Watch Brett Favre Throw Laser Passes In Workout With Falcons’ Robert Alford

It looks like Brett Favre still can sling the rock.

The 47-year-old Hall of Fame quarterback stopped by Traction Sports Performance in Baton Rouge, La., where Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford was working out, and Favre stepped onto the field in street clothes to toss some bullets to receivers.

Had the G.O.A.T. Brett Favre out throwing today. I asked him to come out retirement to throw a pick to me. J/P cool guy… #TAT pic.twitter.com/FljsvBSIXh

— Robert Alford (@rockorocky) March 22, 2017

Favre hasn’t played in the NFL since 2010, but Alford told TMZ that he thinks that Favre still could play in the NFL with a decent offensive line. Alford also said that Favre didn’t even warm up, he just walked onto the field and start throwing lasers.

The former Green Bay Packers quarterback did miss on a couple throws, but that’s understandable after six years away from the gridiron. Still, with that arm, we could see an NFL team trying to kick the tires on a Favre comeback.

Alford also asked Favre, the NFL leader in career interceptions, to come out of retirement and throw a couple to him.

The Falcons cornerback picked off Tom Brady in Super Bowl LI and returned it for a touchdown, but that didn’t end well for the Falcons, so perhaps Alford should just let the gunslinger stick to throwing missiles in practice.

H/t to Busted Coverage

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Go Behind The Scenes With Red Sox’s Hanley Ramirez At Spring Training

In the latest “Red Sox All-Access,” Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez stretched with his teammates, gave some batting tips to Dustin Pedroia and preached how important it is for veterans to teach the young players how to stay relaxed and play hard at the same time.

To see Ramirez prepare for the upcoming 2017 season, check out the video above from “NESN Sports Today,” presented by People’s United Bank.

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Martellus Bennett Goes On Epic Rant Over NFL’s Video On Celebration Rules

The No Fun League can try all it wants to take the fun out of football, but former New England Patriot Martellus Bennett won’t let that happen without giving his two cents.

While the NFL appears to be making positive steps toward fixing pace-of-play issues, the league still appears obsessed with cracking down on those unfathomable touchdown celebrations, so much so that it is developing an educational video to help players understand how they can and can’t show happiness.

And Bennett, the new Green Bay Packers tight end, clearly doesn’t approve based on his epic Twitter rant Wednesday night.

Warning: some language below is NSFW

Yea An educational training video on celebrations? Spend that money on something else like a video on investments or something that https://t.co/xabCzeRqYO

— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 22, 2017

Will help the players. Who gives a shit what guys do when they celebrate. Do something I’m https://t.co/xabCzeRqYO

— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 22, 2017

Do something impactful. Y’all wasting guys time with this shit. https://t.co/xabCzeRqYO

— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 22, 2017

Let the players express their individuality and creativity. Y’all gonna make an educational video on how we should talk next? https://t.co/xabCzeRqYO

— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 22, 2017

An educational video on appropriate celebrations. Not signing up for that class. pic.twitter.com/6oNMf5oZFM

— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 22, 2017

See the NFL promotes the logos not the players. The NBA promotes its players. Big difference.

— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 22, 2017

NFL knows players wont be around long so they invest all resources into the building teamlogos for longevity. That’s the constant variable.

— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 22, 2017

Except for the QB position. That’s why they’re the Face of the franchise.

— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 22, 2017

NBA on the other hand they can invest in the players being the face of the entire league. Look at the advertising of both.

— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 22, 2017

I need to stop tweeting for 15 mins im going to need 15 minutes later this year to watch a dumb ass break dancing video during training camp

— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 22, 2017

I’m going to be taking a 15 minute dump whenever we’re supposed to watch this “educational” video. I can feel my stomach bubbling now

— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 22, 2017

The nerve to tag the word “educational” on it. Lmfao. Y’all crazy for that. pic.twitter.com/kRDCtS78fZ

— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 22, 2017

Yo @NFL why don’t y’all go help out some of these players build up the communities that the majority of your players come from.

— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 22, 2017

You’re the real MVP, Martellus Bennett.

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Celtics Wrap: Celtics Ride 39-Point Third Quarter To Down Pacers 109-100

The Boston Celtics continued their march toward the top seed in the Eastern Conference on Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers.

The Celtics overcame 16 turnovers and a 34-point night from Pacers star Paul George to capture a 109-100 win at TD Garden.

Boston led by as many as 17 points in the second half, thanks in large part to a 39-point third quarter.

Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 25 points, while Avery Bradley (18 points), Jae Crowder (15 points), Al Horford (15 points) and Kelly Olynyk (11 points) also scored in double figures.

The Celtics improve to 46-26 with the win, while the Pacers fall to 36-35.

Here’s how it all went down.

STARTING FIVE
Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Amir Johnson, Al Horford

SLOPPY FIRST HALF
Both teams looked sluggish during the first half. The C’s turned the ball over 14 times, while the Pacers only connected on 36 percent of their shots from the floor. Thomas led the Celtics with 10 points at the break, but he struggled with Indiana’s physical defense, shooting only 3-for-8 from the field in the half.

George led all scorers with 14 points and point guard Jeff Teague chipped in with 11.

Now 14 points in the first half from @Yg_Trece.#GoPacers pic.twitter.com/hunnH8Cq7J

— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) March 23, 2017

The Pacers led by one with four minutes to play in the second quarter, but the C’s closed the half on a 13-5 run, which was capped off by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Bradley to take a seven-point lead into the locker room.

Avery Bradley at the buzzer! #Celtics Rewind pres. by @NissanUSA pic.twitter.com/nZGhZFuIQ7

— CSN New England (@CSNNE) March 23, 2017

PG-13 Vs. THE CELTICS
Both teams played cleaner basketball to start the second half as George scored nine of the Pacers first 14 points of the quarter. The C’s, however, took better care of the basketball and hurt the Pacers on the offensive glass to keep them at arm’s length.

