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Dec 3, 2018
Absent Eovaldi steals show at Red Sox video premiere

Absent Eovaldi steals show at Red Sox video premiere

BOSTON — Free agent Nathan Eovaldi was the star of the Red Sox 2018 World Series highlight video, and he didnt even have to attend the red carpet premiere.The erstwhile starter, who pitched six innings in relief in the teams 18-inning, Game 3 loss, received a huge cheer whenever his name was mentioned by the dignitaries who shared the stage with the four World Series trophies the team has won since 2004. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was cheerfully heckled with shouts of Bring him back!Acquired at midseason to bolster the Red Sox rotation, Eovaldi was 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA...
Dec 3, 2018

Patriots notebook: Dont'a Hightower plays complete game

Patriots middle linebacker Dont’a Hightower participated in all but two of Minnesota’s offensive downs in Sunday’s 24-10 victory over the Vikings at Gillette Stadium.The 6-foot-3, 260-pound, first-round pick out of Alabama partook in 59 of the Vikings’ 61 snaps (97 percent) and finished the game with five tackles, one tackle for a loss and a quarterback hurry on Kirk Cousins.Bill Belichick yesterday touted Hightower’s physical and mental influence on the Patriots front seven.“High always does a good job, he’s a very smart player, he’s a very instinctive player,” Belichick...
Dec 3, 2018
Bruins notebook: Just a minor move for Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson

Bruins notebook: Just a minor move for Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson

After being sent down to AHL Providence during the weekend, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson was back practicing with the Bruins on Monday.The 22-year-old didn’t register a point or a shot in the P-Bruins game against Charlotte on Sunday, but with the road trip in Florida this week, the B’s need an extra forward.“I try to not get distracted by all those kinds of things,” Forsbacka Karlsson said. “I just try to, when I play, try to play my game and focus on that.”Even after being sent down, the plan was for Forsbacka Karlsson to be a part of the trip. But the Bruins want to make sure the...
Dec 3, 2018
Bulpett: Gordon Hayward adapts to new Celtics

Bulpett: Gordon Hayward adapts to new Celtics

There were cries among the foolish in recent weeks that Gordon Hayward had changed and never would be the same player the Celtics first signed. The critics were made to look a little like the legislator proclaiming climate change a hoax by holding up a snowball.Times change. Things change. The snowball melts. And, albeit in a very small sample, Hayward has warmed, as well. Saturday’s 30-point effort in a road win against Minnesota capped a back-to-throwback weekend that saw him hit 14-of-25 shots overall, including 5-of-8 3-pointers.But what’s even more interesting than a star player...
Dec 3, 2018
Kevin Duffy's Patriots report card

Kevin Duffy's Patriots report card

FOXBORO — Its not often that the first play actually sets the tone of an NFL game.The Vikings trip to Gillette Stadium on Sunday was an exception.Looking to get their dynamic running back in space against the Patriots linebackers, Kirk Cousins floated his first pass into the flat for Dalvin Cook. The pass was inaccurate, forcing Cook to reach high with his right arm.The ball fell to the ground. In a split-second, Cook joined the ball. Elandon Roberts came crashing in, leveling Cook and firing up the Patriots sideline.The rest of the game was much of the same: Lots of Cousins checkdowns,...
Dec 3, 2018
Bruins’ Charlie McAvoy takes another step towards return

Bruins’ Charlie McAvoy takes another step towards return

The Bruins might be getting closer to getting back one of their most important players.After sitting out since mid-October with a concussion, Charlie McAvoy took contact in practice for the first time Monday, just two days after speaking to the media for the first time and describing his process since being injured.There’s no timetable for his return, but getting on the ice and up to speed with the rest of the team is one of the final steps towards getting back to game action.“He’s going to have to get used to bodies around him and banging,” said Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy. “We...
Dec 2, 2018

Gallery: Patriots 24, Vikings 10

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Dec 2, 2018
Tom Brady runs to grand milestone

Tom Brady runs to grand milestone

FOXBORO — Tom Brady’s journey to quadruple digits began with a 9-yard gallop in the closing minutes of a disheartening loss to the Jets in 2001.Seventeen years and 576 rushing attempts later, Brady finally has reached the pinnacle.He’s a member of the 1,000-yard club.In the first quarter Sunday, Brady sensed a Vikings blitz, moved up in the pocket and sprinted forward for 5 yards as Minnesota defensive back Trae Waynes gave chase.The run, good for a Patriots first down, put Brady squarely at 1,000 rushing yards for his career. Of course, that number is subject to change in the...
Dec 2, 2018
For Patriots, it's 'mission accomplished' against Vikings

