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The New Yorker mocks the old Yankees

Just when the jokes about the Yankees being old were, themselves, getting old, the New Yorker has tipped its cap in the best way of all. The iconic magazine has immortalized the Yankees’ spring plight on one of its painted covers. The faces this time are of the Yankees’ aging core, with Andy Pettitte, Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Ichiro Suzuki and Mark Teixeira...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Carolina Defenseman Jamie McBain’s Name Coming Up in Trade Market

There’s a surprising name who has reportedly surfaced on the NHL trade market, and teams looking for help on the blue line are probably pretty interested. TSN’s Darren Dreger reported Monday via Twitter that Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jamie McBain is starting to come up in trade discussions. Nothing appears imminent at this point, but according to Dreger, the Canes are open...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Andre Drummond Airballs Consecutive Free Throws in First Career Start (Video)

It’s been a tough rookie season for Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond. Beyond dealing with the normal adjustment that comes from moving from the college ranks to the NBA (Drummond attended the University of Connecticut), the No. 9 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft has been dealing with a back injury that kept him out of action before Sunday’s matchup against the Bulls. However...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Jon Lester Admits ‘It’ll Be Weird’ Playing Against Kevin Youkilis, Who Is Now ‘One of the Bad Guys’

Kevin Youkilis earned the respect of teammates and fans during his eight-plus seasons in Boston. None of that matters now. “Now he’s one of the bad guys. We’ve got to worry about him,” Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester told reporters on Sunday. Youkilis, who was drafted by the Red Sox in 2001, won two World Series rings and was selected to three All-Star Games during his time in...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Joel Hanrahan, Andrew Bailey, Junichi Tazawa Give Red Sox One of American League’s Best Bullpens (Video)

A key to the Red Sox success this season will be their bullpen, and coming into the season, it’s looking pretty good. Boston has a deep pen in 2013, and new faces like Joel Hanrahan and Koji Uehara will only make them stronger. NESN’s Tom Caron noted that Uehara, Andrew Bailey and Junichi Tazawa give the team multiple options to bring in even before the eighth inning setup man...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Sox Finally Have Chance to Begin Answering Questions With Opening Day Full of Possibilities (Video)

It’s Opening Day, and that means there are 162 games standing between the Red Sox and, well, anything. The division seems wide open this year, and it’s anybody’s guess at this point whether the Sox will repeat last year’s disappointing end, bounce back with a playoff push or find a middle ground between those extremes. NESN Nation’s Dan Duquette can’t wait to find out...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Former Celtics Guard Keyon Dooling Signs With Grizzlies, Makes Announcement on Twitter

Keyon Dooling is back in the NBA, cutting short a retirement that lasted less than a full season. Dooling has signed with the Memphis Grizzlies, the veteran guard announced Monday on Twitter. He had been rumored to be involved in negotiations for some time with the Grizzlies, who are desperate for backcourt depth. I am so honored to announce that I AM BACK! I am heading to officially...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Jamie Carragher Is Certain Steven Gerrard Will Sign New Liverpool Contract, Finish Career at Anfield

Jamie Carragher is in no doubt that Steven Gerrard will emulate him by penning a new deal and finishing his career at Anfield. Brendan Rodgers revealed on Sunday that he was ready to present a new contract to his inspirational skipper. Following those comments, Gerrard scored the winning goal to secure three points for Liverpool at Villa Park — and executed a brilliant goal-line...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade Sit for Heat, Presenting David Stern With Dilemma of Own Making

Good luck digging yourself out of this one, David Stern. On the seventh day, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers rested. That was precisely what their absences on Sunday amounted to, and not the injury-related DNPs the Heat claimed they were. Nine games remain in the regular season, making this the time when teams in comfortable playoff position begin to rest their stars...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Jon Lester Doesn’t Want to Discuss Contract Extension During Season, Thinks It’s ‘Too Much of a Distraction’

2013 is a big year for Jon Lester in more ways than one. Not only will Lester’s performance have a huge impact on the type of season the Red Sox have, but the left-hander is also pitching for his next contract. Lester is in the last guaranteed year of the five-year, $30 million extension he signed prior to the 2009 season. The Sox hold a $13 million club option for 2014, but this...
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Thomas Vanek Possibly on His Way Out of Buffalo, Realizes He Could Be Traded This Week

There’s a Bruins killer in Buffalo and he may be on the loose this week. Sabres sniper Thomas Vanek has one more (pricey) year remaining on his contract after this season — his final of a seven-year, $50 million contract — and Buffalo may be looking to part ways, according to The Buffalo News. Vanek makes $6.4 million this year but his cap hit is over $7 million per year...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Vote: Where Will the Red Sox Finish This Season in the American League East?

