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Promise of pain
Monday night, Cameron Wake will be trying to hurt Tom Brady. Pain – inflicting it, enduring it, the specter of it – is a football fact of life
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'Boston never had any interest in him'
Giancarlo Stanton’s agent, Joel Wolfe, says the Red Sox were never presented to him and his client as a possible trade destination. 
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Curse or coincidence?
Tom Brady is now the favorite to win the NFL MVP award following Carson Wentz's season-ending injury.
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Red-hot when it gets cold
Nobody appreciates the month of December quite like Tom Brady and the Patriots.
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Pats steeled for a showdown next week
The Steelers have spent the season barely squeaking by weaker opponents. But squeak by them they have, and an AFC showdown with the Patriots awaits.
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A reminder of where they stand in the East
Here are A. Sherrod Blakely's five takeaways from Boston’s 91-81 win at Detroit on Sunday.
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A little healthy competition
Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy is fond of saying that internal competition brings out the best in everybody on a hockey club
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What does Wentz injury mean for Patriots?
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is feared to have a torn ACL and could miss the rest of the season. Michael Felger, Marc Bertrand and Mike Flynn discuss how this affects the road ahead for the Patriots.
Who wants him?
Marc Bertrand explains why he's glad Giancarlo Stanton didn't wind up in Boston, and compares him to a former Red Sox player.
Kyrie won't call it 'payback'
Beating the Pistons was more about bouncing back than payback for the Celtics, who had lost a hard-fought game at San Antonio on Friday night.
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Just a matter of time
The Patriots had a chance to earn their ninth-straight AFC East title before taking the field on Monday night. But the hat-and- t-shirt hoopla will have to wait. 
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Encouraged by Hayward's confidence
In an interview with the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach, Celtics wing player Gordon Hayward touched on the possibility of him returning this season.
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Won't take long for B's fans to love this rookie
Many have been focusing on the fact Boston passed on Mathew Barzal, but Jake DeBrusk has been proving Boston has a top notch rookie of their own
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After rough start, Tuukka settles in
Tuukka Rask looks like a different goalie from the beginning of the season, and more like the elite net-minder the Boston Bruins know him to be.
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DeBrusk makes huge statement
A huge night for Jake DeBrusk, who steps up to help protect a teammate and then scores the game-winning goal.
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Bringing more to the table?
Riley Nash hopes it’s the beginning of a hot stretch offensively for him and a line that’s looked good since they were put together
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Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek smashes his catcher's mitt in the face of the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.
Take that, Yankees!
The Red Sox reacted to the Yankees' acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton today with a tweet that was...well, /spirited/, maybe?  
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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving reacts after missing what would have been a tying shot against the San Antonio Spurs.
Not sharp enough to beat Spurs
The Celtics' effort in San Antonio is usually enough to beat most teams in the NBA, but most teams aren't the Spurs.   
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Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy.
Playing the Charlie card
Charlie McAvoy is still only 19 but 26 games into his rookie season it's easy to see that the Bruins have their franchise defenseman who'll be a cornerstone for years to come.
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Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski (left), new New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and Yankees GM Brian Cashman.
Your move, Dealer Dave
The Yankees' true victory over the Red Sox in the Stanton Derby came in all the moves that led up to the Yanks having the resources left to taunt their rivals with this blockbuster.  
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Still rising to the occasion
Manu Ginobili showed he's still as clutch as they come in the San Antonio Spurs' 105-102 win over the Boston Celtics.
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Seeing clearly
Jaylen Brown knew there would be an adjustment of sorts for him when he wore prescription goggles for the first time. 
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Work hard, play hard
With each passing day, it’s clear that winger Danton Heinen is becoming more and more a part of the fabric on the Boston Bruins. 
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Jaylen Brown on what it was like to play wearing goggles
Jaylen Brown talks about how it felt wearing goggles during the game and says that they seemed to actually improve his vision.
Jaylen Brown throws down a pair of dunks in third quarter
Jaylen Brown ended the night with 15 points and had two huge dunks on back-to-back plays in the third quarter of the Celtics' 105-102 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
Close, but no cigar
Right play. Right spot on the floor. The right shooter. Wrong result; that is, if you're the Boston Celtics. 
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If only the Bruins had taken...
The Bruins have been relatively successful with their recent drafts, but imagine if they hadn’t passed on some of these NHL young guns.  
