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Rob Bradford
March 30, 2019 - 5:15 am
SEATTLE -- Tim Hyers paused before going into the visitors' clubhouse dining room and pointed toward the hallway which led to the manager's office. "That guy ...," the Red Sox hitting coach exclaimed. Hyers didn't need to finish his statement. It was understood. He was pointing to Alex Cora. When...
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Alex Reimer
March 28, 2019 - 1:40 pm
There is lots of rightful indignation directed towards Major League Baseball for its steadfast refusal to modernize the game and pick up the pace. The pitch clock, which commissioner Rob Manfred and Red Sox ownership have championed, won’t be implemented until at least 2022 –– when the CBA expires...
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Jonny Gomes
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John Tomase
March 28, 2019 - 11:47 am
The Patriots play just 16 games a year, but we only occasionally remember the first one. The memories they make tend to kick in around November before concentrating in February. Celtics opening nights? The only two that spring to mind are beating Michael Jordan's Bulls in the first game of the Rick...
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Jim Hackett
March 28, 2019 - 9:01 am
It sure is ironic that the NFL has now allowed pass interference to be instant replay reviewable just days after the most heavily interfered with pass catcher I’ve ever seen had retired. The great No. 87 Rob Gronkowski has retired after nine all-world seasons as a New England Patriot. He had 521...
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Ryan Hannable
March 27, 2019 - 8:23 pm
Bill Belichick has been around the game for 45 seasons, 25 as a head coach, so he knows as well as anyone the progression that typically takes place for coaches. Usually, coaches start out in quality control, move up the ladder to coaching assistant, then to positional, before coordinator and...
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Rob Gronkowski, Bill Belichick
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Ryan Hannable
March 27, 2019 - 8:48 am
Bill Belichick was not in a talkative mood Tuesday morning at the annual coaches breakfast at the NFL owners meetings in Arizona. This included questions regarding Rob Gronkowski retiring Sunday night, a full two weeks after the legal tampering period of free agency began. What was the Gronkowski...
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Alex Reimer
March 26, 2019 - 11:05 am
Rob Gronkowski wasn’t even retired for one day before the speculation started about his return to the NFL. Agent Drew Rosenhaus floated the idea to anybody who would listen, telling the “Get Up” crew he could envision Gronk coming back after receiving a midseason phone call from Tom Brady. Later in...
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Ryan Hannable
March 25, 2019 - 11:26 pm
No one player will ever be able to replace Rob Gronkowski. And it’s likely not even a collection of players at the moment will be able to make up for his loss. The first wave of free agency has come and gone so there aren’t many worthy pass-catchers available, the trade market looks bleak, and it’s...
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John Tomase
March 25, 2019 - 3:44 pm
There's a fine line between unflappable and passive, and Brad Stevens is about to trip over it. What was supposed to be the signature season of Danny Ainge's latest rebuild is once again slipping away, and Stevens seems not only powerless to stop it, but strangely resistant to try. The issues that...
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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski
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Ryan Hannable
March 24, 2019 - 11:25 pm
It’s hard to imagine there ever will be a football player like Rob Gronkowski. There won’t be a player who can single-handedly win a game for a team like Gronkowski did in 2017 at Pittsburgh when he finished with 168 total yards, including three straight receptions on the final drive in the closing...
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