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Sharks Rookie Tomas Hertl In Awe Of Dave & Busters, Wins ‘Despicable Me’ Stuffed Animals

Tomas Hertl just wants to have fun. The San Jose Sharks rookie forward rose to national fame when he scored four goals against the New York Rangers back in October and continued his stellar play until he underwent major knee surgery in December, which sidelined him until the end of the regular season. Despite his status as a premier rookie, Hertl is as humble as it comes. The youthful...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Harvey Deletes Twitter Account After Tweeting Middle Finger Picture (Photo)

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey took to Twitter to celebrate the six-month anniversary of his Tommy John surgery, sending out a picture of himself in his hospital bed after the procedure in October with his middle finger raised to the camera. An edited version of the tweet can be seen below. Soon after, though, Harvey deleted the tweet that was accompanied with the seemingly innocent...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Marie Tillman: Pat Tillman’s Life Was Defined By ‘Passion and Purpose’

On April 22, 2004, Army Ranger and former NFL player Pat Tillman was killed as a result of friendly fire while on tour in Afghanistan. Ten years later, Tillman’s legacy lives on. On April 26, more than 30,000 participants will descend upon Tempe, Ariz. to take part in “Pat’s Run,” a 4.2-mile road race created in dedication of Pat Tillman’s service. The race was started...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Square Off Against Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka For The First Time

The Boston Red Sox will get their first look at highly touted Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka when they take on the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on Tuesday night. Grady Sizemore will get the first crack at Tanaka, as he returns to the lineup in the leadoff spot and will play right field. Jonny Gomes gets the start in left field and bats fifth, while Jackie Bradley Jr. rounds out...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon Spikes: I Can Back Up My Trash Talk To New England Patriots

Brandon Spikes didn’t spend much time talking to the media during his first four years in the NFL, but it appears that was more the New England Patriots way than the Spikes way. Spikes, who signed with the Buffalo Bills this offseason after hitting free agency, told ESPN.com that he can back up his recent Twitter trash talk against the Patriots (he called his time in New England...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Background Players Stepping Into Spotlight (Video)

There will surely be mixed emotions throughout Fenway Park on Tuesday night as Jacoby Ellsbury makes his first trip to Boston since joining the New York Yankees, but a couple of under-the-radar Sox players could steal the spotlight. The Red Sox have had a few pleasant surprises working for them this season, and NESN Nation’s Alison Smith gives the scoop in the video above.Filed...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Marleau, O’Reilly and St. Louis Named Lady Byng Trophy Finalists

The NHL announced its three finalists for the 2013-2014 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy on Tuesday, and all three players are on playoff teams. San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau, Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly and New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis are this year’s finalists for the prestigious trophy, which is given to the player “adjudged to have exhibited...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots’ ‘Extremely Talented’ Additions Have Matthew Slater Excited

The New England Patriots have plenty of reasons to be optimistic heading into the 2014 NFL season. The Patriots went 12-4 and made it to the AFC Championship Game in 2013 despite their roster being decimated by injuries. Head coach Bill Belichick and director of player personnel Nick Caserio were pulling players off the scrap heap to fill in along the defensive line after Vince...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Martin Maldonado suspended five games for brawl

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado reportedly has become the first player to be disciplined in the wake of Sunday’s benches-clearing brawl in Pittsburgh. Maldonado, who punched Pirates outfielder Travis Snider square in the face during the fracas, has been suspended five games and fined $2,500 by Major League Baseball, a source told ESPN’s Buster Olney. Here’s a clear...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Julius Randle Declares For NBA Draft; Led Kentucky To NCAA Title Game

The top of the draft class is officially on the board. Julius Randle became the last of the presumptive top-eight picks to declare for the 2014 NBA draft when he announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he was leaving Kentucky after one season. I would like to thank the entire Kentucky family for this year, but I have decided to take the next step and enter into the NBA draft.— Julius...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston Athletic Association: 99% Of Runners Finished Boston Marathon

Many runners in the 2013 Boston Marathon never got the chance to cross the finish line after two explosions ended the race prematurely, but in 2014 an impressive number of racers went the distance. The Boston Athletic Association said 99 percent of the runners who started the 118th Boston Marathon finished what organizers called an “epic” race. “The one word I have to describe...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Craig Sager Says It ‘Wouldn’t Be Right’ If Gregg Popovich Was Nice To Him

The normally gruff San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich showed his soft side this weekend with a touching message for TNT’s NBA analyst Craig Sager, who was recently diagnosed with acute leukemia. Apparently Sager didn’t like Pop’s odd break in character. In an interview with SI.com on Monday, Sager joked that it’d be very odd if Popovich started being nice to him...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Champions League Live: Chelsea Visits Atletico Madrid In Semifinal

2:30 p.m.: Here are the lineups: Chelsea FC Petr Cech (1), goalkeeper Cesar Azpilicueta (28), right back Gary Cahill (24), center back John Terry (26), center back Ashley Cole (3), left back David Luiz (4), midfielder Frank Lampard (8), midfielder John Obi Mikel (12), midfielder Ramires (7), midfielder Willian (22), midfielder Fernando Torres (9), striker Substitutes Mark Schwarzer...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Andrew Wiggins’ Desire, Joel Embiid’s Back Among NBA Draft’s Big Questions

