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Joe Kelly impressed in his season debut as he held the Yankees to just one run on one hit in seven innings. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

After the most brutal winter in the history of Boston, the start of a new season of Red Sox baseball is just what we needed. The temperature is finally rising and there is legitimate buzz surrounding this team. Thanks to the additions of high-profile free agents Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, the young players like Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts have a great supporting cast while they develop. The biggest problem with the lineup last year was lack of veteran depth, forcing the younger players to carry the load way too early. This year their biggest strength on offense is their depth. It’s a good sign when you’re able to send one of your highest paid players in Rusney Castillo to triple A to start the year, and you’re still 4-1.

- With all the additions on offense there was a huge loss this off-season when the Red Sox weren’t able to bring Jon Lester back to Boston. Instead they traded for Wade Miley and Rick Porcello, and signed Justin Masterson. Without being able to lock down a sure ace pitcher, they filled the rotation with a bunch of guys who all have the ability to post double-digit wins. Another benefit of this pitching staff is age. Buchholz and Masterson are the oldest at 30, and they locked Porcello, 26, up for four more years at about $82 million. All five of these pitchers have shown the ability to be great in their careers, but as cliche as it sounds it all depends on their health. The offense is good enough to bail the pitching out of some games, but at the end of the day pitching wins championships. I do expect some young arms down in the farm such as Matt Barnes and Henry Owens to make an appearance at some point in the year to add to the team whether it be in the bullpen or the rotation. Continue reading Red Sox Weekly Round Up: Joe Kelly and Clay Buchholz Shine Early »

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"Pro Wrestling," NES

The NHL season is now over, after the last playoff spots were clinched on the season’s final day. There were plenty of surprises along the way, which had a big influence on our Pick ‘Em.

The Bruins, Sharks and Kings all missed out and cost us in our standings, while the Canucks, Flames and Islanders all helped out a bit.

But in a tough season, who came out on top? Without further ado, the winner of the 2014-2015 NHL Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2014-2015 NHL Expert Picks Results »

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Oklahoma's Jordan Phillips shows off his impressive size/ newsok.com

The 2015 NFL draft is almost upon us. It seems like just yesterday that New England Patriots fans were basking in the glow of their shiny new Lombardi trophy. Then tragedy struck as key free agents left town and stalwarts were left to find new places of employment. Now it is time for the rebirth and rebuilding part, it is spring after all.

So let’s talk draft. Sure it would be fun to talk about the sexy picks like running backs, wide receivers or even the secondary but any follower of a Bill Belichick led Patriots team knows that we need to start in the trenches. Continue reading 2015 NFL Draft Profile: Jordan Phillips DT, Oklahoma »

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The Celtics have the best playoff odds of the four teams they're battling, but who will they face in round 1?

After their win against the Pistons, the Celtics keep inching towards a playoff spot. The Green currently sit in seventh place in the East with four games to go, by virtue of holding the tiebreaker over Brooklyn. Their magic number to clinch a playoff spot is four (any combination of Boston wins and Indiana/Miami losses). There is still a small chance that the Celtics could get up as high as the six seed, but will most likely finish as either seventh or eighth in the Eastern Conference. Therefore that leaves three teams as possible first round playoff opponents: Atlanta, Cleveland or Toronto.

Possible Match-Up: #1 Atlanta Hawks vs #8 Boston Celtics

Role reversal from the 2008 playoffs! Back then the Celtics had the number one seed and the Hawks had just clawed and scratched their way into the playoffs with a 37-45 record (a possible record for this year’s Celtics), and guess what? The Hawks were able to push the eventual champion Celtics all the way to seven games in an exciting first round. Now, I’m not saying that just because the tables are turned that Boston could do that this year. That series in 2008 was a bit of an odd one with the Celtics unable to perform on the road in the playoffs. Every game in Boston was completely one sided where the games in Atlanta were close match-ups that the soon-to-be champs just couldn’t close out. The Celtics are 1-2 against the Hawks this year, but if they met in the playoffs it would be a completely different Celtics team. Continue reading Who Would You Rather See the Celtics Play in the Playoffs? »

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1. Bruins:

* They skated hard last night but couldn’t beat the eliminated Panthers – that tells me there isn’t enough talent on the team
* Brett Connolly three minor penalties – one allowed a huge power play goal (that’s what he gets for spelling his last name wrong)
* Tuukka Rask you are no Tim Thomas (Panthers scored 3 goals on 9 third period shots)
* The line Wednesday night with Smith, Soderberg and Kelly have scored 5 goals in the last thirty plus games combined
* I wonder how much Seidenberg rushing to get back for last year’s playoffs put him behind this year

2. Red Sox:

* First three games – game times 3:01 / 2:54 / 3:08
* Hannigan might be the polar opposite to Vazquez in excitment

3. Celtics:

* Team is 5-1 when Isaiah Thomas attempts at least 15 shots Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Bruins at the Brink »

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Ryan Spooner (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Bruins dropped a tough one last night against the Washington Capitals, unable to figure out Braden Holtby who’s been doing his Ken Dryden impression all season long against the Bruins. Seriously, the Bruins didn’t score one goal against the Capitals this year.

The Bruins now hold the 8th seed (second Wild Card spot), although they’re tied with the Senators in points with 95. They own the tie breaker because of the head to head match-up, but this won’t be an easy week. One good thing is that the schedule works in our favor. The Bruins play the Panthers and Lightning, both of whom we’ve done well against this season. Ottawa, on the other hand, has to play the Rangers and Flyers, and neither of those are easy match-ups. Continue reading Playoff Outlook and Bruins Weekly Roundup »

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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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