Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will have an MRI on his hamstring to determine whether he'll need his helmet to start the season or not. (Photo courtesy of the Boston Globe)

Don’t unpack in Pawtucket quite yet, Jackie Bradley Jr. You may be on your way back to Boston before you know it.

On Saturday, in the final game of spring training for the Boston Red Sox, right fielder Shane Victorino tweaked his hamstring rounding first base against the Minnesota Twins. The likely #2 hitter for the Red Sox will receive an MRI in Boston before Opening Day in Baltimore.

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Now that DeSean Jackson has been released by the Eagles, should the Patriots go after him or have a quiet rest of the offseason? (Photo courtesy of Yahoo)

Amid reports of his connections to gangs and other off-field and locker room issues, Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson has been released by the Philadelphia Eagles.

The move comes after weeks of rumors and speculation, including a strangely playful photo from Jackson’s Twitter account of coach Chip Kelly (presumably to prove their wondrous relationship), a series of tweets from Jackson insinuating he’d like to play with his old pal Michael Vick on the New York Jets, and the refusal of Philly brass to back or commit to Jackson in any way.

Among the myriad stories swirling about Jackson’s impending end with the Eagles either by trade or release, the New England Patriots were listed as a potential destination. Now that Jackson is officially a free agent, should Bill Belichick and company make a Revis-esque run at the talented but troubled wide receiver?

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Rajon Rondo (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

With only 10 games left in the regular season, the Boston Celtics have lost three straight and eight of their last nine contests, including two straight to the Toronto Raptors this past week. The last win came against the Miami Heat, who the Celtics have beaten twice in three meetings this year. However, LeBron James did not play in the final game between the Celtics and Heat this season.

Rondo to be color commentator

Rajon Rondo may not be able to play on back-to-back nights, but he can still be part of the game. When the Celtics play against the Chicago Bulls on Monday night, the All-Star point guard will be behind the microphone beside Mike Gorman on Comcast Sportsnet’s television broadcast as the color commentator.

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Sizemore looks poised to grab the Red Sox center field job

When Spring Training began Jackie Bradley Jr. was all but handed the starting center field job. Though he had struggled during his brief stint in the Majors in 2013, the front office had confidence that Bradley would be an asset to the major league club. Despite Bradley Jr. being seen as the frontrunner, the Red Sox brought Grady Sizemore in on an incentive-laden contract. The hope was that he could be close to the player he was from 2005-08 when he routinely hit 20 home runs and stole 20 bases a year. There was no telling whether Sizemore, who has not played in a Major League game since 2011, could become even a shadow of his former self and for a while it seemed to be nothing more than a hopeful comeback attempt. Fast forward one month and things have changed.

Sizemore has passed every physical test that the Red Sox have thrown at him while continuing to show he can be an impactful player on the field. This spring he has hit .333/.381/.462 with one home run and two doubles. Though the power has yet to come back fully, it is important remember that Sizemore has not played in over two years so there is still a considerable adjustment period to be made, the power will come in time. More importantly, Sizemore has not looked hindered on either the field or the base paths, showing that he feels comfortable with where his health is at. Continue reading Red Sox Pick Sizemore for CF »

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Jimmy Graham took to Twitter to express his feelings about the NFL penalizing dunk celebrations this coming season. (Photo courtesy of Jimmy Graham!)

Starting next season, the NFL will no longer allow players to dunk the ball over the goal post crossbar in celebration of scoring a touchdown.

Insert obligatory joke about the NFL standing for the “No Fun League” here.

Awful acronym jokes aside, I am disappointed that I won’t be seeing any celebratory dunks this coming season. But not for the reason you might think. (Hint: I don’t care to see New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, who inspired the rule change, show off his ups.)

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Ellsbury is part of a strong Yankees outfield  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Opening Day for the Red Sox is now just a couple weeks away and with that in mind, here is our latest installment for the rankings of the AL East. All five AL East teams have strong outfields though some are considerably stronger than others. After checking out our rankings comment below if you agree, disagree, or have another take!

1. Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner; New York Yankees: The Yankees do not have much going for them this year, but they certainly have a strong outfield. All three players are outstanding defenders capable of playing center field and should be capable of closing many gaps. The short porch in right should be a boon for Ellsbury’s power numbers, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see a 20-20 campaign. Beltran will be as solid as ever and Gardner is a grinder and is basically a poor man’s Ellsbury. The Yankees possibly have the best outfield in the AL. Continue reading Ranking the AL East: Outfield »

The Patriots signed corner Darrelle Revis to a one-year deal which could prove to be one of their smartest decisions to date.

Hallelujah! The Patriots have done something for once during free-agency, surprising its fans (at least me) by signing arguably the best corner in the league, Darrelle Revis, to a one-year, $12 million contract. A big free-agent signing has not been made since Randy Moss back in 2007 and the Patriots made us feel as if this opportunity to get the best player in free-agency would slip away. Luckily, this year was different. Continue reading How Darrelle Revis Will Dramatically Improve Patriots »

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