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Bruins Looking to Maintain Momentum, Strengthen Lead in Northeast While Venturing Out West for Key Road Trip

In some ways, the Bruins' rare late-season trip out West could be coming at a good time. They finally have a little confidence again after back-to-back wins, including an impressive 8-0 throttling of Toronto on Monday. And some time on the road to bond, especially with a handful of new players acquired in the past month still adjusting to their new teammates and systems, is often...
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March 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Patriots Sign Veteran Cornerback Will Allen to One-year Deal

The Patriots attempted to sure up their league-worst secondary on Wednesday, signing former Miami Dolphins cornerback Will Allen to a one-year deal. The contract is worth just over $1 million, including $975,000 in base salary as well as a $25,000 signing bonus and $25,000 workout bonus, according to the Florida Sun-Sentinel. Allen, 33, has played 11 seasons in the NFL and spent...
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BULLSEYE

Rodgers, Newton targeted by Saints

We already knew that the Saints targeted Brett Favre and Kurt Warner in their bounty system, but they also went after a few current players.

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Vote: Was NFL's Penalty for Saints Too Harsh?

Following the New Orleans Saints win in Super Bowl XLIV, NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell handed the Lombardi Trophy off to a clearly victorious Sean Payton. On Wednesday, Goodell handed down a very different fate to the Saints' head man. Payton and the Saints, who were recently accused of placing bounties on opposing teams players, were finally dealt their penalty for the alleged...
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Franklin Morales Feels 'Good,' 'Confident' After Making First Appearance of Spring Training

BRADENTON, Fla. –– Franklin Morales is back. For the first time in spring training, the Red Sox reliever toed the rubber in a Grapefruit League game, and he tossed a scoreless inning. A few days into spring training, Morales was shelved with shoulder weakness and an irregular heartbeat. After the Pirates' 6-5 win on Wednesday, he said the first taste of action was encouraging...
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Report: BenJarvus Green-Ellis Reaches Three-Year Deal With Bengals

The Law Firm is relocating to Cincinnati. Free-agent running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis has agreed to a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Green-Ellis played each of his first four seasons in New England, rushing for 2,064 yards and 29 touchdowns as a member of the Patriots. His best season came in 2010, when Green-Ellis rushed for 1,008 yards...
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Report: Jaguars Trying to Land Tim Tebow After Broncos' Trade With Jets Hits Snag

Tim Tebow's itinerary might be changing drastically. The Jaguars are back in the mix, seeing if they can pull off a trade with the Broncos to land Tebow, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. This comes after Denver's initial deal with the Jets hit a snag late Tuesday afternoon. The Jets and Broncos agreed to a deal that would have sent the polarizing quarterback to New...
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Boris Diaw Leads Flawed Field of Big Man Options for Celtics

Somewhere along the way, the Celtics' search for a backup big man got mislabeled. What should have been affectionately known as "The Search for a Warm Body Taller Than 6-Foot-6" came to be known as "The Quest for Frontcourt Help." The second one sounded so much more illustrious and game-changing. It brought to mind an image of P.J. Brown riding in on a white...
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Jon Lester Struggles In Start, Disappointed He Wasted 'Best' Mechanical Delivery

BRADENTON, Fla. –– It felt like a spoiled start for Jon Lester. After the Pirates edged the Red Sox 6-5, the Red Sox left-hander couldn't savor one of his personal highlights of the spring, primarily because he yielded eight hits and four runs –– through three frames –– in the outing. "It was more so disappointing that I felt probably the best I've felt mechanically...
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Roger Goodell's Sanctions Against Saints Harsher Than Expected, But Worthy Price to Eliminate Bounty Systems

The NFL came down extremely hard on the Saints for their bounty system, and with the harsher sanctions than expected, the league sent a message that such actions won't be tolerated in the least way. Saints head coach Sean Payton got suspended for a year, and former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who recently took the same job with the Rams, received an indefinite...
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Sebastian Janikowski Named Top Placekicker on Bleacher Report's Top 1,000 List, Stephen Gostkowski Ranked at No. 6

While quarterbacks are praised for their ability to deliver in clutch situations, that's nothing compared to the pressure that is placed upon field goal kickers. Whether it's an extra point, or a game winning 50-yard field goal, a good kicker can be the difference between a glorious victory and devastating heartbreak, just ask the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens...
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Mark Anderson Earns Massive Payday From Bills After Lone Season in New England

Defensive end Mark Anderson turned a big season with the Patriots into the most significant payday of his career. Anderson signed a four-year contract with the Bills on Wednesday, and the deal could be worth as much as $27.5 million, according to multiple reports. That was clearly way too much money for the Patriots, who were interested in keeping Anderson as a role player before...
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Luke Kuechly Dazzles Dozens of NFL Scouts at Boston College's Pro Day

