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Patriots Probably Won’t Rest Regulars Sunday With Chance to Be No. 1 Playoff Seed (Video)

Who remembers the last week of the 2009 season? In a matchup against the Texans in Houston, Wes Welker tore his MCL and ACL on a non-contact play, missing the playoffs that season. That’s the kind of injury the Patriots will have to consider going into a Week 17 game against the Dolphins. Though New England is assured of a playoff spot, they could still earn a Round 1 bye or a...
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December 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Ryan Dempster, David Ross Could Be Red Sox’ Best Presents This Holiday Season (Video)

While we all know that, first and foremost, the holiday season is about personal reflection and goodwill towards others, presents are certainly nice, too. With that in mind, Red Sox insiders Nick Cafardo and Rob Bradford took to debating who the best present the Red Sox have bought themselves this offseason is. Cafardo is making the bold choice and going with David Ross, comparing...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Joey Porter Nearly Spent Christmas in Jail After Arrest for Cutting Bad Check in Las Vegas

During his playing days, Joey Porter was known as one of the NFL’s fiercest linebackers, going to the Pro Bowl four times and winning Super Bowl XL with the Steelers in 2006. The last he was heard from was with Arizona in the 2011 season, signing a one-day contract to retire as a Steeler back in July. However, though it’s not uncommon for NFL players to get themselves in financial...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

DeMarcus Cousis Reinstated From ‘Indefinite’ Suspension After One-Game Absence

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings have reinstated center DeMarcus Cousins after a one-game suspension for “unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team.” Cousins practiced with the Kings on Monday. Cousins and Kings coach Keith Smart exchanged words in the locker room during halftime of Sacramento’s loss at the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night....
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Vote: Which Boston Athlete Would Look Best in a Santa Suit?

In the spirit of the holiday season, today’s NESN Daily poll goes a little off from the world of strictly sports. Being that it’s Christmas Eve and Santa Claus is preparing to make his yearly journey to deliver toys to boys and girls, we thought it’d be appropriate to ponder on which Boston-area athlete might make the best imitator. You’re not soon to see any of these four...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Bill Belichick Peeking Ahead Toward Playoffs Possibilities, While Patriots Players Keep Focus on Dolphins

Nothing is certain about the Patriots’ playoff scenarios. There are so many moving parts to keep track of, that it’s difficult for Bill Belichick or anyone down at Gillette Stadium to know who, or even when, they’ll be playing next. That uncertainly shouldn’t impact the players, though, as their sole responsibility is the visiting Miami Dolphins this weekend. Belichick...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Daniele De Rossi’s Road to American Soccer Could Be Paved By Michael Bradley

There’s a strange symmetry to Danele De Rossi’s apparent desire to play soccer in the United States. The Italian soccer star stated his interest in coming to America last week, but he may not act on it for at least a few years, according to the New York Times. “I’m sure my future will be a good experience no matter where I play,” he said. “I hope someday maybe in the...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Blake Griffin Creepily Tells Younger Self to Stop Playing Racing Video Games in New Kia Commercial (Video)

Blake Griffin has a lot of advice for the youth of the late 20th century. He has advised his younger self to work on his free throws, probably anticipating that he will need those skills in the knockdown, drag-out style of play in the NBA during that decade. He has instructed lil’ Blake to stop wearing jean shorts, as if wearing plaid shorts in 1995 wouldn’t have gotten him beat...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Is The North Star’s Joey Chestnut Sampler or CBS Scene’s Pastrami Burger the Better Sports Bar Dish?

In the final matchup of the Boston’s Best Sports Bar Dish contest, CBS Scene’s Pastrami Burger takes on The North Star’s Joey Chestnut Sampler. If you can’t head out to taste the dish yourself, check out each video and vote below. The North Star: CBS Scene: Take Our Poll
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

DeAndre Jordan Getting Left Behind Due to Free Throw Shooting While Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers Surge

As a watcher and lover of basketball, I despise few things more than the hack-a-whoever strategy. It bogs down play, it makes a potentially thrilling game a monotonous shuffle to the free throw line and it does not even work most of the time. Yet when the alternative is letting a healthy Dwight Howard completely dominate your post defenders or allowing two-time NBA Most Valuable...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Greg McElroy No Better Off Than Mark Sanchez If Jets’ Offensive Line Can’t Keep Him Standing

Much has been made about the Jets’ quarterback carousel over the past few weeks, but no amount of change under center will matter unless something changes along that offensive line. Rex Ryan finally made the move away from Mark Sanchez last week, after a five-turnover debacle all but ended his stay in New York. The Jets decided to instead go with second-year quarterback Greg McElroy...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Real Sociedad Wears Fans’ Names on Front of Jerseys Instead of Sponsor Logo (Photo)

Who needs a seven-figure sponsorship deal when you have the backing of a loyal fan base? Spanish soccer team Real Sociedad put the question to the test last week when it wore fans’ names on the front of its jerseys instead of a sponsor’s logo. The move was part of an initiative called “We Carry You on Our Shirts.” Real Sociedad selected 22 names from its 25,000-member...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Jeremy Lin Heckled by Tracy Morgan in Return to Madison Square Garden With Rockets

A week ago, Jeremy Lin made his return to Madison Square Garden to play the Knicks after signing with the Houston Rockets, and his reception was less than friendly. Comedian and former Saturday Night Live star Tracy Morgan “relentlessly heckled” Lin, according to the New York Post. Morgan may want to work on his heckling skills though, because one of his insults was, “Hey,...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Jets Want to Strip Mike Tannenbaum’s Personnel Power, But Keep Him On to Manage Cap

