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Portland Junior Pirates Heading to Finals After 3-1 Victory Over Top Gun

Oliver Wahlstrom continues to dazzle for the Portland Junior Pirates. He scored on all three of his shootout chances in the Pirates' most recent victory, which put the team in the finals of the boys 10 and under bracket. The Pirates took down Top Gun (N.H.), 3-1, to advance, setting up what's sure to be an exciting championship matchup. Check out the video above to see the...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Marc Savard Still Unsure About Future, Thinks Brendan Shanahan Has Done 'Wonderful Job'

Marc Savard dropped by TD Garden for Saturday's matinee between the Bruins and Rangers, and he took some time to discuss his health status, among other topics. Savard won't be lacing up the skates for the B's any time soon, but he noted that he's truly happy with his life, although he admits he often wants to get back on the ice. The 34-year-old remains unsure about...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Curling, Golfing Competitions Would Be Fun Venues for Claude Julien-John Tortorella Matchup Beyond All-Star Game

Coaches Claude Julien and John Tortorella both have their teams humming along this season, and their All-Star coaching spots reflect that. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette thought that it would be fun to imagine the two coaching giants matching wits in other venues, and asked our Twitter followers for their suggestions. Check out the video above to see where fans wouldn't mind...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Jaromir Jagr Served as Rangers Captain Between Mark Messier and Chris Drury

Ryan Callahan serves as the Rangers' captain nowadays, and by donning the "C," he joins a very elite group. Prior to Callahan, it was Chris Drury who held the role, starting in 2008. Drury decided to hang up the skates, though, which paved the way for the 26-year-old Callahan to take over. Perhaps the most recognizable captain in Rangers history is Mark Messier, who...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Marc Savard Feeling Better, Enjoying Extra Time He Gets to Spend With His Kids

Marc Savard's NHL career might be over, but the 34-year-old is enjoying life away from the game. While Savard would likely prefer to be lacing up the skates alongside his Bruins teammates, something he can't do because of post-concussion symptoms, Savard's health is steadily improving. Savard checked in with NESN's Dale Arnold, Barry Pederson and Gord Kluzak on Saturday...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Bruins, Rangers' Early Intensity Showing Why Two Teams Deserve Top Billing

On Friday night, the Panthers and Blackhawks had to wait out a little bit of a delay because of a winter storm blowing through Chicago. On Saturday afternoon, the Bruins and Rangers couldn't wait to get their game started and the pace of the first-period play showed just that. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette is seeing why these two teams are where they are in the standings and...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Liverpool Live Blog: Gretar Steinsson Scores Early in Second Half, Reds Trail Bolton 3-1

71st minute, 3-1 Bolton: Agger steps forward again, and shoots this time. But his drive rattles the crossbar. 70th minute, 3-1 Bolton: It sure is windy out there. Reo-Coker's drive from 20 yards out goes out for a throw-in. 64th minute, 3-1 Bolton: Adam and Maxi are coming off. Maxi and Kuyt enter the fray. 63rd minute, 3-1 Bolton: Enrique is shown yellow for his foul on Eagles...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Claude Julien, Bruins Staff to Coach Team Chara at NHL All-Star Game

Zdeno Chara will serve as captain of one of this season's All-Star teams, and he'll have a familiar face behind the bench. Bruins head coach Claude Julien will coach Team Chara at this year's All-Star festivities in Ottawa, joining Chara, Tyler Seguin and Tim Thomas as Boston participants. Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul and Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist were...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

No Excuses As Bruins Prepare for 'Snowdown' Against New York Rangers for Eastern Conference Lead

Let's do this. The Bruins and Rangers are both as close to full strength as you can be at this point in the season, so there's no dancing around what this game means. It's a chance for both teams to size each other up and figure out how they measure up to another top team in the conference. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette is excited to watch this one. Besides, it's...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Claude Julien Playing Goalie Decision Close to Vest Right Up Until Gametime for Showdown with Rangers

BOSTON -- The Bruins and Rangers finally meet for the first time this season Saturday afternoon at the Garden. One point separates the Original Six rivals, and the Bruins can leapfrog New York into the top spot in the East with a victory. With those stakes, not even Bruins coach Claude Julien would try to pass this showdown off as just another regular-season game. "To say this...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Juventus Offers Milos Krasic to Liverpool, Serbian Winger Is Available For £12 million

Serbian winger Milos Krasic has been offered to Liverpool by Italian club Juventus. The Serie A leader is looking to offload Krasic, and approached the Reds about a potential January transfer, according to the Daily Mirror. "Juventus have told the Reds they can have Krasic for the £12 million ($18.7 million) they paid CSKA Moscow for him in 2010," the report says. "...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Former Ohio State Head Coach Jim Tressel Has Second Interview for Colts Head Coaching Job

It may only be a matter of time until we see a blue and white sweater vest on the Colts sideline. Jim Tressel, the former head coach at Ohio State University, has gotten a second interview for the Indianapolis head coaching vacancy left after Jim Caldwell was fired, WBNS reports. A report from ESPN includes more detail, adding that Colts owner Jim Irsay visited Tressel's hometown...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Ben Roethlisberger Settles Lake Tahoe Harrah's Sexual Assault Case

