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Super Bowl, Super Buzz.

ATLANTA – The low-flying helicopters that zoomed over the CNN Building and Mercedes-Benz Stadium could tell you Super Bowl LIII is just a day or two away. It was Friday of Super Bowl week and the joint was jumpin’. Temperatures got into the mid-50s. It was HotLanta once again. The ...

Gronkowski having fun with retirement hints

ATLANTA – Thursday was not only the last day of January, it may have also been the last time Rob Gronkowski hams it up with the media before a game. The Gronkowski Retirement question is looming over this Super Bowl, and at yesterday's media session at the team hotel, he was asked how many ...

Pats Flowers not in a rush to be a free agent

ATLANTA – He's about to possibly be an unresticted free agent, but New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers isn't ready to rush into the process like he is rushing quarterbacks. That being said, this Sunday's Super Bowl could certainly elevate his value. Maybe even force the Patriots ...

Rams’ Phillips is the guy to beat Sunday

ATLANTA – This is the guy the Patriots have to beat on Sunday. He’s not a bright, young, 30-something whiz kid. He’s not a 6-foot-6, 320-pound defensive lineman, or a hard-hitting 5-11, 210-pound cornerback. Nope. He’s just a nice, easygoing, grandfather-type who you could probably ...

In Atlanta, Gordon out of sight, but not out of mind

ATLANTA – The name of the day around New England Patriots media circles was Josh Gordon. He was addressed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during his annual state of the league press conference. Bill Belichick was asked about him, and so were a few players. Gordon, of course, played in 12 ...

Anderson hopes to bowl over Patriots on Sunday

ATLANTA – Los Angeles Rams running back C.J. Anderson has a pretty big chip on his shoulder. Maybe that comes from being undrafted. Or maybe it comes from those shoulders being a little hunched over as he rolls strike after strike. “I took it serious when I was 19,”Anderson said, saying ...

Belichick, McVay to match wits on Sunday

ATLANTA – Bummer. Maroon 5 backed out of doing the annual Super Bowl halftime entertainment press conference this week, something to do with all the Colin Kaepernick never ending controversies. That’s OK. They wouldn’t have been on par with Madonna, Lady Gaga, etc. NFL Commissioner ...

Bruins fall to Flyers in OT

BOSTON (AP) – Travis Sanheim scored a power-play goal 2:56 into overtime and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Thursday night to extend their season-best winning streak to six. Sanheim assisted on Oskar Lindblom’s tying goal with 9:24 left in the third period, then ...

This Super Bowl means more than usual for Edelman

Where would the New England Patriots be without Julian Edelman? Probably not in the Super Bowl. Yes, last year the Patriots made it to Minneapolis without him, but they had Danny Amendola to catch Tom Brady's precise passes over the middle and in clutch situations. But without both Amendola, ...

News flash: Belichick likes this Patriots team

ATLANTA – News flash: Bill Belichick likes this New England Patriots football team. “It’s a lot of unselfish players,” Belichick said during Opening Night mayhem. “Guys that do whatever they need to do, whatever their role is. They’re willing to do whatever they need to do for the ...

Brown, Tatum carry Celtics past Hornets

BOSTON (AP) — With Kyrie Irving again stuck to the sideline, Terry Rozier and his Celtics teammates enjoyed another run as the featured act. The talented young cast stole the show again. Rozier had 17 points and 10 assists, Jaylen Brown added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Jayson Tatum ...

Goff, Rams certainly capable of giving Patriots fits

Here we are again: Same theme, different team. The New England Patriots defense will be up against a foe that perhaps two or even three months ago no one thought it would have a chance to stop. But something happens to the Patriots when they face these teams. They may weaken, suffer lapses, ...

Jets take down Bruins in shootout

BOSTON (AP) — Kyle Connor scored back-to-back goals 34 seconds apart in the third period and delivered the only goal in a shootout to lift the Winnipeg Jets over the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Tuesday night. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 36 shots for the Jets and didn't allow anything past him in the ...

The competitor coming out again in Brady

Bring it on, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says. “I just love the competition, and I love trying to improve, and I think that's what it comes down to,” Brady said over the weekend in his final Gillette Stadium press conference of the season, as the team headed to Atlanta on ...

BOSTON (AP) – Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart each scored 21 points, and the Boston Celtics beat Brooklyn 112-104 on Monday night to snap the injury-riddled Nets’ six-game winning streak. Aron Baynes had 16 points, Marcus Morris 15, and Al Horford and Terry Rozier each had 14 for Boston, ...

Rookie back Michel’s physical style a Patriots fit

By TOM KING Staff Writer How valuable has rookie running back Sony Michel been to the New England Patriots this season? His ability to fit in has been key, according to Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. “He's got a good run style that's really allowed us to be a physical ...

Patriots offensive line winning battles in the trenches

What has been the secret the last few weeks for the New England Patriots' offensive line? If you want to pinpoint a big difference between the Patriots of the last month vs. the pre-holiday Patriots, it's the play of the offensive line. New England has rushed the ball for 735 yards in their ...

Patriots defense has hit its stride at perfect time

Patriots' defense back on track heading into Super Bowl By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — It took an entire regular season and some tough losses, but the Patriots defense finally likes where it is at heading into its Super Bowl matchup with the Los Angeles ...

Rozier leads Celtics in rout of Cavaliers

BOSTON (AP) – Terry Rozier scored 22 of his 26 points in the first half and the Boston Celtics coasted to their fifth straight victory with a 125-103 win over the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Jaylen Brown scored 23 points, Gordon Hayward 18 and Jayson Tatum 17 for ...

Celtics have little trouble beating Heat

BOSTON (AP) – Kyrie Irving had 26 points and 10 assists, Al Horford added 16 points and 12 rebounds and the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat 107-99 Monday night for their fourth straight victory. Irving has had 20 or more points and 10 or more assists in 11 games, the first Celtics’ ...