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Patriots’ Sixth-Rounder Matthew Wells Is 80-Percent Blind In One Eye

FOXBORO, Mass. — New England Patriots sixth-round draft pick Matthew Wells had a more difficult path to the NFL than most prospects. The Mississippi State linebacker is legally blind in one eye, his ESPN scouting report says. Wells is 80-percent blind in one eye, ESPN.com SEC reporter Alex Scarborough wrote in November. The Patriots spent the 178th overall pick on Wells, who ran...
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May 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Kentucky Derby 2015: Start Time, Live Stream Info And Latest Race Day Odds

The 141st running of the Kentucky Derby will take place Saturday at Churchill Downs. Last year’s race was won by fan favorite California Chrome, who also was able to win the Preakness Stakes before failing in his bid for the Triple Crown with a disappointing finish in the Belmont Stakes. There hasn’t been a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. The favorites in 2015...
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Patriots Draft Arkansas Tight End A.J. Derby With 202nd Overall Pick

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots might have found the next Julian Edelman in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The Patriots selected Arkansas tight end A.J. Derby, who began his college career as a quarterback before moving to tight end for his senior season. Thumbnail photo via John Reed/USA TODAY Sports ImagesFiled under: Doug Kyed, New England Patriots, NFL Draft, Top Stories
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Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao: Which Boxer Has More To Gain From Fight?

The time has come. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will step into the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night for the most anticipated fight in years. There’s a lot at stake for both boxers. Mayweather is aiming to maintain his undefeated record and cement his place among the best fighters of all-time, while Pacquiao can carve his own place in history...
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Red Sox Wrap: Wade Miley’s Longest Start Of Season Spoiled In 4-2 Loss

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — The New York Yankees will show up with brooms Sunday. The Red Sox suffered their second consecutive loss to the Yankees on Saturday, meaning New York can hand Boston its first sweep of 2015 with a victory in Sunday’s series finale. Wade Miley pitched well in the middle game, but the Red Sox’s offense couldn’t...
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Watch The 2015 Kentucky Derby Live Online (Live Stream)

The marquee event only will last a matter of minutes, but there will be plenty of action at Churchill Downs on Saturday. The 141st running of the Kentucky Derby highlights an eventful day in Louisville, Ky., as American Pharoah remains the slim favorite to win the first leg of the Triple Crown. You won’t want to miss the historic event, which is scheduled to begin at 6:34 p.m....
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Blake Swihart Legs Out First Major League Hit For Boston Red Sox (Video)

BOSTON — Blake Swihart put his head down, ran hard and came away with his first major league hit. Swihart legged out an infield single in the fifth inning Saturday as the Boston Red Sox faced the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. The hit came in the 23-year-old’s second career at-bat with the Red Sox. The Red Sox promoted Swihart before Saturday’s game after fellow catcher...
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Patriots’ Fourth-Rounder Named After Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon

FOXBORO, Mass. — Shaq Mason never quite grew into his name. The New England Patriots’ fourth-round pick out of Georgia Tech’s full name is Shaquille Olajuwon Mason. As you might have already guessed, his mother, a big basketball fan, named her son after NBA centers Shaquille O’Neal and Hakeem Olajuwon. The 6-foot-2, 304-pound offensive lineman played guard for the Yellow...
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Patriots Draft Speedy Linebacker Matthew Wells 178th Overall In Sixth Round

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots scooped up a speedy, undersized linebacker with their first pick in the sixth round. The Patriots selected Mississippi State’s Matthew Wells with the 178th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Wells ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash at his pro day at 6-foot-2, 222 pounds. He ran a 7.10-second 3-cone drill, 4.26-second short shuttle, benched...
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Rob Gronkowski wears awesome suit to Kentucky Derby

By Darren Hartwell If you saw photos of Rob Gronkowski from the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, they shouldn't surprise you. After all, this is Rob Gronkowski we’re talking about, and this is the Kentucky Derby, the site of some of the most bizarre wardrobe choices you’ll see. But that doesn’t make the New England Patriots tight end’s getup any less awesome. Ahead of the 141st...
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Patriots Draft Navy Long Snapper Joe Cardona 166th Overall In Fifth Round

FOXBOROR, Mass. — In one of the more Bill Belichick-ian moves of all time, the New England Patriots selected a long snapper out of Navy in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The Patriots drafted Joe Cardona with the 166th overall pick. Cardona was the one long snapper invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, where he ran a 4.91-second 40-yard dash at 6-foot-2, 242 pounds. Belichick’s...
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Dining Playbook: Where They Ate Season 2, Episode 9

NESN’s Dining Playbook features two of America’s favorite pastimes: food and sports with help from the region’s best known hosts, athletes and tastemakers. Emmy award winning duo Billy Costa and Jenny Johnson will leverage their considerable following and bring NESN viewers a fresh new approach to enjoying the best of what the region has to offer. Host: Stephanie’s on Newbury...
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PawSox Catcher Unleashes Throw Directly Into Batter’s Stomach (Video)

