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Yasiel Puig slams into wall making great catch

Was there baseball before Yasiel Puig? Because most of us sure don’t remember a time when he wasn’t making a play every night. The Dodgers rookie added to his highlight reel Wednesday night when he robbed the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado of a hit at the center field wall. The play came at a pivotal time, as the Rockies had two men on base with the Dodgers leading by two runs. Puig...
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July 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Cris Carter Says Mike Brown Took Him Off Bengals’ Draft Board, Too, Much Like Aaron Hernandez

Bengals owner Mike Brown conveniently revealed this week that he “avoided” Aaron Hernandez during the 2010 NFL draft, even taking the talented tight end off his draft board entirely. As it turns out, Hernandez wasn’t the only one. Much like with Hernandez, Brown took some issues with Hall of Fame inductee Cris Carter. The Bengals’ outspoken owner decided that the college...
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July 04, 2013  |  Discuss

FOX Sports Reporter Amy Campbell Gets Flattened by High School Player Reeling in Touchdown Catch (Video)

Ermon Lane knows how to break a tackle. FOX Sports reporter Amy Campbell probably just wishes he didn’t practice the skill at her expense. Campbell was on the wrong side of a hit (pun intended) this week when she visited Beaverton, Ore., to film a high school football recruiting competition. She and her colleague, Chad Simmons, set up near the field to chat all things high school...
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July 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Brendan Rodgers Says Competition Will Help Simon Mignolet Improve at Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers has revealed why he decided to sign another top-class goalkeeper this summer. Simon Mignolet was one of the Barclays Premier League’s top stoppers at Sunderland last season and arrives at Anfield to provide competition for Pepe Reina — Liverpool’s first-choice between the sticks since 2005. Brad Jones also has experience as a No. 1 in the top flight, meaning...
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July 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Jon Lester Finally Shows Signs of Being Front-End Starter While Keeping Padres in Check

BOSTON — It’s funny how baseball works. Jon Lester turned in his best performance in almost two months Wednesday, yet he doesn’t have a win to show for it. Lester pitched seven innings of one-run ball against the Padres, but he didn’t factor in the decision, as the Red Sox won 2-1 on a walk-off home run by Jonny Gomes. Lester was going for his third straight win, but he pitched...
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July 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Jonny Gomes, Red Sox Keep Showing Flair for Dramatic, Enjoy Another Walk-Off Win Against Padres

BOSTON — The celebration changes, but the result stays the same. Jonny Gomes lifted a pinch-hit, walk-off home run into the first row of Monster seats in the ninth inning Wednesday to give the Red Sox a 2-1 victory over the Padres. The Red Sox are now a season-high 18 games over .500, and they continue to demonstrate a flair for the dramatic. The Red Sox have eight walk-off wins...
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July 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Jonny Gomes Gets Hit With Gatorade Bath After Walk-Off Home Run (GIF)

Jonny Gomes gave the Red Sox yet another walk-off win Wednesday night, and his teammates celebrated accordingly. During Gomes’ postgame interview, Shane Victorino doused the pinch hitter with the ceremonial Gatorade bath, soaking NESN’s Jamie Erdahl in the process. Batting in place of third baseman Brandon Snyder in the bottom of the ninth, Gomes launched Luke Gregerson‘s hanging...
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July 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Jaromir Jagr Could Still Be on Bruins’ Radar After Offseason Roster Moves (Video)

Jaromir Jagr brought his Hall of Fame talent to Boston to help the club during the final stretch of the season. He was intended to be nothing more than a rental player, but after some unexpected moves on the Bruins roster, the team may be revisiting Jagr’s situation. Nathan Horton made the decision not to return to the Bruins next season, leaving an opening on the B’s offense...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Sox’ Talented Bench Spreads Opportunity for Success Among Team (Video)

There can never be too many options on the bench. The Red Sox seem to have figured that out early this season, and are not hesitant in plugging players in at different positions. It helps when you have dynamic players like Jose Iglesias and Daniel Nava to round out your roster. First baseman Mike Carp said after Wednesday’s 2-1 win over the Padres that it has been fun to see different...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Derrick Rose Admits He Had to Be Selfish With Recovery From ACL Tear (Video)

It has been nearly 14 months since Derrick Rose underwent surgery for a torn ACL, and the former MVP is still rehabilitating his left knee. After tearing his ACL during Game 1 of a playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers last season, many people assumed the star point guard would fly through recovery and lead the Chicago Bulls to another deep postseason run. That was not the...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints Coach Sean Payton Spends Week Caddying for Pro Golfer Ryan Palmer

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is moonlighting this week as Ryan Palmer‘s caddie at the Greenbrier Classic. With the start of NFL training camp later this month, Payton said he was planning to spend a week relaxing at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia. One thing led to another, and Payton ended up agreeing to help Palmer, who gave his...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Sox’ Impressive Depth Playing Big Role in Success Through First Half of Season (Video)

The buzz is back at Fenway Park. The Red Sox have an American League-leading 51-34 record so far this season, and the team is showing no signs of slowing. Their momentum is due, in part, to the depth on the Sox roster. There have been peaks and valleys, but it’s been hard to pinpoint one player on the roster who has single-handedly carried the team. Watch the video above to hear...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Michael Jordan Knocks $8 Million Off of Asking Price For Chicago Mansion, House Now Just $21 Million

