FOXBORO — Randy Moss caught three touchdown passes for the ninth time in his career and Tom Brady was nearly perfect in throwing four TD passes on the day as the Patriots routed the Jacksonville Jaguars, 35-7, at Gillette Stadium to clinch the AFC East title. The Patriots assumed control of the game early when James Sanders stopped Maurice Jones-Drew on fourth-and-1 at the Jacksonville 35. Brady, who went over 4,000 yards passing for the season, found Moss on a 2-yard TD pass to start a run of 35 consecutive points. After his third TD catch of the game, Moss was spotted on the sideline laughing at the video board, which showed a fan in a Moss mask while the fans started chanting "Randy, Randy, Randy." Brady finished 23-of-26 for 267 yards while Wes Welker had 13 catches for 138 yards. The 10-5 Patriots will finish the season next week in Houston. For complete coverage, visit the Patriots blog...
FOXBORO -- Tailback Fred Taylor will suit up and play for the first time since injuring his right ankle on Oct. 4 against Baltimore. On the defensive line, Ty Warren [ankle] will play but Vince Wilfork [foot] is inactive. Patriots inactives are: Isaiah Stanback (3rd QB), CB Terrance Wheatley, CB Darius Butler, RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, OL Rich Ohrnberger, DL Titus Adams, NT Vince Wilfork and OL Nick Kaczur. Jaguars inactives: Tiquan Underwood, Courtney Greene, Tank Daniels, Cecil Newton, Tra Thomas, Paul McQuistan, Zach Potter, Greg Peterson. For more, visit the football blog It Is What It Is.
The University of Southern California closed out Boston College's football season tonight by beating the Eagles 24-13 in the Emerald Bowl at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Trojans' freshman quarterback Matt Barkley led the way with two touchdown passes and 350 passing yards. Full back Stanley Havili had the two touchdown receptions for USC. Dave Shinskie threw for a touchdown and an interception while Montel Harris had 102 yards and a touchdown for the Eagles.
Check The BC Blog for how it all played out.
Urban Meyer is stepping down as the head football coach at the University of Florida for personal health-related reasons. Meyer, who guided the Gators to the BCS Championship in 2006 and 2008, issued a statement through the school on Saturday night.“I have ignored my health for years, but recent developments have forced me to re-evaluate my priorities of faith and family. I’m proud to be a part of the Gainesville community and the Gator Nation and I plan to remain in Gainesville and involved with the University of Florida." Ironically, his final game as Gators head coach will come next Friday in the Sugar Bowl against his alma mater, the University of Cincinnati.
The Celtics reassigned rookie Lester Hudson to the NBA Development League's Maine Red Claws, the team announced on Saturday. This will be Hudson's second D-League stint this season. He was assigned to the Red Claws earlier this month and averaged 16.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists in three games. Visit the Green Street Blog for more information.
We check in for our weekly update from Bill Belichick and get his take on the Pats win over the Texans on the road, the benching of Stevan Ridley, and Antonio Smith's thinly veiled Spygate comments after the Texans lost.
Patriots’ defensive end, Rob Ninkovich, joins Mut and Merloni on a Patriots Monday after the team’s victory in Houston. Rob addresses the postgame comments of Texans’ defensive lineman Antonio Smith and the defense struggling against the run.
Tom Brady joined the show fresh off the teams 9th win of the season in Houston. He dismissed Antonio Smith's spying allegations and told the guys he has already moved on.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier talk with Jon Lester about contract negotiations, losing a teammate like Jacoby Ellsbury, the World Series run, and looking ahead to 2014.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back witht he Hot Stove Show. They talk about Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the New York Yankees, the Red Sox signings of AJ Pierzynski and Edward Mujica, and wrap it up with Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, who talks about the World Series run, losing a teammate like Ellsbury and looking towards 2014.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed the first ever dog custody battle in New York City.
The guys opened the show discussing the major court decisions for Alfonzo Dennard and Jameis Winston coming today. They also touched on the Lunenburg scandal.
Jackie Mac joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Rajon Rondo, the Celtics, and the Jacoby Ellsbury deal with the Yankees.
Johnny Damon joins Mut and Merloni to clear the air about his free agent signing with the Yankees and discusses Ellsbury's signing.
Mut and Merloni react to former Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the Yankees.
We check in with ESPN's great play-by-play man Mike Tirico for a look around the NFL, and a preview of Pats/Browns.
We tackle four topics centered on the movers and shakers in MLB right now.
We start talking about Robbie Cano and the reported 10 year, 240 million dollar contract on the table from the Mariners, and a little debate about him vs Pedroia broke out.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
Mike Lupica of the Daily News joined the show to give the New York reaction to the Ellsbury signing. He said that the Yankees drastically overpaid.More from this show
Buster Olney joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the Yankees and the possibility of the Red Sox trading for Andre Ethier.More from this show