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Sunderland’s Adam Johnson Arrested On Suspicion of Sex With Under-Age Girl

Adam Johnson’s Premier League and international soccer careers are under threat. Johnson was arrested Monday on suspicion of having sex with an under-age girl, Sky Sports reports. Police confirmed Johnson’s arrest and said he is cooperating with their investigation. “A 27-year-old man was arrested earlier today on suspicion of sexual activity with...
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March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Bilal Powell Among Five Potential Free-Agent Running Backs For Patriots

New England Patriots fans must remain patient this offseason, no matter how difficult that sounds. The Patriots currently are $15.8 million over the salary cap after franchising kicker Stephen Gostkowski, so before they make any splash free-agent signings, they must figure out how many of their own players they can retain, including cornerback Darrelle Revis and safety Devin McCourty...
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David Ortiz Ready For Uniqueness Of Playing First Base Early In Season

This embed is invalid" /> FORT MYERS, Fla. — David Ortiz’s first baseman’s mitt won’t have any time to collect dust after spring training. The Boston Red Sox open the 2015 season with three games against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. That means the Red Sox won’t have a designated hitter and Ortiz will be forced to play...
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NHL player traded after daughter's heartbreaking letter

By Anna Fogel Jordan Leopold’s daughter is one happy camper following Monday’s NHL trade deadline. The 34-year-old defenseman is heading back to his native Minnesota after the Columbus Blue Jackets dealt him to the Wild for a draft pick and Justin Falk. The move comes just a couple of months after his 11-year-old daughter requested the trade in adorable fashion. According...
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Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas Named NBA Eastern Conference Player Of The Week

Isaiah Thomas’ tenure with the Boston Celtics is off to a good start, and the league has noticed. Just eight days after donning green for the first time, Thomas was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday. The 5-foot-9 guard averaged 22.0 points and 6.5 assists per game during the week, while leading the Celtics to a 3-1 record...
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Henry Owens Throws Live BP: The View From John Farrell’s Seat (Video)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell stood side-by-side Monday on Field 6 at JetBlue Park. At around noon, they received a glimpse of the future. Henry Owens threw his first live batting practice of spring training. The left-hander faced Ryan Hanigan and Humberto Quintero in a session that only added to Farrell’s positive impressions...
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Brendan Rodgers: Philippe Coutinho Deserves Player Of The Year Consideration

Brendan Rodgers informally has nominated Philippe Coutinho for the most prestigious individual awards English soccer has to offer. Rodgers said Monday that Coutinho has a strong case to win both England’s Players’ Player of the Year Award and the Football Writers Association Player of the Year Award in 2014-15, according to the Liverpool Echo. ...
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Bulls’ Jimmy Butler Out 3-6 Weeks With Sprained Elbow Ligament

CHICAGO — Bulls guard Jimmy Butler will miss three to six weeks because of a sprained ligament in his left elbow and join the injured Derrick Rose on the sideline, the team announced Monday Butler, Chicago’s scoring leader, was injured during Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. He missed most of the second half after he ran into a pick by DeAndre...
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Michael Jordan Joins Billionaire Ranks; 20 Sports Figures On Forbes List

NEW YORK — Michael Jordan and two other NBA owners have reached new heights, making Forbes’ world list of billionaires. Forbes released its list Monday and noted that Jordan’s net worth is estimated at $1 billion, thanks to his well-timed investment in the Charlotte Hornets. Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, with a net worth of $1.6 billion...
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Tom Caron: BU Moves Up A Spot After Clinching Hockey East Regular-Season Title

Editor’s note: NESN’s Tom Caron is on the 50-member USCHO ranking committee, and you can find his votes on the college hockey week that was every Monday on NESN.com. What a difference a year makes. With Boston College falling to Notre Dame 3-1 on Saturday night, Boston University clinched the Hockey East regular-season title during the first period against Northeastern, just...
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Report: Patriots franchise Gostkowski, not Devin McCourty

By Doug Kyed The offseason officially has begun for the New England Patriots. The Patriots assigned their franchise tag to kicker Stephen Gostkowski, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. The Patriots will pay Gostkowski $4.126 million if the two sides can’t reach a long-term deal before the 2015 season. The Patriots chose not to tag safety Devin McCourty, which would have carried...
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Report: Darrelle Revis likely to hit free agent market

By Doug Kyed The New England Patriots will have to hope that Darrelle Revis values winning over money. The Patriots are $11.2 million over the salary cap, so it’s looking unlikely that they will be able to retain the All-Pro cornerback on his $20 million option for the 2015 season. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Monday on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” that he expects Revis to...
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David Ortiz, Red Sox Run Through ‘Ickey Shuffle’ Ladder Drill (Video)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — David Ortiz moves well for an old guy. Ortiz and several other Boston Red Sox players participated in conditioning drills at the end of Monday’s workout at JetBlue Park. The 39-year-old flashed some pretty decent footwork while training alongside younger, more dynamic players like Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo. The Red Sox wrapped things up with the “Ickey...
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Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray Could Land Fatal 1-2 Punch To Cowboys’ Cap Sheet

