LeGarrette Blount, LaRon Landry

The NFL announced on Tuesday that Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount will be suspended for week one of the 2015 season. He will still be eligible to participate in the team’s offseason program as well as training camp.

The arrest stems from an August 2014 incident when Blount was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Blount and fellow Steelers’ running back Le’Veon Bell were arrested for marijuana possession after being pulled over. Blount was the passenger of the car while Bell was the driver. This could put Bell in line to have a larger penalty levied against him, which could come down within the next two weeks. Continue reading LeGarrette Blount Suspended for Week 1 »

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2015 MLB Expert Picks

April 7, 2015 at 7:58pm in Featured, MLB, Now!, Opinion, Red Sox
Jon Lester headlined a free agent class that saw more than a few big names change teams, with trades sure to come in time. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Baseball season is finally here, with a game in the books. Lots of offseason moves were made, especially with top pitchers, but just before the games got underway, San Diego acquired elite closer Craig Kimbrel and pricey outfielder Melvin Upton (formerly BJ, who rejoins his brother Justin) from Atlanta in a rare right-before-the-season deal.

All the moving made it a real possibility that last year’s playoff bracket could get shaken up quite a bit this year. Seattle and San Diego made plenty of acquisitions to bolster needs, and it’s making them trendy picks. Ditto for the Red Sox. As for the likes of Baltimore, Kansas City and San Francisco, who lost some key pieces, it’s tougher to see how the losses will affect them, especially with the teams around them in their divisions also having to be considered.

But that’s the fun of picking winners and losers as the season begins, and that’s why we’re here. Scoring is as before:

  • Correctly guessing a team to make the playoffs is worth one point, or two points for guessing a division winner instead.
  • Correctly guessing which team will finish #1 in each league is worth five points, then four points for #2, and so on.
  • Correctly guessing which #1 seed will finish with MLB’s best record is worth two points.
  • In the event of a tie, we’ll also be guessing which team will finish with MLB’s worst record, then second-worst, then third.

So check below for everyone’s picks, and be sure to come back at season’s end for the results. Continue reading 2015 MLB Expert Picks »

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Danny Ainge just couldn’t forgive Shavlik Randolph for elbowing Kelly Olynyk in the face.  In reality, with Jared Sullinger back, there was simply no need for the bench-warming Randolph to take up a roster spot better served for developing players.

Chris Babb, who played briefly with the Celtics last season (including two summer league stints with the C’s), was assigned to the D-league immediately upon signing today.  Chris Babb, an Iowa State alumnus, is a certified 3-and-D enforcer, with a propensity to hit big shots at the D-League level.  Babb has dominated in the D-League, shooting 37.5% from 3, while asserting himself as a pesky defender, capable of guarding players at the two and three. While his addition to the team provides depth to wings, his acquisition is actually a more for off-season positioning. While he technically signed a multi-year deal, his non-guaranteed contract – according to the enigma that is the NBA Salary Cap rules – functions as if it is guaranteed in NBA trades in order to match salaries. Continue reading Celtics Release Shavlik Randolph, Sign Chris Babb, Ignite Trade Rumors »

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Malcolm-Butler

Current Personnel: Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan, Kyle Arrington, Alfonzo Dennard, Robert McClain, Chimdi Chekwa, Bradley Fletcher, Justin Green

Need Level: Moderate-High

Possible Fits: Jalen Collins (LSU), Doran Grant (OSU), Alex Carter (Stanford), Cam Thomas (Western Kentucky)

The Patriots have gone from one of the league’s best secondary’s to having the cornerback position. Their two key departures, Brandon Browner and all-world Darrelle Revis, have caused them to now potentially need to address the position in this year’s draft. Continue reading Patriots 2014-2015 Position Review: Cornerback »

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Rick Porcello

Rick Porcello hasn’t thrown a pitch for the Red Sox, but the team has made him a very rich man.

The Red Sox, fresh off a big 8-0 win on Opening Day, have signed the 26-year-old free-agent-to-be Porcello to a four-year deal that covers the 2016-2019 seasons. Porcello will earn a $500,000 signing bonus, $20 million in 2016 and 2017 and $21 million in 2018 and 2019.

Porcello earns $12.5 million this season.

The casual fan will look at the contract and say, “Why didn’t we offer that to Jon Lester?” Decent question. Continue reading Red Sox Sign Rick Porcello to 4-Year, $82.5 Million Contract »

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Clay Buchholz is the Opening Day starter for the Red Sox, hopefully with a few more fist pumps than his counterpart Cole Hamels. (CBS Sports)

Summer is coming.

The 2015 Major League Baseball season kicked off Sunday night, and the Boston Red Sox will follow Monday afternoon with their season opener against the Philadelphia Phillies. As exciting as the prospect of real, regular season baseball season is (this is me for the past week), the Red Sox starting pitching situation is exactly the opposite.

After losing the Jon Lester sweepstakes to the midwestern Red Sox (aka Chicago Cubs), the Red Sox never did get a big ticket name to lead their pitching staff. Instead, in an announcement surprising no one, Clay Buchholz will be the Opening Day starter for the Red Sox. Opposite him for the Phillies? Cole Hamels, ironically.

Continue reading Red Sox Kick Off 2015 Season with Buchholz as “Ace” »

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1. Red Sox Preview:

* Predictions – 86 wins only because every team in their division went backwards

* All that money and no bullpen – I predict blown saves to go over at 12

* Pawtucket Outfield Payroll – $11.5mm / Astros $9.1mm / Tampa $8.6mm

* Over and Under 4 – Glares by Ortiz at official scorer

* This is a make or break year for Pedroia’s Hall of Fame run

* If Bogaerts doesn’t make a jump this year his greatness will blossom at another program next year

* Sandoval over-under sneak trips to Tasty Burger – 14 (he won’t hit over .278 / 18 HR / 83 RBI at $20mm a year)

* Red Sox goodwill – when Red Sox are out of town they should allow 5 high school and college games a day on their fields during this lousy spring

* Can’t wait to see Hanley in a big left field like New York

2. Bruins:

* Five times losing streaks of at least three games / Five times winning streaks of at least three games

* Chara +/- is at 0 first time it won’t be positive with the Bruins since 2006 when he was a MINUS 21 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Opening Day! »

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