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Athletics vs Brewers: Week 14's prediction for the World Series

The All-Star Game is almost here. Just one week remains for teams to finagle their players into the best situation (and avoid using pitchers Sunday they want to be All Stars). Injuries remain a factor for many teams; Toronto has just lost Edward Encarnacion to a quad strain. With several divisions in flux, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, July 7, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 14 »

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1. Cliff Notes:

* Beautiful weekend – 4th of July a celebration of the greatest country known to man
* Patriots camp around the corner
* Can golf be any more boring without Tiger
* Wimbledon proved yet again that the server has too much an advantage with the rackets built as they are

2. World Cup:

* If Brazil loses – Colombian Juan Camilo Zuniga is going to receive more death threats than JFK got
* My Germany over Argentina prediction is alive
* Dan Shaughnessy said it Saturday in the paper – USA won one of four games and is being celebrated as the nations greatest team (he asked – “which one was Eruzione”)
* The elimination round is not as good as teams are playing not to lose Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Back To Work We Go »

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Behind home-rain-forest advantage, Brazil was the only team to score twice in the quarterfinals. (http://at-web.org/)

The Semis are set, and it was a tough battle all around. Upstart Costa Rica forced Netherlands to penalty kicks. All other games were decided by one goal as well, two of those by the score of 1-0.

That made extra points tough to come by for our experts, who all unanimously picked the winners of all four games. Still, with four more games in the tournament, there’s plenty of time to make up room.

So check below for the updated results, and come back Tuesday evening for the Semifinal selections. Continue reading 2014 FIFA World Cup Expert Picks: Quarterfinals Results »

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Brock Holt

With the Red Sox at 38-47 (as of this writing) and in fourth place in the American League East, the team clearly boasts only a couple possible candidates for this year’s All-Star Game. Fortunately for at least one lucky Red Sox player, MLB requires that each roster has at least one player from each team.

Also fortunately for the Red Sox, manager John Farrell is the AL’s manager in the game thanks to last year’s World Series win. So, who is Farrell considering from his own squad?

BROCK HOLT. Continue reading John Farrell Considering Superman (Brock Holt) for All-Star Game »

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Jon Lester

Last week, CBS Sports reported that a contract extension for Red Sox ace Jon Lester would not come during the season, making the lefthander a free agent for the first time in his career after the season.

According to WEEI’s Rob Bradford, Lester would consider negotiating with the team during the season, as long as there is an indication it would be a brief process instead of a process drawn out over several weeks.

This would be great news for the Red Sox, who should do what they can to secure Lester, who has nailed down a 9-7 record on this mediocre Red Sox squad. The hurler has a 2.92 ERA in 114 innings, with 115 strikeouts and 29 walks this season. Continue reading Jon Lester Willing to Negotiate Contract Extension Mid-Season, Reports Say »

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The USA isn't in the tournament anymore, but the Quarterfinals still kick off on the Fourth of July. (http://dianegottsman.com/)

The Quarterfinals are about to begin, starting with a huge all-Europe match between France and Germany. With a great performance to win a tough group, and as the only team left not from Europe or South America, Costa Rica could be fun to watch, despite a tough game against the Netherlands. Argentina and Belgium look to build off tough elimination wins, while host Brazil faces Columbia in the round’s all-South America game.

This round, it was easier for our experts to choose the winners, with differences in finals scores to make the most difference in scoring before the Semifinal Round. As before, choosing the winner of each game is worth two points, while picking the goals scored by each team is worth one point.

So check below for everyone’s picks for this round, and check back once the round is complete for updated results. Continue reading 2014 FIFA World Cup Expert Picks: Quarterfinals »

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No, you're not hallucinating; that's Jerry Remy staring at his own tooth in the NESN broadcast booth. (Photo courtesy of SBNation)

For those of you Boston fans depressed by the fact that the Red Sox are on the verge of being swept by the lowly Chicago Cubs — led by former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein, no less — here is the moment of levity that you’ve been looking for.

Jerry Remy lost one of his teeth in the midst of the NESN broadcast. For real.

If you’ve ever watched NESN before, and seen the interplay between Remy and Don Orsillo, you won’t need me to tell you that the lost tooth led down a long and all-but-endless rabbit hole of caps, dentists, and giggling, followed innings later by the appearance of a screwdriver, pliers, and electrical tape.

I wish I were kidding.

Continue reading Video: Jerry Remy Loses Tooth on Red Sox Broadcast »

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