LANDOVER, Md. -- Just moments after making one of the most powerful runs in team history, Rob Gronkowski caught an 11-yard pass from Tom Brady for a first-quarter touchdown and a new NFL record.
Gronkowski ran a seam route into the end zone and caught the ball for his 14th receiving touchdown, the most by a tight end in any one season in NFL history. Antonio Gates (2004) and Vernon Davis (2009) had the previous record at 13.
One play before the record-breaking TD, Gronkowski caught a crossing route and fell to the ground untouchded. He got up and ran to the sideline, shaking off two would-be tacklers, including DeJon Gomes, whom Gronkowski flung off routinely at the Redskins 40. Gronkowski then rumbled down another 20 yards before being tripped up. He kept his balance long enough to get to the Redskins 11.
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LANDOVER, Md. -- Defensive lineman Gerard Warren and quarterback Ryan Mallett were announced Sunday as the final two inactive Patriots for today's game here against the Redskins.
Warren was not on the injury report all week while Mallett has been inactive for all but one game this season.
Sebastian Vollmer, Patrick Chung, Dan Connolly, Brandon Spikes and Shane Vereen were all ruled out before Sunday with various injuries. Additionally, linebacker Jermaine Cunningham was placed on injured reserve on Saturday with a hamstring injury.
The moves mean that two players are likely to make their 2011 debut for the Patriots today, as defensive end Eric Moore - signed on Saturday - and defensive back Malcolm Williams are active and available.
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The Bruins avoided a three-game losing streak, beating the team with the worst record in the NHL, the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-3, Saturday night in Columbus.
Leading the Bruins -- who fell into a 2-0 hole in the first period -- was Joe Corvo, who notched a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the third period. Zdeno Chara, Nathan Horton and Chris Kelly also lit the lamp for the visitors. Three of the scores came on the power-play for the B's.
The bad news for the Bruins came in the second period when Chara was forced to leave the game after suffering what appeared to be a leg injury after a check by Columbus' Antoine Vermette.
The Bruins' starting goalie, Tim Thomas, was pulled after saving 22 of 25 shots through two periods. He was replaced by Tuukka Rask for the third period, with the backup netminder stopping all 11 of the shots he faced. It marked the first time since March 19 that Thomas had been pulled from a game.
The Patriots announced Saturday night that safety Patrick Chung, offensive lineman Dan Connolly, linebacker Brandon Spikes and running back Shane Vereen have all been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Redskins.
Chung (foot) has been sidelined since the end of a Nov. 6 loss to the Giants. In that same game, Spikes (knee) also suffered an injury that has kept him on the shelf since early last month. Meanwhile, Connolly has been slowed by a groin injury over the last month or so (he'll miss his third straight game), and Vereen has struggled with hamstring problems over the course of his rookie season.
They join offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer, who has suffered back and foot injuries over the course of the season, and was officially downgraded to out on Friday.
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Kyle Casey scored 20 points and Laurent Rivard added 18 Saturday at Agganis Arena as 25th-ranked Harvard rolled past Boston University, 76-52.
Harvard broke open a close game in the first half with a 16-0 run to take a 37-21 lead into the break. The Crimson scored the first two baskets of the second half and never led by less than 17 points the rest of the way.
Casey also grabbed nine rebounds for Harvard (9-1), which was coming off its first loss of season at UConn Thursday. Rivard did his damage from downtown, hitting 6-of-7 3-pointers.
Darryl Partin led BU (4-6) with 12 points, while Patrick Hazel contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.
Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss the top priorities for the Patriots as the off-season begins. Who do they need to pursue in free agency, who do they need to keep, and what areas of the roster do they need to address?
Picard and Price give their predictions for SB50 later today.
Danny and Price react to the HOF class that was announced last night. They get into the names and legacies, especially a questionable one in Tony Dungy.
Boston Celtics stud Evan Turner joins the WEEI Celtics Podcast to reflect on the Celtics hot streak going into the All-Star break. Turner discussed how much he values being in a great situation in Boston and tries to get inside the life of Brad Stevens. First, Sam Packard and Jared Weiss chopped it up with Kyle Draper, covering the Celtics thrilling classic against Paul Pierce and the Los Angeles Clippers and broke down potential trade scenarios ahead of the deadline.
Trailing a big win by the Celtics over the Clippers, Paul Flannery of SB Nation calls in to talk everything Celtics.
Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training.
Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes joins Rob Bradford to discuss why he's now a relief pitcher, how important it is that he throws harder than most, lessons he learned from last season, and why his love for two very different restaurants in Cracker Barrel and Twin Peaks
This week the guys are joined by Ian Browne of MLB.com, they talk about Clay Buchholz and the impending opening of spring training
Ken Laird and DJ Bean discuss Boston's 6-2 in Winnipeg on Thursday night, an answer night after losing 9-2 at home to LA on Tuesday
Ken Laird & DJ Bean discuss the LA Kings 9-2 win at TD Garden on Tuesday as former Bruin Milan Lucic was one of 9 different players to score during a 57-shot night for the Kings
DJ, Pete and Ken continue their discussion about the direction of the Bruins and how some of their moves are ambiguous and tough to figure out their thinking. Are they going for it all or rebuilding. Again, DJ appropriately calls it a "soft rebuild." They talk about acquiring Beleskey as well as Brett Connolly's recent play. Also, the boys talked with Arpon Basu about the spiraling Montreal Canadiens.
Robert Kraft on WCVB.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Minihane.
A caller to Mike Francesca duped The Pope into thinking that Oscar Robinson was #29 on the list (he was actually #11) which prompted Mike to go insane.
Patriot fans, as expected, begin to connect the dots in hopes of bringing the talented RB to Foxboro.
Lou did the crossover at 9:55 on Friday, which led to a fiery exchange between himself and Kirk Minihane. Lou tells the story and opines on the situation.
We're talking Celtics after a solid win over the Clippers. Al Horford and Dwight Howard rumors are out there, and that makes for good sports radio discussions.
A Bruins discussion becomes a discussion of their current talent, and whether or not there is even the possibility of being a better team based on the way they are currently constituted.
We discuss a story about how close the NFL might have come to replacing Roger the Dodger amidst one of it's many scandals.
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training
The Red Sox celebrated Truck Day today, so Mut starts off the show talking about things to look for in Spring Training.
Uncle Buck "Adam Cormac" and Jerry Thornton are joined by the great Bob Lobel to talk about the amazing TV show featuring Larry Bird, Bobby Orr, and Ted Williams.