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Mamelodi Sundowns Down Powerlines FC 24-0 in South African Soccer Game (Video)

Had Goliath dodged David's rock, the world would be robbed of one of it's favorite metaphors. On Sunday, Mamelodi Sundowns and Powerlines FC played out the alternate version of the famous story in a South African FA Cup game, according to the BBC. South African Premier League club Sundowns met fourth-division Powerlines and the outcome was never in doubt. Sundowns jumped...
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NBA Seems Likely to Opt Out of Labor Deal Early, But As Usual Players Will Suffer Fans' Ire

A decade moves fact in the NBA. When the NBA owners and players came to a collective bargaining agreement in November that would cover the next decade, many people reasonably assumed we'd be spared another ugly negotiating war for at least 10 years. Silly them. It probably shouldn't come as any surprise that in a league that features nonsensical team names like "Los...
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Dunkin' Donuts Teams Up With LeBron James for Marketing Push in Asia Featuring Pork Doughnut

It may sound like the beginning of a joke, but you can now put LeBron James, Dunkin' Donuts and Asia all in the same sentence and be presenting a coherent statement. Dunkin' Brands (Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins) announced that it is teaming up with the Miami Heat forward in an attempt to grow its brand in Asia of all places, according to The Associated Press. The multiyear...
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Hockey East Tournament Matchups Set, Tournament to Open Thursday

The Hockey East tournament is just about upon us, as the 28th version of the conference tournament is set to open on Thursday night. Hockey East announced its seedings over the weekend, and they are listed below. No. 1 Boston College versus No. 8 Massachusetts No. 2 UMass-Lowell versus No. 7 Providence No. 3 Boston University versus No. 6 New Hampshire No. 4 Maine versus No. 5 Merrimack...
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Mario Balotelli Pays Nearly $400,000 For Lap Dances, Star Striker Fined for Breaking Curfew

Mario Balotelli's wild side has landed him in hot water with Manchester City ... again. On Sunday, the 21-year old was fined £250,000 ($396,000) by his club for breaking a pre-game curfew, according to the Mail. Balotelli and some friends took a trip to a strip club in Liverpool late Thursday night. The group was photographed leaving at 2:45 a.m. on Friday morning. Club rules...
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Report: John Kerry's Team Wins Congressional Hockey Challenge Over Lobbyists 5-3

John Kerry, like many New Englanders, has an affinity for hockey. He had the shiner in January to prove it. Kerry went out Sunday and showed that he's more than just a easy bruiser, though, leading lawmakers to a 5-3 win over lobbyists in the fourth Congressional Hockey Challenge, the Washington Post reports. The game reportedly raised $150,000 for the Thurgood Marshall College...
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FOLLICLE FOLLIES

Bills QB shaves 'He's Back' in hair for WR deal

Stevie Johnson is staying in Buffalo, and no one is more happy than Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Bills and Johnson came to an agreement on a new five-year deal on Monday morning, squashing any thoughts of uncertainty for the wide receiver in Buffalo moving forward. Naturally, the thought of having his No. 1 receiver back was something Fitzpatrick could approve of, and he chose an interesting...
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For Celtics, Securing Home-Court Advantage in Playoffs Is More Than Pipe Dream

In an abbreviated NBA season, it's never too early to start focusing on playoff seedings. For the Celtics, that has meant two weeks of repeating that they must get out of the Eastern Conference's dreaded seventh or eighth spots, where they would presumably be sacrificial lambs to either the Chicago Bulls or the Miami Heat. It's difficult to argue with that logic. Not...
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Gregg Williams' Bounty Program Likely to Draw Ire of NFL, Expected to Bring Harsh Consequences

Gregg Williams has some explaining to do. The current St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator is in hot water after the NFL revealed its findings in a case in which Williams and the New Orleans Saints had a bounty program for big hits when Williams was the defensive coordinator there. He has been summoned to the league offices in New York and is expected by many to be disciplined thoroughly...
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Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio Star in Timberwolves' 'Family Matters' Opening Parody (Video)

For anyone who grew up in the '90s watching TGIF on Friday night, the unmistakable piano solo played at the beginning of Family Matters is a reminder of a much simpler time. Thanks to one Minnesota Timberwolves fan, that intro video now also signifies some on-court harmony for the T-Wolves. The Off the Bench blog on NBCSports.com shares a highly entertaining YouTube parody which...
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AT HOME IN HOUSTON

Arian Foster agrees to 5-year extension

The agent for the Houston Texans running back announced that his client has signed a five-year contract extension with the team.

