Moving on up: Against the Cavaliers, Rajon Rondo passed Paul Pierce to move into fourth all-time in Celtics history in assists. (Celtics Hub)

Sure, Rajon Rondo may be a point guard, and Paul Pierce a small forward, but it was still somewhat startling to learn on tonight’s broadcast that Rondo had already surpassed the longtime Celtics captain on the franchise’s all-time assists list.

Rondo’s first assist of the game broke a tie with Pierce and moved him into fourth place in franchise history with 4,306 assists in his nine-year career. Continue reading Rondo Passes Pierce for Fourth on Celtics’ All-Time Assists List »

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Tom Brady and Andrew Luck square off on Sunday Night Football with not only important AFC seeding on the line, but an imaginary midseason NFL MVP trophy, too. (Boston.com)

Last week, ESPN’s 32 NFL beat writers cast their votes for who they thought was the MVP through the midway point of the 2014 NFL season.

With 22 touchdowns and only 3 INTs, and a particularly hot stretch before the bye that saw his offense average 40 points over five games, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady received more votes than any other player, tallying precisely half  of the vote total (16). But even with the top seed in the AFC heading into Week 11, is Brady really the best choice among the NFL’s MVP candidates?

Continue reading Tom Brady, Midseason NFL MVP? Not If Luck Has Anything to Do With It »

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1. Patriots Preview:

* Tight ends always scare me against the Patriots – Fleener – 22 catches / 4 TD

* TY Hilton is on pace for 100 catches / 1,666 yards

* They have 24 sacks to opponents 14 (six guys have at least three)

* Adam Vinatieri is 20 for 20 this year (that makes him and Gostkowski 44 for 45)

* Colts TD passes per game – Manning 1.92 / Luck 1.75 / Unitas 1.39

* Best draft pick – Raymond Berry – 232nd in 1954 – hall of famer Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: I’m Sick of Night Games »

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T.Y. Hilton, Coty Sensabaugh

When the Patriots face the Colts on Sunday, much of the hype surrounding the Colts offense will be centered on quarterback Andrew Luck, and rightfully so. Luck is already a star and is in the process of becoming the next great NFL quarterback, a generational talent. However, the person at the top of the Patriots’ priority list on defense this week should be wide receiver T.Y. Hilton.

When most of the elite receivers in the NFL are brought up the conversation generally shifts to larger, stronger body types such as Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones, Larry Fitzgerald and Josh Gordon. Hilton may not be as naturally gifted as those receivers at 5’9”, 178 pounds but he can create matchup nightmares for defenses. Continue reading How the Patriots Can Contain T.Y. Hilton »

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Have you seen Bruins forward Seth Griffith’s goal against the New Jersey Devils Monday night? In just his fourth career goal, Griffith goes behind-the-back and between-the-legs to score and break a 2-2 tie:

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When the NFL schedule was released in April, it was evident that the Patriots would have to battle through a tough stretch from late October through mid-December. That stretch began with a blowout home win against a Chicago Bears team that has talent but that has not lived up to expectations. The Patriots followed that with their most impressive win of the season, a 43-21 beat down of the Denver Broncos. This weekend they will have an opportunity to rest as they are on a bye. The stretch will ramp back up after this weekend.

The next game up for the Patriots will be a trip to Indianapolis to face the Colts. Andrew Luck is already an upper echelon quarterback and is becoming an elite signal caller. The Colts offense is red hot and Lucas Oil Stadium is one of the tougher NFL venues to play at. That game is followed by a home game against the Detroit Lions. Detroit has surprised many by consistently winning this season (6-2) and by being able to rattle off a 3-0 record without Calvin Johnson. Continue reading Next Five Games Will Provide Answers for Patriots »

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DeVante Parker (USA Today)

Louisville, 38; Boston College, 19

All season long, Boston College’s Tyler Murphy has been the best running quarterback in college football and one of the worst passers. On Saturday, his throwing inability was on full display in a home loss to Louisville (7-3) that dropped the Eagles to 2-4 at Alumni Stadium this season.

Murphy threw his first interception of the night, to safety Gerod Holliman, on the first play from scrimmage. The defense held the Cardinals to a 23-yard John Wallace field goal, and the offense regrouped to march downfield, where running back Jon Hilliman gave the Eagles the lead with a one-yard touchdown run. The Cardinals made it down to the two-yard line, but RB Brandon Radcliff lost the ball on a handoff and linebacker Steven Daniels recovered the fumble, preserving the 7-3 advantage. Continue reading College Football Week 11 Roundup: Murphy Implodes in Loss to Louisville »

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