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Veteran NFL defensive end Michael Bennett
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Alex Reimer
March 11, 2019 - 12:10 pm
The Patriots’ reported acquisition of Michael Bennett is another Bill Belichick masterstroke. One of the best pass-rushers in football was available for a measly fifth-round pick, and best of all, he provides insurance in case Trey Flowers departs for greener financial pastures this week. But...
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Kyrie Irving
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Alex Reimer
March 08, 2019 - 11:40 am
Kyrie Irving’s one-sided war against the media continued this week with a hypocritical soliloquy on how he doesn’t play basketball for fame or fortune. "I didn’t really come into this game for there to be cameras in my face, be famous, be a celebrity, so it’s a little hard for me,” he told...
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John Tomase
March 08, 2019 - 10:59 am
The recent visuals out of Los Angeles have been wretched, from LeBron James chucking an inbounds pass off the backboard to LeBron James rolling the ball all the way up the floor and straight out of bounds to LeBron James being shoved into a close-out by teammate Kyle Kuzma. James isn't solely...
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Rob Bradford
March 08, 2019 - 7:27 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- David Price didn't start doing these crossword puzzles until about three years ago. Back then it was simply a piece of paper and whatever pen was handy. The process has evolved. First came a dedicated clipboard for the sessions in front of his locker, then a string attached to...
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David Backes Boston Bruins
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Matt Kalman
March 07, 2019 - 3:46 pm
While there’s pearl-clutching going on around the NHL with pundits and pontificators acting as though David Backes is some lost kitten in need of rescue, let’s take a second to read what the Bruins forward actually said after he had his third scrap in four games Tuesday night. “I asked [Bruce...
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New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers
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Ryan Hannable
March 07, 2019 - 7:49 am
The Patriots have a number of free agents-to-be come next week, and a great deal of them deserve to return. While some don’t have much of a chance to come back because of what their price will be on the open market, that doesn’t mean the team shouldn’t check in and do what they can. Unlike years...
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Gordon Hayward
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John Tomase
March 06, 2019 - 11:06 am
Just when it looked like Gordon Hayward couldn't possibly give the Celtics anything of value this season, Tuesday night happened. Mired in such a pronounced slump that even his agent admitted he wouldn't be himself until next season, Hayward didn't just flip a switch in Golden State. He tripped the...
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Rob Bradford
March 05, 2019 - 7:01 am
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- It could have been another feel-good, innocuous, early-spring training start for Eduardo Rodriguez. The lefty had pitched fairly well, displaying his improved slider while showing some athleticism in gathering up Tim Tebow's slow-roller. (And, by the way, "gathering up Tim...
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John Tomase
March 05, 2019 - 12:12 am
For six minutes on Sunday afternoon, the Celtics turned back the clock to 2018. They trailed the Rockets by 22 when Brad Stevens opened the fourth quarter with reserves Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, and Daniel Theis alongside starter Jayson Tatum. What could easily have been another...
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Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson
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Ryan Hannable
March 04, 2019 - 10:54 pm
The NFL combine officially wrapped up on Monday with the cornerbacks and safeties going through on-field workouts, but much of the action occurred last week. With the entire league — executives, coaches, general managers, agents, and even players — in Indianapolis for several days, it was a great...
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