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Jordan Crawford Is Cold-Blooded And Other Impressions From Celtics’ Win Over Bucks

BOSTON — Jared Sullinger hit the big shot, but Jordan Crawford did a lot of the work to put the Celtics in position for Sullinger’s shot to matter. The Celtics’ 108-100 win over the Bucks on Tuesday was the epitome of a complete team victory, with just about every player who logged a minute for Boston being able to claim Most Valuable Player honors for some portion of the game...
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December 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Brad Stevens, Celtics Hardly Reveling in Rise to Top of Underwhelming Atlantic Division

BOSTON — The champagne and ski goggles must have been packed away before the media was allowed into the locker room on Tuesday, because there was no sign of the celebration for the Celtics’ unlikely rise into first place. The Celtics’ 108-100 victory over the Bucks gave them first place in the lowly Atlantic Division, sort of, which says a couple of things. Primarily, it says...
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December 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Brad Stevens, Celtics Hardly Reveling in Rise to Top of Underwhelming Atlantic Division

BOSTON — The champagne and ski goggles must have been packed away before the media was allowed into the locker room on Tuesday, because there was no sign of the celebration for the Celtics’ unlikely rise into first place. The Celtics’ 108-100 victory over the Bucks gave them first place in the lowly Atlantic Division, sort of, which says a couple of things. Primarily, it says...
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December 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Brad Stevens, Celtics Hardly Reveling in Rise to Top of Underwhelming Atlantic Division

BOSTON — The champagne and ski goggles must have been packed away before the media was allowed into the locker room on Tuesday, because there was no sign of the celebration for the Celtics’ unlikely rise into first place. The Celtics’ 108-100 victory over the Bucks gave them first place in the lowly Atlantic Division, sort of, which says a couple of things. Primarily, it says...
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December 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Jared Sullinger Comes Through in Clutch as Celtics Finally Triumph Over Bucks

BOSTON — The way Jared Sullinger described it, his big shot to essentially clinch the Celtics’ win on Tuesday was pretty simple. Maybe it was simple, but it definitely wasn’t easy. “Honestly, it was a double-team,” Sullinger said. “I was just trying to escape the double-team and I saw a little daylight, so I stepped back and just shot the shot.” Nothing was easy for...
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December 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Steve Nash’s Ex-Wife Hires Ed Hochuli’s Law Firm for Divorce Proceedings

Ed Hochuli might be getting a taste of NBA action in the near future. The famously muscular NFL referee won’t be trying his hand at officiating on the court, though, as it’s his law degree that is connecting him to an NBA star. Steve Nash has been going through some messy divorce proceedings for quite some time, but now, TMZ is reporting that his ex-wife Alejandra Amarilla Menrath has...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Johnny Damon Says Yankees’ Signing of Jacoby Ellsbury ‘Puts Them Right Back Into the Race Again’

Watching players trade in their Red Sox jersey for Yankee pinstripes isn’t an uncommon sight for Boston sports fans, and on Tuesday night, Jacoby Ellsbury became the latest Boston star to join the Bronx Bombers as a free agent. He has reportedly signed a seven-year deal worth $153 million with New York, joining Wade Boggs and Johnny Damon as the most notable Red Sox players in...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Tom Brady Attributes Patriots’ Success in Month of December to Mental Toughness, Work Ethic (Video)

The Patriots have experienced immense success in the month of December and they don’t plan on stopping that trend anytime soon. New England has won 16 of their last 17 games in December and Tom Brady believes their winning ways in the cold can be attributed to their mental toughness and their work ethic. The quarterback added that these intangibles aren’t always so prominent...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Rockies, Justin Morneau ‘Closing In On’ Two-Year Deal

Baseball’s hot stove has never been hotter. In one of the craziest offseason days in league history, we have seen a major free-agent signing with Jacoby Ellsbury reportedly going to the New York Yankees, the Colorado Rockies and Houston Astros making a four-player trade, Jarrod Saltalamacchia reportedly signing with the Miami Marlins, and the Boston Red Sox signing A.J. Pierzynski...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Andrew Shaw Batters Antoine Roussel With Jersey Pulled Over His Head, Pair Continue Fight After Refs Intervene (Video)

Andrew Shaw and Antoine Roussel weren’t about to let a couple of guys in black and white break up one of the more spirited bouts of the season. The pair dropped the gloves with just under five minutes to go in the first period, with the Stars winger landing the first flurry of shots before Shaw came back with a barrage of his own — the majority of which came after his jersey...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Columbus’ Nick Foligno Scores Game-Winning Goal Against Lightning With Beautiful Between the Legs Move (GIF)

After Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl scored an incredible between-the-legs goal against the New York Rangers in the first week of the season, a lot of other NHL players have tried to pull off the same move. Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno became the latest player to successfully score on a between-the-legs attempt when he beat Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop during the second period...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

John Axford Posts Personal Ad on Twitter Hours After Becoming Free Agent, Seeks ‘Loving Team for Employment’

John Axford wasted no time putting himself out there after being non-tendered by the Cardinals on Tuesday night. The right-handed reliever passed over the Ben & Jerry’s and went straight to the personals, posting one of his own on Twitter just a couple hours after becoming a free agent. The MST (Man Seeking Team) didn’t ask for much either, with no hefty contract demands...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Avery Bradley Hits Incredible Shot From Behind the Backboard in Celtics-Bucks Game (Video)

