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Karim Benzema Charged In Mathieu Valbuena Sex Tape Blackmail Conspiracy

PARIS — Five years after missing the World Cup amid his involvement in a prostitution probe, Karim Benzema was charged Thursday with conspiracy to blackmail as part of an investigation over a sex tape involving France teammate Mathieu Valbuena. Benzema, widely considered one of the most talented strikers in the world, also faced preliminary charges of participating in a criminal...
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November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Billy Beane: Trading Sonny Gray Not Something Athletics Could Do

Sorry, Boston Red Sox fans, but it looks as though you’ll have to keep dreaming about Sonny Gray joining the rotation. The 25-year-old Oakland Athletics starter was selected one spot ahead of Boston’s pick in the 2011 draft, and it’s been speculated whether the Red Sox would try to make a trade for Gray since he moved up to the bigs in 2013. But A’s executive vice president...
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LeBron James Doesn’t Help Up Kevin Love; Internet Asks Questions (Video)

It’s time to get ready for another round of everyone wondering whether LeBron James hates Kevin Love. The two Cleveland Cavaliers superstars were at the center of numerous reports last season — their first together as teammates — and many wondered whether Love actually would stay in Cleveland. Despite the reported friction or whatever it was, the big man did sign on to stay...
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Fielder, Harvey win Comeback Player of the Year Awards

Prince Fielder of the Texas Rangers and Matt Harvey of the New York Mets each bounced back in a big way this season. For that, they’ve been recognized by Major League Baseball. The league announced Thursday that Fielder has been named the Comeback Player of the Year in the American League for 2015. Harvey won the award in the National League. Fielder was limited to just 42 games...
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Watch Liverpool Vs. Rubin Kazan Europa League Game Online (Live Stream)

Unpredecendted runs can be interesting, but Liverpool really could use a win in the UEFA Europa League. The Reds visit Rubin Kazan in a game between the second- and third-placed teams in Group B. Liverpool leads Rubin Kazan by one point and can take a giant step toward the Round of 32 with a win in Russia. The teams last met on Oct. 22 when 10-man Rubin Kazan held Liverpool to a...
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College Football Week 10 Picks Against Spread: LSU, TCU Among Good Bets

The next few weeks in college football will be fantastic. This is the time of the season when exciting in-conference rivalries take center stage and teams make or break their chances of securing a spot in the College Football Playoff. Here’s our picks against the spread for Week 10. All odds via OddShark. Thursday, Nov. 5No. 6 Baylor (-17) at Kansas State, 7:30 p.m.: While most...
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NFL Super Pick ‘Em: Week 9 Locks Include Bears, Bills, Broncos, Raiders

  It’s starting to get real for Tom Brady’s Emails. TBE, NESN.com’s entrant into the Westgate SuperContest on behalf of Team OddsShark, pulled into a tie for fourth in the Team OddsShark standings thanks to (another) 3-2 showing last week. Needless to say, our super-picking trio of Mike Cole, Ricky Doyle and Ben Watanabe would be beginning to believe it could win the team...
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Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane won’t be charged with rape

Chicago Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane will not be charged with rape, the Erie County (New York) district attorney announced Thursday. Just days after reports surfaced indicating the alleged victim would no longer cooperate in the investigation, the DA’s office made the announcement that after a three-month investigation, there would be no charges. Erie County district...
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Kirk Cousins Calls Tom Brady ‘The GOAT,’ Says Patriots QB Has ‘Set The Standard’

Kirk Cousins and Jay Gruden certainly know what they’re getting themselves in for this weekend. The Washington Redskins are the latest team to face the unenviable task of trying to slow down Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. So it should come as no surprise that both the quarterback and head coach were effusive in their praise of Brady on Wednesday ahead of Sunday’s game...
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Belichick, Patriots win pregame coin flip at 'impossible' rate

Does Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots’ willingness to cheat know no bounds? First, there was Spygate. Then, there was Deflategate. Now, we’ve got Flipgate. Once known for merely filming opponents’ signals from the sideline or more-probably-than-not deflating footballs, the Patriots have gone to even greater lengths by stretching the laws of probability. Jim McBride...
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Fantasy Football Week 9: Start, Sit Advice For Bengals-Browns ‘Thursday Night Football’

Week 9 of the NFL season begins Thursday night with an AFC North division matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns. The undefeated Bengals escaped Pittsburgh with a 16-10 victory last week, making a fourth-quarter comeback to spoil quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s return to the Steelers lineup. Cincinnati should have no trouble keeping their perfect record intact...
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Celtics Notes: Brad Stevens’ Retooled Lineup Flashes Offensive Promise

The bad news: The Boston Celtics were forced to play Wednesday night’s game without Marcus Smart. The good news: Smart’s absence gave head coach Brad Stevens another opportunity to experiment with his never-ending list of roster combinations. Stevens blew up the starting five that opened Boston’s first three contests, rolling out a new unit that saw Isaiah Thomas make his...
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Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron Stars In New Visa ‘Movember’ Commercials (Video)