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Boston Bruins' David Backes celebrates one of his two goals against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.
Backes in the swing of things
About a month removed from colon surgery, David Backes scores his first two goals of the season and looks as good as he ever has in a Bruins uniform.
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New England Patriots QB Tom Brady goes down against the Miami Dolphins.
‘Prepare for the worst, hope for the best’
Some of the borderline-and-beyond hits from the Dolphins two weeks ago are still fresh on the Patriots’ minds. That's why an expect-the-worse approach is critical.
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#FridayBag: Making up for Gronk
Part of a wide-ranging #FridayBag are questions about how the Patriots make up for the loss of Rob Gronkowski Monday night in Miami? Will Chris Hogan be counted on heavily as he returns from injury?
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Breer talks McDaniels, Belichick and the Giants job
Albert Breer outlines to Toucher & Rich how Bill Belichick's long relationship with the Mara family could steer Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to the Giants head coaching job.
Racing to the playoffs
The Patriots, as usual, are certain to make the playoffs. But who's going in with them? Who'll fall short? DJ Bean handicaps the AFC playoff field.
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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Cora addresses outburst
The BST crew discusses Alex Cora's reflection on his outburst, the B's win over the Coyotes, and much more.
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B's take care of business
David Backes earns the gold star as he delivers two goals in an outstanding performance against the Coyotes, leading the Bruins to a 6-1 victory.
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Alex Cora shows accountability for outburst in Houston
Evan Drellich and Lou Merloni discuss Alex Cora's reflection on his outburst with Astros broadcaster Geoff Blum and manager A.J. Hinch back in August.
Suh relishes the role of instigator vs. Patriots
The Dolphins have pulled very few punches when it comes to their intent to bother Tom Brady. They want to get inside his head.
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Haggerty's Bruins 20 under 25 rankings
Having asked you to rank Boston's best athletes under the age of 25, it's only fair we do the same. We continue today with . . . the Bruins.
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Harmon: 'I wouldn't call Gronk a dirty player'
Duron Harmon knows Rob Gronkowski. He knows what Gronkowski did to Tre'Davious White last weekend was wrong. But he also says he knows that Gronkowski isn't a dirty player.
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PODCAST: Brady's dustups different than Beckham's, Bryant's, etc.
Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss why Tom Brady’s sideline dustups are different than those of Odell Beckham, Dez Bryant, etc.
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Right at home
A 4-1 homestand gives the Celtics one of the best home records in the NBA (12-2), the bench steps up again and more observations from win No. 22. 
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Buffalo Bills CB Tre'Davious White.
Bills' White: Gronk suspension 'a joke'
Tre'Davious White, the Bills cornerback injured on the late hit by Rob Gronkowski, blasted Gronk's "dirty shot" that "could have broken my neck" and said the Patriots tight end's one-game suspension was "a j
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Owners' patsy? Roger that
Between now and 2023, Roger Goodell’s going to have to go on a diplomatic spree to clean up his legacy and pull public opinion of the NFL brand out of a nosedive.  
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How does Rowe change Pats' secondary?
Earlier this season, Eric Rowe was entrusted with replacing Malcolm Butler and Stephon Gilmore when they struggled. What's his role now?
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Hogan's return route timed perfectly
We don't know if Chris Hogan will be healthy enough to play in Miami. But if he can, he'll provide the Patriots offense a boost during Rob Gronkowski's suspension.
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'He wants to come back faster than anyone'
Danny Ainge says the timetable for Gordon Hayward's return hasn't officially changed, but Hayward is quietly working to make it quicker.
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PODCAST: What can Goodell do to change image?
Albert Breer, Tom Giles, Michael Holley and Kayce Smith debate whether or not Roger Goodell deserves the lucrative deal he received and what he needs to do to be looked upon more positively.
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'Next man up' is a winner for Celtics
Shorthanded or fully stacked, the Celtics continue to find ways to win. Latest example: Wednesday night's 97-90 victory over the Mavs without Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris.
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Larkin helps swing momentum
Shane Larkin has his best game in weeks as the Celtics rally for a 97-90 win over the Mavericks.
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Cameron Wake of the Miami Dolphins sacks New England Patriots QB Tom Brady.
You again?
The Patriots just saw the Dolphins two weeks ago and, despite Miami hitting Tom Brady pretty hard, had their way with them. Still, it's always a little tougher in down in Miami.  
