LANDOVER, Md. -- Just moments after making one of the most powerful runs in team history, Rob Gronkowski caught an 11-yard pass from Tom Brady for a first-quarter touchdown and a new NFL record.
Gronkowski ran a seam route into the end zone and caught the ball for his 14th receiving touchdown, the most by a tight end in any one season in NFL history. Antonio Gates (2004) and Vernon Davis (2009) had the previous record at 13.
One play before the record-breaking TD, Gronkowski caught a crossing route and fell to the ground untouchded. He got up and ran to the sideline, shaking off two would-be tacklers, including DeJon Gomes, whom Gronkowski flung off routinely at the Redskins 40. Gronkowski then rumbled down another 20 yards before being tripped up. He kept his balance long enough to get to the Redskins 11.
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LANDOVER, Md. -- Defensive lineman Gerard Warren and quarterback Ryan Mallett were announced Sunday as the final two inactive Patriots for today's game here against the Redskins.
Warren was not on the injury report all week while Mallett has been inactive for all but one game this season.
Sebastian Vollmer, Patrick Chung, Dan Connolly, Brandon Spikes and Shane Vereen were all ruled out before Sunday with various injuries. Additionally, linebacker Jermaine Cunningham was placed on injured reserve on Saturday with a hamstring injury.
The moves mean that two players are likely to make their 2011 debut for the Patriots today, as defensive end Eric Moore - signed on Saturday - and defensive back Malcolm Williams are active and available.
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The Bruins avoided a three-game losing streak, beating the team with the worst record in the NHL, the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-3, Saturday night in Columbus.
Leading the Bruins -- who fell into a 2-0 hole in the first period -- was Joe Corvo, who notched a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the third period. Zdeno Chara, Nathan Horton and Chris Kelly also lit the lamp for the visitors. Three of the scores came on the power-play for the B's.
The bad news for the Bruins came in the second period when Chara was forced to leave the game after suffering what appeared to be a leg injury after a check by Columbus' Antoine Vermette.
The Bruins' starting goalie, Tim Thomas, was pulled after saving 22 of 25 shots through two periods. He was replaced by Tuukka Rask for the third period, with the backup netminder stopping all 11 of the shots he faced. It marked the first time since March 19 that Thomas had been pulled from a game.
The Patriots announced Saturday night that safety Patrick Chung, offensive lineman Dan Connolly, linebacker Brandon Spikes and running back Shane Vereen have all been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Redskins.
Chung (foot) has been sidelined since the end of a Nov. 6 loss to the Giants. In that same game, Spikes (knee) also suffered an injury that has kept him on the shelf since early last month. Meanwhile, Connolly has been slowed by a groin injury over the last month or so (he'll miss his third straight game), and Vereen has struggled with hamstring problems over the course of his rookie season.
They join offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer, who has suffered back and foot injuries over the course of the season, and was officially downgraded to out on Friday.
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Kyle Casey scored 20 points and Laurent Rivard added 18 Saturday at Agganis Arena as 25th-ranked Harvard rolled past Boston University, 76-52.
Harvard broke open a close game in the first half with a 16-0 run to take a 37-21 lead into the break. The Crimson scored the first two baskets of the second half and never led by less than 17 points the rest of the way.
Casey also grabbed nine rebounds for Harvard (9-1), which was coming off its first loss of season at UConn Thursday. Rivard did his damage from downtown, hitting 6-of-7 3-pointers.
Darryl Partin led BU (4-6) with 12 points, while Patrick Hazel contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Rob Bradford is joined by Lou Merloni to talk life in spring training, his toiletries, sleeping arrangements, and facing off with Red Sox personnel that he might have been critical of. Rob and Lou also get into the dynamic of electronic and print media when it comes to ripping the Red Sox.
Pete, Bradford, and Tomase are talking all about the Boston Red Sox, who opened spring training on Monday with pitchers and catchers reporting. They talk about what the Red Sox approach at the plate will be to replace the loss of David Ortiz bat, the impact of some players participating in the WBC, and of course the pitching rotation.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Hour 4. Evan Drellich joins the show. A fight for the ages ensues.
Hour 3. Kirk and Gerry react to their interview with Sale.
Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale joins the show.
Lou didn't want to talk about it on the air, but Mut pried it out of him: Lou is pissed at Trenni for the way she handled the much-anticipated John Farrell interview.
Lou left the show for a spell to record an interview with John Farrell. When he returned, he let Mut, Christian and the listeners know that it was not a loving affair.
Celtics fans have been waiting for fireworks from Danny Ainge since his comments in April of 2014. As the trade deadline nears, Mut and Christian wonder how pissed off Celtics fans will be if nothing happens on Causeway.
Dale Arnold, Michael Holley and Rich Keefe continue to discuss what the Celtics need to add in the off-season, but tucked in the middle is yet another Holley vs Keefe blowout regarding DeMarcus Cousins and his trade.
Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss the Bruins and their great run under new coach Bruce Cassidy, but that the good play doesn't mean they shouldn't add something to the team at the deadline.
Dale, Michael and Rich discuss the Jets/Revis tampering case as new details continue to become available.
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Michael Holley for the first time on the podcast. Kirk and Michael have hosted shows together in the past but have never had a candid conversation about WEEI. Kirk and Michael talk about Holley's career in radio, his best selling books, and what his assessment of the current WEEI is. There are a lot of interesting behind the scene nuggets for anybody who has listened to WEEI over the years. This episode is brought to you by hellofresh.com. For Enough About Me listeners go to hellofresh.com and use the promo code kirk35 for $35 off your first week of deliveries.
Rich Keefe & Ryan Davey talk best and worst movie/TV presidents. Plus the always important "This Week in #DORK" and the Pick of the Podcast.
Ken Laird is in Boston, Chris Curtis in Ft. Myers and the guys find a way to produce a Tuesday post-show recap of K&C on location at Red Sox camp
The reigning American Cy Young Award winner (Rick Porcello) and Red Sox set-up man (Joe Kelly) share a meal, some drinks, stories and conversation with Rob Bradford at Twin Peaks Restaurant in Fort Myers.
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