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12/02/2012 - 6:02pm
Belichick: 'We've got a long way to go'

Bill Belichick and the Patriots celebrated the fact that the team won the AFC East for the 10th time in the last 12 seasons with Sunday’s victory over the Dolphins, but after the victory, the coach was quick to remind folks that there’s still a lot of football left to play.

“We’ve got along way go,” Belichick said. “We’ve still got a quarter of the season left, and that’s a lot of opportunities for us to improve, which we need to do. There’s certainly a lot of things that we can do better than what we did today. Coaching, playing, you know, everything. We’ll just keep working to get better each week.

“We’ve got a real good football team coming in. Getting ready for Houston, we know that’ll be a big challenge. We’ll get back to work here and take them on.”

Despite the fact that the Patriots offense struggled at times...

12/02/2012 - 5:09pm
Clinching success: Pats win game, AFC East

Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez combined for 20 catches and 200 yards receiving, and Stevan Ridley ran for a touchdown, as the Patriots beat the Dolphins, 23-16, Sunday at Sun Life Stadium. The win clinches New England's fourth straight AFC East title and their 10th in 12 seasons and their 12th straight winning season. 

By virtue of winning the division, the Patriots assure themselves of at least one home game in the playoffs. Tom Brady was sacked four times but still finished 24-of-40 for 238 yards while Ridley ran it 19 times for 71 yards and went over 1,000 yards rushing for the season. Welker finished with 12 catches on 18 targets and 103 yards, his 28th career 100-yard receiving game and his 16th with at least 10 catches. Hernandez added eight grabs on 13 targets and 97 yards. 

Trevor Scott, filling in for the suspended Jermaine Cunningham, had a key strip-sack in the first half and finished with two sacks on the day. 

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12/02/2012 - 2:34pm
Celtics send Joseph back to Red Claws

Now that Rajon Rondo has served his two-game suspension, the Celtics on Sunday sent rookie Kris Joseph back to the their NBA Development League affiliate in Maine.

The C's second-round pick played five minutes of Friday night's blowout agains the Blazers, recording his first two career points on a pair of free throws. He returns to Maine, where he averaged 25.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 block in two games for the Red Claws.

Over the weekend, Joseph discussed his inevitable return to the D-League with WEEI.com's Ben Rohrbach on the Green Street blog. For more on the Celtics, visit weei.com/celtics.


12/02/2012 - 1:51pm
Sox prospect Ranaudo (groin) shut down

Red Sox right-handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo, who was limited to 37 2/3 innings with Double-A Portland this year due to a succession of injuries, had his participation in the Puerto Rican Winter League came to a premature end after he suffered a right groin injury in his outing on Nov. 28.

Ranaudo lasted just 2/3 of an inning in his most recent start, permitting two runs (one earned) on two hits for Caguas before being lifted due to the injury. While a Red Sox source said that the injury was not considered as serious as the one that sidelined him for April (an injury that he incurred in the last week of spring training, then aggravated in early April), the team didn't want to take any chances of the pitcher suffering a more serious physical setback in his winter league.

The 23-year-old, who had been slated to work approximately 25-30 innings in Puerto Rico, was instead limited to just 9 1/3 innings in four outings, finishing with a 6.75 ERA,...

12/02/2012 - 12:38pm
Vollmer, Edelman active, Shiancoe inactive

After missing Thanksgiving night, starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer will return against the Dolphins on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium. Offensive lineman Mitch Petrus, tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, cornerback Derrick Martin and fullback James Develin are the gameday inactives for the Patriots. 

Those four players are added to the trio of Logan Mankins (ankle), Chandler Jones (ankle) and Rob Gronkowski (forearm) who were ruled out on Friday. 

Also active for the game is wide receiver Julian Edelman, who suffered a concussion on Thanksgiving night but returned to practice this week and was limited. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots


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