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Allen Craig’s Return Could Help Fix Boston Red Sox’s Biggest Deficiency

BOSTON — The Red Sox on Thursday added a serviceable plug to their leaky offense. Allen Craig, who suffered a foot injury Aug. 1 in his first game after being acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals, returned from the 15-day disabled list. While Craig won’t singlehandedly halt Boston’s season-long offensive malaise, the slugger’s return could go a long way toward fixing the...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Mookie Betts Stepping Up Since Latest Boston Red Sox Call-Up (Video)

Mookie Betts got his fourth consecutive start in center field Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park, and for good reason. Since his call-up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, Betts has shown his worth. He’s batting .273 (3-for-11) with a walk, a double and a run scored. And although those statistics come from just three games, it’s good to see that the 21-year...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Reports: Liverpool Wants Mario Balotelli To Be On Best Behavior, Or Pay Up

Mario Balotelli must agree to to be on his best behavior if he wants to play for Liverpool. Balotelli’s agents and Liverpool negotiators are locked in talks over the Italian striker’s proposed move to Anfield, and the Reds want him to include conduct clauses in his contract, according to the Liverpool Echo, the Mirror and the Guardian. “It has been spelt out to Raiola exactly...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Release Defensive Tackle Marcus Forston, Tight End D.J. Williams

The New England Patriots’ roster got a little smaller on Thursday. The team announced that it released defensive tackle Marcus Forston and tight end D.J. Williams. New England now has three roster spots open. Forston played in three games for the Patriots during the 2013 campaign. The 24-year-old has three total tackles in four career games. Williams played in two regular-season...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

American League Wild Card Race Heats Up As Regular Season Nears End (Video)

The American League Wild Card race is heating up. As the MLB’s regular season nears its final month, seven AL teams have their eyes on the two Wild Card spots. As of Thursday’s contests, the Oakland Athletics and the Detroit Tigers hold the one and two spots, but the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays all have some chance...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Christian Vazquez Celebrates Birthday During Red Sox’s Homestand (Video)

Christian Vazquez has been on top of his game for the Boston Red Sox since his call-up nearly two months ago. Vazquez was called up after the Sox released A.J. Pierzynski, and has shown flashes of brilliance both on offense and behind the dish. The Sox don’t have much to celebrate right now, but NESN Nation’s Alison Smith explains in the video above why there could be a little...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

David Ortiz’s ‘Landmark Year’ Justifies Red Sox’s Approach To Contract

BOSTON — David Ortiz’s contract extension sure looks good right about now. The Red Sox will enter this offseason with an extensive checklist that includes building a more consistent and dynamic offense. Fortunately for Boston, by virtue of extending Ortiz through at least 2015 back in March, the club doesn’t also need to worry about securing the services of its most productive...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Trout Still Shattering Convention With Angels, Just As He Did In Youth

BOSTON — It’s hard not to be biased when it comes to Mike Trout. Maybe someone could watch a player grow up, from a 13-year-old dominating his hometown youth leagues to the best major leaguer on the planet, and maintain a level of detachment. But not in this case. Not with Trout, a player who was surrounded with a family and support system that assured that if he made it big...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere Retires After 16 NHL Seasons

Jean-Sebastien Giguere officially retired on Thursday after a 16-year NHL career. The veteran goaltender was the last active player to be drafted by the Hartford Whalers. In addition to the Whalers, he played for the Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche. Giguere is best known for his time with the Ducks, with whom he played for from 2000-01 until...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Painful Falls, Souvenir Fights Highlight MLB Fan Fails Of 2014 (Videos)

Every now and then at sporting events, fans steal the show from the athletes. From fights over bats to spills over seats, there have been plenty of moments of failure from baseball fans this season — one most recently occurring at a Washington Nationals game, where a kid was hit in the head by a foul ball while wearing a popcorn bucket. Some fails can be a bit funny, while others...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Allen Craig Back In Red Sox Lineup; David Ortiz Sitting In Angels Series Finale

The Boston Red Sox are trying to avoid being swept by the Los Angeles Angels, but they’ll have to do so without Big Papi. Designated hitter David Ortiz will have a routine day off Thursday for Boston’s fourth and final game against the Halos. Outfielder Allen Craig, who was activated from the disabled list Thursday, will slide into the DH spot and bat fifth. Alex Hassan was...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Forbes: Green Bay Packers Fans Ranked No. 1 In NFL

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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox-Angels Live: Boston Looks To Snap Four-Game Skid, Avoid Sweep

