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Bruins burn Maple Leafs

BOSTON (AP) – David Pastrnak scored his league-leading 10th goal and added an assist as the Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Tuesday night. Brad Marchand also had a goal and an assist, and Brett Ritchie and Par Lindholm also scored for Boston, which was playing for the ...

Patriots hammer hapless Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Tom Brady set the tone with a long slice-and-dice touchdown drive, New England's blitz-happy defense forced Sam Darnold into five turnovers and the Patriots remained undefeated by cruising to a 33-0 victory over the New York Jets on Monday night. Brady threw a TD ...

Patriots suspend Bennett after flap with coach

The curious Michael Bennett story with the New England Patriots took a sudden wrong turn in the last couple of days. Eyebrows were raised Tuesday when defensive end Bennett, who has been seeing a rapid reduction in playing time, was not at practice. Later Tuesday it was revealed he has been ...

The opposition is the least of any Patriots problems

New England Patriots fans are wondering if medium things will turn into big things. They're overlooking the biggest thing. They ought to instead look at the rest of the AFC, which is bcoming less and less threatening with each passing week. While the Patriots try to solve the problems of ...

Bruins fend off Ducks in matinee win

BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Bruins’ top line is rolling, pushing aside any talk of a Stanley Cup hangover. David Pastrnak scored a career-high four goals on Monday for his fifth career hat trick, leading the Bruins to a 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. “I think the best thing that ...

Greenwood: Shoddy front five has Brady running for cover

Forget about Tom Brady playing until age 45. At this point he should be grateful if he is standing, unaided, on Jan. 2, 2020. Forgive the technical jargon in this analysis, but here goes: The Patriots’ offensive line stinks. (There are other ‘s’ words that might be appropriate in ...

Patriots survive mild scare to zip past Giants, 35-14

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. --- The New England Patriots actually had to compete for a win on Thursday night. The New York Giants wouldn't quite go away, but New England managed to tough out a wind-blown 35-14 win at Gillette Stadium, making coach Bill Belichick 12-0 against rookie quarterbacks at ...

Rookie Jones learns a few lessons vs. Belichick, Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots became part of the beginning of the Daniel Jones Era for the New York Giants on Thursday night in their 35-14 win. The rookie Jones got his fourth straight start last night at Gillette Stadium since replacing Giant longtime QB Eli Manning nearly ...

Patriots unlikely to see old foe Eli Manning

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Few quarterbacks have outdueled Tom Brady and the New England Patriots the way Eli Manning has during his career. Twice Manning has been under center to help the Giants lead fourth-quarter comebacks in the Super Bowl over New England. In 2007, Manning spoiled the ...

Pats aren’t perfect,but right now they don’t have to be

The search for perfection continues for the New England Patriots and their fans. Not in record, of course, as they are 5-0 having beaten a stretch of teams whose combined records are 5-18. While it may seem easy by the numbers, you can tell the Patriots are pushing and pushing and pushing ...

Patriots let Watson walk; he’s now a free agent

Ben Watson, we hardly knew ye the second time around. Watson, who just returned last week from a four game PED suspension, was not activated by a 4 p.m.deadline Monday by the Patriots, making the tight end a free agent. The Patriots are apparently settling for Ryan Izzo and Matt Lacosse as ...

Patriots erase slow start, rout Redskins

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) – Playing before an appreciative audience in a place far from home, Tom Brady helped the New England Patriots stay unbeaten by picking apart the lowly Washington Redskins. While he was at it, the 42-year-old quarterback climbed past a former star in the NFL record ...

Halak backstops Bruins’ second win

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Jaroslav Halak was tested from the start, facing breakaways, odd-man rushes, numerous good chances on power plays. He turned away every one and the Boston Bruins won yet another game in the desert. Halak stopped 35 shots, Brad Marchand scored and the Bruins extended ...

Redskins have mountain to overcome against Patriots

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) – One of these NFL franchises is not like the other. At all. On one side, there’s the New England Patriots: Led by Bill Belichick’s defense and Tom Brady at quarterback, they’re the reigning Super Bowl champs and just so happen to be 4-0 this season. On the other? ...

Patriots sign veteran kicker Nuget to fill void

The New England Patriots have solved their kicker issue, for now. The team Thursday signed veteran Mike Nugent, a former New York Jets second round draft choice, to replace Stephen Gostkowski, who is out for the season with a hip injury. Nugent, 37, has kicked for eight NFL teams – the ...

Finding new kicker is rare for Belichick

By The Associated Press Patriots coach Bill Belichick hasn’t had to deal with much turnover – or uncertainty – at placekicker. Just three people have had the job since Belichick took over in New England in 2000, including two of the best in NFL history: Adam Vinatieri and Stephen ...

Gostkowski facing hip surgery, out for season

For the first time since 2010, the New England Patriots will have someone other than Stephen Gostkowski kicking extra points and field goals. In fact, they’ll have that someone doing it for the rest of the 2019 season. Gostkowski has been placed on the injured reserve list and, according ...

Krejci may miss Bruins season opener

BOSTON (AP) – A major part of the Boston Bruins’ success the past several years has been their depth at center. That depth might be tested early this season, with center David Krejci questionable for the Bruins’ regular-season opener at the Dallas Stars on Thursday. Krejci, who ...

Patriots at the quarter pole are on the defensive

We are all witnessing the transformation of the New England Patriots. Perhaps a look back to the future, as we have reached the quarter pole of the 2019 NFL season, when it seems after four weeks the bad teams in the AFC outnumber the good. The Patriots right now, given the personnel ...

Red Sox’ president backtracks a bit on payroll cuts

BOSTON (AP) – Getting under baseball’s luxury tax threshold next year “is a goal, but not a hard-and-fast mandate,” Boston Red Sox team president Sam Kennedy said Monday, a day after the defending World Series champions finished the season out of the playoffs for the first time since ...