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Report: NFL Planning to Move Draft, Begin Free Agency Before Combine in 2014

The NFL schedule is about to change in a big way. Well, the offseason anyway. The NFL and NFL Players Association are on the verge of changing the timing of the NFL draft and moving the start of the league year, and free agency, ahead of the combine, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. With the new layout, the draft, which is now held annually in the last weekend of April, will...
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May 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Shane Battier’s 3-Pointer to Give Grizzlies First Playoff Win in 2011 Fans’ Choice for Top Moment in Franchise History (Video)

Around these parts, where the youngest of our four major professional sports teams is more than a half-century old, it is easy to forget that not every region is as steeped in pro sports history. If Celtics fans were asked for their favorite moments, for instance, they would have 17 championships, featuring 16 Hall of Famers (so far), to choose from. The pickings are slimmer in Memphis...
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Report: Brandon Spikes Not at Voluntary OTAs, Will Report for Minicamp in June

Let’s get this out of the way now: Brandon Spikes will not be spotted on Tuesday by the media at OTAs. That’s because the Patriots linebacker is working out on his own this offseason and will skip the voluntary OTAs, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. Spikes will be in Foxboro by the time minicamp rolls around in June. Spikes has not been in Foxboro since the offseason...
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Manny Ramirez ‘Moonwalks’ Out of Batter’s Box to Delight of Taiwanese Media (Video)

The only thing that Manny Ramirez and Michael Jackson likely have in common is unbalanced brain chemistry. Dance moves? Not so much. Ramirez continues to tear up the Chinese Professional Baseball Leagues, with seven home runs on the season to date. However, he continues to receive as much attention for the things he does outside the lines (or, in this case, inside the lines, then...
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Henrik Lundqvist Admits to Having Sore Left Shoulder, Says ‘Everybody Is Sore’ in Playoffs

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had just given up five goals to the Bruins in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series, as he quietly removed his goalie equipment in the New York dressing room. The goalie gingerly slid his Rangers jacket on, with a painful grimace on his face as he did so before answering questions from the media. As he answered the questions, he grabbed...
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Who Will Be the Amica Pitcher of the Week?

Vote for the Amica Pitcher of the Week and give yourself a chance to win a $100 gift card to the Yawkey Way Team Store. Voting begins every Monday, and winners are picked every Saturday, so make sure to come back every week to give yourself another chance to win. First read the official rules, then completely fill out the form below for your chance to win. The Red Sox will head to...
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Buck Showalter, Joe Maddon Both Argue Call as Replay Awards Home Run to Matt Joyce (Video)

While MLB grapples with the idea of expanding instant replay in the wake of a series of umpiring gaffes, the oddities in its current replay policy were thoroughly exposed on Sunday afternoon. During the top of the sixth inning, the Rays’ Matt Joyce hit what umpires initially ruled as a double to right field. After the ruling on the field, both Orioles manager Buck Showalter and...
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Tim Duncan, Spurs Helping Reject Absurd Cliché That Defense Does Not Matter in NBA

My wife sat down on the couch, glanced at the TV and caught a glimpse of Tim Duncan‘s incredulous mug making it clear that he disagreed with a foul call. “He still plays?” she asked. “How old is he now, like 50?” That is patently absurd, of course. Duncan’s not a day over 49. And after he scored just six points in the Spurs’ victory over the Grizzlies in Game 1 of the...
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Ross Turnbull’s Toddler Son, Josh Turnbull, Scores Cutest Goal of Chelsea’s 2012-13 Season (Video)

Ross Turnbull hasn’t played many games for Chelsea, but his toddler son, Josh Turnbull, knows his way around Stamford Bridge. On Sunday, the Chelsea reserve goalkeeper’s son scored a goal that will go down as the cutest moment the club has produced in ages. The toddler dribbled a ball toward the goal, captivating the crowd which urged him on. It literally stole the show, as...
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Chad Johnson Arrested After Allegedly Violating Probation (Photo)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson has been arrested on charges that he violated probation stemming from an altercation with his now ex-wife, TV reality star Evelyn Lozada. A Broward County judge ordered Johnson jailed Monday until he posts a $1,000 bond. Another hearing was set for June 3. An arrest warrant was issued earlier this month when Johnson...
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Keenan Allen Wears Raiders Hat in Vine, Draws Vitriol From Chargers Fans on Twitter

Hey pro athletes, it’s usually not a good idea to wear a hat of any other team in your league — especially if it’s a long-time division rival. Chargers rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen made precisely that mistake this weekend when he posted a Vine of himself in a Raiders hat. San Diego fans did not react kindly to Allen’s oversight. LobShots.com collected some of the best...
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Joe Flacco Won’t Use ‘R-Word’ Anymore, Signs Pledge to Refrain From Using Derogatory Term (Photo)

Back in January, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco used the word “retarded” to describe the idea of playing the Super Bowl in cold weather, and quickly caught flak for his slip. However, ever the progressive thinker, Flacco is making amends and striking the derogatory term from his vocabulary. Flacco had actually apologized the day after using the word, but, according to the Special...
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Robert Kraft Does His Best Bill Belichick Impersonation, Won’t Discuss ‘Hypothetical’ of Buying Boston Globe

