The St. Louis Blues’ offense showed a lot more purpose in the second period, especially on Paul Stastny’s goal. The Blues scored three goals in the second, the third of which came when Stastny potted a rebound past Tuukka Rask after a good rotation by St. Louis through the offensive zone. Hear NESN’s Andy Brickley break down …

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David Backes’ first-period goal Tuesday night against the St. Louis Blues is one that won’t soon be forgotten. Facing his former team for the first time, the Boston Bruins winger gave the B’s an early advantage while on the power play when he deflected a rebound off a Torey Krug shot from the point past …

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There wasn’t much movement in the Week 13 College Football Playoff rankings. The Alabama Crimson Tide still are No. 1, while No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Clemson continue to hold the other top-four spots. No. 5 Washington and No. 6 Wisconsin just missed the cut. USC, arguably the hottest team in …

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The St. Louis Blues might as well be two different teams. At home, the Blues are 8-1-2 and pretty much unstoppable. They are scoring an average of 2.5 goals in those games, while allowing only 1.5 goals per contest. But the road Blues have been a different story. St. Louis is 2-5-1 away from home, …

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David Backes will do something he’s never done before Tuesday at TD Garden. The Bruins right winger will face his former St. Louis Blues teammates for the first time since signing with Boston as a free agent in the offseason. Backes spent 10 seasons in St. Louis before signing with the B’s. Hear more about Blues-Bruins …

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NBA Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan along with legendary Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully were all honored by President Barack Obama with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday. The ceremony included a long list of celebrities like Robert De Niro, Robert Redford, Bruce Springsteen and Ellen Degeneres. President Obama cracked …

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FIFA ranked the United States men’s national soccer team fourth among nations in April 2006. Having led Team USA to its historic peak, many assumed head coach Bruce Arena was at the top of his game. Yet, he’d be uncerimoniously fired within a few months, following Team USA’s early exit from the 2006 FIFA World …

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Brent Burns is a very rich man. The San Jose Sharks signed their No. 1 defenseman to an eight-year contract on Tuesday, the team announced. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports the deal is worth $8 million per season and $64 million in total. The deal goes into effect next season and will give Burns the second-highest salary cap …

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The New England Patriots’ defense has been a huge weakness for the team this season, but the players are leaving that topic up to coach Bill Belichick. New England traded linebacker Chandler Jones this offseason, traded linebacker Jamie Collins during their Week 9 bye and made defensive end Jabaal Sheard inactive before Sunday’s game against the …

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