<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Sports]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut https://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usTue, 12 Dec 2017 18:19:22 -0500Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:19:22 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Hartford Yard Goats to Remain Affiliate of the Colorado Rockies Through 2020]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:31:53 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Yard_Goats_Jingle_1200x675_615127107875.jpg

The Hartford Yard Goats and the Colorado Rockies extended the teams' Player Development Contract for another two years.  The agreement lockes in the Yard Goats as the Double-A affiliate of the Rockies through the 2020 season.

The announcement was made Tuesday at Major League Baseball's winter meetings in Orlando and first reported by NBC Connecticut.

“We are delighted to extend our affiliation with the Colorado Rockies,” Yard Goats President Tim Restall said in a press release. “The Yard Goats and Rockies share the same sentiment in being involved in the local community, which is one of the reasons this relationship works so well. Our players have been wonderful ambassadors in Greater Hartford and have engaged our fans both inside and outside of Dunkin’ Donuts Park. The Rockies strong farm system will allow our fans to continue to see some of baseball’s biggest prospects play in Hartford.”

The Yard Goats just finished their first season at their new home, Dunkin' Donuts Park in downtown Hartford where the team was consistently one of the highest-attended in the Eastern League.  The Hartford Yard Goats began their affiliate with the Rockies in 2015.

“I speak for the entire Colorado Rockies organization in expressing our excitement in announcing our PDC extension with the Hartford Yard Goats,” Rockies Senior Director of Player Development Zach Wilson said. “We are grateful to the Yard Goats’ ownership and front office as well as to the great City of Hartford and its baseball fans, all of which have embraced our franchise, players, and staff. We are privileged to be a part of this community and to play at Dunkin’ Donuts Park, which has cemented itself as a landmark of the city.”

Through the first three season of their affiliation together, the Yard Goats have sent 16 players to Coors Field, including infielder Ryan McMahon last season.

The Yard Goats will open their 2018 season at Dunkin' Donuts Park on Thurs., April 5 against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

NBC Connecticut is proud to be the official media partner of the Hartford Yard Goats baseball team.

<![CDATA[Dolphins Snap Patriots' Win Streak]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:21:22 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/181*120/GettyImages-890643082.jpg

By and large, it was a Monday night to forget for the Patriots as their eight-game winning streak came to a halt at the hands of the Miami Dolphins, 27-20.

Like so many other trips to South Florida over the years, for whatever reason, a superior Patriots team (10-3) succumbed to an inferior Dolphins team (6-7). For every incredible accolade Tom Brady has racked up in his career, his head-scratching record against the Dolphins in Miami (7-9 after Monday night) ranks right up there in eye-opening numbers.

It warrants mentioning New England was down four key starters, including Rob Gronkowski, who was serving his one-game suspension for a late hit in last week’s game against Buffalo. Without Gronk available, the Patriots’ offense had one of its worst showings in recent memory on a number of levels.

Brady failed to complete a pass in the first quarter for just the fourth time in his career, a period which included the first of his two interceptions to Xavien Howard on the night. Brady has now been intercepted in three consecutive games for the first time since 2015.

Even when the offense began to find some semblance of footing in the second quarter, Gronk’s absence continued to loom large. The focal point of New England’s passing attack, who draws so much attention from opposing defense, the Dolphins were able to focus in on the Patriots’ wide receivers’ corps with much success without Gronk to worry about.

New England’s lone lead of the game came at 7-6, after a Rex Burkhead 3-yard touchdown run with 6:18 left in the second quarter. Miami went on top for good on a Jarvis Landry 5-yard touchdown catch on its very next series, a possession highlighted by Kenyan Drake’s 47-yard catch in a mismatch with Elandon Roberts.

Not until there was 10:10 remaining in the third quarter did a New England wide receiver catch a pass, when Danny Amendola finally broke free on a second-and-14 play. Even with Amendola’s grab, the Patriots were at -1 yards for the third quarter until the final minute of the period.

Amendola finished as the team’s leading receiver with six catches for 76 yards, while Chris Hogan had just one catch for 1 yard in his return from a shoulder injury. Brandin Cooks didn’t have a catch until the 2-minute warning of the fourth quarter, narrowly avoiding his first game as a Patriot without a reception.