Bill Belichick doesn’t do hypotheticals, and it appears neither does Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Kraft, who first employed Belichick some 14 years ago, followed the tight-lipped approach of his head coach when asked about his reported interest in purchasing the Boston Globe. Kraft was asked about his interest in the paper after giving the keynote address at Suffolk University’s...
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Syracuse Guard Michael Carter-Williams Wants to ‘Play Somewhere Else’ Than for Hometown Celtics

It would appear to be a natural fit. With Rajon Rondo set to come back from a torn ACL but big changes expected for the Celtics, Massachusetts native Michael Carter-Williams could be an intriguing draft prospect for the Celtics. While Carter-Williams is considered one of the best point guards coming out of college this year, early mock drafts have placed him all over the first round...
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Kevin Ware Not Allowed to Receive ‘Get Well’ Gifts From Fans According to NCAA Rules

Since breaking his leg on the court during the NCAA tournament, Louisville’s Kevin Ware has received a lot of support throughout his rehabilitation. Beyond the typical visits from friends, family and teammates, Ware has received a lot of gifts from random fans. A lot of gifts. Yahoo! chronicles the enormous number of gifts Ware has received from well-wishers. Among them are benign...
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EJ Manuel Says Bills’ West Coast Offense Is Easier to Learn Than Florida State’s Pro-Style Attack

This is one of those tricky situations where a player thinks he’s praising himself and his new team, but it really comes out sounding much worse than he might have meant. EJ Manuel, the Bills’ first-round quarterback, said Buffalo’s offense is easier to learn than the pro-style offense he ran at Florida State. That may be because Buffalo’s head coach and offensive coordinator...
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Torey Krug’s Confidence Playing Key Role As Rookie Giving Bruins Jolt in Playoff Debut

BOSTON — The nerve-wracking nature of the Stanley Cup playoffs can be too much for some players. Conversely, there are also who rise to the occasion when the lights shine brightest. Through the first two postseason games of his career, Torey Krug appears to belong in the latter group. If playing your game — and succeeding at playing game — are the true barometers for comfort...
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Draftstreet.com Giving NESN Fans a Chance to Win $300 in Fantasy Baseball Contest

If you missed out on the DraftStreet promotions in the past, there is no need to worry because they are back. DraftStreet is at the forefront of this new trend in the fantasy world and is giving a great promotion: a free one-day fantasy league with $300 in prizes exclusively for NESN fans. This free contest will be Pick ‘em style drafting. The way Pick ‘Em leagues work is you...
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Mike Glennon Impresses Greg Schiano, Who Recruited Rookie Quarterback in High School

Josh Freeman will be looking up and over his shoulder during the preseason. That’s because there’s a 6-foot-7 rookie gunning for the Tampa Bay quarterback’s job. And from what Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano has to say, Mike Glennon has a chance to take Freeman’s job. Schiano told National Football Post that Glennon “can play quickly” if the Buccaneers need him. ...
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Report: Dwight Howard Favors Rockets or Mavericks, Plans to Take His Time Deciding Whether to Stay With Lakers

Dwight Howard has said he doesn’t want a big, circus-like atmosphere surrounding his free agency decision this summer. But a small circus may do. While the Lakers reportedly want to figure out quickly whether Howard will return, Howard “has privately indicated he plans to give strong consideration to multiple teams,” Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports league sources as saying...
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Tom Brady Says He’s ‘Never Had More Confidence’ Throwing Than He Has This Offseason Under New Coach Tom House

Lost in the worry about where the Patriots will turn for reliable wide receivers and whether the New England defense can hold its own is the fact that Tom Brady is not, in fact, a robot, and that the delivery and statistics that have marked his 13 consistent seasons as an NFL quarterback are not, in fact, givens. Last year was Brady’s first season without longtime personal throwing...
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Patriots Hold Football Clinic for 500 Kids in Newtown, Conn., Over Weekend (Photos)

Over thirty members of the New England Patriots organization traveled down to Newtown, Conn., over the weekend to hold a football clinic for 500 children. Jerod Mayo, Devin McCourty, Rob Gronkowski, Robert Kraft and many more were on hand for the “Football For You” camp. The Patriots were attempting to give back to the New England town that suffered through the Sandy Hook Elementary...
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Colin Greening Has Pieces of Fiberglass Removed From Face After Game-Winning Goal (Photo)

Colin Greening scored the biggest goal of his career against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night in Ottawa. The goal, which gave the Senators a 2-1 double-overtime win against Pittsburgh, sent Scotiabank Place into a frenzy. Greening may actually have a keepsake from his memorable goal that’s a little bit different than just a stick or a puck. If the Sens have good doctors...
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Rocco Mediate Says Tiger Woods Snubbed Autograph Request to Commemorate 2008 U.S. Open (2008)

The 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course was perhaps the best major in the history of golf. The famed Tiger Woods and journeyman Rocco Mediate battled for 72 holes, then needed another 19 more on Monday to decide the tournament, with Woods toiling on an injured knee that had him wincing on almost every swing. For most people, sharing such a moment would create a lifetime bond...
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Report: Rob Gronkowski to Have Surgery Monday Afternoon After Calling Off Trip to Las Vegas

The process of getting Rob Gronkowski fixed up and ready to go for the beginning of the NFL season will take some time, but the Patriots tight end is at least getting started as soon as possible. Gronkowski, who was deemed ready last week to have a fourth surgery on his troublesome left forearm, will go under the knife Monday at 2 p.m. at Massachusetts General Hospital, Karen Guregian...
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