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Red Sox Live Blog: Boston Goes for Sweep Behind Josh Beckett

8 a.m. ET: The winning streak has reached six games, and the Red Sox (10-10) are looking to break out the brooms against the White Sox (10-11) and notch back-to-back sweeps for the first time this season. The responsibility of achieving that goal will fall on Josh Beckett's shoulders. Beckett, who tossed six frames in his last go-around against the Twins, is 2-2 with a 4.56 ERA...
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April 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Celtics Live Blog: Kevin Garnett Leads Celtics Into Atlanta for Game 1 of Playoff Series Against Hawks

8 a.m.: The second season begins now for the Celtics. For perhaps the last time, Kevin Garnett leads the Celtics into Atlanta for Game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoff series. The fourth-seeded Celtics take on the fifth-seeded Hawks without shooting guard Ray Allen (probably), who traveled with the team to Atlanta but is not expected to suit up. The Celtics will otherwise be...
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April 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox' Bullpen, Pitching, Bats All Working Together Now, But That Doesn't Mean Problems Solved

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 a Valentine quote that sums up the day for the Red Sox. For the first 14 games of the season, the Red Sox were like a fantasy team gone wrong. Hot players' efforts were wasted when the rest of the team couldn't perform. Dependable pitchers...
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April 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Nate Ebner of Ohio State Among Late-Round Picks for Patriots (Video)

Safety Nate Ebner is among the new players who will be reporting to the Patriots now that the 2012 NFL draft has finished. Ebner was selected with the 197th pick, in the sixth round. Bill Belichick explains what he and the Pats saw in the Ohio State player.
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April 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Derrick Rose Injury Gives Boston Celtics Golden Opportunity to Make Deep Run in Playoffs

When Derrick Rose fell to the floor during the Chicago Bulls' Game 1 victory against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, the entire Eastern Conference playoff landscape changed instantly. The All-Star point guard had torn his ACL and was ruled out for the rest of the playoffs. All of the sudden, the East's top team was without its star player. The once formidable Bulls'...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Bobby Valentine Calls Jon Lester 'Terrific' in Shutdown Win Over White Sox (Video)

Jon Lester returned to vintage form Saturday night, and Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was happy to note what gave the starting pitcher his success. "He gave up exactly the right number of runs tonight," Valentine said of the 1-0 victory. Valentine tells Jenny Dell what was best about Lester’s start as well as what has happened to get the Red Sox offense to come around.
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Jon Lester Strikes Out Seven in Shutout Win Over White Sox (Video)

Jon Lester put together a solid start for the Red Sox on Saturday, blanking the White Sox on a chilly day in Chicago. Lester went seven innings, giving up just five hits and striking out seven. He talks about his commanding day during Clubhouse Uncut.
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Bullpen Earns Some Redemption After Protecting One-Run Lead Against White Sox

The Red Sox bullpen has been maligned for much of April. During Saturday’s 1-0 victory, the group earned redemption. Once starter Jon Lester exited after seven scoreless frames, the combination of Franklin Morales, Vicente Padilla and Alfredo Aceves protected the lead in remarkable fashion. A week ago, the trio was among the relievers that had keyed the collapse against the Yankees...
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Jon Lester Shakes Off Early Struggles, Returns to Winning Ways With Gem

It was a rough start to the season for Jon Lester. On Opening Day, he drew the difficult match up against Justin Verlander. After tossing seven frames of one-run ball, the lefty ultimately received the loss when Verlander outpitched him. Since then, Lester wasn’t quite himself, yielding at least five runs in each of his last two starts. His outing against the Rangers on April 17...
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Tweet Is Further Evidence That Metta World Peace Not Taking James Harden Injury Seriously

If clubbing somebody in the side of the head with an elbow isn't enough, Metta World Peace hasn't exactly shown remorse about injuring James Harden. World Peace has said he's sorry Harden was hurt (possibly derailing the Oklahoma City Thunder's postseason chances), but he continues to act as if viciously swinging his elbows was quite normal, and that the injury was...
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LET HIM HEAR IT

Rangers fans taunt Ovechkin

New York Rangers fans know how to insult an opposing player. They displayed their skills during Game 1 against the Caps.

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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Bruins Optimistic that League, NHLPA Will Reach Deal on New CBA to Avoid Another Owners' Lockout This Fall

After falling to the Capitals in Game 7 on Wednesday, the Bruins know they won't play again until next season. What they don't know is when, or even if, that next season will begin. The NHL's collective bargaining agreement expires on Sept. 15, and fears of another owners' lockout like the one that cost the league the entire 2004-05 season have long been looming ominously...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Boston College's Chris Kreider Leads Rangers Over Caps in Second Round

Boston College alumnus Chris Kreider is taking his playoff-winning ways to the next level. Kreider, who won the national championship with the Eagles just weeks ago, played a big hand in the New York Rangers' 3-1 win over the Capitals in the first game of their second-round series. Here are the recaps from the games that took place Saturday, April 28. Be sure to check out more...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Bulls' Victory Marred by Derrick Rose Injury; Heat Steamroll Knicks in First Round

