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Time for Bruins to make a change
The Bruins need to ride the hot hand of Anton Khoudobin while waiting to see if Tuukka Rask can get back to being the dominant goalie he used to be . . . but no longer is.
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'Quite a resilient comeback'
This time it was the defense, not the offense, that struggled, but no matter. The Celtics -- despite trailing by double digits in the fourth quarter -- remain focused and pull it out against the Mavs.
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'M-V-P!' chants -- in Dallas -- for Irving
Kyrie Irving delivers a performance that won’t be forgotten anytime soon, scoring 47 points in leading Boston to a 110-102 overtime win at Dallas.
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Blakely: Where does Kyrie Irving rank among top PG’s?
A. Sherrod Blakely breaks down his top 5 PG’s in the NBA.
Belichick will find the flaws
The Patriots are flying high, but Dan Koppen says Bill Belichick will 'knock them down,' even after their impressive win over the Raiders, as he strives for perfection.
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Tatum with another huge dunk
Jayson Tatum again delivers a highlight dunk in the Celtics' come-from-behind win over Dallas.
Koppen fires back at Michael Irvin
Dan Koppen responds about the way you'd expect to Michael Irvin's claim that 'playing offensive line is as easy as anything.'
Beginning to look like a keeper
While it’s still early, it sure looks like 22-year-old Danton Heinen is among the Bruins youngsters that are here to stay.
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Full speed ahead
The Patriots haven't had an outside burner since the days of Randy Moss. But now they've got Brandin Cooks, and he and Tom Brady are the NFL's most productive deep threat. (And the numbers prove it!)
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Belichick: Karras shows why Pats are good
In Bill Belichick's mind, what Ted Karras did on Sunday against the Raiders is one example of why the Patriots are a good team. 
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Pats hit heights in altitude of Mexico City
The Patriots chose to practice all week in thin air, while the Raiders stayed at sea level until the day before the game. It's clear now which approach worked.
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Hard to find Pats' equal in soft AFC
The Patriots had their issues early this season, but what was broken is now fixed. That's bad news for a soft AFC.
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Energized defense doing its part
After struggling early, the Patriots defense has flexed its muscles recently with a solid stretch
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No doubt for Gostkowski
The Raiders gave Stephen Gostkowski plenty of time to think about the 62-yard kick he was about to line up when they called a timeout just before the end of the first half. Didn't matter.
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Breer: Pats seem equipped to deal with loss of almost anyone
Lou Merloni, Phil Perry, and Albert Breer look ahead to the remainder of the Patriots' schedule, and Breer credits them for being able to deal with injuries and other setbacks.
'I'll always be a Navy man'
Bill Belichick stepped to the podium at Estadio Azteca on Sunday night following his team's 33-8 win over Oakland wearing a royal blue hooded sweatshirt (sleeves cut, of course) and a smirk.
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Charlie Weis shares text he sent to Tom Brady during game
Charlie Weis shares the text he sent to Tom Brady during the middle of the third quarter of today's game.
On a streak of their own
The Celtics aren't the only team in town that's hot. Tom Brady picks apart Oakland's pourous defense in leading the Patriots to their sixth straight victory, 33-8 in Mexico City.
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Felger: Should we rip on Raiders, or praise Patriots?
Albert Breer, Michael Felger, Charlie Weis, and Troy Brown talk about the Raiders' first-half miscues and how Oakland constantly gave the Patriots second chances.
Best and Worst: Patriots 33, Raiders 8
Tom E. Curran highlights the best and worst moments from the Patriots victory over the Raiders in Mexico City
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Kids' night for Bruins in San Jose
The young players step up and Anton Khoudobin is solid in goal as the Bruins finish off their California road trip with two wins in three games.
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History in the making
The Celtics' 15-game winning streak is the fifth-longest in franchise history and puts these players in some pretty elite company . . . like with Paul Pierce, Larry Bird and Bill Russell.
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Morris should be feasting on seconds
As he showed Saturday against the Hawks, Marcus Morris can be the consistent scoring threat with the second unit that the Celtics have been lacking.
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DeBrusk provides energy in win
Jake DeBrusk gives the Bruins all kinds of energy and makes a couple of plays that sparks them to victory in San Jose.
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Rinse. Recycle. Repeat.
The Celtics keep falling behind early, rallying to make it close by halftime, then exploding to victory in the second half. It happens again Saturday in Atlanta for their 15th straight win.
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No lack of confidence for Brown
Jaylen Brown has long maintained that he believes he’ll be among the best in the league. It’s just a matter of him performing at a high level at both ends of the floor, consistently.
