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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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The Patriots signed former Cleveland Browns defender Jabaal Sheard to a two year contract earlier this week. Sheard played defensive end and outside linebacker in Cleveland and projects to a similar role in New England. The 25 year old Sheard has 23 sacks in four seasons and nearly became a Patriot at the 2011 draft, but the team opted to pick corner Ras-I Dowling instead.

Sheard could be a difference maker for the Patriots for multiple reasons. The firsts is simply his own ability to get to the quarterback and cause disruption. The 6’3”, 264 pound Sheard has both the power and speed to be a force along the front seven. The two gifs below give a good example of both of these traits. They both display a quick get off the line and an ability to get around the offensive tackle without getting too far upfield. The first one, a Sheard sack of Tom Brady shows him beating the left tackle while the second gif, showing a sack of Tony Romo, shows Sheard getting around a right tackle. This versatility will be key for a New England defense that values being able to move parts around. Continue reading Patriots Sign Potential Difference Maker in Jabaal Sheard »

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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.

Continue reading 2015 Preview: Red Sox Bullpen Predictions »

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Avery Bradley may have been making that face for hitting the shot to put the Celtics up three with seven seconds left, but he may as well have been wondering why one Celtic fan would stab another in a big win Wednesday night. (Boston Globe)

During the Boston Celtics’ dramatic 95-92 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, there were some dramatics in the stands as well.

According to multiple reports, a fan was stabbed with a box cutter in the balcony area of the TD Garden as the fourth quarter was coming to a close. The injuries were not life-threatening, and the fan was taken to Mass. General Hospital to recover. A Braintree man was arrested a couple days later.

Deadspin claims to have a fan video of the altercation, in which two Celtics fans go after one another with the usual assortment of yelling, middle fingers, thrown drinks, and “hold me back!” before one of them seems to break out a box cutter in a sudden “Anchorman” style escalation.

Continue reading Video: Fan Stabbed at TD Garden During Celtics Win, Man Arrested »

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1. Last award winners:

MVP – Pedroia (2008) / Tom Brady (2010) / Bird (1986) / Esposito (1974)

Rookie of the Year – Pedroia (2007) / Curtis Martin (1995) / Bird (1980) / Raycroft (2004)

Coach of the Year – Fitch (1980) / Julien (2009) / Belichick (2010) / Jimy Williams (1989)

2. Since January 1st:

* NFL Arrests……………12

* Chicago Murders…….61 (Boston murders 4)

* Rondo Suspensions….1

* Local Championships..1

* Celtics transactions…10 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Rondo Doesn’t Help, All Stars, Patriot Dismantling »

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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?

Continue reading Revis Who? Smart, Celtics Tame Grizzlies to Edge Closer to Playoffs »

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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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