Sometimes, as a professional sports franchise, it’s important to be progressive. And sometimes it’s just a terrible idea. We’ll chalk this one up to the latter. The Jets are considering stripping Mike Tannenbaum‘s role in personnel decisions, while still trying to keep him on to manage the salary cap, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. New York has already started...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Derek Lowe Not Ready to Retire, Still Hopes to Crack a Team’s Rotation

Derek Lowe will turn 40 this season, but he’s hardly ready to call it a career. Lowe recently told The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo that he intends to pitch in 2013, although all five teams that he’s heard from this offseason would like to use the right-hander as a swingman. That’s a role that Lowe isn’t exactly looking forward to. “I’ve heard the same thing from everyone...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Nick Foles Suffered Broken Hand Sunday Against Redskins, Michael Vick Will Start Week 17 Against Giants

The Eagles’ Week 17 matchup against the Giants may be Michael Vick‘s last game in an Eagles uniform, and he’ll likely be starting. Philadelphia’s starting quarterback, Nick Foles, suffered a broken hand during the first half of the Eagles’ 27-20 loss to the Redskins on Sunday. Andy Reid announced Foles would not play in Week 17. “Nick will obviously not play,” Reid...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Celtics Sign Shot-Blocking Big Man Jarvis Varnado From NBADL (Video)

The last time the Celtics signed a shot-blocking force from the NBA Development League, he turned out to be a big part of their frontcourt rotation. Jarvis Varnado is no Greg Stiemsma, but it made sense when the Celtics announced Monday that they had signed the 6-foot-9 forward, who played most recently with the Sioux Falls SkyForce in the D-League. Varnado, 24, was a second-round...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Tom Brady Doesn’t Care Who Patriots Play in Playoffs, Focused on Fixing ‘Self-Inflicted Errors’

Tom Brady wasn’t too pleased with the Patriots’ performance after Sunday’s 23-16 win in Jacksonville, and that discontent doesn’t seem to be dissipating. Brady, during his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan Morning Show, spoke at length about unnecessary mistakes that have cost the Patriots over the past two weeks. “I think just the self-inflicted errors...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Celtics’ Must Find Right Lineup Mix Before They Can Address Team-Wide Inconsistency

Danny Ainge made a series of moves during the offseason that were interpreted as efforts to fortify the Celtics’ bench. Despite the Celtics’ struggles overall, it would appear that mission, at least, was successful. The Celtics’ bench scoring is up almost 40 percent over last season, when only the Lakers got fewer points from their reserves. At 13-13, the Celtics are only one...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Brendan Rodgers Admires Steven Gerrards ‘Hunger to Succeed,’ Wants Liverpool Captain to Extend His Contract

Brendan Rodgers praised Steven Gerrard’s hunger to mark his Liverpool era a successful one — and revealed he sees the captain continuing to star for his side for years to come. The manager has been delighted with the 32-year-old’s desire to succeed since arriving at the club in the summer and admits he’s keen to extend Gerrard’s current Reds contract. “I don’t think...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Jason Terry Will Not Stop Shooting As Team Sticks With Sharpshooter Through Good Performances and Bad

Jason Terry knows he can’t hit ‘em all, although he is always shocked, any time he puts up a shot, if it does not go in. He also knows he can’t miss them all, either, no matter how much he tested that theory on Friday. “After maybe the third shot, I was like, what’s going on out here?” Terry said following his 1-for-15 shooting performance the loss to the Bucks. “Then...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Richard Sherman Wanted Seahawks to Score 50 Points Against His Old Stanford Head Coach, Jim Harbaugh

After two weeks of being accused of running up the score on opponents, it might have come as a shock to some that Pete Carroll and the Seahawks didn’t want to post another 50 spot against their division rivals, the 49ers. Well, Carroll didn’t want to, but at least one Seahawks player did. Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman wanted his team to score one more touchdown and go for...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Arthritis Foundation Sports Connection Live Blog: Panel Divided Over Barry Bonds’ and Roger Clemens’ Place in Baseball Hall of Fame

9:15 p.m.: That’s all for the panel discussion. Thanks for following along with the event. See below for all the nuggets of wisdom with which the panel thrilled the audience. 9:05 p.m.: The panel is asked for their thoughts about the controversy surrounding the latest ballots for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Merloni’s passionate answer is that the hall is for the best players...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Injuries Make Sunday’s Close Victory Over Jaguars No Cause for Concern

We should have seen the Patriots’ close Week 16 victory coming from a mile away. Despite the Jaguars’ 2-12 record coming into the matchup, the Patriots were lucky to walk away from Jacksonville with an 11th victory in the win column. On Sunday, the Patriots faced an uphill battle as soon as Alfonzo Dennard, Aqib Talib and Brandon Spikes didn’t start the game for the team. Dennard...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Ugueth Urbina Apparently Out of Prison, Poses for Photo Alongside Son (Photo)

Ugueth Urbina is a free man. Or so it seems. The former big league closer recently posed for a photo alongside his son, Juan, which was then posted on Twitter. It’s the first we’ve heard of Urbina in quite some time, as he was sent to prison in 2007 after being convicted of attempted murder. Urbina, who bounced around throughout his career, was arrested by Venezuelan police in...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss
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