Dwayne Allen, starting in place on Gronkowski, matched his season high with two catches but for only 10 yards total.

In all, Brady completed 24 of his 43 passes for 233 yards and a 59.5 passer rating. That number was by far the lowest of the season and out of Brady’s 250 career regular season starts comes in at No. 232.

Starting right tackle Marcus Cannon missed his fifth consecutive game with an ankle injury, his absence seemingly catching up with the offensive line as a whole. Brady was sacked only twice but hit five times, and hurried what felt like many, many more.

The trickle-down effect of Gronkowski’s absence was felt all the way down to the running game as well for the Patriots. After rushing for over 190 yards in back-to-back weeks as a team, New England mustered just 25 yards on the ground.

Defensively, the Patriots were without key starters in Kyle Van Noy and Trey Flowers, each player out with injuries. Drake in particular was problematic all night long, racking up 193 yards from scrimmage.

To fully sum up how difficult a night it was for New England, the team failed to convert a third down for the first time in the Brady-Belichick era – and first time overall since 1991.

The Patriots got all the way down to the Miami 1-yard line inside the 2-minute warning in the fourth quarter, primed to really turn the heat up on the Dolphins. A pair of penalties moved New England back to the 15, where it ultimately had to settle for a Stephen Gostkowski field goal.

Gostkowski’s ensuing onside kick failed to seal the deal on the end of the Patriots’ winning streak.

Through it all, the Patriots still control their own destiny for the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC playoffs. With a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday (4:25 p.m., CBS), New England will move into a tie with Pittsburgh for the best record in the conference and hold the tie-breaker with a head-to-head win.

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<![CDATA[NFL Network Suspends Faulk, 2 Others Over Allegation]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:21:10 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NFLAP_17257826351257.jpg

The NFL Network suspended Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk and two other former NFL players-turned-analysts on Monday, after they and a former network executive were alleged to have sexually harassed a female colleague.

Faulk and fellow on-air analysts Ike Taylor and Heath Evans, along with former executive producer Eric Weinberger and former network analysts Donovan McNabb, Warren Sapp and Eric Davis, were named in an updated lawsuit against NFL Enterprises by Jami Cantor, a former wardrobe stylist for the network.

An amended complaint in the lawsuit, originally filed in October in Los Angeles Superior Court, accuses Faulk and Evans of having groped Cantor while she was at the network, while it accuses Taylor and McNabb of having sent her sexually inappropriate communications.

NBC News reached out to Faulk, Taylor, Evans, McNabb, Weinberger and Davis for their responses to the allegations and was attempting to reach Sapp.

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<![CDATA[Hartford Yard Goats]]> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 11:25:40 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Yard_Goats_Jingle_1200x675_615127107875.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Red Sox Pitcher Arrested on Domestic Assault Charge]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:42:26 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-667818360.jpg

Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright, 33, was reportedly arrested Friday night in his Tennessee home and charged with domestic assault.

According to NBC Sports Boston, a statement attributed to the Wright family released by Wright's lawyer confirms that the knuckleball pitcher was charged with domestic assault, but states that he did not "raise his hand at anyone."

According to the statement, Wright was arrested following a verbal argument. "Although he said things he deeply regrets, he did not raise his hand at anyone during the incident," said the statement. "We are working together as a family to make our relationship stronger, and we ask that we respect our privacy as we do."

The Red Sox reportedly wrote in a separate statement that they are aware of the incident and taking it seriously.

"Both local police and Major League Baseball are looking into this," wrote the club, which declined to comment further.

Wright's arrest will be reviewed by the MLB and the Players Association, reports NBC Sports Boston.

Wright is one of two active knuckleball pitchers currently in the MLB. He has been with the Red Sox since his MLB debut in 2013.

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<![CDATA[Student Helps Dallas Marathon Winner Cross Finish Line After She Collapsed]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:55:32 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new-dallas-marathon.jpg

The 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon had an unexpected ending in the women's division with the winner struggling to reach the finish.

Chandler Self won the women's division of the marathon with an unofficial time of 2:53:58, but not without help.

