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Boston Marathon Champ Rita Jeptoo Banned Two Years For Failed Drug Test

This embed is invalid" /> Rita Jeptoo, a three-time Boston Marathon winner, won’t be able to defend her crown in 2015. Jeptoo received a two-year ban for testing positive for the blood-booster EPO in an out-of-competition test last September, Athletics Kenya announced Friday. Both “A” and “B” samples tested positive. Jeptoo, who is coming...
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January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Super Bowl XLIX Coaches Press Conference Live: Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll Speak

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll spoke jointly Friday before facing off in Super Bowl XLIX. Watch live video of their press conference below from WCSH-TV. Filed under: Live Stream, New England Patriots, NFL, Seattle Seahawks, Super Bowl
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Rob Gronkowski, Marshawn Lynch On ‘Conan’ Is Must-See Televison (Video)

It’s really a darn shame Marshawn Lynch doesn’t talk to the media because the dude’s hilarious. Before the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots do battle in Super Bowl XLIX, Lynch and Rob Gronkowski squared off to play “Mortal Kombat X” on “Conan.” A short preview of the two guys, featuring no shortage of hilarious moments, was released Wednesday, but the entire...
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January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Seahawks praise Tom Brady's trash-talking ability

By Ricky Doyle Tom Brady can really flap his gums. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who has a history with Brady, said earlier this week that the New England Patriots quarterback is more “fiery” than the rest of the NFL signal-callers. Several of Sherman’s teammates agree, making it clear that Brady is a fantastic trash-talker in addition to a future Hall of Fame...
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Joe Montana: Tom Brady Ordered Footballs To Be Deflated But Not A Big Deal

Tom Brady is going to want to earmuff it for his boyhood idol’s DeflateGate theory. San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana believes the New England Patriots quarterback is responsible for the under-inflated footballs that were used in the Pats’ rout of the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game. According to Montana, if the footballs were changed, it was per Brady...
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Nate Solder’s Touchdown In AFC Championship Game Was Illegal, Says NFL

This embed is invalid" /> Nate Solder’s touchdown catch in the AFC Championship Game seemed too good to be true. Probably because it was. Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, said Thursday that Solder’s improbable TD grab against the Indianapolis Colts shouldn’t have counted because the New England Patriots used an illegal...
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January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Damon, Ben Affleck defend Patriots on Kimmel

By Anna Fogel Some of Boston’s most famous men are coming in clutch and clearing Tom Brady’s name. Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, John Krasinski, Chris Evans, Steven Tyler and Bill Simmons, among others, came together on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday to take the fall for the entire DeflateGate ordeal, insisting their beloved New England Patriots quarterback had nothing to do...
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Roger Goodell Faces A Bunch Of Important Questions As NFL Commissioner

This embed is invalid" /> NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will deliver his annual state of the league address Friday. There simply won’t be enough time for him to answer every single question facing the NFL. It’s been a tumultuous year for The Shield. Goodell has had his hands full with several situations — Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, DeflateGate...
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Super Bowl XLIX Picks: Patriots, Seahawks Face Off In Matchup For Ages

There’s so much that goes on during the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, it’s easy to forget there’s even a game. That’s been multiplied tenfold this season, thanks in large part to the ongoing debate over how much air was or wasn’t in some footballs and the fallout that’s accompanied that national nightmare. On Sunday, hopefully that...
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Tom Brady’s Legacy Will Not Be Defined By Result In Super Bowl XLIX

PHOENIX — Tom Brady is one of the greatest quarterbacks who has ever lived. He will be one of the greatest quarterbacks who ever lived if the Patriots win Sunday, and he will still be one of the greatest quarterbacks who has ever lived if they lose Sunday. Let’s not even play the game. Tom Brady is great. The end. No, wait. That’s a terrible idea. NFL, do not cancel the Super...
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Bruins Earn Commanding Win Over Islanders By ‘Keeping It Simple’ (Video)

The Boston Bruins earned a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night, but it almost didn’t end as well for the Black and Gold. After taking a 2-0 lead, the B’s turned in a sloppy second, allowing the Isles to tie things up until defenseman Kevan Miller saved the day by scoring with four seconds to spare in the frame. Boston then got back...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Practice Report: Akeem Ayers Added As Limited With Knee Injury

The Seattle Seahawks appear to be fully healthy entering Super Bowl XLIX. The same can’t be said for the New England Patriots. The Patriots added Akeem Ayers to their practice report after Thursday’s session in Tempe, Ariz., as the linebacker was listed as a limited participant with a knee injury. Acquired from the Tennessee Titans via trade before...
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Seahawks Focus On Defense, Forcing Turnovers In Second Day Of Practice

TEMPE, Ariz. — The Seattle Seahawks finished a spirited second practice of Super Bowl week with a tremendous individual play by nickel back Jeremy Lane, who knocked a long pass away from wideout Bryan Walters on the final play of the day, causing a score of defensive teammates to sprint on the field and mob Lane inside the Arizona State Sun Devils football...
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Reilly Smith Ends Goal Drought, Tallies Three Points In Bruins’ Win Over Islanders

