<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - Sports]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcboston.com/news/sports http://media.nbcboston.com/designimages/clear.gif NBC10 Boston https://www.nbcboston.com en-usThu, 15 Nov 2018 04:12:29 -0500Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:12:29 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Kirk Minihane Leaving WEEI to Launch National Show]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:36:28 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/minihane2.jpg

Kirk Minihane's time with WEEI has come to an end, he and the radio station announced Wednesday.

Minihane, the controversial co-host of "Kirk & Callahan," will launch his own show, podcast and column on Radio.com, WEEI said.

Minihane has been on indefinite leave from his WEEI show amid his battle with mental health issues. He will be on "Kirk & Callahan" Thursday to discuss his future.

"I'm extremely excited to return to the air and reach a national audience, with greater autonomy to focus on a variety of topics, and even more digital platforms to connect with my fans," Minihane said in a statement on WEEI's website. "It's been awesome to be part of WEEI and I know Gerry [Callahan] and Mut (Mike Mutansky) will continue to put on a great show."

WEEI said its morning show was "being re-envisioned as a more sports-centric show consistent with the station's brand and position as Boston's sports leader."

"I want to thank the listeners for their patience and loyalty over the past several weeks, and I can't wait to get started on RADIO.COM," Minihane said in his statement.



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<![CDATA[Kirk Minihane Going on 'Indefinite Leave' From WEEI Show]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:32:19 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/minihane2.jpg

Kirk Minihane, the controversial co-host of WEEI's "Kirk & Callahan" show, is going on indefinite leave as he battles mental health issues.

"Truth is I came back to work too fast," Minihane tweeted Thursday.

Minihane said last month that he had been hospitalized after having "suicidal thoughts."

"I've talked a lot about my issues with depression, and I've battled it the last three months or so," Minihane said in a tweet on Aug. 9. "Last Thursday night I checked into the ER at Winchester Hospital with suicidal thoughts. I was then moved to McLean, where I was treated and released earlier this week."

The broadcaster returned to work the following day.

Minihane discussed his struggles with depression at length on that next show, saying it's a "real thing" and he hopes that talking about it might help others.

"Mental illness is as real as any other illness," Minihane said on Aug. 10. "People have to know that — that's all.

"I've had it my whole life and I've never been knocked down like I have the last month," he continued. "For a couple weeks it was like I was having a heart attack all the time."

SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: Here is information on suicide prevention from the National Institute of Mental Health. If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting ‘Home’ to 741741.



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<![CDATA[Red Sox Extend Alex Cora's Contract]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:44:50 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/alex_cora_3543.jpg

The Red Sox have agreed to a contract extension with manager Alex Cora after a fantastic start to his tenure with the team.

Cora's contract, which was set to expire in 2020, was extended through 2021 with a team option for the 2022 season, the Red Sox said.

The Red Sox hired Cora, then a bench coach, away from the Houston Astros in October of 2017, after the Astros beat the New York Yankees in the ALCS and before they beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. In his first year as manager, Cora led Boston past the Yankees, Astros and Dodgers to win the 2018 World Series.

The 108-54 record Cora's Red Sox achieved in the regular season is the best in team history. Only Ralph Houk, skipper of the 1961 Yankees, had a better record as a rookie manager. Houk's team won 109 games.

"Alex did a tremendous job for our club all year long and we wanted to reward him for his efforts after an amazing season," President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. "We are extremely happy that he will be with us and leading our club on the field."

"Since day one, John and Linda Henry, Tom Werner, Mike Gordon, Sam Kennedy, and Dave Dombrowski have been incredibly supportive of me and my family, and for that I am extremely grateful," Cora said in a statement. "For me, 2018 was not only historic, but it was special as well, both on and off the field. We have a great appreciation for our accomplishments this past year, but now our focus moves forward to the season ahead and defending our World Series title."

The ring was Cora's first as a manager, but he won one as an infielder on the 2017 Red Sox, as well.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Brutal Hit That Led to Basketball Player's Suspension]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:31:58 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/208*120/image76.jpg

A Massachusetts university has suspended and barred a member of its men's basketball team from campus after a vicious elbow to the face of an opponent during a game on Tuesday night.

Fitchburg State University said in a statement Wednesday that junior guard Kewan Platt has been "indefinitely suspended" from the team and barred from campus effective immediately. According to his bio on the school website, Platt is from Jamaica Plain and is studying criminal justice.

The incident took place during a game between Fitchburg and Nichols College, both Division III schools from Massachusetts.

