With the 2014 FIBA World Cup underway, the USA will look to overcome Paul George's injury to defend their crown. ("Family Guy," 'The Perfect Castaway,' 2005)

The FIBA Basketball World CUp is underway. The USA will attempt to defend their title, but will have to do so without Paul George following his horrific injury. In the meantime, several nations should put up quite a fight, especially late in the knockout stages. But for now, the Americans will have to deal with Turkey, the team they beat in the Finals last time, as well as four others. For the tournament, we’re here to to present predictions for how things will turn out.

Correctly picking a team to advance past the group stage is worth one point. Furthermore, picking the #1 team from each group exactly is worth four points, followed by three points for exactly guessing each group’s #2 team, and so on.

So check below for the Group Stage picks, as well as a list of the teams in each group. The first four teams in each group will advance to the knockout stage. Continue reading 2014 FIBA World Cup Pick ‘Em: Group Stage »

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Team USA (Photo courtesy of NBA.com)

Starting on Saturday, Spain will host the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, where Team USA will look for its second straight championship and fifth overall, which would tie Yugoslavia for the most ever. The United States will be bringing a young and inexperienced team to the tournament, but one that still has to be considered the favorite to bring home a fourth straight major title, including the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics gold medals. What follows is a rundown of the USA’s chances of coming out on top at the end of what will be an intense two-week competition, and who will be standing in the Americans’ way.

Team USA: Still the favorite

Most of the headlines about the U.S. pre-World Cup training camp revolved around the absences, with big men Blake Griffin and Kevin Love both dropping out voluntarily before Paul George‘s gruesome leg injury knocked him out for the upcoming NBA season. Love’s absence leaves Anthony Davis and James Harden as the only returning players from the London Games, while Stephen Curry, Rudy Gay and Derrick Rose will all return four years after their 2010 World Cup win in Turkey. Continue reading 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Preview »

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It may have been the preseason, but Patriots fans should be encourage by Aaron Dobson's spectacular leaping catch for a touchdown in his debut. (John Minchillo/AP)

Who says preseason games are meaningless?

Sure, the only snap that Tom Brady played in the New England Patriots’ final preseason game was as the holder on an extra point attempt, and typical starters Rob Gronkowski, Jerod Mayo, Dont’a Hightower, and Sebastian Vollmer, among others, didn’t even dress for Thursday night’s “game.”

Nonetheless, last night’s game was good for a couple notable takeaways, beginning with Jimmy Garoppolo getting the start and playing the entire contest. But perhaps even more importantly, wide receiver Aaron Dobson, who began training camp on the PUP list after offseason surgery for a stress fracture in his left foot, suited up for the first time this preseason. And what a debut it was.

Continue reading Video: Dobson Debuts with Can’t-Miss TD Catch from Garoppolo »

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Danny Ainge

With a GM as secretive and prone to throwing out red herrings as Danny Ainge, it’s nearly impossible to understand his train of thought and  predict who the Celtics will try to acquire in their quest to raise banner number 18. Yet we cannot help ourselves as it compels our experience watching a lackluster team compete.

Owner Wyc Grousbeck hinted that this offseason could include “fireworks” and perhaps rival 2007′s groundbreaking offseason that saw the formation of the Big Three, but it has come and gone without any big-name signings. Whether or not Rajon Rondo will be dealt continues to be a mystery as teams struggle to determine what a poor-shooting point guard’s value is in the modern NBA. Continue reading Five Targets for the Celtics’ Rebuilding Process »

1. Cliff Notes:

* Back to school, college kids moving in, college football back – what could be better

* Contrived marketing and build up for U Mass – BC football. Everett vs. Leominster would be a better game

* Celtics owners have been quiet (how long into media day will someone use the word tank)

2. Farrell versus Francona last two years:

* Francona 159-134 with combined $164mm in payroll ($1,031,446 a win)

* Farrell…..155-140 with combined $310mm in payroll ($2,000,000 a win) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten – Enjoy Labor Day Weekend! »

Fantasy Football 2014 Sleepers

August 28, 2014 at 8:05pm in Fantasy, Featured
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It’s about that time of year. The start to the 2014 fantasy football season is only a couple weeks away. Sundays, along with Monday and Thursday nights, are about to become relevant once again.

With the start of the season right around the corner, now is a good time to brush up on knowledge of potential sleeper candidates for the upcoming campaign. A quick refresher for those readers new to fantasy football: players who can bring a team good value in the later rounds of a draft are viewed as “sleepers“.

Although some people have varying definitions on what qualifies a player to be a true sleeper candidate, for the purpose of this article sleepers can be considered generally undervalued players. Continue reading Fantasy Football 2014 Sleepers »

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Shipping up to Boston:

As many of you New England Sports fans know, the Patriots recently executed a trade where they sent Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for TE Tim Wright and a 2015 draft pick. This is huge because Mankins was a big presence on the offensive line and provided the veteran leadership when it came to protecting Tom Brady. Many are reporting that the only issue here was the inability by the Patriots front office to come to an agreement in terms of contract and Mankins wanted more money.

It will be tough to replace him on the offensive line, but his departure will allow the Patriots to use extra salary to go after big weapons offensively. Continue reading Recapping Recent Patriots Offseason Moves »

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