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10/21/2012 - 8:19pm
McCourty: 'My teammates saved my life'

FOXBORO -- After nearly fumbling away a win in devastating fashion, Devin McCourty was grateful to his Patriots teammates after a 29-26 overtime win over the Jets Sunday at Gillette Stadium. McCourty, after returning a kickoff 104 yards in the first quarter for a touchdown, fumbled a kickoff at the Patriots 18 after the Jets had tied the game, 23-23. The Jets did not take full advantage and converted only a field goal with 1:37 left to take a 26-23 lead. 

"My teammates saved my life today," McCourty said. "A bad mistake in the fourth quarter that I just have to do a better job of holding the ball. This was just a total team win. We just kept fighting. Things didn't go our way the whole game today. We made enough plays when we needed to for the win."

McCourty was rescued when Stephen Gostkowski hit a game-tying 43-yard field goal at the end of regulation to force overtime and a 48-yarder in overtime to provide the margin of...

10/21/2012 - 6:52pm
Survival: Pats blow lead, beat Jets in OT

FOXBORO -- Stephen Gostkowski connected on a 48-yard field goal with 11:02 left in overtime and Jermaine Cunningham and Rob Ninkovich combined for a strip-sack that ended the game on the next possession as the Patriots blew a big lead but came back to beat the Jets, 29-26, in overtime at Gillette Stadium.

In what appeared to be another shocking collapse, the Patriots blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead and trailed when Nick Folk hit his fourth field goal of the day from 43 yards with 1:37 left in the fourth. Devin McCourty - who returned a kickoff for a TD earlier - fumbled a kickoff at the Patriots 18 after the Jets tied the game with a field goal. The Patriots improve to 4-3 and sole possession of first in the AFC East, a half-game ahead of the idle Dolphins and a game ahead of the Jets and Bills.

Gostkowski forced overtime by drilling a 43-yard field goal at the fourth-quarter gun from nearly the identical spot he missed at the end of the...

10/21/2012 - 6:36pm
Barbosa received interest from Lakers

Leandro Barbosa ultimately chose the Celtics despite talks with the Lakers about joining them. He also said the crowded backcourt situation didn't deter him from signing with Boston. 

"The Lakers had interest in myself, but I think Boston would be better for me," Barbosa said. "My agent talked and he said it would be great for me to be here. It’s the kind of situation that I was looking for, especially to play with [Rajon] Rondo. He likes to run and I love to run, so I think it will work really well." 

As for playing time, Barbosa said he wasn't concerned despite the presence of Rondo, Courtney Lee, Jason Terry and Avery Bradley when Bradley returns from injury. 

"They’re all good players. I’m here just to help," Barbosa said.  "That will be on Doc [Rivers]. Doc’s call. He’s the coach. Whatever he has to do. I’m here to help." 

Rivers...

10/21/2012 - 2:05pm
Mankins, Chung inactive, Hightower returns

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will be without starting left guard Logan Mankins and strong safety Patrick Chung for their game against the Jets Sunday afternoon at Gillette. 

Chung's absence leaves the Patriots without their top two starting safeties as Steve Gregory was ruled out on Friday with a hip injury. 

Chung (shoulder) practiced all week but was limited while Mankins (calf/hip) practice on Wednesday and Friday but was limited. Also out for the game are Brandon Bolden (knee), linebacker Tracy White (foot), defensive end Jake Bequette and defensive lineman Ron Brace (back).

For the Jets, running back Bilal Powell, defensive linemen Sione Po'uha and Kenrick Ellis and defensive back Eric Smith were all ruled out Saturday night. Back-up quarterback Greg McElroy, receiver Clyde Gates and offensive lineman Caleb Schlauderaff are also inactive. 

The Patriots do get rookie linebacker Dont'a Hightower back for the first time...

10/21/2012 - 1:32pm
Farrell on Sox job: 'I love this organization'

John Farrell, in a press release announcing his acquisition from the Blue Jays by the Red Sox and a subsequent three-year contract to manage the team through 2015, expressed enthusiasm for his return to the city where he spent four years as a pitching coach from 2007-10. 

"I’m extremely excited to be returning to the Red Sox and to Boston," Farrell said in the release. "I love this organization. It’s a great franchise in a special city and region, with great fans, and we want nothing more than to reward their faith in us."

For the complete release, which also includes statements from Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and CEO/president Larry Lucchino, click here. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit...

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