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Another happy fan goes home with Kyrie Irving's shoes
After his 30-point performance against the Hawks, Kyrie Irving gives his sneakers to a young fan.
Tatum goes coast to coast for the slam
Jayson Tatum goes the full length of the court and emphasizes with a dunk
Clock striking midnight for pretenders?
The bubble is beginning to burst for some of the Cinderella teams out of the starting gate around the NHL.
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Keeping fouls to a minimum
The Celtics' top-ranked defense has been able to do the seemingly impossible – defend without fouling a lot.
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Stevens: Play better to make streak 'valid'
You know who else - besides Charles Barkley - isn't impressed by the Celtics' winning streak? Their coach.   
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Curran's Patriots-Raiders preview/review
What predictions did Tom E. Curran get right? What predictions did he get wrong? Find out in the preview/review of Sunday's game between the Patriots and Raiders
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New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler vs. Emmanuel Sanders of the Denver Broncos.
Butler hasn't done it
Emmanuel Sanders had his way with Malcolm Butler last week. And it's part of a pattern that's seen the Patriots corner get burned too often this season.
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BST PODCAST: Are the C's now legit title contenders?
Are the Celtics now legit title contenders? The BST crew discusses that and more on the best of BST podcast.
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Perry: Jones going 'even more nuclear' with insulting Kraft
Phil Perry talks about Jerry Jones insulting Robert Kraft when talking about his own fight against Roger Goodell.
C's put entire league on notice
Here are A. Sherrod Blakely's takeaways from Boston’s signature win of the season, 92-88 over Golden State.
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Unmasking the NBA’s best
Who wore it better? Kyrie or some of the NBA’s other masked men? Also, the top defenders, rookies and more.
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Sam Amick talks Kyrie, C's streak and his Isaiah interview
The Celtics beat the Warriors Thursday night at TD Garden for their 14th straight win, and A. Sherrod Blakely and Kyle Draper talk about the remarkable victory.
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New England Patriots safeties Devin McCourty, left, Patrick Chung and Duron Harmon, right.
Safety in numbers
Familiarity and versatility are the keys for Devin McCourty, Pat Chung and Duron Harmon, the Patriots safeties who have the ability to handle whatever the opponent - or their own coaches - throw at them.  
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Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask passes off to backup Anton Khudobin (35).
Haggerty: Khudobin over Rask, for now
Another win for their backup goalie shows the Bruins that for the time being, Anton Khudobin should be in net instead of Tuukka Rask.
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Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum gets back on defense amid cheers from owner Wyc Grousbeck and the TD Garden crowd.
Express lane to top
The big takeaway from the Celtics knocking off the defending champion Warriors for their 14th consecutive victory is that the C's ascension to the top of the NBA mountain is a matter of when, not if, it’ll h
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Khudobin gets B's back on track
A solid night from Anton Khudobin helps the Bruins snap their losing skid Thursday night.
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Emotional night
After the death of his best friend on Wednesday, Jaylen Brown 'didn't want to leave my room.' But his friend's family inspires him to play, and he helps the Celtics to a victory over the defending NBA champs
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BST PODCAST: C's beat Warriors to make it 14 straight
The Celtics defeat the Warriors, increasing their win streak to 14 games. Tom E. Curran, Kayce Smith, Michael Holley, Tom Giles and Chris Mannix discuss the victory.
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Brown the difference-maker in huge win vs Warriors
Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 92-88 win over Golden State to extend the Celtics’ winning streak to 14 in a row. 
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Stevens: 'They stayed together, they're resilient'
Brad Stevens praises his teams effort in their 14th straight win.
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Which AFC teams did Chris Simms leave off his NFL top 5?
Chris Simms joins Arbella Early Edition to discuss which teams he believes are the best in the NFL.
'Getting better all the time'
Stephon Gilmore got off to a rocky start with the New England Patriots, but now he says things are improving . . . on and off the field.
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Chris Simms: Patriots defense has fixed its issues
Chris Simms joins Arbella Early Edition to discuss how the Patriots defense has improved over the past few games.
Durant applauds Kyrie for making ‘basketball move’ in trade request
Kevin Durant understands the scrutiny Kyrie Irving has faced. "He chose the basketball route," Durant said of Irving's decision to leave Cleveland for Boston.
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Ratto: Why Draymond Green is the perfect college professor
Prof. Draymond Green? Well, he has led, and been led. He has learned, and he has taught. He has certainly lectured, as any teammate, official and media member will testify. 
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Why Burkhead's big night in Denver was no fluke
The Patriots took advantage of Denver's inability to cover backs out of the backfield. Can they do the same to Oakland?
