1. Patriots Preview:

Patriots win this game easy – Chargers no pass rush or running game

* Greatest Chargers – Tomlinson and then Allsworth, Fouts, Winslow and Gates

* Best draft pick – Rodney Harrison 145th in 1994

* Against Patriots – 14-20-2 regular season / 1-2 post season

* Famous QB’s – Unitas, Brees, Fouts, Rivers, Hadl, McMahon, Kemp, Harbaugh

* Chargers 3-4 against teams with a winning record

* Philip Rivers 30-6 in December

* Only 18 sacks – Brady should have time

* Receivers – Allen on pace for 96 rec / 1,016 yds / 5 TD — Gates has 9 TD

* Running game is non-existent averaging 3.4 yards  Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Stay Classy in San Diego »

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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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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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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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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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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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When the Patriots travel to Green Bay on Sunday they will face a Green Bay Packers team that has been dominating opponents in what could prove to be a Super Bowl preview. Both teams are red hot and come into the game playing their best football. The Packers (8-3) have recovered from a slow start and have hung 50+ points on two of their last three opponents, including a 53-20 demolition of the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles.

The Patriots have won seven straight, a streak that has consisted of three straight wins against division leaders by at least 20 points. Each team also starts fast, with the Patriots being a +118 in the first half in point differential and the Packers checking in a +117 in the first half. Both teams will have to play their best tw\o win and for the Patriots, that task will prove a bit tougher on the road. Continue reading Patriots vs Packers Provides Possible Super Bowl Preview »

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