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.
Giardi and Price discuss the mega deal that CB Josh Norman signed with Washington and if he is worth it. They also relate it to the Pats and Malcolm Butler. Does the Norman deal mean that Butler is about to cash in and will the Pats go along for the ride? This leads to a discussion on other players the Patriots need to extend very soon.
Danny Vitale, the SuperBack - a fullback/TE hybrid type - joins GIardi and Price on NFL Sunday to discuss the process of entering the NFL Draft, the combine and interviewing with various NFL teams including your New England Patriots.
With the NFL draft only a few days away, Mike and Chris preview how things are shaping for the Pats and the rest of the league. It will be a strange this year since they don't have a first round pick - how will Belichick and company approach this dilemma? Also, would the Pats contemplate the idea of trading Jimmy G?
Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.
Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia after he had a two home run game, one of which was a grand slam that propelled the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves
We sit down with the Skipper of the Sox, manager John Farrell joins Dale, Holley and Thornton for his weekly visit.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy calls in to talk about her podcast and the "More Than Mean" tweets. The guys are now big fans.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss what the Patriots will be looking for on the second day of the draft.
After forfeiting their 1st round pick, the Pats get to join the party and draft some new young talent. The guys look at who the team might select over the weekend.
Kirk took more shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian, so the midday show guys respond.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about how much money Laremy Tunsil lost when his Twitter, Instagram, and iPhone photos were hacked. The gang also addresses some ESPN on ESPN crime as Dan LeBetard took a few shots at Todd McShay.
We continue to talk NFL Draft, Brady's new lawyer, the Celtics playoff bouncing, Roger Goodell's award tour and more... its all on the table on a freestyle friday.
We discuss the hiring of a top notch litigator by Brady and the NFLPA, and how it might have been sparked by Roger Goodell's neverending award tour where he continues to spew lies and half-truths to the public.
We discuss the Celts exit from the playoffs, the steps they took this season to be better, and what steps need to be taken to keep getting better in the future.
It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, plus they’re joined by Cassie, the Textress
The Revolution continue to sputter but all of a sudden Ben & Russ have switched their opinions on how they look. They also address the upcoming Copa America Centenario.
Schill joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk after his controversial Facebook post sparked outrage on social media.More from this show
Sausage tells the guys that he's moving onto greener (read: more lucrative) pastures. His potential replacement, Paul, is interviewed for the job.More from this show
As predicted, ESPN canned Curt Schilling regarding the North Carolina transgender laws. Glenn and Lou react.More from this show
Tomase calls in to defend his take on Curt Schilling being dismissed from ESPN.More from this show