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Lasting Impact: NFL’s Shaky Concussion Past Has Implications For All Sports

Editor’s note: Lasting Impact, an eBook from NESN.com, explores the controversy surrounding concussions and CTE. Each chapter examines a different part of issue, including youth-specific concerns, what’s behind CTE, the NFL’s involvement in the concussion crisis, how youth sports have responded and what the future of sports could hold. Today: Chapter 3. While much of Lasting...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Jarrod Saltalamacchia Returns From Workout To Find Plane Crashed Near Home

Miami Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia witnessed a scary sight upon his return from a workout Monday: a partially submerged, homemade aircraft in a pond close to his home. A plane had crashed near Saltalamacchia’s home, and the the pilot did not survive, according to the Sun Sentinel. Leonard “Link” McGarity, a former Marine pilot who flew commercially for American Airlines...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Jadeveon Clowney’s Work Ethic Questioned By Steve Spurrier

Jadeveon Clowney, the highly sought-after defensive end from the University of South Carolina, has had his work ethic questioned by an unlikely source — his former head coach. “He was OK,” Spurrier said recently on NFL AM via Pro Football Talk. “His work habits are pretty good, they’re not quite like [Marcus] Lattimore, maybe Stephon Gilmore, Melvin Ingram, some of those...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA D-League To Experiment With In-Game Flopping Penalties

The NBA might finally be taking significant steps toward dealing with its flopping epidemic. NBA Development League president Dan Reed said Wednesday in a press release that the D-League will start giving technical fouls for in-game flopping this season beginning Thursday. The NBA has faced criticism for its lax attitude toward flopping, especially as some players have incorporated...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Mount Rushmore: Jackie Robinson’s Lasting Impact Deserves Recognition

Willie Mays deserves an apology. Mays, considered by many to be the greatest all-around player in baseball history, didn’t make the final cut for NESN.com’s MLB Mount Rushmore. That’s because after hours of agony, there were four others — Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron and Jackie Robinson — whose overall credentials were difficult to ignore. Mount Rushmore — as a...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA Trade Deadline: Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo Among Enticing Names On Block

8 a.m. ET: Let’s make a deal! Well, OK, we’re not the ones making the deals here. Instead, it’s the front office executives for all 30 teams who will pore over scouting reports and statistics to determine what moves, if any, to make before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. Several big names are believed to be on the trade block, with Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo, Pau Gasol and Kyle...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Olympic Hockey: Tuukka Rask, Loui Eriksson Shine in Men’s Quarterfinals (Video)

Sweden and Finland earned a place in the semifinals of the men’s hockey tournament at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Wednesday, and two Boston Bruins stars played a major role in that success. Finland goaltender Tuukka Rask made 37 saves on 38 shots in a remarkable performance against host nation Russia. The Finns emerged victorious by a score of 3-1 and have guaranteed themselves...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon Bass On Display; Impressions From Celtics’ Loss To Suns

Come Thursday afternoon, Brandon Bass could be headed for a new locale. If this indeed ends up being his last game in a Boston Celtics uniform, the veteran power forward went out with a bang. Bass put up 18 points, tying Rajon Rondo for the team high, and nabbed eight rebounds on Wednesday in the Celtics’ 100-94 defeat to the Phoenix Suns. One of the longest-tenured Celtics with...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Winter Olympics Schedule: Full Listing of Events For Feb. 20

There’s going to be some amazing hockey played over the next few days at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and the action begins Thursday when Canada and the United States renew their rivalry in the women’s ice hockey gold medal game. The American women are seeking revenge for their defeat to Canada in the gold medal game four years ago in Vancouver. After winning the first...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN’s Bob Ley Takes Shot At LeBron James On Twitter

LeBron James knows what it’s like to receive a lot of criticism from prominent media members after failing in the NBA playoffs early in his career. Dallas Cowboys star Tony Romo is now in a similar situation as one of the NFL’s top-tier quarterbacks with a lack of postseason success on his resume. After overcoming his critics and winning two straight world championships with...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Slapshot Classic: Red Sox Pitchers Jake Peavy, Clay Buchholz Show Their Hockey Skills (Video)

Boston Red Sox pitchers Jake Peavy and Clay Buchholz were the latest to take part in the slapshot classic at spring training in Fort Myers, Florida. Peavy showed off some impressive skills, and earned six points to put him in second place in the overall standings. Buchholz also displayed a quality shot, finishing with five points. Jon Lester still leads all participants with seven...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Police Summons Claims Ravens Star Ray Rice Knocked Out Fiancée At Casino

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice might be in much more trouble than previously thought following a weekend incident with his fiancée, Janay Palmer, that resulted in him being arrested. A police summons claims that Rice hit his fiancée, “rendering her unconscious,” on Sunday in Atlantic City, N.J., per Mike Hellgren of CBS Baltimore. Summons stating #rayrice struck...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Clay Buchholz, Jake Peavy Excited To Defend Red Sox’ World Series Title (Video)

