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07/12/2012 - 7:01am
Mashup: All-Star Game singer apologizes

Country singer Luke Bryan apologized for his performance of the national anthem at Tuesday's All-Star Game in Kansas City. Bryan acknowledged what many had suspected -- he wrote the lyrics on his hand and checked them while he sang. He also looked at his watch, which he said was because he was trying to time the finish of the song with a stealth bomber flyover.

In a series of tweets Wednesday, Bryan wrote: I had a few key words written down to insure myself that I wouldn't mess up. I just wanted to do my best. I promise it was from the heart.

If I offended anyone with my approach I sincerely apologize. Anytime I sing the anthem it is an honor and my heart beats out of my chest.

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07/12/2012 - 6:45am
Lester: 'Hope to be here for entire career'

Jon Lester, perhaps in response to a radio appearance by Peter Gammons in which the Hall of Fame writer suggested Lester was "so unhappy" in Boston, posted the following on his Twitter page late Wednesday night:

"Guys, I love Boston, very happy here. Nothing better than playing for the @RedSox, hope to be here for my entire career," Lester wrote.

Gammons appeared on CBS radio in Boston on Wednesday afternoon and was asked about the possibility of Lester, 5-6 with a 4.49 ERA this season, being traded this season. 

"I just sense that Jon is so unhappy here that I’m sure it would be good for him," Gammons said. "The question is how would the team survive without the hope of having Lester go out and win 10 games in the second half of the year?"

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07/11/2012 - 4:12pm
Glen Davis not surprised Allen left

ORLANDO -- Glen Davis spent the first four seasons of his NBA career playing alongside the Big Three of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett and while he wasn't surprised by Allen's decision to sign with the Heat, he did say it was going to be, "Weird, weird, weird," not seeing the three of them together.

"Ray is at a part of his life where he feels like he wants to win and Miami right now is the best team," Davis said. "I don’t blame him for doing what he did. He paid his dues there with the Celtics and I think they’re going to love him regardless if he’s anywhere. He won a championship there. He gave his all there. He broke a lot of records there and you have to move on."

During a side session with Boston reporters in Miami, Allen said that he would always be a Celtic, and mentioned other players such as Eddie House, James Posey and Davis, who agreed with the sentiment.

"No matter...

07/11/2012 - 1:20pm
Kraft addresses viral audition video
By: DJ Bean

Patriots owner Robert Kraft addressed the viral audition video of he and actress Ricki Noel Lander's in which he reads lines from an upcoming Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson film. Kraft has been seen with Lander in public and has called her his "pal."

In the video, which spread vastly throughout the internet this week, Kraft reads Wilson's lines with Lander, who is wearing a bikini. Among the lines said by Kraft are "Nut up or move on" and "[expletive] you, [expletive]."

“I tried to help Ricki prepare an audition tape for an upcoming Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson comedy by reading Wilson’s lines,” Kraft said in a statement.  “I never intended that it would be made public and I regret that it has.  I think we can all agree that Owen Wilson has nothing to worry about. I am going to stick to my day job.”

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07/11/2012 - 11:55am
Ray: 'Can't say [Rondo] affected my decision'

Ray Allen downplayed reports of friction between himself and Rajon Rondo at his introductory press conference Wednesday afternoon in Miami as a member of the Heat, although he made it clear he does not have a strong relationship with the enigmatic Celtics point guard. While Allen acknowledged "there's differences" and noted that he has been in contact with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett but not Rondo this offseason, he insisted his move to Miami was not sparked by Rondo.

"I haven't spoken with [Rondo] at all," Allen said. "I know when I came down here I texted Paul and Kevin. Those are the guys that I talked quite a bit with over the years. We shared a lot of similar philosophies. Those are the guys, when we came into Boston together, a lot was put on our shoulders as to whether or not we were going to win. So, I look back at all our time spent in Boston. We've had a lot of disappointments, but we've shared a lot of thrills. And a...

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