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Out of ideas

I'm trying to help the Maine Democratic Party by coming up with a slogan for its big comeback attempt in the 2012 election.
Lending a hand to the Maine Democratic Party
By AL DIAMON  |  February 11, 2011
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Cardinal sin

Here's one you don't hear every day. J.J. Hones, a point guard on the Stanford Cardinal women's basketball team, has been dismissed from the squad for a DUI. No big deal, right? Happens all the time in college sports.
Drunken golf-cart fun at Stanford; plus, an aspiring NHL goon takes his show off the ice
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 18, 2010
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Phillip Merling: Oh, baby

This week's foul NFL news emanates from down South, where Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Phillip Merling was busted for assaulting his pregnant girlfriend.  
A Dolphin gets flagged for illegal hands to face; plus, Zach Randolph resurfaces
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 04, 2010
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Slap shot

Bogdan "Rudy" Rudenko, a minor-league hockey player who was most recently with the now-defunct Colorado Springs Gold Kings, has been arrested in connection with the Stallings, North Carolina, shooting of a friend and former teammate of his (some reports
Murder hits minor-league hockey. Plus, Chris Chelios gets whistled for DUI.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 22, 2010

Crossword: ''That bowls''

Football overload!
Football overload!
By MATT JONES  |  January 22, 2010

Let’s recap

With the decade drawing to a close, it's fitting to reconsider the moments and developments of the last 10 years that forever changed sports in Portland and New England.
Balls, Pucks, and Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  January 01, 2010


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Ten years of great sports

Moments after Adam Vinatieri's field goal split the uprights as the clock expired in the Louisiana Superdome on February 3, 2002, the streets of Boston were in bedlam. Drunk people dangled from trees and hung off lampposts. Motorists leaned on their ho
Boston's road from Loserville to Title Town
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 25, 2009
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Stones arrive

The Garden was the scene of a historical rock experience last Saturday when the Stones came to Boston. All the past fiascos staged in the hulking home of the Bruins and the Celtics are forgotten.
Jagger as a hero-rapist
By KEN EMERSON AND SHEILA  |  December 04, 2009
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America's scam

What a year for former New England Patriots and the criminal-justice system!
Eugene Lockhart funds his own buyout. Plus, why do pro athletes hate cabbies?
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 11, 2009
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Fall guys

No shortage of sports-crime activity this week — in fact, it's been an extremely busy time, so much so that it's worth a bullet-point to get to some of the developments in brief.
As summer winds down, sports crime picks back up
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 04, 2009
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Smear tactics

In the world of sports crime, there are two kinds of arrests. In the first, an athlete causes a public scene in some way, the police come, and the athlete is eventually squeezed into the back of a cruiser and taken away. The other kind of crime happen
Accused athletes unleash their attorneys
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 28, 2009


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Magic man

Magic mushrooms may make for amusing Eminem lyrics, but are not and never have been a strong theme in the ongoing sports-crime story.
A former NBA scrub gets caught speeding. Plus, Patrick Kane is sent to the penalty box.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 21, 2009

Crossword: ''No ham for me, thanks''

Don't be a pig about it
Don't be a pig about it
By MATT JONES  |  August 14, 2009
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Blue Balls

It's one of the great myths of modern American life that, no matter what travesties befall us, sports will carry on unfazed.
The word on the street is that sports are recession-proof — think again
By STEVEN STARK  |  April 10, 2009

Crossword: ''A new beginning''

Here we go again!
Here we go again!
By MATT JONES  |  January 14, 2009
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Busting Balls: 20 ways to improve sports

College football is stupid. Everybody knows it.
We blow the whistle on the ridiculous rules and quirks that make the games lame
By LANCE GOULD  |  January 07, 2009


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On the cheap: Waterfront Café

Staying power is rare in the restaurant business.
An Italian-flavored pub that hoes its modest row beautifully
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 17, 2008
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Magnum farce


Sports blotter: "CSI: Binghamton" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 19, 2008

Gabba gabba, hey! One of us!

I was surprised to learn that I’ll be making my selection for president based not on the issues, but on the Republican vice-presidential candidate’s preferences in recreational activities.  
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 22, 2008

Crossword: ''So cute''


If it gets any cuter, I'll get a toothache.
By MATT JONES  |  October 22, 2008
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Breakfast With Scot

Laurie Lind’s fuses Three Men and a Baby, La Vie en Rose , and every other gay rom-com ever made.  
Chaste, and lacking wit
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 21, 2008


Crossword: ''Bizarro world''


Everyone's against me!
By MATT JONES  |  July 23, 2008
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Soccer punch

When Barack Obama arrives in England in a few weeks on his celebrated European tour, he’ll probably disembark assuming that George W. Bush is the most despised American in Britain. If so, he'll be wrong.
There are, believe it or not, more hated Yanks overseas than George W. Bush: the Americans who own European football teams
By STEVEN STARK  |  July 16, 2008
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The Love Guru

Guru Pitka is a self-help mogul with origins in Mike Myers’s now tired vision of the groovy ’60s.
Derivative, crass, and boring
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  June 25, 2008

Crossword: ''What's the problem?''


OK, we'll tell you.
By MATT JONES  |  June 25, 2008
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More from Tyson

One of the things about being a non–Pacific Islander  guy with a giant tribal tattoo on your face is that people are forever questioning your judgment.
Sports blotter: "Yikes" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 18, 2008


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‘Great’ is definitely the wrong word

When I come across an obvious factual error in a book, my initial inclination is to wince in sympathy for the soon-to-be-embarrassed author. Unless, that is, the mistake is infuriatingly egregious, in which case I’m more apt to throw the book up against
Richard Bradley’s fact-challenged book on the Sox-Yanks’ ’78 season finale is filled with Buckner-esque errors.
By GEORGE KIMBALL  |  May 28, 2008
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Recession busters

It was only a matter of time before the plummeting real-estate market began to claim its first sports-related arrests.
Sports blotter: "Realty bites" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 14, 2008

Unpolishable...

What got spilled on the floor of the Frank Fixaris Memorial Press Box to make it stickier than glue-based rodent traps?
Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  April 23, 2008

Crossword: ''A greet addition''


Don't just say hello
By MATT JONES  |  April 16, 2008