1. Cliff Notes:

* Red Sox playing for draft pick position

* Exhibition football is like New Years Eve – all hype

* Enjoy your summer weekends

2. Patriots – Not that it matters but (I didn’t watch a snap):

* Washington 71 plays to 50 for Pats

* 19 Penalties in the game – that must have been fun with all those flats

* Two more opposing QB’s with QB ratings over 100 against the Patriots

* Brian Tyms 119 yards – pretty good Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Preseason Football All Hype, Red Sox Tanking »

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The never-ending scandal surrounding the Major League Baseball(MLB) and illegal use of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and other steroids has once again resurfaced.

Charge the mound: As recently as Tuesday morning, several less known but key players who were target of a massive federal investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration were charged with federal drug conspiracy. The most notable being Anthony Bosch, the former owner of Biogenesis, who was responsible for supplying numerous professional athletes with Performance Enhancing Drugs(PEDs). Bosch pled not guilty to the charge, and received a $100,000 bond as a result. Bosch could potentially face up to 10 years in prison, but will likely not serve that much if he is found guilty and comes to some sort of plea agreement with the U.S. Attorneys. Continue reading More Biogenesis Suspensions Likely: What Will Happen Next? »

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Quarterback Ryan Mallett will start tonight's pre-season opener in Washington. (Reuters)

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reported this morning that Patriot’s quarterback Ryan Mallett will start tonight’s pre-season opener against the Washington Redskins. Mallett is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and tonight could serve as an audition of sorts.

With Jimmy Garoppolo in the mix, it doesn’t look likely that Mallett will return to New England next season. He could be a target of a team looking to trade for a starting quarterback as a result of a pre-season injury. Continue reading Ryan Mallett to Start Patriots Pre-Season Opener »

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Patriot's Pro Bowlers Stephen Gostkowski and Matthew Slater (Getty Images)

The Patriots will return their core group of specialists in 2014. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski had a career year in 2013, posting career high’s in points, field goals made, field goal percentage, and he was a very impressive 5 for 6 from 50+ yards. Gostkowski has clearly emerged into one of the league’s best kickers, and has shown an ability to come through in the clutch as well.

VIEW: Other Patriots Previews

The Patriots replaced punter Zoltan Mestko with rookie Ryan Allen in 2013. Allen was near the league-average in most punting metrics during his first season. He did allow a league-high 12 touchbacks, and that’s an area he must improve upon in 2014.

Matthew Slater will return to captain the special teams units after a third consecutive pro-bowl season in 2013. After re-watching some games from last season, it’s remarkable at how often Slater finds himself around the ball-carrier on kickoffs and punts. Continue reading 2014 Patriots Special Teams Preview: Gostkowski, Allen, Slater, Edelman, White »

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Marcus Smart lived up to his name and played the role of smark aleck at the NBA Rookie Photo Day. (Boston.com)

First, Marcus Smart was highly touted for his play as a member of the USA Select Team, younger players chosen to play against the candidates for the USA National Team in this summer’s FIBA World Championship. The Celtics rookie, one of just two first-year players picked to play against the best American NBA players, was getting props? I started to get excited about the sixth pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Kevin who?

Then I saw this video of Smart pranking his fellow rookies at their photo day as part of a SportsNation scavenger hunt. And I fell in love  – no capital “L” necessary:

Continue reading Video: Celtics Smart (Aleck) Pranks Fellow Rookies for SportsNation Scavenger Hunt »

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Henry Owens (Jillian Souza/Pawtucket Red Sox)

The Red Sox traded away four starting pitchers at the trade deadline last week in hopes that their young prospects could begin to develop at the Major League level, and Henry Owens did his part to reinforce their decision in his Triple-A debut.

The lefty from Huntington Beach, CA took the mound for the Pawtucket Red Sox on Monday night and dazzled from start to finish. He pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out 9 and allowing only 2 hits. He showed tremendous poise on the mound, throwing 70 pitches for strikes out of his 100 total. Continue reading Red Sox Prospect Henry Owens Dominant in First Triple-A Start »

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Brian Scalabrine (CSNNE.com)

While there has been a lull in the Celtics’ offseason activity over the past couple of weeks, former Boston power forward Brian Scalabrine gave fans something to smile about with a parody of LeBron James‘s recent “I’m Coming Home” Sports Illustrated article. In a similar first-person piece published Monday on CSNNE.com, Scalabrine announced that he will be working as a broadcaster for Comcast SportsNet New England, to work with Mike Gorman and Tom Heinsohn during the upcoming season.

The White Mamba played five seasons in Boston, including the 2008 Championship year, and became a fan favorite despite averaging just 2.7 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. After the 2009-10 season, he followed former Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau to Chicago, where he played his final two years. After a short stint at CSNNE, Scalabrine joined the Golden State staff as an assistant, but was demoted to the D-League’s Santa Cruz Warriors amid reported differences with head coach Mark Jackson. Continue reading Scalabrine Returns to Boston, LeBron-Style »

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