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Dining Playbook Episode Three: What They Ate

Dining Playbook with Billy and Jenny, combining two of America’s favorite pastimes: food and sports. Emmy Award-winning Billy Costa and Jenny Johnson will be cooking with your favorite athletes and showcasing the places to go before, during and after the game. FIVE FOR FIVE:  Each week a professional athlete shares his five favorite restaurants. This week features former Patriot...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Mini Yu Darvish aka ‘Minivish’ Shows Up At Red Sox Spring Training (Photos)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Boston Red Sox fans weren’t the only ones soaking up the club’s spring training workout at JetBlue Park on Saturday. A self-proclaimed Mini Yu Darvish showed up to Red Sox camp on Saturday wearing a full Texas Rangers uniform. The fan, who looks just like a smaller version of the Rangers’ Japanese ace, asked about Red Sox relievers Koji Uehara and Junichi...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

ECHL team building arena on roof of Las Vegas casino

When the ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers failed to extend their lease at Orleans Arena, the team took an unconventional route in finding a new home. The Wranglers plan to spend $4 million to build a new, 3,500-seat venue on the roof of the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, according to the Law Vegas Review-Journal (via Extra Mustard). The 11-year-old team draws about 4,600 per game,...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts Could Give Red Sox Rare Infield Continuity

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Dustin Pedroia might as well hand out gift baskets, as his long list of double-play partners is similar to Derek Jeter’s dating history. The Boston Red Sox have lacked shortstop stability since Nomar Garciaparra was traded to the Chicago Cubs before the 2004 trade deadline. The frequent changes haven’t been damaging, though, as Pedroia has taken charge in...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Phil Kessel had a fantastic reaction to smelling salts

Hockey players get pretty amped up before games, but sometimes that’s just not enough. Sometimes, you need to go to the smelling salts. Team USA forward Phil Kessel is someone who dabbles in the smelling salts, and he went back to that well prior to the Americans’ bronze medal matchup with Finland on Saturday at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Kessel’s reaction to the salts was priceless...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Four More Ex-Players Join Concussion Lawsuit Against NHL

Four former hockey players have joined the concussion lawsuit against the NHL. Bob Bourne, Bruce Bell, Scott Parker and Bernie Nicholls have publicly joined the class action lawsuit that claims the NHL did not do enough to address the health implications of head injuries that occur in league games. One excerpt from the lawsuit states players “were not told by the NHL, how dangerous...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Canadian Olympic Coach Spreads Skier Sarah Burke’s Ashes In Sochi Mountains

Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke died in 2012 from injuries she sustained while doing what she loved. On Thursday, Burke was honored in Sochi at the Winter Olympics during the women’s freeskiing halfpipe competition and she was there not just in spirit, but also physically. Canadian halfpipe coach Trennon Paynter — who was friends with the 29-year-old Burke and her husband...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Olympic Hockey: Peter Forsberg Says Having Canadian Refs In Gold Medal Game Is ‘ Joke’

Canada and Sweden will meet Sunday for the gold medal in men’s hockey at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and when the puck drops, there will be nine Canadians on the ice. That’s not because Canadian head coach Mike Babcock found some sort of super-secret Olympic hockey rule loophole, though. That’s because three of the four on-ice officials picked to officiate the gold medal game...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

USA-Finland Olympic Hockey Live: Americans, Finns Play For Bronze Medal In Sochi

8:30 a.m.: This isn’t the medal Team USA hockey wanted to win at the 2014 Winter Olympics, but at as winger Patrick Kane said Friday, it’s better than nothing. The Americans will square off on Saturday against Finland in the bronze medal game of the Olympics. The U.S. was edged 1-0 on Friday against Canada in a semifinal game that sent the Canadians to the gold medal game and...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Combine Live: Tight Ends Eric Ebron, Austin Seferian-Jenkins Have Most At Stake

8 a.m. ET: The tight ends and offensive lineman will be on display first at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine. The New England Patriots will keep a close watch on the speed and agility workouts and the positional drills of both the tight ends and linemen. The Patriots could use a replacement for Aaron Hernandez, insurance for Rob Gronkowski and players at all three offensive line positions...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Celtics-Kings Live: Rajon Rondo Takes Seat In Sacramento

8 a.m. ET: Three games into the post-All-Star break schedule, Rajon Rondo will take a seat. Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens has consistently said he will not push Rondo’s recovery from a torn right ACL, and Stevens is not ready to let up on his promise yet. Rondo will rest as the Celtics (19-37) take on the Sacramento Kings (18-36) on the second night of a back-to-back set in...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston-New York Rivalry Heats Up And Other Red Sox Spring Training Notes

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Boston Red Sox are just two days into spring training, yet their rivalry with the New York Yankees already has picked up steam. Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino spoke with reporters at JetBlue Park on Friday, during which he addressed several topics, including the different philosophies of the Red Sox and Yankees. Lucchino’s comments drew the ire...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