Jerry Jones will have to go deep into his pockets if he hopes to keep his premier offensive players on the roster. Even if the Dallas Cowboys do retain Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray, it will cost them. Squeezing production out of stars on affordable rookie contract is vital to NFL success, Matt Chatham writes on FootballbyFootball.com. But when those stars...
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Clay Buchholz, Rick Porcello Practice Bunting At Spring Training (Video)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Boston Red Sox already are preparing for their first series of the season. The Red Sox open their 2015 schedule with three games against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, meaning pitchers will be forced to bat right out of the chute. The Sox should be better-equipped to handle the situation after Monday’s workout, as several hurlers practiced...
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Stoke’s Stephen Ireland Suffers Gruesome Gash During Premier League Game

Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland was substituted at halftime of Saturday’s Premier League game against Hull City. The soccer world discovered why Sunday. A heavy tackle by Hull City fullback Maynor Figueroa caused a deep gash on Ireland’s right calf. The Telegraph published a photo of Ireland’s gruesome wound Sunday, and the image has since...
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Red Sox Pitchers Show Off Fearlessness During ‘Rag Ball’ Drill (Video)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — It’s rather unsettling having baseballs drilled at you from 60 feet, 6 inches away. Boston Red Sox pitchers tossed aside any fear they might have had going into Monday’s workout at JetBlue Park. Several of the team’s hurlers participated in a “Rag Ball” drill, which is designed to prepare them for the sizzling comebackers they’ll inevitably face on...
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LFC’s Jordon Ibe Suffers Knee Injury, Reportedly Sidelined For One Month

Jordon Ibe’s meteoric rise at Liverpool has hit some turbulence. Ibe suffered a knee injury last Thursday in Liverpool’s loss to Besiktas in the UEFA Europa League. Scans showed Ibe damaged his lateral collateral ligament, which will sideline him for three to four weeks, the Liverpool Echo and ESPN reported Monday. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers...
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Reports: NFL Salary Cap Set At $143.28M; Patriots Over By $6.1M

The New England Patriots have eight days to trim their roster. The 2015 NFL salary cap is set at $143.28 million, according to multiple reports. The Patriots have $155,858,547 in total cap commitments, according to the NFL players association’s website. They can carry over $6,442,054 from 2014, which makes their cap figure $149,722,054, meaning the Patriots are $6,136,493 million...
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Niklas Svedberg’s Impressive Start Vs. Devils Wins Amica Coverage Play Of The Week

NESN.com staff will pick the two or three best Amica Coverage Plays of the previous week for games played from Friday night to Thursday night. Voting will begin every Friday at 10 a.m. ET and conclude Monday. Voting will begin every Friday at 10 a.m. ET and conclude Monday. Vote for the Coverage Play of the Week, and you will be entered for a chance to win a team jersey courtesy...
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Reports: Coyotes Claim Bruins Center Craig Cunningham Off Waivers

Boston Bruins center Craig Cunningham didn’t clear waivers Monday because he was claimed by the Arizona Coyotes, per TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. Cunningham, who was named Providence Bruins (AHL) captain earlier in the season, was a healthy scratch for Boston over the last five games. Brian Ferlin and Jordan Caron have played at the wing spots on the...
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Sad LeBron literally looks in mirror after loss to Rockets

By Mike Cole LeBron James had a chance to win his team a game Sunday and couldn’t deliver, so he decided to do some soul-searching. The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar saw his team lose in overtime to the Houston Rockets, thanks in large part to a pair of missed free throws in the final seconds from James. After the game, James decided he needed to take a look in the mirror. The...
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Gronk spikes Lombardi Trophy cake on his bro's head

By NESN Staff Rob Gronkowski might never stop celebrating, and that’s great news for America. The New England Patriots tight end has been on the wildest of rides since winning his first Super Bowl back in February, and he’s still not showing any signs of slowing down. Gronk’s latest stop on his victory tour included Surrender Nightclub in Las Vegas, a cake, his brother,...
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2015 NFL Mock Draft: Patriots Select Versatile Defender In First Round

The NFL Scouting Combine was an up-and-down affair for top prospect Jameis Winston. The former Florida State quarterback threw well, impressed with his intelligence and showed supreme confidence in himself during his news conference, but he also wasn’t as athletic as many assumed, and an old shoulder issue popped up during medicals. Still, Winston emerged out of the combine as...
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NHL Trade Deadline 2015: Canadiens Acquire Jeff Petry To Bolster Blue Line

The Montreal Canadiens needed to strengthen their blue line at the NHL trade deadline and they acquired one of the best rentals available in Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry. The 27-year-old veteran cost the Canadiens only a second-round pick in the 2015 draft and a conditional 2015 fifth-round pick, the team announced. If Habs win one round, 5th becomes a 4th; if Habs win...
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March 02, 2015  |  Discuss
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