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Why Boston drove Ali fight out of town

Why Boston drove Ali fight out of town

District Attorney Garrett Byrne showed political courage

HE CALLED HIMSELF Muhammad Ali because his given name, he said, was “a slave’s name, and I’m no longer a slave.” In 1965 he was still called Cassius Clay, his father’s name, a name he would willingly give up as he made his own way in life as a boxer of global renown. He was that(...)

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Football heading for trouble

Looking to stop the flow of tears falling into area beers, NECN’s Broadside host Sue O’Connell offered this on-the-bright-side tweet on Sunday night: “Hey #PatriotsNation, the good news is your fav players will now have a slightly lower chance of brain injury resulting in CTE. #concussion” Her timing couldn’t have been better, as today brings(...)

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Healey proposes fantasy sports regs

Healey proposes fantasy sports regs

‘Professional’ players would be identified

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SAYING THAT HER ONGOING REVIEW of daily fantasy sports games uncovered “a number of significant concerns,” Attorney General Maura Healey on Thursday announced a series of proposed regulations for the burgeoning industry, including a ban on players under the age of 21. The relatively new form of online sports wagering, under(...)

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Rich-poor divide in high school sports

Rich-poor divide in high school sports

Data reveal inequality that threatens American Dream

EACH YEAR, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association compiles athletic participation data from public, charter, and parochial high schools across the state. In nine out of the past 10 years, the publicized narrative about the data has been the same: that athletic participation is increasing. But below the surface, the data reveal some alarming trends about(...)

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Dissecting UMass coach’s bonus-laden salary

Dissecting UMass coach’s bonus-laden salary

Derek Kellogg is state's highest-paid employee

DEREK KELLOGG, the UMass men’s basketball coach, is the highest paid public employee in Massachusetts, but you’d never know it looking at his base salary. Kellogg’s base salary is $225,000, but he also receives $769,000 in quarterly installments for participating in speaking engagements set up by the school and for appearing on weekly and game-related(...)

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Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams

Brockton Rox owner Chris English, a former hedge fund manager, wants to turn the team into a winner on the field and a money-maker off the diamond. Sound familiar?

You’ve owned several minor league professional teams in the Northeast. What about owning a team of college players in the Futures League in Brockton interested you when the previous owners, who included high-profile people like Bill Murray, couldn’t make the Rox work with professional players? We have a very disciplined business model. We know how(...)

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