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What's in store for Sox at Winter Meetings?
A big bat? A lefty reliever? A surprise acquisition? We look at what the Red Sox will do at baseball's Winter Meetings, which begin next week.
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Buffalo Bills CB Tre'Davious White (left) and Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.
Bills want Gronk revenge? Big Ben chimes in
Two of the most pointed reactions to Rob Gronkowski's late hit and suspension have come from Tre'Davious White, who took the hit, and from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.  
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Boston Bruins' Ryan Spooner mixes it up in front of the net against the Nashville Predators.
Swing and a miss
The Bruins let a big opportunity get away from them in Nashville but have shown this season they can hold their own against the NHL's best.   
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New England Patriots guard Shaq Mason.
This Shaq has the moves
The resurgent Patriots' running game has gotten a boost from the blocking of third-year guard Shaq Mason, who is poised to clear a path toward the Pro Bowl.   
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Belichick: 'I've got to do a better job' of making players maintain composure
Bill Belichick constantly tells his players to keep their composure on the field.
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'Every situation has a shelf life'
In his first public interview since being let go as Red Sox manager, John Farrell takes a matter-of-fact approach to his dismissal.
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In Jones they trust
When it comes to seeing how he feels about players, don't listen to what Bill Belichick says; watch what he does. When you do, his affection for Jonathan Jones is obvious.
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Bruins facing a tough decision
The Bruins need to make sure they’re protecting their best players. Is it time for them to go out and acquire a traditional enforcer?
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PODCAST: Explaining Alex Cora's outburst
Evan Drellich joins BST to talk about his report that in August of this year, new Red Sox manager Alex Cora cursed out Astros broadcaster Geoff Blum and manager A.J. Hinch while on the team bus.
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Will Giants raid Patriots?
Phil Perry joins Boston Sports Tonight to discuss how likely it is for the Giants to acquire part of the Patriots staff.
Who would you rather have: Kyrie or Giannis?
Michael Holley and Kayce Smith debate which superstar they would rather have on their team, Kyrie Irving or Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Lending a helping hand
In this NBC Sports Boston Video Essay, A. Sherrod Blakely tells the story of how 28-year-old Marcus Morris has formed a unique bond with 19-year-old rookie Jayson Tatum, on and off the court.
Khudobin's hot hand ends on a cold night
The warning signs had been there in recent games, but it all fell apart for Anton Khudobin on Monday night in Nashville.
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Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug is a step behind Kyle Turris of the Nashville Predators.
Krug's rough start dooms Bruins
The Bruins needed a furious comeback after some defensive lapses early -- particularly from Torey Krug -- and in the end fall short in Nashville.  
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Use it -- by Friday -- or lose it?
If the Celtics want to utilize their $8.4 million Disabled Player Exception to acquire a player and use him in a subsequent trade, they have to do it by Friday.
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Average grades for above-average team
The Patriots' performance Sunday was relatively mediocre, yet they came away with a 20-point victory over a .500 team. It tells you the level at which they're operating.
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C's turning more and more offensive
The defense was the story during the Celtics' quick bolt out of the gate, but now the offense is stepping to the forefront as they continue blazing their way across the NBA sky.
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'Not a good recipe for winning games'
The Bruins pile up defensive zone breakdowns and so-so goaltending in the opening 25 minutes of the game against the Nashville Predators
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Is Cora incident a footnote or an omen?
Alex Cora had his own Price/Eckersley-type moment as Astros' bench coach, engaging in public disputes with a team broadcaster and manager A.J. Hinch.
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Costly mistakes
The Bruins make enough mistakes in the first period against the Predators to cost them the game. And they do.
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Horford showing he's a vital cog
Celtics need the "no-holds-back" Al Horford who tends to fill up the stat sheet in several categories and maybe just as important, significantly impacts winning
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'A heck of a shooter'
What continues to stand out about Jayson Tatum is his consistency in terms of shooting the ball.
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Hurley: ‘I do think Gronkowski has a chance on the appeal’
Michael Hurley of 98.5 The Sports Hub explains why he thinks Rob Gronkowski has a chance to win his appeal.
PODCAST: Was Gronk's suspension justified?
Dan Koppen and Mike Giardi break down the Rob Gronkowski late hit and one-game suspension. With no past history, will Gronk’s suspension be reduced as he goes through the appeal process?