Video of the incident, which has been widely circulated on social media, shows Nichols College guard Nate Tenaglia shooting a three-pointer. As he follows through, Platt is seen jogging toward Tenaglia and delivering an elbow to Tenaglia's head. Tenaglia falls to the ground, clutching his face.

Platt was assessed his second technical of the game and ejected, according to Yahoo Sports. Tenaglia stayed in the game and hit the two free throws.

"He’s an extremely tough kid," Nichols coach Scott Faucher told Yahoo. "He took the shot, rallied his teammates together and went right to the free throw line.” 

Nichols went on to win the game 84-75. 

Fitchburg State said the case is being reviewed at the student conduct level for consideration of further sanctions.

"The Fitchburg State community is appalled by the conduct displayed during Tuesday night's home basketball game," the school said in its statement. "His behavior is antithetical to our community values and good sportsmanship. Fitchburg State does not tolerate behavior that violates those standards."

The Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference said it has also vacated Platt's player of the week award.

"His behavior goes against the MASCAC's mission, which includes good sportsmanship," Commissioner Angela Baumann said in a statement. "On behalf of the MASCAC and Fitchburg State, we apologize to the Nichols College student-athlete, the team and institution.

Nichols College Athletic Director Chris Colvin said in a statement that he was "troubled by the unfortunate incident" but relieved that Tenaglia was able to finish the game.

"We are proud of the way our student-athletes handled the incident and that they did not allow it to escalate," he said. "We are aware that the Fitchburg State administration is handling the matter."



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<![CDATA[Bruins Goalie Tuukka Rask Returns to Practice After Leave]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 10:39:34 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/rask1.jpg

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask returned to practice on Tuesday after a leave of absence due to a personal matter.

Rask was the first player on the ice for Tuesday's practice, according to multiple media reports.

The goaltender was granted a leave of absence on Friday and missed the team's games on Saturday and Sunday. The team won both games without him and are next scheduled to play on Wednesday night in Colorado.

Little has been said about the reasons for Rask's leave, although General Manager Don Sweeney did say it was not health related.

Rask did not start the last game he played on Thursday, but replaced starting goalie Jaroslav Halak after Halak allowed five goals on 19 shots. Rask went on to let in three goals on the first eight shots he faced, including a misplay of a clearing attempt that led to the Canucks' seventh goal.

"I was just trying to keep it under 10,'' Rask said sarcastically after the game. "Just trying to do damage control as it was kind of a crazy game."

Rask, 31, a native of Finland, is having one of his worst seasons. In eight games, his record is 4-4 and his goals against average is 3.05, the highest since his first year in 2007-2008.

He won a Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011 as the backup to Tim Thomas, and won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goaltender in 2013. His salary for this year is $7 million.



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<![CDATA[Patriots Confirm Gronk Out for Game Against Titans]]> Sun, 11 Nov 2018 12:40:42 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/227*120/new-england-patriots-rob-gronkowski-22718.jpg

The New England Patriots have confirmed that the team's star tight end Rob Gronkowski won't play in this Sunday's game against Tennessee.

Reports had been circulating that Gronkowski won't hit the field as he heals up his back and ankle.

Sunday's game against the Titans will be the third game he's missed so far this season due to injuries. He had been listed as questionable earlier this week.

"It's been more challenging, but it's just a little more obstacles in the way. I mean, it's life. You gotta take 'em on. That's what I'm doing," Gronkowski said Friday, NBC Sports Boston reported.

Gronk previously missed last Sunday's game against the Packers and Week 7's game against the Bears.

The Patriots face the Titans in Nashville at 1 p.m. on Sunday.



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<![CDATA[POLL: Which Is the Best Team in the Eastern Conference?]]> Sat, 10 Nov 2018 21:23:43 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/198*120/boston-celtics-kyrie-irving-110618.jpg

NBC10 Boston Sports Live wants to know which team you think is the best in the Eastern Conference.



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<![CDATA[Report: Gronk Out for Patriots' Game Against Titans]]> Sat, 10 Nov 2018 14:09:21 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/227*120/new-england-patriots-rob-gronkowski-22718.jpg

New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski reportedly won't play in this Sunday's game against Tennessee.

A source tells NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that Gronkowski won't hit the field as he heals up his back and ankle.

"The team is taking the smart, cautious approach to making sure he's back after the bye at full strength to close the season strong," Rapoport's source told him.

Sunday's game against the Titans will be the third game he's missed so far this season due to injuries. He had been listed as questionable earlier this week.