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Gordon Hayward of the Boston Celtics shoots in a preseason game vs. the Charlotte Hornets.
Miss ya, Gordo
Thursday's star-studded matchup with the Warriors doesn't feel quite right. It might be the first time Celtics fans truly miss Gordon Hayward.
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Air Force Academy football coach Troy Calhoun.
Air Force survival training stories inspire Pats
Practicing in high-altitude at the Air Force Academy gives the Patriots a chance to hear from Academy coach Troy Calhoun about the survival training cadets endure.
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What's the Patriots' 'special' edge?
Special teams may be an under-appreciated phase of football, but the Patriots emphasis on it has given them yet another advantage. 
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Is Danny Ainge over Kevin Durant signing with the Warriors?
After supposedly being a finalist to land then-free agent Kevin Durant, Toucher & Rich ask Danny Ainge if he still feels burned by KD choosing the Warriors.
Thrill of the chase
For the first time in years, it feels like the Celtics have a legitimate chance to compete for a championship. And Steph Curry knows '[that] first chase . . . it’s fun.'
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Raiders may have perfect player to slow down Gronk
From NBC Sports Bay Area: UConn product Obi Melifonwu has the size and speed to keep up with Rob Gronkowski in Sunday's Patriots-Raiders matchup.
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PODCAST: Previewing Celtics-Warriors
Chris Mannix and the Boston Sports Tonight crew break down the Celtics-Warriors matchups, what Boston has to do to extend its winning streak, and how close the two teams really are.
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B's 'deserved better' in second period
The Bruins outshoot the Ducks by a 15-3 margin and dominate for nearly the entire period, but they still watch Anaheim score a pair of goals on the three shots
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Mr. Versatility
In Pat Chung’s world, life is rarely the same from one play to the next.
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Staying focused
Long winning streak? Potential NBA Finals preview tonight? No matter. While all around them lose their heads, the Celts are keeping theirs.
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Gasper: Stanton not a great fit in Boston
The Boston Globe's Chris Gasper doesn't think Giancarlo Stanton is right for the Red Sox.
View from Bay Area: NBA Finals come early
Monte Poole says the 2017 NBA Finals will not feature Warriors-Cavaliers IV. Instead, the Warriors should be focused on the Celtics
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A helping hand
Improvement in the offensive line has played a big role in the Pats becoming more balanced . . . and successful.
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Big praise for the Celtics
Warriors columnist Marcus Thompson II previews Thursday's showdown ina new Celtics Talk podcast
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Is Bergeron carrying too heavy a load?
With the Bruins missing half their top-six forwards, Patrice Bergeron is playing as much as he did when he was 22. But now he's 32, and coming off an injury, and it may be too big a burden.
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Brown discusses C's streak and . . . writing poetry?
Jaylen Brown joined SportsNet New York reporter Taylor Rooks on her podcast, "Timeout With Taylor Rooks", to talk about the Celtics' winning streak, playing for coach Brad Stevens, and more.
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Million-dollar drop?
Even if Rob Gronkowski wasn't specifically thinking about his incentive-laden contract when he had a catch ruled incomplete in Denver, you can't blame him if it was somewhere in the back of his mind.
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NBC: Raisman's gold-medal advice from Ortiz
Aly Raisman says a talk she had with David Ortiz on Christmas Eve 2015 prompted her to give up thoughts of quitting and led her to three more Olympic medals in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
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Kyrie Irving salutes the soldiers
Kyrie Irving gives his jersey and shoes to soldiers after the game on Military Appreciation Night.
Kerr says C's are 'team of the future'
Warriors coach Steve Kerr has a glowing review of what the Celtics are doing right now, and how they're positioned for future success.
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Jaylen Brown throws down the windmill dunk
Jaylen Brown grabs the steal then throws down the windmill dunk.
Pats good at making foes look bad
The Patriots are the best team in the league this season when it comes to making opposing defenses look silly.
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A Denver nugget for the Pats
The Patriots play perhaps their best all-around game of the season, particularly in the second half, in romping to a 41-16 victory in a place they normally don't find very hospitable.
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They have overcome
Here's how the Patriots transformed themselves from a disappointment to the best team in the conference.
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Time to get up . . . or is it?
The injury-ravaged Bruins are approaching Thanksgiving in terrible position, but Bruce Cassidy thinks that until they get healthy, there's no need to panic over their place in the standings.
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Tatum > Davis?
For years, Gary Tanguay has yearned for Anthony Davis to become a Celtic. But after a mere 14 games, Jayson Tatum has stolen his heart.
