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The Greatest Wins a Thrilla – 1975

MANILA – Considered by many to be the greatest fight in the history of boxing, the “Thrilla in Manila” saw Muhammad Ali win a brutal slugfest over Joe Frazier in the rubber match of their trilogy of bouts. Frazier, virtually blind at the end due to both eyes being swollen shut, couldn’t answer the bell to start the 15th round, …

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Is Lester Coming Home?

The Red Sox are back at it again. Since trading Jon Lester to the Oakland A’s just before the trade deadline this summer, the Red Sox have made multiple indications that they may try to woo the fan favorite left-handed pitcher back to Boston. When Lester left the Red Sox in August, it was on good terms and with hopes …

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The Hammer One-Ups The Babe – 1974

ATLANTA – The historic pursuit of one of sports’ most hallowed records riveted the nation as baseball got underway in 1974. Three games in, the chase was over and there was a new king of the long ball. Braves slugger Hank Aaron belted a 1-0 offering from the Dodgers’ Al Downing over the left-field fence at Fulton County Stadium for …

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Billie Jean Shows Bobby Who’s Boss – 1973

HOUSTON – In an effort to further the gender equality movement and bring women’s tennis mainstream, Billie Jean King took chauvinism head-on. The six-time Wimbledon and four-time U.S. Open champion, who was the primary force behind the creation of the Women’s Tennis Association, responded to the repeated taunting of Bobby Riggs – himself a former world No. 1 more than …

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Future of Two New Red Sox in Question

Even though baseball is in the offseason doesn’t mean the action has died down. Actually, it is quite the opposite, as the lack of competition on the field allows the focus to be directed elsewhere on the team. And it has thrust two relatively new Red Sox players into the spotlight: Rusney Castillo and Yoenis Cespedes. Following the season, Rusney …

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Secretariat Runs a Race for the Ages – 1973

ELMONT – Distinctive with his chestnut-red color, sleek with an effortless gallop under jockey Ron Turcotte and thunderous while possessing speed to burn, a 3-year-old nicknamed “Big Red” completed the 1973 Triple Crown with a breathtaking performance considered by most the best in horse racing history. An overwhelming 1-to-10 favorite after setting track marks that still stand at the Kentucky …

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The Fins Swim to Perfection – 1973

LOS ANGELES – Many have tried. All but one have failed. The 1972 Miami Dolphins remain the only team in NFL history to finish the regular season unbeaten and win the Super Bowl. Powered by the matching strength of an offense and defense that each led the league and a dominating ground attack that featured two 1,000-yard rushers, the Dolphins …

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Red Sox Offseason Updates

The dust is starting to settle in Boston after a roller coaster season. The reigning World Series champs were unable to repeat their glory of 2013. Now, the Red Sox have a little over five months to turn their attention to righting 2014’s wrongs. Between injuries, pitching inconsistencies and a slowdown by the offense, 2014 was a season to quickly …

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An Immaculate Reception Answers Pittsburgh’s Prayers – 1972

PITTSBURGH – With 22 seconds to go in an AFC divisional playoff game, Pittsburgh needed a miracle against Oakland. Down 7-6 and facing a 4th-and-10 from its 40 with no timeouts left, that’s just what it got. In the midst of a fierce pass rush, Terry Bradshaw let loose a desperation heave to John Fuqua, who was leveled by Jack …

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Fan of the Week – Bobbie Cee

Bobbie Cee of Sudbury, MA has been named FAN OF THE WEEK (week of 10/6/14) and will be rewarded with Red Sox merchandise to show appreciation for picking a favorite SUBWAY® sandwich. Bobbie’s favorite SUBWAY® sandwich is the Roast Beef – a tasty number (with less than 6g of fat) piled high with lean roast beef and a choice of fresh veggies. Thanks to Bobbie for picking a favorite sandwich.

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Spitz Gets His Seventh – 1972

MUNICH – As brash as he was talented, Mark Spitz was humbled in 1968 at Mexico City. Following a dominating run at the Pan Am Games one year earlier, his goal of six Olympic golds fell flat. In fact, he failed to take the top spot in any individual event. Four years later, however, he returned with a vengeance. Thanks …

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Ortiz Finishes Difficult Season with Award Nomination

Still feeling the sting of a difficult season and watching as other teams advance to the playoffs, it can be hard for Boston fans to look back and see the positives in a year where the Red Sox finished last in the AL East. But while the Red Sox didn’t perform well as a team, many individual players made significant …

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