"It's been more challenging, but it's just a little more obstacles in the way. I mean, it's life. You gotta take 'em on. That's what I'm doing," Gronkowski said Friday, NBC Sports Boston reported.

Gronk previously missed last Sunday's game against the Packers and Week 7's game against the Bears.

The Patriots face the Titans in Nashville at 1 p.m. on Sunday.



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<![CDATA[Red Sox Broadcaster Jerry Remy Announces He's Cancer Free]]> Sat, 10 Nov 2018 13:47:04 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Jerry_Remy_Diagnosed_Again_With_Cancer.jpg

Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy announced Saturday morning he's now cancer free.

"Friday was a very good day for me," he wrote on Twitter. "Had my first scan since going through treatments. Highly successfull. Cancer free for now and hopefully forever. So pleased !!!!"

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The NESN commentator announced he had been diagnosed with cancer again in early August, but stayed upbeat as he told fans he would "never quit" fighting.

This has not been the 65-year-old's first brush with cancer. He was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008, relapsed in 2013 and again twice in 2017.

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Remy has been providing color commentary for the Red Sox since 1988, and played second base for the team from 1978 to 1984. He was also at the Red Sox' World Series championship parade to hype up the crowd.

He was a longtime smoker and has previously spoken out to encourage regular medical check ups.

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<![CDATA[Surfers Tackle Some of the World’s Biggest Waves]]> Fri, 09 Nov 2018 20:23:21 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/screenshot+%281%291.jpg

Nazarene, Portugal is home to a lot of surfing records because of an underwater Nazarene canyon

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<![CDATA[Bruins Goalie Tuukka Rask Granted Leave of Absence]]> Fri, 09 Nov 2018 18:37:02 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/rask1.jpg

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has been granted a leave of absence relating to a personal matter.

"Effective today, Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has been granted a leave of absence relating to a personal matter," the Bruins said in a one-line statement.

"It’s not health related," General Manager Don Sweeney told the media Friday. "It’s important to respect his privacy and allow him to deal with it for the next few days."

The Bruins last played on Thursday, losing 8-5 to the Vancouver Canucks at the TD Garden. 

Rask did not start the game, but replaced starting goalie Jaroslav Halak after Halak allowed five goals on 19 shots. Rask went on to let in three goals on the first eight shots he faced, including a misplay of a clearing attempt that led to the Canucks' seventh goal.

"I was just trying to keep it under 10,'' Rask said sarcastically after the game. "Just trying to do damage control as it was kind of a crazy game."

Rask, 31, a native of Finland, is having one of his worst seasons. In eight games, his record is 4-4 and his goals against average is 3.05, the highest since his first year in 2007-2008.

He won a Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011 as the backup to Tim Thomas, and won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goaltender in 2013. His salary for this year is $7 million.

The Bruins' next game is on Saturday night in Boston against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Halak is expected to start in goal.



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<![CDATA[Watch Cowboys-Eagles on Sunday Night Football]]> Fri, 09 Nov 2018 11:29:33 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/cowboyseagles.jpg

NBC has you covered for Sunday night's Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles game.

Pre-game coverage starts at 7 p.m. on NBC10 Boston, with kickoff at 8:20. You can watch on TV, on desktop and on mobile devices.

Here’s what you need to know:

On TV: Watch the game on NBC10 Boston starting at 7 p.m. Here's where to find NBC10 Boston where you live.

On Desktop or Mobile Devices: Watch the game on desktop and mobile by clicking here. For mobile, you will be prompted to download the NBC Sports App if you haven't already. If you already have the app downloaded, you will immediately be directed to the mobile viewing experience.



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<![CDATA[Steelers Star Antonio Brown Caught Driving Over 100 mph]]> Thu, 08 Nov 2018 16:38:01 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/brown+speeding1.jpg

Pittsburgh Steelers Receiver Antonio Brown was cited for reckless driving for speeding over 100mph in his Porsche on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Sox Adviser Taking Heat Over Claim Players Are Replaceable]]> Thu, 08 Nov 2018 15:50:37 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1054825192.jpg

The Red Sox are distancing themselves from the recent claims of senior adviser Bill James and his comments that players are replaceable.

“If the players all retired tomorrow, we would replace them, the game would go on; in three years it would make no difference whatsoever. The players are NOT the game, any more than the beer vendors are,” James wrote on Wednesday.

The Red Sox issued a response on Thursday saying James does not speak for the club.

