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Bobby Valentine praises job he did managing the Boston Red Sox

Bobby Valentine praises job he did managing the Boston Red Sox

yahoo.com CNNSI.com Updated Feb 26, 2013
The importance of managers in Major League Baseball tends to be overhyped. There's only so much a manager can do to affect the outcome of a season, or even a game. And there's only so much difference between every manager in baseball. In other words, no…
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  • Jeff Demps returning to track

    Jeff Demps returning to track

    profootballtalk.com Feb 26, 2013
    Jeff Demps, the former Florida running back who left football to focus on track and field, then signed with the Patriots after last year’s Olympics, is returning to track. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Demps has informed the Patriots that he
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  • Garcia, Dempster solid in first action of spring

    Garcia, Dempster solid in first action of spring

    ESPN.com Feb 26, 2013
    Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia returned to the mound for the first time since injuring his shoulder in the playoffs, getting through two scoreless innings Tuesday as St. Louis beat the Boston Red Sox 15-4.
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  • Report: Patriots aren’t actively shopping Ryan Mallett

    Report: Patriots aren’t actively shopping Ryan Mallett

    profootballtalk.com Feb 26, 2013
    There has been a lot to talk about in the wake of the news that Tom Brady extended his contract with the Patriots, including some about what it means for Ryan Mallett that the Pats have secured their current starting quarterback through the 2017 season.…
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  • Report: Patriots got tired of Brandon Lloyd’s behavior

    Report: Patriots got tired of Brandon Lloyd’s behavior

    Brandon Lloyd may be one-and-done in New England, and if he does leave the Patriots after just one year, it will be as much a result of off-field issues as his on-field production. Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe reports that the Patriots will probably …
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  • Dempster gives Sox innings, professionalism

    Dempster gives Sox innings, professionalism

    MLB.com Feb 26, 2013
    The Red Sox didn't just acquire an innings-eater back in December when they signed free-agent pitcher Ryan Dempster, they also got a well-respected veteran who still has the same enthusiasm for the game he did five or 10 years ago.
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  • Cruz's three-run double sparks Cardinals

    Cruz's three-run double sparks Cardinals

    MLB.com Feb 26, 2013
    Ryan Dempster looked strong in his debut with the Red Sox by firing two hitless innings, but the Cardinals' offense sprang to life after his departure and cruised to a 15-4 victory on Tuesday afternoon at JetBlue Park.
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  • A few details on Brady's contract

    A few details on Brady's contract

    Brady's contract basically has $57 million guaranteed, which puts him in line with other top QB contracts.
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  • Gritty wins don't make rebuilding any easier for the Celtics

    Gritty wins don't make rebuilding any easier for the Celtics

    Failing to shake things up makes it harder for the Celtics to rebuild, even if the team continues to pull out gutsy wins.
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  • Lowell the latest alum to lend helping hand

    Lowell the latest alum to lend helping hand

    MLB.com Feb 26, 2013
    Just when you thought that Pedro Martinez, Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield would complete the trio of recently retired players helping out at the Red Sox's camp, Mike Lowell emerged as a surprise guest instructor on Tuesday.
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  • Agent: Brady pact won't affect Flacco talks

    Agent: Brady pact won't affect Flacco talks

    Joe Flacco's agent told USA Today Sports on Tuesday that Tom Brady's new deal with the Patriots will have "no impact" on his client's negotiations with the Baltimore Ravens.
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  • Perloff: Houston Texans 2013 Offseason Recap

    Perloff: Houston Texans 2013 Offseason Recap

    CNNSI.com Feb 26, 2013
    Are the Texans a perennial playoff threat, or is it now or never? Andrew Perloff assesses what went wrong after a dominant start to 2012, and how Houston can fix it.
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  • Rob Gronkowski Had Surgery For An Infection. Uh-Oh?

    Rob Gronkowski Had Surgery For An Infection. Uh-Oh?

    deadspin.com boston.com Feb 26, 2013
    Rob Gronkowski was scheduled to be the NFL Network's red carpet correspondent for the Oscars, but mysteriously canceled on Friday. Busted Coverage's Gronkowski party photos, which are akin to the GPS tags conservationists use to track endangered species…
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  • AFC East offseason Stock Watch

    AFC East offseason Stock Watch

    ESPN.com Feb 26, 2013
    Let's take a look at whose stock is up and whose stock is down in the AFC East. Rising 1. New England Patriots’ salary cap: Future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady showed why he is a franchise player. Just weeks before free agency, Brady agreed to a b
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  • Tuesday morning one-liners

    Tuesday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Feb 26, 2013
    The Bills’ draft outlook hasn’t come into focus yet. The late rounds might provide a tight end for the Dolphins. A position-by-position breakdown of the Patriots. Crunching the combine numbers for a few potential Jets targets. The Ravens met with West
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  • Patriots offseason primer: After Ravens loss, expect a frenzy

    Patriots offseason primer: After Ravens loss, expect a frenzy

    boston.com Feb 26, 2013
    Thanks to Tom Brady’s contract extension, the Patriots are armed with cap space in what should be a busy free agency period.
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  • Sorry for Partying: A List of Possible Reasons for Rob Gronkows…

    Sorry for Partying: A List of Possible Reasons for Rob Gronkowski's Arm Infection

    grantland.com Feb 26, 2013
    Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had surgery on his forearm last week to clean up an infection. These are the kinds of things that happen when your a...
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Brady's Impact 03:27

    NFL32OT: Brady's Impact

    Feb 26
    Episode 277: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss the impact of Tom Brady's contract extension. John Clayton breaks down Manti Te'o's performance at the NFL scouting combine. NFL32 crew discusses the transition from college to the pros.
  • Video - Jeff Demps leaving New England Patriots 00:30

    Jeff Demps leaving New England Patriots

    Feb 26
    Ian Rapoport has the latest on New England Patriots running back Jeff Demps leaving the team to return back to track and field.
  • Video - Jeff Demps wants to keep running track and field 00:30

    Jeff Demps wants to keep running track and field

    Feb 26
    Ian Rapoport has the latest on New England Patriots running back Jeff Demps' plans to return to competing in track and field.
  • Video - NFL Live OT: Perception Isn't Reality 01:25

    NFL Live OT: Perception Isn't Reality

    Feb 26
    Damien Woody and Brian Dawkins discuss Tom Brady's contract extension.

Sports Columnists

  • 2013 NFL combine -- Plenty learned at event done right

    Feb 26
    We learned plenty at this year's combine, as usual, so the NFL shouldn't change a thing, writes John Clayton.
  • Sources: Holmgren, Raiders talk front office job

    Feb 26
    The Oakland Raiders have been talking to former Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren about a leadership position within the organization, according to two sources.
  • Peter King: More on Tom Brady's amazing deal; mail

    Feb 26
    Picking up the pieces from the surprising three-year, $27 million Tom Brady contract extension:
  • Adande/Gutierrez: Who's the NBA's most clutch player?

    Feb 26
    Which player gets the ball in crunch time? J.A. Adande and Israel Gutierrez decide.