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Patriots Injury Report: Brandon LaFell, Brandon Browner Among Limited

FOXBORO, Mass. — There’s a good reason why Brandon LaFell’s toughness has been praised this week. The New England Patriots receiver remains limited in practice with various ailments. LaFell was one of four Patriots limited in practice this week. Check out the Patriots’ full practice participation and injury report: DID NOT PARTICIPATE:C Bryan Stork (knee) LIMITED:WR Brandon...
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Soccer Podcast: Steven Gerrard To Leave Liverpool With Crater To Fill

Nothing will be the same at Liverpool FC once Steven Gerrard walks out the exit door in July. Gerrard announced earlier this month that he’ll leave Liverpool when his contract expires at the end of the 2014-15 season. Initial shock gave way to sadness, as Liverpool prepares for a future without its longtime captain and talisman. Liverpool will have a crater-sized hole to fill...
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Oregon Quarterback Marcus Mariota Declares For 2015 NFL Draft

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is going pro. Mariota announced Wednesday he will forego his senior season with the Ducks to enter the 2015 NFL draft. “After meeting with my family I have decided to forgo my final year of eligibility and apply for the 2015 NFL draft,” Mariota said. “My four years at the University of Oregon have been an awesome experience. I cannot thank...
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Danny Amendola Emerging As Patriots’ Secret Weapon At Perfect Time

FOXBORO, Mass. — Danny Amendola is in the process of proving doubters wrong as the New England Patriots’ season reaches its apex. There were valid questions whether Amendola and fellow undersized receiver Julian Edelman could co-exist in the Patriots’ offense. Edelman has had two consecutive breakout seasons while Amendola became an afterthought as the team’s No. 3 receiver...
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Matthew Slater: Colts’ Josh Cribbs One Of The Best Returners In NFL History

This embed is invalid" /> FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots are tasked with slowing down an elite kick returner for the second consecutive week. The Patriots, who were forced to stall Jacoby Jones in Saturday’s divisional-round playoff win over the Baltimore Ravens, now are preparing for the difficulties of facing Josh Cribbs in Sunday’s...
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Bill Belichick: Colts Are ‘Toughest Team’ Patriots Have Faced All Year

FOXBORO, Mass. — Week 11, be damned. Bill Belichick still was effusive in his praise for the Indianapolis Colts. The New England Patriots beat the Colts 42-20 less than two months ago — in Indy, no less — but Belichick still called them the top team he’s faced. “I’d like to start off by saying on behalf of the team and the organization it’s a great honor to be in this...
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Vince Wilfork Lauds Growth Of Patriots’ Jamie Collins, Dont’a Hightower

This embed is invalid" /> FOXBORO, Mass. — Vince Wilfork is one of the elder statesmen in the Patriots’ locker room. The defensive tackle has seen plenty of young players come through New England, only to then fizzle out upon arrival. Wilfork doesn’t see that happening with linebackers Dont’a Hightower and Jamie Collins, though. The 33-year...
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Tom Brady gets edgy before big games, annoys wife Gisele

By Doug Kyed FOXBORO, Mass. — Tom Brady might not have been a very pleasant person to be around since he found out he was playing the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The New England Patriots quarterback explained that he gets anxious after finding out a playoff opponent and before his team can work out the kinks in practice. His wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, even worries...
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Tom Brady A Fan Of ‘Friendly’ Facebook Post About Colts: ‘I Liked It’

This embed is invalid" /> FOXBORO — Tom Brady’s Facebook post about the Indianapolis Colts is quarterback approved. Brady turned heads Monday when he posted a Photoshopped image of him riding a blue colt. But while some might view it as potential bulletin board material in advance of the New England Patriots’ AFC Championship Game against Indianapolis...
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Andrew Luck uses 'Lord of the Rings' audibles

Andrew Luck is one of the NFL’s best young quarterbacks, but it also sounds like he’s one of the league’s nerdiest players. Luck and the Indianapolis Colts will be in Foxboro on Sunday to take on the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. It’s the latest chance for Luck to take the next step in becoming an elite quarterback. Luck’s play obviously is impressive...
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Philippe Coutinho Studies Ronaldinho, Kaka To Improve Own Game

Philippe Coutinho is trying to copy his way to stardom. Coutinho told Liverpool FC’s official magazine Wednesday, that he watches videos of Ronaldinho and Kaka during his free time as part of a self-improvement regime. Coutinho also scrutinizes his own performances and seeks input from both his family and coaches in order to fulfill his potential for...
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Dana White: Conor McGregor’s Rise To Main Event Has Been Historic

Love him or hate him, but when Irishman Conor McGregor is competing, it’s must-see TV. After only four fights inside the Octagon, UFC President Dana White said what McGregor is doing in Boston is historic. “This kid has fought four times in the UFC and he is going to sell out the Boston (TD) Garden,” White said. “Tickets are clipping $300 a day, it’s insane. That is a huge...
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Tom Brady Accidentally Drops Sh-Bomb During Patriots News Conference

