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Patriots Sign Former Dolphins Linebacker, Rutgers Product Jonathan Freeny

The New England Patriots continue to fill out the back end of their roster in the early stages of free agency. The Patriots signed former Miami Dolphins linebacker Jonathan Freeny, according to the NFL’s transaction wire. Freeny went undrafted out of Rutgers in 2011 and has mostly played special teams with the Dolphins. He wasn’t tendered as a restricted free agent by the Dolphins...
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Eye-Popping Copenhagen Derby Film Shows Danish Soccer In New Light (Video)

Never before has Denmark’s Superliga (first division) looked so enticing. Danish club FC Copenhagen produced a stirring short film for its March 9 win over city rivals Brondby. The film (this is no mere video) gives a field-level view of the build-up to and key moments from the game. The HD cameras and artistic touches give an unforgettable glimpse into one of the biggest contests...
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Eveland focused on job, not on wearing Lester’s old number

By Ricky Doyle The Red Sox have a new No. 31. He’s a lefty. And he’s also 31-years-old. It’s reliever Dana Eveland, who signed a minor league contract with Boston over the offseason. But don’t get any crazy ideas. Eveland isn’t looking to replace Jon Lester, who became a franchise cornerstone while wearing No. 31 for eight seasons with the Red Sox. Eveland is just trying...
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Larry Bird’s Record-Setting 60-Point Game Turns 30 Years Old (Video)

Thirty years ago Thursday, Larry Bird turned in the the greatest scoring performance the Boston Celtics have ever seen. Bird poured in 60 points on 22-of-36 shooting in a win over the Dominique Wilkins-led Atlanta Hawks on March 12, 1985, breaking Kevin McHale’s franchise record of 56 set just nine days earlier and setting a new mark that still stands to this day. And really...
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Red Sox’s Garin Cecchini Embracing Pablo Sandoval Signing, Unclear Role

This embed is invalid" /> There’s a Panda blocking Garin Cecchini’s path to the majors. Cecchini is on the cusp of being major league-ready both offensively and defensively, yet the 23-year-old’s future with the Red Sox remains unclear in the wake of Boston signing fellow third baseman Pablo Sandoval to a five-year, $95 million contract over...
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Oklahoma Football Team Condemns Racist Fraternity Video

NORMAN, Okla. — The Oklahoma football team is taking a stand. In a statement players released nearly simultaneously on their social media accounts Thursday, they called for the expulsion of leaders of a fraternity tied to a racist video that has rocked the campus. The team, which is predominantly black, also said it would take a leadership role on the...
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Berkshire Bank Faceoff: Projected Lines, Pairings For Bruins-Lightning

BOSTON — The Tampa Bay Lightning are one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, but they have been hit with some adversity after losing multiple players to injury in Tuesday night’s win over the Montreal Canadiens. Tampa Bay will need some of its depth players to take on a larger role with three regulars (forwards Cedric Paquette and Ondrej Palat, and defenseman Braydon...
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Report: Ex-Cowboy DeMarco Murray To Join Eagles On Five-Year Contract

DeMarco Murray got the money he wanted from his former team’s biggest rival. Two people familiar with the deal said All-Pro running back DeMarco Murray agreed Thursday to a five-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. Both sources spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Murray hadn’t officially signed the contract. Wearing...
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Report: Patriots Show Interest In Trading For Eagles Guard Evan Mathis

The New England Patriots could fill a major need via trade. The Patriots have shown interest in trading for Philadelphia Eagles left guard Evan Mathis, a source told the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe on Thursday. The Eagles are “working to trade” Mathis, a source told NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Mathis was named to the 2013 and 2014 Pro Bowls, and he was a first-team All-Pro in...
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Celtics Practice Notes: C’s Take It Easy Amid Taxing Late-Season Schedule

WALTHAM, Mass. — With 18 games scheduled in the month of March, free time — and practice time — is at a premium for the Boston Celtics. The C’s have not had consecutive days without a game since the All-Star break, and they won’t again until after their matchup with the Toronto Raptors on April 4. That span also features 14 road games and six back-to-backs, making trips the...
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Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher Pick Teams For All-Star Charity Game (Video)

Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher were Liverpool teammates for 15 years but they will be on opposite sides of the halfway line later this month at Anfield for a good cause. Gerrard and Carragher picked teams for the March 29 All-Star game for charity at Anfield on Thursday, according to LiverpoolFC.com. Gerrard and Carragher will captain and manage the teams, which will include...
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Johnny Boychuk signs 7-year, $42M extension with Islanders

By Nicholas Goss Johnny Boychuk has been an excellent defenseman for the New York Islanders this season, and on Thursday, the team announced it had signed the 31-year-old veteran to a huge extension. Arthur Staple of Newsday reported that the deal is for $42 million over seven years, which will make Boychuk the Islanders’ highest-paid player next season. It also includes a...
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Paul Pierce Beats Wizards Teammates In Bowling At White House

Paul Pierce made his mark on a different kind of hardwood this week. Those who have followed Pierce throughout the years know that in addition to being one of the better NBA players of his generation, he’s also quite the bowling aficionado. Pierce last year built a bowling alley in his house, and he joined his Washington Wizards teammates Wednesday for a few frames at a little...
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Will Ferrell MLB Live Blog: Actor Starts Eventful Day By Suiting Up For A’s

