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Patriots-Vikings Live: Jamie Collins’ Absence Shakes Up Front Seven

9:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. CT: The New England Patriots’ 3-4 didn’t work last week, but it might this afternoon against the Minnesota Vikings. The Patriots ruled out linebacker Jamie Collins, defensive end Michael Buchanan and center Ryan Wendell late Saturday night, which will shake up their offensive and defensive rotations. If the Patriots elect to keep a 3-4 defensive alignment...
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September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Adrian Peterson Featured On Vikings’ Tickets For Game Against Patriots

Minnesota Vikings fans will be issued a harsh reminder of the awful week that was when they attend Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots at TCF Bank Stadium. Adrian Peterson, who was deactivated for Sunday’s game after being indicted on a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child on Friday, is featured on Minnesota’s tickets for the Week 2 matchup. Adrian Peterson...
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September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Matt Barnes Goes Through Big League Learning Experience

The Kansas City Royals decided enough was enough. The Royals, who dropped their first five games against the Boston Red Sox this season, enjoyed a convincing 7-1 win Saturday at Kauffman Stadium. The Red Sox were completely shut down by Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie en route to their 84th loss of 2014. There weren’t too many positives from a Red Sox standpoint. Boston looked primed...
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September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Steven Wright Putting Himself On Red Sox’s 2015 Map With 2014 Success

As the Boston Red Sox evaluate pitchers who could be part of their 2015 staff, one name consistently flies under the radar — at least from an outside perspective. Not anymore. Steven Wright has put himself on the map. Wright, who turned in another excellent relief performance Saturday in a 7-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium, quickly is becoming far more than...
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September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

BC Shuts Down USC Comeback En Route To 37-31 Upset Win Over Trojans

You could call it the Red Bandana Game. Boston College honored fallen 9/11 hero and BC alum Welles Crowther by wearing red bandana-themed uniforms during their game against USC on Saturday, and they were able to upset the Trojans 37-31. USC quarterback Cody Kessler completed 31 of 41 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns, but BC ran all over the Trojans’ defense. Jon Hilliman...
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September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Rubby De La Rosa On Loss To Royals: ‘It Was Just A Bad Night’ (Video)

Rubby De La Rosa struggled in the Boston Red Sox’s 7-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. The 25-year-old right-hander let up five runs on six hits over just four innings of work during the contest. He has had trouble in his last four starts, seeing his ERA jump from 3.21 to 4.31 in that span. Check out what De La Rosa had to say about his Saturday night struggles...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

2014-15 Winnipeg Jets Preview: Jacob Trouba, Mark Scheifele Provide Optimism

The 2013-14 NHL season was the first for the Winnipeg Jets as members of the Western Conference, and it didn’t go very well with an 11th place finish. The Jets moved back to Winnipeg for the 2011-12 season after relocating from Atlanta and haven’t made the playoffs over the last three seasons. Fan support remains strong, but the team has to show some progress sooner or later...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Shaq Thompson Thriving In Football After Rough Stint In Red Sox System

Shaq Thompson had one of the worst minor league baseball careers imaginable after being drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 18th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft. Now, Thompson is a standout football player at the University of Washington. Thompson, drafted by Boston as an outfielder, played 13 games with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox in 2012. He went 0-for-39 with...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN Report Suggests Ray Rice Received Preferential Treatment From Prosecutor

Ray Rice’s prosecutor, James P. McClain, stated he did not show leniency by letting Rice off the hook with a pretrial intervention program for striking his wife, but reports suggest otherwise. According to ESPN, there were 15,130 domestic violence cases in the New Jersey court system throughout 2013, and 3,508 of those involved assault. Just 30 of those cases ended with pretrial...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Rusney Castillo Shines As Pawtucket Red Sox Seize Governors’ Cup Title

The Pawtucket Red Sox are one step closer to building a dynasty. The PawSox won their second International League championship in three years Saturday by defeating the Durham Bulls 4-1 in Game 5 of the teams’ Governors’ Cup finals series. The title further shows the strength of the Boston Red Sox’s farm system despite a difficult season for the major league club. Rusney Castillo...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Revs Down Impact 2-1 With Back-To-Back Goals From Kelyn Rowe, Lee Nguyen

FOXBORO, Mass. — Kelyn Rowe and Lee Nguyen scored back-to-back in a 2-minute span to help the New England Revolution rally for a 2-1 over the Montreal Impact on Saturday night. Nguyen scored the second goal on a short chip shot in the 25th minute to give the Revolution (13-12-3) the lead for good. Charlie Davies flicked a header forward off Jermaine Jones’ chip to set up Nguyen’s...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Vanderbilt Player Hugs UMass Kicker After Missed Game-Tying Field Goal (Video)

UMass kicker Blake Lucas needed a hug after missing an opportunity to tie up the game against Vanderbilt and send it into overtime. He received one, but it probably wasn’t exactly what he was looking for. Vanderbilt defensive lineman Adam Butler gave Lucas a celebratory bear hug after he missed his 22-yard chance wide left to give Vandy a 34-31 victory. The Minutemen were up...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Jamie Collins (Thigh) Among Patriots Downgraded To Out Against Vikings