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Pats preparing Plan B
Bill Belichick, saying the Patriots 'address the things that we can address,' are ready to move on without Rob Gronkowski.
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Gronkowski suspended
The Patriots' tight end reportedly will appeal the one-game penalty, which -- if not reduced -- will force him to miss Monday's game in Miami and cost him $281,250 in lost pay.
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Sit for the hit
Rob Gronkowski was quickly convicted in the court of public opinion -- outside New England, at least -- for his late hit on Tre'Davious White. And the NFL is nothing is not reactive.
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Pats are now running with purpose
Behind Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead, the Patriots have a running game that can carry them even when Tom Brady doesn't have his best day. 
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It was child's play for Pats in Buffalo
The Patriots' win over the Bills felt like a little brother firing futile fists at the stomach of his big brother, who laughs and holds him off with just a palm on the little dude’s forehead.
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Playing way out of postseason early
Mathematically every team is still alive, but realistically some teams have already played their way out of the playoffs this season.
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Out of nowhere
Eric Lee was in the Bills locker room two weeks ago as a member of their practice squad. On Sunday, he helped wreck their day as a starter for the Patriots. 
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Gilmore gets the last laugh
Even though the game was out of hand, the Bills were determined to score on their former DB, Stephon Gilmore. He was just as determined not to let them. Guess who won?
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Cast your vote!
Each year, we ask you to rank Boston's 20 best professional athletes under the age of 25. Who will it be this time around? It's up to you!
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'Just football'
It didn't take long for Tom Brady and Josh McDaniels to get together after Brady's sideline eruption following New England's first drive.
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'I gotta keep my cool'
Rob Gronkowski regrets his out-of-character late hit on Tre'Davious White, but said it stemmed from built-up frustration over 'seven years' of being manhandled with no calls from the refs.
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A role reversal?
Is the Celtics' offense really getting better, or do they look better because the defense isn’t as good as it was to start the season?
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Best and Worst: Patriots 23, Bills 3
Tom E. Curran highlights the best and worst moments from Sunday's game between the Patriots and Bills
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Gronk explodes, in more ways than one
Rob Gronkowski catches 9 passes for 147 yards and loses his cool late in the game as he makes an eventful return home in the Patriots' victory over the Bills in Buffalo.
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Don't look now, but B's might be good
It’s taken nearly two months of the regular season, but the Bruins are finally looking like the team everybody thought they’d be.
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Manning benching causes DJ Bean to become emotional
A distraught DJ Bean says he can't watch the NFL any more because of how the Giants handled the Eli Manning benching.
Healthy Spooner could provide boost
Every once in a while Ryan Spooner flashes the kind of skill that could be a major boost to the Bruins. Saturday was one of those days.
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Little ball of concern?
The Flyers learned the hard way that you don't want to play Brad Marchand after you get him angry. But is he taking too many big hits?
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Finding his comfort zone
Saturday afternoon was another positive step for Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask in reestablishing himself as an elite goalie.
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Not all Sunny days
When you hear Kyrie Irving talk about Devin Booker, it's clear he feels a certain kinship with the young Suns guard.
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Head-shot, then heads-up
Brad Marchand appeared to be down and out after taking a check to the head in the first period, but he bounced back to be a key contributor in the Bruins' 3-0 win in Philly.
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Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum drives against the Phoenix Suns Jared Dudley.
Early start, late heroics
Jayson Tatum admits he's usually napping early in the afternoon, but another big fourth-quarter from him helped wake up the Celtics against Phoenix.
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Brown: Irving is 'Mr. Fourth Quarter'
Jaylen Brown talks about Kyrie Irving --and Jayson Tatum -- turning it on in the fourth quarter to put the Celtics ahead of the Suns.
Stevens: Our offense is playing at a better level
Brad Stevens says the Celtics' defense taking a step back, but the offense playing at a better level.
Tatum's mom on his first buzzer-beater, and more
Brandy Cole, Jayson Tatum's mother, discusses her son's rookie season with the Celtics.
Boston Bruins' fathers are along on the two-game trip to Philly and Nashville.
Fathers' Days for B's
Many of the Bruins -- 21 in all -- have their dads along for the two-game trip to Philly and Nashville.
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Rising early to greet the Suns
While the players haven't exactly embraced the early start time on Saturday, Celtics coach Brad Stevens is all for it.
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Boston Celtics' forward Marcus Morris with teammate Kyrie Irving.
