FOXBORO -- Tom Brady threw a pair of touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski and Gronkowski ran another in on a lateral and the Patriots woke up from an early slumber to handle the winless Colts, 31-24, Sunday at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots won their fourth straight to improve to 9-3, clinching their 11th straight winning season. The Colts dropped their 12th in a row and continued their march to what would be the second 0-16 season in NFL history.
Brady finished 29-of-33 for 293 yards and two touchdowns. Brady now has 291 touchdown passes in his career, tying him for Warren Moon for sixth in NFL history. Gronkowski now has 13 touchdown catches, tying him with Antonio Gates (2004) and Vernon Davis (2009) for the single-season NFL record for tight ends. Wes Welker had another big day, catching 11 passes for 114 yards.
With the Patriots starting Niko Koutouvides at linebacker, Matthew Slater at safety and newcomer Nate Jones at cornerback, the...
FOXBORO -- Devin McCourty is active for the first time since injuring his right shoulder on Nov. 13 against the Jets as the Patriots announced their seven inactive players prior to the game with Colts.
Patrick Chung once again leads the list of inactives, missing his fourth game with a right ankle injury. Chung suffered the injury in the loss to the Giants on Nov. 6.
Also inactive are right tackle Sebastian Vollmer (foot), Brandon Spikes (knee), rookie quarterback Ryan Mallett, running back Shane Vereen, starting center Dan Connolly (groin) and Dane Fletcher (thumb).
With Connolly out, Ryan Wendell gets the start at center, with Nick McDonald signed off the practice squad as his back-up. With Vollmer out, Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon, both rookies, are expected to see lots of playing time at right tackle.
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Former Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez, despite saying that he still has a desire to play, announced that he plans to officially retire from baseball.
"I'm going to [officially announce it], I'm going to do it," Martinez said during a weekend appearance in the Boston area. "But I want to throw a party, too. I want to make it part of every place that I'm going to be remembered and loved by the fans. I'm going to start by doing something in the Dominican, officially signing the papers, probably coming back to Boston and getting something going with you guys."
Martinez, 40, finished with a career record of 219-100 and a 2.93 ERA. The three-time Cy Young Award winner struck out 3,154 batters. He last pitched for the Phillies in their 2009 World Series loss to the Yankees, and since then he realized there was life after baseball.
The Bruins recalled defenseman Steven Kampfer and forward Jordan Caron from Providence Saturday night. The B's had sent the two players down Wednesday in order to get them some game action, with both players playing for Providence Friday and Saturday.
Caron had been a healthy scratch for the seven game prior to Wednesday's move, while Kampfer has played five games this season, regularly serving as the team's seventh defenseman.
Both players will travel with the team on their upcoming road trip.
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Chris Kelly scored on a perfect pass from Rich Peverley with just under seven minutes left in the second period to give the Bruins the lead for good in a 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs at TD Garden Saturday night. Tuukka Rask stopped 21-of-22 shots on the night to move over .500 on the season with a 4-3-1 record. Milan Lucic added two assists and has 10 points in four games against Toronto, all Boston wins.
After a scoreless first, the Bruins took a 1-0 lead when David Krejci fired a shot from between the circles past James Reimer. Mikhail Grabovski tied the game just 48 seconds later. That set the stage for Kelly's game-winner, his 10th goal of the season. The Bruins added insurance in the third as Johnny Boychuk fired a slap shot from the high slot that beat Reimer just over three minutes into the period. Nathan Horton added his seventh of the season on a wrister from the slot with just over five minutes for the final tally of the night....
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Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
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