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Curtis Granderson Leaves Game After Being Hit by Pitch, Diagnosed With Broken Knuckle

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Yankees right fielder Curtis Granderson was hit on the left hand by a pitch, which X-rays showed a broken knuckle on his pinkie finger. Granderson was hit by Cesar Ramos‘ pitch in the fifth inning of Friday night’s game against Tampa Bay and at first stayed in the game. He later scored, but was replaced defensively by Ichiro Suzuki in the bottom of the...
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May 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Notre Dame Paid Former Coach Charlie Weis More in 2011 Than Current Irish Coach Brian Kelly

With the ever-rising salaries college football coaches are pulling in these days, it isn’t particularly surprising that Notre Dame paid head coach Charlie Weis more than $2 million dollars in 2011. The only problem is that Weis wasn’t coaching the Fighting Irish in 2011 — Brian Kelly was. After leading the Irish to the 2006 Fiesta Bowl in his second season in South Bend, Weis...
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May 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Doc Rivers’ Future With the Celtics ‘Has Still Not Been Decided’

Danny Ainge stated publicly last week that, to the best of his knowledge, head coach Doc Rivers will be back behind the Celtics bench next season. Rivers has yet to confirm this, though, and a Boston Herald report indicates that the coach may still be weighing his options. The Herald’s Steve Bulpett cites a source close to the situation claiming that there is still a possibility...
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May 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Bruins Recall Goalie Niklas Svedberg From Providence

The Bruins have added a little insurance between the pipes, recalling Swedish goaltender Niklas Svedberg from the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Providence. Svedberg compiled a 37-8-2 record in his first season with the P-Bruins, ranking fifth in the AHL in goals against average (2.17) and third in save percentage (.925). The 23-year-old started in net for the Eastern...
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May 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Terry Francona Wrestles With Old Friend Don Orsillo in Dugout Before Friday’s Game (Video)

Terry Francona made his return to Fenway Park as manager of the Indians on Thursday, but he didn’t run into Don Orsillo until the next day. When he caught a glimpse Orsillo before Friday’s rain-delayed contest at Fenway, the former Red Sox skipper responded by grabbing the NESN play-by-play man by his tie and wrestling him into the visitors’ dugout. NESN’s own Jenny Dell...
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Will Middlebrooks’ Injury Opens Door for Jose Iglesias to Show Off His Major League Value

BOSTON — It’s your move (again), Jose Iglesias. The Red Sox recalled Iglesias on Friday amid a flurry of roster moves, which included third baseman Will Middlebrooks going on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain. Suddenly, Iglesias — a player whose future is as unclear as anyone in the Red Sox system — has another chance to prove he belongs at the major league...
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May 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Pedro Ciriaco May Be Option in Outfield As Red Sox Deal With Recent Injuries (Video)

The Red Sox’ choice to call up infielder Jose Iglesias and pitcher Alfredo Aceves from Triple-A after placing Will Middlebrooks and Shane Victorino on the disabled list leaves the team with just one reserve outfielder on the active roster. As The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo mentioned during Red Sox GameDay LIVE prior to Friday night’s game, Boston’s desire to work utility...
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May 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Tony Allen Fined $5,000 for Flopping After Being Fouled by Manu Ginobili (Video)

After being tossed to the court by Manu Ginobili on Tuesday, Tony Allen tried to push his luck with the officials — and his bit of acting will make his wallet a little lighter. The Grizzlies guard was fined $5,000 by the NBA on Friday for violating the league’s anti-flopping policy. Though he was clearly fouled by Ginobili on a fast break late in the fourth quarter of Memphis’...
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May 24, 2013  |  Discuss

John Farrell Confident About Jose Iglesias at Third Base After Infielder’s ‘Limited Look’ at Hot Corner (Video)

It has been less than a week since Jose Iglesias began taking reps at third base in Pawtucket, but Red Sox manager John Farrell trusts the young infielder’s instincts enough to pencil him at the position Friday night. Iglesias impressed at shortstop during his six-game stint with the big league club back in April but has never seen action at the hot corner in the majors. “Talking...
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Ryan Dempster’s ‘Terrible’ Command Proving Costly, But Veteran’s Issues Certainly Correctable

BOSTON — Ryan Dempster, who is typically a clubhouse prankster known as much for his personality as his lengthy big league career, was a man of few words following Thursday’s blowout loss to the Indians. It’s likely because Dempster’s recent struggles can be summarized quite easily. “Well, my command’s been terrible,” Dempster said. He’s right. Dempster, who owned...
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NBA Player Kendall Marshall Sees Horse at Strip Mall, Finds That Strange (Animation)

There are a few things you expect to see while driving around on a quiet afternoon. Joggers, cyclists and dog-walkers are your normal, everyday pedestrians. Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man is all too rare, but he never fails to brighten up the day. Dead deer, possums and groundhogs are pretty much par for the course. One thing you don’t expect — or that Suns guard...
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Jose Iglesias, Alfredo Aceves Return to Red Sox, Will Middlebrooks, Shane Victorino Placed on Disabled List

Jose Iglesias has been clamoring for another shot at the majors since he was sent to Pawtucket in early April. Now, he’ll have his chance. With Will Middlebrooks being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a back strain, Iglesias will start at third base when the Red Sox host the Cleveland Indians on Friday night. It will be the 23-year-old’s first appearance with the big league...
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Sacramento Kings Fans Find Team Saved, Show Up on Droves to Celebrate (Photos)