Happily staying away from the Suns
Marcus Morris' NBA career includes a stop with the Suns. When his old team arrived at TD Garden, it reminded him how lucky he is to be out of Phoenix and in Boston.  
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A new 'king in the fourth'
Watching Kyrie Irving in the fourth quarter is something special.
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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Boone to be next Yankees manager
The BST crew discusses the Yankees hiring Aaron Boone as their new manager, how Tom Brady's career will end, and more.
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Time for Krug bashers to lay off
It might just be high time for people to cut B’s defenseman Torey Krug a little bit of a break. 
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Why is Terry Rozier scared of squirrels?
Terry Rozier explains why he is not a fan of squirrels.
Why does Terry Rozier put ranch on spaghetti?
Terry Rozier plays a game or 'True or False' and explains why he puts ranch on spaghetti.
Rozier: 'I still haven't showed everything that I can do'
Terry Rozier says that he still has a lot to show Boston Celtics fans.
Terry Rozier: One day I'll be a starter in this league
Terry Rozier explains his mind set after coming off the bench behind Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving, and where he ultimately would like to be in this league.
Rozier explains why this Celtics team has good chemistry
Terry Rozier explains why this Celtics team 'complimenting each other' on the court has led to better team chemistry.
Boston Bruins goalies Anton Khudobin (left) and Tuukka Rask.
Riding with Rask
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy will go with Tuukka Rask in goal Saturday in Philly and backup Anton Khudobin will get the start Monday vs. Nashville.
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PODCAST: Terry Rozier can't wait to guard Isaiah Thomas
Celtics guard Terry Rozier joins Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely in this week's episode of the "Celtics Talk Podcast"
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Brady feels for Eli, happy for Jimmy G
The revolving door of big-name quarterbacks is starting to move, as Jimmy Garoppolo will make his first start with the 49ers while Eli Manning will be benched by the Giants after 210 straight starts. 
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Boston Celtics' (L to R) Al Horford, Marcus Smart and Kyrie Irving.
Cranking up the O to match the D
After another game where the Celtics shot better than 50 percent, and another victory, the Celtics offense is starting to play on par with their stellar defense. 
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Which back gets the ball?
Among the questions in this week's bag: How are the Patriots' running back rotations determined? And, how has the defense made up for the loss of Dont'a Hightower? 
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Sideline stoicism
Bill Belichick hardly reacted to any of the five touchdowns his team scored against the Dolphins. He explained why on Friday.
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'The stupidest thing I've heard in 2017'
Wyc Grousbeck -- with a smile, but with some pretty pointed language -- takes apart Felger & Mazz over the notion that Brad Stevens isn't important to the Celtics' success.
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PODCAST: LeBron the King of Philly?
Could LeBron James be heading to the 76ers via free agency this coming offseason? Tom Giles, Michael Holley, Kayce Smith and Tom E. Curran debate whether or not the King would be a good fit in Philly. 
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Stealth impact
Lost in the story of the Celtics' win over the Sixers is the play of Al Horford, an all-too-common occurrence.
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A scoring 'luxury'
Those who compete with him and play against Kyrie Irving realize how talented he can be, especially in the fourth quarter.
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The future is bright
There’s still a lot of time left in this season, but all indications are that the Philadelphia 76ers' time has arrived.
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Smashing success
Rob Gronkowski never found himself breaking a table at a Bills tailgate growing up. He saved that for family functions. 
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Boston gets final word
The Trail Blazers and Red Sox get into a (highly unlikely) Twitter exchange about 'statement' jerseys, which prompts  the Celtics to get involved and end the conversation.
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Sean McDermott, Buffalo Bills coach.
The best Pats team he's seen?
Bills coach Sean McDermott's been around, so it's surprising to hear him say this version of the Patriots is better than any he's gone up against.  
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Quick healer
Less than a month after having 10 inches of his colon removed, David Backes is back on the ice and energizes the Bruins with his play in the victory over the Lightning.  
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A Giant difference in philosophy
When the Patriots decided to replace their good-but-not-great QB (Drew Bledsoe), they did it bloodlessly . . .
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Rask answers the call against Lightning
It wasn’t a spectacular, stand-on-your-head performance from Tuukka Rask against the Lightning. But it didn't have to be. It was still a winning one.
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Give 'em a hand
The Bruins hung tough through the tough times and now are showing signs of life, as evidenced by an impressive 3-2 victory over the Lightning.
