli pinch hit. Among the topics he discussed was Marchand, who has underperformed...
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Rips Redskins for Not Changing Name, Calls Owner Dan Snyder ‘Short-Sighted’

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama expressed his disapproval for Washington’s decision not to change the Redskins’ nickname. It appears he’s not the only politician voicing his displeasure. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)jumped into the conversation on Thursday, backing the president’s opinion and urging Washington to rethink their stance on the name, according...
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Report: Texans Interviewed Lovie Smith for Head Coaching Job, Also Interested in Bill O’Brien

Wade Phillips is currently the man in charge of the Texans, but that may only last for a few more weeks. With just two weeks left in the season and the Texans long gone from the playoff picture, Houston is heating up its coaching search. And first up for the Texans was former Bears coach Lovie Smith, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. Smith interviewed with the Texans...
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Simon Mignolet Says Penalty-Kick Save in Liverpool Debut Was Personal Highlight of 2013

Four months after Simon Mignolet sensationally marked the beginning of his Liverpool career with a game-changing penalty save, the Belgian has selected the moment as his favorite of the calendar year. With mere seconds left on the clock at Anfield on the opening day of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League campaign, the Reds were leading visitors Stoke City by a single goal and heading...
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John Harbaugh Says He Feels Honored That Ravens Are Considered Rivals With Patriots

FOXBORO, Mass. — Here we go again. The Patriots’ biggest rival no longer resides in the AFC East, nor is it manned by Peyton Manning. It’s the Baltimore Ravens, the team New England is getting set to take on this weekend. Since John Harbaugh took over for Brian Billick and brought Joe Flacco on board in 2008, the Patriots and Ravens have played six times. The teams are...
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Andrea Bargnani Says Ill-Advised Overtime Shot Was ‘Aggressive,’ ‘Definitely a Mistake’

Andrea Bargnani‘s unnecessary overtime 3-pointer was incredibly dumb. Historically dumb. But, as they say, winning cures everything. The fact that the Knicks managed to defeat the Bucks in the second overtime session Wednesday night turned Bargnani from the goat of all goats into a mere footnote on New York’s eighth win of the season. The former No. 1 overall pick is still being...
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Report: Red Sox Checking in With Teams That Need Starting Pitching

The Red Sox dealt from an area of depth Wednesday. It might not be the last time that Boston does so this offseason. The Red Sox traded left-hander Franklin Morales and minor league right-hander Chris Martin to the Rockies on Wednesday in exchange for utilityman Jonathan Herrera, satisfying general manager Ben Cherington‘s desire to add someone capable of playing the left side...
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Seahawks Cornerback Brandon Browner Has Additional Appeal Pending, Will Sue NFL If Suspension Isn’t Reduced

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner‘s suspension was upheld by the NFL on Wednesday, and there is no end in sight. Browner, who was initially suspended for one year for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, had his appeal denied on Wednesday and is now on an indefinite suspension from the league, making his return to the field very much in question. However,...
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Nate Solder Returns to Patriots Practice on Thursday Despite Suffering Concussion Two Straight Weeks

FOXBORO, Mass. — It appears Nate Solder is on track to play this weekend. The Patriots’ starting left tackle was practicing with the team on Thursday despite suffering a concussion in two straight weeks. Solder was absent at practice on Wednesday. His appearance on Thursday means he must have passed the first concussion test. He has to pass two tests before he’s allowed to...
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Report: Red Sox Still Interested in Re-Signing Stephen Drew Despite Trading for Infielder Jonathan Herrera

Hey, you can never have too much depth, right? The Red Sox traded for infielder Jonathan Herrera on Wednesday, but don’t get the wrong idea. Boston is still interested in re-signing shortstop Stephen Drew, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. CSNNE.com’s Sean McAdam confirmed the Red Sox’ continued interest in re-signing Drew, while adding that a reunion would need to...
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Rex Ryan ‘Felt Like I Got Kicked in the Head’ After Justin Tucker’s Field Goals Eliminated Jets From Contention

Rex Ryan was the only person more miserable than Detroit fans after Justin Tucker‘s 61-yard field goal buried the Lions on Monday night. The Ravens kicker booted six field goals total in the contest, scoring every one of Baltimore’s points in an 18-16 win and eliminating the New York Jets from playoff contention in the process. A postseason bid was a long shot anyway for Ryan’s...
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Report: Rakuten Golden Eagles Will Not Post Masahiro Tanaka, Will Instead Offer Pitcher Record Contract

Yozo Tachibana is playing the role of The Grinch this holiday season. Several Japanese news outlets (via The New York Times) are reporting that the Rakuten Golden Eagles — the Japanese club owned by Mr. Tachibana — will not post prized pitcher Masahiro Tanaka for MLB teams this offseason. Instead, the Eagles reportedly will offer Tanaka a contract with a record annual salary...
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USA Hockey Considering Ban on Fighting at All Amateur Levels

Only one level of amateur hockey in the United States still allows fighting, but USA Hockey is set to vote on a proposal next month that would make even the highest level of juniors free of fisticuffs. Under the proposal — aimed at the elite Junior A level, which includes the USHL and NAHL — all fighters would be immediately ejected, and any player deemed as an instigator would...
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Gary Sheffield Warns Robinson Cano About Leaving Yankees Lineup, Says Johnny Damon, Others Have Been Forgotten

Gary Sheffield played 22 seasons of professional baseball for eight teams, so he has some credibility when he says playing for the Yankees can give a player something he can’t get anywhere else. Sheffield, who was with the Yankees from 2004-2006, isn’t in favor of the 10-year, $240 million deal Robinson Cano signed with the Seattle Mariners. He said Wednesday on MLB Network that...
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December 19, 2013  |  Discuss
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