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USA Today Sports
Alex Reimer
August 15, 2018 - 11:20 am
I didn’t think there was any way that a Deflategate retrospective could hold my interest. The interminable saga ended just two years ago, with Tom Brady serving his draconian four-game suspension during September 2016. I remember every minute detail and minor player. In fact, I can still explain...
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Ryan Hannable
August 14, 2018 - 10:56 pm
FOXBORO — When Phillip Dorsett went down to the ground with what looked like a non-contact injury during 11-on-11 drills on Tuesday, the immediate thought was the Patriots could be in a heck of a lot of trouble at receiver. No offense to Dorsett, who should have an increased role this year, but...
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WEEI
Alex Reimer
August 14, 2018 - 1:14 pm
It took less than five minutes for Lou Merloni and Christian Fauria to rag on Glenn Ordway during their afternoon drive debut Monday. With Diddy’s “Coming Home” playing in the background, Merloni and Fauria took turns using the “Ordway Voice” –– a high-pitched defensive squeal –– recounting some of...
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Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo
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John Tomase
August 14, 2018 - 12:48 pm
Two questions will hang over the Patriots all year: 1. Is this Tom Brady's last season? 2. How's Jimmy Garoppolo doing? We won't be able to answer the first one for sure until maybe this time next year. But we could have an answer to question No. 2 by the end of September. Garoppolo's 49ers open...
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Ryan Hannable
August 13, 2018 - 11:01 pm
Given the Patriots’ success, there are always going to be players across the league talking about them and how they do things, taking shots whenever they get the chance. Over the years we have seen Freddie Mitchell, Anthony Smith, Bart Scott, Terrell Suggs, Ryan Clark, Ndamukong Suh, etc. take digs...
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Mookie Betts grand slam Blue Jays Red Sox
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John Tomase
August 13, 2018 - 2:58 pm
Until the playoffs begin, the Red Sox can occupy the final six weeks of the season with pursuits like Mookie Betts hitting for the cycle (check), J.D. Martinez's Triple Crown bid (if Mookie gets out of his way), or Chris Sale taking home his first Cy Young award (Sunday was a step in the right...
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USA Today Sports
Alex Reimer
August 13, 2018 - 12:11 pm
It sounds ridiculous to express concern about the Red Sox right now. They’re 50 games over .500 and already have 85 wins on the season –– matching their total from 2000, when Pedro won his second straight Cy Young and enjoyed one of the most dominant seasons ever. With a nine-game lead over the...
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Mookie Betts grand slam Blue Jays Red Sox
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Alex Reimer
August 11, 2018 - 10:00 am
The best race to watch for the rest of the Red Sox season includes two of their own. With 82 wins and a nine-game lead over the Yankees with 45 contests left to play, the AL East is all but officially over. At this point, it’s all about setting up the playoff rotation, and fretting over the bridge...
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Ryan Hannable
August 10, 2018 - 11:12 am
The Patriots will always be king in Boston and New England, but through the first few weeks of training camp and now the first preseason game, there just isn’t the same hype with the team as we’re used to seeing. It started with the first few days of training camp when the crowds weren’t even close...
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Alex Reimer
August 10, 2018 - 11:11 am
The Patriots pulled off an impressive feat Thursday. They managed to give Tom Brady the opportunity to earn more money and provide additional doubt about his long-term future at the same time. The two ideas are contradictory, but Bill Belichick is known for turning convention on its head. New...
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