For Patriots, it's 'mission accomplished' against Vikings

Subtitle: Pats ready for December rollFOXBORO — There’s been some doubt about this Patriots team. Maybe they’re not as good as some other teams Bill Belichick has coached down the stretch of an NFL season, some that have gone on to win championships.Perhaps that will prove true. But it’s December. And this Patriots team accomplished an important mission to kick off the month, a month they usually dominate.The Minnesota Vikings were one of the toughest remaining games left on the schedule. It was an important domino to fall in the scheme of playoff seeding, and the Pats took care of...
Dec 2, 2018
James Develin’s reward for dirty work: two TDs

James Develin’s reward for dirty work: two TDs

Subtitle: Patriots fullback matched his career output in one gameJames Develin scored two touchdowns in his first 76 games as a member of the Patriots.He matched that total yesterday.The fullback made the most of his rare opportunities with the ball, scoring two short-yardage touchdowns in a 24-10 victory against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium. His other touchdowns came against the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 11 this year and the Houston Texans on Dec. 1, 2013.“It’s awesome, but I have to give all the props to the offensive line,” said Develin, who had a career-high four...
Dec 2, 2018
Keegan: Defense climbs ladder

Keegan: Defense climbs ladder

Subtitle: Momentum builds with another gemFOXBORO — As the world obsesses with the state of Tom Brady’s performance (strong yesterday) and Rob Gronkowski’s health (seemingly took a turn for the worse), something good is happening with the Patriots in the shadow of those ongoing dramas.The defense, much maligned early in the season, is on the rise. That never was more apparent than in big spots during Sunday’s 24-10 victory against the Vikings at Gillette Stadium.Yesterday’s challenges: Keep Vikes quarterback Kirk Cousins from getting comfortable enough to survey the field and wait...
Dec 2, 2018
Adam Thielen, Bill Belichick shouting match caught on camera

Adam Thielen, Bill Belichick shouting match caught on camera

Subtitle: Receiver unhappy after timely injury allows Patriots to challenge a playFOXBORO — Adam Thielen has been making headlines for his spectacular catches and all-around stellar play at wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings all season long.But during a sub-standard 5-catch, 28-yard performance against the New England Patriots on Sunday at Gillette Stadium, the receiver’s frustration showed when he got into a verbal confrontation with Pats coach Bill Belichick.In the fourth quarter, with Minnesota trying to assemble a comeback, the Vikings gained a first down. Pats safety Patrick...
Dec 2, 2018
Patriots stuff Vikings

Patriots stuff Vikings

Subtitle: Brady hits nine targets, sets more milestonesFOXBORO — The Vikings top cornerback entered Week 13 with a bum hamstring, and their second-best corner suffered a concussion early in the first half against the Patriots.This could mean only one thing.The Patriots were going to force-feed the ball to their running backs on screens and dump-offs.For the better part of this afternoon, it seemed like every pass Tom Brady attempted traveled less than five yards in the air. And despite severely outplaying the Vikings in the first half, the Pats were tied with the visitors, 10-10, late in...
Dec 2, 2018
Ryan Donato makes progress with Bruins

Ryan Donato makes progress with Bruins

Ryan Donato’s brief time in Providence did not magically yield the perfect 200-foot player. In the Bruins’ 4-2 loss to Detroit on Saturday, he did have a hand in the Red Wings’ tying goal in the second period, getting checked off the puck along the wall.But progress, it certainly seems, was made in his 10 games down on the farm. In his first game back up with the big club against the Islanders on Thursday, he did just about everything as the B’s grinded their way to a 1-1 tie then won the shootout on Donato’s pretty deke.And while he didn’t have as clean a game against the Red...
Dec 2, 2018
Celtics make strides in ability to win together

Celtics make strides in ability to win together

No one’s saying the code to this oft-confounding team has been cracked.But Kyrie Irving will admit that there’s been a change in the personal dynamics in the Celtics locker room. Or at least it seems that way right now, in the wake of Saturday night’s 118-109 win in Minnesota.“Night and day honestly, but it comes down to the circumstances we were afforded,” the Celtics guard said.“Someone told me the other day that we all wanted to win individually, but we all wanted to win on our terms. Our own terms. When you have your own individual intent, that can get in the way of the group...