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Steve Smith Wouldn’t Let Mark Sanchez Throw Him ‘Paper Bag Sandwich’

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez didn’t play well — that might be a slight understatement — in 2012, and it wasn’t just his wide receivers who took notice. Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith talked about Sanchez during an appearance on a North Carolina sports radio show on Thursday, discussing just how bad the Jets quarterback was. Smith was pretty candid in his thoughts...
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Andrew Bailey to Pitch at Triple-A on Saturday, Likely to Be Called Up on Monday

The Red Sox haven’t had to worry about saving games recently, but if and when they start rolling again, Andrew Bailey will likely be part of the mix. Bailey, who has been on the disabled list since April 29 with a biceps strain, threw a 15-pitch simulated game at Tropicana Field on Thursday, and he’ll pitch at Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday. The plan is then for Bailey to be...
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Report: Clippers Not Ruling Out Return for Embattled Coach Vinny Del Negro

Finding anything in the NBA that everyone agrees with is pretty hard. Each observer has a different philosophy or rooting interest that makes every topic open to debate. Even so, just about everybody agrees that Vinny Del Negro is not a very good coach. Even as the Clippers were compiling a franchise-record 56 wins this season, few people were all that impressed with a predictable...
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Mets Infielder Daniel Murphy Hits Ball Through Wall at Busch Stadium (Animation)

The Mets are usually the focus of more lowlights than highlights, but Daniel Murphy‘s latest contribution to the blogosphere probably falls somewhere in between. During Thursday’s game, Murphy blasted a pitch to right field at Busch Stadium and watched as it landed over the fence … for a double. The reason? The ball didn’t go over the fence — it went through it. Check...
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Chad Johnson Has Warrant Out for Arrest in Florida After Allegedly Violating Probation

The Broward County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office has put out a warrant for the arrest of former Patriots wide receiver Chad Johnson. The warrant, first reported by TMZ.com Thursday morning and later confirmed by several news outlets, stems from Johnson’s arrest for domestic battery against his ex-wife last year. The wideout, who had been known as “Ochocinco” until last July, was...
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Red Sox-Rays Live: Stephen Drew Moves Up in Lineup As Sox Look for Another Offensive Outburst

5:10 p.m.: The month of May hasn’t been too kind to the Red Sox, but it’s been very kind to Stephen Drew. Drew leads the team in average (.348), on-base percentage (.415), slugging percentage (.609) and RBIs (12) this month. Red Sox manager John Farrell is looking to ride that hot streak. Drew, who typically bats ninth, will bat seventh on Thursday, with Will Middlebrooks and...
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Three 6 Mafia’s DJ Paul Records Song Based on Grizzlies’ ‘We Don’t Bluff’ Motto (Video)

Paul Beauregard, better known as DJ Paul, is an enterprising dude. Beyond his long-term membership in the popular rap group Three 6 Mafia, he’s also founded his own label, started a line of barbecue seasonings and begun marketing an alcoholic drink called “Sizzurp.” However, being from Memphis, DJ Paul is also a noted Grizzlies fan, and the team has given the entire city something...
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Report: Dick Trickle Found Dead in Apparent Suicide at Age 71

Legendary NASCAR driver Richard “Dick” Trickle was found dead on Friday afternoon from what reports are calling a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Trickle was 71 years old. According to the Gaston Gazette, the incident occurred just after 12 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, N.C. “The Lincoln County Communications Center received a call apparently from the victim that...
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Jacksonville Jaguars Claim Kyle Love on Waivers, Making It Two Patriots Linemen This Week

Patriots’ linebacker Dont’a Hightower said on Thursday that former teammate Kyle Love wouldn’t be out of work long, and it appears he was right. One day after being released by the Patriots, Love has already found a new team. The Jacksonville Jaguars claimed Love off waivers on Thursday, the team announced. Because they finished with one of the worst records in the NFL last...
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Alex Edler Leaves Eric Staal in Ton of Pain After Knee-on-Knee Hit at World Championships

The NHL season may be over for 22 teams, but that doesn’t mean the hockey has stopped for players on the 22 teams who aren’t lucky enough to still be playing for the Stanley Cup. The world championships are going on right now, and there is plenty of NHL representation. At least one team must be hating that fact right now. That team would be the Carolina Hurricanes who saw their...
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Felix Doubront Leads Red Sox As Boston Looks to Build on Wednesday Momentum

After losing nine of their previous 11 games, the Red Sox unleashed some offensive frustration on Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays, scoring nine times on ten hits. That output included home runs by Stephen Drew and Will Middlebrooks, whose improved production at the plate will go a long way to permanently ending Boston’s skid. On the hill for the Sox on Thursday will...
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Danny Ainge Has Not Spoken With Kevin Garnett About Return, ‘Not Ready to Answer’ All of Big Man’s Questions

Danny Ainge cleared up one aspect of a Celtics offseason that features many moving parts, confirming to reporters on Thursday that coach Doc Rivers will be back for the 2013-14 season. The future of another key member of the team is still up in the air. Ainge told The Boston Globe that he has not spoken with Kevin Garnett, admitting that he does not have the necessary information...
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John Tortorella’s High School Yearbook Photo Surfaces Prior to Bruins-Rangers Series (Photo)