3:06 p.m.:  Play some SS, wear green and gold; it should be a nice little Thursday. atmlb.com/19eFq8i #FerrellTakesTheField http://t.co/g2iKN1zmPf— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) March 12, 2015 3:05 p.m.:  #FerrellTakesTheField with @Coco_Crisp for some outfield work. http://t.co/JSzlEYGftD— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) March 12, 2015 3:04 p.m.:  You're my boy, Campy...
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Saints sign Brandon Browner to three-year deal

By NESN Staff Brandon Browner wasn’t a free agent for long. The former New England Patriots cornerback signed a three-year deal with the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Saints signing former Patriots CB Brandon Browner to a 3-year deal, per source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2015 The team has since announced the deal...
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John Terry Backs Chelsea’s Referee-Swarming As ‘Part Of The Game’

John Terry’s nature is to defend anything Chelsea does. Terry backed his and his teammates’ actions in Wednesday’s contentious draw against Paris Saint-Germain, which eliminated Chelsea from the UEFA Champions League in the round of 16. Terry told Sky Sports Chelsea surrounded and tried to influence referee Bjorn Kuipers only in response to similar...
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Bruins Draft Pick, Denver Forward Danton Heinen Named To NCHC All-Rookie Team

Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak isn’t the only player from the team’s 2014 draft class who has impressed this season. University of Denver forward Danton Heinen — Boston’s fourth-round pick (116th overall) in the 2014 NHL draft — was a unanimous selection to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference all-rookie team. The NCHC announced the selections Wednesday. Heinen...
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Celtics’ Sky-High Confidence Starts At Top With Coach Brad Stevens

WALTHAM, Mass. — This wasn’t the Brad Stevens we’re used to seeing. The officials had just blown a shot-clock violation call with six minutes remaining in a tie game, and there was Stevens, screaming and gesticulating in the direction of referee Courtney Kirkland from his post on the Celtics’ bench. This reaction wouldn’t be too far out of character for most NBA coaches...
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Jon Cooper on Brett Connolly: ‘He’s Becoming A Bonafide NHL Player’

BOSTON — The Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning will play at TD Garden on Thursday night without their top acquisitions from the NHL trade deadline. The Lightning are without top-four defenseman Braydon Coburn, who has a lower body injury. He was acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers for a 2015 first-round pick, a 2015 third-round pick and defenseman Radko Gudas. The Bruins also don’t...
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Johny Hendricks Has Some Fun With Fans At UFC 185 Open Workouts (Video)

An estimated 200 fans crammed into the Carpenter Ballroom at Dallas’ Hilton Anatole Hotel on Wednesday for an up-close look at five of the featured fighters set to compete at UFC 185, all of whom showed off their skills during open workouts. Anthony Pettis, Rafael dos Anjos, Johny Hendricks, Carla Esparza and Joanna Jedrzejczyk took turns stretching and demonstrating their abilities...
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Rusney Castillo’s Opening Day Status With Red Sox Unclear Due To Injury

The Boston Red Sox’s crowded outfield situation might sort out itself. Rusney Castillo, who suffered an oblique injury during the Red Sox’s exhibition game against Boston College on March 3, has yet to play in Grapefruit League action. There’s no indication Castillo won’t be ready for Opening Day, but there’s also no timetable for when he’ll return to game action. “We’ve...
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Chelsea Acted Like ‘Babies’ In PSG’s Win (Video)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic wasn’t in a word-mincing mood following his controversial dismissal in Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League win over Chelsea on Wednesday. Ibrahimovic’s 31st-minute dismissal was one of many flashpoints in the contentious and dramatic Chelsea-PSG game. The Swede was a spectator for the final 90 (of 120) minutes, but he commanded center stage for a moment...
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Prior To Steven Stamkos, Who Was The Last Player To Score 60 Goals?

Steven Stamkos’ ability to put the puck in the net could be second to none in today’s NHL. Stamkos is once again back among the NHL’s leader in goals this season, as he and the Tampa Bay Lightning come to Boston on Thursday night for a big matchup with the Bruins. Stamkos enters the tilt with 36 goals, good for third in the league. All in all, it’s a pretty remarkable comeback...
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Mookie Betts Leaving No Doubt He’s Ready For Next Step With Red Sox

Mookie Betts earned a spot at Double-A last spring, moved up to Triple-A after a hot start and eventually landed in the majors, where he continued to assert himself as a future star. So, what’s next for the 22-year-old? Well, the Boston Red Sox can start by anointing him as their starting center fielder and leadoff hitter to begin the season. Then, the possibilities are endless...
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Isaiah Thomas Still In Serious Pain After Fall, Likely Out Until Monday

WALTHAM, Mass. — While the Celtics were pulling off their upset of the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, Isaiah Thomas was sitting in a hotel room. Actually, maybe sitting isn’t the best word. The point guard has been dealing with severe pain and swelling in his lower back stemming from a hard fall he took Monday night in Miami. The injury prevented Thomas from even attending...
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