Taking his talents to Houston: Vince Wilfork has left the Patriots after 11 years to sign a two-year deal with the Texans. (Boston.com)

For those of you reserving a place for Vince Wilfork to make a stirring return to the New England Patriots, you’ll have to find a different 325-pound defensive lineman to fill that hole in your heart.

After 11 years with the Patriots, bookended by two Super Bowl championships, Wilfork has signed a two-year, $9 million contract with the Houston Texans. Wilfork will join former Patriots teammate Mike Vrabel, former Patriots defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, and former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien in an attempt to make Houston the Patriots of the AFC South.

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Predicting the Boston Red Sox bullpen pitchers is no easy feat after the first full week of Grapefruit League games. There are many slots and many talented candidates. These bullpen pitchers represent the difference between winning and losing a game. The starting rotation looks good in the 2 and 3 innings they are tossing during Spring Training games. Will this hold up in regular season games when the expectation is for them to take the mound for 5 or 7 innings? No matter, the bullpen needs to be ready to lead the offense and keep opponent bats at bay deep into the game.

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Praise whatever higher power helped Marcus Smart convert an "and one" to help the Celtics to a win over the Grizzlies and get the Boston faithful riled up for a potential playoff push. (Jessica Rinaldi, Boston Globe)

Wednesday night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies seemed to be following the classic Boston Celtics script this season: an early lead and solid play that evaporated and left the Celtics in a tight back and forth contest late in the fourth quarter. And with Isaiah Thomas out after falling hard on his back and right arm, Boston didn’t even have its newly anointed closer on the floor to provide some much needed scoring punch.

But then a brilliant Brad Stevens inbounds play happened. Marcus Smart alley-oop-and-one happened. Avery Bradley “Onions!” happened. And somehow, someway, the Celtics walked off the parquet floor with a 95-92 win over the #2 seed in the Western (Bestern) Conference, and inched closer to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Revis who?

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Current Personnel: Rob Gronkowski, Tim Wright, Michael Hoomanawanui

Need Level: Moderate-low

Possible Fits: Devin Funchess (Michigan), Clive Walford (Miami), Ben Koyack (Notre Dame), Tyler Kroft (Rutgers)

The tight end position has the Patriots position with the best player in the league at the position and then not much else behind him. Gronkowski is a dominant force with legitimate Hall of Fame potential at the position. The one knack against him has been injuries but he was able to play a full season in 2014 and was a major piece in the Patriots’ championship team. Continue reading Patriots 2014-2015 Position Review: Tight End »

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As the AFC East tries to catch up to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick (c.) the Dolphins add Ndamukong Suh (bottom l.), the Jets trade for Brandon Marshall (top l.) while the Bills bring in Rex Ryan (top r.) and LeSean McCoy. (nydailynews.com)

The Patriots captured that elusive fourth championship, which did all it could to elude New England again, but New England still reaffirmed their spot as a dominant team in the NFL, and certainly over the AFC East. Long considered pretenders to New England fighting for second place in the division, the Bills, Dolphins and Jets are getting really sick of playing second fiddle, and all three are hoping major moves just recently made major moves hoping to gain a leg up on the might Patriots.

We all know by know how coach Rex Ryan was fired by the Jets and wound up in Buffalo, but in the past week, all three of the aforementioned teams have made significant moves, either by trade or by free agency, in an effort to bolster their roster to better compete. The question now becomes, “How will these moves affect the Patriots and division as a whole?” It’s a question that can’t be fully answered until free agency and the draft finish up, and a freak injury is always a possibility in the NFL, but for now, let’s take a quick look at the moves, which I have ranked, as I see them, from least worrying to most worrying relative to New England’s divisional dominance: Continue reading All Three Patriots’ Divisional Rivals Make Huge Impact With Free Agency and Trades »

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Rusney Castillo

Rusney Castillo is back on the sidelines due a strained oblique, leaving one less competitor (for now) vying for a chance to play centerfield.

It was almost as if I saw Jeff Probst, host of Survivor, put out Castillo’s torch, and say “the tribe has spoken,” when I heard the news. Jackie Bradley Jr. may be the only one happy about the strained oblique. Everyone thought Bradley would be headed to Pawtucket. Now he could be on his way to Fenway to play centerfield, or at least in the Boston dugout. It reminds me of 2013, but I think it’s a bit too early to say he will be playing in the opening game.

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Brett Connolly Injured

In a year that’s been riddled by injuries and under-performance, the trade deadline brought really only one player to the Bruins with any offensive upside. Wednesday morning, that player got hurt and will miss the next 6 weeks. Brett Connolly joined the Bruins for his first practice as a member of the team, but he took a Dennis Seidenberg slapshot off the hand and broke his finger.

Of course this happens. The little beacon of hope we had coming in never got his chance to dress as a member of the team and now the outlook is shaky. He’s basically out for the remainder of the regular season, giving him no chance to develop any kind of chemistry with his new teammates and hurting the Bruins’ chances of postseason in the first place. They’re already without center David Krejci for month or so as well.

Bergeron to be the next Captain

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