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Fantasy Football: Matt Asiata Among Sits, Starts For Packers-Vikings Tilt

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Matt Asiata Teddy BridgewaterAaron Rodgers’ words weren’t just directed at Green Bay Packers fans. They were directed at fantasy owners as well.

After the Pack’s humiliating 19-7 loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 3, Rodgers calmed the masses and told everyone to “relax.” He then went out and dismantled the Chicago Bears to the tune of 302 passing yards and four passing touchdowns.

The lesson in all this? Teams — and…

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Michael Phelps Failed Two Sobriety Tests; Breathalyzer Test Was .14

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Swimming: U.S. National Championships-FinalsMichael Phelps was arrested for driving under the influence early Tuesday morning, and court documents show that the scene was not pretty.

The Olympic swimmer was leaving the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore when he was pulled over for going 84 mph in a 45 mph zone. The Baltimore Sun reported that Phelps failed two sobriety testsand refused a third before being brought to the Maryland…

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Portland Sea Dogs 2014 Breakdown: Assessing Red Sox’s Double-A Club

MLB: Spring Training-Boston Red Sox at Pittsburgh Pirates

MLB: Spring Training-Boston Red Sox at Pittsburgh PiratesThe Portland Sea Dogs made waves in 2014 despite coming up short in their quest for an Eastern League championship.

Portland’s 88 wins marked a new single-season franchise record. The previous record of 86 victories was held by the 1995 Sea Dogs, who at the time were affiliated with the Florida Marlins. Portland became Boston’s Double-A affiliate in 2003.

The Red Sox enjoyed success at multiple…

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A.J Green: Darrelle Revis ‘Very Competitive,’ Will Be ‘Tough’ Matchup

A.J Green: Darrelle Revis ‘Very Competitive,’ Will Be ‘Tough’ Matchup

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Darrelle RevisWhen you’re the best, you tend to face the best.

That’s certainly the case for New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis, whose reputation as one of the NFL’s top cover corners is well-established. His skills will be put to the test in a big way on Sunday, though, when wide receiver A.J. Green and the Cincinnati Bengals come to town.

The Patriots have used Revis more in zone coverage than…

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Patriots Injury Report: Chandler Jones, Dont’a Hightower Limited In Practice

Patriots Injury Report: Chandler Jones, Dont’a Hightower Limited In Practice

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Alex Smith, Chandler JonesFOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots didn’t come out of Monday night’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs unscathed.

Offensive tackle Cameron Fleming (finger) and safety Nate Ebner (finger) missed practice Wednesday with injuries suffered during the Patriots’ Week 4 loss. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower (knee) and defensive end Chandler Jones (shoulder) were limited in practice with injuries…

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Liverpool-Basel Verdict: Reds Rival Crashes To Halt In Swiss House Of Horrors

Liverpool-Basel Verdict: Reds Rival Crashes To Halt In Swiss House Of Horrors @NESNSoccer

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Mario Balotelli Basel LiverpoolIt wasn’t supposed to happen like this.

Liverpool was supposed to stride confidently into St. Jakob-Park for its UEFA Champions League game against Basel, defeat the Swiss champions and return to Anfield with three points and one foot in the Round of 16.

After all, Liverpool played well in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Everton, and manager Brendan Rodgers had this to say said this before kickoff…

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Larry Donnell Benched Himself In Fantasy Football, Lost His Matchup

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NFL: New York Giants at Washington RedskinsIf you started Larry Donnell on your fantasy football team this week, there’s a good chance you racked up enough points to win your matchup.

The New York Giants tight end had seven catches for 54 yards and a whopping three touchdowns in his breakout performance against the Washington Redskins on Thursday night.

But one guy who didn’t start him was Larry Donnell himself.

Donnell benched himselfin…

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Report: Proposed NBA Draft Lottery Revamp Has Support Of Owners

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Dan Gilbert, Nick GilbertSome major changes could be in store for the NBA’s draft lottery.

A new proposal for the lottery that aims to eliminate tanking as an attractive option for struggling franchises has strong support among NBA owners, sources told Grantland’s Zach Lowe.

Lowe also reports that the owners could vote to adopt the new system as early as this season.

Here’s how it would work: Instead of the last-place…

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LeBron James To Produce, Star In Disney Channel TV Series

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LeBron JamesLeBron James, who has plenty of acting experience on the basketball court, is set to star in and produce a new TV series called “Becoming” on the Disney Channel.

The pilot episode for the show centers on James’ childhood story and was developed by his Springhill Productions Company along with ESPN Films, according to Bleacher Report’s Ethan Skolnick. The show debuts on Disney XD on Sunday, Oct. 6…

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Report: NFL, DirecTV Strike Eight-Year, $20 Billion Contract Extension

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CowboysNEW YORK — The NFL has extended its contract with satellite provider DirecTV to carry the “Sunday Ticket” package, which allows viewers to watch out-of-market games.

The deal announced Wednesday expands DirecTV’s rights to stream the package live on mobile devices and online. The deal is worth $20 billion over eight years — $1.5 billion per year, according to a person familiar with the contract.

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Devin McCourty: Patriots Moved On From Loss To Chiefs On Tuesday Morning

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Devin McCourty, Knile DavisFOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots don’t have time to lick their wounds after losing 41-14 to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night.

Defensive captain Devin McCourty said the Patriots put that game to rest as soon as the team arrived back at Foxboro early Tuesday morning.

They had little other choice.

The Patriots typically review game film on Monday, have Tuesday off and then move on to…

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Celtics’ Vitor Faverani Undergoes MRI After Experiencing Knee Swelling

Celtics’ Vitor Faverani Undergoes MRI After Experiencing Knee Swelling

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Vitor FaveraniWALTHAM, Mass. — Vitor Faverani did not join his Boston Celtics teammates when they took the court Wednesday for the second day of training camp.

Faverani, who practiced on a limited basis Tuesday, was held out of practice and underwent an MRI after experiencing swelling in his surgically repaired left knee, according to head coach Brad Stevens.

“He doesn’t feel like it’s an insurmountable amount…

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Scott Boras: Stephen Drew ‘Best Defensive Shortstop’ In Free Agency

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Stephen DrewStephen Drew was awful this season. You’d never know it listening to the shortstop’s agent, Scott Boras.

Drew signed a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox in May after sitting out the beginning of the season while trying to land a multiyear contract in free agency. The 31-year-old, who later was traded to the New York Yankees, hit just .162 with seven homers, 26 RBIs and a .536 OPS in 85…

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Adam Dunn Planning To Retire After Athletics’ Wild-Card Loss To Royals

Adam Dunn Set To Retire From Baseball After 14 MLB Seasons

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Adam Dunn played in 2,001 career games over 14 Major League Baseball seasons without a single postseason at-bat, and after the Oakland Athletics’ loss to the Kansas City Royals in the American League wild-card game Tuesday, Dunn is calling it a career.

Well boys and girls it was a hellava time! I truly thank all you fans! Y’all made it worth playing. Thank You!!#phase2begins


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Kelly Olynyk Looking To Ride Momentum After Strong End To Rookie Season

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Jarrett Jack, Anderson Varejao, Kelly OlynykWALTHAM, Mass. — The final month of last season was a coming-out party of sorts for Kelly Olynyk.

The Boston Celtics center, who played limited minutes and put up modest numbers throughout most of his rookie campaign, broke out in April. He scored in double-figures in seven of the Celtics’ final eight games, including totals of 25, 28 and 24 points over the final three.

For the 7-footer, it was…

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