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Deflatgate: Patriots Probably Cheated

Frank Schwab, Shutdown Corner

Pedro's Fateful 2003 Season

P. Martinez & M. Silverman, Sports Illustrated

Panda Needs to Switch to All-Lefty Hitting

Jason Catania, Bleacher Report

'Bush League' Play May Harm Celts

Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports

Ted Wells' investigation into the possibility that the New England Patriots were involved in deflating footballs for the AFC championship game has found that it's more likely than ...(full article)

When Glenn (Goose) Gregson saw quit in my eyes, he was shocked. The last thing he and 32,029 increasingly restless fans expected to see, in the Red Sox’ 2003 home opener, was m...(full article)

With a bat in his hands these days, Pablo Sandoval is either an All-Star-caliber hitter or barely better than a pitcher standing in the batter's box. The difference depends on whic...(full article)

Call it bittersweep. The Cleveland Cavaliers' first playoff series win in five years went as quickly as possible, with the Cavs disposing the Boston Celtics in four games after Sun...(full article)

For as much as Kevin Love has publicly resisted the discussion of free agency this season, it has been on his mind. He has never been completely comfortable in Cleveland, with hi...(full article)

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10 for Geno, 3 Straight for UConn Women

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