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The Finals are over, and after a goal deep in extra time, Germany has emerged as champions. A heartbreaking loss for Argentina to be sure, but it was still a great effort. The Netherlands won third place after Brazil’s meltdown continued, just not to the proportions it did against Germany.

Much of the drama in our Pick ‘Em came from Brazil and Netherlands, with points from selecting the winner making much of the difference. With that in mind, the winner of the 2014 World Cup Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2014 FIFA World Cup Expert Picks: Finals Results »

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Celtics Re-Sign Avery Bradley

July 13, 2014 at 1:15pm in Celtics, Featured, Opinion
(New York,  NY,  04/23/13) Boston Celtics point guard Avery Bradley works on his foul shot before Game 2 of the first round of an NBA playoff basketball game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York on Tuesday,  April 23,  2013.  Staff Photo by Matt Stone

The 2014 NBA free agency period should be a very busy time for the Boston Celtics, with many questions looming. Questions such as: who are the C’s going to re-sign? Who are the C’s going to let go? Who are the C’s going to trade or acquire? The first one of these questions they answered was the one about Avery Bradley’s future. According to reports, the guard has agreed to a four-year extension worth $32 million. The deal has not been made official yet, but is expected to become official any day now.

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Bradley is not even 24 years old, and he is already considered one of the premier on-the-ball defenders in the NBA. Many of the league’s best players now are coming from the shooting guard position, and that is the position Bradley defends night in and night out. His ability to take out the opposing team’s best offensive player is a unique skill that only a few NBA players possess, including former Celtic Tony Allen and 2014 Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. Continue reading Celtics Re-Sign Avery Bradley »

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Paul Pierce is leaving behind good pal and teammate Kevin Garnett to sign with the Washington Wizards, according to reports. (Bleacher Report)

If Celtics fans weren’t used to seeing Paul Pierce in a Nets jersey last season, this year isn’t going to get any easier. In the latest domino to fall since LeBron James decided to return to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, the former Celtic Pierce has decided to join the Washington Wizards, according to an ESPN report.

The contract is reportedly for two years and $11 million, with the second year being a player option that would allow Pierce to re-enter free agency next summer if he so chooses.

Continue reading Former Celtic Paul Pierce Signs With…the Wizards? »

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Kelly Olynyk (Photo: NBA.com)

The Orlando Summer League came to an end on Friday, with the 76ers taking the top honors on Championship Day, while the Celtics lost to the Indiana Pacers and finished with a 3-2 record. For the second straight year, Kelly Olynyk was Boston’s best player, although most of the focus was naturally on the sixth pick in the Draft, guard Marcus Smart, who struggled early but eventually settled down and put up respectable numbers.

Olynyk, who played in four of the Celtics’ five games, ranked fifth in the League with 17.5 points per game and eighth with 7.3 rebounds. He also played 32.5 minutes on average, second only to Sergey Karasev, who was acquired by the Nets in Thursday’s three-team deal with Boston and Cleveland and played just one game. Not surprisingly, none of the eight top scorers was a 2014 Draft pick, as Olynyk and his fellow “veterans” showed off their experience in dominating their younger competition. Continue reading Olynyk Shines, Smart Shows Flashes at Orlando Summer League »

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Germany and Argentina square off to determine the winner of the world's most prestigious soccer trophy. (http://photo.elsoar.com/)

The World Cup will end this weekend, and it will be a good final two games. Brazil and the Netherlands look to avenge totally different but equally tough to swallow losses, while powerhouses Germany and Argentina each look to seize the throne again.

Brazil was more thoroughly humiliated than any soccer squad before them, but they’re still getting some picks for the bronze; it can’t get much worse for them after their loss to Germany. Germany is a powerful squad, but nobody could get a universal selection in the final rounds.

Scoring will be the same as before, except all points are doubled! That means picking the winner of each game is worth four points, while picking how many goals each team will score is worth two points per team. In the event of a tie in our standings, we’ll also be selecting the minute of the game when the winning goal will be scored in Germany vs Argentina.

Check below for the picks, and come back when the Cup is awarded for the complete results. Continue reading 2014 FIFA World Cup Expert Picks: Finals »

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1. Cliff Notes:

* Weekend is here – old beer list Schlitz, Narraganset,
* There is not one Sox other than Pedroia I wouldn’t trade
* Rumors of Tiger’s PED use starting to be heard
* Imagine the level you must lower yourself to beg these NBA stars to come to your team?
* I can’t believe that the Pats have Revis

2. World Cup:

* You gotta give me some love for picking Germany-Argentina final before the tournament – with Germany winning
* Having seen so much diving since Wide World of Sports (refs are giving it less late in tourney)
* Is Michael Ballack and other hard to understand analysts going to be doing Sports Center after the tourney?
* Now what do you look forward to in Brazil? Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Surf’s Up! »

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The recently discarded Pierzynski never fit in Boston. (Courtesy of Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

According to sources, A.J. Pierzynski was a disastrous fit in the Red Sox clubhouse. The 37-year-old stopgap catcher was signed by Boston to bridge the hole left by Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the future of the catching position in the Red Sox organization, which centers around Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart. While the entire Red Sox roster seems to be underperforming this year, Pierzynski was the one to be designated for assignment on Wednesday, and it seems that decision was based upon Pierzynski’s lack of offensive contributions and his resistance to become invested in the Sox pitching staff. Continue reading Pierzynski a Clubhouse Cancer »

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