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BOSTON — Darnell McDonald was stuck in an awkward position. With the bullpen taxed in Sunday’s 9-6 loss in 17 innings, the group of relievers needed relief for themselves. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine tapped the outfielder for pitching duty. McDonald took the loss by surrendering a three-run homer to Adam Jones. But the outfielder …

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Game over, 101-79: In a display of utter domination, Rajon Rondo recorded 20 points and 16 assists with only one turnover and Paul Pierce scored 24 points on 10-for-13 shooting as the Celtics trounced the Hawks in Game 4. The series heads back to Atlanta with Boston holding a 3-1 lead. Fourth quarter, 5:57, Celtics …

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Two powers in the East went into Sunday’s game weakened by injuries and facing must-win games. The one team that really had to win — the New York Knicks — staved off elimination despite losing point guard Baron Davis. The other team, which would have preferred to win — the Chicago Bulls — played shorthanded …

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As word spread that the death of Junior Seau may be linked to damage from his hard-hitting NFL career, many people said they hoped researchers would be able to study Seau’s brain in an effort to prevent such a thing from happening to others. Seau’s family at first appeared to agree, granting permission Thursday for …

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The veteran running backs who showed up in New England for a tryout in late April didn’t cause much of a stir then. But now that the draft is over and the Patriots have no additions to their young backfield group, speculation has increased. Peyton Manning seemed to have it on good authority that Joseph …

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The football world, still mourning the death of Junior Seau, will celebrate his life in the same arena in which he made his mark. The San Diego Chargers are hosting a celebration of life in honor of Seau on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Qualcomm Stadium, according to a press release. The public is invited, …

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Luuk de Jong’s familiar name has resurfaced on Liverpool’s list of potential summer transfer targets. But LFC faces stiff competition from the Premier League’s top teams in the race to sign the Dutch ace, according to the Mirror. LFC, Newcastle, Manchester United, Chelsea FC, Tottenham and Everton are the clubs that have scouted the FC …

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The Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks play two completely different styles of basketball. The differences between the teams continue among their fan bases. The two clubs have quite the disparity between them when it comes to prices of tickets on the secondary market. Celtics fans have had to pay a lot more to see the …

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Another day, another head shot debate. Saturday’s NHL playoff action produced another nail-biter between the Rangers and Capitals, with Mike Green’s late third-period goal the difference in a 3-2 Washington win to even the series. The game also stirred up more controversy with a questionable hit by Alex Ovechkin on Dan Girardi in the second …

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May Madness has made an appearance. The intrigue returned to the NBA Playoffs in a set of close games on Saturday. The Indiana Pacers gave up a huge lead only to bat off the surging Orlando Magic in the end, and the Los Angeles Clippers just held on to their home-court edge with a one-point …

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