FOXBORO -- The Patriots may have beaten the Cowboys, 20-16, on Tom Brady's 8-yard pass to Aaron Hernandez with 22 seconds remaining but the Cowboys felt they made a point in holding Wes Welker to six catches and a season-low 45 yards. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick was the defensive back assigned to Welker all afternoon by Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
"It was me versus him a lot," Scandrick said. "Pretty much, I followed him. I followed him a lot and we battled, tugging, pushing, it was a battle. What makes it tougher, when they're going no-huddle, sometimes he's making breaks and I'm not getting out [on him]. I'm not going to make excuses, they made more plays than us, they won the game. I tip my cap to them.
"I knew it was going to be a challenge. All of his routes have a second option between him and Tom. I won a lot of battles. I won more than I lost."
But, Welker did manage to beat Scandrick...
FOXBORO -- Tom Brady hit Aaron Hernandez on a crossing route in the end zone with 22 seconds left to lift the Patriots to a dramatic 20-16 win over the Cowboys in a mistake-filled game on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Dan Bailey converted a 26-yard field goal with just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter as the Cowboys took a three-point lead. Despite turning the ball over four times, the Patriots took sole possession of first place in the AFC East after the Bills fell to the Giants, 27-24, at MetLife Stadium earlier in the afternoon.
In an unexpected defensive battle, Brady struggled to get into any sort of offensive rhythm. After getting sacked four times last week against the Jets, Brady was sacked another three times on Sunday, twice by Pro Bowl linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Before the game-winning drive, Brady was just 19-of-32 for 211 yards and just one TD, a five-yard strike in the second quarter to Wes Welker, and a season-low QB rating...
FOXBORO -- For a second straight game, the Patriots will be without linebacker Jerod Mayo, who is healing his injured left knee. Mayo was one of the seven Patriots inactives for Sunday's game against the Cowboys at Gillette Stadium. Mayo returned to practice on Friday for the first time since hurting his left knee in the first half of the game against the Raiders in Oakland on Oct. 2 and was listed as questionable for Sunday. He missed last week against the Jets.
Also out of Sunday's game are safety Josh Barrett (hamstring/thumb), Ras-I Dowling (hip), Sergio Brown, Julian Edelman (ankle), Ryan Mallett and Sebastian Vollmer. Vollmer is out for the fifth time in six games this season with a bad back.
Danny Woodhead (ankle) and BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe) were both questionable for the game but have been cleared for duty.
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According to multiple sources familiar with the Red Sox managerial search, the team has no plans to bring in former Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch to interview for its managerial vacancy. While some rumors emerged suggesting that Hinch was the favorite to become the next Red Sox manager, one source characterized that assessment as "not at all true."
The Sox have only been able to perform due diligence thus far in their managerial search and will not begin interviewing candidates until after the status of GM Theo Epstein is resolved. Still, to date, the team has not discussed Hinch as a candidate once formal interviews get underway.
Hinch was 89-123 in parts of two seasons as the Diamondbacks manager, a position for which he was hired despite never having managed or coached in the majors or minors (he had served as the Diamondbacks farm director for four seasons). After being fired by the Diamondbacks in the middle of the 2010 season, he...
The Patriots are one of three teams interested in acquiring wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, according to Jay Glazer of Foxsports.com. Lloyd, currently with the Denver Broncos, is reportedly a candidate to be dealt before this week's NFL trade deadline, with the Rams and 49ers also apparently interested. (On the CBS pregame show, Charley Casserly indicated that the Titans could also be in the mix.) A 6-foot, 188-pounder out of Illinois, he has 19 catches for 283 yards in four games this season with the Broncos. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 5-2 victory over Cleveland.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox DH, who almost hit for the cycle in the win over the Indians at Fenway.
Torey joins Mike and Rob to discuss the last week for the Red Sox, Joe Kelly's awesome performance last night, if Clay Buchholz can figure things out, David Ortiz and more.
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.
Jim Polito of WTAG in Worcester joins us for a few minutes to talk about the district attorney and how the show should stick to sports.
Turtleboy from Turtleboy Sports joins the guys to talk about the cop killer.
The list of top 20 celebrities people masterbate to, Cosby is in trouble again, and Dupont wrote another column.
The guys start off the show talking about the latest Deflategate news and recap a full weekend of Red Sox action against the Indians.
Joe Kelly threw 6.2 no-hit innings in his first start since returning from the DL on Saturday, and Lou gets very exciting thinking about Joe Kelly and his potential.
DeMaurice Smith, the head of the NFL PA spoke out about why Tom Brady and his team are filing another appeal, and the guys break down what the latest Deflategate news means for Brady going forward.
We discuss the latest developments in the story that won't die (Deflategate) with the great Michael McCann of SI and UNH law school.
We discuss Joe Kelly's triumphant return from the DL, and why Michael isn't ready to back off of his stance on the pitcher just yet.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Celtics options with the third pick in the upcoming NBA draft, plus talk a little NBA semi-finals as we await word on whether Draymond Green will be suspended.
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with Comcast’s Phil Perry about the latest Deflategate news, what’s next for Tom Brady and what chance he might have when it comes to playing in the opener. The two also take a look at some guys on the roster bubble and which rookies have the best chance of having an impact in 2016 and beyond.
Former New England Football Pro Christian Fauria and one of Boston's premier sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons to the pro's, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care, discuss some of the recent injuries that have plagued the Boston Red Sox and how you can avoid similar injuries in your everyday life.
Rob Bradford sits down with both former Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell and current Sox three-bagger, Travis Shaw, for an in-depth discussion on what it's like to be a 6-foot-3, starting third baseman in Boston.
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