FOXBORO, Mass. — Tom Brady is so locked in on the Indianapolis Colts, he must have forgotten he was on live TV Wednesday. The New England Patriots quarterback accidentally dropped an sh-bomb during his news conference while talking about nerves leading up to a big game. “It’s kind of the ebbs and flows of the week,” Brady said. “Sometimes I’m in a good mood, sometimes...
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Patriots Practice Report: Starting Center Bryan Stork Absent With Knee Injury

FOXBORO, Mass. — Signs are not pointing in the right direction for Bryan Stork’s availability this week. The Patriots starting rookie center was the lone absence at practice Wednesday. Stork was knocked out of Saturday’s divisional-round playoff win with a knee injury. The Patriots practiced on the Gillette Stadium game field in full pads. They play the Indianapolis Colts on...
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Red Sox Trade Dan Butler To Nationals In Exchange For Danny Rosenbaum

This embed is invalid" /> Boston and Washington have swapped Dans. The Red Sox traded catcher Dan Butler to the Nationals on Wednesday in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher Danny Rosenbaum. Butler was designated for assignment last week to make room for reliever Craig Breslow on Boston’s 40-man roster. Butler made his major league debut...
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Man City Buys Wilfried Bony From Swansea City For $40 million (Video)

Wilfried Bony joined Manchester City from Swansea on Wednesday to strengthen the Premier League champion’s striking options and fulfill his dream of playing in the UEFA Champions League. Although Manchester City paid around £26.5 million ($40 million) for the 26-year-old forward, he will be competing for a starting place alongside Sergio Aguero, Edin...
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Report: Manny Pacquiao Agrees To Terms For Floyd Mayweather Jr. Fight

The long-awaited fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. just got one step closer to being a reality. Pacquiao and his promoter told ESPN.com on Tuesday night that they have agreed to the terms for a May 2 fight with Mayweather. Mayweather has yet to agree to the terms, and it’s uncertain if he ultimately will. “Top Rank and Manny have agreed to the terms on our...
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Ray Lewis: Only reason Tom Brady is known is the Tuck Rule

By Anna Fogel What would Tom Brady be without the “Tuck Rule?” Apparently nothing, according to Ray Lewis. The former Baltimore Ravens linebacker and current ESPN analyst made an appearance Tuesday on Stephen A. Smith’s show on Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Radio, where he made some head-scratching comments. While the conversation started off about Dez Bryant’s overturned catch...
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David Pastrnak Great Fit On Bruins’ Top Line With David Krejci, Milan Lucic

BOSTON — The Bruins have been searching for a long-term combination for the first-line throughout the 2014-15 season and they might have found the best possible trio in Tuesday’s 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. David Krejci and rookie forward David Pastrnak have played on the top line for the last few games, and this duo was joined by Milan Lucic, who has played with Krejci...
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Report: Celtics Complete Buyout Of Nate Robinson’s Contract After Trade

Nate Robinson’s second stint with the Boston Celtics was never expected to last long. It turns out the veteran guard would have barely had time to have breakfast in his new/old home. The Celtics bought out Robinson’s contract, as expected, on Wednesday, mere hours after announcing the trade in which they acquired him from the Denver Nuggets, USA Today’s...
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Red-Hot Atlanta Hawks Come To Boston Favored Over Celtics

The Boston Celtics host the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday in the second game of a three-game homestand. Boston won the first game of the homestand, defeating New Orleans 108-100 to win outright as a 5.5-point underdog. Boston will be getting points at home for the second consecutive night, installed as a seven-point underdog at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The total opened...
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Rex Ryan, Jim Kelly Enjoy Beers Together On His First Day In Buffalo (Photos)

Rex Ryan is already fitting in quite nicely with the locals. The new head coach of the Buffalo Bills joined Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly for a beer at a bar near Ralph Wilson Stadium after arriving in town Tuesday and receiving a “Welcome Rex” pizza at the team’s facility. Kelly had nothing but positive things to say about the hiring of Ryan, via his wife’s Instagram...
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Kurt Busch says ex is a trained assassin: 'I saw it firsthand'

By Mike Cole Someday, the Kurt Busch story is going to be one of the greatest movies of all time. While there’s nothing funny about the domestic abuse allegations the NASCAR driver faces, the story took a bizarre turn of events with Busch’s testimony Tuesday. The driver is accused of smashing his ex-girlfriend’s head against a wall. During his testimony Tuesday, Busch said...
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Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli: David Pastrnak Decision Still Up In The Air

David Pastrnak is really trying to force the Boston Bruins’ hand. The 18-year-old rookie is making some incredible contributions after being recalled for the second time this season. Pastrnak scored two goals Saturday in Philadelphia, and he followed that up with two more Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. One of those goals against Tampa...
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Patriots’ Defense Could Shake Up Matchups Against Colts Receivers

Covering Coby Fleener wasn’t supposed to be an issue in Week 11. It seemed that the New England Patriots had the perfect player to cover the Indianapolis Colts tight end after last season’s divisional-round playoff walloping. Linebacker Jamie Collins held Fleener to two catches for just 12 yards on five targets in the Patriots’ 43-22 win, while other defenders allowed four...
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