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Did Danny Ainge tell Doc to get ejected to watch Tiger?
Danny Ainge talks with Toucher & Rich about a story Doc Rivers told earlier this season of the time Ainge jokingly told the Celtics head coach to get ejected to watch Tiger Woods at The Masters
Ainge on using Celtics' $8.4 million DPE
Toucher & Rich discuss the $8.4 million Designated Player Exemption the Celtics received because of the injury to Gordon Hayward. Has the team talked with anyone about a trade?
Ainge on whether Tatum's success is surprising
Toucher & Rich talk with Danny Ainge about the early season success of 19 year-old Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum
Looking ahead
All serious talk about the heir apparent to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the East should begin and end with the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers.
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B's seize control and don't let go
Brad Marchand says the Bruins probably didn't 'see the [Lightning's] best game,' but he's impressed with the way the B's stepped up against the best team in the East.
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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Rask snaps cold streak
The BST crew discusses the Bruins' win, which slugger the Red Sox should pursue, and much more.
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Haggerty: A character-building win
Joe Haggerty discusses how the Bruins, battling through injuries, are building the type of character that can turn them into playoff contenders.
Should the Red Sox trade Jackie Bradley Jr. for Jose Abreu?
Evan Drellich, Trenni Kusnierek and Chris Gasper discuss if trading Jackie Bradley Jr. for Jose Abreu would be a smart move for the Red Sox.
Struggling Shady still a threat
LeSean McCoy's production isn't what it's been in the past, but the Bills' running back is still someone the Patriots' coaches -- and players -- worry about.
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We're talking about practice
It would not have come as a shock if some of the Boston Celtics had to turn to their GPS device and punch in the practice facility’s address prior to today’s practice.
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Let's trash the Fultz trash talk
Danny Ainge seemingly made the right pick when he passed over Markelle Fultz for Jayson Tatum. Yet for the sake of what could be a great, years-long debate, root for Fultz to at least be decent.
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Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor.
Which Bills will show up?
The Bills' bizarre season included yanking their starting QB, bringing him back and returning to the playoff hunt. Still, the Patriots usually get to see their bad side.
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Will problems slowing mobile QB resurface?
Seems like a long time ago now, but think back, if you can, to a point in time when the Patriots defense was less stingy, back when they had a hell of a time trying to slow mobile quarterbacks. 
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Gorman: Detroit can beat Cleveland in the playoffs
Mike Gorman still isn't sold on the Cavs' postseason chances, despite their current winning streak, and thinks Monday's Celtics-Pistons matchup could be a Conference Finals preview.
Gorman on Anthony Davis-to-Celtics talk
Mike Gorman talks with Toucher & Rich about the latest trade scenario floated by Bleacher Report on a hypothetical deal sending Anthony Davis to the Celtics
Meriweather: 'You going with Geno Smith over Eli?'
Former New York Giant Brandon Meriweather talks about the benching of Eli Manning.
PODCAST: Patriots-Dolphins and Tomlin's comments
Jerod Mayo weighs in on how Mike Tomlin’s comments will impact the Patriots players.
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PODCAST: 'Extreme long shot' Sox land Stanton
Michael Holley and Tom Giles discuss the Red Sox' seemingly miniscule chances of landing Giancarlo Stanton.
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Is Philly our next big rival? Well . . .
The Eagles are dominant and the 76ers want to challenge the Celtics in coming years, but you'll forgive Boston fans for waiting before they consider Philadelphia a threat. 
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Not the D we usually see
Is the Celtics' recent stretch of allowing 100-plus points a game just a blip or a sign of a growing problem?  
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Little to no value - in Belichick's eyes
Why keep going to the screen play if the execution continues to be poor? Josh McDaniels sees more benefit in the calls than his boss.
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Who starts? Who knows?
Bruce Cassidy says Tuukka Rask is still the Bruins' No. 1 goalie, but he won't announce whether Rask or Anton Khudobin will start Wednesday against the high-flying Lightning.
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'Extreme long shot'
One baseball source calls the Red Sox “an extreme long shot” to land Giancarlo Stanton in a trade. The biggest reason? The Marlins' asking price.
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Marcus Smart watches as the Detroit Pistons celebrate a victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.
Was the missing D only temporary?
The Pistons double-team Kyrie Irving, the Celtics allow a season-high for points and free-throw and turnover woes add up to the first double-digit loss of the season.  