Ben Roethlisberger has settled the civil lawsuit filed against him by Andrea McNulty in relation to an alleged incident of sexual assault in 2008. However, it is unclear if Roethlisberger paid McNulty as part of the settlement. McNulty filed the civil lawsuit accusing the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback of rape after an incident in a hotel room at Harrah's Lake Tahoe casino,...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Mascot breaks backboard on dunk

Basketball is a big deal in Indiana, and anybody who's seen Hoosiers can attest to the state's passion for the sport at every level. The Indiana Pacers mascot Boomer shares that passion, apparently so much that he brings it to local high school games at a level the school courts aren't ready for. On Friday night, Boomer visited the New Palestine-Triton Central high school...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Bruins Live Blog: B's and Rangers Finally Meet in Clash for Conference Lead in Marquee Matinee Matchup

8 a.m. ET: It took more than half the season, but the top two teams in the Eastern Conference will finally face each other for the first time this year on Saturday. The Bruins return home from a four-game road trip to host the East-leading Rangers in a marquee matinee matchup. New York (29-12-4, 62 points) has a one-point lead on Boston (30-13-1, 61 points), but the Rangers have...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Dwight Howard Says Shaquille O'Neal Should 'Get on With His Life'

For years, the distinction of best big man in the NBA belonged to Shaquille O'Neal. Now, the title is somewhat debatable, although Shaq has an opinion that may differ from most NBA enthusiasts. O'Neal, now an analyst for TNT, said that the Lakers' Andrew Bynum is the best big man in The Association, a variation from the common notion that Magic center Dwight Howard holds...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Pele Argues Lionel Messi Must Improve to Be Considered Greatest Player Ever

Despite winning the Ballon d'Or player of the year award for the third consecutive year, Lionel Messi still has some work to do. His assignment: impress Pele. The former Brazilian soccer star called out the Argentinean Messi in an interview with Le Monde. "When Messi's scored 1,283 goals like me, when he's won three World Cups, we'll talk about it," Pele...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Who Is Greatest Patriots Player of All Time Besides Tom Brady?

For a franchise that had zero Super Bowl wins before he took over as quarterback, it'd be nearly impossible to make the case against Tom Brady as the greatest Patriots player in history. So who's second-best? The franchise had a number of down years but still has plenty of talent in its history. From the dynasty era, there was overachieving linebacker Tedy Bruschi, jack of...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Who Served As Rangers Captain Between Mark Messier and Chris Drury?

When one thinks of Rangers legends, he or she can't help but picture Mark Messier, Mike Richter, Brian Leach or -- for you older puck heads -- Rod Gilbert. Rocking Ranger blue in front of thousands of fans at Madison Square Garden is quite the honor but being named captain of the original six franchise is reserved for the best of the best. Since 1991, there have only been five...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Blake Griffin Rookie Card Sells for $38,032, or Enough Money to Buy Multiple Kias

Blake Griffin is a very good basketball player. Because of that, along with his ability to do things above the rim with a basketball that no human being should be able to do, he's very popular. Is he popular enough, however, that someone would pay nearly $40,000 for a little piece of cardboard with his picture and John Hancock on it? Apparently so. Business Insider points out...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Tedy Bruschi, Troy Brown Among Former Patriots Marveling at Franchise's Unprecedented Run of Success

FOXBORO, Mass. -- The Patriots' turnaround over the last two decades has been so impressive that it's left even its most prominent contributors in awe. "There is no word to use except for 'impressive,'" former linebacker Tedy Bruschi said. New England was a bottom-of-the-rung franchise in the early 1990s that got a much-needed spark in 1993 when it hired...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Which Eastern Conference Team Presents Biggest Threat to Bruins This Season?

The Bruins are no stranger to marquee matchups this season. Their Saturday afternoon affair with the New York Rangers marks the team's third time playing in a game between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. Throw in a few games against Detroit, Chicago and Vancouver from out West and the B's have had a chance to test themselves against just about every top team...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Bill Belichick Breaks Down How He Spends His Saturday Nights

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Believe it or not, even Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has to turn his mind off from football. While Belichick wouldn't detail his plans for Saturday night leading up to the Ravens game, he said there are some Saturdays when he knows his work is done -- or, as he says, the hay is in the barn. And when the game plan is ready, it's time to shift to Plan...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Chris Paul Helping Change Clippers' Culture of Losing, Challenge Lakers for Top Billing in Hollywood

For as long as anyone can remember, the Los Angeles Lakers have been the basketball kings in L.A. After a hectic offseason, however, the Clippers intend to make a run at Hollywood supremacy. Led by all-world point guard Chris Paul, the Clippers have a solid core in place to cruise past Kobe Bryant and the aging Lakers. Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chauncey Billups surround Paul...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Tyler Seguin Knows Bruins Will Need 'Third-Period Effort' for Entire Game Against Rangers

The Bruins were a bit out of sorts on Thursday night against the New Jersey Devils. However, like they have all season, the B's responded with an incredible third period and won the game going away. On Saturday afternoon at home, however, the B's likely won't have the same luxury with the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers in town. Tyler Seguin chatted with Naoko...
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January 20, 2012  |  Discuss
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