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It seemed like the controversy involving NFL players kneeling during the national anthem had died down a bit — that is until President Trump stirred up a hornet's nest Friday night during a campaign trip to Alabama.

Trump unleashed a tirade of strong comments against NFL players who don't stand during the playing of "The Star Spangled Banner."

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The family of Aaron Hernandez has filed suit against the NFL after it was revealed by an autopsy that the former Patriots player had advanced degenerative brain disease when he died. 

The brain of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez showed severe signs of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, referred to as CTE, according to doctors who conducted tests after he committed suicide in April while imprisoned for murder.

The Patriots' grand entrance to Super Bowl XLVI in 2012. They lost to the Giants.
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After a horrific season opener, the New England Patriots are looking to get back on track this Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Rebecca Lobo speaks during the Class of 2017 press conference at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield on September 7, 2017.
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Rebecca Lobo set a Massachusetts state record for points while playing for the Southwick-Tolland Regional High School girls' basketball team. The school was just 13 miles away from the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Report: Red Sox Used Apple Watch To Steal Yankees' Signs

Sep 5, 2017
In this photo from 2014, the Red Sox hosted the Yankees at Fenway Park.
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The Boston Red Sox have reportedly admitted to Major League Baseball that they improperly used electronic devices to steal signs from their longtime rival New York Yankees.

The New York Times reported Tuesday the Red Sox used a high-tech watch to relay signs by the Yankees catchers during a series last month at Fenway Park.

Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford, where the Yard Goats play.
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It's been quite a year for Hartford's minor league baseball team, after an inaugural season full of stadium blunders. Nonetheless, the Double-A Yard Goats wrap up their final home-stand of the season on Thursday. For the season, the Yard Goats have drawn nearly 400,000 in 2017 – the second best in the league. 

In this photo from 2014, the Red Sox hosted the Yankees at Fenway Park.
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With the second half of Major League Baseball's season now well underway, things are starting to get interesting in the American League East. 

A Six-Year-Old Encounters Greatness

Jun 13, 2017
Robert Floyd, holding the ball signed by Jimmy Piersall.
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Legendary Red Sox center fielder Jim Piersall died earlier this month at the age of 87. Commentator Robert Floyd had an encounter with the heralded player he'll never forget. 

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