Self collapsed a few times as she approached the finish line of the race. 17-year-old Ariana Luterman, from Greenhill Academy, was running for the elite high school relay alongside Self and helped her cross the finish line.

"Right when I caught up with her at the [relay team's] 2.5-mile mark, I told her: 'Just so you know, the high school relay is out here to compete with you guys. I'm going to be your pacer. We're going to get you that win,'" Luterman said in recalling the the moments before Self started to lose her strength to the Dallas Morning News.

"I just couldn't help but think she worked so many months. You can be training years for a marathon," Luterman said in an interview after the race.

"As soon as we got to the finish line, I pushed her out in front of me so she could cross the tape before I did."

Self ended the race grasping for the finish line and was immediately taken by marathon staff for treatment. Self was treated and came back moments later to give post-race interviews. 

Self recalled Luterman telling her, "You can do it. You got it, come on girl. The finish line's right there we can see it."

"She was so encouraging," Self said. "I knew she was right, and I wanted it so bad and this was just a dream for me." 

When asked about the heroic finish, Luterman said she's sure Self would've made it across without her. Still, she said she felt lucky that she was placed in the right place at the right time.

“More than anything, I think I showed people there are opportunities everywhere. There are opportunities to help everyone everywhere," Luterman said. 

Helping others has been a driving force in Luterman's life for several years. 

After competing in her first triathlon at age seven and her first adult triathlon at age 10, Luterman found a way to use her platform as a young elite athlete to benefit others. 

At just 12, she started Team Ariana to raise money for Vogel Alcove. The Dallas based organization provides free child development services for homeless children. In five years, Team Ariana has raised more than $150,000 for Vogel Alcove and helped several other local charities. 

Meanwhile, the men's winner is a familiar name, Keith Pierce, who won the 2016 marathon. Pierce is a cross country and track coach at McKinney Boyd High School.

He defended his title running the 2017 marathon in an unofficial time of 2:27:17.

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<![CDATA[Will Team USA Compete in the 2018 Winter Games?]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:49:44 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/teamusa2.jpg

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley recently said it was an "open question" if U.S. athletes would compete in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics because of concerns over North Korea. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to comment.

<![CDATA[Pats Looking to See Who Will Fill the Gronk Void]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:08:53 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/191*120/GettyImages-879678696.jpg

The circumstances are different this time around, but the New England Patriots are used to playing without all-world tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Before this week, a suspension hadn’t been the cause for any of Gronkowski’s 25 regular season games missed since being drafted in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft. But the Patriots have managed to navigate Gronkowski’s array of injuries to a 20-5 record without him, making this week’s Monday Night Football game against the Miami Dolphins hardly uncharted territory.

Gronkowski’s appeal of his one-game suspension for a late hit on Tre’Davious White was denied Tuesday, giving Bill Belichick and the rest of the team ample time to prepare for the game in Miami.

“Every week, you deal with the players that you have available and the opponent you’re playing,” Belichick said at his Wednesday morning press conference. “You put it together and figure it out. It’s the same every week.”

Prior to the incident against Buffalo, Gronkowski had put up one of the very best statistical games of his career. He caught nine passes for 147 yards, including seven catches for 119 yards in the second half, as the Patriots pulled away from the Bills. The nine catches matched the second-most of his eight-career and the 147 yards were the fourth-highest single game total for his career.

“You’re talking about a guy who plays at a high level and is a great player,” wide receiver Brandin Cooks said of Gronkowski, adding that the entire offense can feel the sense of urgency knowing he won’t be available on Monday. “I think everyone knows that and feels a sense of urgency that they’ve got to step up a little bit more and do their job that much more.”

Replicating that kind of performance again against the Dolphins would be difficult no matter who starts at tight end for the Patriots, Gronkowski or otherwise. The hope is that there can be some easy medium between Gronkowski’s impact against the Bills and the goose egg the position group collectively laid against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 5 – Gronk’s other absence this season.

The Patriots pulled out a 19-14 victory over the Bucs. The game is now notable for being the beginning of New England’s current eight-game winning streak and defensive renaissance, but it can also provide a glimpse into how this iteration of the Patriots’ offense runs without Gronkowski.

