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Hulk Hogan Pumps Up Bruins Before Game 1, Says He Could ‘Smell Stench of Victory’ in Boston Garden

The Bruins have fans across the map, and Hulk Hogan is never one to shy away from trying to keep himself relevant. Naturally, Hogan had to give some words of encouragement to get fans pumped up for the Bruins’ matchup against the Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Hogan Hogan joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich on Friday and, according to audio...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Patrice Bergeron-Evgeni Malkin Fight Highlights Nasty End to Second Period of Game 1 (Video)

It didn’t take long for the Bruins and Penguins to get nasty with each other. The two teams got real testy with each other at the end of the second period in Game 1, and that led to a throwdown between two usually “calm” combatants. Boston’s Patrice Bergeron and Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin got tied up at center ice, and they ended up dropping the gloves and engaging in a...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Matt Cooke Solidifies Himself as Pittsburgh’s Biggest Villain As Tempers Flare Between Bruins, Penguins (Video)

Jarome Iginla, you’re off the hook. While Bruins fans might have entered the Eastern Conference finals with an axe to grind regarding Iginla’s no-trade drama at this year’s deadline, Matt Cooke has firmly moved atop any list of most-hated opposing players. Already despised for his career-ending hit on Marc Savard, Cooke was up to no good once again in Game 1. His check from...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Bruins-Penguins Matchup Preceded by Extensive Playoff History (Video)

It has been 22 years since the Bruins and the Penguins have faced off in the Stanley Cup playoffs but the playoff history between Boston and Pittsburgh dates back even further than that. It dates back to a time when the Pens were in blue and white, matching up against the NHL’s original black and gold team. Bruins. Future hall of famer Jaromir Jagr, now 41,  was a part of that...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss
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Matt Cooke ejected for check on McQuaid

Matt Cooke is public enemy No. 1 in Boston … again. The controversial Penguins forward (best known in Beantown for ending Marc Savard‘s career with this hit) was ejected from Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday after checking Adam McQuaid into the boards from behind. Cooke was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct, and McQuaid went to the Boston locker...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Jacoby Ellsbury’s Toughness Shouldn’t Be Questioned During Current Injury Despite Longstanding Debate

Jacoby Ellsbury doesn’t like money. That’s essentially what you’re saying if you think Ellsbury is acting like a prima donna, withholding effort and refusing to play through a playable injury this weekend in New York. But for as much slack as Ellsbury has gotten in recent years because of his injury issues, the outfielder doesn’t deserve to be ripped for his latest setback...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Bruins-Penguins Eastern Conference Finals Arrives With Plenty of Drama in Store (Video)

After a week of waiting, the Bruins and Penguins finally dropped the puck in the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night. Featuring two of the NHL’s marquee teams and arguable the best two teams in the East all season long, the series will have no shortage of storylines at the ready to fire up fans of either side. Just in case you’re still looking for a spark to light your...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski Don’t Anticipate Change in Defensive Game Plan Against Penguins

There has been much anticipation for the Eastern Conference finals, as the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins face off after a week-long wait. The Bruins are coming off of a 4-1 series win over the New York Rangers, and the Penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators in 4-1 fashion, as well. Despite Pittsburgh having swept Boston in the regular season, the Bruins are prepared to...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Grant Hill Announces Retirement From NBA Before Game 6 of Eastern Conference Finals

After 18 years in the NBA, Grant Hill is retiring. The seven-time All-Star was debilitated by injuries for the majority of his career, but has been one of the most versatile and recognizable players in basketball for more than two decades. Hill, who most recently played with the Los Angeles Clippers, announced his retirement Saturday night on TNT, just moments before the start of...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Jose Iglesias Might Find Role as Red Sox Utility Infielder When Will Middlebrooks Returns, John Farrell Says

With Will Middlebrooks’ recovery going according to plan, his days on the disabled list are dwindling — as are Jose Iglesias’ innings at third. However, the Red Sox may keep Iglesias around when Middlebrooks is back in the lineup. Since Middlebrooks was placed on the 15-day disabled list, Iglesias has taken over third base. It was expected he would return to Triple-A at the...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Bruins, Penguins Finally Get Underway in Eastern Conference Final That Feels Like Entire Year Has Built to (Video)

Say what you will about the effects that the NHL schedule had on this lockout-shortened season, but it feels like the last two teams standing in the Eastern Conference would have been there regardless of how many games they played. The Bruins and Penguins had been the two best teams for just about all of the regular season in 2013, and it seems fitting that they are playing for the...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Tiger Woods Posts Worst Nine-Hole Score of Professional Career in Third Round of Memorial

DUBLIN, Ohio — In the swirling, gusting winds at the Memorial Tournament, Tiger Woods had what even he termed a rough day. Woods posted his highest nine-hole score as a professional when he shot an 8-over 44 on the back nine during Saturday’s third round of the Memorial Tournament. Woods walked past reporters after his round and declined interview requests. He spoke later to...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Josh Beckett Retirement Talk Highlights Complicated Legacy Pitcher Will Leave Behind When Career Ends

