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Red Sox Bats Scuffle In 5-0 Loss At Mariners

May 18, 2015
Starting pitcher Steven Wright throws against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game, Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Seattle.

The Red Sox were shut out 5-0 by the Mariners yesterday, ending their road trip with a 5-5 record.

Ortiz, Sandoval Power Red Sox Past King Felix, Mariners 4-2

May 17, 2015

David Ortiz and Pablo Sandoval each homered as the Boston Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Saturday night.

Was Baseball Great Ty Cobb Really A Racist? New Biography Says No

May 16, 2015
Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty

A new biography of baseball legend Ty Cobb disputes the long-held beliefs that Cobb was a racist and a dirty player. Author Charles Leerhsen joins Bill Littlefield to explain how his research exposed earlier stories of Cobb as lies.

Isiah Thomas Named President Of WNBA’s Liberty. Wait, What?

May 16, 2015
After winning two championships with the Pistons, Isiah Thomas coached the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks. (Al Bello/AFP/Getty Images)

Isiah Thomas was a Hall of Fame point guard with the Detroit Pistons. His post-playing career has been far less successful. But somehow he’s landed a new job as president of the WNBA’s New York Liberty. Bill Littlefield takes a closer look.

Denise McCluggage: The First Lady Of Racing

May 16, 2015
Jean Jennings (left) and Denise McCluggage during their recent visit. (Paul Russell/Courtesy Photo)

Auto racing pioneer Denise McCluggage died last week at the age of 88. Longtime friend and fellow journalist Jean Jennings shares her memories.

Deflate-Gate: The NFL’s Master Stroke In Self-Promotion?

May 16, 2015
After the balls were deflated, the confetti had fallen, and the punishment was handed down, the Patriots looked like they were going to accept their punishment. But that was not the case. (Elsa/Getty Images)

“The Patriots vs. the NFL vs. the NFL’s overwrought self-regard is a drama especially depleted in lovable protagonists,” writes Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Gay. Gay joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the Wells Report, the Patriots’ response to the Wells Report and all the latest Deflate-Gate news.

Boston Rallies In The 9th For 2-1 Victory Over Seattle

May 15, 2015
Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts hits a sacrifice fly that allowed him to reach first base on a fielding error by Seattle Mariners left fielder Rickie Weeks in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

Brock Holt and Shane Victorino scored the Red Sox’s two runs in their victory over the Mariners.

Brady Appeals Suspension In ‘Deflategate’

May 14, 2015
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws during the first half of the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts back in January. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Tom Brady has appealed his four-game suspension for his role in using deflated footballs during the AFC championship game.

Patriots Fire Back At NFL ‘DeflateGate’ Report With A Report Of Their Own

May 14, 2015
A screenshot of wellsreportcontext.com, where the Patriots have published a report of their own disputing the findings of the NFL's "DeflateGate" investigation.

A report from Patriots lawyers rebuts the NFL’s investigation line by line, and includes a “scientific conclusion” for how the footballs may have lost air pressure.

Wade Miley Shuts Down A’s As Sox Win 2-0

May 14, 2015

Wade Miley dueled with Athletics ace Sonny Gray and worked out of jams to end a three-start skid thanks to some sparkling defense, and the Boston beat Oakland 2-0 Wednesday.

As Concussion Crisis Mounts, NFL Turns To … Cardiology Specialist?

May 13, 2015
Dr. Elizabeth Nabel is the president of Brigham and Women's Hospital, and now the chief health and medical adviser for the NFL. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, president of Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, was recently appointed the National Football League’s chief medical adviser. Bill Littlefield looks at the implications of the move.

Attorney Ted Wells Defends His NFL Report On Patriots

May 13, 2015
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Championship game in Foxborough on Jan. 18. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Despite criticism from the Patriots and others, Wells denies any bias and insists the report commissioned by the NFL on under-inflated footballs is based solely on direct evidence.

Expert Talks Influence Of Sports Culture In Wake Of ‘Deflate-Gate’

May 13, 2015
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks during an event at Salem State University last week. (Charles Krupa/AP/Pool)

Dan Lebowitz, the executive director of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University, analyzes what all the coverage surrounding the Patriots’ under-inflated balls says about society’s culture.

Masterson Hit Hard In Red Sox 9-2 Loss To Athletics

May 13, 2015
Boston Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson, walks back to the mound after giving up a home run to Oakland Athletics' Josh Reddick on May 12, 2015. (Ben Margot/AP)

Masterson allowed six runs and failed to make it out of the third inning in another rough outing in Oakland as the Boston Red Sox fell 9-2 to the Athletics on Tuesday night.

NFL Investigator Says He Found Direct Evidence Against Brady

May 12, 2015
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Championship game in Foxborough on Jan. 18. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Miffed by criticism from Tom Brady’s agent, Ted Wells decided to take the unusual step of holding a conference call with reporters, a day after the NFL suspended the Super Bowl MVP for the season’s first four games based on the report.

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