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Red Sox clinch first AL East title since 2007

Red Sox clinch first AL East title since 2007

yahoo.com ESPN.com CNNSI.com MLB.com Updated Sep 20, 2013
Your browser does not support iframes. With their postseason berth already secured on Thursday, the Boston Red Sox turned right around and clinched the AL East division title on Friday night, officially locking themselves into the ALDS round, with a 6-3…
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  • Patriots, Jets players fined by NFL

    Patriots, Jets players fined by NFL

    boston.com Sep 20, 2013
    From staff reports The Patriots and Jets drew more than $72,000 in fines from the NFL for their sideline fight late in the fourth quarter of the Week 2 matchup at Gillette Stadium. Vince Wilfork and teammates Michael Buchanan and...
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  • N.F.L. Roundup: Linebacker for 49ers Is Arrested After Crash

    N.F.L. Roundup: Linebacker for 49ers Is Arrested After Crash

    nytimes.com Sep 20, 2013
    San Francisco’s Aldon Smith was arrested Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana possession, after his truck was involved in an accident.
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  • Rasmus hit by warm-up throw, leaves game

    Rasmus hit by warm-up throw, leaves game

    ESPN.com Sep 20, 2013
    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus left Friday night's game against the Boston Red Sox after he was hit in the face with a ball while jogging out to the field in the middle of the first inning.
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  • The Avengers: Patriots Edition

    The Avengers: Patriots Edition

    patriotsgab.com Sep 20, 2013
    TGIF! It is Friday and that means it is weekend and football! I will do something fun today, comparing Patriots superstars to the Avengers superheroes! This one is for all you comic book, superheroes, and football fans! Which Patriot is most like Iron M…
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  • Dempster to work out of Red Sox bullpen

    Dempster to work out of Red Sox bullpen

    ESPN.com Sep 20, 2013
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Friday that right-hander Ryan Dempster will work out of the bullpen for the remainder of the regular season as the team gears up for a smaller rotation in the postseason.
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  • W2W4: Five things we'll be focused on

    W2W4: Five things we'll be focused on

    ESPN.com Sep 20, 2013
    Has it been pretty? Far from it, but the Patriots started their preparation for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a situation that only seven other teams could lay claim to: unblemished through two games. The payoff of defeating the Jets during a short Week 2…
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  • Friday injury report

    Friday injury report

    boston.com Sep 20, 2013
    Matthew Slater has been ruled out, and Danny Amendola is doubtful to play against the Buccaneers on Sunday, according to the Patriots.
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  • Gronkowski questionable for Sunday

    Gronkowski questionable for Sunday

    For the first time this season, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is listed as something other than doubtful on the team’s final injury report of the week. Gronkowski is questionable for Sunday’s date with the Buccaneers, which fits with what Gronkowski…
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  • Jets-Pats sideline fight fines total $72K-plus

    Jets-Pats sideline fight fines total $72K-plus

    Three New England Patriots and two New York Jets players amassed fines totaling more than $72,000 as the result of a sideline melee near the end of their Sept. 12 game in Foxborough, Mass.
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  • Chandler Jones fined $15,750 for roughing penalty

    Chandler Jones fined $15,750 for roughing penalty

    profootballtalk.com Sep 20, 2013
    Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones was fined $15,750 for a roughing the passer penalty against Jets quarterback Geno Smith in Week Two, the NFL confirmed to PFT on Friday. Jones was penalized after hitting Smith around the neck area in the first quar…
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  • Gerald Henderson thinks his famous steal, and not Larry Bird’s,…

    Gerald Henderson thinks his famous steal, and not Larry Bird’s, is ‘the best play in Celtics history’

    yahoo.com Sep 20, 2013
    Last May, on the 26th anniversary of the play, John Karalis of Red’s Army offered up a small blog post in tribute to Larry Bird’s steal of Isiah Thomas’ rushed pass in Game 5 of the 1987 Eastern Conference finals. The steal, which immediately led to Bir…
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  • Zach Sudfeld hopes to be back on Sunday

    Zach Sudfeld hopes to be back on Sunday

    boston.com Sep 20, 2013
    By Michael Whitmer, Globe Staff FOXBOROUGH – Tight end Zach Sudfeld has practiced all week with no limitations, leaving him hopeful that he'll be able to play on Sunday against the Buccaneers after missing last week's game with a hamstring...
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  • Belichick on running backs; educating rookies

    Belichick on running backs; educating rookies

    boston.com Sep 20, 2013
    Bill Belichick opened his press conference on Friday morning by once again stressing how good he believes the Buccaneers are, and the challenge his Patriots face on Sunday with Tampa Bay in town.
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  • Buccaneers vs Patriots: 4 matchups to watch for

    Buccaneers vs Patriots: 4 matchups to watch for

    The Tampa Buccaneers will head to Foxborough Sunday to take on the New England Patriots. The Bucs are coming off another last second loss, while the Patriots are coming off a 10 day break. The Tampa Bay defense against the Patriots offense has all the m…
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  • Double Coverage: Bills at Jets

