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FIFA Defends Decision To Stage 2015 Women’s World Cup On Artificial Turf

LONDON — The men’s FIFA World Cup could be played “sooner rather than later” on artificial-turf fields, FIFA said Wednesday in the latest defense of its decision not to stage the 2015 women’s tournament in Canada on grass. World soccer’s governing body is on the defensive after a discrimination case was launched by some female players, who claim that men would never...
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October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Poll: Who Is The Best Quarterback In The NFL Today?

It may be hard to believe, but NFL fans currently are witnessing a Golden Age for NFL quarterbacks. Sunday’s showdown between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots certainly serves as a reminder, as future Hall of Famers Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will square off for the 16th time in their illustrious careers. Players like Brady, Manning and New Orleans Saints quarterback...
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Bruins Leave First Line Intact, Mix Up Other Three Lines At Practice

WILMINGTON, Mass. — The Boston Bruins’ lineup might look quite different when the team takes the ice Thursday night in Buffalo against the Sabres. Bruins head coach Claude Julien mixed up his bottom three lines at Wednesday’s practice. The most notable changes were made to the second line, which for about a year has featured Brad Marchand at left wing, Patrice Bergeron at...
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Bryan Stork, Dan Connolly (Concussions) Removed From Patriots Injury Report

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots are regaining their health as they prepare for the most difficult matchup on their 2014 schedule. Offensive linemen Bryan Stork and Dan Connolly (concussions) were removed from the Patriots’ injury report on Wednesday after starting Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Defensive end Chandler Jones (hip) was the lone player who didn’t...
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Premier League Ref Mark Clattenburg Dropped After Attending Concert

Mark Clattenburg made two bad calls Saturday, which have cost him a chance to referee Premier League games this weekend. The Professional Game Match Officials Limited, which governs Premier League referees, has dropped Clattenburg from this weekend’s games for two rules violations following Saturday’s 2-2 draw between West Brom and Crystal Palace, the BBC reports. Clattenburg...
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Trot Nixon: I’ll Never Forget Playing For Boston Red Sox Fans (Video)

Boston fans never will forget Trot Nixon. The former Red Sox outfielder never will forget them, either. Nixon joined host Chris Rose and former teammate Kevin Millar on MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk” this week as the Red Sox celebrated the 10th anniversary of their 2004 World Series win. The topics ranged from Boston’s epic title run to Nixon’s clutch heroics. Nixon spent...
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Brad Marchand Leaves Bruins Practice Early With Undisclosed Issue

WILMINGTON, Mass. — Injury concerns keep adding up for the Boston Bruins. Brad Marchand left Bruins practice early on Wednesday with an undisclosed ailment. Earlier in the day, the team announced that Torey Krug would miss two to three weeks with a broken finger. Bruins head coach Claude Julien said Marchand “tweaked something” and hopes the 26-year-old winger will be able...
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Derek Jeter Chronicles Cleaning Out His Yankee Stadium Locker In Blog

Derek Jeter took fans behind the scenes in his latest blog post. Jeter, whose farewell tour was well-documented, posted an article to The Players’ Tribune on Wednesday in which the former (sounds weird, right?) New York Yankees shortstop chronicled cleaning out his Yankee Stadium locker. Several photos, along with commentary, also were included in the post. Jeter packed up his...
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Rob Gronkowski: T.J. Ward Hasn’t Reached Out Since Causing ACL Tear

FOXBORO, Mass. — Rob Gronkowski endured nine months of arduous rehab to strengthen his surgically repaired right knee because of one low hit from safety T.J. Ward. The two will share the field once again on Sunday when the Denver Broncos come to Gillette Stadium to play the New England Patriots. Gronkowski appears fully healed now, after tearing his ACL last December, but even...
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NBA Odds Roundup: Celtics Underdogs In 2014-15 Season Opener Vs. Nets

The Boston Celtics open their season Wednesday night when they host the Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn is a 3.5-point favorite according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Celtics closed last season 2-11 straight up and 3-6-1 against the spread while hitting the OVER in seven of their final eight games. The OddsShark Computer predicts a 98-93 Brooklyn win. The Celtics follow...
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Diego Maradona Allegedly Hits Former Fiancée Rocio Oliva On Camera (Video)

Diego Maradona might not be able to dribble his way out of this one. Maradona has come under heavy criticism after video of him allegedly striking his former fiancee, Rocio Oliva, emerged this week. The video of Maradona’s alleged attack on Oliva first aired this weekend on the Argentinian television show “Nosotros al Mediodía.” In it, Maradona yells at Oliva for using her...
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Bill Belichick: Peyton Manning Is ‘Best Quarterback I’ve Coached Against’

Bill Belichick isn’t quite done heaping praise on Peyton Manning ahead of Sunday’s showdown with the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium. One day after the New England Patriots coach said Manning, the all-time leader in touchdown passes, has no weaknesses in his game, Belichick paid him perhaps the ultimate compliment. Belichick told reporters Wednesday that Manning is the...
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Mike Gundy Tried To Trademark ‘I’m A Man, I’m 40′ Oklahoma State Rant

