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Some nicknames become more famous than a person’s actual name. Hello, Magic Johnson. Some nicknames never catch on despite their originators’ best efforts. Sorry, Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant. Then other nicknames simply take on a life of their own. Somewhere along the line, Nyjer Morgan‘s nickname, “Tony Plush,” became a full-fledged alternate identity, complete with …

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East Rutheford, N.J. — Just before the start of the season, New England traded a late-round pick to the Rams in exchange for wide receiver Greg Salas. But after an extended stint on the practice squad and some time with the first teamers last week, Salas is no more. Salas was waived by the Patriots …

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Second Quarter, 2:51, Patriots 35-0: Julian Edelman is a weapon. Not like the Patriots need anymore. While Brady and Brandon Lloyd continue to struggle with their connection on deep balls, he and Edelman seem to be right in rhythm. A 59-yard touchdown grab gives him two scores on the night, and all the questions about …

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In the wake of Jack Taylor‘s NCAA record-shattering138 points, some are saying the accomplishment is a little less than legitimate. Deadspin, among several outer pundits, have outright called the game a “sham,” noting several oddities that call into question the motivation of Grinnell’s coach and whether the team cares more about winning games or ending …

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Justin Bieber, apparently, is for more than just teenage girls. Athletes are supposed to be good at sports, and they certainly aren’t paid to have good taste in things like music. So maybe that explains the recent run of sports stars showing up at Bieber concerts. First is was former Cy Young-winner Clayton Kershaw attending …

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Ghosts apparently inhabit the University of Rhode Island’s Meade Stadium. Early Thursday morning, the football home of the Rams in Kingston, R.I., randomly began playing hip-hop and dubstep music some time around 2 a.m. The stadium is adjacent to URI dorms, so suffice to say students took notice of the oddity. Some time around 2:30 …

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Just about everyone watching the Lions-Texans game at Ford Field or from their couch Thursday afternoon could see that Justin Forsett had various body parts hitting the ground before he bounced back up and outran the Detroit defense for an 81-yard touchdown score. So, if the officials had reviewed the play, they likely would have …

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NFL teams have become adept at using social media to connect with their fan bases. But at some point, when seasons are going really, really bad, they have to know that posting anything — from charity events to team merchandise discounts — is going to get some backlash. That’s what happened this week with the …

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For 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, letting Alex Smith sit another week and giving the San Francisco starting job to youngster Colin Kaepernick was probably just good football sense. But considering Harbaugh made the decision on the eve of Thanksgiving, the situation has become more interesting. Smith, after all, is the quarterback that Harbaugh defended earlier …

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Details are starting to surface about the reported latest Red Sox free-agent signing. Boston signed Jonny Gomes to a two-year, $10 million contract, as first reported by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Gomes fills a need for the Red Sox in the outfield, and he is especially strong against left-handed pitchers. Slusser reported …

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