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Rob Gronkowski ‘Not Changing Style’ Despite Pass Interference Penalties

FOXBORO, Mass. — Rob Gronkowski isn’t going to tone down his physicality just because he leads the NFL in offensive pass interference penalties. The Patriots tight end has been flagged four times for 39 yards this season, but he doesn’t think he needs to play differently to prevent the penalties. “No, I’m not doing anything wrong,” Gronkowski said. “I’m playing football...
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November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Premier League To Play French National Anthem Before This Weekend’s Games

England will express its fraternity with France this weekend in another visible way. The Premier League announced on its website Thursday the French national anthem will be played before all 10 of this weekend’s games in commemoration of last week’s Paris attacks. “Given how close we are as well as the long-standing relationship that exists between the Premier League and...
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Pedro Martinez Not Caught Off Guard By David Ortiz’s Retirement

Boston Red Sox fans knew the day would come soon, but it still came as a shock to some when David Ortiz announced he’d retire after the 2016 season Wednesday. One of his closest friends, however, wasn’t surprised at all. Former Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez was at a charity event in Boston on Wednesday night, and he talked about the next chapter in Ortiz’s life. For Martinez,...
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Rex Ryan Gets Testy With New England Media Over Obsession With Patriots

FOXBORO, Mass. — Rex Ryan’s conference call with was going swimmingly until someone asked the Buffalo Bills head coach about his recent record against the New England Patriots. Here’s the question that set off Ryan: Q: Rex, you’ve lost eight of nine to the Patriots. Is that something that kind of keeps you up at night, considering how much time you spend talking about them...
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Five NBA teams with the brightest futures

Building a winner is such a difficult task in the NBA. Free agency, the draft lottery and the trade market all give general managers avenues to improve the fortunes of their teams, but one failed move or miscalculation can setback a lot of progress. It’s even tougher for small markets, many of whom struggle to attract marquee players in free agency. Although, last summer’s...
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Jurgen Klopp Undecided On Daniel Sturridge’s Status For Man City Vs. Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp will check on the fitness of Daniel Sturridge over the next 24 hours before deciding whether he will be in contention to be involved against Manchester City on Saturday. The striker resumed training at Melwood this week following a knee injury that had kept him out of the Reds’ last seven outings. “He is as fit as he can be after this long break,” Klopp told his...
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Dan Le Batard: Danny Ainge Owes Kevin McHale His Job For Kevin Garnett Trade

Danny Ainge already offered Kevin McHale a job with the Boston Celtics, but Dan Le Batard thinks he owes him more than that. The ESPN host talked about Ainge’s offer on “The Dan Le Batard Show” on Thursday, and he doesn’t think a job from the Celtics president of basketball operations is enough for McHale. As Le Batard sees it, Ainge owes the recently fired Houston Rockets...
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Bruins Morning Skate Report: B’s Eyeing Return To Winning Ways Vs. Wild

The Boston Bruins will look to rebound from Tuesday’s frustrating loss to the San Jose Sharks when they take on the Minnesota Wild on Thursday at TD Garden. Boston will be without Kevan Miller for the matchup, as an upper body injury will sideline the defenseman for at least the next four games. NESN.com’s Michaela Vernava and Zack Cox discuss the impact of Miller’s injury...
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Joseph Fauria Was ‘Hellbent’ On Joining Patriots Despite Other Offers

FOXBORO, Mass. — Joseph Fauria has dreamed of playing for the New England Patriots for 12 years, and it finally came true this week. The 6-foot-7, 267-pound tight end watched his uncle, Christian Fauria, win two Super Bowls with the Patriots from 2002 to 2005 and signed to the team’s practice squad Wednesday. “I’ve been a fan ever since my uncle came here, and it’s a dream...
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Which Former Bruins Goalie Is Second In Wild History With 113 Wins?

Niklas Backstrom has been, at times in his career, one of the most underrated goalies in the NHL. Backstrom’s been consistent since his rookie season in 2006-07 when he won 23 of his 41 games, and actually finished in the top 10 in Vezina Trophy voting. The Finnish netminder eventually assumed the starting position and evolved into one of the most important players in franchise...
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Chris Kelly: Retirement ‘Furthest Thing From My Mind’ After Broken Leg

BOSTON — Chris Kelly addressed the media Thursday for the first time since suffering a broken femur during loss to the Dallas Stars earlier this month. After walking into the TD Garden media room — on crutches, but without a cast — the veteran Bruins forward relived the play that more than likely will end up being his last of the 2015-16 season. “(My leg) was pretty sore...
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Patriots Practice Report: Jamie Collins Still Missing With Illness

FOXBORO, Mass. — It appears Jamie Collins hasn’t made his return to the New England Patriots’ facility yet. The starting linebacker didn’t practice Thursday, and his chair still was propped up against his locker in the morning. Collins has been dealing with a mysterious illness since being added to the injury report Nov. 7. He reportedly was “over” the illness as of Wednesday...
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Gillette Stadium Selected Among 2016 Copa America Centenario Venues

