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Red Sox Activate Franklin Morales for First Time This Season, Option Alfredo Aceves to Pawtucket

Alfredo Aceves‘ latest stint in Boston lasted just one day. Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Tuesday that the right-hander, who allowed one run on seven hits and three walks in a win Monday night, has been optioned to Triple-A and replaced on the roster by Franklin Morales. This marks a return to the majors for Morales, who began the season on the disabled list. While rehabbing...
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May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Patriots, 49ers Among Early Super Bowl Favorites Once Again Despite Difficult Schedules Waiting in Upcoming Season

The Patriots have won at least 10 games in 10 straight seasons (a 9-7 hiccup in 2002 prevented it from being 12 consecutive) and that’s the longest active streak in the NFL. Oddsmakers expect it to continue in 2013 as New England has an over/under wins total of 11.5 (under a slight -120 favorite). That’s tied with Peyton Manning‘s Denver Broncos for the highest win total in...
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May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Jacoby Ellsbury Looks to Keep Rolling As Red Sox Take On Cliff Lee, Phillies

The Red Sox will technically go for a sweep on Tuesday night at a Fenway Park. Fresh off of pounding the Philadelphia Phillies in the second game of a two-game series Tuesday night in Boston. The Sox are hoping to get an effort similar to Monday night where they defeated Philly 9-3. The two teams will then head to Philadelphia for another two-game set on Wednesday and Thursday. The...
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Jerry Remy to Miss a Few Games Because of Allergies, Dennis Eckersley, Rob Bradford to Pinch-Hit

Anyone with seasonal allergies knows how difficult this time of the year can be, and for the RemDawg, that’s no different. NESN’s Red Sox color analyst Jerry Remy will sit out a few games as he battles some allergies. Remy took to Twitter on Tuesday to explain that there was nothing to be worried about and that he’d just be taking a few days off. I'll not be working today...
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Tony Parker Long Overdue to Be Appreciated as One of NBA’s All-Time Greats

Tim Duncan has said it all starts with Gregg Popovich, while Pop insists it all started with David Robinson. Exactly who set the foundation for the Spurs to become the model NBA franchise is a matter of respectful debate, even within the organization’s own ranks. What’s more, there is some dispute over whether the future lays with second-year swingman Kawhi Leonard or some as...
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May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, Who Allegedly Smoked Crack, Gets Football-Themed Birthday Cake (Photo)

We may soon learn whether or not the mayor of one of the largest cities in North America smoked crack cocaine. On Tuesday, the gossip site Gawker announced that it had raised the $200,000 (as part of a campaign affectionately named “Crackstarter”) to buy a video allegedly showing Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. A writer for Gawker and two journalists with The Toronto...
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Bruins-Penguins Eastern Conference Finals Series Has Chance to Be Something Special

There will be plenty of time to break down the Bruins-Penguins Eastern Conference finals series in the coming days, especially considering  the series seemingly won’t start until mid-July. But even before you get into the nitty-gritty of the matchup between the conference’s two best teams, it’s not hard to realize the potential of this series. A Bruins-Penguins series has...
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NHL 14 Uses NHL ’94 Graphics to Pick Between Sergei Bobrovsky, Martin Brodeur for This Year’s Game (Video)

You don’t have to be a hockey fan to enjoy the timeless wonder that is NHL ’94. The video game has drawn somewhat of a cult following over the years despite newer versions of the game being released due to its awesomely horrible and hysterical graphics. Now, as hockey fans ponder who to select as the cover boy for NHL 14, the league has put together a video highlight package...
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Joe Flacco’s Agent Stands by His Comments That Ravens Are ‘Dumb’

Joe Flacco recently became a very rich man, and much of the credit for his newfound wealth can be attributed to his agent Joe Linta. Linta spent a few months haggling out the details of Flacco’s new deal with the Baltimore Ravens earlier this offseason, but ran into some turmoil along the way. Now, looking back on how the deal went down, Linta isn’t holding back his thoughts...
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Report: JaMarcus Russell Has Lost 50 Pounds So Far in NFL Comeback Attempt

JaMarcus Russell hasn’t thrown a pass in the NFL since 2009, but the former No. 1 overall pick appears to be ready to make a return to the gridiron after reportedly shedding 50 pounds. Russell began his comeback attempt at 315 pounds, and there were reports recently that he had lost significant weight. But now the quarterback has slimmed down even more — to 265 pounds — according...
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Eric Dickerson Tweets ‘Justin Bieber Needs to Slow His Down’

Apparently Keyshawn Johnson isn’t the only former-NFL player who lives in Calabasas, Calif., that thinks Justin Bieber needs to cool it on the gas pedal. Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson sent out a tweet on Tuesday scolding Bieber for his reckless driving. This came after Johnson called the cops on Bieber for driving too fast, and even chasing him down in a Prius to confront...
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Tony Parker Says He Was Not Denied Service at Exclusive Memphis Restaurant

Tony Parker digs the finer things, so it made sense that he would try to get a table at the posh Restaurant Iris in Memphis during the Spurs’ stay. Apparently, Restaurant Iris is kind of a big deal, even though we assumed the most exclusive restaurant in Memphis would be a barbecue joint. Anyway, Iris is a nice place, and Parker allegedly tried to get in there on the eve of Game...
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Brittney Griner Dunks Twice in WNBA Debut With Phoenix Mercury (Video)

