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Rob Bradford
April 17, 2019 - 11:52 am
The postseason is a powerful thing. It can make even the smartest people irrational. It can make the most irrational people seem smart. And can absolutely alter a lifetime of perception in a mere matter of weeks, days or even minutes. Welcome to this world Kyrie Irving. Words are easy this time of...
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Rob Bradford
April 16, 2019 - 7:55 pm
I had come around on the Sandy Leon effect. It wasn't complicated. This was the exact same team that won the World Series with the exception of just a few parts, one of which was Leon navigating these starting pitchers. It took me a while, but the dynamic became too obvious to ignore. In my world,...
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Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas
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Ryan Hannable
April 16, 2019 - 5:54 pm
Is it possible for a free-agent signing to be both a good and bad one at the same time? The Patriots clearly needed to added proven NFL talent at the wide receiver position, which is why signing Demaryius Thomas was a good move. But at the same time, it is the type of signing that would be mocked...
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Boston Bruins Toronto Maple Leafs
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Matt Kalman
April 16, 2019 - 12:13 am
Even Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews couldn’t help but heap praise on the Bruins’ top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak in between Game 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference first round last week. Although the Maple Leafs had kept that line at bay in Game 1 during 5-on-5...
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Tiger Woods wins Masters
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Alex Reimer
April 15, 2019 - 10:41 am
As a sports fan in his mid-20s, my most vivid memory of Tiger Woods isn’t him hugging his father after his first Masters win, but rather backing his Cadillac Escalade into a tree. My Tiger Woods was on the cover of the New York Post more consecutive times than 9/11, with tawdry details of his...
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Tiger Woods wins Masters
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Ryan Hannable
April 14, 2019 - 3:31 pm
People don’t often change their schedules for athletes, but Sunday was different and it was different because of Tiger Woods. Because of severe weather coming in during the afternoon in Augusta, Georgia, tee times were forced to be moved to the morning and CBS’ coverage began five hours earlier — 9...
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Nazem Kadri Toronto Maple Leafs
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Matt Kalman
April 14, 2019 - 1:12 am
The Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs took their truculence to new heights in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first round Saturday. But after the Bruins evened the series 1-1 with a 4-1 win at TD Garden, there should’ve been one thing they both agreed on: Nazem Kadri should NOT be suspended for...
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David Backes Boston Bruins
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Matt Kalman
April 12, 2019 - 2:08 pm
Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk didn’t practice Friday, the off day between Game 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference first round series that the Toronto Maple Leafs lead 1-0 . “Jake was given a maintenance day so he’ll be back with us I’d assume tomorrow morning,” coach Bruce Cassidy said. “If he’s not...
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Boston Bruins Toronto Maple Leafs
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Matt Kalman
April 12, 2019 - 1:39 am
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy’s original sin was letting Patrice Bergeron get anywhere near John Tavares during the Bruins’ 4-1 loss to Toronto in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first round at TD Garden on Thursday. Game 2 will be back here Saturday. Last season Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David...
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Rob Bradford
April 12, 2019 - 12:47 am
That moment one week before was perhaps the most pointed Alex Cora has been this season. "I pay attention to details," the manager said after his team's final game in Oakland. "I love paying attention to details and that's something I took pride last year, and right now, we're not paying attention...
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