"His comments on Twitter were inappropriate and do not reflect the opinions of the Red Sox front office or its ownership group," the Red Sox statement read in part. "Our Championships would not have been possible without our incredibly talented players."

James is a famed baseball historian and the father of Sabermetrics, the application of statistical analysis to evaluate and compare the performance of individual players.

His comments drew the ire of some players and Tony Clark, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association and a former Red Sox player.

"The comments Bill James made yesterday are both reckless and insulting considering our game's history regarding the use of replacement players," Clark said in a statement issued Thursday. "The Players ARE the game. And our fans have an opportunity to enjoy the most talented baseball Players in the world every season. If these sentiments resonate beyond this one individual, then any challenges that lie ahead will be more difficult to overcome than initially anticipated."

Astros pitcher Justin Verlander and former star Torii Hunter took to social media regarding James.

The Red Sox issued this tweet with a statement responding to James' opinion.



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<![CDATA[Mookie Betts Announces Birth of His Daughter]]> Wed, 07 Nov 2018 09:23:51 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/219*120/GettyImages-1055764566.jpg

The good news just keeps on rolling for Mookie Betts.

The Boston Red Sox outfielder is already a World Series champion, and now he’s a first-time father. On Tuesday, Betts announced the birth of his daughter with an Instagram post.

"Never knew what unconditional love meant or how it felt until I met this little princess," the baseball player said.

Congratulations!

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<![CDATA[PawSox Seek Suggestions for New Team Name]]> Tue, 06 Nov 2018 16:04:38 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Worcester+Red+Sox+Stadium+Rendering.jpg

The Pawtucket Red Sox, the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, are asking fans to come up with a new team name as the club gets ready to move from Pawtucket, Rhode Island to Worcester, Massachusetts.

The team announced in August they were building a new ballpark and a multi-million-dollar redevelopment project in Worcester's Canal District. The team will begin playing at the new Polar Park in 2021.

According to a news release from club President Charles Steinberg, not all fans want the team name to be 'WooSox'.

"We have heard from those who would like to call the team the WooSox, and we have heard impassioned pleas from others to not call them the WooSox," Steinberg said in a statement obtained by WJAR-TV.

Fans can submit their name ideas on the MILB website until Nov. 26.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Blackhawks Fire Head Coach Joel Quenneville]]> Tue, 06 Nov 2018 11:08:12 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-922407176.jpg

In a stunning move Tuesday morning, the Chicago Blackhawks fired head coach Joel Quenneville and assistant coaches Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson. Jeremy Colliton will replace Quenneville as the Blackhawks' 38th head coach. 



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<![CDATA[Brady Plans on Being Around for 2022 Matchup With Rodgers]]> Mon, 05 Nov 2018 17:02:28 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1057534592.jpg

Evidence continues to mount that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is planning to play until he's at least 45 years old.

After Sunday night's 31-17 win over the Packers, the 41-year-old Brady told Peter King of NBC Sports that "he fully intends to be around" for the Patriots' next matchup with Green Bay and quarterback Aaron Rodgers in 2022.

"I'd like to go till I'm 45," Brady added. "I know I said that a hundred times, and no one believes me. But I mean, I feel good. I could go play another game tomorrow. I know what to do. It's fun. What else would you rather do than run out in front of 70,000 people and throw a football?"

The Patriots are now 7-2 and in first place in the AFC East. They travel to Nashville next weekend to take on the Tennessee Titans at 1 p.m. before their bye week, and return from the bye over Thanksgiving weekend in New Jersey against the New York Jets.



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<![CDATA[Pats Triumphant Against Green Bay Packers]]> Mon, 05 Nov 2018 05:03:24 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000019516152_1200x675_1362015299562.jpg

The Pats did it again! They’re on a roll as Tom Brady faced off against Aaron Rodgers on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 at Gillette Stadium.

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<![CDATA[IMAGES: The Red Sox Arrive at Gillette Stadium in Style]]> Sun, 04 Nov 2018 21:23:52 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/gettyimages-1057425196-594x594.jpg

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<![CDATA[Patriots Drop Packers, Improve to 7-2]]> Mon, 05 Nov 2018 06:58:08 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1057421646.jpg

Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers lived up to the hype in the sense of it being a compelling game into the fourth quarter.

Costly mistakes were bound to catch up with the Green Bay Packers, however, and right on cue, 14 unanswered points in the game’s final period propelled the New England Patriots to a 31-17 victory on Sunday Night Football.