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Gaining confidence
Terry Rozier is playing with a much clearer mind about what he is tasked with doing, knowing that his opportunity to play will be coming every game.
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New England Patriots tight end Dwayne Allen celebrates his first TD.
There's one - finally
The Dwayne Allen catch drought ends at long last with a third-quarter TD grab against the Broncos in Week 10, boosting the confidence of the tight end who still has the backing of his teammates.  
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Al Horford of the Boston Celtics dunks against the Toronto Raptors.
C's avoid the looking ahead trap
The streak? The looming matchup with the Warriors? The Celtics are just playing the game in front of them - an approach that worked against Toronto.
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'He wants to be in the lineup'
With two goals in his past three games, Frank Vatrano appears to be bouncing back from a sluggish start to his season.
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Counting Crows singer says Jaylen Brown should run for Senate
Seventeen Celtics seasons have ended in NBA titles, but how many of them had a wildly specific endorsement from Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz less than a quarter of the way in? 
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New England Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore covers Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas.
'That's how it's done'
Cornerback Stephon Gilmore returns for the Patriots and turns in a strong performance against the Broncos' Demaryius Thomas.  
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A. Sherrod Blakely Celtics column: Get It Done. No Excuses.
No mistaking their identity
Their streaking start, with stars in and out of the lineup, has helped the Celtics forge a team personality based on doing whatever it takes to win.  
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Esiason: Bennett's behavior 'reprehensible'
Booomer Esiason thinks Martellus Bennett's complaints about the Packers medical staff are 'flat-out [lies],' saying he wanted out because he wanted to go to 'a better team, a better situation.'
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Recchi's legacy lives on with Bruins
Though it’s been almost seven years since Mark Recchi last suited up for the Bruins, his unmistakably strong influence is something that’s still distinctive and recognizable around the team to this very day.
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Esiason: Roger Goodell is 'extremely underpaid, if anything'
Boomer Esiason talks about the comments of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on the contract negotiations between the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell.
Haters seethe as Pats begin pulling away
The Patriots' rout demonstrates their arrow is pointed decidedly up. And the rest of the NFL -- predictably agitated about that major development -- will start railing at minor ones.
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Well-rounded performance
The Patriots might've proved just how deep they are at running back by the caliber of player they were willing to bench against the Broncos. 
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Patriots came calling
Martellus Bennett made three catches on Sunday night, but after the game all the talk was about how he ended up back with the Patriots in the first place.
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Breer: A night to appreciate what we've been watching
Albert Breer talks about how a win like tonight against the Broncos makes you appreciate watching the Patriots over the last 20 years.
Curran: A really well-orchestrated game plan from the Patriots
Tom E. Curran discusses how the Patriots were able to execute a great game plan vs the Broncos to get the win.
Brown on Bennett: Players get opportunity to redeem careers
The crew on Postgame Live discuss Martellus Bennett rejoining the Patriots and grabbing 3 catches for 38 yards in his 1st game back with New England.
Best and Worst: Patriots 41, Broncos 16
Tom E. Curran highlights the Best and Worst moments from Sunday night's game between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos
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A special night in Denver
A kick return for a touchdown. A recoverd fumbled punt that leads to a TD. A blocked punt that results in a FG. The Pats' special-teams play is great in a 41-16 romp.
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'He's playing young again'
That was Terry Rozier's assessment after Al Horford's team-high 21 points on 8-for-9 shooting, but Horford thinks 'I don't know if a young Al Horford plays like this.'
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DeRozan can't convert 'great look' for game-winner
While DeMar DeRozan did create enough space to get the shot off, it was still well-defended by Jaylen Brown whose defense forced DeRozan to miss a number of shots on Sunday.
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Time for Bruins to sound the alarm
The Bruins have lost three in a row, six of their last eight, and are heading off on a West Coast road trip. It may only be November, but the season could be slipping away.
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Kraft to Jones: Take your penalty like I did
According to a report from The MMQB.com, Robert Kraft encouraged Jerry Jones to accept Ezekiel Elliott's suspension just as he accepted the Patriots' punishment for 'a BS incident' . . . i.e., Deflategate.
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Bruins frustrated 'but not discouraged'
The Bruins are officially hitting their first really rough patch of the season, in which massive injuries and a youthful lineup are beginning to take their toll. 
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Carlo: 'I was Achilles heel with mistakes'
It’s not often you hear a player take the blame for a loss squarely on their shoulders, but Saturday night was one of those times for Brandon Carlo. 
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McElhinney. Leafs get the better of B's
The Maple Leafs pick up right where they left off against the Bruins, getting ahead early and handing Boston a loss for the second consecutive night.