The injury bug that bit Derrick Rose during the season came back with a vengeance Saturday, knocking the 2011 NBA MVP out of the playoffs in the closing moments of the Bulls' first-round win. Chicago took down the Philadelphia 76ers but will now be without its star point guard. Meanwhile, the Miami Heat left no questions on the court, slamming the Knicks early and often to take...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Stoke City Fans Mock Arsene Wenger With Flailing-Arms Protest (Video)

Arsene Wenger is an easy target for opposing fans. The Arsenal manager has certain quirks that fans of rival teams love to point out. Sometimes they cross the line, like the vile chants directed his way that even Sir Alex Ferguson condemns. Other times, their taunts can be pretty funny. Arsenal played Stoke City on Saturday and there is a bit of bad blood between the two clubs. Wenger...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Vote: How Do You Grade the Patriots' 2012 Draft Class?

Three days and hundreds of picks later, the NFL draft is finally over. But the intrigue is just beginning, especially for the Patriots. New England bucked its recent tradition and made two picks in the first round this year to go along with a handful of trades and swaps that left the Patriots with a stash of new players. Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones was the first choice...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Hits Big Leagues, Leaving Red Sox Fans Wondering Whether Boston Prospects Will Come Up Next (Video)

Bryce Harper and Mike Trout are making waves for being called up early in the season for the Nationals and Angels, respectively. That has some people speculating that the Red Sox could get some help from their minor league prospects, too. Will Middlebrooks, Ryan Lavarnway and Jose Iglesias have all been mentioned as possible callups. Tom Caron, Jim Rice and Matt Stairs talk about...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Patriots Conclude Draft By Selecting Northwestern Slot Receiver Jeremy Ebert

FOXBORO, Mass. -- The Patriots concluded their work in the 2012 draft by selecting Northwestern wide receiver Jeremy Ebert with the 235th pick in the seventh round. He was the only offensive player they took with their seven picks. Key Stats The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder had 75 receptions for 1,060 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior. Over the last two seasons, he had 137 catches for...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

David Ortiz Leading an Explosive Red Sox Offense (Video)

David Ortiz is not only leaving a few springs' worth of slow starts behind -- he's leading the Red Sox and the entire American League out of the gate this season. Ortiz is batting a scorching .425, tops in the American League, and he's anchoring a lineup that has powered the Red Sox to five straight wins going into Saturday's game in Chicago. Jenny Dell spends a few...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Derrick Rose Tears ACL During Game 1 Win Against 76ers, Will Miss Rest of Postseason

The Chicago Bulls' title hopes have taken a serious blow. Derrick Rose tore his ACL during the Bulls' 103-91 Game 1 victory against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday afternoon. The Bulls point guard will miss the rest of the playoffs, according to ESPN. With less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Rose drove into the lane but landed awkwardly on a jump stop...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

NFL Draft Again Lives Up to Hype After Marquee Selections, Dramatic Opening-Night Trades

FOXBORO, Mass. -- The NFL draft again showed why it's deserving of the glitz and glamour of its primetime spotlight. The popularity of the league's marquee offseason event was never in question, but the drama that unfolded Thursday during the opening night dominated the sports world. Even with the predictable start -- franchise-caliber quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Alfonzo Dennard Could Be Seventh-Round Steal for Patriots If Attitude Issues Subside

FOXBORO, Mass. -- The Patriots bought low on the Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year, selecting Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard with the 224th pick in the seventh round. Dennard had upper-round value, but his stock plummeted after he got into trouble in the pre-draft process. Key Stats The 5-foot-10, 204-pounder had four tackles, six pass breakups and 31 tackles in 2011. Scouting...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Tough Start for Chicago Cubs Could be Tough Going for Team Trying to Break Century-Long World Series Curse

To say Chicago Cubs fans have been waiting a long time for a World Series title is an understatement. As a matter of fact, it may be a contender for the biggest understatement of all time. Coming into the 2012 season, the Cubs had not won a World Series in 103 years. With the addition of former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, Cubs fans were excited that their dreams may finally...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Rasmus Elm 'Resembles Steve Gerrard,' Swedish Midfielder Interests LFC Among Other Clubs

Liverpool has its eyes set on goal-scoring midfielder Rasmus Elm. The 24-year-old has set the Dutch Eredivisie alight with AZ Alkmaar, and his time with the Dutch title challengers could be coming to an end, according to the Mirror. "[LFC manager] Kenny Dalglish is well aware of Elm's ­power-packed ability and will finalise his summer recruitment drive with his club'...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Jerry Remy to Miss a Couple of Games in the Booth During Red Sox' Trip to Chicago

Don Orsillo has shown has can adapt to new teammates in the broadcasting booth. He'll get more practice during the Red Sox' final two games in Chicago. Jerry Remy is out with a sinus infection and won't be calling Saturday night and Sunday afternoon's games. Peter Abraham and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe will give Orsillo a hand in the booth.
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss
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