The Patriots improved to 7-2 on the season with the win and remain a game back of the Kansas City Chiefs for the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoff structure.

New England turned a Green Bay fumble at the Patriots' 34-yard line into points, as James White scored on the drive which followed Lawrence Guy’s forced fumble and Stephon Gilmore’s recovery of an Aaron Jones error.

White's run put New England ahead for good, 24-17, with 10:06 to go in the fourth quarter.

Rodgers was sacked by Trey Flowers and Adrian Clayborn on third down on the next possession for the Packers, forcing Green Bay to punt.

"The way he plays quarterback, how he's able to extend [plays] with his legs and continue to look downfield," Flowers said of Rodgers' ability to keep broken plays alive. "Being able to rush him aggressively but also contain him, we were definitely conscious of it. I think we did an alright job." 

"They just adjusted really well," Rodgers said, complimentary of New England's defense. "We got some things going and then they adjusted. We had some momentum there in the third quarter and the fourth and then obviously the unfortunate fumble and then we just didn’t – I missed a couple opportunities there in the fourth quarter to get the ball to 'Te [Davante Adams], probably would have given us a better chance."

Three plays later, Tom Brady threw his only touchdown pass of the game to Josh Gordon, a 55-yard strike which exposed all kinds of blown coverages in the secondary for the Packers. Green Bay corner Tramon Williams badly whiffed trying to tackle Gordon, who finished with five catches for 130 yards -- his most in a Patriots uniform. He continues to earn his way into Brady's circle of trust, earning crucial targets on third and fourth downs throughout the game.

"We made some plays in the fourth quarter when we needed to, and anytime you beat a good football team, it feels good," Brady said. "So, 7-2, it’s a long ways from 1-2 where we were. We strung together a lot of wins playing good football and we’ve got to keep it going."

None of this is to say that New England's offense gelled throughout the game. An easy opening drive, which also ended in a rushing touchdown for White, didn't fortell the struggles the Patriots would encounter without Rob Gronkowski, Sony Michel and Shaq Mason available.

The absence of the skill position players is obviously something that can't be seen as a positive moving forward, but it did one player an opportunity to shine at various points in the game. 

Cordarrelle Patterson is now the featured back for the Patriots, apparently. He had a 5-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter to help give New England a 17-10 lead heading into the break, finishing the game with 61 yards on the ground in all.

"He's a versatile guy," Bill Belichick said of Patterson. "He can play receiver, he can certainly carry the ball, he can return kicks and also play in other areas of the kicking game."

In terms of the Brady vs. Rodgers duel that was highly anticipated, neither quarterback fully delivered gaudy numbers on the stat sheet. Brady finished the night 22 for 35 for 294 yards and a touchdown, while Rodgers was 24 for 43 for 259 yards and two touchdowns. 

White finished the game with six catches for 72 yards, giving him 61 on the season -- a new career high. He's tied for second overall in the NFL in receptions with Eagles tight end Zach Ertz and Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. He's on pace to finish the season with 108 catches, which would establish a new record for NFL running backs. The record is currently held by Matt Forte, who caught 102 passes out of the backfield in 2014 with the Chicago Bears.

The loss dropped the Packers to 3-4-1, 1 1/2 games out of first place in the NFC North.

The Patriots aren't home again until Sunday, Dec. 2, when they host the Minnesota Vikings. They travel to Nashville next weekend to take on the Tennessee Titans at 1 p.m. before their bye week, and return from the bye over Thanksgiving weekend in New Jersey against the New York Jets.



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<![CDATA[Red Sox Honored at Gillette Stadium]]> Sun, 04 Nov 2018 21:39:25 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/212*120/alex+cora+and+tom+brady.JPG

The Boston Red Sox arrived to Gillette Stadium in style on Sunday night.

The 2018 World Series champions paraded into the stadium on a duck boat before being honored for their big win.

The stadium was packed with cheering fans.

Steve Pearce, the MVP of the Series, opened up the locker room doors for the Patriots, who are hosting the Green Bay Packers in Foxborough Sunday night.

And then, of course, there were photo ops with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

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<![CDATA[Rob Gronkowski Inactive for Patriots vs. Packers]]> Sun, 04 Nov 2018 19:38:24 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/204*120/new-england-patriots-rob-gronkowski-podium-92618.jpg

Tight end Rob Gronkowski is one of seven inactive players for the Patriots on Sunday Night Football vs. the Green Bay Packers.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier in the day that there was concern over the availability of both Gronkowski and running back Sony Michel. Turns out, neither will play for the Patriots tonight. Gronkowski has been dealing with an ankle and back injury, while Michel is still hurting from a knee injury he suffered vs. the Bears on Oct. 21.