Josh Beckett wasn’t supposed to go out like this. Beckett, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a groin strain, is dealing with numbness in the fingertips of his right hand, and the situation is apparently serious enough that the 33-year-old has thought about the possibility of retirement. If Beckett walks away now, he’ll leave behind a very complicated legacy. Six...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Sox-Yankees Live: Felix Doubront Matched Up Against Phil Hughes As Sox Look to Rebound From Loss

4:18 p.m.: Jacoby Ellsbury will be out of the Red Sox’ lineup for the second straight night. Ellsbury was a late scratch from the lineup on Friday because of a left groin strain, and it appears he’s still feeling some tightness. That means Jackie Bradley Jr. will once again get the start in center field, while Daniel Nava, playing left field, will bat leadoff. Mike Carp is also...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Jacoby Ellsbury Out of Red Sox Lineup For Second Straight Night Saturday Against Yankees

The Red Sox did not fare too well without Jacoby Ellsbury on Friday night and they will be without their leadoff hitter again on Saturday night. Ellsbury is out for the second straight night with soreness in his groin. He suffered the injury on Thursday night on his record-setting fifth stolen base. Daniel Nava will take his spot in the lineup once again, while Jackie Bradley Jr...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Andrew Ference Says He Wants to Play Game 1 Against Penguins, But Will Leave Decision Up to Claude Julien

Andrew Ference skated for the fifth straight day on Saturday, but it’s still up in the air whether the veteran defenseman will play on in Game 1 against the Penguins. If it were up to Ference, he would play, but he’s leaving the decision up to Claude Julien. “Everybody wants to be part of the mix,” Ference told ESPN.com at Saturday’s morning skate. “Even just feeling...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Andrew Luck Says He ‘Would Have Absolutely No Problem With’ Gay Teammate

It seems that every pro athlete is being asked how they would feel about having a gay teammate. And the majority of them have answered that they would fine with it. Count Andrew Luck among the majority. The 2012 No. 1 overall pick was asked about the issue recently by CNN. Luck said that a person should do whatever makes them happy. “I hope if someone’s thinking about [coming...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Coastal Carolina’s Alex Buccilli Shows Off Crazy Praying Mantis-Style Open Batting Stance (Video)

The biggest takeaway from the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship tournament may be Alex Buccilli‘s crazy batting stance. The Coastal Carolina outfielder starts with his feet at completely different ends of the batter’s box, his body crouched and his bat up. It’s the most open batting stance that the box will allow. The stance appears to be working. Buccilli is batting .280...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss
GET WELL SOON

Report: Blaylock's condition upgraded

The condition of former NBA All-Star Mookie Blaylock reportedly was upgraded. Blaylock was involved in a car crash on Friday.

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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Steelers Mike Adams Stabbed in Stomach During Apparent Robbery Attempt

The Steelers faced a scare on Saturday morning when second-year offensive tackle Mike Adams was stabbed in the stomach during a robbery attempt. The organization announced the news via Twitter. Adams should make a full recovery after having surgery on Saturday morning, according to Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network. No major organs were punctured. Adams’ agent told Kinkhabwala...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Rebuilt Defense Should Be Best New England Has Seen Since 2008

It may be difficult to remember now, but the Patriots’ defense was once one of the best in the NFL. Of course, that was before losing Tedy Bruschi, Rodney Harrison, Mike Vrabel, Richard Seymour, Asante Samuel, Jarvis Green and Ellis Hobbs in the span of just three years. Since then, the Patriots have been in rebuild mode on defense with the offense good enough to carry...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Jacoby Ellsbury Gets Actual Second Base Bag From Citizens Bank Ballpark After Stealing Five Bases on Phillies (Video)

It sounds like a bad try at a joke, but it is, indeed, true: Jacoby Ellsbury left the ballpark in Philadelphia on Thursday night with second base. Ellsbury stole five bases — a team record — as the Red Sox rolled past the Phillies 9-2, and the home team was gracious in defeat. The Phillies sent the second base bag, with dirt still on it, to Ellsbury as a memento, according to...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Randall Cunningham II Is Top High School High-Jumper in U.S., Three-Star Quarterback Recruit

It is safe to say that Randall Cunningham II got his father’s athleticism. The younger Cunningham is 6-foot-5, 185 pounds, runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash, topped all high schoolers with a 7-feet, 3.25-inch high jump in 2013 and is a three-star quarterback recruit despite not starting a game during the 2012 season, according to Syracuse.com. That athleticism is drawing interest...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs Fan Shows Quick Reflexes, Nice Hands in Preventing Son From Throwing Foul Ball Back on Field (Video)

Nice job, Dad. A Cubs fan showed off his quick reaction skills when his young son started to throw a foul ball back onto the field. The ball had even left the boy’s hand when his father reached out and snagged the ball. The young boy had been handed the foul ball by another generous fan. Fortunately everyone was all-smiles after the dad made a highlight-reel catch. If anyone deserved...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Keyshawn Johnson Says Justin Bieber Was Driving During Chase-Down Incident in Gated Community (Video)

Keyshawn Johnson finally spoke out publicly about the incident that found him chasing down Justin Bieber‘s Ferrari in a Prius. Johnson chased down the pop star because Bieber was recklessly driving through the two’s Calabasas, Calif., gated community. Bieber has since said that he was not driving, and that it was a friend instead. Johnson refutes those claims, saying he saw Bieber...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss
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