Before Monday night, there had only been five dunks in the history of the WNBA. After the Phoenix Mercury played the Chicago Sky, that total had been upped to seven, and by the time Brittney Griner‘s career is done that total figures to be much, much higher. The former Baylor standout made her WNBA debut on Monday, and after gaining fame during college for her ability to dunk,...
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Report: Maurice Jones-Drew Charged With Battery After Punching Security Guard in Face at Restaurant

Maurice Jones-Drew is known as a bruising running back on the field, despite his small stature. Apparently he’s bruiser off the field, as well. The Jaguars running back was charged with battery after punching a security guard at a restaurant on Sunday, according to TMZ. The punch left the security guard unconscious with contusions and a bone bruise. The altercation started when...
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LeBron James Has No Problem With Flopping as Way to ‘Get an Advantage’ (Video)

We have a new nominee for Least Surprising News of the Day. LeBron James is the best basketball player on Earth, and in no way should it take away from appreciating his greatness as an athlete to state plainly that he is also an all-world flopper. James has averaged at least eight free throws per game in eight of his 10 seasons as a pro, partly because he is so aggressive in attacking...
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Grizzlies Coach Lionel Hollins Shoves Jerryd Bayless After Benching Him for Defensive Mistake (Video)

Lionel Hollins is expected to be one of the hottest coaching free agents on the market this summer, when his contract with the Grizzlies is up. The Grizzlies’ overall impressive run to the Western Conference finals only gave him more leverage, and no other active coach with an expiring deal will be able to demand the salary and control Hollins will. (In case anybody wants to protest...
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May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Manu Ginobili Throws Pass Between Tayshaun Prince’s Legs in Spurs’ Win Over Grizzlies (Video)

Early in Saturday’s broadcast of Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, ESPN showed some stock footage of Manu Ginobili at the peak of his powers. The master flopper was nearly unstoppable at times back then, while helping the Spurs to three of the franchise’s four NBA championships. The long-locked version in the video was hardly recognizable compared to the current, aging...
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Report: Keyshawn Johnson Chased After Justin Bieber in Prius, Confronted Singer in Driveway

Keyshawn Johnson did more than just call the police about Justin Bieber‘s reckless driving, he chased the young singer down. Johnson was driving home from a party with his son on Sunday night when he saw Bieber fly by in a Ferrari in their Calabasas, Calif, gated community, according to TMZ. Johnson dropped his son off at his house and proceeded to chase Bieber down in a Prius...
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Brendan Rodgers Says Liverpool Quartet Will Gain Valuable Experience at U-21 European Championships

Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool will reap the benefits of having four players represent England at this summer’s U-21 European Championships. Jordan Henderson, Jonjo Shelvey, Andre Wisdom and Jack Robinson have been included in the Young Lions’ 23-man squad for the tournament, which takes place in Israel next month. England will kick off against Italy on June 5 and Rodgers...
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Josh Beckett Injury Just the Latest Sign Red Sox Got Better End of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford Deal With Dodgers

There’s a phrase for how the Red Sox should feel when they hear that Josh Beckett needs an MRI to deal with a lingering injury. It’s all gravy. Sure, Beckett’s injury complications further validate the front office synopsis that his time of usefulness for the Red Sox was over, just like hearing Carl Crawford whine in Los Angeles further validates how smart it was to trade him...
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Report: Bruins-Penguins Eastern Conference Finals Expected to Begin on Saturday

After a frantic four-month schedule that featured games jam-packed with back-to-backs and multiple stretches of three games in four days, the Bruins and Penguins now get to sit around and wait to start the Eastern Conference finals. Hopefully, for their cases,  they’re both patient. According to a couple of reports, the Bruins and Penguins will drop the puck on Game 1 in Pittsburgh...
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Peyton Manning Shot 77 at Augusta National, Hit Hole in One at Denver Course During Offseason

Peyton Manning nearly won the NFL MVP award last season, but apparently his feats don’t end on the football field. Manning enjoyed an eventful offseason away from the field, bouncing around the country and even the globe on something of a world tour. He spent some time visiting with U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf, threw passes from 30,000 feet in the air — on a military jet...
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Bayern Munich’s Champions League Victory Recreated With Lego Bricks (Video)

On Saturday, Germany’s Bayern Munich captured the Champions League in an epic final. Arjen Robben scored in the 89th minute, securing the trophy and European club bragging rights for Bayern in one of the greatest soccer matches you’ll soon see. So why not watch it again — in Legos? In the wake of Bayern’s victory, The Guardian decided it’d have some fun with the win, and...
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Report: John Abraham Wants to Play At Least 60 Percent of Defensive Snaps Next Season

If John Abraham doesn’t lower his contract and playing-time demands soon, he may not find a job before the start of the NFL season — which starts in 100 days, by the way. Abraham has told one team that he wants to play at least 60 percent of defensive snaps next season, according to The Denver Post. The defensive end played in 71.6% of defensive snaps for the Falcons last season...
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Julie Hermann Staying As Rutgers Athletic Director Despite Accusations of Player Abuse

Embroiled in yet another scandal involving a high-level employee in the athletics department, Rutgers University is not backing down. This time, the school is thoroughly behind its athletic director. Over the weekend, shortly after Rutgers announced Julie Hermann as the university’s new athletic director, information came out that Hermann had been accused in two separate incidents...
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May 28, 2013  |  Discuss
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