5:25 p.m.: Allen Craig has returned a day earlier than expected. Craig, who has been on the disabled list with a foot injury, will bat fifth and serve as the designated hitter. Craig played two rehab games at Triple-A Pawtucket this week and was expected to be activated from the DL on Friday, but Will Middlebrooks and Mike Napoli are banged up. Thus, the Red Sox decided to activate...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen Walks For First Time Since ATV Accident

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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Bryan Murray: Senators ‘Definitely Going To Try To Keep’ Bobby Ryan

The Ottawa Senators gave up a lot to acquire Bobby Ryan from the Anaheim Ducks before the 2013-14 NHL season, and they will make an effort to re-sign him before he’s able to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent next summer. “I think all of these players that are going into their last year around the League, some of them will sign early because of the situation and...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Rajon Rondo, Danny Ainge Give Celtics Owner Ice Bucket Challenge (Video)

If you weren’t convinced before that the Boston Celtics are sick and tired of Rajon Rondo’s act, you might change your mind now. After dumping a bucket of ice cold water on his boss’ head, Rondo is sure to get dealt at the earliest opportunity. In all seriousness, Rondo joined Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge on Thursday to help team co-owner Wyc Grousbeck...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Tim Howard Taking Year-Long Break From U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team

Goalkeeper Tim Howard captured the hearts of Americans after a stellar 16-save performance during USA’s loss to Belgium in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but it will be a while before we get to see his heroics again. Howard announced via Facebook that he would be taking a one-year hiatus from the U.S. men’s national team to spend more time with his family. He’ll continue playing...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Don Cherry Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge Wearing Fantastic Suit (Video)

Don Cherry is one of the most famous and respected voices in hockey, and he also boasts a fine collection of unique suits that he wears during his “Coach’s Corner” segment on Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts. The former Boston Bruins head coach accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS on Thursday, and he did it wearing an awesome flower-themed suit. Cherry also...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators’ Shea Weber Puts Hole In Boards With Powerful Slap Shot (Video)

Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber’s slap shot is one of the most powerful in the NHL. The last time we saw him unleash his shot during a skills challenge was at the 2012 NHL All-Star Skills Competition, where he finished second to Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara in the Hardest Shot portion of the event with a 106 mph blast. During a skate with teammates on Thursday, Weber...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Angel Di Maria Asks To Leave Real Madrid; Man U, PSG On Transfer Alert

Angel di Maria hasn’t always felt the love from Real Madrid. Now he’s fed up, and wants out. At a Thursday press conference, Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti revealed that di Maria asked to leave Real Madrid this summer. “Di Maria asked to go in the summer and has rejected an offer (of a new contract) from the club,” Ancelotti said, according to the BBC. The news puts...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Brooklyn Cyclones to wear 'Slime' jerseys on '90s Night'

The Brooklyn Cyclones are taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to new heights. The viral challenge has taken the Internet by storm this summer with buckets of icy water being dumped on heads in order to raise awareness for ALS. The Cyclones — the New York Mets’ short-season Single-A affiliate — put a new twist on the challenge. Instead of ice water, the Cyclones used “slime”...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Jim Harbaugh Loves Catching Foul Balls, Once Wet Pants To Meet Player

Jim Harbaugh is a maniac, and that seems to applies to every facet of his life, as evidenced by his love for chasing down foul balls at baseball games. Harbaugh has spent a good part of his summer taking in baseball games across Major League Baseball, and one thing remains the same with each stop: Harbaugh always has his glove with him. That’s because the San Francisco 49ers head...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston College Commit Sonny Milano To Instead Sign With OHL Team

Columbus Blue Jackets draftee Sonny Milano will not be headed to Chestnut Hill after all. Milano, who had committed to play hockey at Boston College, will instead sign with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, the team announced Thursday. “We are very pleased to have a player of this caliber joining our organization,” Whalers general manager Mark Craig said in a...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Cheeky Kid Asks Jamie Carragher If Luis Suarez Ever Bit Him (Video)

When a young kid had the chance to meet a legendary player from his favorite team recently, he asked the million-dollar question. Retired Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was visiting young soccer players in Liverpool, England, when one of them cheekily asked Carragher whether Luis Suarez ever bit him. Naturally, Carragher, who spent two-and-a-half seasons playing alongside Suarez...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Forbes: Detroit Lions Sell NFL’s Most Overpriced Beer; Seahawks Second

Everybody knows that in order to enjoy a cold beverage at an NFL game, you have to be willing to shell out a bit of extra cash. A recent study, however, revealed that all stadium beers are not created equal. According to a Forbes article published Wednesday, the Detroit Lions sell their beer at Ford Field at a 765 percent markup over local grocery stores — by far the largest pricing...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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