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01/01/2012 - 9:25pm
Celtics roll behind Rondo's triple double

The Celtics could have made things easier on themselves against the Wizards on Sunday, but they'll take the wins any way they can get them right now. The C's escaped Washington with a 94-86 victory that was a lot closer than it needed to be after they opened up a 17-point halftime lead.

Rajon Rondo recorded his first triple-double of the season with 18 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds. He was dominant in the second half, helping the Celtics get through a rough stretch. Kevin Garnett also had his best game of the young season with 24 points and nine rebounds. Ray Allen added 13 points.

The Celtics are back in action on Monday night against the same Wizards at TD Garden, beginning a five-game homestand. It will be worth noting how they react to playing their second back-to-back of the season. Their first one ended in a terrible loss at New Orleans.

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01/01/2012 - 7:07pm
Gailey 'tired' of Stevie Johnson's act

FOXBORO -- Stevie Johnson was warned by Bills coach Chan Gailey not to cost the team again with a celebration penalty after his flag against the Jets on Nov. 27. True to his words, Gailey benched Johnson after his celebration following his first and only TD catch of the game in the first quarter. After hauling in an 18-yard TD from Ryan Fitzpatrick, Johnson lifted his jersey to reveal a T-shirt that read, "Happy New Year."

As was the case when he mocked Plaxico Burress shooting himself in the leg in November, the wide receiver picked up an excessive celebration penalty and the Bills were forced to kicked off from their 20.

"Well, what we said after we had an issue earlier in the season was, ‘If anybody got a penalty that hurt our football team for any kind of demonstration, that he was out that game and then we would decide about the next game.’ And so, if I say that, then I am going to do it, so he was out," Gailey...

01/01/2012 - 6:51pm
Gronk: Belichick play-call 'means a lot'

FOXBORO -- With backup Brian Hoyer in at quarterback and the Patriots leading, 49-21, Bill Belichick called a play for Rob Gronkowski with under a minute remaining. The 22-yard reception along the left sideline gave Gronkowski the new NFL receiving record for tight ends, as Gronkowski finished with 1,327 yards for the season, 17 more than Jimmy Graham of the Saints, who finished his game with the Panthers several minutes earlier. 

"Maybe, ha, ha, ha," Gronkowski joked when asked if he and the Patriots knew about the record. "Yeah, obviously, why else would we call a play at the end when we could knee it. It's just kind of obvious. I'm not going to lie about it. Yes, we knew. It means a lot, that they're willing to do that and we can take a knee and make sure no one gets hurt or anything. It's just an honor to play here. That's why I love to playing here, great teammates, great coaches and everyone is just [about] the team here. Nothing...

01/01/2012 - 6:36pm
Brady: 'Hope [O'Brien's] here for a long time'

When asked about the rumors suggesting Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien may be in line for the Penn State head coaching position after their 49-21 win over the Bills, both Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady chose not to elaborate on the matter.

"I don't know what's going to happen," Brady said. "I hope he's here for a long time. I told him that, too."

Belichick offered even less insight on the matter.

"Just trying to beat Buffalo today, and now we're moving on to whatever's next," the coach said when asked about the reports. "I don't have anything to say about any other situation other than the New England Patriots."

Brady did reiterate his admiration for O'Brien, whom he had well-publicized run-in with in the final minutes of the Patriots' Dec. 11 win against...

01/01/2012 - 5:44pm
Gronkowski sets tight end receiving mark

Thanks to a 22-yard reception from backup quarterback Brian Hoyer with 1:30 left in the Patriots' meeting with Buffalo Sunday, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski set the NFL record for most receiving yards in a season by a tight end. Gronkowski finished his second pro season with 1,327 yards, edging out New Orleans' tight end Jimmy Graham, who finished his year with 1,310 just moments before the Pats' TE's final grab in New England's 49-21 win over the Bills, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.

The Patriots' bench celebrated after the Gronkowski catch, which was made just in front of Pats' head coach Bill Belichick. New England followed the grab with Hoyer kneeling down three times to run out the clock.

Gronkowski had initially broken the record, previously held by Kellen Winslow (1980), early in the fourth quarter when he snatched a 19-yard pass from Tom Brady. The catch gave the tight end 1,296 yards on the season, surpassing Winslow's 1980 mark by...

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