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Red Sox ace Jon Lester throws for the American League All-Star Game from Target Field in Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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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A rare appearance by Armond Armstead who just announced his retirement, nepatriotslife.com

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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Connelly’s Top Ten: Weekend!

July 18, 2014 at 8:54am in Featured, Now!, Top Story

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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Bill Russell

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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Cole Hamels (Michael Perez/AP)

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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Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola (Jared Wickerham, Getty Images)

With the start of training camp just one week away, it’s time to look at the state of the Patriot’s wide receivers heading into the 2014 season. The group was the subject of much criticism last season. While Julian Edelman emerged into a solid replacement for Wes Welker, Danny Amendola and rookie Aaron Dobson struggled to stay on the field for the Pats.

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New Blood

The receiving core is relatively the same group that contributed to the league’s third ranked scoring offense a year ago. The one notable addition during the off-season was ex-Panther Brandon LaFell. The former Carolina receiver had a solid campaign in 2013, netting 627 yards on 49 receptions with 5 touchdowns. At 6’3″ LaFell offers tremendous versatility at the position, as he can play both in the slot and on the outside. Continue reading Patriots 2014 Wide Receivers Preview: Edelman, Amendola, LaFell, Dobson »

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Adam Schefter (ngngsports.com)

The following is the latest in our SoB Satire series. Much of the following isn’t real or confirmed to be true, but we totally wish it was.

The Fantasy Football Federation held a summit on Tuesday evening, calling in experts from around the country to try and consolidate a master ranking list of wide receivers for the 2014-2015 season. Held in Philadelphia, the summit featured experts ranging from ESPN.com writers to Fox Sports analysts. They were asked to rank wide receivers alphabetically, but after an eight and a half hour conference they were unable to produce a list that they all agreed on.

Each year, sports websites and fantasy blogs produce list after list of rankings and projections for players around the league and these lists often vary. In an attempt to rank NFL wide receivers in alphabetical order, the experts not only couldn’t agree but they almost came to blows.

Continue reading SoB Satire: Fantasy Football Experts Submit their 2014 Alphabetical Rankings »

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