AB tips the offense board to himself off glass then puts it back up and in! 💪pic.twitter.com/K4ViltZMOc

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 23, 2017

George and Teague combined for 24 points in the frame, but Boston scored 39 points in the quarter to take a 14-point lead into the fourth quarter.

CELTICS PUT IT AWAY
The Celtics maintained a double-digit lead for the first half of the final quarter, but a 10-0 run by the Pacers cut the lead to seven with six minutes to play.

The lead remained at six with four minutes to go, but the Celtics made the plays down the stretch to seal the victory.

Thomas scored on a fast-break layup after an Indiana turnover. And two possessions later Horford drilled a turn-around jump shot to swell the lead to 10. Then Horford found Thomas with a beautiful outlet pass to put the finishing touches on the Celtics’ 12th win in their last 13 games at TD Garden.

Al Horford forces the turnover then tosses a full-court outlet pass to IT for 2! pic.twitter.com/8EeGoaSoq0

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 23, 2017

PLAY OF THE GAME
A little luck never hurts.

Marcus Smart! 💪pic.twitter.com/PpRu0kPJro

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 23, 2017

UP NEXT
The Celtics will take the court again Friday night when they welcome the Phoenix Suns to TD Garden on Friday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

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Kristi Yamaguchi Tells Nancy Kerrigan To ‘Break A Leg’ Before ‘DWTS’ Debut

As the old saying goes, “think before you speak.” Or in this day and age, “think before you tweet.”

Former Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi could have used these words of wisdom before she sent out her well wishes to fellow figure skater Nancy Kerrigan.

Kerrigan is participating in this season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” which premiered Monday. Yamaguchi wanted to wish Kerrigan luck ahead of her debut dance performance, but chose some pretty unfortunate words in doing so.

So excited for you @NancyAKerrigan ! Can’t wait to see you grace that ballroom floor, break a leg! 💃🏻#DWTS

— Kristi Yamaguchi (@kristiyamaguchi) March 20, 2017

As people will remember, Kerrigan was attacked by then-rival Tonya Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, ahead of the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. After Kerrigan was leaving a practice session, Gillooly clubbed her on the right knee with a police baton, which forced her to withdraw from the competition.

So while Yamaguchi sent her regards with the best intentions, she probably should have thought them out just a little bit more.

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Brent Musburger Says He Once Bet On A Game He Called, But Never Again

In some not very startling news, it turns out Brent Musburger did in fact bet on a game he broadcasted.

The legendary sports announcer was known for many calls/moments during his decades in the announcer’s booth, including those not-so-subtle gambling references, which he’s turned into the perfect post-announcing gig on a Las Vegas gambling show.

With all those links to gambling, though, it begged the question — Did he ever bet on the games he worked?

“One time,” Musburger told The Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein in a Q&A posted Wednesday. “A long time ago I was doing an NBA game. It was in Portland in the ’80s. Lakers-Trail Blazers and the director was legendary Tony Verna, who started instant replay in the (1963) Army-Navy game. I took the Lakers (plus) three points. The bet was dinner for the production team, which I suppose would have been 300 bucks.

“The Blazers were up by 4, well inside of one minute. Shot clock. The Lakers came across (half court) and a kid by the name of Kurt Rambis jacked up this outrageous shot, and I was all over him! So I paid off the bet, bought the dinner and said to myself: ‘You know, that was not good. That was just not good. You do not want the spread to influence how you are announcing a game.’ I always knew what the number was on every game I did. I told (former ABC executive) Dennis Swanson: I’m not going to bet on games I broadcast. I’ll bet on other games.”

So the betting on games he called stopped, but thankfully those memorable gambling references didn’t.

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NBA Rumors: Hawks’ Paul Millsap Expected To Become Free Agent In Summer

The Atlanta Hawks lost star forward Al Horford to free agency last summer, and they could be in danger of losing their best player on the open market this summer.

Hawks power forward Paul Millsap has a player option in his contract for next season, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports he likely will decline the option and hit the free-agent market.

Hawks F Paul Millsap expected to void contract after season, become free agent, per sources. Loves ATL, would like to stay, but will look.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 23, 2017

This isn’t much of a surprise. Millsap is one of the league’s best forwards and plenty of teams likely will show interest. It also makes a lot of financial sense for Millsap, especially with the salary cap exploding in recent seasons. At age 32, this summer might be his last chance for a max contract.

Millsap is averaging 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.0 block per game for Atlanta this season. He’s been selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star team in each of the last four seasons.

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Ian Kinsler On Latin Style Of Play: ‘They Were Raised Differently’

Ahead of the World Baseball Classic final, Team USA second basemen Ian Kinsler made some rather controversial remarks about some of the Latin American teams participating in the tournament.

Kinsler vocalized his views on the differences between the countries’ style of play, particularly with on-field emotions and celebrations.

this makes me wanna root for puerto rico 🤔 https://t.co/EkXfDTejCz pic.twitter.com/qjg6umUjHM

— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) March 22, 2017

Kinsler’s comments certainly take away from the mission of the WBC. The tournament is a way of bringing countries together from all over the world with a shared love for baseball. The WBC has been a sight to see this year, as there have been a number of highlight-reel plays and exciting finishes.

His remarks even are more puzzling considering he shares a clubhouse and field with tons of Latin American players over the course of the MLB season. While he might view on-field celebrations as a sign of disrespecting the game, many could view it as entertaining and appealing.

When it boils down, visual emotion and passion on the baseball diamond manifests a player’s love for the game. The fact that Kinsler has a problem with that is odd, to say the least.

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