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Linebacker Luke Kuechly put on a show Wednesday during Boston College's pro day, running through a series of positional drills in front of 27 NFL teams. Philadelphia Eagles linebackers coach Mike Caldwell conducted Kuechly's drills, which was notable due to Philly's heavily perceived interest in BC's all-time leading tackler. The Patriots,...
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Report: Tim Tebow to Jets Trade Hits Snag, Contract Issues Could Nullify Deal

On second thought, not so fast. ESPN reports that the trade that would send Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow to the Jets has hit a snag because of contract issues. According to the report, there is $5 million worth of "recapture language" in Tebow's contract which means that the Jets would have to pay back some of that money to make the deal go through. The ESPN.com report...
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Jeremy Shockey the Saints Bounty Snitch, Hints Warren Sapp

Has the "Bountygate" snitch been revealed? According to former NFL defensive lineman Warren Sapp, the Saints bounty snitch is tight end Jeremy Shockey, who played in New Orleans from 2008-10 before joining the Panthers in 2011. Just moments later, however, CBS' Mike Freeman (who first broke the "Bountygate" news) tweeted that Shockey was not the snitch, as seen below.
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Follow Villarreal-Real Madrid Match With Terra.com's Live Blog

Real Madrid plays Villarreal in La Liga hoping to recover from their tie against Malaga their last time out. With Barcelona inching to just five points away with their victory over Granada, Madrid is looking for a win to again extend its lead. Villarreal, for its part, hopes to avoid relegation from the Spanish League against a tough rival. To watch all the goals from the important...
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Harrison Barnes, Jared Sullinger Among Top 10 Future NBA Stars Still Playing in NCAA Tournament (Photos)

The NCAA tournament typically features the best college basketball players on the planet. This season is no different. Many of the players who have played in this year's tourney will go on to become impactful NBA players, even if we may not know for another few years. And some of the players with the highest potential are still playing as of the Sweet 16 round. With powerhouses...
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Report: Free-Agent Forward Ronny Turiaf Close to Signing With Miami Heat

The Boston Celtics' quest to add another big man to their roster met another roadblock Wednesday. Free-agent big man Ronny Turiaf has elected to sign with the Miami Heat, according to Yahoo! Sports. "We're working hard to get it finished up," said his agent, Mark Bartelstein. Turiaf, a 6-foot-10 power forward, averaged 4.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in...
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Danny O'Connor Eager to Represent Boston in Boxing Event Hosted by Dropkick Murphys (Video)

Danny O'Connor has a 16-1 record as a light welterweight, but on May 24 the Framingham, Mass., native will not only be representing himself in the ring. O'Connor will be boxing in the main event for team Boston in a card that pits Boston-area fighters against those from New York in a battle for city pride. The Boston vs. New York event benefits the Claddagh Fund, the charitable...
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NESN.com Photochop: Where Will Tim Tebow Be 'Tebowing' in New York and New Jersey?

Tebowmania has hit the Big Apple. Tim Tebow is now a member of the New York Jets which not only means that the spotlight on New York (and New Jersey) is about to grow warmer, but the New England Patriots will be seeing a lot more of the former Broncos quarterback. Mr. Nice Guy won't have a problem making any friends in New York Metropolitan area, but who will he be hanging out...
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Report: Virginia Commonwealth Men's Basketball Coach Shaka Smart Turns Down Illinois Job

When Shaka Smart led the Virginia Commonwealth men's basketball team to the 2011 Final Four at age 34 -- becoming the second-youngest coach to accomplish the feat -- it was only a matter of time before the big-time programs came calling. Illinois became the latest school to do so last week, but Smart turned down the offer and will remain at VCU for the 2012-13 season, CBS Sports...
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Brittney Griner Becomes Second Women's Player to Dunk in NCAA Tournament Game (Video)

Baylor center Brittney Griner has accomplished all sorts of historical feats in her three years so far at Baylor. The 6-foot-8 junior made history yet again Tuesday night when she became the second women's college basketball player to dunk in an NCAA tournament game, according to CBS News. With top-seeded Baylor up 11 early in the second half of the Bears' second-round matchup...
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Report: Tim Tebow Caught in Middle of Love Triangle Between 'Glee' Star Dianna Agron, Actor Sebastian Stan

Tim Tebow seems to love drama. However, one of his latest dramatic situations has nothing to do with game-winning drives or his apparent move from Denver to New York. This time it has to do with a love triangle between Tebow, actor Sebastian Stan and actress Dianna Agron. Tebow is reportedly infatuated with Agron, famous for her work on Glee, according to the New York Post. The problem...
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THAT DIDN'T TAKE LONG

Report: Tim Tebow traded to Jets

Tim Tebow has reportedly been traded to the New York Jets for a fourth-round pick.

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Report: Sean Payton Suspended for One Year, Saints Also Fined, Lose Draft Picks

The NFL has apparently come down on the New Orleans Saints, and it is not prettty. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the league has decided to suspend head coach Sean Payton for one year for his role -- or lack thereof -- in the Saints' bounty program that was run under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' watch. The Payton suspension will go into effect on April...
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