1. British Open:
* If Tiger has no chance on Sunday – should he wear red?
* 64 year old Tom Watson beat Tiger on Sunday 68 to 75
* Garcia wants to know why he can’t win majors – how about being short on putts on 16 and 17 on Sunday
* Ricky Fowler wearing the Eminem starter kit
* Rory on fire since breaking up with girlfriend (she won the Istanbul Open on same day)
2. Red Sox:
* With the young guys up they are more enjoyable to watch
* Two amazing throws by Vazquez almost picking off both runners Saturday
* Haven’t seen this many Red Sox runners go first to third in a while
* Ortiz grounded out five times and never ran hard once – Yaz would have been booed out of the park
* Brock Holt 26 multi-hit games
* Red Sox since they released AJ Pierzynski: 7-1 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Red Sox Cooking »
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The Celtics completed a deal with Washington on Saturday, re-signing unrestricted free agent power forward Kris Humphries to a three-year, $13 million contract and subsequently trading him to the Wizards in exchange for a conditional second-round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Humphries was quite solid last year for the Celtics, who acquired him from Brooklyn in the Kevin Garnett-Paul Pierce trade, averaging 8.4 points on 50.1% field goal shooting and 5.9 rebounds in 69 games, 30 of them as a starter. He will now play with Pierce in Washington.
Boston also received the Wizards’ trade exception in the deal. The Celtics used the exception they got as part of the Nets’ package last year in the three-team trade that brought Marcus Thornton and Tyler Zeller to Boston earlier this month. While the Wizards are coming off a trip to the second round of the playoffs and are looking like one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference for the 2014-15 season, Danny Ainge and the Celtics seem content to take the rebuilding process slowly, although the possibilities of trading for Minnesota PF Kevin Love or dealing point guard Rajon Rondo to Houston are still reportedly on the table. Continue reading Celtics Send Humphries to Wizards in Sign-and-Trade, Retain Pressey »
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Jon Lester is the ace of the Boston Red Sox, but for how much longer will he hold that title?
Lester is set to become a free agent following the 2014 season, in which he will have the ability to sign with any team that offers him a contract, which means that his time in the Red Sox organization could be coming to an end. The 30-year-old pitcher was drafted by Boston in the second round of the 2002 amateur draft, and has been at the heart of their two most recent World Series championships.
Lester has also conquered his fair share of demons off of the diamond. During the 2006 season, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. His recovery was inspirational as he returned to the major leagues as soon as the 2007 season. On the other end of the spectrum, Lester was at the center of the chicken-and-beer fiasco a few years ago when the clubhouse fell apart. The native of Tacoma, Washington has known no other baseball home than Boston, making this impending free agency crucial for his legacy as one of the greatest Red Sox pitchers of all-time. Continue reading Red Sox Face Dilemma with Jon Lester »
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Who is Armond Armstead? Currently he is one of the most discussed New England Patriots, and he never even played a snap for the team.
Armstead was a defensive tackle for the University of Southern California Trojans from 2008-10. His numbers weren’t eye popping with 59 tackles in 17 games but he was declared medically ineligible by the USC staff for the 2011 season. He ended up suing the school for giving him pain killers which he believed caused him to suffer a heart attack.
After going undrafted in 2012, Armstead decided to sign with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). His CFL campaign was successful as he recorded 43 tackles, six sacks and was named a CFL all-star. The Argonauts would go on to win the Grey Cup (the equivalent of the Lombardi Trophy). Continue reading Armond Armstead: We Never Knew Ye »
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1. Cliff Notes:
* Seven summer weekends left – enjoy
* Tom Brady soon to take the field again – life is good
* No soccer, no College World Series, Red Sox stink – August 30th Ohio State – Navy!
* They should have a charity competition to see how many slap shots Bobby Schumatz could put on net from blue line
2. Red Sox second half schedule:
* They play in Jeter’s last game at home (surprised Major League Baseball didn’t have Jeter’s last game in Yankee Stadium)
* They play in Pittsburgh, which will be a fun match up with that outfield
* Why not move Lester, Peavy, Lackey, Napoli, Gomes, Ross Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Weekend! »
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NBA legend Bill Russell, widely considered as one of the 2 or 3 best centers in league history, was hospitalized Thursday after feeling faint while giving a speech in Nevada.
The 80-year-old Russell was taken away from the event on a stretcher and taken to the hospital as a precaution. Continue reading Celtics Legend Bill Russell Hospitalized »
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Red Sox beat writer Nick Cafardo wrote an article yesterday for the Boston Globe saying that Cole Hamels might be a viable trade option for the Boston Red Sox and would make “perfect sense” for the Sox to pursue him.
Blasphemy. Blasphemy, I say.
Hamels, the hard throwing southpaw from San Diego, has had a successful 9-year career so far and has been a quiet ace all season long, despite his 3-5 record on a terrible Phillies team. He led his team to a World Series championship in 2008 and won the World Series MVP award. This is a very good pitcher with a long track record of success and he’s got an affordable contract.
That said, the Sox would be foolish to make a trade for him. Continue reading Red Sox Interested in Cole Hamels: Would This be a Mistake? »
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