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Rob Gronkowski receives monster ovation from Fenway faithful at Red Sox home opener

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Rob Gronkowski receives monster ovation from Fenway faithful at Red Sox home opener

On a day when the Red Sox celebrated their 2018 World Series title and received their championship rings, one of the loudest ovations at Fenway was reserved for a football player. 

Following the Boston Pops' rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, and before the ceremonial first pitch, Rob Gronkowski and a gaggle of his former Patriots teammates emerged from the Green Monster with Lombardi Trophies in tow. The crowd response was audible over U2's "Beautiful Day" blaring through Fenway Park's public address speakers.

Gronkowski announced his retirement last month and has made a couple of public appearances since, but none came in front of close to 40,000 people, many of whom happen to be Patriots fans.

Gronkowski was joined by Julian Edelman, Stephon Gilmore, Patrick Chung, Matthew Slater, Jason McCourty, Duron Harmon, Deatrich Wise, Derek Rivers, Joe Thuney, Ja'Whaun Bentley, Joe Cardona, Obi Melifonwu, Ted Karras, Keion Crossen, Ryan Izzo, Cole Crosten, Dan Skipper, Ramon Humber, Brian Hoyer, Danny Etling, Trent Harris and A.J. Howard.

Edelman, Gilmore and Gronkowski threw out the first pitches to kick things off at Fenway for the 2019 season, with Edelman — always one to take an opportunity to show off his arm — whipping one a little wide to reigning American League MVP Mookie Betts.


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Patrons of Robert Kraft-linked spa file lawsuit to block video release

Patrons of Robert Kraft-linked spa file lawsuit to block video release

It appears Florida prosecutors have another legal battle on their hands relating to the recent prostitution scandal.

A group of men and women have filed a federal class action lawsuit claiming they were illegally videotaped receiving lawful messages at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla., where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is accused of soliciting prostitution.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 31 unidentified John and Jane Does, none of whom were charged with a crime. The defendants claim that Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg and the Jupiter Police Department unlawfully obtained warrants to install video cameras at the Orchids of Asia spa then invaded their privacy by filming their spa visits in late January.

"It is horrific when you think about the scenario," said Joseph Tacopina, the attorney who filed the suit, via the Associated Press. "It is akin to going to a bathroom. You are in a state of undress and you are being surreptitiously recorded and that recording is now subject to disclosure and being disseminated around the internet.

"It is an abomination of any form of privacy rights and constitutional rights."

In addition to seeking unspecified punitive and monetary damages, the suit wants the video evidence blocked from public release and eventually destroyed.

Kraft's lawyers have the same desire to keep the videos under wraps. Aronberg's office said last week it was obligated to make the videos public, but a judge ordered to block their release until at least a hearing after Kraft's legal team accused the state attorney's office of prosecutorial misconduct.

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The Best at 32: Top NFL Draft picks taken with 32nd selection

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The Best at 32: Top NFL Draft picks taken with 32nd selection

The Patriots will have a long wait on Thursday night before they are on the clock for their first pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.

It's a position they've found themselves in before. This will be the fourth time in the last 15 years that they've owned the 32nd overall pick. (It would have been the fifth time, but DeflateGate cost them a first-round pick in 2017.)

Will Bill Belichick be able to find some top-tier talent? Tom E. Curran looked at past drafts, and found that some teams have managed to strike gold with pick number 32, though it's far from a sure bet.

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