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It is widely assumed that Tom Brady has a tangible end game for making the Patriots wait on his official status for the upcoming season. Maybe Brady wants to strong-arm Bill Belichick into reinstating Alex Guerrero’s access to the team, once again permitting the quarterback’s guru to perform...Read more

No matter how much some try and dispute it, things haven’t been normal this offseason in Foxboro with the Patriots.

The biggest difference, and certainly most noteworthy, is with Tom Brady.

There’s a laundry list of things not normal by the quarterback's standards that have occurred...Read more

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick

So this is how the greatest coach-quarterback partnership in NFL history ends: by picking sides.

It's one thing to debate who deserves more credit for the titles. There's no wrong answer, because no one's taking away those five Lombardis. It's quite another to spy the looming apocalypse...Read more

There were rumblings of tension within the Patriots organization for much of last season, but things really rose to a new level following Seth Wickersham's ESPN piece published on Jan. 4...Read more

Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown stood at his locker in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena last May in a moment of big-picture disbelief.

"Two years ago, I was in high school," he marveled. "Now I'm playing in the Eastern Conference Finals."

There was a happy-to-be-here quality that made perfect sense....Read more

As it stands right now, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have the leverage against Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

After Jimmy Garoppolo was traded, the only quarterback on the roster besides Brady is Brian Hoyer, who poses no threat to taking Brady’s job. As for the tight ends, it’s just...Read more

Imagine being the best at what you do and still being berated by your boss on numerous occasions after 18 years of working together, all while winning multiple awards together along the way.

Think about it.

While the National Football League isn’t the real world and most people aren’...Read more

The Maple Leafs proved that they’re not spineless losers Monday night.

Good. Great. Happy for them. Their regular-season win total (a franchise-best) alone should have told you that they were going to show up at some point in this series. And if they didn’t… well, we’ve already established...Read more

The Red Sox never had a chance to land breakout star Shohei Ohtani this winter. But five years ago? That's the real story.

Traveling the world as international scouts, Jon Deeble and Eddie Romero encountered their share of oddities. But the Red Sox talent evaluators had no idea what...Read more

Al Horford

Al Horford has a rep in these parts, but it's incomplete.

The "Average Al" part of the equation is well known and not without merit. Horford isn't a take-charge offensive player over the course of 82 games because it's not his style. He facilitates, he plays defense, he makes open shots,...Read more