Reilly Smith has been plagued by inconsistency this season, but his performance in Thursday night’s 5-2 win over the New York Islanders could serve as a catalyst for a strong second half of the regular season. The Boston Bruins right winger entered Thursday with an 11-game goalless drought and just one tally in his last 17 games. His drought ended with a first-period goal that...
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Bill Belichick: Patriots Had ‘Good Tempo’ In More Situational Practice

TEMPE, Ariz. – You might expect to see Bill Belichick in his signature hoodie at any given practice. On Thursday, as the New England Patriots conducted their second practice of the week since arriving in Arizona for Super Bowl XLIX, it was team owner Robert Kraft sporting a hoodie on the sideline. Kraft donned a sweatshirt during the latter half of the...
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Bruins’ Reilly Smith Scores Vs. Isles After Nice Pass From Milan Lucic (Video)

The Boston Bruins proved Thursday why teamwork makes the dream work. During the first period of their matchup with the New York Islanders, the B’s showed off some nifty passing en route to a goal from winger Reilly Smith. The Bruins kept the puck moving as they brought it up the ice, making pass after pass to keep the Isles on their toes. Center David Krejci made one crucial...
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Claude Julien: Bruins ‘Finished It Well’ In Win Over Islanders (Video)

It was a back-and-forth affair at Nassau Coliseum, but the Boston Bruins got the last laugh. Boston blew a two-goal lead in the second period but scored three consecutive goals after that to earn a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night. While head coach Claude Julien understandably wasn’t pleased that his team let New York back in the...
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Aaron Hernandez Goes On Trial On Murder Charges, Listens To Testimonies

FALL RIVER, Mass. — With his ex-teammates about to play in the Super Bowl, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez went on trial on murder charges Thursday, watching from the defense table as prosecutors said DNA on a shell casing and security-camera video from his own home connect him to the crime. Hernandez’s lawyer countered that the NFL...
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Tuukka Rask’s Amazing Save Helps Bruins Keep Lead Vs. Islanders (Video)

The Boston Bruins scored five goals Thursday night, and that’s pretty impressive. But the story of the night was Tuukka Rask. The Bruins goaltender was outstanding in his team’s 5-2 win over the New York Islanders, making a season-high 43 saves to keep Boston on top. None were more impressive then his second period robbery of New York’s Michael Grabner...
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Tuukka Rask Gives Another Great Performance In Bruins’ Win Over Islanders

The Boston Bruins began a tough stretch of games against playoff-caliber opponents with a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night. The B’s improved their record in January to 7-1-3 and have taken points from 14 of their last 16 games. Boston also has won seven of its last nine games and will host the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night...
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NFLPA: New Conduct Policy Violates CBA, No Patriots Interviewed In DeflateGate

PHOENIX — NFL Players Association president Eric Winston says the league’s new personal conduct policy “violates the CBA in several ways and we’re going to be grieving this as far as we can.” The union filed a grievance against the NFL last week over changes to the policy. NFL owners unanimously approved the changes in December. “We have an...
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Bruins’ Perfect Passing Leads To Reilly Smith’s Goal Vs. Islanders (Video)

The Boston Bruins got on the scoreboard first against the New York Islanders on Thursday thanks to some good old-fashioned teamwork. During the first period, the Bruins took the puck out of their zone and to the net by executing five tape-to-tape passes. Defenseman Kevan Miller got things going with a pass to Torey Krug. Krug then sent the puck to David...
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Assabet Outlasts RI Sting 3-2 In TD Bank Mini 1-On-1 Finals (Video)

Assabet Valley is your new TD Bank Mini 1-on-1 girls under 10 champion. But it didn’t come easy. The Rhode Island Sting gave Assabet all it could handle but ultimately fell 3-2 in extra rounds. Assabet’s Avery McInery and RI’s Sara DeSousa traded goals in the first round but were stonewalled by some impressive saves from both goaltenders after that...
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Tuukka Rask Makes Incredible Stick Save To Deny Isles’ Michael Grabner (Video)

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has performed at a Vezina Trophy-caliber level in January and he continued his strong play through the first period and a half of Thursday’s game against the New York Islanders. With a little over five minutes played in the second period, Islanders forward Michael Grabner had a wide open net at the edge of the crease, but his shot was kept...
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Red Sox Give Five Players Minor League Deals, Spring Training Invites

The Boston Red Sox gave five players minor league deals with major league invites. Boston announced Thursday that it signed outfielder Quintin Berry, left-handed pitcher Dana Eveland, first baseman/outfielder Bryan LaHair, right-handed pitcher Felipe Paulino and catcher Humberto Quintero to minor league contracts. All five also received spring training...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss
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