It's the second time in three weeks New England will be without Gronkowski, as he also missed the team's game vs. Chicago. He returned to action vs. Buffalo last week on Monday Night Football, making three catches for 43 yards, but once again coming up shy of the end zone. Gronkowski has just one touchdown on the season, way back in Week 1 vs. Houston.

Guard Shaq Mason, tight end Jacob Hollister, offensive linemen Cole Croston and Brian Schwenke and linebacker Nic Grigsby will also miss Sunday's contest vs. the Packers, who are 3-3-1 and in third place in the NFC North.

Green Bay is winless on the road in 2018. It's the first time Aaron Rodgers has been active for the Packers at Gillette Stadium; the last time Green Bay played in Foxboro, in 2010, Rodgers was inactive. 

Wide receiver Julian Edelman, who was also listed as questionable, will play for the Patriots. Right tackle Marcus Cannon is also back after missing the last two games with a concussion.

The Packers beat the Patriots the last time the teams play, 26-21, in the 2014 regular season at Lambeau Field.



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<![CDATA[VOTE: Which Boston Team Will Win a Championship Next?]]> Sun, 04 Nov 2018 12:34:13 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/161*120/boston-red-sox-chris-sale-ws-celebration.jpg

Sure, the Red Sox just won the World Series, but this is Boston, the city of champions. So it's never too early to wonder who's up next.

The NBC10Boston Sports Live pollsters want to know "Which Boston sports team do you think will be the next to win a championship?" Here's your chance to vote and be counted.

The results will be featured on NBC10 Boston Sports Live Sunday night immediately following the news.



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<![CDATA[Alex Cora, Red Sox Take World Series Trophy to Puerto Rico]]> Sat, 03 Nov 2018 21:32:20 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/193*120/Boston+red+sox+in+PR+8.JPG

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora took the 2018 World Series trophy to Puerto Rico on Saturday to celebrate the team’s championship in his hometown of Caguas, an area hit hard by Hurricane Maria.

"It was cool...I knew it was gonna be a special day. It's a different vibe, not to take away from where we play and the celebration up there, that was great. That was very gratifying. But here, it's a different flavor," Cora said of their trip.

Cora said bringing the trophy home means a lot to him and to his family. He was also happy that some of the team's players and staff got to see how proud his hometown is of them.

When asked about being the first manager from Puerto Rico in the MLB, Cora said he doesn't like to talk about it.

"I never put limits on my job. I always say, if somebody sees you as capable, I was gonna get the job. I know where I'm from, I know what it means, I know all of the history, I know all of that stuff. I just don't like talking about it because, in the end, if you put limits on yourself, you're going to be limited," he said.

Cora was joined on the celebratory trip by a handful of players, including catchers Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez, pitchers David Price and Eduardo Rodriguez, and infielder/outfielder Brock Holt.

“Alex told me about the trip and he knows I’m in,” Vazquez said at the gala Friday night.

“We just want to go to make people happy," Rodriguez added.

A number of Boston team officials also embarked on the trip, including Chairman Tom Werner, President and CEO Sam Kennedy, assistant hitting coach Andy Barkett, first-base coach Tom Goodwin, and advance scouting/statistical analysis coach Ramon Vazquez, as well as members of the Red Sox front office.

“I know how important it is for my hometown to see the trophy, see the guys and have fun,” Cora said Friday night at the 3rd Annual Pedro Martinez Foundation Gala. “That’s what it’s all about.”

Cora’s hometown Mayor William Miranda Torres greeted the plane upon arrival in Puerto Rico and is escorting the Red Sox to Caguas, which is located about 16 miles south of San Juan.

Mayor Torres told NBC10 Boston's sister station Telemundo Boston, “In this moments that we are traveling through rough times in Puerto Rico, the fiscal and economical challenges that we are having, and he [Cora] accomplished this, it’s very significant.”

Saturday’s trip, which is being well documented on social media, was made in partnership with JetBlue. The team's official airline provided a Red Sox-themed plane for the flight to Puerto Rico and said it will make a $1 donation to a charity of Cora’s choosing for every passenger traveling on the Red Sox plane during the month of November.

This mark's the team's second trip to Puerto Rico this year. Cora led a relief effort in January, delivering nearly 10 tons of supplies to aid Puerto Rico as it continues to recover from Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island in September 2017.


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