MarShon Brooks Plays Hungry; Impressions From Celtics’ Loss To Lakers

For the bulk of his time with the Boston Celtics, MarShon Brooks looked alternately disinterested or disillusioned. At times, a little bit of both. Brooks played a grand total of 73 minutes over the first 2 1/2 months of this season, and every minute he didn’t play was well-deserved. Celtics coach Brad Stevens, as well as veterans like Gerald Wallace and Keith Bogans, did everything...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston Bruins Increase Intensity At Practice (Video)

The Boston Bruins practiced again on Friday as the team prepares to welcome back its Olympians and return to NHL action. Boston will resume the regular season on Feb. 26 against the Buffalo Sabres. The B’s will come out of the Olympic break in first place in the Atlantic Division with 78 points, seven points ahead of the second-place Tampa Bay Lightning. Check out the video above...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: LeBron James, Warner Bros. At Work On ‘Space Jam 2′

It looks like the Monstars might be making a comeback to a theater near you. According to Anita Busch of deadline.com, LeBron James and the sons of NBC Sports icon Dick Ebersol are working to create a sequel to the original and wildly successful Space Jam movie. “Broadcasting veteran Dick Ebersol‘s sons have come on board to develop the sequel to 1996 animated/live-action hit...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Winter Olympics Schedule: Full Listing Of Events For Feb. 22

There aren’t many more medals to be awarded at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. As the final weekend of the competition commences, medals will be earned in men’s hockey, starting Saturday morning when the United States and Finland battle for the bronze. The U.S. hasn’t won a bronze medal in men’s ice hockey since 1936, while the Finns are aiming for their third straight...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Grizzlies’ James Johnson Throws Alley-oop To Himself Off Backboard (Video)

James Johnson did some quick thinking during the Memphis Grizzlies’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. After a pump fake got a Clipper player in the air, it almost looked like Johnson was going to travel when he tried to lean into the defender to draw a foul. Johnson kept his pivot foot down and got creative, tossing the ball against the backboard and surprising his...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Wayne Gretzky On NHL Players At 2018 Winter Olympics: ‘I Would Vote To Go’

NHL players wanted to play at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and got their wish, but the league’s participation at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea is far from certain. One man who believes NHL players should take part in the next Winter Games is Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky, who played for Team Canada at the 1998 and 2002 Olympics in Nagano and Salt...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Danny Ainge: 2014 NBA draft class is all hype

Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins could be bound for the Boston Celtics this summer, which would thrill the team’s fans. Their prospective future boss doesn’t sound so pumped, though. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said as long ago as last year’s draft night that he felt the 2014 NBA draft class was “top heavy.” Since then, his assessment of the group...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Jason Collins In Limbo Until Glen Davis Signs

Jason Collins’ best chance at returning to the NBA now lies in Doc Rivers’ abilities as a salesman. If Rivers can sell Glen Davis on signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, Collins could sign with the Brooklyn Nets by Sunday, ESPN reports. If Rivers’ pitch fails, Davis would presumably sign with the Nets to fill their need for a frontcourt free agent addition. Davis’ decision...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Danny Ainge Had Nothing To Gain In Empty Deals At Trade Deadline

That lazy Danny Ainge. The NBA trade deadline came and went at 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon without the Boston Celtics’ president of basketball operations so much as picking up the phone to inquire about trading for Kevin Durant. With an ideal opportunity to make the perfect move to put his team on a championship path for the foreseeable future, Ainge blew it. Except, not exactly...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Henry Owens Shows Repertoire Versus Jonny Gomes, Will Middlebrooks (Video)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Henry Owens squared off with some big boppers in his first live batting practice session of Boston Red Sox spring training. Owens, ranked the No. 2 prospect in the Red Sox organization, faced Will Middlebrooks and Jonny Gomes on Friday as manager John Farrell and the coaching staff tried to gauge the status of their pitchers. Farrell said after the workout that...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Canadian Restaurant Selling ‘American Tears’ Soup After Olympic Hockey Win (Photo)

Canada once again prevented the United States from winning the gold medal in men’s ice hockey when the defending champions defeated their American rivals 1-0 in Friday’s semifinal. The Canadians will play Sweden for the gold medal Sunday in the final event of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Before Canadians move on to the showdown with the Swedes, they are having some fun...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Vote: Who Do You Think Should Hit Lead-Off For The Red Sox This Season?

The Red Sox haven’t made an abundance of changes over the offseason, but one aspect of the 2014 team that is definitely going to differ from the squad that won the World Series last year is who bats first. With the departure of Jacoby Ellsbury to the Yankees, the Red Sox will have to put someone new in the lead-off spot. While they have a couple of viable options, it will probably...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Worst bet ever. Indeed.

While Barack Obama and Stephen Harper were busy betting a case of beer on the U.S.-Canada men’s Olympics hockey semifinal game on Friday, one Chicago billboard company was making the gutsiest bet of all time with our neighbors to the north. The billboard, owned by Skokie-based freight broker Command Transportation, said that the loser of the highly anticipated contest “keeps...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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