Sacramento fans came out of the woodwork to protest when it was believed their lone professional sports team, the NBA’s Kings, were close to relocating to Seattle. The effort, nicknamed “Here We Stay,” mobilized Sacramentans to show their support and remind the world how they got their reputation as one of the most rabid fan bases in sports. Even though the threat of relocation...
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May 24, 2013  |  Discuss

John Lackey’s Early Season Resurgence Due to Veteran’s Ability to Get Ahead of Hitters

Admit it. You were skeptical John Lackey would ever be a viable big league pitcher again. When he injured his biceps earlier this month, you thought he was done. To be fair, there were lots of reasons for Red Sox Nation to be skeptical of Lackey entering 2013. Even before missing all of the 2012 season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, Lackey had been a shell of his former self...
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Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen Land on Forbes List of Most Powerful Couples (Photos)

It’s probably not news to anyone, but the football star-model combination has again procured a high-ranking spot on a power couple list. Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are on Forbes’ “World’s Most Powerful Couples” list for 2013, and they’re in good company. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are just a few of the other big names...
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Dwyane Wade Has Entire Refrigerator Stocked With Bright, Shiny Gatorade in House (Photo)

Um, that’s a serious endorsement. Dwyane Wade has a deal with Gatorade, and apparently that deal includes massive amounts of Gatorade. How massive? Well, so massive that he has a refrigerator stocked with all flavors of the drink — hundreds of bottles’ worth — in his house. Wade is also, by his account, giving away a lot of that Gatorade to his children, which would be a...
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Brooklyn Nets Open Fan Shop on Boardwalk at Coney Island, Just in Time for Summer (Photos)

The Brooklyn Nets insist on doing things differently. They believe it is part of their charm as the borough’s only dedicated pro sports team, from their stark black-and-white uniforms to their new-retro arena. Now they are taking their brand from Atlantic Yards to the boardwalk. The Nets opened a boutique fan shop on the boardwalk in Coney Island on Thursday, putting their Jay...
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May 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Tiger Woods Dumps Kentucky Fried Chicken on Sergio Garcia in Taiwanese Animation That Looks at Belly Putter Ban (Video)

Golf is moving toward banning the belly putter in a few years, so a tutorial from the folks who make the Taiwanese animation videos was in order. And since the video was about golf in any way, it only made sense to loop in the Tiger Woods-Sergio Garcia fiasco. And to include fried chicken. And to include Woods dumping fried chicken onto Garcia’s head. Random? Maybe not. Decide...
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May 24, 2013  |  Discuss

John Tortorella Rips Media, Tells Reporters Not to ‘Put Words in My Mouth’ About Sitting Brad Richards (Video)

Maybe Rangers coach John Tortorella is right. Maybe he didn’t sit forward Brad Richards — who signed a nine-year, $60 million deal before last season — to make a statement going into Game 4 of New York’s second-round series with the Bruins. Maybe he made Richards a healthy scratch just so he could get someone to ask him about it at the after-game news conference, and then...
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Penn State Coach Bill O’Brien Visited With Patriots Staff at OTAs on Thursday

The Patriots held their third day of organized team activities on Thursday, and it seems an old friend was in attendance. Former Patriots offensive coordinator and current Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien was at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, at least according to one of his former players and rookie cornerback Stephon Morris. Great seeing coach O'brien at practice today....
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Tyrann Mathieu Can Be Drug Tested 10 Times Per Month According to NFL Policy

While Tyrann Mathieu hopes to play a big role in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals, it seems his Honey Badger past at LSU refuses to go away completely. Earlier this month, Mathieu asked that people stop calling him by his college nickname, specifically citing the “dark time” during which it was acquired. A couple weeks later, the defensive back officially inked his deal with...
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Report: Masai Ujiri Prepared to Leave Denver for Raptors Unless Nuggets Offer NBA’s Top Executive ‘Market Value’ Salary

For all his deft maneuvering as an executive, Denver’s Masai Ujiri is one of the lowest-paid general managers in the NBA. This year’s winner of the executive of the year award reportedly makes less than $1 million, a laughably low salary in an industry in which his “employees” can make 20 times that figure. With Toronto’s new CEO, Tim Leiweke, acting aggressively to change...
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Report: Patriots Agree to Deal With Fourth-Round Wide Receiver Josh Boyce

The Patriots appear to have signed the fifth member of their 2013 draft class. The team agreed to a deal with rookie wide receiver Josh Boyce on Friday, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. The contract is reportedly for four years and worth up to $2.6 million with a $477,000 signing  bonus. Boyce was the Patriots fourth-round pick in this year’s draft and the second...
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May 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Can You Beat NESN.com’s Fantasy Baseball Team in Draftstreet.com’s Free $300 Fantasy Challenge?

In case you missed it, Draftstreet.com is offering NESN.com visitors the exclusive chance to participate in a one-week fantasy baseball challenge with a prize pool of $250 this week. Sign up by clicking here, and see if you can beat NESN.com’s own team. NESN.com’s team is below (one player for each “tier”). Tier 1: Kris Medlen Tier 2: Tommy Milone Tier 3: Mike Trout Tier...
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May 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Fan Steals Rosin Bag, Eludes Police After Running Onto Field at Kauffman Stadium (Video)

Don’t try this at home, folks, unless you’re OK with spending a night in a stadium jail. Throughout the years, there have been many an idiot sports fan who wants to make going to a live event all about them. These are the people who think they’re amusing, but are really just making tens of thousands of people wait for them and their stupid antics. So, without necessarily condoning...
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May 24, 2013  |  Discuss
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