John Tortorella made it very clear following the Rangers’ morning skate prior to Game 1 on Thursday that he doesn’t want to talk about himself; he just wants to talk about his team. That’s kind of a bummer, given what surfaced in advance of the the Rangers’ series with the Bruins. A high school photo of Tortorella from his high school days at Concord-Carlisle High School...
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Report: Reid Ryan, Son of Nolan Ryan, to Be Named President of Houston Astros

If there was a monarchy in Texas baseball, the Ryans would easily be its royal family. Reid Ryan, the son of all-time strikeout king and Texas Rangers president and CEO Nolan Ryan, is set to be named as president of the Houston Astros, according to an MLB.com report. Ryan serves on Minor League Baseball’s board of trustees, in addition to operating the Triple-A Round Rock Express...
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Doc Rivers’ Return as Celtics Coach Does Little to Clear Up Other Questions Surrounding Team

Doc Rivers will be back on the bench for the Celtics next season. That means, at the very least, that Kevin Garnett‘s departure from Boston is not utterly assured. Any Celtics fan looking for a deeper silver lining to this news, however, will be disappointed. Rivers will remain, giving the Celtics a decided tactical advantage on a solid three-quarters of their opponents in the...
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Finnish Call of Patrice Bergeron’s Game 7 Goals Certainly Captures Excitement of Moments (Video)

There are some people who think NESN Bruins play-by-play man Jack Edwards is a little extreme with his calls. If Jack was in the Finnish broadcasting game, however, he’d be pretty tame apparently. The sports blow Awful Announcing has uncovered some pretty awesome footage from Monday night’s Game 7 between the Bruins and the Maple Leafs. That game, of course, featured one of the...
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Dwight Freeney’s Father Would ‘Love for Him’ to Play for Patriots, But His Wife Doesn’t Like New England

Dwight Freeney was in San Diego visiting with the Chargers this week, but his father wants to see him in New England. Hugh Freeney discussed his son’s NFL future and the prospect of playing for the Patriots, during an interview on Adam Schein‘s radio show on Sirius XM on Thursday. He addressed some of Dwight’s possible landing spots and even mentioned that he would “love”...
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Red Sox Hope to Retake Momentum From Twins in Weekend Series at Target Field

When the Minnesota Twins visited Fenway Park for the lone time this season for a four-game set starting May 6, the Red Sox were 20-11 and led the American League East by 1 1/2 games despite having just been swept three games in Texas. The Sox beat the Twins 6-5 in 11 innings in the opener, but Minnesota took the final three games and things have gone downhill ever since for Boston...
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Report: Doc Rivers Will Return as Celtics Coach Next Season

As if there was any real doubt, one of the best coaches in the NBA will continue to stalk the sideline for the Celtics next season. Doc Rivers will return for an 10th season as the Celtics’ head coach, team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge confirmed to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe on Thursday. Rivers, 51, has three years remaining on the five-year contract extension...
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Dont’a Hightower Says He’s Trying to Step Up His Game in Second Year With Patriots

FOXBORO, Mass. — Dont’a Hightower‘s rookie year with the Patriots couldn’t have gone much better. The linebacker was a Week 1 starter and was trusted to assume multiple roles with the Patriots at strong-side linebacker, stopping the run, dropping back in coverage, blitzing off the edge and playing in sub packages. But the Alabama product is still trying to step up his game...
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David Beckham Scored 65 Free-Kick Goals in His Career, See Them All Here (Video)

David Beckham forged a 20-year professional soccer career by doing a number of things well on the field. But there was one aspect of the game, above all others, that he simply mastered: the free kick. Beckham’s ability to strike a dead ball — hitting it over a wall of defenders with power and making it dip or swerve past a goalkeeper with grace — set him apart from his peers...
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Logan Ryan Agrees to Deal With Patriots, Becoming Third Rookie to Sign

The Patriots are continuing to make progress with the eight rookies on their roster. Cornerback Logan Ryan, who was selected in the third round, became the third Patriots player to sign with the team on Thursday. Ryan, a standout the past two seasons at Rutgers, joins a crowded cornerback group that includes veterans Kyle Arrington, Marquice Cole, Alfonzo Dennard, Ras-I Dowling...
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Patriots’ Versatility at Defensive End, Linebacker Gives Bill Belichick Opportunity to Put Best Players on Field

FOXBORO, Mass. — It’s no coincidence that Bill Belichick and the Patriots have drafted linebackers who can cover, stop the run and blitz early two seasons in a row. In 2012, Dont’a Hightower was drafted No. 25 overall in the first round out of Alabama. He had experience playing inside linebacker, outside linebacker and as a defensive end rushing off the edge. This year Jamie...
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Alex Ovechkin, Corey Perry Among NHL Scorers Whose Presence Was Missing in Round 1 of Playoffs

The first round of the playoffs has come and gone, but a number of big-time stars forgot to show up. Some teams were able to survive despite the minimal contributions from their offensive stars, while others suffered because of it. Here’s a look at the top five scorers who were missing in action in Round 1. 5. Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks If I told you the Anaheim Ducks would score...
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Kyle Love’s Release Is Just ‘Business,’ But Dont’a Hightower Confident Former Patriots Teammate Will Find New Team

Kyle Love‘s release came as a bit of a shock on Wednesday. After three productive seasons with the team, the Patriots decided to part ways with Love. The move surprised many, especially considering he started a career-high 11 games in 2012 and played a big role in the team’s stout run defense. Love’s release came soon after he was diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes, which could...
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