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Louisiana Sportswriter Compares Saints' Bounty-Hunting Defense to a Justin Bieber Street Gang

The New Orleans Saints operated a bounty system over the few years the NFL revealed late last week, but a Louisiana sportswriter isn't too convinced about how much that really matters. The Daily Advertiser (Lafayette) sportswriter Glenn Guilbeau penned a column Sunday evening in which he blasted the Saints, not necessarily for using the bounty program, but instead, using the...
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Red Sox Live Blog: Clay Buchholz to Make First Spring Training Start As Sox Square Off With Twins

8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox got a head start in the pursuit of the Mayor's Cup -- that is if Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire plans to give it up. Both teams will go at it again on Monday. This time, the game will take place at Hammonds Stadium, the Twins' facility in Fort Myers. On Sunday, Red Sox first base prospect Lars Anderson was the unlikely hero to blow the game open against...
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Yoenis Cespedes Throws on Athletics Jersey, Works Out With Team for First Time Since Signing (Photos)

No one really knows what to expect from Yoenis Cespedes this season. The Cuban defector has officially become a member of the Oakland Athletics after inking a four-year, $36 million deal this offseason. But the intrigue is just beginning. The 26-year-old carries a bit of mystique into his first season in the bigs. Outside of some now famous YouTube videos, most baseball fans haven...
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Report: Patriots to Place Franchise Tag on Wes Welker by Monday Afternoon's Deadline

It's long been speculated that the Patriots would use the franchise tag on wide receiver Wes Welker, and it looks as if the team is preparing to do so. The Pats will place the tag on Welker by Monday afternoon's deadline barring a last-minute change of heart by the team, according to The Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young. The two sides aren't close to reaching an...
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Bruins Continue to Struggle in 'Big Games' This Season, Need to Elevate Play Against Tough Opponents (Video)

Over the course of a season, championship teams can typically point to certain games as statement wins. And while the Bruins remain a Stanley Cup contender, they've been unable to elevate their game when it's mattered most this season. The B's have lost all three games they've played against the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers, and fell to the Vancouver Canucks...
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March 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Rajon Rondo, Celtics Overcome 'Linsanity' to Defeat Knicks in Playoff-Like Atmosphere at TD Garden (Video)

The Celtics and Knicks have each had their ups and downs this season, but they remain two teams that could be dangerous come playoff time. On Sunday, they renewed their rivalry in front of a boisterous crowd at TD Garden. Much of the talk leading up to Sunday's clash centered around Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin, a Harvard product who has taken the NBA by storm this season and...
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Rajon Rondo Trade Rumors, Wes Welker Contract Talks Will Each Highlight Players' Debatable Market Value

Rajon Rondo and Wes Welker have at least one thing in common: They've become two of the more impactful athletes in the region since arriving on the scene. But as the Rondo trade rumors continue to fly and the Welker contract negotiations get ready to heat up later this offseason, it's becoming clear that both the Celtics and Patriots are facing a similar dilemma when it comes...
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John Tortorella Freaks Out, Spikes Puck Following Delay of Game Call in Showdown With Bruins (Video)

John Tortorella is a pretty intense guy. On Sunday, during a game against the Bruins, the Rangers head coach channeled his inner Rob Gronkowski and unleashed an emphatic spike on the bench. Tortorella's Rangers were assessed a delay of game penalty in the third period after the puck was cleared out of play by New York. The puck landed in the Rangers' bench area, which typically...
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Rory McIlroy Claims No. 1 Ranking After Holding Off Tiger Woods for Win at Honda Classic

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Rory McIlroy won the Honda Classic with a performance worthy of the new No. 1 ranking. Right when it looked as though McIlroy had no serious challenge Sunday, Tiger Woods came on strong with a birdie-eagle finish for a 62 -- his lowest final round ever -- to get within one shot of the lead. McIlroy could hear the roar from the farthest corner of PGA National...
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Denny Hamlin Holds Off Kevin Harvick to Pick Up Win at Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Denny Hamlin took the lead on a restart and had to sweat out his fuel mileage over the final few laps to win at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday. In his second race with new crew chief Darian Grubb, Hamlin shook off memories of a championship-losing run at Phoenix in 2010 by leading the final 59 laps and holding off NASCAR's best closer. Kevin Harvick...
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Vote: Where Should Carl Crawford Bat in Red Sox Lineup This Season?

Carl Crawford admitted that batting seventh last season -- his first with the Red Sox -- went to his head a bit, as it led to the outfielder questioning his skills for the first time in his career. Crawford had batted near the top of the order for much of his tenure with the Rays, so the four-time All-Star was understandably a bit thrown off when he was getting shifted around the...
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Rajon Rondo's Gritty Play, Scoring Punch Against Knicks Exactly What Bruins Could Use to Overcome Rangers

The Bruins put forth a solid effort on Sunday in New York, but they again were unable to defeat the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers. Back in Boston, meanwhile, Rajon Rondo powered the Celtics past Jeremy Lin and the Knicks in overtime at TD Garden. The B's appear to be in better shape than the Celtics right now, but Rondo's gritty performance on Sunday showed how valuable...
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Lars Anderson Proud of Sunday's Strong Performance After Rigorous Offseason Training

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Sparta Performance Science was Lars Anderson's residency over the offseason. The Red Sox prospect spent his days training to bulk up and unload power in 2012. He took that first step Sunday. In the seventh inning, the first baseman crushed a breaking ball over JetBlue Park's right-field fence for a grand slam, keying the Red Sox to a 8-3 win over the...
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Josh Beckett Tries to Develop Rapport With Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia in First Spring Training Start

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Josh Beckett is transitioning to life without Jason Varitek. As Varitek adjusts to retirement, the right-hander made his first start of the spring Sunday with Jarrod Saltalamacchia as his battery mate. Beckett tossed two frames in the Grapefruit League opener against the Twins, yielding one hit and walking two. In addition to testing out his arm, Beckett was...
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