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Curran's Patriots-Broncos preview/review
What predictions did Tom E. Curran get right? What did he get wrong? Find out in the Patriots-Broncos preview/review
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Shane Larkin of the Boston Celtics lays one in against the Charlotte Hornets.
Streak's most improbable win
Without Kyrie Irving or Al Horford and facing an 18-point deficit, the Celtics found a way to extend their winning streak to 11.
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Dombrowski: 'Due diligence' on Stanton?
Dave Dombrowski tells the Boston Herald he can't talk about specific players, but responds to Giancarlo Stanton rumors by saying the Sox 'try to do our due diligence in every regard.'
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Boston Bruins' Jordan Szwarz takes a face-off.
Szwarz a pleasant surprise for B's
Injuries have opened the door for Jordan Swarz to show the Bruins what he can do and the results so far are promising.  
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NBA official Leroy Richardson.
Not just a veteran official - a Navy vet
On Veterans Day and every day, Leroy Richardson is reminded that his 12 years in the Navy more than prepared him for the pressure that comes with being an NBA official. 
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What would Stanton cost?
Tom Giles and Michael Holley discuss where Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton could end up in 2018 and if the Red Sox should craft a deal.
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Bruins were 'soft' on game-tying goal
The Bruins fail to hold a one-goal lead in the final minute against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it ends up costing them a point, and some pointed words from their head coach.
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Valuable assist
The biggest assist of the night goes to Celtics fans who provide a much-needed lift in the fourth quarter that helps propel Boston to a 90-87 victory
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Morris' defense on Walker proves critical
Marcus Morris has shown time and time again how he can hold his own defensively against bigs as well as ultra-quick guards like Kemba Walker.
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No answer for van Riemsdyk
It wasn’t a very strong night from Zdeno Chara, and that’s reflected in the way – and when – Toronto scored their goals in regulation.
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Smart and Howard get into a scuffle
Marcus Smart and Dwight Howard get into a scuffle under the hoop
One-month awards edition
In addition to our team-by-team rankings, we hand out the hardware for top performers for the first month of the NHL season.
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Bennett blasts Packers and team doctor
Martellus Bennett returned to the Patriots and was back on the practice field Friday then blasted the Green Bay Packers and their team doctor, Dr. Pat McKenzie, on Instagram.
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Bennett returns with many questions
Every Friday, our Patriots guys answer your questions in a joint mailbag. Here’s this week’s installment . . . dominated, as you might expect, by the return of Martellus Bennett.
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Denver Broncos' Von Miller (left) and New England Patriots OT LaAdrian Waddle.
The speed-rusher vs. Waddle
LaAdrian Waddle will go from playing one snap a year ago to protecting Tom Brady from Von Miller and the Broncos on Sunday night.
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Best team? Best coach? We pick some winners
Best team? (You know who that is.) Best coach? (Ditto.) Best sophomore? A. Sherrod Blakely goes around the NBA to rank the top five teams or players in five different categories.
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QUICK SLANTS PODCAST: Brandt reacts to Belichick's praise
Gil Brandt reacts to Bill Belichick’s comments that he should be in the Hall of Fame on the latest "Quick Slants the Podcast" with Tom Curran.
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Blakely: Cavaliers lack of effort is 'mind blowing'
A. Sherrod Blakely explains why the lack of effort he has seen from the Cleveland Cavaliers so far has shocked him so much.
Blakely: 'I'm more concerned with Horford than Tatum'
A. Sherrod Blakely explains why he is more concerned with Horford and his concussion than Jayson Tatum's ankle.
For Celtics, it's been a perfect 10
No team in NBA history has ever lost back-to-back games to start the season, then followed that up with 10 straight wins . . . until now. Here are 10 things to love about the Celts' 10-game winning streak.
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Jean Francois in 'Dunkin Donut heaven'
If you like Dunkin Donuts . . . and you like football . . . what better place is there to be?
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Pringles, bacon and Boston accents: Quotable Bennett back in New England
In Martellus Bennett, the Patriots have one of the more quotable players they've had in recent memory back in the fold. 
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Kevin O'Connor joins the Celtics Talk podcast
The Celtics are still rolling, winning their 10th straight game, but the injuries are starting to take a toll. How can the team keep winning? A. Sherrod Blakely and Kyle Draper discuss the masterful job...
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Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy had led the team to victories in five of his first six games.
Boston, we have a power-play problem
Losing some of their best finishers to injuries is showing up in a Bruins power play that's 1-for-13 in November.  
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Why this reunion makes so much sense
Why Martellus Bennett 2.0? The Patriots had a need and it just so happened the player who filled it last season became available to do the same in 2017.