“Movember” officially is upon us and so are some hilarious new commercials. The campaign is a month-long mustache-growing challenge designed to raise money and awareness for men’s mental health issues. Visa Canada and the NHL have teamed up with “Movember” to help actively promote the campaign. Several stars, including Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, Chicago Blackhawks...
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Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton’s Duet Rocks Country Music Awards (Video)

It was a good night for Memphis. The Grizzlies took down the Sacramento Kings handily 103-89, but it was partial owner Justin Timberlake who really took over the spotlight Wednesday. Timberlake, a Tennessee native, was on hand for the annual “Country Music Awards” show and put on arguably the best performance of the night. The former “*NSYNC” lead singer turned multi-platinum...
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UFC’s Ronda Rousey Gives Dating And Sex Advice In ‘Maxim’ Q&A

Ronda Rousey does more than dish out punches and arm bars. In a recent interview with “Maxim” men’s lifestyle magazine, the undefeated UFC star gave out some free advice on how to win with the ladies. Among the advice: Don’t wear skinny jeans, keep dates simple and learn how to cook pancakes for that special Sunday morning. OK, great. Now what about that time in between the...
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November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Louisville Fan Gets Rick Pitino Tattoo Supporting Coach Amid Sex Scandal (Photo)

A Louisville basketball fan doesn’t care what anyone says: he’s standing by his coach. Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals are in the midst of a controversial investigation regarding their Division 1 basketball recruits in light of a recent book published by a woman who claims to have given sexual favors to prospective athletes on their official visits to Louisville in hopes...
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Isaiah Thomas: 'Changes need to be made' after Celtics' slow start

Isaiah Thomas finally got his chance to start a game for the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. But Thomas wasn’t interested in discussing the virtues of new role after his team’s 100-98 loss to the Indiana Pacers. Quite the opposite, in fact. “We’re not gonna panic, but at the same time, changes need to be made,” Thomas said, via The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach...
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Buffalo Bills Finally Beat Patriots At Something: Having Drunkest Fans

Congrats, Buffalo Bills fans: you finally beat the New England Patriots. Kind of. A company called BACtrack did a study using their smartphone app that measured the average blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of NFL fans of individual teams. The results show one clearly defined leader ahead of the pack. You are the champions, my friend. The 5 #NFL teams with the drunkest fans. ...
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Celtics Wrap: New-Look Lineup Comes Up Short In 100-98 Loss To Pacers

  New starting five, same result. With Marcus Smart sidelined due to a sprained left toe, Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens went with three new starters for Wednesday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The unit kept Boston in the game, but the Celtics just couldn’t finish down the stretch. Pacers guard Monta Ellis hit a pair of free throws...
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LeBron James Got Sick Of His Sleeved Jersey So He Ripped Them Off (Videos)

Cross your fingers, folks: We might finally be seeing the beginning of the end of the NBA’s sleeved jersey experiment. Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James was miring through a poor shooting night Wednesday against the New York Knicks, hitting just four of 11 shots from the field, including zero of three 3-pointers in the first half. He also missed both free throws he attempted...
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Pats-Redskins odds: New England favored in largest spread of season

The New England Patriots will be aiming for their 23rd straight-up win in their last 24 home contests when they host the Washington Redskins on Sunday as 14-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Patriots have rolled to a 7-0 SU record, outscoring opponents by an incredible 19 points per game, and dominated in a 36-7 win over the Miami Dolphins in...
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Report: ‘The breakup has begun’ between Derrick Rose, Bulls

Chicago’s hometown hero might not be donning the Black and Red much longer. ESPN NBA Insider Brian Windhorst joined “Russillo & Kanell” on ESPN Radio on Wednesday and reported that the Chicago Bulls might be growing tired of former MVP Derrick Rose. “Here’s how I feel about Derrick Rose: the breakup with the Bulls has begun,” Windhorst began. “I don’t know...
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Celtics’ Jae Crowder Hits Ridiculous Full-Court Shot On Inbounds Pass (Video)

Jae Crowder committed what might be the most impressive turnover of all time Wednesday night. The Boston Celtics forward was charged with inbounding the ball with just seconds remaining in the first half against the Indiana Pacers. So, he chucked the ball the full length of the floor in an attempt to find Jared Sullinger under the basket. Instead, this happened. We’d like to see...
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Champions League Week 4: Bayern Munich’s Revenge Business As Usual

The fourth round of six rounds of UEFA Champions League group-stage games might have been passed without much note were it not for Bayern Munich’s emphatic revenge on Arsenal. Just five of the 32 teams in the competition have determined their group-stage fates thus far. Manchester City, Real Madrid and Zenit St. Petersburg have clinched progression to the Round of 16. Borussia...
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Julian Edelman Finished Patriots Practice, Knee Injury Not A Concern

FOXBORO, Mass. — New England Patriots fans and fantasy football owners can breathe a deep sigh of relief. Julian Edelman is fine. The wide receiver popped up on the Patriots’ injury report as limited with a knee ailment Wednesday. Edelman finished practice and the injury is “nothing to be concerned about,” a source told NESN.com. Edelman has 52 catches for 584 yards with...
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