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Now here’s a deal Celtics’ Danny Ainge should make

One 30-point win over listless LeBron and his Lakers cannot hide the fact that the Boston Celtics are muddled in the middle of the Eastern Conference pack. Second seed, sixth seed, it hardly matters in this bunch of also-rans. So we sit here in late January, one simple question is worth ...

For Moses, the Big Game in the Big Easy is a big memory

The holidays are long gone, but let's take a survey: What was your best Christmas present? Chances are, it would be tough to top the one former Bishop Guertin High School quarterback Hayden Moses received. If you're a local high school football fan, you know Moses' story by now. He tore his ...

Only Kyrie Irving could come up with something this delusional

Whenever you think Kyrie Irving has reached his peak of self-possessed jack-assery he manages to top himself. Irving’s highest peak came with exquisitely poor timing, an art he has perfected. Unhappy over criticism he took from teammates and media members after returning from seven weeks ...

Tough Conference Championship Weekend for Pats fans

It's a bittersweet Conference Championship weekend. Woe are New England Patriot fans, who have to endure the feeling of not watching an AFC championship game with your team in it for the first time since January, 2011. That's a streak of eight straight AFC title games, and you can bet it may ...

Sox brass have little enough to say

If Wednesday’s press conference at Fenway Park was meant to somehow punctuate this chapter of the sign-stealing mess, it failed – unless a stubborn question mark was its aim. This isn’t surprising. There really is no fire hose available that could douse a scandal that will blaze through ...

Winners never cheat … or do they?

Mark McGwire goes from a large to a double-XL. Barry Bonds’ hat size goes from seven-and-a-half, to “I’m sorry, sir. You’ll need to order one custom made.” And nobody in baseball blinks. Alex Cora strikes up the band and starts playing his garbage can drum as the bench coach with ...

Tejeda puts his smiles all over South weight room

The new year is only almost two weeks old, but we already have a leader in the clubhouse for the best Feel Good Moment of 2020. If you were at the weight room dedication at Nashua High School South early last week, you know what we mean. Has there ever been a more popular athlete at the ...

Alex Cora’s fate with Red Sox is all-but sealed

That gulp heard ’round New England on Monday afternoon was in reply to Major League Baseball’s heaviest hammer dropping on the Houston Astros. Commissioner Rob Manfred announced sentences Monday for the Astros’ sign-stealing escapades in 2017 and 2018. He made Roger Goodell look like ...

Greenwood: Will Alex Cora have anything to say this time around?

Floating down a lonesome stream of consciousness, wondering if anyone else figured out what the Celtics’ problem was Thursday night in that ugly loss in Philadelphia … At last year’s Boston Baseball Writers Awards Dinner, Red Sox manager Alex Cora tipped his rhetorical cap to his 2018 ...

Let’s put Brady aside and focus on a big playoff weekend

Brady. Brady. Brady. Brady. Brady. Brady. Brady. Brady. Brady. Brady. There, we've gotten that out of the way, we've mentioned Brady, as in New England Patriots quarterback Tom, numerous times. It's going to be a long stretch of Brady between now and March. Brady posted this. One of Brady's ...

Patriots are gone, but plenty of football fun remains

The New England Patriots may be gone but heroes and villains remain in the NFL playoffs. Seriously, the most glorious football weekend of the year, and the awkwardness of the Pats’ exit aside, it’s time to enjoy. But who can you root for? And more importantly, who should you root ...

Patriots have hurt themselves in NFL Draft

To be honest, all this Tom talk has me spinning. As much as the focus for the debacle that was the 2019 New England Patriots is on TB12 and his immediate future, Brady was not the reason the New England Patriots are on the outside looking in, losers to the Tennessee Titans on Saturday in the, ...

It’s best for Brady, and Patriots, to turn the page

Hours before that resounding thud echoed from Gillette Stadium, a barroom debate over the Patriots’ future rumbled to a boil. One man’s humble, if unwavering opinion, drew hisses. “The best thing for both the Patriots and for Tom Brady would be for them to part ways. The Patriots need ...

After this stunning loss, it won’t be Pats business as usual

It was all business at Gillette Stadium leading up to Saturday night's Wild Card playoff game with the Tennessee Titans. And after a stunning 20-13 Tennessee win, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made note that “It's a results business, and it's about winning and losing and the more things you ...

It’s a Wild Weekend with the Patriots front and center

Wild stuff. Of course there is a lot of speculation on what may happen with the future of the New England Patriots as we know it. But what happened in the recent past – just last week – was really wild. And as a result, we're looking at old friend Mike Vrabel and the Tennessee Titans ...

Longo: Pete and Russell at top of NFL playoff heap

If you follow Twitter, you’ve seen someone’s list. It’s so “in” to rank the quarterbacks. Best of all-time. Best of the decade. Best of the upcoming NFL playoffs. Yes, one genius had Tom Brady 10th among the 12 starters in the upcoming postseason, just behind, gulp, ...

The year in local sports was partly Silver, Green and Gold

It's that time again. The 2019 sports year is coming to an end, and that means that tough job has to be undertaken to choose the top 10 local stories, purely subjective in nature. We want the most memorable, the ones with the most impact. Heck, they all have impact, don't they? As we ...

Loss a shock to the system for the Wild Card Patriots

They played all your favorite New England Patriot hits at Gillette Stadium late Sunday afternoon. The music blared and the sellout crowd grinned and posed for the Jumbotron, celebrating like it was a typical end of season rout over the Miami Dolphins. Of course, it was anything but. It was ...

Longo: All eyes on Brian Flores against the Pats

In the grand scheme of things, a blowout of AFC East proportions is expected. The Miami Dolphins, hustling and scrapping behind the mad scientist, Hahvahd man, Ryan Fitzpatrick, are as cute and quaint as it gets in these parts. But there is much more to this potential waltz into the bye ...

Dolphins about competing, Patriots about winning

Things are starting to change around the New England Patriots, and the AFC East as we enter the final week of the 2019 NFL regular season. The question is, how much? No one would have thought months ago that perhaps Sunday's 1 p.m. game vs. the Miami Dolphins could be Tom Brady's final ...