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Brock Oswelier, Denver Broncos QB. Know Thine Enemy by Tom E. Curran.
Rocky Mountain low
Once among the AFC's elite, the Broncos have nosedived to four losses in a row and hope a visit from their old friends from New England can revive them.
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New York Rangers' Jimmy Vesey scores against Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.
'Waiting around' on road isn't working
The Bruins are again handcuffed by a slow start in their loss to the Rangers and it's become a bad habit on the road early this season.
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Opposing QB goes from bad to worst
By the numbers, the Patriots have yet to face a QB as bad as Brock Osweiler. But they've faced their share of poor ones, and the results should make you feel good about Sunday's game.
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Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum drives against the Lakers' Julius Randle.
Next win - and next man - up
The Celtics make it 10 in a row but lose Jayson Tatum a day after Al Horford goes down. Still, the injuries haven't derailed their roll.
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Guy has earned Belichick's respect
Lawrence Guy doesn't have quite the same frame as Alan Branch or Malcom Brown, but the Patriots clearly don't mind using him in the same spots where those players typically hunker down.
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Hey, what's in a name?
Von Miller thinks Peyton Manning, not Tom Brady, is the greatest quarterback of all time. But he still keeps calling Brady 'the GOAT.'
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Horford may not be out as long as last year
It’s still unclear when Al Horford will be released from the concussion protocol program, but Danny Ainge says his symptoms aren't as severe as the ones that caused him to miss nine games last season.
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Edelman: I never took 'no' for an answer
He was told 'no' all his life and he used it for motivation . . . and now he's meeting people who've named their children after him. Julian Edelman discusses his career and his life.
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PODCAST: Celtics win 10th straight
Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely join BST to talk about the severity and impact of Jayson Tatum leaving Wednesday night’s game vs. the Lakers with ankle soreness
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As others go down, Morris steps up
The Celtics' increasing number of injuries is forcing them to bring Marcus Morris along quicker than anticipated. But he's ready for the challenge.
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Baynes delivers with Horford out
In the short time Aron Baynes has been with the Celtics, he has shown that he can deliver in other areas as well – namely scoring.
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Local boy makes good . . . against the B's
Jimmy Vesey, skating in the Rangers' red, white and blue instead of the Bruins' black and gold, scores twice in the first period and gets Boston's quick road trip off on the wrong foot.
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Breer: Belichick/Brady more business partners than friends
Albert Breer joins Boston Sports Tonight and discusses the relationship between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, and explains that they do not need to be best friends, just business partners.
Vazquez shores up area Sox were lagging
Ex-players who are up to speed fill this type of role well because they speak the players’ and coaches’ language. 
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Boston Red Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie.
LeVangie a local success story
The 2018 season will be new pitching coach Dana LaVangie's 28th with the Boston Red Sox.
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New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers.
Flowers' sacks are down, but impact isn't
The Patriots need Trey Flowers now more than ever with injuries on defense. While the sack numbers have slowed, he's still been a steady presence.
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Mike Gorman: Kyrie has Globetrotter-like handle
Mike Gorman joins Toucher & Rich to talk about Kyrie Irving and his impressive ball handling skills.
Bergeron hopes Paille is okay after vicious hit
Patrice Bergeron is concerned for his friend and former teammate Daniel Paille after Paille takes a shot to the head in a Swedish Elite League game.  
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2017 NBA draft do-over
Now, if they got to pick them again...
Now that we've gotten a chance to see the heralded 2017 draft class in action, it's time to re-figure the board a bit.  
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The Boston Bruins' Matt Beleskey (top) fights the Minnesota Wild's Luke Kunin.
Beleskey bringing the energy
Matt Beleskey's bout with Minnesota rookie Luke Kunin sets a tone with "abrasive play" the Bruins follow to a victory.  
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It's Lonzo Ball who stinks, not LaVar
Who cares what LaVar does? He's got a great smile. Lonzo's the dummy.
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Brandon Meriweather tells funny pranking Tom Brady story
Former Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather tells Toucher & Rich a pretty funny story of how the defensive backs group got Tom Brady pretty angry one day at practice
New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers.
Belichick: Flowers steps up with end spot hurting
With the defensive end position hurting, Trey Flowers is playing in a slightly different role than the one he excelled in last season. 
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PODCAST: The 'Relentless' Julian Edelman
Julian Edelman and Tom E. Curran discuss their new book Relentless, their experience in writing it, and their favorite stories.
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How hard is it to play in Denver?
How hard is it to play in Denver? Jerod Mayo explains to Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry as they look ahead to Sunday Night Football between the Patriots and Broncos.
