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Is 'Big Game' James Shields losing big dollars with lousy postseason?

Alex Speier  |  10/22/2014 - 2:13am EST

Is James Shields pitching his way into a more palatable contract for teams that might pursue him on the free agent market? On Tuesday, in Game 1 of the World Series, Shields added to a growing resume of performances that has rendered his "Big Game" James moniker something of an October punchline. He got shelled for three first-inning runs and was summarily lifted with no outs in the fourth, having yielded five runs in three-plus inning and stalling out the Royals' postseason steamroller. Kansas City fell, 7-1, in the opener of the World Series against the Giants. While manager Ned Yost told reporters that Shields will take the mound again in a potential Game 5, the fact that the Royals manager was asked whether that would be the case ...

Johnny Boychuk, Islanders enjoying early returns of Bruins trade

DJ Bean  |  10/22/2014 - 1:00am EST

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Midway through Monday's practice, Islanders coach Jack Capuano summoned his players to diagram a play on the dry erase board. As his team took a collective knee, one of New York's defensemen went front and center in the group, cutting directly in front of Cal Clutterbuck and slowly pushing his rear end into the veteran right wing as he took his knee. Meet the Islanders' new elder statesman and voice of veteran leadership, 30-year-old Johnny Boychuk. With Lubomir Visnovsky out, the former Bruin is the oldest player in his new team's lineup. “Think about that,” Boychuk said in a conversation with WEEI.com this week. “Like what the hell is going on?” Getting traded from the Bruins days before the season ...

Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning best rivalry ever

Chris Villani  |  10/21/2014 - 11:39pm EST

It's an interesting paradox. They are never on the field at the same time, yet Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have set the standard for their peers, and themselves, in two careers inexorably linked to one another. Last Sunday, Peyton Manning passed Brett Favre on the career touchdowns list. The accomplishment spawned yet another round of "Where does Manning rank among the all-time greats" and "Who's better? Manning or Brady?" In less than two weeks, we'll be treated to Brady vs. Manning XVI. And make no mistake, that's exactly what this is. Yes, it's the Patriots vs. the Broncos and yes, we are attaching team accomplishments to individuals. But no two individuals have had such an impact on the accomplishments of their teams. ...

Stretch drive: Why upcoming 6-game slate will shape legacy of 2014 Patriots

Christopher Price  |  10/21/2014 - 1:00am EST

While the Patriots have shown character in bouncing back from the Monday night massacre in Kansas City over the last three games -- three victories by a combined score of 107-64 -- their ultimate legacy will be forged over the next month-plus in the form of the toughest regular-season gauntlet any New England team has faced over the last decade. The convenient narrative for many around the Patriots is that their pillowy-soft divisional slate leads to trouble in January; the fact that they haven’t been truly tested like their AFC North or NFC West brethren (the home of the last two Super Bowl champions) over the course of the regular season means they come up lacking once the postseason rolls around. But if the 2014 New England team (which ...

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09/29/2014 - 1:02am

"J6" That's probably what was written on the only baseball that truly mattered Sunday afternoon. That's what was written on the last baseball ever struck by Derek Jeter. Jeter finished off his major league career in the only manner deemed acceptable: with a hit. The shortstop's 3,464th regular-season hit was a simple infield single, but it ... more »

10/22/2014 - 2:13am

Is James Shields pitching his way into a more palatable contract for teams that might pursue him on the free agent market? On Tuesday, in Game 1 of the World Series, Shields added to a growing resume of performances that has rendered his "Big Game" James moniker something of an October punchline. He got shelled for three first-inning runs and ... more »

10/21/2014 - 1:00am

While the Patriots have shown character in bouncing back from the Monday night massacre in Kansas City over the last three games -- three victories by a combined score of 107-64 -- their ultimate legacy will be forged over the next month-plus in the form of the toughest regular-season gauntlet any New England team has faced over the last decade. The ... more »

10/22/2014 - 1:00am

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Midway through Monday's practice, Islanders coach Jack Capuano summoned his players to diagram a play on the dry erase board. As his team took a collective knee, one of New York's defensemen went front and center in the group, cutting directly in front of Cal Clutterbuck and slowly pushing his rear end into the veteran right wing as ... more »

10/02/2014 - 11:29pm

This is how it ends. Unless you're John Elway, the final page or two of Act III for a great quarterback is ugly. Ask Joe Montana, or Dan Marino, or Brett Favre, or Johnny Unitas, or Terry Bradshaw, or Y.A. Tittle, or Dan Fouts. Look it up. And that makes sense. It's how it works: when you get older, you aren't as good as you were in your prime. I think ... more »

10/17/2014 - 5:22am

FOXBORO -- Get off his case. Danny Amendola deserves a break. The 28-year-old stood at his locker getting dressed after Thursday's 27-25 escape over the Jets with scrapes and small red welts on his back, battle scars from a night when he did everything he could to lead his team to victory. Amendola made a spectacular spinning grab on a Tom Brady bullet ... more »

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