The New England Patriots will have to try to beat the Minnesota Vikings without their most athletic linebacker. Jamie Collins has been downgraded to out with a thigh injury, the Patriots announced. Collins originally was listed on th e Patriots’ injury report as questionable. The Patriots also downgraded defensive end Michael Buchanan (ankle) and center Ryan Wendell (knee) to out...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Ray Rice Makes First Public Appearance Since NFL Suspension (Photos)

Ray Rice hasn’t been out and about since being suspended indefinitely from the NFL following the release of video of the former Baltimore Ravens running back punching his then-fiancée in an Atlantic City, N.J., elevator. But he and his wife made their first public appearance Saturday in New Rochelle, N.Y., to watch Rice’s former high school football team play. Ray Rice with...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

East Carolina Fails Miserably On Punt Return Against Virginia Tech (GIF)

The East Carolina Pirates are probably going to work on downing punts this week during practice. After Virginia Tech’s punter drilled a beautiful punt Saturday, which bounced near the goal line and could’ve been downed inside the five yard line, five Pirates tried to field the ball, but none of them were able to execute the routine operation. First, two players went for a jump...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Edward Mujica Effective In Closer Role Amid Koji Uehara’s Struggles (Video)

It is unclear who will be the closing pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in the future. Koji Uehara has been struggling of late, and Edward Mujica — who’s signed through 2015 — has been effective in his place. And as The Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham pointed out, Uehara isn’t a lock to return to Boston when he becomes a free agent at the conclusion of the season. Check out...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Women’s Advocacy Group To Fly ‘Goodell Must Go’ Banners Over NFL Stadiums

The sky could steal some attention from the action on the field during Sunday and Monday’s NFL games. Women’s advocacy group UltraViolet plans to fly planes over four NFL stadiums with banners that read, “@UltraViolet: #GoodellMustGo.” The planes are scheduled to fly for two hours above the stadiums prior to the no-fly security restrictions that begin one hour before...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Liverpool-Aston Villa Verdict: Reds Fall Flat Before Champions League Return

It went wrong for Liverpool when it faced Aston Villa on Saturday at Anfield. The Reds lost 1-0 to Aston Villa in their first Premier League game following the international break and last one before they make a long-awaited return to the UEFA Champions League. It didn’t all go wrong, just the most important parts, as far as Liverpool is concerned: the beginning of the game and...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

John Farrell Wants To ‘Minimize Back And Forth’ With Mookie Betts (Video)

John Farrell didn’t want to move Mookie Betts from the outfield, but with second baseman Dustin Pedroia shut down for the season and utility man Brock Holt out with a concussion, the Boston Red Sox manager had no choice. The 21-year-old Betts, who is a second baseman by trade, will get his first major league start at his old position against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday....
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Rusney Castillo Expected To Join Boston Red Sox Tuesday In Pittsburgh

The Rusney Castillo era will begin in the Steel City. Castillo is expected to join the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday before their three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park, according to manager John Farrell. The Cuban outfielder has been playing in the minors — most recently with Triple-A Pawtucket — since signing a seven-year, $72.5 million contract last month...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox-Royals Live: Boston Looks To Continue Dominance Of Kansas City

The Boston Red Sox haven’t had much to smile about in 2014. But at least they’ve owned the Kansas City Royals. The Red Sox have won all five of their games against the Royals this season, including the first two games of the current four-game series. Clay Buchholz turned in another solid performance in Thursday’s series opener and Allen Webster followed with an encouraging...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Bryce Brentz’s Perfect Throw Saves Pawtucket Red Sox’s Season (Video)

While Boston Red Sox farmhand Bryce Brentz has had a rocky 2014 season, the 25-year-old outfielder wasn’t prepared to let his Triple-A teammates down Friday. Brentz saved the Pawtucket Red Sox’s season by delivering an exceptional throw to home plate in the 10th inning of the PawSox’s 4-2, 13-inning win over the Durham Bulls in Game 4 of the teams’ Governors’ Cup finals...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers Goalie Jacob DeSerres Stops David Pastrnak Penalty Shot (Video)

The Boston Bruins were shut out 2-0 in the first game of their rookie camp tournament against the Florida Panthers on Saturday afternoon. B’s forward prospect David Pastrnak, who played center on the first line, earned a penalty shot in the third period. His shot beat Florida Panthers goaltender prospect Jacob DeSerres glove side, but the puck hit the post and bounced to the right...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Fans Blame Carlos Beltran For Season In Strange Poll (Photo)

There are many reasons why the New York Yankees are all but counted out of postseason contention for the second straight year. There are the injuries that have left them without a viable starting rotation. There’s the fact that their shallow farm system can’t make up for those injuries. There’s the fact that they refuse to believe that at 40 years old, shortstop Derek Jeter...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Aston Villa’s Tom Cleverley Sings Last Song In Debutantes’ Ball At Anfield

There were a host of new faces in new places when Liverpool played Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday. Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli played his first home game for his new team, Lazar Markovic started a game for the first time in his Reds career, and Adam Lallana made his long-awaited debut. On the other side, Aston Villa midfielder Tom Cleverley made his first appearance for...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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