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Youth will be served
For as much as we love to reminisce about the past, it’s the future of the Celtics that has fans of both teams excited.
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Dorsett still waiting for production to arrive
The 2015 first-rounder has a high ceiling, but his skill hasn't translated to production yet.
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Celtics on rebound – literally
No matter how you crunch the numbers, they add up to a Celtics team that has been an absolute beast on the boards this season.
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In Denver, everything old is new again
Brock Osweiler isn’t supposed to be the Denver Broncos quarterback, and he definitely wasn't supposed to be starting in this past weekend’s 51-23 beatdown
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NBA early-season awards from A. Sherrod Blakely
Never too early . . .
The NBA season is still in its infancy, but you can at least get a feel for who should be on the short list of early front-runners for league honors. And it includes plenty of Celtics.
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Boston Bruins' Frank Vatrano (left) and Jake DeBrusk.
Vatrano, DeBrusk end goal-scoring droughts
The injury-plagued Bruins needed some young players to step up and Frank Vatrano and Jake DeBrusk each come through with their first goals in a while.  
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Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak battles for the puck against the Minnesota Wild.
Pastrnak's puck management 'area of concern'
Some high-risk choices with the puck that eventually helped make a 5-3 victory over Minnesota closer than it should've been will be addressed by Bruce Cassidy.
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Trending upward
After a somewhat shaky start the Patriots (6-2) have righted themselves and are coming off their bye in a familiar position - atop the AFC East and poised for a strong second half finish.
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Celtics pass early season road test
The Celtics opened with 7 of their first 11 on the road, a task made tougher by the loss of Gordon Hayward and Marcus Morris' injury. But they rose above the challenge, capping it with a gritty win in...
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Bruins are all in
The Bruins are getting contributions from all corners of the roster and thus are managing to survive, and even thrive at times, despite an injury list that keeps growing.
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Stevens' timeout flips the switch for Celts
Unhappy with the Celtics' first two possessions of the second half, Brad Stevens calls time with only 47 seconds gone in the third quarter. It refocuses the C's and sparks them to their ninth straight win.
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Talking Points: Bruins bounce back
The Bruins give up the first goal of the game, but jump right off the mat and scored four goals against the Minnesota Wild
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Tatum hits 'huge' three-pointers vs. Hawks
Kyrie Irving comes up with big shots down the stretch for Boston, but Jayson Tatum deliveres a dagger shot or two of his own
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LeBron posts fist meme, chaos ensues
Interpret LeBron James' Instagram post any way you'd like, but the timing definitely makes things interesting. 
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Walking a fine line
Alex Cora says being too close to players 'doesn't exist.' So his tenure as Red Sox manager may boil down to how well he can combine authority and friendship, balance camaraderie with control.
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When Pats called, Hoyer gladly answered
For Brian Hoyer, it was a "no-brainer" to return to the place where his pro career began.
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A look back at Mike & Tommy on their 36th anniversary
A look back at Mike and Tommy throughout the years as we celebrate 36 years of calling Celtics games together.
Gilmore: 'I feel good. We'll go from there'
If you were looking for answers from Stephon Gilmore about his late scratch prior to the game at MetLife versus the Jets with a concussion, the sixth-year pro wasn’t about to go into too much detail.
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Why didn't Belichick send Garoppolo to Cleveland instead?
Mike Felger, Albert Breer, and Mike Flynn try to make sense of the Patriots shipping Jimmy Garoppolo to San Francisco instead of Cleveland.
Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy battles for the puck with Washington Capitals LIam' O'Brien.
Learning experience
Rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy's first run-in with Washington Capitals provides plenty of teachable moments for the 19-year-old.
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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (left) and coach Brad Stevens.
Boston's new power couple
Kyrie Irving was already all-in on Brad Stevens before he arrived. Now, his game is flourishing under a coach he knows isn't going anywhere.  
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Seeing red
When 49ers GM John Lynch was initially rebuffed in his attempts to acquire Jimmy Garoppolo, he asked for Tom Brady.
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Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak takes a stick to the face against the Washington Capitals.
B's 'disappointing' power play fizzles
The Bruins are fourth in the NHL in power-play success but their chances have been few and far between, and, against Washington, ineffective.
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New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.
Time to get creative on D
In order to get the most out of their depleted defense, Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia have harkened back to a creative approach that we've seen from them before.
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Not in the same class
Once again the Boston Bruins learn the painful, losing lesson that they’re simply not as good as the Washington Capitals.
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Stats are for losers
Al Horford is willing to do what it takes to win, even if it means putting up numbers that may not necessarily be as impressive as fans would want.