Coaches tell basketball players at a very young age to never quit on a play, and Avery Bradley proved why that’s some wise advice during the first quarter of the Celtics’ game against the Bucks on Tuesday night. After a shot from teammate Jared Sullinger failed to hit the rim, the 23-year-old guard chased down the ball and scored on an amazing shot from behind the backboard as...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Yankees, Jacoby Ellsbury Agree on Seven-Year Deal Worth $153 Million

After spending his entire Major League career with the Boston Red Sox, free-agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has reportedly signed a seven-year deal to join the rival New York Yankees. Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News was the first to report the story. Yankees deal with Ellsbury is seven years and $153 million. That's $12 million more than Crawford's contract.— Mark Feinsand...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Rajon Rondo Not Cleared for Full Contact, Will Likely Meet With Doctors Next Week

Rajon Rondo has not been medically cleared to return to full practice just yet. After encouraging reports came out on Monday that the Celtics point guard may have already been cleared or at least was close to being cleared, Rondo squashed those rumors on Tuesday telling CSNNE’s A. Sherrod Blakely that his recovery is “going fine,” but he still has yet to be cleared for full...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Adidas Unveils ‘Brazuca,’ Official 2014 World Cup Game Ball (Video)

The “Brazuca” will lift and sink the dreams of nations next summer. Adidas unveiled the official game ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro. The ball, known as “Brazuca,” will almost certainly be one of the key figures in the early stages of the tournament, as players grow accustomed to its quirks. The six-paneled ball is designed to “produce faster...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Hernandez's girlfriend allegedly lied to grand jury 29 times

The girlfriend of Aaron Hernandez has been accused of lying to the grand jury 29 times in the murder case against the former New England Patriot. According to the Boston Globe, lead prosecutor William McCauley filed court documents explaining that Shayanna Jenkins gave false testimony while testifying under oath on Aug. 13 and Aug. 15. Prosecutors believe Jenkins lied about conversations...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Canucks’ Alex Burrows Out Indefinitely With Broken Jaw, Will Miss Dec. 14 Game Against Bruins

Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows has undergone successful surgery on a broken jaw and could miss as much as a month before returning to the ice, which means he will miss his team’s Dec. 14 game against the Boston Bruins. Official word on Alex Burrows: suffered fractured jaw in Carolina, had successful surgery Monday and timeline is approx 4 weeks. #Canucks— Vancouver Canucks...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Jason Kidd Removes Nets Assistant Coach Lawrence Frank From Bench, Cites ‘Different Philosophies’

Nets fans are clamoring for a coaching change, and that’s exactly what they’ve gotten — only not the one they were hoping for. Lawrence Frank, the Nets’ assistant coach and so-called defensive coordinator, has been “reassigned,” head coach Jason Kidd told reporters before Tuesday’s game. Frank will no longer be allowed on the Nets’ bench or play an active role in...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Teams believe Carlos Beltran will sign with Royals

Carlos Beltran is believed to be looking for a three-year deal. He might get his wish. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Beltran is said to have a three-year, $48 million offer in hand. It’s unclear who extended the three-year offer, but Olney reports that teams are becoming convinced that Beltran is going to land with the Royals on such a deal. Beltran has been linked to a number...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Tim Tebow Hot Commodity in College Broadcasting, Center of TV Bidding War Between Three Networks

Football teams in the NFL may not be arguing over who gets Tim Tebow, but that doesn’t mean the former quarterback isn’t the most wanted man in other circles. After being released by the Patriots prior to the 2013 season, the free agent saw his dreams of being a quarterback in the league fizzle as no teams came calling. Tebow may not be gracing televisions in a football uniform...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Rockies Trade Outfielder Dexter Fowler to Astros in Four-Player Deal

After losing 111 games in the 2013 season, the Houston Astros have made a trade with the Colorado Rockies to add outfield depth and bolster the top of their lineup. Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports that the Rockers have dealt center fielder Dexter Fowler to Houston in a four-player deal. BIG trade: Astros acquire Dexter Fowler and played to be named from Rockies for outfielder Brandon...
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Jason Kidd ‘Overacted’ on Spilled Drink, But Stunt Was ‘Great Move,’ Former Nets Coach Says

Kevin Loughery thinks Jason Kidd had the right idea. The execution could have used a little work, however. Loughery, who coached the Nets for eight seasons in the ABA and NBA in the 1970s, admitted to the New York Daily News that he pulled Kidd’s stunt of purposely spilling a drink on the court to save a timeout “several times.” The last occurrence came in a playoff game while...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Italian Soccer Team Juventus Fined After Child Fans Insult Opponents’ Goalkeeper

MILAN (AP) — Insulting chants by children who were invited by Juventus to watch a weekend match have earned the club a €5,000 ($7,000) fine. The Italian league announced the penalty Tuesday after the young fans targeted Udinese goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic during Sunday’s match, which Juventus won 1-0. Kickoff for the match was brought forward to allow more than 12,000 children...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Jarrod Saltalamacchia Close to Three-Year, $21 Million Deal With Marlins

It sounds as if Jarrod Saltalamacchia will soon take his talents to South Beach. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Marlins are closing in on a three-year, $21 million deal with Saltalamacchia. A deal is not official, but multiple reports have surfaced linking Saltalamacchia to the Marlins, and Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan is hearing that the two sides might come to terms...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss
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