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Dont’a Hightower, Jamie Collins Dominate in Absence of Brandon Spikes As Patriots Topple Colts

FOXBORO, Mass. — With the number of injuries the New England Patriots have faced this season, news that linebacker Brandon Spikes had been placed on injured reserve was met with a collective “ho hum.” But at a certain point, some aspect of the Patriots was going to be met with the figurative straw that breaks the camel’s back. That facet will apparently not be New England’s...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Celtics’ Effort Can’t Overcome Poor Execution And Other Impressions From Loss to Blazers

Aside from one unsightly half in Oklahoma City and 48 embarrassing minutes in Denver, the Celtics’ effort has been remarkably consistent this season. Even during their current eight-game losing streak, the Celtics have seldom slacked off, no matter how lopsided the scores got. Effort and execution are far different qualities, however, and one can’t succeed without the other....
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Tuukka Rask Turns Away Joe Pavelski’s Point-Blank Attempt to Win DCU Save of the Game Honors (Video)

Tuukka Rask is back to his dominating ways. After turning in a handful of shaky performances in the past few games, the Bruins netminder was locked in on Saturday night, stopping everything that was sent his way. The Sharks kept Rask busy, however, and one of their best chances came in the second period as Joe Thornton found Joe Pavelski creeping toward the front of the net. Pavelski...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Darth Vader Drops Puck During ‘Star Wars’ Night at Huntsville Havoc-Mississippi RiverKings Game (Photo)

Star Wars is becoming increasingly popular in sports. The Huntsville Havoc of the Southern Professional Hockey League officially have joined the party. The Havoc became the latest team to host a Star Wars themed night Friday. Darth Vader participated in the ceremonial puck drop before the Havoc clashed with the Mississippi RiverKings. The evening included appearances by Stormtroopers...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Charles Barkley Holds Court in Patriots Locker Room, Warns Team of Life Without Tom Brady, Bill Belichick (Photos)

When Charles Barkley speaks, people listen — even if it’s about football, apparently. Sir Charles was in the Patriots locker room following the Pats win over the Colts in Saturday night’s divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. The Round Mound of Rebound posed for photos with some players and even took questions from reporters. Among many quotes from his “postgame availability...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Sharks’ Strong Forecheck Leads to Bruins Turnover, But Tuukka Rask Keeps Game Scoreless (Video)

The San Jose Sharks had their opportunities to get on the board during the first period of Saturday night’s game, but they couldn’t capitalize. The Bruins got into a bit of trouble toward the end of the first period after the Sharks created a scoring chance with a strong forecheck. Boston didn’t do itself any favors with some extra passes behind its net that led to a turnover...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Red Sox Interested in Cuban Pitcher Raciel Iglesias

The Red Sox missed out on Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and Jose Dariel Abreu in the last few months. It appears that general manager Ben Cherington might now be eyeing another Cuban defector. The Red Sox are interested in Cuban pitcher Raciel Iglesias, according to Peter Gammons. Iglesias successfully defected from Cuba in October after being detained in his initial attempt to leave the...
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January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Tuukka Rask Bounces Back From Recent Struggles, Makes 12 Saves in First Period (Video)

Tuukka Rask‘s struggles appear to be a thing of the past, if the first 20 minutes of Saturday night’s game are any indication. Coming into the matchup with San Jose, Rask had been pulled three times in his last 10 starts. The goaltender who was so dependable in the beginning of the season began to struggle mightily of late, but through one period of hockey against a tough Sharks...
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LeGarrette Blount Among Three Stars of Patriots’ Win Over Colts After Churning Out Record-Setting Performance

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots had an effective game plan: Go up by so many points that even Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck cannot mount a comeback. It worked. After the two teams went back and forth while the Patriots held just a seven-point lead, New England broke out. Running back LeGarrette Blount ripped off a 73-yard touchdown and rookie linebacker Jamie...
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Richard Sherman Says Talking Trash Before Playing in Seattle Like ‘Lamb Coming to the Wolves’

Jimmy Graham might have learned a valuable lesson. Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks treated the home crowd to a 23-15 victory over the New Orleans Saints in Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff game. Graham exchanged words with Sherman and several other Seahawks players before the game, which, in hindsight, wasn’t the best idea. “He said he was going to run us over or...
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Andrew Luck Slobbers Every Which Way During Impassioned Sideline Reaction (GIF)

It’s already raining at Gillette Stadium, but the forecast on the Indianapolis Colts’ sideline is calling for heavy slobber with a chance of projectile spit for anyone in the path of Andrew Luck. The Colts quarterback was fired up, to say the least, during Saturday’s divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots. The Pats had been in control since the opening kickoff...
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Shawn Thornton Shifts Attention to Loui Eriksson’s Return, Says ‘We Got Loui Back, He’s a Savior’ (Video)

Shawn Thornton‘s return is certainly an anticipated one, but he isn’t the only Bruin hitting the ice after a 15-game layoff. After suffering his second concussion of the season during the Dec. 7 matchup against the Penguins, Loui Eriksson will be back on the ice Saturday night, as well. Thornton reminded viewers of that during NESN’s pregame broadcast as he fielded a couple...
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Seahawks’ Michael Bennett Calls Jimmy Graham ‘Soft,’ ‘Overrated’ After Victory Over Saints (Video)

