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06/28/2012 - 11:20am
NFL moves kickoff times from 4:15 to 4:25

The NFL announced Thursday they are moving the 4:15 p.m. Sunday kickoffs to 4:25 p.m. to reduce overlap with the 1 p.m. games. (The 4:05 p.m. game times will not change.)

The league released the following statement:

 “In researching the kickoff time shift, the NFL analyzed games from the 2009-11 seasons and found that 44 games required part of the audience to be switched to a mandatory doubleheader game kickoff. With a 4:25 PM ET kickoff time, that number that would have been reduced by 66 percent to only 15 games. Approximately 40 games over the full 2012 season will be impacted by the 10-minute kickoff time shift -- with half of those moves coming in games played in Mountain or Pacific time zones with 1:25 PM or 2:25 PM local starts.”

Locally, this will impact the start time of two Patriots’ games this season -- the Week 5 (Oct. 7) home game against the Broncos and Week 7 (Oct. 21...

06/28/2012 - 10:39am
Report: Bruins close to re-signing Rask
By: DJ Bean

According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun (via twitter), the Bruins are closing in on a new contract with goaltender Tuukka Rask. 

Rask, 25, is set to become the team's No. 1 goaltender this coming season, as starter Tim Thomas is taking a year off from hockey. Last season, Rask had a 2.05 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in 22 games (23 starts). He suffered an abdomen/groin injury in March and missed the rest of the regular season. 

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06/28/2012 - 10:31am
Mannix on D&C: 'I think' Garnett will retire

Sports Illustrated writer Chris Mannix appeared on the Dennis & Callahan show on Thursday morning to talk about the NBA draft and the future of Kevin Garnett.

Garnett, 36, is a free agent on July 1st and has yet to clearly define his plans for next season.

"I've been saying for a while I think he's going to retire," Mannix said. "I've yet to hear anything that sways me otherwise."

Mannix added later: "Everything I heard up until [May] was that Garnett did not want to put his body through another 82-game season. Where I think Danny [Ainge] is right, and where any other projections are wrong, is if he does play again it will only be for Boston. There's no other team that I think Kevin Garnett will play for. I think it's either the Celtics or retirement."

While the status of Garnett remains a hot topic in the Celtics front office, Mannix thinks Boston's draft strategy on Thursday will be the same...

06/28/2012 - 6:50am
Mashup: Indians still fuming about blown call

During Tuesday's Indians-Yankees game in New York, Yankees outfielder Dewayne Wise reached into the stands in an attempt to catch a foul ball hit by Jack Hannahan. The ball bounced off Wise's glove and into the stands, but the umpire on the scene, Mike DiMuro, thought it was a catch and called the batter out without checking to see if Wise still had the ball.

The fan who retrieved the ball, Vinnie Pellegrino, held it up but then quickly realized what was happening, so he and his friend, Sal Azzariti, quietly handed off the ball to a 7-year-old seated nearby.

"I thought I was in a dream," the kid, Ben Pikor, told the New York Post. "I like that the Yankees won. But I think the umpire made a bad call."

The fans asked Wise to sign the ball later in the game.

"I don't think he wanted to come over," Assariti said. "He gave us a little wave with his glove -- and a wink."

The Indians didn't find...

06/27/2012 - 8:11pm
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“I love the kid. I love him,” said Harrison, who was in Boston Wednesday to be honored as part of “The Tradition” at the TD Garden. “Everyone jumped on me for criticizing him at the Super Bowl for dancing and having a good time after the incident kind of occurred. But I love the kid. I think he’s a phenomenal player. My whole point was, there’s a time and place for...

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