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Pats keep their cool in lukewarm outing
The Patriots' biggest achievement on a day when they weren't at their best? Resisting the temptation to stoop to Miami's level.
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Just one problem . . .
We're grateful to Mike Tomlin for injecting a little life into what's become a drama-free Patriots season. Only thing is, Belichick's Pats have beaten Tomlin's Steelers like a drum over the years.
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PODCAST: Why 'sloppy' game will be good for Pats
Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen review the Patriots' win over the Dolphins, the undisciplined nature of Miami, and Kenny Stills' comments after the game
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Homecoming king
As much as Avery Bradley loves the fans in Boston and the organization, this was not a trip of leisure. He had business to take care of.
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C's praise 'really good' Pistons
The Pistons shoot an amazing 51.8 percent from the floor and score more points than any team has this season against the Celtics in their 118-108 win.
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B's adopting personality of their goalies
Why is it the Bruins are gritty and competitive when Anton Khudobin's in net, and passive and lacking energy in front of Tuukka Rask?
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The anti-Belichick
Looking past opponents. Anticipating a playoff matchup. Predicting victory. Bill Belichick would never do any of those things . . . but in one sit-down on NBC, Mike Tomlin did them all.
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Looking for the sweet spot
David Pastrnak tries to find that balance between productive offense -- which the Bruins need, and which he can provide -- and good-enough defense.
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Course correction
The early weeks of the season were rough for Stephon Gilmore. But now the Patriots' big free-agent signee is playing some of the best football of his career.
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Will a long, forgotten journey end in Hall?
Is there a point where a pitcher whose stats may be borderline becomes, when viewed as a whole, a worthy Hall of Fame candidate because of the path behind them? If so, Luis Tiant would be a shoo-in. 
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Room for improvement
For all the good that was there to be found in a 35-17 victory over a division opponent, there's also plenty for Belichick and the Patriots to clean up. 
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All's well that ends well for Bradley, and C's
Avery Bradley says he understands why the Celtics traded him last offseason says he has 'no hard feelings at all . . . I ended up in a great situation.'
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It's a film festival for Gilmore
On his game-turning interception, Stephon Gilmore knew what play the Dolphins were running before the snap. That's the power of film study.
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C's hit mark(s) in first quarter of season
The Celtics have the best record in the NBA at this point and, as you might expect, their roster is full of players who have been acing their assignments most of this season.
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Sluggish performance dooms B's
The Bruins are outhustled, outmuscled and outworked by the Oilers, who were at the end of a long East Coast road trip.
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No escape
The Dolphins, like most teams in the NFL, are light years behind the Patriots. They remain there because they do the same stupid things over and over and over.
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‘Just football, man’
Dolphins cornerback Bobby McCain and the Pats' Danny Amendola have an ongoing scrap, but McCain gets ejected when he throws a punch.
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'They don't know who's coming'
The Dolphins couldn't have forgotten about Trey Flowers, right? It looked like they did before one of his two sacks.
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Don't ask him
Were there any thoughts about taking Tom Brady out of the game late with the game in hand? Bill Belichick contorts his face and has at it.
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Belichick favored initial Vol call
Greg Schiano is a polarizing figure in the world of college football. But ask Bill Belichick about the former Rutgers head coach, and he'll have nothing but good things to say. 
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Stills thinks his trash talk got to Brady
Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills says he spent the game yelling at Tom Brady from the sidelines, and thinks the fact that Brady threw an interception after one of their exchanges is proof that he rattled
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Breer: Tom Brady is MVP over Carson Wentz
Albert Breer explains why he would take Tom Brady for NFL MVP over Carson Wentz
Rob Gronkowski on Cooks riding him like a horse celebration
Rob Gronkowski discusses Brandin Cooks riding him like a horse as a celebration after his touchdown.
Breer: Real progress being made in Patriots secondary
Albert Breer praises the Patriots secondary for the progress that has been made over the course of the season.
Best and Worst: Patriots 35, Dolphins 17
Tom E. Curran highlights the best and worst moments from Sunday's game between the Patriots and Dolphins
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Hit man
Tom Brady throws four touchdown passes, but also takes more of a pounding than he has in recent games, as the Pats put away Miami.
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Remembering Terry Glenn
Charlie Weis, Troy Brown, Mike Felger and Albert Breer take the time to reminisce on their times with the late Patriots WR Terry Glenn.
