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Terry Lyons worked at the NBA from Dec. 1980 to Sept. 2007. He stepped down from his post in the NBA Communications department to relocate to Boston and is now Founder and Editor-in-Chief of http://www.digitalsportsdesk.com, a labor of love.

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USA Basketball Opens Training Camp for Rio

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 2:08 PM

LAS VEGAS - When the late, great Chuck Daly took on coaching duties for the 1992 USA Basketball Dream Team, there was a general consensus that his toughest chores in preparing the team for international competition would be rolling out the ball racks and setting up tee times, so he...

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Durant, Warriors Will Have Olympic-sized Lesson In Teamwork This Summer

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 3:41 PM

The clock struck midnight on July 1 and the craze surrounding the first day of free agency in the NBA cascaded from the tourist-filled streets of the Hamptons on Long Island to South Beach in Miami to Lake Shore Drive in Chicago and right on out to the west coast,...

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Final 4 Insurance? It's TickAssure!

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 11:37 AM

As NCAA Selection Sunday fast approaches, March Madness bracketologists will be sharpening their pencils and studying the results of the many conference tournaments all in hopes of picking a perfect bracket. The tournament selection committee makes best efforts to disperse the most worthy college basketball teams, placing No. 1 and...

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My Hero, Just for One (More) Day

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 4:40 PM

He was my hero, but just for one day.

The date was October 20, 2001 and I was entering my favorite place in the world, yet I didn't know how to behave or what to do. None of the nineteen thousand, five hundred-plus people attending the Concert for New York...

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Paving the Road to NHL Winter Classic

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 1:35 PM

"On the eighth day, they attached a microphone to legendary Kansas City Chiefs head coach Hank Stram as he was coaching on the sidelines during the Super Bowl and there was much rejoicing." - The Ghost of Sports Documentaries Past

Some 45 years ago, at Super Bowl IX in New...

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NFL Films in Love with "Jersey Boys"

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 3:44 PM

When New Jersey's very own Grammy Award-winning, rock superstar Bruce Springsteen bid adieu to Giants Stadium on the conclusion of his "Wrecking Ball" tour, he chose to play "Jersey Girl" as his final song in the aging venue which was about to meet its doom and pave the way for...

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DOPED: A Look at Anti-Drug Agenda in Sports

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 4:55 PM

When world-class athletes suit up for competition in the Year 2015, is it just too much to expect an even playing field and the proper enforcement of the rules of their games?

Whether it is the integrity of the "game" officials or the competency of the "table" officials, such as...

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Moving Day has New Meaning for Jordan Spieth

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 3:02 PM

The third round of every PGA Tour event is always referred to as "moving day." The term simply describes the importance of the round, coming a day after the cut is made and the tournament's most noteworthy contenders buckle down to play their very best while frequently hurdling some of...

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Jim Breuer: Sports & Comedy Intersect for Stand-Up Guy

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 5:47 PM

Everyone knows that even the most talented athlete has put in long hours of practice and developed a mental toughness second to none. To prepare for competition, athletes spend exorbitant amounts of time on the practice field or in the weight room, just as their coaches do in the film...

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DeflateGate: Is it time to 'Fess-Up?

(9) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 1:31 PM

Some roads are paved by an overnight construction crew with a slab of blacktop. Some roads are paved brick-by-brick, by skilled workers who toil for hours on end to be sure each piece of stone is laid perfectly in unison with the next, all cemented in a pavement that will...

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Memories of the Nassau Coliseum

(5) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 2:43 PM

The final New York Islanders regular season game at the Nassau Coliseum is in the books and the team's final game can come as abruptly as a sudden death overtime goal as the club approaches the cold, cruel world known as the Stanley Cup Playoffs. As the Coliseum hosts its...

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Have Mercy on the Men

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 3:16 PM

"God Have Mercy on the Man Who Doubts What He's Sure Of..." - Bruce Springsteen

There's a lot going on in Boston during these long, dark days of January.

On the local crime blotter, one of the two morons who took it upon themselves to set off a couple...

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International Intrigue and the NBA

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 4:55 PM

Indiana's Paul George had yet to be wheeled into the operating room, and the naysayers and sports pundits were speculating as to the response of the Pacers' Larry Bird and his fellow NBA front office cohorts. The media speculation ran from comments from basketball operations types to team ownership and...

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Join Us in Boston

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 9:12 AM

The measurements of sports are etched in our memories so deeply and clearly, we don't need to look them up.

In football, there are three feet to a yard and ten yards for a first down. In basketball, it's ten feet to the rim and a 15-foot shot for a...

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30 Years of NBA Success: Started in a CBS Sports Truck in '83

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 2:30 PM

NEW ORLEANS, February 14, 2014 -- The last time the National Basketball Association tipped an All-Star Game without David Stern at the helm, we were "looking live" at The Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California where Showtime was certainly underway with the LA Lakers, but the NBA's scope of an all...

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Dolphins Scandal: What Would Lombardi Do?

(8) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 10:36 AM

It was a cool New England night and all the focus of the sports world was on the World Series at tiny Fenway Park, here in Boston. The date was October 30 and, with the Red Sox win over the St. Louis Cardinals and the World Series trophy glimmering in...

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We All Can Learn From St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 5:55 PM

As adult parents who value sports, it is with each and every at-bat, practice or game when we try to teach our children well. We teach the fundamentals and the values of hard work. We teach the rewards of good fitness through training and of practice and gaining expertise through...

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Baseball Makes Us 'Feel' Better

(7) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 11:48 AM

BOSTON, October 18, 2013 -- Just like your favorite blue jeans, the faded pair with the relaxed fit, or those old brown shoes or maybe even your favorite, partially torn college t-shirt, the sport of baseball somehow has a way to make things better just by being there every fall....

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NCAA Under Attack

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 12:51 PM

Like no time in its long history, the National Collegiate Athletic Association is under attack.

Criticism has rained down upon the NCAA many times before and the organization is frequently claiming it is under self-imposed reform, yet, in the sports world that is 2013, the NCAA is under more...

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Stenson Overtakes Tiger on the Way to Chicago

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 12:40 PM

The "labor" day of golf did not begin very well for Sweden's Henrik Stenson. With skies threatening and a morning drizzle lending its way to a steady rain, play was delayed from 8am to 9:30am due to the dangerous weather conditions and sporadic thunder and lightening. When the skies cleared...

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