When Spring Training began Jackie Bradley Jr. was all but handed the starting center field job. Though he had struggled during his brief stint in the Majors in 2013, the front office had confidence that Bradley would be an asset to the major league club. Despite Bradley Jr. being seen as the frontrunner, the Red Sox brought Grady Sizemore in on an incentive-laden contract. The hope was that he could be close to the player he was from 2005-08 when he routinely hit 20 home runs and stole 20 bases a year. There was no telling whether Sizemore, who has not played in a Major League game since 2011, could become even a shadow of his former self and for a while it seemed to be nothing more than a hopeful comeback attempt. Fast forward one month and things have changed.
Sizemore has passed every physical test that the Red Sox have thrown at him while continuing to show he can be an impactful player on the field. This spring he has hit .333/.381/.462 with one home run and two doubles. Though the power has yet to come back fully, it is important remember that Sizemore has not played in over two years so there is still a considerable adjustment period to be made, the power will come in time. More importantly, Sizemore has not looked hindered on either the field or the base paths, showing that he feels comfortable with where his health is at. Continue reading Red Sox Pick Sizemore for CF »
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Patriot fans can now rejoice with the news that veteran Vince Wilfork is not going anywhere! The Patriots and Wilfork have finally come to an agreement both sides and the fans can be happy with and could allow Wilfork to retire as a Patriot. The Patriots restructured Wilfork’s contract and offered him a 3-year, $22.5 million contract extension according to ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter.
His new deal is for one-year, $8 million, with $3 million guaranteed. The Patriots also have the option of bringing back the nose tackle for the 2015 and 2016 seasons for a total of $22.5 million. Continue reading Vince Wilfork, Patriots Agree to New Contract Extension »
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Tragically, two firefighters were killed battling a tremendous fire in the Back Bay area of Boston on Wednesday:
Lt. Ed Walsh, 43, was a 9 1/2 year veteran. He was married with 2 boys, 1 girl – all under 10.
Firefighter Michael Kennedy, 33, was with the department for 6 1/2 years. He was single and a veteran of the Marine Corps.
May they rest in peace. Continue reading 2 Boston Firefighters Killed in Back Bay Fire; Tom Brady Watches From Afar »
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After an unexpected 12-game winning streak, the Bruins were brought back down to earth by the rival Montreal Canadiens.
After outscoring opponents 47-16 during their winning streak, Boston was unable to generate the offense needed to top Montreal. The Canadiens have now won six of the last seven meetings between the two teams. The lone Boston win came on March 12th in the midst of their 12-game hot streak.
Continue reading Unlucky 13: Habs End Bruins Streak at 12 Wins »
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When David Ortiz eventually retires, he might want to consider a second career as a lobbyist in Washington D.C.
For now, though, he won’t have to worry about life after baseball for at least another year, having successfully lobbied Ben Cherington and company for an extension to be with the Red Sox through 2015. There are conflicting reports saying the one-year deal is worth either $15 (ESPN) or $16 million (WEEI).
Continue reading Red Sox, Ortiz Reportedly Agree to One-Year Extension »
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The Celtics announced on Friday the extension of shooting guard Chris Babb to a multi-year deal, the terms of which were not disclosed as per team policy, after the end of his second 10-day contract. Babb, an undrafted rookie out of Iowa State, has been with the team since February 28.
Babb, known as a defensive specialist during his time with the Cyclones, spent Summer League with Phoenix and training camp with Boston, then joined the Maine Red Claws, the Celtics’ D-League affiliate, when he was cut prior to the start of the regular season. He averaged 12 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.2 steals during his time in Maine.
Continue reading Celtics Sign Chris Babb to Multi-Year Deal »
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Boston College Director of Athletics Brad Bates announced on Tuesday that head coach Steve Donahue will not return for the final year of his contract as the Eagles’ head coach. BC was 54-76 in four years under Donahue and failed to make the NCAA Tournament once after doing so seven times between 2001 and 2009.
The Eagles are coming off a very rough season, going 8-24 with a 4-14 record in Atlantic Coast Conference play and losing to Georgia Tech in the first round of the ACC Tournament. BC did, however, make headlines for its upset of then-undefeated Syracuse on February 19, the lone bright spot in the 2013-14 season.
Continue reading BC Fires Basketball Coach Steve Donahue After Four Seasons »
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