    Double Coverage: Bills at Jets

    ESPN.com Sep 20, 2013
    The quarterback situation in the AFC East can be described this way: Tom Brady and the young guns. Two of the young guns will face each other Sunday at MetLife Stadium, where the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills -- both 1-1 -- will be battling to stay ou…
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  • Answer Man: Terry Francona talks Indians, Red Sox, Expos, Micha…

    Answer Man: Terry Francona talks Indians, Red Sox, Expos, Michael Jordan, going bald, Dustin Pedroia, Belichick hoodies and Bill

    yahoo.com Sep 20, 2013
    Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona literally grew up in Major League Baseball; his father, Tito Francona, hit 125 home runs over nearly 5,800 plate appearances from 1956-1970, and he brought his kid into every clubhouse along the way. Though he wa…
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  • Has Any Trade Worked Out Better Than The Dodgers/Red Sox Megade…

    Has Any Trade Worked Out Better Than The Dodgers/Red Sox Megadeal?

    deadspin.com Sep 20, 2013
    After dancing amidst champagne showers in Arizona's visiting clubhouse, the Dodgers jogged out to right field and Chase Field's pool. Adrian Gonzalez led the charge, and Nick Punto plunged into the water with a cannonball. "We're a veteran ballclub…
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  • Friday morning one-liners

    Friday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Sep 20, 2013
    The Bills have gotten good starts from their two tackles. Dolphins DE Dion Jordan wants to make up for a mistake against the Colts. Running with a chip on his shoulder is old hat for Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount. Jets S Antonio Allen thinks he’s figure…
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  • Highlighting Patriots-Bucs connections

    Highlighting Patriots-Bucs connections

    ESPN.com Sep 20, 2013
    Despite not playing each other in the regular season since 2009, the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are very familiar foes. That’s due in part to the relationship between head coaches Bill Belichick and Greg Schiano, who have grown close …
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  • The Juice: Wild Card hopefuls Nationals and Indians win to ente…

    The Juice: Wild Card hopefuls Nationals and Indians win to enter weekend against MLB’s worst teams

    yahoo.com Sep 20, 2013
    Less than two weeks to go in season No. 6 of the Juice! Stop by daily for news from the action, along with great photos, stats, video highlights and more. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox confirmed their postseason reservations Thursday, celeb…
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  • Patriots’ defense focused on Doug Martin

    Patriots’ defense focused on Doug Martin

    boston.com Sep 20, 2013
    FOXBOROUGH — For someone who has just 18 NFL games under his belt, Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin sure is getting a lot of attention from the Patriots.
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  • Pass Atlas: Brady and the Scamps

    Pass Atlas: Brady and the Scamps

    grantland.com Sep 20, 2013
    I'm not saying the NFL takes itself too seriously, but there's this video called "Bledsoe to Brady: The Hit That Changed History" on its website. Ther...
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  • Video - 'Playbook': Tampa Bay  Buccaneers vs. New England Patriots 04:07

    'Playbook': Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New England Patriots

    Sep 20
    Has New England Patriots QB Tom Brady made any progress with his young receiving corps and can the Tampa Bay Buccaneers avoid another late loss? Playbook has the answers.
  • Video - Jets-Patriots Fines Top $72,000 02:53

    Jets-Patriots Fines Top $72,000

    Sep 20
    Darren Woodson discusses the fines handed out to the Jets and Patriots players involved in the fight during their Sept. 12 matchup and whether he thinks the amounts were appropriate.
  • Video - Weather update: Buccaneers @ Patriots. 00:30

    Weather update: Buccaneers @ Patriots.

    Sep 20
    AccuWeather.com updates climate conditions for the Buccaneers @ Patriots.
  • Video - Web Gems 01:01

    Web Gems

    Sep 20
    Does Stephen Drew's stop, roll and throw to first top Jose Iglesias' reigning Web Gem?

Sports Columnists

  • Welcome the Spotlight

    Sep 20
    Chris Clark will go from observer to integral very quickly. (Bob Leverone/AP) You’re Chris Clark. You’re 27 years old, and you may have trouble sleeping Sunday night. You’re starting your first game at left tackle this weekend. Your only significant reg…
  • Da Funny Man, Da Bears

    Sep 20
    Jeff Garlin is one of the stars of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and the upcoming ABC sitcom ‘The Goldbergs.’ (Danny Moloshok/Reuters) 1. I think if you’re not from Chicago—I am—you might not understand the Bears are more popular than the Bulls, Blackhawks, So…
  • Don Banks: Eagles give Reid his big night in Philly as Chiefs remain undef…

    Sep 20
    That was really a nice touch by the Eagles. Making Andy Reid feel right at home like that.
  • Bill Simmons breaks down the Richardson trade and makes Week 3 picks

    Sep 20
    The Sports Guy applauds the Browns and Colts for acting like NBA teams and makes Week 3 picks.