Backes' recovery on the fast track
David Backes is cleared for contact little more than three weeks afrer undergoing surgery for diverticulitis.
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Horford sets the pace against Pacers
The Celtics' surge to victory in Indiana begins in the third quarter, when Al Horford does some of his best work.
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Marcus Smart: This is the definition of a team
Marcus Smart talks after the game about getting some shots to go in and playing without Jaylen Brown.
Curran's Patriots-Dolphins Preview/Review
What predictions did Tom E. Curran get right? What did he get wrong? Find out in the Patriots-Dolphins preview review
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DeBrusk providing an offensive spark
Jake DeBrusk doesn't want to repeat the experience of being a healthy scratch, and the way he's playing it may never happen again.
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Blakely: Derrick Rose decision 'bigger than basketball'
A. Sherrod Blakely discusses Derrick Rose deciding to step away from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
B's 'feeling pretty good' during streak
The Bruins weren't in a playoff spot on Thanksgiving, but they moved into one a day later. And their confidence, as well as their place in the standings, is rising.
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Isaiah Thomas responds to the "Isaiah Who?" haters
Brian Scalabrine reacts to Isaiah Thomas responding to people disrespecting his impact on the Celtics last season.
First goal 'a jolt' for Grzelcyk
Matt Grzelcyk does his Zamboni-driving papa proud on Friday afternoon, snapping home his first career NHL goal in a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins
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Pastrnak busting out of mini-slump?
David Pastrnak nets the game-winner on Matt Murray in the third period after getting freed up for a breakaway chance
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Michael Porter Jr.'s Missouri career was cut short by injury.
Done even before one-and-done
Michael Porter Jr.'s college career is over before it even really starts but he'll still be a high lottery pick. Here's a look at other fabulous freshmen to keep an eye on. 
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Patriots creating a league of their own
Bill Belichick says the Pats facing one of their ex-players, as they will this week (Miami's Ted Larsen), is nothing new: 'I think we have more [former] players' in the NFL than any other team.
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Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens.
Next streak up
That Celtics win streak was dope. Let’s map out an even longer one that probably won’t happen . . . but, hey, you never know. It just might.
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Tom Brady helping prepare his Thanksgiving biscuits.
Injury won't stop Brady in the kitchen
Tom Brady was limited at practice and played hurt in the kitchen later Thursday as he posted a photo of himself preparing Thanksgiving biscuits for his holiday feast.
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Moving on without the streak
We now return the Celtics to their regularly scheduled pursuit of success, without the growing pressure that comes with a historic winning streak.
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Little things prove costly
There's a whole lot of little things that ultimately bring the fourth-longest winning streak in Celtics history to a screeching halt.
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Khudobin keeps rolling
The Bruins don’t win Wednesday night’s game without Anton Khudobin playing the way he did. Does that guarantee that he plays again on Friday afternoon?
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Bounce is real
The ball wasn't bouncing Boston's way: Dion Waiters' 3-pointer hits the top of the backboard, takes a high carom and drops through the net with 2:56 to play, putting the C's in a hole they couldn't escape.
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Stevens: 16-game win streak was a 'little bit of a mirage'
Brad Stevens talks with the media about his team's resolve to comeback but also said the win streak was a bit of a mirage.
Heinsohn: Celtics looked 'mentally tired' vs. the Heat
Tommy Heinsohn talks about what happened to the Celtics in Miami as the Heat were able to snapped Boston's 16-game win streak.
Tuukka's time has passed
The Bruins will never win a Stanley Cup with Tuukka Rask, and need to begin planning to find a new goalie for when they're ready to contend.
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Randy Moss
Straight Hall, homey
Terrell Owens may have been snubbed, but Randy Moss is no T.O. He belongs in Canton ASAP.  
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New England Patriots LBs Elandon Roberts (left) and Kyle Van Noy.
A linebacker comeback
A once-reeling unit without Dont'a Hightower, Patriots LBs have righted themselves, particularly in coverage of pass-catchers out of the backfield.
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Keep cooking with winning recipe
The tight, defensive style that produced the Bruins' first winning streak of the season is how they'll have to keep playing until they get healthy again.
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Complete game
Kyrie Irving’s desire for growth is what led him to ask for a trade. And now, says one exec, ‘he’s doing things that we never saw when he was in Cleveland.’
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