This might be the best NBA draft class in years — which, admittedly, isn’t saying much — but it is still not without its question marks. Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid and Duke’s Jabari Parker each spent time as the supposed surefire No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA draft. At some point, one criticism or another knocked them from their lofty perches. Even Kentucky’s...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN To Broadcast First Cable-Aired NFL Playoff Game This Season

NEW YORK — An NFL playoff game will air on cable for the first time this season. The league said Tuesday that a wild-card matchup will be broadcast on ESPN in January. As with “Monday Night Football,” the game will be simulcast on local channels in the teams’ home markets. In the NFL’s new TV deals that start with the 2014 season, NBC exchanged one of its wild-card matchups...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Fan Justifies Muffing Catchable Foul Ball With Gary Striewski (Video)

Jared was seemingly at the right place at the right time to catch a foul ball behind the plate on Patriots’ Day at Fenway Park, but for a whole host of reasons, he couldn’t pull it in. The Red Sox fan watched the ball into his hands, then watched as it caromed off his body and down onto the safety net behind home plate. NESN’s Gary Striewski caught up with Jared during the...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-Jaguars Linebacker Russell Allen: On-Field Stroke Forced Me To Retire

Former Jacksonvill Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen, whom the team released last week, revealed Tuesday that he is retiring from football after suffering a stroke during a game last season. Allen told TheMMQB.com’s Robert Klemko that the incident occurred when he knocked helmets with Buffalo Bills center Evan Wood during a Week 15 loss. Allen played the rest of the game and says...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Rita Jeptoo Outruns Green Line En Route To Boston Marathon Record (GIF)

Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo set a new women’s record at the 2014 Boston Marathon with a blistering time of 2:18:57. Just how fast was Jeptoo’s time? Allow this GIF to demonstrate: Yes, that’s Jeptoo churning down Commonwealth Avenue and actually outrunning the MBTA’s Green Line in the process. Many Bostonians familiar with the notoriously slow Green Line would joke that Jeptoo’s...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

David Moyes Fired Live: Manchester United Drops Ax On Manager

Manchester United is taking action, as a historic failure of a season nears its conclusion. Manchester United fired manager David Moyes on Tuesday, sending expected shockwaves throughout the soccer world. Moyes’ tenure ends just 11 months after he was chosen to succeed legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who reigned at Old Trafford for 27 years. Moyes presided over Manchester...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels’ Garrett Richards Somehow Throws Wild Pitch To Himself (Video)

The Los Angeles Angels have made the unprecedented move of replacing the backstop at Angel Stadium of Anaheim with a giant pitchback. OK, that’s not true. But it sure seemed that way Monday night, when a wild pitch by Angels right-hander Garrett Richards made its way all the way back to the mound without ever being touched by the catcher. ...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Dempster, Red Sox Pitcher, Joins MLB Network As Studio Analyst

Ryan Dempster may have (temporarily) hung up his cleats, but he’ll still be involved in Major League Baseball during the 2014 season. The Boston Red Sox pitcher will be joining the MLB Network as a studio analyst this season, according a tweet from the network’s PR account, and will make his debut on Wednesday when the Chicago Cubs celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wrigley...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Daniel Alfredsson Will Not Play For Red Wings In Game 3 vs. Bruins

Detroit Red Wings winger Daniel Alfredsson will not be in the lineup Tuesday night against the Boston Bruins as he recovers from an upper-body injury. Fellow Detroit winger Joakim Andersson told reporters Tuesday morning that he will be taking the 41-year-old’s place on the Red Wings’ third line, where he’ll skate alongside Tomas Jurco and Darren Helm. Alfredsson has struggled...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Elvis Andrus Tries To Hit A Pitchout Attempt, Fails Miserably (GIF)

Elvis Andrus will do anything he can to help his teammates. Even if it involves attempting one of the most embarrassing swings of the season. The Texas Rangers shortstop put his pride on the line in the ninth inning of Monday night’s contest against the Oakland A’s when he flailed at a pitchout from A’s pitcher Dan Otero. Andrus had good reason to swing, as teammate Michael...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Patriots Have Perfect Attendance For Offseason Voluntary Workouts

The New England Patriots players appear to be on the same page going into the 2014 season. The Patriots are believed to have had perfect attendance on Monday for the first day of offseason voluntary workouts, a source told the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe. The following players were spotted at the workouts in a video posted to Patriots.com: QB Tom Brady CB Justin Green WR Julian Edelman...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Spurs’ Gregg Popovich Wins NBA Coach Of The Year Award For Third Time

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has been named NBA Coach of the Year, making him just the third coach in league history to win the award three times in his career. The NBA announced the honor on Tuesday. He has won it twice in the last three seasons and joins Don Nelson and Pat Riley as the only coaches to win the award three times. Popovich led the Spurs to a league-best...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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