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Red Sox-Dodgers Live: John Lackey, Sox Ready to Kick Off Highly Anticipated Series in Los Angeles

8:10 p.m.: David Ortiz has been battling some “general soreness” during this West Coast swing, but he’ll be in the starting lineup at first base. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be Boston’s No. 5 hitter Friday. Daniel Nava will hit sixth and play left field. Jonny Gomes is out of the lineup with a right-hander toeing the rubber for Los Angeles. Xander Bogaerts will also begin...
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August 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Red Sox, Marlins Discussed Carl Crawford-for-Hanley Ramirez Swap During 2012 Season

Carl Crawford and Hanley Ramirez now share a clubhouse in Los Angeles. But there reportedly was a point last season when they almost traded places on the East Coast. The Red Sox and Marlins discussed the possibility of a trade that would have sent Crawford to Miami in exchange for Ramirez, according to WEEI.com’s Alex Speier. The potential swap never gained traction, though, and...
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August 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez Face Old Friends for First Time Since Trade As Red Sox Open Series With Dodgers

It’s reunion time in Los Angeles. Friday night marks the first time ex-Red Sox Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez will face their former team since the blockbuster trade that sent them, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to the Dodgers last August. Both Crawford and Gonzalez have put together solid seasons in Dodger blue thus far. Gonzalez has been arguably L.A.’s most consistent position...
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August 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Red Sox Discussed Trading Josh Beckett, Jacoby Ellsbury for Derek Holland Before Megadeal With Dodgers

The Red Sox effectively pressed the reset button and turned their entire situation around last August when they completed their big trade with the Dodgers. It wasn’t the only deal that Boston considered, though. The Red Sox discovered that there was interest in Josh Beckett last season, and they explored at some length a number of different trade combinations with the Rangers,...
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Mike Shanahan Sets High Expectations for Redskins, Says Anything Short of Super Bowl Is ‘Failure’

This has been the summer of high expectations for the Washington Redskins. First it was star quarterback Robert Griffin III stating with certainty that he will be back for Week 1 after shredding his knee in last year’s playoffs. Now, head coach Mike Shanahan is raising the stakes. Shanahan said Friday that if the team doesn’t follow up its 10-6 mark last season — which earned...
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August 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays Honor Mariano Rivera With Sand Sculpture at Tropicana Field (Photo)

Mariano Rivera‘s latest stop on his farewell tour is at Tropicana Field, where the Yankees take on the Rays in the three-game series, and the Rays made sure Rivera didn’t leave without being honored. Adding to his collection of a beach cruiser bicycle, a chair made of broken bats, a custom surfboard and a plane dedicated in his honor, Mariano was honored at the Trop with a sand...
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Rayquan Fregeau Using Beat of Music to Beat Cancer at Jimmy Fund Clinic (Video)

Rayquan Fregeau is at his best when he’s on stage — that’s why the high school sophomore turned to music in his fight against cancer, and that set the tone right from the start. Fregeau was diagnosed with stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma last January, and has used music as his escape during his time at the Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Hear more of his story in...
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Steelers Acquire Felix Jones From Eagles for Linebacker Adrian Robinson

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers bolstered their injury-plagued backfield on Friday, acquiring running back Felix Jones from Philadelphia for linebacker Adrian Robinson. The deal is pending each player passing a physical. The 26-year-old Jones gives the Steelers needed depth at running back. Rookie Le’Veon Bell is out with a sprained right foot and is out indefinitely. Isaac...
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Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M Teammates Engage in Laundry Car Jousting Match in Locker Room (Video)

Finally, Johnny Manziel pops up in a story not involving autographs, underage partying or NCAA investigators. Manziel and his teammates engaged in a good, old-fashioned joust-off in the A&M locker room, as captured by freshman defensive lineman Tyler Godwin. It looks like an awesome time, but head coach Kevin Sumlin can’t be too pleased about his players flying toward each...
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August 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Joe Flacco Says Ray Lewis’ Fiery Pregame Speches Did Not Make Sense ’90 Percent of the Time’

  Don’t count on Joe Flacco to get in the middle of the Ravens’ offense any time soon to give a fiery, Ray Lewis-esque speech. The quarterback was asked to do so by the Ravens’ former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron a few years ago, according to ESPN The Magazine. He declined, because Lewis’ speeches didn’t make any sense to him. “That’s not me,” Flacco said. “I...
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Josh Beckett Says Criticism Got ‘Too Personal’ Near End of Red Sox Tenure, Resents Clubhouse ‘Pity Party’

With the Red Sox set to meet the Dodgers this weekend, almost exactly after last year’s franchise-shaking trade, all the major players in the deal have been asked to reflect upon their time in Boston. Josh Beckett did so in an interview with WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford earlier this week, and his depiction of the atmosphere surrounding the Red Sox clubhouse was not a favorable one...
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Ryan Mallett Has Not Taken Next Step Necessary in Patriots Preseason to Garner Trade Value as Potential Starter

Patriots fans have been waiting two seasons and one summer now. Other NFL teams have been ready to pounce, as well, but Ryan Mallett still hasn’t put it all together to show the potential that once made him a first-round prospect, if not for some off-the-field issues. Mallett went 11-for-22 in the second half of the Patriots’ third preseason game against the Lions on Thursday...
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Rob Ninkovich’s Dominant Performance, Poor Showing by Offensive Line Among Five Takeaway From Patriots-Lions