Tom Brady somehow managed to put up 303 yards passing without a single catch by a tight end. Despite playing in 50 of New England’s 68 offensive snaps, tight end Dwayne Allen wasn’t targeted a single time. Rookie tight end Jacob Hollister was targeted once in eight snaps, while fullback James Develin was targeted once in 13 snaps.

It was the first time the Patriots played a regular season game without a catch from a tight end since Week 17 of the 2013 season.

Martellus Bennett has come and gone since the Tampa Bay game, his return to New England lasting just two weeks before winding up on season-ending injured reserve. A situation such as the one that’s arisen is exactly why the Patriots put in a waiver claim for Bennett in the first place; none of Gronkowski’s understudies had produced in New England like Bennett did last year since the departure of Aaron Hernandez.

Hollister, the undrafted rookie out of Wyoming, does not have a catch since Week 8. Not discouraged, he said that the team is preparing the same way for Miami that it would be with Gronkowski around.

Perhaps, it could be a chance for Hollister to reintroduce himself to Brady as well.

“I’d say it’s just another opportunity to go out and do what they ask of me and do it to the best of my ability,” Hollister said. “I’m really just trying to execute and do my job for the team.”

If nothing else, there’ve been signs of life from Allen lately. He’s nowhere near immersing himself in Brady’s “circle of trust,” but it’s a positive sign all the same that he has a catch in each of the last four games after having none through his first eight.

Picking up the slack for Gronk doesn’t have to come exclusively from the tight end group, either. Wide receiver Chris Hogan was back at practice today for the first time since suffering an injury against the Chargers in late October.

Another candidate to step up could be wide receiver Philip Dorsett, who has shown flashes of his potential in his first season with the Patriots – including the second-longest reception (39 yards) of his career in Week 12’s win over the Dolphins.

Dorsett, whose locker is nearly adjacent to Gronkowski’s (they are separated by a vacant locker), said it’s always different without the powerful tight end around.

“We can’t really focus on that,” Dorsett said. “We know he won’t be here this week. We’ve just got to go out there and play our game.”

Gronkowski isn’t the only player in the NFL suspended for his actions last weekend. JuJu Smith-Schuster of the Pittsburgh Steelers and George Iloka of the Cincinnati Bengals were also suspended a game each for their actions on Monday Night Football two days ago. Dorsett said that he could not speak specifically to whether any of the suspensions – Gronk’s included – were fair or not, but he did note the physical nature of the game.

“A lot of these plays are bang-bang,” Dorsett said. “I can’t really comment on it, I don’t really know. It is what it is. It happened and they’ve got to serve a suspension but I can’t really say. I don’t know if it’s fair or not.”

The Patriots may be 2017 AFC East Division champions prior to taking the field on Monday night, should the Bills lose at home to the Indianapolis Colts. Even if the Bills win, New England can lock up its ninth consecutive division title with a win on Monday night.

<![CDATA[Lindsey Vonn: I'm Not Representing Trump at Olympic Games]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:11:48 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Lindsay-Vonn-Estrella-Esqui.jpg

American alpine skier Lindsey Vonn is making it clear she'll be representing her country, but not her president, when she participates in the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

"Well I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president," Vonn told CNN. "I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony."

Vonn added, "I want to represent our country well. I don't think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that."

Vonn is attempting to capture her second gold medal in Pyeongchang. She revealed to CNN she would decline an invitation to the White House if she were to win gold at the games.

"Absolutely not," she said. "No. But I have to win to be invited. Actually I think every U.S. team member is invited so no I won't go."

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<![CDATA[Russia Banned, But 'Clean' Athletes Can Compete in Olympics]]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:00:04 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_02_09.Still003.jpg

"Clean" Russian athletes will be invited to take part in the Winter Olympics in South Korea next year, though they will be required to compete under the Olympic flag.

<![CDATA[Suffield Athlete Hoping to Make Spot on Olympic Luge Team ]]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:39:33 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Emily+Sweeney+GettyImages-630197044.jpg

Emily Sweeney, a 24-year-old athlete from Suffield, is competing for a chance at her Olympic debut and hopes to secure one of the two spots left for the luge team.

“If it happens, which I’m once again doing everything I can to make that happen, I really don’t know how I’m going to react,” she said. “It’s been 14 years or working towards making the Olympic team. I’ve known I’ve wanted to go to the Olympics since I was 7 years old.”

