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Cooks, Brady connection takes another step with game-winning play

Cooks, Brady connection takes another step with game-winning play

FOXBORO -- In some places, the alarm sounded early: Is Brandin Cooks not working out in New England?

Despite three catches for 88 yards in Week 1 against the Chiefs as well as a handful of drawn penalties that night, a one-catch performance in New Orleans in Week 2 had some wondering if Tom Brady and his new deep threat weren't on the same page. 

Those opinions changed by Sunday evening. Brady hit Cooks on his first and last throws of a 36-33 win over the Texans, highlighted by a 25-yard, toe-tapping score with 23 seconds remaining to put the Patriots ahead. When it was all said and done, Cooks had five catches for 131 yards and two scores.

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Cooks said after the game he felt as though the level of trust his quarterback has in him was taken to another level thanks to their late-game connections. 

"I think it helps in a big way," Cooks said of his late-game receptions, which included an 18-yard grab to keep the chains moving on the game-winning drive. "You can practice it so much but game-time situation is when you really want to see it. The more plays like that being made, I feel like the more that we'll get on the same page."

Brady's first pass of the game was to Cooks, a 44-yard completion down the left sideline. The 23-year-old wideout also had a 42-yard touchdown in the third quarter when he ran away from the Texans on a deep over route. His final grab of the day came on a return route in the front corner of the end zone on New England's two-point conversion to make it a three-point game.

But it was the touchdown at the end, which stood after a lengthy review as to whether or not he secured the football through the catch, that had Brady beaming afterward. 

"They were playing a two-high defense and we got Cookie behind the corner," Brady said. "We had Danny going up the middle of the field, so I tried to stare down the middle and then put it up and didn't really see the end of it until I saw it on the scoreboard. It was close, and then they reviewed it. I'm glad we got the two-point play. It was a great win. Got to play to the last second."

Of being a part of Brady's latest comeback, Cooks replied, "It was amazing."

On the final throw, Cooks had his defender beaten and it seemed as though he got to the front corner of the end zone almost too early. He waited a beat before the pass hit him by the sideline. 

"Those are the throws," Cooks said of his game-winner, "that you're just like, 'Hurry and get to me.' But it was a perfect throw, perfect timing, and I expect nothing less." 

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Kraft reportedly close to investing in Spanish soccer team

Kraft reportedly close to investing in Spanish soccer team

Will Patriots owner Robert Kraft soon match Red Sox principal owner John Henry by investing in a European soccer team of his own?

According to Spanish media reports, Kraft is close to buying a stake in the Spanish soccer club Sevilla of LaLiga. Spanish radio network COPE reports that the sale of a 40 percent share of the team to a "U.S investment group" could come this week.

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Kraft, who is chairman and chief executive of the Kraft Group, is apparently leading this consortium, possibly through an investment company called 'Sevillistas Unidos 2020’.

The Patriots were valued at $3.7 billion - the second-most valuable NFL franchise behind the Dallas Cowboys - in the latest Forbes ranking of world sports franchises. European soccer teams hold three of the top five spots.

In 2005, Kraft considered purchasing English Premier League team Liverpool FC, which was purchased by Henry's group in 2010.

The Kraft group also own the New England Revolution of MLS and the Boston esports franchise in the Overwatch League.

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Revis votes himself off the island, retires after 11 seasons

Revis votes himself off the island, retires after 11 seasons

After 11 seasons, Revis Island is officially closed.

Former Patriot cornerback Darrelle Revis announced his retirement from the NFL via Instagram on Wednesday, ending his career after 11 years with four teams, including two stints totaling eight seasons with the New York Jets.

"It has truly been an honor to showcase one of my greatest gifts to the world,” Revis wrote. “Today I am closing a chapter of my life that I once dreamed as a kid and I am officially retiring from the National Football League."

Revis, who turned 33 July 14, was a key member of New England’s Super Bowl XLIX winning team that beat the Seattle Seahawks in 2015. Last season, he appeared in six games for the Kansas City Chiefs, including the playoffs, before being released in February.

After being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in March 2014, Revis signed a one-year deal worth $12 million to play in New England and earned first-team All-Pro honors in his only season in Foxboro. He then signed a five-year, $70 million contract to return to the Jets in March 2015.

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While he won his lone championship in a Patriots uniform, Revis found most of his individual success playing for the Jets, who drafted the corner 14th overall out of the University of Pittsburgh in 2007.

A seven-time Pro Bowl and four-time first-team All-Pro selection, Revis’ ability to shut down opponents top receivers one-on-one earned him the “Revis Island” moniker.

Widely considered one of the greatest cornerbacks in NFL history, Revis finished his career with 29 interceptions, tied for 225th all-time, a testament to how much quarterbacks avoided throwing near him. 

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