It would be easy to write off the entire Patriots-Lions game as one big sloppy mess for New England. After all, they lost 40-9 to a Detroit team that had many struggles of their own. But that’s not how we do things over at NESN.com, especially on a preseason game. Yes, the Patriots’ had their fair share of errors, most notably in ball security and tackling, but it wasn’t all...
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Hawk Harrelson Confused by Home Run, Doesn’t Know If He Can Put It on the Board (Video)

You can put it on the board … no, wait. Maybe you can’t. But then again, can you? That’s basically what White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson was thinking both in his head and out loud Thursday night during a Royals-White Sox game in Kansas City. With the game tied in the 12th inning, it appeared that Chicago had homered to take the lead. Conor Gillapsie golfed a pretty nasty...
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August 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Don Orsillo Shares Picture of Younger Self, Vin Scully in Looking Ahead to Dodgers Series (Photo)

Vin Scully has been giving a slap on the back to up-and-coming young bucks in baseball for years — including when Don Orsillo was cracking into the broadcasting business years ago. In anticipation of this weekend’s Red Sox-Dodgers series in Los Angeles, Don tweeted a photo of himself and Scully, presumably from one of their first meetings. Scully doesn’t look all that different...
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August 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Little Leaguer Caught Doing Steroids By Father in Humorous ‘Funny or Die’ Spot (Video)

A father who took his son into the backyard to play baseball was surprised when the boy turned out to be a lot better than he remembered in an amusing new video. With the youngster yelling, “I wanna win!” and “I will appeal!” the seedy world of performance-enhancing drugs finally trickled down to the Little League level. Being a practical man, the dad smartly decided to roll...
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August 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Congress Warns NFL That It May ‘Intervene’ on HGH Testing, Push Players Union to Allow Blood Tests

NEW YORK — Saying the NFL Players Association is “holding HGH testing hostage” after more than two years of squabbling with the league, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee warned Thursday that Congress could get involved. In a statement emailed by his office to The Associated Press, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland said the union “continues...
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August 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Seth Curry to Join Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors for Training Camp

The Golden State Warriors have a history of giving feel-good stories a shot — but only so much of a shot, unfortunately for Seth Curry. Curry, the younger brother of Warriors guard and NBA All-Star Stephen Curry, is expected to be invited to join the Dubs for camp this fall, according to Warriors World. Shooting runs in the Curry family, as Seth Curry, like Stephen and their father...
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August 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Geno Smith vs. Mark Sanchez, Adrian Peterson’s Debut Among NFL Preseason Week 3 Storylines

It’s the third week of the NFL preseason, which is usually the week when teams put their best foot forward in the dress rehearsals. Coaches often play their starters well into the third quarter, and players ramp up the intensity now that roster cuts are around the corner. Here are some important storylines to keep an eye on as the regular season quickly approaches. Can the Bears...
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Vladimir Putin Bans Protest, Public Assembly in Sochi for Peroid Surrounding Olympics

Russia has come under fire for the ramping up of its anti-gay policies ahead of the 2014 Olympics, but president Vladimir Putin appears to be anything but backing down. In fact, Putin strengthened the country’s totalitarian politics with the Olympics in mind on Friday. Putin signed a decree banning most all forms of protest in Sochi for a period beginning before and ending after...
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August 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Randy Moss Shows Enthusiasm, Desire to Be Great As He Starts Second Career With FOX Sports

Randy Moss was a one-of-a-kind player, and he’s hoping to be a one-of-a-kind football analyst on TV. But forgive him if he’s not quite ready to assume the title that was a dirty word when he was playing for the other side. “I don’t like that term,” Moss said of being called an analyst in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch. “I just like being called...
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Bobby Valentine Critiques Dustin Pedroia’s Handshake, Praises Second Baseman While Drinking at Bar (Video)

Whatever your feelings on Bobby Valentine are (and if you’re a Red Sox fan, they’re probably not good ones), the former manager has long been known as one of baseball’s best minds. Likewise, he’s also known as a sort of man of the people, as evidenced by his frequent bike rides to work. So, if you ever thought it would be a lark to grab a beer with Bobby V., this might be...
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August 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Allen Iverson Loomed Large Over NBA While Scurrying Between Giants’ Feet

When I was in high school, everybody had the latest DMX album. It didn’t matter if your jeans sagged to your mid-thighs or if you spent your mornings carefully gelling the blonde tips in your hair. You rolled into the Weymouth High School parking lot (or someplace like it) blaring It’s Dark and Hell is Hot at least once a week. You saw Romeo Must Die at the Braintree megaplex...
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Craig Anderson Shows Off NHL’s Changes to Goalie Pads for Upcoming Season (Photo)

There’s a school of thought that thinks the NHL could increase scoring (and according to some, interest in the game) by reducing the size of goalie pads. That protection for netminders has gotten bigger, which has helped contribute to a downturn in scoring. Those advocating for smaller pads got their wish this offseason when the league announced a reduction in size of equipment...
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August 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Terrell Owens Suing Former Agent Drew Rosenhaus for $6.5 Million Over Bad Financial Advice

Terrell Owens‘ days in the NFL are long gone, so perhaps that’s why he’s a little bit more aware of his money these days. Who knows, it may be the same reason he’s eyeing a career in professional bowling. Owens is suing his former agent, Drew Rosenhaus, over a number of charges, according to Yahoo! Sports. Owens is suing for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and negligence...
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August 23, 2013  |  Discuss
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