It’s a whole new season, and the Red Sox enter it the same as everybody else: tied for first place, and tied for last. Where they finish this season, however, is anybody’s guess. With new manager John Farrell at the helm, the Red Sox will attempt to rebound from last year’s last-place finish and make their way back into the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Jackie Bradley...
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Sean Avery Calls for Rangers to Fire John Tortorella, Ryan Callahan Responds With Statement

Former Rangers forward Sean Avery, for the most part, uses his Twitter account to discuss fashion and music. Over the weekend, however, he once again caught the attention of the hockey world with some very critical words about his former coach. Avery, who is currently out of the game, decided to weigh in on the Rangers’ current situation, which isn’t a very good one. New York...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Chris Bosh’s Game-Winning Shot Made Possible by Erik Spoelstra’s Refreshing Decision Not to Over-Coach

If most of your basketball viewing lately has involved the NCAA Tournament, where coaches love to create the impression that there is nobody on the floor more important than them, the end of Sunday’s game between the Heat and Spurs probably looked a little strange. With less than 10 seconds to go and the Heat trailing by one, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra stood on the sideline, hands...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Raiders Trade for Matt Flynn, Send Two Draft Picks to Seahawks

The Matt Flynn era didn’t last long in Seattle. Flynn was traded to the Raiders for two draft picks, according to Jay Glazer. The Seahawks signed Flynn to a three-year, $19.5 million contract before the 2012 season. Russell Wilson emerged as the starter out of training camp and Flynn attempted just nine passes all season. The Raiders will not have to touch their 2013 draft in the...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Alfredo Aceves Was of Interest to ‘a Few Teams’

Alfredo Aceves‘ unpredictable behavior often overshadows the rest of what he brings to the table. Oddities aside, though, Aceves is very valuable pitcher. Aceves is expected to have a prominent role on the Red Sox’ pitching staff as a long reliever/spot starter, but there was still some speculation during spring training that Boston could eventually decide to deal him away. While...
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Bobby Valentine Blasts Boston Media, Says New York Press ‘Knows More About Baseball’

Late last week the New York Mets announced that former New York and Boston skipper Bobby Valentine would be doing some pre- and postgame analysis for cable channel SNY this season. However, that isn’t stopping Valentine from talking about his former market. In an interview with the New York Post, Valentine appears to be following Carl Crawford‘s lead of blaming his struggles...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Ryane Clowe May Be Close to Being Traded, Bruins Among Potential Suitors for Forward

The NHL trade deadline is just a couple of days away, which means the trade rumors could be about to ramp up. One name that has been bandied about is San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe. The veteran winger hasn’t done much this season in terms of production — he’s yet to even score a goal — but there is still reportedly plenty of interest across the league. ESPN.com’s Pierre...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Kevin Ware Injury Too Gruesome to Watch, But Outrage Over Showing Replays of Incident Is Unfair

When Kevin Ware shattered his tibia on Sunday, I was, thankfully, not watching. The Louisville-Duke game was on the TV in the living room of my parents’ house, where I sat talking with some family friends after Easter dinner. When I looked up, there was a player lying on the ground with a towel thrown over his legs. Coaches and athletic trainers were huddled around him. Players...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Kevin Ware Holds Regional Championship Trophy in Hospital Bed After Louisville Pulls Out Win (Photo)

The Louisville Cardinals are hoping to upgrade their regional championship trophy to a national one, but for right now, the team is enjoying its pretty piece of hardware. Better yet, the Cardinals are happy that they brushed off Duke in the second half on Sunday, because the win meant they got to fulfill their promise to injured teammate Kevin Ware to advance to the Final Four. After...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Who Will Be the Amica Pitcher of the Week?

Vote for the Amica Pitcher of the Week and give yourself a chance to win a $100 gift card to the Yawkey Way Team Store. Voting begins every Monday, so make sure to come back every week to give yourself another chance to win. First read the official rules, then completely fill out the form below for your chance to win. The Red Sox open up the season with a tough little road trip in...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

European Golfer Hits Chip Shot, Runs Across Green Without Pants On (Video)

This man is not wearing pants. He is playing golf. The catch? It’s not at the local country club, where these things tend to happen once in a while. The incident actually took place in Morocco at the Trophee Hassan II tournament on the European Tour, where Danish golfer Andreas Harto decided he’d rather bare his legs than chip in from the water and incur soggy pants. He did just...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Jackie Bradley Jr. Starting in Left Field, Batting Seventh for Red Sox in Opener Against Yankees

Jackie Bradley Jr. earned his spot on the Red Sox roster, and he’ll waste no time in trying to prove he belongs in the bigs. He’ll be in the Boston lineup on Opening Day against the rival New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The 22-year-old will be the youngest Red Sox outfielder to start on Opening Day since Dwight Evans did it at the age of 21 in 1973. Furthermore...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Nick Barnett Tweets He’s Rejoined Bills, Turns Out to Be April Fools Joke

As far as April Fool’s jokes go, which are usually pretty lame, this one is just plain sad. Nick Barnett tweeted that he had rejoined the Bills, who cut him on Feb. 11, and even went so far as to thank Buffalo’s general manager Buddy Nix. It turns out Barnett was just playing — it was an April Fools joke, he had not re-signed with the Bills. Go ahead and laugh at Barnett...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Alex Rodriguez to Take in Red Sox-Yankees Opener in Person, Participate in Pregame Ceremonies

All spring Alex Rodriguez has been separated from his Yankees teammates, preferring to rehab his hip surgery between New York and his Miami home. Likewise, team management seems to have been just fine with that, keeping perhaps baseball’s biggest distraction away from the team during a tumultuous (read: injury-plagued) Grapefruit League campaign. Well, according to Newsday, Rodriguez...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss
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