Report: In threatening Goodell, Cowboys owner insults Kraft

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Report: In threatening Goodell, Cowboys owner insults Kraft

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, upset over the six-game suspension of his star running back Ezekiel Elliott, has been fighting against a contract extension for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

How hard has he been fighting? Enough to reportedly insult Patriots owner Robert Kraft in the process. 

ESPN reports that on a conference call in August with Goodell and NFL general counsel Jeff Pash when Jones was informed of Elliott’s suspension for domestic violence incidents, Jones told the commissioner, “I’m going to come after you with everything I have.” He then invoked Kraft’s response to Deflategate and Tom Brady’s four-game suspension.

“If you think Bob Kraft came after you hard, Bob Kraft is a p—-y compared to what I’m going to do,” Jones told Goodell, according to ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham.

Elliott, like Brady, abandoned his court fight this week and will serve his suspension. Kraft, of course, produced the Wells Report in context website, but grudgingly accepted the NFL’s penalty in the Deflategate case. Jones has threatened to sue the NFL if Goodell’s contract extension is approved.   

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New England's road warriors can tie franchise record

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New England's road warriors can tie franchise record

The Patriots play the Broncos tonight in Denver. The game begins at 8:30 p.m.

  • Watch Patriots Pregame Live at 7 p.m. with Gary Tanguay, Tom E. Curran, Bert Breer, Troy Brown, Dan Koppen, Dr. Jessica Flynn and DJ Bean in Burlingtonand Mike Giardi and Phil Perry in Denver.
  • As soon as the second quarter ends, watch Halftime Live.
  • When the game ends, watch Patriots Postgame Live.

Tune into NBC Sports Boston to watch, or click here for the livestream of the shows (and all NBC Sports Boston programming).

Here's what you need to know about the game . . .

GAME TIME: 8:30 p.m. 

SITE: Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver

TEAM RECORDS: Patriots 6-2, Broncos 3-5

ON TV: NBC

TV ANNOUNCERS: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tofoya

ON LOCAL RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub Patriots Radio Network

LOCAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci, Scott Zolak

ON NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One

NATIONAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Kevin Kugler, Jason Taylor

ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Broncos lead, 30-22

LAST MEETING: Patriots 16, Broncos 3 on Dec. 18, 2016 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver

ON A ROLL: The Patriots have won five of their last six regular-season meetings with the Broncos, including two of three in Denver.

THE ROAD AHEAD: Tonight begins a stretch of five road games in six weeks for the Patriots, the longest run of road games for the Pats since they opened the 1967 season with five straight away from home.

ONE TO GO: If the Patriots win tonight, Bill Belichick will tie Tom Landry for third place on the NFL list of most coaching victories with 270. Don Shula is first with 347 wins and George Halas is second with 324.

THIRTEEN TO GO: If Stephen Gostkowski scores 13 points tonight, he will move into the top 20 on the NFL list of career points scored.

Does 'due diligence' mean Red Sox are in on Giancarlo Stanton?

Does 'due diligence' mean Red Sox are in on Giancarlo Stanton?

Dave Dombrowski told the Boston Herald he can't talk about specific players, of course, but responded to reports of the Red Sox being in on Giancarlo Stanton trade talks by saying they "try to do our due diligence in every regard.” 

This comes after a Saturday report where a source told the Miami Herald of the Red Sox, “They’re definitely in play,” on Stanton, 28, the right-handed slugger who hit 59 homers for the Miami Marlins last season but carries with him a contract due to pay him $295 over the next 10 seasons, with an opt-out after the 2020 season.

There's also the matter of what young players the Red Sox would part with to make a deal and beat out the other suitors. Mookie Betts? Rafael Devers? Andrew Benintendi? Xander Bogaerts? Other prospects?  

An earlier report from MLB.com Friday said the Red Sox had been in on "preliminary talks" on Stanton, along with the Cardinals, Phillies and Giants. 

Red Sox owner John Henry said after new manager Alex Cora's introductory press conference last week that the team was prepared to add payroll even if it meant exceeding the luxury tax threshold. Dombrowski also has made no secret of the Sox' need for a power bat. The Marlins, with ex-Yankees legend Derek Jeter among their new owners, are looking to shed payroll. Dombrowski, the former Marlins and Tigers executive, dealt with his old team before with a blockbuster trade that sent Miguel Cabrera from Florida to Detroit in 2007. 

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