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Rob Bradford
March 01, 2019 - 7:03 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It's supposed to be a simple equation. You're a Major League Baseball player who has earned the right to make a significant career choice. Hence, FREE agency. Want to prioritize a certain organization in a specific part of the country? Sure. Or perhaps it's more about getting a...
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New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski, Bill Belichick
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Ryan Hannable
February 28, 2019 - 11:23 pm
INDIANAPOLIS — It’s been 25 days since Super Bowl LIII when the Patriots beat the Rams for their third title in five seasons. One would have thought there would have been a decision by now on whether or not Rob Gronkowski will play in 2019, but there’s been nothing. After contemplating retirement...
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NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown
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Ryan Hannable
February 28, 2019 - 7:22 am
INDIANAPOLIS — The Patriots should pay real close attention to the Antonio Brown situation over the coming days and weeks heading into free agency. Following how the season ended, with Brown not playing in the final game and then going off on the Steelers organization, it appears he has played his...
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Alex Reimer
February 27, 2019 - 1:06 pm
The science shows it is destructive for young kids to play tackle football. So if we care about the children as much as we say, then it must be banned. Simple as that. Massachusetts lawmakers proposed legislation this week that would ban tackle football through seventh grade. Under the proposal,...
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Terry Rozier
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John Tomase
February 27, 2019 - 12:17 am
The Celtics had an identity once. They pounded opponents with unrelenting waves of energy for 48 minutes. They routinely erased deficits of 15 and 20 points with steely nonchalance. They "played connected" in the parlance of head coach Brad Stevens, covering for each other on defense and finding...
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Brad Marchand Boston Bruins
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Matt Kalman
February 26, 2019 - 11:23 pm
Brad Marchand had already asked for and received forgiveness from new teammate Marcus Johansson when the Bruins hit the TD Garden ice against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. Just for extra incentive to give Johansson reason to forget the hit that sidelined the Swede for several months last season,...
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Alex Reimer
February 26, 2019 - 12:21 pm
On “Felger & Mazz” Monday, a caller told a sophomoric joke about Robert Kraft allegedly soliciting prostitution. He was dropped within seconds, and the hosts who have spent years accusing other media members of being in the bag for the home team scrambled to move onto the Bruins’ acquisition of...
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John Tomase
February 26, 2019 - 12:18 pm
Here's a simple question: How much does John Henry make in a year? The simple answer is none of us has any idea. We just know he's a billionaire. Now ask that question of David Price. Oh, that's easy -- $31 million. Or Mookie Betts, who just scored $20 million in arbitration. Or J.D. Martinez, who...
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Ryan Hannable
February 25, 2019 - 11:20 pm
The NFL combine officially gets underway Tuesday with the real activity getting going on Wednesday when most head coaches and general managers speak with the assembled media. But, what the combine is really about is getting to know the prospects who will be targeted in April’s draft. Each prospect...
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Marcus Johansson
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Matt Kalman
February 25, 2019 - 6:59 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen is all in. The Blue Jackets have never won a round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in their 17 years of existence before this season. So in an effort to change history Kekalainen retained his marquee would-be unrestricted free agents, Artemi...
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