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A bee hassles Kimiko Date-Krumm during her first round US Open match with Venus Williams. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oj6clWsGlvo#t=213)

The US Open has only begun, but already has proven to be highly entertaining. But that’s not so much due to the tennis matches themselves, but especially due to a bee that got involved in American Venus Williams’ first round match with Japan’s Kimiko Date-Krumm. The bee first began hassling Krumm before eventually moving on to Williams. Continue reading VIDEO: Bee Interrupts Venus Williams’ US Open Match »

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Patriots running back Stevan Ridley must hold on to the football. (USA Today Sports)

The Patriots played their third preseason game in Foxboro against the Carolina Panthers Friday night, winning 30-7. The third preseason game is usually a dress-rehearsal, meaning the teams go through regular game-prep through the week, and both teams starters will likely play into the third quarter — and they did.

This is the one of the four preseason games where watching the starters will be more intriguing than the fringe players. Here is a list of what we were watching: Continue reading Patriots 30, Panthers 7: What we were watching for »

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Rusney Castillo (image: jaysjournal.com)

The Red Sox have reportedly signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a deal for 7 years, $72.5 million.. The Sox were well documented in being after the slugger, and after missing out on Jose Abreu, they won’t make the same mistake twice. Castillo might not be at the same level as Abreu or Yasiel Puig, but he’s an elite talent in the Cuban league and will bring a good combination of power and speed to the Major Leagues, not unlike trade deadline acquisition Yoenis Cespedes.

What does this mean for the team? For starters, it’s uncertain at this time when Castillo will arrive with the team. But things are looking bleak for Jackie Bradley Jr, who was optioned to Pawtucket last week. He was unable to produce at the Major League level and we might never see him in Fenway again. Continue reading Rusney Castillo signs with Red Sox for 7 years, $72.5 million »

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1. Cliff Notes:

* 3rd game of Exhibition series – beware of traffic and no injuries

* The Celtics are literally even with the Revolution for non-relevance

* The ALS fundraising inspired by Pete Frates will be approaching $40,000,000 compared to $1,000,000 last year for the same time period. I’m not kidding – this is approaching Medal of Freedom levels.

2. Red Sox – brooms out:

* Mike Trout 4-17 in the series and they still swept

* Uehara the last two years – 173 K to 16 BB – wow!

* Ortiz 11 for 18 over his last five games and he sits – dude you’re a DH

* On pace to win 71 games this year – ugh (shouldn’t everyone have bet under knowing that was a fluke last year) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: All-Star Starting Pitchers, Medal for Frates, Weekend »

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It’s been a lost season for the Red Sox, but the same can’t be said for the Angels, who have beaten the Red Sox three straight times and are in first place in the AL West.

THe third win in this stretch, though, was very costly, as the team lost its best pitcher, Garret Richards to a freak knee injury:

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Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr. was sent down to the Pawtucket Red Sox on Monday. When asked by reporters about the move, he said he was “disappointed” in himself. The truth is the Red Sox should be disappointed in themselves for not handling this player better.

The mishandling of Bradley began last season when the Red Sox had him play in the first games against New York in April 2013.

Over a year ago, it all seemed to make sense. Bradley had a phenomenal 2013 Spring Training season, exceeding even the highest of expectations. Through the middle of March 2013, he was hitting .436/.551/.564 in 39 plate appearances. He was the talk of the town all month long.  All of the newspapers, radio and television broadcasters asked, ‘should the Red Sox wait and let him play in Pawtucket to ensure his maturity once he arrived at Fenway Park?’ or ‘should they bring him to the opening series in New York?’ When the first days of April arrived, Bradley was in a Red Sox uniform playing centerfield in the Bronx. Continue reading The Mishandled Career of Jackie Bradley Jr. »

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Angels vs Nationals: Week 19's prediction for the World Series

A month and a half remain in the season, and it’s a good race. Both leagues have new leaders. Four divisions are within 3.5 games. Winning and losing streaks are shaking things up. The questions now is whether or not all this will paint a new postseason picture, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, August 19, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 19 »

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