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Matt Kalman
November 12, 2018 - 12:27 am
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy’s favorite way to describe rookie defenseman Jeremy Lauzon is to say he “eats pucks.” Lauzon fortuitously didn’t eat Sean Kuraly’s shoot-in from the red line that went off the end wall and eluded wandering Vegas goaltender Malcolm Subban in the first period Sunday...
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Ryan Hannable
November 11, 2018 - 8:39 pm
A three-play sequence in the fourth quarter summed up the entire Titans shellacking of the Patriots. Trailing 27-10, the Patriots called a trick play, taking after the “Philly Special,” when Tom Brady flipped the ball to Julian Edelman on a reverse, but then Edelman threw it back to Brady. The...
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Matt Kalman
November 11, 2018 - 1:30 am
Not many 24-year-old, second-year NHL defensemen get asked to give a pep talk to a young teammate or to help shut down one of the most dangerous offensive lines in the league in the same day, but coach Bruce Cassidy didn’t hesitate to heap those responsibilities on Matt Grzelcyk on Saturday...
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Jayson Tatum
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John Tomase
November 10, 2018 - 12:36 pm
Jayson Tatum worshipped Kobe Bryant as a kid, so when he got the chance to work with his idol this summer, how could he refuse? The Celtics can be forgiven for wishing he had. A month into Tatum’s sophomore campaign, the talented 20-year-old has regressed. When last season ended, he was Boston’s...
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Gordon Hayward
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John Tomase
November 09, 2018 - 12:11 pm
Gordon Hayward entered the NBA as a baby-faced bundle of potential. He arrived in Boston as a hardened, chiseled All-Star. He spent every second in between with the Utah Jazz. He returns to Utah on Friday night, and it’s worth revisiting just what kind of player he became there before a...
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Boston College (2009)
Alex Reimer
November 09, 2018 - 11:26 am
The lobbying effort to bring the country’s premier college football show to Chestnut Hill started one month ago. Boston College routed ACC rival Louisville in mid-October, presenting Steve Addazio’s squad with an opportunity to control its own fate in one of college football’s legacy conferences...
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Matt Kalman
November 08, 2018 - 11:57 pm
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask didn’t have lofty expectations after he entered the Bruins’ 8-5 loss to Vancouver with the Bruins trailing 5-3 and soon found himself behind 8-4 at TD Garden on Thursday. “I was just trying to keep it under 10, that’s what I was worried about,” Rask said after the...
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Jim Hackett
November 08, 2018 - 9:43 am
"With great power comes great responsibility." Wise words that young Peter Parker’s guardian Uncle Ben offered him upon learning of his nephew’s secret identity as Spiderman. Unlike Peter Parker, Rob Gronkowski’s powers are no secret. His all-world talents and unique skills are very clearly on...
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Alex Reimer
November 08, 2018 - 9:41 am
Bill Belichick’s decision to let Malcolm Butler leave for the financially greener pastures of free agency looks like one of his best personnel decisions ever. As you have almost certainly heard, the ex-Patriots corner is in the midst of an atrocious season. Butler has allowed seven touchdowns with...
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Ryan Hannable
November 07, 2018 - 9:48 pm
FOXBORO -- Rob Gronkowski missed his second game of the year last Sunday night against the Packers with ankle and back injuries. This came after the tight end missed his first game of the year in Week 7 against the Bears, but played in Week 8, which evidentially was in Buffalo, where he grew up...
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