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12/23/2012 - 4:06pm
Wake-up call: Pats survive ugly start

Tom Brady threw short touchdown passes to Danny Woodhead and Wes Welker while the defense stiffened after a shaky first quarter as the Patriots kept their hopes of a first-round bye alive with a 23-16 win over the Jaguars at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. Patrick Chung's second interception of the day in the end zone as time expired preserved the victory for the Patriots, as they improve to 11-4 on the season. 

The Texans lost at home to the Vikings, meaning the Patriots can still wind up with a first-round bye if they beat the Dolphins and the Texans lose next week in Indianapolis. If that scenario holds, and Denver loses once, the Patriots can clinch the top seed with a win next week. 

The Jaguars appeared ready to march in for the game-tying touchdown with three minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Jaguars had first-and-goal at the New England 1 but then the Jaguars committed a false start to move the ball back five yards. Dont'a...

12/23/2012 - 11:41am
Talib, Mankins, Vollmer all active for Pats

Defensive end Jake Bequette, defensive lineman Ron Brace, offensive lineman Markus Zusevics and fullback James Develin all join Rob Gronkowski, Brandon Spikes and Alfonzo Dennard as inactives for today's game against the Jaguars in Jacksonville.

Gronkowski (hip), Spikes (ankle) and Dennard (right knee) were all ruled out on Saturday night, with Spikes missing his first game of the season. Dennard is missing his first game since the Week 4 game at Buffalo.

Aqib Talib (hip), Logan Mankins (ankle/calf) and Sebastian Vollmer (back) are all active. Talib hasn't missed a game since being aquired from Tampa Bay on Nov. 1 and finishing his four-game PED suspension. He started for the Patriots on Nov. 18 against the Colts and injured his hip defending a pass intended for Andre Johnson on Dec. 10 against the Texans. He missed the second half but returned six days later and started against San Francisco. 

The only significant inactive for the...

12/23/2012 - 10:22am
Report: Tebow 'virtual certainty' for Jaguars

Look for Tim Tebow to play next year in Jacksonville.

According to a report from ESPN's Chris Mortensen, league sources say it is a "virtual certainty" Tebow will play for the Jaguars in 2013. Tebow reportedly had a choice between his hometown Jaguars and the Jets in the offseason and chose the bright lights of New York.

After a disastrous season that led to locker room in-fighting and snickering, much of it directed at the former Heisman Trophy winner, Tebow will apparently get a second chance to play close to where he became a legend for the Florida Gators. Tebow reportedly will be traded or released after the season, but league sources tell Mortensen the Jets are likely to honor Tebow's forthcoming request to be released and therefore become an unrestricted free agent.

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12/23/2012 - 7:48am
Ross: 'Don't know why' Sox took approach

Speaking on a conference call following the announcement of his agreement with the Arizona Diamondbacks on a three-year, $26 million deal (with a fourth year club option), Cody Ross talked about his disappointment regarding the Red Sox' approach in negotiations.

"We just couldn't agree on terms," he said. "At some point -- just to be completely honest with you guys -- they thought I was going to come back no matter what. That I loved playing there, and I did. It's a great park. It's Fenway Park. How can you not love playing at Fenway, going to work every day there? But I just wanted to be treated fairly. I wasn't asking to be overpaid. I didn't want to break the bank and they weren't willing to do it. I'm sure there's reasons why. I don't know why. You have to ask them why. It just didn't work out."

According to a baseball source, the Red Sox didn't want to go beyond offering two years for Ross, who also drew interest from...

12/22/2012 - 9:12pm
Pats rule out Gronk, Spikes and Dennard

The Patriots have ruled out Rob Gronkowski, Brandon Spikes and Alfonzo Dennard for Sunday's game in Jacksonville. All three were limited this week in practice and were initially listed as "questionable" before the team ruled them out on Saturday night. 

Gronkowski, as first reported by the Boston Globe on Friday, will be missing his fifth straight game since breaking his left forearm against the Colts on Nov. 18. Spikes has spent the last several weeks on the injury report with a knee issue but was also limited this week with an ankle injury. After injury-shortened seasons in his first two seasons, Spikes has played in all 14 games this year, with Sunday marking his first game missed of the season. 

Spikes is second to Jerod Mayo on the team in tackles with 92 and is tied with Rob Ninkovich in forced fumbles with five. 

Dennard, the rookie cornerback out of Nebraska, injured his right knee late in the first half last...

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