Adam Smartschan

Albert Haynesworth has a job

Albert Haynesworth has a whole new team to disappoint.The DL -- cut by the Patriots yesterday -- was claimed off waivers by the Buccaneers today, according to online reports.Haynesworth has been a nonfactor in the NFL since signing a huge deal with the Redskins before the 2009 season. Washington...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 10:11 PM

Albert Haynesworth cut by Patriots

The Albert Haynesworth experiment is over in Foxborough.The Patriots waived the hulking defensive lineman today, according to online reports.Teams will have until 4 p.m. tomorrow to put claims in on Haynesworth. But don't expect them to come fast and furious -- he was benched for a good portion of...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 10:12 PM

Two Revs up for 'good guy' awards

The New England Revolution was awful on the field this year. But they might get some postseason recognition from MLS, anyway.Two Revs are up for year-end awards, the league announced today. Defender Darrius Barnes is a finalist for the league's Fair Play Award, and midfielder Zak Boggs is a...

Monday, November 7, 2011, 11:38 PM

Jerry Sandusky: Two Penn State admins quit

It's the biggest, ugliest sports scandal in years. And it's claimed its first two jobs.Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and finance VP Gary Schultz stepped down yesterday amid charges they failed to report former football assistant Jerry Sandusky's alleged string of sexual abuse.A university...

Monday, November 7, 2011, 1:56 PM

Here's what Bill Belichick had to say about today's loss

Bill Belichick was typically tight-lipped in today's postgame press conference, right from his opening statement."Well, not much to say there," the Patriots coach said. "This was a tough game. We had our chances; we just came up a little short. We’ve got to keep working here and see if we can play...

Monday, November 7, 2011, 2:43 AM

Patriots relive Super Bowl heartbreak in Giants loss

It was nearly four years ago when Randy Moss caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady with 2:42 left in Super Bowl XLII, all but ensuring a Patriots perfect season.We all know how that one ended.New England today had its shot at redemption against the very same Giants team that denied them a...

Monday, November 7, 2011, 2:30 AM

No Revs make Jurgen Klinsmann's latest roster

U.S. men's national soccer team coach Jurgen Klinsmann today officially named his 22-man roster for this month's exhibitions against France and Slovenia.It contains just five MLS players -- most notably Landon Donovan -- and none from the New England Revolution.Here's the full list, as released by...

Thursday, November 3, 2011, 11:39 PM

UFC on Fox: Respect for opponents, platform

There's good news and bad news for Junior dos Santos going into his Nov. 12 UFC heavyweight title fight against champion Cain Velasquez.The good is that he's feeling ready, and that the fight -- the UFC's Fox television debut -- will likely be seen by more viewers than any other MMA bout in history...

Thursday, November 3, 2011, 1:17 AM

Tom Coughlin doesn't think about Super Bowl XLII

Giants coach Tom Coughlin's team hit its high-water mark in Super Bowl XLII, which it pulled a massive upset over the Patriots.He must think about such a magical win all the time, right?Wrong."I don’t think about it," he told reporters on a conference call today. "I haven’t spent a whole lot of...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 11:02 PM

No word yet on Theo Epstein compensation

Another day has come and gone without a true resolution to the Theo Epstein saga.The Red Sox and Cubs have yet to agree on compensation for the executive's exodus.From the looks of it, the teams will either reach a deal on an extension, or the matter will be turned over to commissioner Bud Selig....

Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 12:55 AM

Big East gets bigger, more befuddling

The Big East is apparently going to be getting a lot bigger.The conference is inviting three new football-only members and three new all-sport members, according to online reports today.That's cool. The Big East is hurting, and it badly needs some new blood.So, which eastern schools are big enough?...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 9:49 PM

John Lackey surgery is tomorrow

Red Sox starter John Lackey is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery tomorrow, according to this blog entry.Dr. Lewis Yocum will operate on the starter in California.Lackey posted the worst season of his career in 2011; his 6.41 ERA was nearly two runs more than his previous high. He's expected...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 12:58 AM

A busy day for Red Sox's old friends

It was a busy day for two of the principals of the Red Sox's curse-breaking 2004 World Series title.In Chicago, Theo Epstein made his first major move as the Cubs' president of baseball operations, exercising the team's $16 million option on Aramis Ramirez. The 3B then used his contractual right to...

Monday, October 31, 2011, 10:43 PM

Nothing doing for Patriots in loss to Steelers

The Patriots have gotten used to carving up opponents with their potent passing attack this year.The Steelers sure turned the tables on that one today.In a rare turn of events for a Tom Brady-led team, New England came out on the short end of the passing game in the 25-17 loss on the road. And it...

Monday, October 31, 2011, 1:46 AM

Marco Scutaro: Red Sox bring back shortstop

The Red Sox today exercised their 2012 option on shortstop Marco Scutaro.The 36-year-old isn't getting any younger, but he was one of the few Boston players who looked decent down the stretch. He finished the year with a .299 batting average (second-best among AL shortstops), a .423 slugging...

Monday, October 31, 2011, 12:05 AM

Rob Gronkowski sorry for BiBi Jones porn star photos

Rob Gronkowski made headlines this week when photos of him shirtless next to porn star BiBi Jones made the rounds online.He said today he's ready to move on."I didn't intend anything to hurt the reputation of anyone on the New England Patriots or on behalf of Robert Kraft," he told reporters. "That...

Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 10:54 PM

Here's Rex Ryan with a mullet

Courtesy of Twitter superstar Darren Rovell, here's a link to a picture of Rex Ryan with a mullet.Rob, you no longer have the best hair in the family. Kenny Powers, you're on notice.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 12:08 AM

Ben Cherington: Changes coming for Red Sox

Ben Cherington is under no illusions.The new Red Sox general manager, who was formally introduced to the media today, knows the team has screwed up recently.And he's out to make it better."We've let our fans down in some important ways recently," Cherington said at a Fenway Park news conference...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 10:09 PM

Alex Ovechkin or wax figure: You decide

One of the things in this picture is Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin.One is a wax sculpture of him, for which Madame Tussauds studio artists used 250 measurements and photographs to craft.Ovechkin unveiled the figure today, to much fanfare.Which is which? The answer is below, in italics.(...

Monday, October 24, 2011, 11:48 PM

Steve Nicol: Not returning to Revolution

After 10 years, 301 games and four trips to the MLS Cup final, Steve Nicol is out as New England Revolution coach.The club and the coach "mutually decided to part ways" today, the team said in a statement.Nicol, 49, took over the Revs in 2002 and immediately led them to the first of four Eastern...

Monday, October 24, 2011, 10:23 PM