Maybe the Boston Red Sox should have called up Humberto Quintero to fill their catching void. Sure, Blake Swihart might do just fine in his new duds. But Quintero, a 35-year-old veteran, clearly takes no prisoners when it comes to gunning down baserunners. Quintero, who signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox over the offseason to provide organizational depth, instead provided...
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Luis Suarez Scores First Barcelona Hat Trick In 8-0 Destruction Of Cordoba

BARCELONA, Spain — Luis Suarez netted his first hat trick for Barcelona while Lionel Messi scored his 50th and 51st goals in all competitions, as the Spanish league leader routed last-place Cordoba 8-0 on Saturday. Barcelona opened up a five-point gap over Real Madrid before the second-place side visited Sevilla later, while Cordoba’s 17th round without a win confirmed the team’s...
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George Foreman III Previews Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao Superfight (Video)

Saturday’s fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao promises to go down in the history books. But for which fighter? Mayweather enters the showdown at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with a perfect 47-0 record and still is the favorite over Pacquiao. The fight is a must-watch, not just because of the stakes, but because the two boxers showcase very different styles...
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Patriots Trade 147th Overall Pick To Packers For Nos. 166, 247

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots couldn’t go a day without trading a draft pick. The Patriots traded their 147th overall pick to the Green Bay Packers for their 166th and 247th overall picks. Thumbnail photo via Elise Amendola/Associated PressFiled under: Doug Kyed, New England Patriots, NFL Draft, Top Stories
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Alex Rodriguez’s 660th Home Run Ball Held Captive By Boston Red Sox Fan

This embed is invalid" /> Alex Rodriguez might find himself in another dispute if he wants to recover the baseball he launched into the Green Monster seats for his 660th career home run. Rodriguez tied Willie Mays for fourth place on Major League Baseball’s all-time home run list Friday as the New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-2 at Fenway...
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Rio Ferdinand’s Wife Rebecca Ellison Dies From Cancer; Tributes, Tears Flow In EPL

Premier League legend Rio Ferdinand is in mourning following the death of his wife Rebecca Ellison Ferdinand. Ellison died Friday after losing her battle with breast cancer, according to the BBC. The wife of the former Manchester United star and current QPR defender was 34 years old. “My soul mate slipped away last night,” Ferdinand said in a statement, according to the BBC....
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Blake Swihart Feeling Comfortable, Prepared For Red Sox Debut (Video)

Blake Swihart will play in his first major league game Saturday, but don’t be fooled. The 23-year-old catcher isn’t exactly a newcomer. Swihart, the Boston Red Sox’s top prospect before they acquired Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada, spent all of spring training with the big-league club and got to know the crew quite well. So as he prepared to make his big-league debut in Saturday’s...
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Patriots Draft Georgia Tech Offensive Lineman Shaq Mason With 131st Overall Pick

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots doubled-dipped at offensive line in the fourth round for the second consecutive year. The Patriots selected Georgia Tech offensive lineman Shaq Mason with the 131st overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Mason played guard at Georgia Tech, but he could project at center in the NFL because he’s only 6-foot-2, 304 pounds. Mason was a workout...
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Ryan Hanigan Not Expected To Miss Red Sox’s Entire Season With Injury

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — The bad news for the Red Sox is that catcher Ryan Hanigan will miss a large chunk of time due to a fractured right hand. The good news is that Hanigan’s injury isn’t expected to cost him the entire season, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell. Hanigan was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Saturday’s...
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Patriots’ Trey Flowers Channels His Inner ‘Waterboy’ When Rushing The Passer

FOXBORO, Mass. — New England Patriots fans can thank Adam Sandler the first time Trey Flowers sacks an opposing quarterback. Flowers, who the Patriots selected out of Arkansas with the 101st overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, said he grew up watching “The Waterboy” and channels Bobby Boucher when he’s out on the field. “I think it just comes with the love of the game...
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John Farrell: Blake Swihart Must Learn ‘Subtleties’ Of MLB Game (Video)

Blake Swihart can swing a bat with the best of them. But adjusting to a new pitching staff might take some time. The 23-year-old catching prospect will make his major league debut Saturday, batting ninth and starting behind the plate for the Boston Red Sox’s matinee game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Swihart always has had success at the plate, hitting at a .338...
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Liverpool-QPR Wrap: Steven Gerrard, Reds Profit From Rangers’ Shoddy Defending

Liverpool fans are thankful Steven Gerrard isn’t quite ready to pass the torch to a new generation of Anfield heroes. Liverpool topped Queens Park Rangers 2-1 in Saturday’s Premier League game. Gerrard scored the game-winning goal on a late header to lead host Liverpool past QPR in his penultimate game at the stadium in which he played home games for his entire 17-year career...
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Patriots Draft Florida State Guard Tre Jackson 111th Overall In Fourth Round

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots have reunited Bryan Stork and Tre Jackson. The Patriots used their 111th overall pick in the fourth round on Jackson, who started at right guard for Florida State from 2012 to 2014. Stork started next to Jackson for two years with the Seminoles at center. Jackson, who measured at 6-foot-4, 330 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine, ran a...
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