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Report: Spikes, Hernandez failed drug tests at Florida

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Report: Spikes, Hernandez failed drug tests at Florida

College kids make mistakes all the time. Oftentimes being a Division 1 college football (or basketball) player means that your mistakes become fodder for public consumption. It may be unfair, but it's the nature of the beast.

Apparently, though, according to a Sporting News report, current Patriots Brandon Spikes and Aaron Hernandez avoided having their mistakes go public while playing for the University of Florida.

The report says that Spikes and Hernandez (as well as current Vikings receiver Percy Harvin) received preferrential treatment from then Florida head coach Urban Meyer. They all missed the season opener in 2008 with supposed injuries, but the report says that they actually failed drug tests. None of the players ever had to publicly acknowledge their violations.

Harvin seems to have been the biggest rogue of the preferred bunch that Meyer called the "Circle of Trust."

Harvin reportedly stopped during a 2007 conditioning run and said, This expletive ends now. The next day, the team played basketball for its conditioning portion of the workout.

In a separate incident, Harvin allegedly grabbed receivers coach Billy Gonzales by the neck and threw him to the ground. He was never disciplined.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions on the Celtics getting their first win of the season and a comparison between Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving in the 4th quarter.

7:17 - Phil Perry joins BST to break down the tale of the tape between the Falcons and the Patriots as he breaks down the quarterbacks, offense, defense, coaching, and intangibles between the two teams.

11:57 - Our crew on BST discuss number 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and number 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum going up against each other and debate who seems like the better pick so far. 

16:35 - In this segment of Irrelevant Questions, Tom Curran interviews Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett as he asks him a bunch of random questions. 

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

HOUSTON -  Justin Verlander remained perfect with Houston, pitching seven shutout innings when the team needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as the Astros extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine outings with the Astros. And with his new club facing elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, he delivered again.

After striking out 13 in a complete-game victory in Game 2, Verlander threw another gem. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-0 with 67 strikeouts since being traded from Detroit. George Springer helped him out of a jam in the seventh, leaping to make a catch at the center-field wall and rob Todd Frazier of extra bases with two on and Houston up 3-0.

Game 7 is Saturday night in Houston, with the winner advancing to the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

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