When Jake Peavy arrived in Boston last season via a mid-season trade, his focus immedialye shifted to winning the World Series. The former NL Cy Young Award winner had never played in a Fall Classic prior to joining the Red Sox, and his dream came true when he took part in Boston’s triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals in six games. Peavy and fellow starting pitcher Clay Buchholz...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: NHL talked to Seattle groups about possible expansion

The NHL is on Olympic break as its best players compete for the gold medal in Sochi, but that hasn’t prevented expansion discussions. The Seattle Times reported Wednesday that the league has talked with people who might be interested in owning an NHL franchise in that city. “Local sources have said the league has held discussions with potential ownership groups here about what...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

John Farrell: Stephen Drew A ‘Darn Good Player’

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell has made it clear that he’d welcome back shortstop Stephen Drew with open arms. Farrell said Wednesday on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan that he’s preparing for life without Drew, who remains a free agent, but that he’s open to switching things up if general manager Ben Cherington and Co. agree to a deal with the veteran shortstop. “If...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston College Upsets No. 1 Ranked, Undefeated Syracuse

The Boston College Eagles upset No.1 ranked and undefeated Syracuse 62-59 Wednesday at the Carrier Dome in the biggest upsets of the college basketball season. Boston College played great defense and hit its free throws in the final minute of the second half to secure its third ACC victory of the season, which also snaps a five-game losing streak. Syracuse couldn’t overcome 32...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

John Farrell Hints At Boston Red Sox’s 2014 Starting Lineup

Shane Victorino likely will get a first crack at the Boston Red Sox’s leadoff spot, which was vacated by Jacoby Ellsbury, who signed with the New York Yankees over the offseason. Red Sox manager John Farrell said earlier this winter that Victorino was among those under consideration for the leadoff role, and the Boston skipper revealed Wednesday on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Reports: Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds Agree To Six-Year, $105 Million Contract

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey agreed to a six-year, $105 million contract on Wednesday, acc0rding to multiple reports. Bailey avoids arbitration and will help the Reds with their cash flow by deferring some of the salary for short periods. The deal includes a $25 million mutual option for 2020 with a $5 million buyout. Bailey was the final major league player left...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Gordon Hayward Won’t Be Traded To Celtics

It looks increasingly less likely that the Boston Celtics will deal Rajon Rondo, one of their key pieces, before Thursday’s NBA Deadline. However, it appears they are just as unlikely to add at least one major potential piece. Gordon Hayward is not expected to be traded by the Utah Jazz this season, Sean Deveney of the Sporting News reports. The Celtics had been interested in...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

USA-Canada Olympic Hockey Preview: U.S. Women Seek Revenge In Gold Medal Rematch

It’s payback time for the United States. The American women will face archrival Canada in Thursday’s gold medal game at the 2014 Winter Olympics. It’s a rematch of the final four years ago in Vancouver when Team USA lost 2-0. Entering the Olympics, the United States enjoyed a four-game winning streak over Canada, but the defending Olympic champions beat the U.S. 3-2 in the...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

USA-Canada Olympic Hockey Preview: Confident U.S. Will Overcome Rival

The rematch everyone wanted is almost here. The United States and Canada will play Friday with a berth in the gold medal game at the 2014 Winter Olympics at stake. Based on the performance of the two teams through the quarterfinals, the Americans should enter this game as the favorite despite the fact that the Canadians are the defending gold medalists. Team USA has dominated just...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Lolo Jones Noncommittal On Future With U.S. Bobsledding Team

Lolo Jones’ bobsledding performance underwhelmed at the Winter Olympics in Sochi — earning just 11th place — and following the race Jones said that she was going to weigh her options before returning to the sport, according to the Washington Post. “Bobsled is just such a tough, weird sport. For track and field,  have to think about everything during the race,” Jones said...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Reliever Proposes To Girlfriend While Skydiving (Photo)

Alex Cobb probably thought he had the best proposal in the major leagues, but Blue Jays reliever Casey Janssen is giving Cobb’s bid a run for its money. Janssen managed to surprise his girlfriend Lauren Spear while she hurtled toward the ground in the midst of a skydiving excursion. After setting up a massive “will you marry me” sign in their landing zone, all Janssen had...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Gold medalist gets surprise visit from family on 'Ellen'

American snowboarder Jamie Anderson won the first ever slopstyle gold medal while competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. It earned her instant fame, a first-class seat upgrade, (probably) a few more endorsement deals and — most importantly — a guest appearance on “Ellen.” Anderson, 23, showed Ellen DeGeneres her bling in what was her first public appearance since...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Rockets Interested In Acquiring Rajon Rondo

Get in line, Houston Rockets. Rajon Rondo has drawn trade interest from around the NBA, and now the Rockets have thrown themselves into the mix. Houston general manager Daryl Morey has “absolute interest” in acquiring Rondo before Thursday’s trade deadline, Marc Stein of ESPN reports. Just because the Rockets have interest doesn’t mean a deal will get done, Stein cautions...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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