Red Sox trade Lester to A's

Billy Beane may be going all-in this season. The A's have just acquired Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes from the Red Sox, in exchange for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Lester joins a stellar A's rotation, recently bolstered by the acquisition of Jeff Samardzija, but will he be enough to bring Beane and the A's a coveted World Series title?

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There's nothing like a little Twitter back-and-forth to spice up the NFL preseason. On Tuesday night the Cardinals made Patrick Peterson the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL:

Eight minutes later, Richard Sherman hinted at his superiority by retweeting this:

Peterson's reaction? A play on Sherman's infamous "You Mad Bro?" tweet:

But Sherman may have pulled the ultimate trump card by posting a photo of his massive Seahawks Super Bowl ring:

... Complete with a Drake lyric subtweet:

"Sometimes it seems like he's a little salty about it. But it is what it is. I don't have any problems with Richard," Peterson told reporters on Wednesday. Since both cornerbacks seem to be taking a break from social punches (for now), let's revisit Round 1 of their Twitter battle. When Sherman signed his $57.4 million contract extension in May, Peterson expressed his interest in making just as much -- if not more -- and was met with sharp commentary from Sherman:

Peterson went to the tape to make his point:

But at the end of the day, Sherman was all about the numbers:

Can we get these two on a reality series?

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Drew Brees already has a well-deserved reputation for accuracy -- he's completed 65.9 percent of passes in his career, a mark that puts him among the all-time leaders -- but you won't believe just how dead-on he can be until you watch him bulls-eye a Frisbee at Saints training camp.

Seriously, that is perfect -- as dead-center as you can get on a target that doesn't move in any way like, say, a wide receiver (or Jimmy Graham). We can't imagine the type of light-speed calculations Brees must be doing in order to pull that off, mainly because we struggle to throw crumpled-up pieces of paper into a trash can from 5 feet away.

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Will Rose, Bulls be big in 2014-15?

Derrick Rose apparently is dazzling in Team USA training. Not only is he throwing down big dunks, but also has assistant Jim Boeheim calling him the "most impressive guy here." This is potentially big news for a former NBA MVP who has missed almost two full seasons with multiple injuries. Will he return to form? How will the Bulls, currently a top contender with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the East, fare in 2014-15?

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You might recall last week when musician Jack White took in a Chicago Cubs game and looked, um, unhappy.

Well, his tour of baseball sadness continued Tuesday in Detroit, where White was invited to throw out the first pitch before the White Sox-Tigers game. Naturally, he seemed as melancholy as ever when he stepped up ...


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And threw ...


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And this is him before he -- wait. What is that? A SMILE?!


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What in the world could White possibly be happy about? Is it because Detroit is White's hometown? Or might it be, perhaps, because he threw the pitch to Santa Claus?


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The glee didn't end there, though. Tigers mascot PAWS managed to snag a selfie with St. Nick and White in the tunnel, and:



We're just never going to get used to Happy Jack White.


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