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New England Patriots RBs Dion Lewis (left) and Mike Gillislee.
Lewis in, Gillislee out?
Is the Dion Lewis-for-Mike Gillislee swap a permanent change? One coach says not so fast. 
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Ainge: Welcome to Green Team, Marcus
Danny Ainge tweeted to Marcus Morris welcoming him in his Celtics season-debut. Hear from Marcus Morris himself after the win.
Boston Bruins defenseman prospect Charlie McAvoy from Boston University.
Checking in with the kids
The Bruins continue to get good returns from their prospects, with Charlie McAvoy, Jake DeBrusk, Anders Bjork and Danton Heinen stepping forward.
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Paul George explains what advice he gave Gordon Hayward
Paul George explains what advice he gave Gordon Hayward after suffering a similar injury in 2014.
Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug battles for the puck against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Krug starting to feel good about his game
Shedding the protective facemask with his fractured jaw healed, Torey Krug had one of his best games of the season in the Bruins’ victory over Vegas.
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FridayBag: Losing Jimmy Garoppolo Edition.
Farewell, Jimmy G Edition
Naturally, after the big trade this week, Patriots fans are focusing on the Jimmy Garoppolo deal and all its ramifications. Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry answer readers’ bye-week queries.
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Handing out the hardware
The season is at the midpoint, so what better time for midseason superlatives? Phil Perry and Tom E. Curran and Mike Giardi give the half-year awards -- MVP, unsung hero, most improved . . .
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Bronson Arroyo: The 8-year-old who squatted 250 pounds
Bronson Arroyo talks with Toucher and Rich about his upbringing, and the crazy training regiment his father had him doing at a really young age.
Bronson Arroyo on Curt Schilling's bloody sock rumors
Former Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo talks with Toucher and Rich about the various rumors on Curt Schilling's bloody sock during the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees.
Surgery goes 'smoothly' for Backes
The veteran Bruins forward, suffering from diverticulitis, has a portion of his colon removed and faces approximately eight weeks of rehab.
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Does La Russa push Sox forward?
Dave Dombrowski’s decision to hire Tony La Russa creates another moment when you can wonder if Dombrowski is really leading the Sox ahead of the pack.
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QUICK SLANTS PODCAST: How far did Pats, Garoppolo get in contract talks?
Tom Curran explains just how far the New England Patriots and Jimmy Garoppolo got in contract talks.
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Curran: Kraft wasn't telling Belichick not to trade Brady
Tom Curran says the Patriots never exchanged contract numbers with Jimmy Garoppolo, and owner Robert Kraft didn't tell coach Bill Belichick not to trade Tom Brady.
Tom Curran's 'Irrelevant Questions' with Trey Flowers
Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers answers some 'Irrelevant Questions' asked by Tom Curran.
Simms: Tom Brady better now than he was in 2011-2012
On Arbella Early Edition, Chris Simms says Tom Brady is better right now than he was five years ago.
CELTICS PODCAST: Will -- and should -- Hayward come back?
 Gordon Hayward speaks with the media for the first time since his injury. Will he return this season? Should he?
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Hayward on the emotional roller coaster, possible comeback
Gordon Hayward talks about how difficult his injury has been to deal with emotionally, and whether he is ruling out a return to the floor this season
CELTICS TALK PODCAST: Kyrie actually better than expected?
Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely talk about the surging C's, including whether Kyrie has actually been better than expected. Plus, NBA Insider Steve Kyler on the struggling Cavs.
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It wasn't half bad
The season is at the midpoint, so what better time for midseason superlatives? Phil Perry and Tom E. Curran and Mike Giardi look at some of the best -- and worst -- on-field occurences so far in 2017.
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Why Scarnecchia believes his O-line is trending positively
The Patriots have done something that very few teams in the modern NFL have been able to do. They've built an offensive line, one that was good enough to win a Super Bowl, and then kept it together.
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Gordon Hayward: Writing about injury has been therapeutic
Gordon Hayward talks about how his long blog post on Wednesday has helped him get through the process of a scary injury
C's defy convention by winning with rookies
Conventional wisdom says you can’t win with lots of rookies. The play of the Celtics, who have won with as many as six earlier this season, suggests otherwise.
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PODCAST: Are Celtics the best team in East?
Michael Holley, Tom Giles and Kayce Smith discuss the Celtics blowing out the Kings for their sixth straight win, and if they're actually the best team in the East as they sit atop the conference standings.
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Pleasant surprise and key contributor
The Boston Celtics are getting used to Daniel Theis' all-out hustle and energy which has made him a key contributor off the bench and an analytics star for this team.
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