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02/02/2012 - 11:01am
Report: Gronk to practice, will play Sunday

INDIANAPOLIS -- For the first time since injuring his left ankle in the AFC championship game, Patriots Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski will practice Thursday and will play in Super Bowl XLVI Sunday here at Lucas Oil Stadium, according to a tweet from ESPN's Adam Schefter

Gronkowski suffered what his father called a "high ankle sprain" when Bernard Pollard landed on it in the third quarter of the 23-20 win over the Ravens. 

Gronkowski said Thursday morning he continues to feel "better and better" every day, adding he hoped to get on the practice field and wake up in one of the next three days feeling 100 percent. He did not practice last week and missed full pads practice on Monday. He also did not get on the field on Wednesday, when the team released its first injury report of the week. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page...

02/02/2012 - 10:54am
Kraft hopes for 'most watched program' ever

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Super Bowl is traditionally one of the most-watched television programs every year. Patriots owner Robert Kraft - on the committee overseeing NFL broadcast rights - has even bigger hopes for Sunday. He's hoping Super Bowl XLVI passes the series finale of M*A*S*H in 1983.

"I hope this game Sunday is the most-watched program in the history of television," Kraft said Thursday morning. 

With his negotiating of a new TV deal as part of the new collective bargaining agreement, the players and owners resolved their differences on July 25. 

"We came this close to missing games," Kraft said "We were able to put this labor deal together and we promised the players that if we did this, they'd be the biggest beneficiaries. We did these media deals that put every NFL game for the next 11 years on over-the-air, free TV. There's no other sport that does that. The players will get 55 percent of...

02/02/2012 - 8:59am
Rodney 'haunted for months' by Tyree catch

NBC NFL analyst and former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, in an interview with the Dennis & Callahan show, said that he endured months of sleepless nights in the aftermath of the Patriots' 17-14 loss in Super Bowl XLII. The circus catch by David Tyree, with Harrison draped all over the receiver, played a critical role in the Giants' game-winning drive and left the defensive back to a withering self-assessment.

"I had an opportunity to change the course of the game and I blew it. I didn't make the play that I needed to make for that team and that organization," said Harrison. "You'll never see me having a lack of effort, but this game is about making plays. I made my fair share of plays in Super Bowl and AFC championships. But I let down the city of Boston area, the Patriots organization, my teammates. I didn't make the play that I should have made.

"It haunted me for months -- sleepless nights," ...

02/02/2012 - 7:57am
Mashup: Egypt soccer riot death toll at 74

More than 70 people were killed during a riot at a soccer game in Egypt on Wednesday, and fingers are being pointed at the police for failing to prevent fans from bringing weapons into the stadium and standing by while the melee exploded.

"People here are dying, and no one is doing a thing. It's like a war," said Mohammed Abu Trika, a star player for Al Ahly, which was upset by the home team, El Masry. "Is life this cheap?"

"The reason for this tragedy is the deliberate neglect and absence of the military and the police," said Essam el Erian, a senior lawmaker from the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm. Added el Erian: "This will not pass without punishment, a thousand punishments."

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup...

02/02/2012 - 12:24am
Pietrus hopes to be a Celtic 'for many years'

BOSTON -- After just 11 games on the Celtics, swingman Mickael Pietrus is so happy playing under coach Doc Rivers and alongside Kevin Garnett that he doesn't envision playing anywhere else for "years to come."

"Hopefully, I'll be a Celtic for many years to come," said Pietrus after the C's 100-64 blowout of the Raptors. "I've seen the other side of the sea, and the fish is different. I don't want to go back there."

Pietrus played five seasons for the Warriors and two for the Magic before splitting time between Orlando and the Suns last season. In ihs first 11 games for the Celtics, he's averaging 8.5 points and two 3-pointers a night.

"I think I fit extremely well on the team, and I'm very happy with my choice, because I picked the Celtics over all the teams," said the Guadeloupe native. "I love the Celtics."

Considering his performance on both ends so far for the C's, the feeling...

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