Mike Gundy made a name for himself back in 2007. One can’t blame the Oklahoma State football coach for trying to cash in on his awesomeness. Gundy emphatically shouted, “I’m a man! I’m 40,” while defending one of his players during a postgame press conference Sept. 22, 2007. The tirade soon went viral, and Gundy revealed in a recent interview he unsuccessfully tried to...
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10 Best Tom Brady-Peyton Manning Matchups Of All Time (Videos, Photos)

The rivalry between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning arguably is one of, if not the best in NFL history. Brady holds a 10-5 advantage, though Manning won their previous meeting in last season’s AFC Championship Game. Brady and the New England Patriots look to avenge that loss Sunday when they host Manning and the Denver Broncos in what likely will be another memorable affair. Since...
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Anti-Redskins Ad Powerful, Compares Name To Other Racial Slurs (Video)

The Washington Redskins name controversy continues to be a hot topic. Not only is a Minnesota college campus gearing up to protest Sunday’s Redskins-Vikings game at TCF Bank Stadium, but a new YouTube ad also is bound to sweep the nation, given its powerful stance against Washington’s contentious moniker. The Red Circle Agency and the National Coalition Against Racism in Sports...
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College Kid Hits Four Basketball Shots In 30 Seconds, Wins $10K (Video)

One Bryan College student’s tuition just got significantly cheaper. Gustavo Angel Tamayo, a senior at the Tennessee school, made a layup, free throw, 3-pointer and half-court shot within 30 seconds Monday to complete a challenge worth $10,000. The craziest part of the story, perhaps, is that the England native had never played basketball. “It’s just football (soccer), that’s...
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Raheem Sterling, Lazar Markovic Nominated For European Golden Boy Award

When the award for European soccer’s top young player is given out in December, Liverpool might have something to celebrate. Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling, Lazar Markovic and Divock Origi are among the 40 nominees for the 2014 European Golden Boy Award. The Liverpool trio is in contention to be recognized as Europe’s best player under the age of 21 in the calendar year. Sterling...
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Mississippi State Shouldn’t Be Ranked No. 1 Until Florida State Loses

The College Football Playoff selection committee released its first top 25 of the 2014 season. Not everyone agrees with the rankings. Mississippi State is ranked No. 1 in the nation, just ahead of Florida State. Former NFL quarterback Brady Quinn understands the science behind the ranking, but he finds the logic flawed. Mississippi State, like Florida State, is 7-0. The Bulldogs...
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Report: Alan Branch Resolves DUI Charge, Unlikely To Be Suspended

Alan Branch reportedly is unlikely to miss any time after officially signing with the New England Patriots on Wednesday. Branch resolved his August DUI charge before a Nov. 1 deadline, a source with knowledge of the situation told ProFootballTalk. Branch would have been handed a mandatory two-game suspension under the NFL’s new substance abuse policy if he hadn’t wrapped up...
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Brady: Maybe at Manning's age I'll be playing that well

FOXBORO, Mass. — Tom Brady hopes to still be at the top of his game in 497 days. The New England Patriots quarterback, born one year, four months and 1o days later than Peyton Manning, was quick to point out on Wednesday that he’s younger than the Denver Broncos quarterback. Brady’s declaration came one question after a reporter brought up Brady’s age, and followed up with...
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Jerry Jones: Tony Romo Injury Not Season-Ending, Matter Of Pain Tolerance

This season is going to come down to pain management for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones revealed Wednesday morning the back injury Romo suffered Monday night against the Washington Redskins is not season-ending, and the veteran quarterback could even play as soon as Sunday if he can tolerate the pain. “At this time, we have nothing medically that...
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Carmelo Anthony Makes Random, Creepy ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Cameo (Video)

Viewers of the popular FX series “Sons Of Anarchy” got a bizarre surprise Tuesday night. New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony made a short cameo during the eighth episode of the series’ final season, playing a henchman who hands over a knife to his boss so he can chop off a man’s fingers. Melo had one line in his short acting role: “We got a call.” Anthony wasn’t...
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Boston Red Sox 2015 Top 10 Prospects List Released By Baseball America

The Boston Red Sox can hang their hats on their farm system. Baseball America on Wednesday released its list of the Red Sox’s top 10 prospects entering 2015. While Boston finished 2014 in last place in the American League East, the future sure looks bright given the organization’s surplus of young talent. Several farmhands graduated from the Red Sox’s prospects list this season...
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Bruins Defenseman Dougie Hamilton Handling Increased Role Well

WILMINGTON, Mass. — Dougie Hamilton has needed to take on a larger role in the Bruins’ success at both ends of the ice in the absence of injured captain and No. 1 defenseman Zdeno Chara. We only have a small sample size (two games) of the Bruins without Chara, but Hamilton’s performance on Boston’s top pairing alongside Dennis Seidenberg has been encouraging so far. The 21...
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Alan Branch, Jonathan Casillas Practice For Patriots; Akeem Ayers Switches Number

FOXBORO, Mass. — Hopefully New England Patriots fans waiting a week to order their Akeem Ayers jerseys. The recently acquired linebacker sported a new number during practice on Wednesday in a game of uniform musical chairs. Ayers, who started his career with No. 52, now wears No. 55, which previously was worn by Deontae Skinner, who was cut to make room for defensive tackle Alan...
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