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Defensively sleepy Bruins must take loss of Zdeno Chara as wakeup call

DJ Bean  |  10/24/2014 - 2:08pm EST

Bruins coach Claude Julien said that there’s “no discouragement” in the Bruins’ room after learning that Zdeno Chara will be out for four to six weeks with a torn PCL. “If we become that bad of a team because of one player, it’s not a real good sign for our hockey club,” Julien said. The issue, of course, is that the Bruins weren’t a very good team this season before Chara went down. It’s nothing like last season, when they lost Dennis Seidenberg and recovered exceptionally in the regular season. This is a Bruins team that was already thin on defense and is struggling mightily in its own zone. Now it’s lost its best defenseman, so it isn’t a great team losing one player, but ...

Jackie Bradley Jr.'s quest to polish golden credentials

Alex Speier  |  10/24/2014 - 9:35am EST

Amidst an October ode to outfield defense authored by the Royals, Thursday offered a reminder. Jackie Bradley Jr. is an incomparable defender. His defensive gifts are so great that despite a historically bad season at the plate, he very nearly performed at the level of a very, very good player. Though he played in just 127 games and started 111 in the outfield, Bradley was named one of the three finalists for the American League Gold Glove award. His credentials for such recognition were beyond approach. He delivered a breathtaking performance, one that combined absurd reads and nearly perfect routes to produce exceptional range, the ability to make plays at the outer edges of the grounds he could cover with acrobatic leaps and dives. A ...

Praising Peyton doesn't equal bashing Brady

Tim Benz  |  10/24/2014 - 9:27am EST

After each of his three touchdown catches Thursday night, Emmanuel Sanders busted out his usual celebration move, an elaborate orchestra conductor-eqsue bow. That's not Peyton Manning's style. He's more of a faux hot potato kind of dude. But he certainly deserved to take a bow as well. Yes, another one. Any football fan outside of Denver who is feeling a dose of Peyton fatigue right now is justified. The public adoration for Manning has been hot and heavy the last week or so in the wake of how he has blown by Brett Favre's old NFL TD passing record of 508. Those who are complaining that recent network NFL coverage may be suffering from Peyton overkill have a point courtesy of two straight "all Manning, all the time, even in every frigging ...

Dougie to the rescue? Zdeno Chara injury makes Hamilton a focal point

DJ Bean  |  10/24/2014 - 1:36am EST

Dougie Hamilton grew up wanting to be like Zdeno Chara. Now he kind of has to be. Losing Chara -- TSN'sAaron Ward reports he’s out for at least 4-6 weeks, with the possibility of surgery afterward -- is nothing short of devastating for the Bruins. Their defense was struggling big time this season with him in the lineup, and without him the Bruins face a long stretch that absolutely could drop them out of playoff contention if they don’t find some sort of identity. So while Hamilton won’t grow four inches, get a longer stick, start shooting left or learn a bunch of languages, he has to be an anchor on what has been a bad Bruins defense so far. Somebody’s got to, and Dennis Seidenberg, amidst a slow start of his own, ...

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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 »

10/24/2014 - 9:35am

Amidst an October ode to outfield defense authored by the Royals, Thursday offered a reminder. Jackie Bradley Jr. is an incomparable defender. His defensive gifts are so great that despite a historically bad season at the plate, he very nearly performed at the level of a very, very good player. Though he played in just 127 games and started 111 in the ... more »

10/24/2014 - 12:12am

FOXBORO -- Want a chance to see what Shane Vereen can become? On Sunday, watch Chicago’s Matt Forte. The best multidimensional back in the NFL, he’s a terrific presence both as a between-the-tackles back and in the passing game. On an offense with marquee names like Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler, it’s Forte who is Chicago’s ... more »

10/24/2014 - 2:08pm

Bruins coach Claude Julien said that there’s “no discouragement” in the Bruins’ room after learning that Zdeno Chara will be out for four to six weeks with a torn PCL. “If we become that bad of a team because of one player, it’s not a real good sign for our hockey club,” Julien said. The issue, of course, is ... 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 »

10/22/2014 - 8:40pm

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady has had a change of heart. When the Patriots started 2-2, and he was crushed in Kansas City, the whispers turned into water cooler talk, both inside and outside Gillette Stadium. The game is starting to slowly pass him by -- make way for the new generation, it was suggested. It's been a great run, they said of his 14 years as the ... more »

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