Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers can't help marveling at how Ainge's disappearing act that made Austin Rivers magically appear in Los Angeles on the Clippers, among other trade tricks. (ESPN)

And then there was one.

That’s how many players Danny Ainge will have kept in spite of all his flurry of in-season trades. (With plenty left to come, I’m sure.) One player out of five trades, including four in one week.

Just call him Danny the Magician. He makes newly acquired Celtics just…disappear.

Continue reading Danny the Magician: Ainge Making Celtics Disappear in Flurry of Trades »

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Bruins in 2010 Winter Classic

In what has become one of the cooler traditions in professional sports, the Winter Classic will make its second stop in New England since it began in 2008. This time, the Bruins will host the game at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.

Going up against the Bruins will be the hated Montreal Canadiens. Continue reading Bruins, Canadiens to Play in 2016 Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium »

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Danny Rosenbaum

As Spring Training fast approaches, here is a a look at how the Boston Red Sox are building a better team for the 2015 season. These Red Sox wrap up articles will be featured at the end of each week in the march up to  and during Spring Training. 

The Boston Red Sox front office completed a busy week signing pitchers Rick Porcello at $12.5 million and Junichi Tazawa for $2.25 million. These contracts helped avoid arbitration, something the Red Sox consistently try to do.

Continue reading Red Sox Wrap-Up, Jan. 12-18: Porcello, Tazawa Sign; Butler Traded »

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The New England Patriots are under investigation by the National Football League for under inflating the footballs used in the AFC Championship game where they beat the Indianapolis Colts 45-7.

Reports as to whom brought forward the Patriots possibly deflating the footballs during last night’s game are not clear. The story was first reported by Indianapolis’ NBC affiliate WHTR.

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Green Bay gave up a 16-point lead, a Championship Round record. There's always next season. (http://hd4desktop.com/)

The Conference Championships are complete, and the Super Bowl is set. Seattle completed a record-setting comeback over Green Bay, and saving Russell Wilson from a quarterback rating of literally zero. The Patriots slaughtered the Colts with a completely demoralizing second half in a rainy New England night later on to advance to face Seattle in Arizona.

While the Pats game didn’t do too much in our standings, the Seahawks sure did; with the Packers not walking away with the win, those who picked Seattle saw their stock on the rise quite a bit, particularly those who correctly guessed a total of five touchdowns in the game (and those who saw a minor day overall for the passing game).

With the shakeups, be sure to check below for the updated results, and come back in two weeks for the Super Bowl selections. Continue reading 2014-2015 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks: Conference Championship Results »

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PATRIOTS OFF TO ARIZONA

MISC

* National Anthem – I don’t know who Pat Monohan is but great job by the crowd singing

* 51 degrees at kickoff in January – Al Gore was right! (not)

* Blue hoodie is daring  but is hot right now

* With Revis going out for a while that’s the third straight AFC championship game that the Patriots shut down corner has got hurt

OFFENSE

* Brady going to sixth Super Bowl

* Brady solid B+ game but that was another killer interception. They could have knocked them out in the first quarter. Continue reading CONNELLY’S TOP TEN: ARIZONA, HERE COME THE HOODIES »

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Seattle faces off against a weakened Aaron Rodgers, but their opponents still won't make it easy. (http://images.nationalgeographic.com/)

The Conference Championships are here. The Patriots face the young upstart Colts, while the Packers visit Seattle as they did for the season’s first game. The round has a great mix of great offenses and defenses, which will certainly make for two great games.

For our picks, one game was easier to pick than the other, which caused a split vote from our panel. Either way, the defenses in Seattle are thought to make that game less of a shootout than their New England counterparts.

As before:

  • Successfully picking the winner of each game is worth two points.
  • Picking the total number of touchdowns scored by both teams COMBINED in each game is worth one point if guessed to within one, or two points if guessed exactly right.
  • Picking the total number of yards thrown in each game by WHICHEVER quarterback throws the most is worth one point if guessed to within 50, or two points if guessed to within 10, or five points if guessed exactly right.

So with that, check out the picks below, and come back later in the day after the games are finished for the results. Continue reading 2014-2015 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks – Conference Championships »

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