What goes up must come down. For Michael Jordan, coming back down means taking $8 million off the asking price for his Highland Park, Ill., home. The bargain price is now a measly $21 million compared to the original $29 million from when the house went on the market in February 2012. The contemporary home is nothing less than what one would expect for the former NBA great. A ...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Will Middlebrooks Ties PawSox Record With Eight RBIs in 4-for-5 Night

Will Middlebrooks had himself quite the night at McCoy Stadium on Wednesday. The third baseman teed off on Scranton/Wilkes-Barre pitching, going 4-for-5 with a single, double, three-run home run and grand slam in an 11-5 win for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. Middlebrooks’ eight RBIs on the night tied a PawSox record, matching a mark last set by Freddy Garcia in 2000. Middlebrooks...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig Deserves Final Roster Spot on National League All-Star Team Despite Brief Time in Majors

It has been one month since Yasiel Puig made his major league debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the rookie hasn’t wasted any time putting his name in the record books. Puig has just 106 major league at-bats under his belt, but they are arguably the most productive at-bats to begin a career in the history of Major League Baseball. The Cuban defector is hitting a scorching ...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Nathan Horton Visits With Columbus Blue Jackets

With the Philadelphia Flyers scooping up Vincent Lecavalier on Tuesday, Nathan Horton now becomes arguably the top winger available on the free-agent market. Horton opted not to return to the Bruins after three seasons in Boston, and it has not taken long for teams to come calling. Horton was in Columbus on Wednesday to meet with the Blue Jackets, his agent confirmed to The Columbus...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Coco Crisp Shaves Throwback Afro, Gets all New Helmets and Hats (Photo)

Coco Crisp looked like he had stepped out of a time machine when he let his hair loose the last few seasons. The Oakland Athletics center fielder channeled his inner Oscar Gamble with an epic afro for the ages. Sadly, though, all good things must come to an end. Crisp shaved his magnificent ‘fro prior to Tuesday’s game against the Cubs, and he had to be refitted for caps and...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Sox Use Unique Nature of Interleague Play to Their Advantage (Video)

It seems interleague play in Major League Baseball hasn’t run its course yet. Fans still tune in to see the unique matchups that interleague play offers, even after 16 years. Interleague play was first introduced in 1997, and it gives both players and fans alike to see World Series-style matchups from their favorite teams — even those that may struggle to get to the grand finale...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Brad Stevens’ Hire as Celtics Coach Brings Analytics Out of Front Office, On to Bench

Numbers: They’re not just for front-office guys anymore. Contrary to popular belief, the NBA of the last half-decade has not been defined by team-hopping stars or an epidemic rise in flopping. Nope, the defining characteristic of the modern NBA is the swift move from traditional methods of scouting and game-planning into innovative, computer-drive models of doing the same. This...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Nnamdi Asomugha Marries ‘Scandal’ Star Kerry Washington

Not every NFL star trumpets their nuptials to the public (we’re looking at you, RGIII), and it seems that some still opt to go the more low-key, private route. San Fransisco 49ers defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha reportedly married actress Kerry Washington in late June, and no one had any  idea about it until now. Asomugha and Washington were wed on June 24 in a secret ceremony...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Veteran Anderson Silva Faces test in Chris Weidman in Upcoming UFC 162

With six months rest under his belt, veteran MMA fighter and UFC legend Anderson Silva is back in the octagon and ready to defend his middleweight title. Bet on UFC 162, as the 38-year-old veteran lines up across from Chris Weidman on Wednesday. With 16 straight victories dating as far back as 2006, it’s no real surprise that the MMA odds lean heavily in Silva’s favor. Weidman...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Clayton Mortensen Clears Waivers, Outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket

Clayton Mortensen is still a member of the Red Sox organization. Mortensen, who was designated for assignment Saturday, has cleared waivers. The right-hander has been outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket, according to multiple reports. The Red Sox knew when they designated Mortensen for assignment that there was a chance they could lose the reliever. However, n0 teams put in a claim...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Jacoby Ellsbury Looks to Use Hot Bat to Help Red Sox Surge Past Struggling Padres

Jacoby Ellsbury‘s early-season slump that had manager John Farrell considering moving the leadoff hitter down in the order seems to be a distant memory for Red Sox fans. Ellsbury — who was hitting a subpar .240 through May 20 — has raised his batting average to .299 and is in the midst of a 12-game hit streak. The center fielder notched two more hits in Tuesday’s contest...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Jonjo Shelvey Transfers to Swansea City, Ends Three-Year Stay With Liverpool FC

Liverpool Football Club has confirmed Jonjo Shelvey has completed a transfer to Swansea City. The 21-year-old spent three years at Anfield after joining from Charlton Athletic in May 2010. In total, he made 69 appearances for the Reds, scoring seven goals. Everybody at Liverpool FC would like to wish Jonjo all the best for the future.
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Celtics Hire Brad Stevens as Head Coach, Pry Young Star in College Coaching Ranks Away From Butler

Working well below the radar, the Celtics announced Wednesday that they had come to an agreement with Brad Stevens to become their head coach. Stevens, 36, is a surprise hire for a couple of reasons. For one thing, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was adamant that he had not yet begun interviewing candidates as recently as Monday. For another, Stevens had turned...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss
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