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One interesting aspect of Sunday’s game between the Patriots and the Chargers is the two premier tight ends that will be featured. San Diego boasts perennial star Antonio Gates while New England fashions superstar Rob Gronkowski. When two top-tier players at the same position play in the same game, it is always interesting to hear what they say about each other. When asked this week, Gates wasn’t short on his praise for Gronkowski.

“[Gronkowski's] one of the young guys that I look at — him, Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas — those are the guys that are kind of keeping the tradition going at the tight end position.” Continue reading Antonio Gates has High Praise for Gronk »

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Tom Brady: telemarketer and mullet aficionado. (Boston Globe)

Thank Belichick that Tom Brady recovered from his early season swoon to quiet all the calls for him to be traded, cast off, sent sailing into the sunset of retirement to thereby save us all from seeing a Hall of Fame quarterback in decline.

I say this not only as a New England Patriots fan (too) heavily invested in how my football team fares, but also as someone glad to avoid what Brady’s alternative, post-football career potentially would have been.

Because if the DailyMVP commercial starring Brady even approaches half-truth, we’d be looking at Gary the Telemarketer, daily fantasy football MVP and office champion, instead of Tom Brady, two time NFL MVP and three time Super Bowl champion:

Continue reading Video: Tom Brady, Professional Telemarketer and Part-Time Fantasy Trash Talker? »

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Jon Lester

Multiple sources are reporting that the Los Angeles Dodgers may make a last minute bid for Jon Lester. This would leave the other teams bidding for Lester, namely the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, and the Boston Red Sox in trouble.

The Dodgers have Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Lester would make a lethal number three in their rotation. He also would provide some rotation security for the Dodgers in years to come with Greinke’s contract complete with an opt-out clause after the 2015 season to the tune of $147 million.

Continue reading Los Angeles Dodgers Show Interest in Jon Lester, Reports Say »

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LM OTERO/AP PHOTO

One day after blowing a 23-point road lead in Atlanta and extending their current losing streak to five games, the Celtics have finally received some good news. Marcus Smart is expected to come back from his 10-game injury absence on Wednesday at home against the Detroit Pistons. The Celtics have compiled an unimpressive 2-8 record during Smart’s absence, but his return hopefully will help alleviate some of their woes.

C’s head coach Brad Stevens called out his team about not being tough enough when faced with adversity. In an article by ESPN Boston’s Chris Forsberg, Stevens was quoted as saying, “When it comes easy, we’ve been good. When it gets tough, we haven’t. … Simple formula.” Continue reading Marcus Smart Expected to Return on Wednesday »

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Wes Saunders and the Harvard Crimson got the better of Derrick Gordon and UMass. Photo courtesy of masslive.com

There wasn’t an actual title on the line this past week as UMass finished its in-state schedule, but Harvard took care of business on its home court to stop the Minutemen from crowning themselves the kings of college basketball in Massachusetts. After victories over Boston College and Northeastern, UMass looked to finish off the Crimson on its first true road trip (even though Lavietes Pavilion was probably packed with 70 percent Minutemen fans) and add another win against an NCAA Tournament team to its resume.

The Northeastern Huskies were supposed to come into Amherst on Wednesday night, but with snow coming in, the game was moved forward into the afternoon to make sure everyone could get home safely and enjoy the Thanksgiving eve celebrations. Apparently, these Huskies aren’t the kind that love the snow. There was not much to celebrate for Northeastern fans as the Minutemen put together their first wire-to-wire blowout of the season in a 79-54 win highlighted by yet another impressive Maxie Esho dunk. Donte Clark also continued to be the most impressive freshman for the Minuteman scoring 10 points and reaching double figures for the third straight game. Continue reading Harvard Claims Bay State ‘Title’ Over UMass »

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Scott Eatherton (AP Photo/Anthony Nesmith)

Northeastern

Record: 5-1 (2nd in Colonial Athletic Association)

After posting an 11-21 record in a disappointing 2013-14 season, Northeastern has won five of its first six games this year, starting with a 71-65 defeat of Boston University at TD Garden. The Huskies posted double-digit wins over Navy and Manhattan at the Hall of Fame Tip Off. Their only loss was a 25-point beatdown at UMass, but they rebounded with a 57-48 victory over Fairfield. The Huskies are half a game behind Towson in the CAA standings.

Power forward Scott Eatherton leads Northeastern with 15.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1 steal per game and shooting guard David Walker is adding 13.3 points, 3.3 dimes and 1.3 boards. As a result of the fast start, the Huskies received one vote in the latest AP Top 25 poll. Continue reading College Basketball November Roundup: Strong Starts for Five Mass. Teams »

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Tyler Murphy (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Syracuse, 7; Boston College, 28

For the second straight season, Boston College will appear in the postseason with a 7-5 record. It was something of a rocky year after losing quarterback Chase Rettig and star running back Andre Williams, with new starter Tyler Murphy bringing an entirely different style to that of his predecessor.

The Eagles were at their best against their toughest opponents, upsetting #9 USC on September 13 and losing to #24 Clemson and #3 Florida State by a combined seven points. In the regular season finale against Syracuse (3-9), they got just their third home win as Murphy did what he does best and set a new Atlantic Coast Conference record for rushing yards by a QB. Continue reading College Football Week 14 Roundup: BC, UMass on Opposite Ends of Blowouts »

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