Jimmy Graham appeared to talk a big game before Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff clash between the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks. The Saints tight end then was held to one catch for eight yards. The Seahawks had every reason to gloat following their 23-15 victory Saturday, and defensive lineman Michael Bennett had some choice words for Graham, in particular. Bennett...
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New Hampshire Avalanche Defeats Maranacook in Quarterfinals of TD Bank Mini 1-on-1 (Video)

The New Hampshire Avalanche defeated Maranacook Area Youth Hockey 1 in the quarterfinals of the 8-under boys bracket of the TD Bank Mini 1-on-1. Shooter Jack Desruisseaux made life easy for his goaltender Michael Antsey, netting all three of his shots. Antsey held his own, regardless, allowing only one shot to sneak past him as Maranacook shooter Jacob Godbout beat him with a nice...
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January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Shawn Thornton So Excited for Return He Says ‘it Was Tough to Sleep for Other Reasons This Time’ (Video)

After serving a 15-game suspension, Shawn Thornton will return to the lineup Saturday night when the Bruins take on the San Jose Sharks. The B’s forward has been sidelined since Dec. 7 following his confrontation with Brooks Orpik, and the time away from the game hasn’t always been easy for Thornton. After admitting that he couldn’t sleep when he was mulling over his decision...
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January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Allen Gets Pummeled By Colts Special Teamers Following Errant Long Snap (GIF)

Puntin’ ain’t easy. Just ask Patriots punter Ryan Allen, who got pummeled during a punt attempt in the Pats-Colts divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night. Allen was set to punt the ball out of Pats territory in the second quarter when he watched Danny Aiken‘s long snap sail over his head and toward the Pats end zone. Allen raced up and scooped up the loose...
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January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Punter Ryan Allen Questionable to Return Versus Colts After Suffering Shoulder Injury

New England Patriots punter Ryan Allen suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter of Saturday’s AFC divisional playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts. His return is questionable, according to the Patriots’ official Twitter account. Allen suffered the injury after long snapper Danny Aiken overshot the Patriots punter. Allen raced back in an attempt to recover the loose...
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January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Frozen Fenway: Northeastern Uses Dominant Second Period, Strong Special Teams to Beat UMass Lowell

Northeastern earned its first ever outdoor game victory on Saturday with a 4-1 defeat of Hockey East rival UMass Lowell in Game 1 of the afternoon’s Frozen Fenway doubleheader. After a scoreless first period that was controlled by the River Hawks, the Huskies opened the scoring with a goal from Braden Pimm to kick off a dominant second period. The senior right-winger grabbed the...
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Walter McCarty On Board for ‘He Got Game’ Sequel With Spike Lee, Ray Allen (Video)

The crew from Lincoln High could be getting back together. Spike Lee and Ray Allen have been talking about making a sequel to 1998′s He Got Game, and at least one fellow cast member is ready to take part. Unfortunately for Lee, it’s not Denzel Washington. Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty, who played one of Jesus Shuttlesworth’s teammates in the original film, told Mark...
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January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

DeSean Jackson’s Home Robbed of More Than $250,000 in Cash, Jewelry, According to Police

Someone broke into a home belonging to Eagles star receiver DeSean Jackson and stole a handgun and more than $250,000 in cash and jewelry, according to Philadelphia police. Investigators said Saturday that the burglary happened sometime earlier in the week at Jackson’s home in South Philadelphia — not far from the team’s practice facility. Police say the cash and jewelry were...
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January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Bruins Officially Activate Loui Eriksson Off of Injured Reserve, Assign Justin Florek to Providence

Bruins coach Claude Julien said all along that forward Loui Eriksson wouldn’t return to game action until he was completely ready, both physically and mentally. Eriksson is apparently ready. The Bruins announced Saturday night that Eriksson had been officially activated from injured reserve. Eriksson was placed on IR after suffering a concussion in Boston’s win over the Pittsburgh...
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2014 Frozen Fenway: Maine Defeats Boston University 7-3 With Impressive Special Teams Performance

Great special teams play has been an integral part of Maine’s success this season and it was the deciding factor in its decisive 7-3 victory over Boston University during Saturday’s Frozen Fenway doubleheader. The Black Bears entered the matchup as the only Hockey East squad ranked in the top five of power-play percentage and penalty killing success, and it wasn’t hard to see...
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January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Red Sox, Twins Interested in Korean Pitcher Suk-Min Yoon

The Red Sox certainly have been keeping an eye on the Asian pitching market. The Red Sox and Twins are interested in Korean pitcher Suk-Min Yoon, according to Peter Gammons. Yoon, who is a Scott Boras client, has spent his professional career pitching for the Kia Tigers of the Korea Baseball Organization. Yoon has been both a starter and a reliever during his pro career. His best...
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January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Corey Crawford Makes Incredible Pad Save to Rob Montreal’s Lars Eller (Video)

Corey Crawford was considered by some to be a candidate for Team Canada’s third goalie. That job, however, went to Mike Smith, and Crawford was left to wait another four years for his next chance. He’s handling that snub pretty well so far, if Saturday night is any indication. Crawford turned in arguably the best save of his career on Saturday night on a pretty big stage. The...
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January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Blake Griffin’s Dunk on Kris Humphries Joins Clippers Forward’s Greatest Poster Jobs on Timofey Mozgov, Kendrick Perkins (Video)

Is it a dunk if your hand never touches the rim? Kris Humphries was asking that question after Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin put him on a poster on Wednesday. The jury is out in Humphries’ mind, but the Internet has spoken and in its mind, it counts. Sorry, Kris. Humphries may go down as more than just another innocent victim of Griffin’s, though. The NBA posted...
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January 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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