Soccer Claus is coming to town, albeit next summer. Gillette Stadium has been selected to host games during the Copa America Centernario, The New England Revolution and Gillette Stadium announced Thursday in a statement. CONCACAF, COMNEBOL and the Copa America Centenario Local Organizing Committee picked Gillette Stadium as one of 10 United States venues that will host the high-profile...
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Rob Gronkowski — aka Chef Gronk — Cooks Turkey For ‘Gronksgiving’ (Video)

There’s no way there was anything better in the Gronkowski household than Thanksgiving. Think about it: Seemingly unending amounts of food and football. It can’t get much better than that, at least if there aren’t girls, booze and dancing involved. So it should come as no surprise that Rob Gronkowski has some fond memories of Turkey Day. However, he might be positioning himself...
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Kevan Miller Out At Least Four Games For Bruins With Upper Body Injury

BOSTON — Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller will be sidelined until after Thanksgiving as he deals with an upper body injury, the team announced Thursday. Miller, who did not practice Wednesday, has been ruled out for Thursday’s game against the Minnesota Wild and Saturday’s matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He also will not travel with the Bruins on their upcoming road trip...
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Bills Cornerback: ‘We’re Going To Be Ready For’ Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

Rob Gronkowski will be a non-factor in the New England Patriots’ game against the Buffalo Bills on Monday, according to the Bills. Buffalo didn’t do a very good job against the Patriots tight end in their Week 2 matchup — a 40-32 loss — allowing Gronkowski to rack up 113 yards and a touchdown on just seven catches. But Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore said Week 11 will be...
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Nick Saban Goes Off On Media With Over-The-Top Rant At News Conference (Video)

Nick Saban isn’t afraid to make himself look like a bully, especially if he’s trying to get his team’s attention. The University of Alabama head coach is one of the best coaches in America, but sometimes you have to wonder where his people skills rank. Saban gave another example of his sometimes icy personality during a news conference Wednesday. The Crimson Tide is gearing...
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Kevin Harvick, Justin Bieber Team Up, Win Race On ‘Jimmy Fallon’ (Video)

Maybe Kevin Harvick should install a passenger seat in the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet for Sunday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Having a wingman certainly worked out for Harvick on Tuesday night, when he and pop music star Justin Bieber swapped between shotgun and the driver’s seat to claim victory in a relay race on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.” All four drivers...
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Report: Jose Fernandez Getting On Marlins’ Nerves; Could Pitcher Be Traded?

It’s clear to see, just by watching an inning or two, what Jose Fernandez brings to the table. But could the Miami Marlins ace have major character issues? That sounds like it could be the case, according to a report from Andy Slater, a talk show host and on-air personality on 940 WINZ in Miami. He reported Wednesday that there are issues within the organization regarding Fernandez’s...
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NHL Power Rankings 2015-16: Soaring Stars, Rangers Take Top Spots

The Dallas Stars have exceeded just about every expectation entering the 2015-16 NHL season and they find themselves tied atop the league standings as a result. The defense and goaltending have room for improvement, but any flaws in those areas have been overcome by the No. 1 scoring offense, which also includes the second-most successful power play unit. Making the playoffs isn’t...
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Belichick profile should end talk about his lack of camouflage

You might have noticed that seemingly everyone in the NFL on and off the field is wearing camouflage this month. It’s all part of the NFL’s “Salute to Service” campaign. You might also have noticed, though, that New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick isn’t participating. Other than wearing a small ribbon, Belichick has shied away from the camo gear, instead opting...
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NFL Super Pick ‘Em: Week 11 Locks Include Patriots, Chiefs, Rams, Jets

We’re heading into the home stretch of the NFL season. No, we’re not talking about actual teams with playoff aspirations. We’re talking about handicapping picks in the Westgate SuperContest. Tom Brady’s Emails, NESN.com’s entrant into the contest on behalf of Team OddsShark, continues to hover just outside the circle of actual contenders in the Team OddsShark standings...
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Olivia Munn Goes Off On Media, ESPN Reporter For Aaron Rodgers Speculation

Olivia Munn played a reporter on the HBO show “The Newsroom,” and now she’s doing some media critiquing of her own. The actress is dating Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and she’s not thrilled with how much coverage their relationship has received in the midst of the Rodgers’ and the Packers’ recent struggles. (Stupid) fans have begun to wonder if Rodgers’...
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Coughlin still confused about Beckham's Jr.'s TD that wasn't

Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants are entering the bye week, which means they’ve got even more time to think about what is and isn’t a catch. It’s been a topic of discussion all week for Coughlin and Big Blue after wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. dropped a would-be touchdown in last week’s game against the New England Patriots. The controversial play was held up by review...
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Fantasy Football Week 11: Start/Sit Advice For Jaguars-Titans ‘Thursday Night Football’

How excited are you for Week 11’s “Thursday Night Football” matchup between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans? Probably not very much unless your fantasy football team is starting one of the players from these AFC South division rivals. Here’s some fantasy start/sit advice for the teams squaring off Thursday. Tennessee TitansQuarterback: Marcus Mariota struggled...
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November 19, 2015  |  Discuss
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