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Red Sox rally around Alex Cora after Brett Gardner criticism

Tomase: Brett Gardner’s jab at Cora helps fuel Red Sox sweep originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

We’ve searched for excuses about Red Sox-Yankees losing its luster for a decade, but it really boils down to one word: hatred.

The 1970s clubs despised each other, with no rivalry more bloodthirsty than Carlton Fisk vs. Thurman Munson in a battle of granite backstops. The 1980s saw Hall of Fame outfielder Jim Rice challenge an entire section of Yankee Stadium bleachers after a fan stole his hat. The ’90s brought Nomar vs. Jeter, Pedro vs. Roger, and the birth of the Yankees dynasty juxtaposed against a Red Sox franchise still wedded to misery.

The animosity crescendoed in the early 2000s. Pedro Martinez slammed Don Zimmer to the turf, Aaron Boone slammed the door on another Red Sox season, Jason Varitek slammed his mitt in Alex Rodriguez’s face, and David Ortiz finally slammed

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues criticism of LeBron James

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has doubled down on his criticism of LeBron James and athletes who speak out about politics and current affairs.

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Speaking in a press conference for the San Remo music festival in Italy, Ibrahimovic had this to say about his recent comments regarding LeBron James.

“Athletes unite the world, politics divide it,” Ibrahimovic said. “Our role is to unite the world by doing what we do best. Athletes should be athletes and politicians should do politics.”

Last week LeBron James had hit back at Ibrahimovic, after initial comments from the AC Milan striker told the NBA superstar to ‘stay out of it’ when it comes to politics and that he should ‘do what you’re best at’ because it doesn’t look good to be outspoken.

Zlatan, 39, is often outspoken and his comments reached LeBron James.

Here was part of

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Jazz’s Mitchell brushes off Shaq’s postgame criticism

Donovan Mitchell scored a season-high 36 points in the Utah Jazz’s win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday but was quickly confronted with Shaquille O’Neal’s criticism on TNT’s broadcast.

Mitchell was asked about the awkward exchange afterward and brushed it off.

“We’re on a seven-game win streak right now, we’re playing good basketball. I hate to take a win like this and make it about what they said about me,” the Jazz guard said, according to the Salt Lake Tribune’s Eric Walden. “You look at how we played and guarded, I’m happy.”

Earlier in the program, O’Neal and Charles Barkley said Mitchell’s impact is limited to scoring.

Jazz center Rudy Gobert – who’s also received criticism from Shaq – said the

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