In 2010, when Emily was 16, her older sister Megan beat her out for a spot to compete in Vancouver.

“I think having the negative experiences of not making the team, I don’t have this shiny idea of what the Olympic are any more. So I guess I am more focused on the process,” she said.

Emily needs a top 10 finish in the next two races to earn a spot on Team U.S.A. to compete in Pyeongchang.

In 2016, she won silver medals in the Park City World Cup sprint race and singles race. 

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<![CDATA[Supreme Court Taking Up Sports Betting Case]]> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:10:33 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/SCsportsbetting_1200x675.jpg

The billions spent on legal sports betting in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas. But the U.S. Supreme Court seemed prepared Monday to bust Nevada's monopoly.

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey challenged a federal law that requites states to ban wagering on sporting events, though Nevada was grandfathered in when the law was passed in 1992, NBC News reported.

The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act is unusual because it does not ban sports gambling nationwide as a matter of federal law. Instead the act says the states cannot permit it.

Ted Olson, a Washington lawyer representing New Jersey, told the court Monday that the law violates the Constitution's protection of state's rights. "Congress can regulate interstate commerce, but it can't make the states do the work of Congress," he said.

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<![CDATA[Woman Punched by Cop at UM Game Gets Community Service, Fine]]> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 18:57:09 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Brigest+Freitas+UM+Fan.jpg

A woman who was punched by an officer as she was being carried out of a Miami Hurricanes game at Hard Rock Stadium last month in a drunken incident that was caught on camera will be serving 50 hours of community service and must attend an anger management course as part of a deal reached with prosecutors Monday.

Bridget Freitas, 30, will also pay a $100 fine plus prosecution costs and must write an apology letter to the officer who was involved in the Nov. 4 incident.

Freitas appeared at a brief court hearing Monday to accept the terms of the deal.

Video of the incident showed Freitas, a 30-year-old nurse, slap Miami-Dade Police Det. Douglas Ross as he and several officers tried to carry her out of the stands during the Hurricanes' win over Virginia Tech.

Ross reacted to the slap, hitting Freitas in the head with his right fist. According to the arrest report, Freitas had been arguing with other fans and was "using profanity in a loud, boisterous manner" when officers arrived.

She was charged with felony battery on a police officer and misdemeanor disorderly conduct but the battery charge was dropped and she was charged with resisting an officer with violence instead.

Last week, Ross was cleared of wrongdoing in the incident.

Photo Credit: Eric Argueta, Miami-Dade Corrections]]>
<![CDATA[Olympians Share Their Biggest Travel Pet Peeves]]> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:56:51 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Pet+Peeves+Thumb.jpg

With holiday travel season coming up, members of Team USA, who are constantly on the road themselves, share the small travel annoyances that really grind their gears.

<![CDATA[Patriots Rebound From Slow Start to Beat the Bills 23-3]]> Sun, 03 Dec 2017 23:59:17 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-884918754.jpg

Not that the game was ever in doubt, but the Patriots performance over the first 30 minutes on Sunday afternoon left lots to be desired.

So it was keen halftime adjustments that propelled the Patriots to a 23-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills for their eighth consecutive win. New England is now 10-2 on the season with a four-game lead in the AFC East with four games to play.

The Patriots failed to score a first half touchdown for the first time this season, none of their four first half drives breaking through for six. Stephen Gostkowski’s leg was responsible for the Patriots holding a 9-3 lead at the break, at which point Tom Brady was 8 for 14 passing with just 96 yards. Brady didn’t have much time to work with in the pocket, either, as he was sacked three times and hit a fourth.

Sure enough, the MVP frontrunner engineered back-to-back touchdown drives at the outset of the third quarter to put the game away and drop the Bills to 6-6.

Though he didn’t throw for a touchdown pass on either series, Brady’s accuracy was much-improved in the second half thanks to more time to throw. The offensive line kept Brady upright for the entirety of the second half as he completed 13 of his 16 throws for 148 yards, although he did throw an interception in garbage time.

Rob Gronkowski had nine catches for a season-high 147 yards, six of his catches coming in the second half. Gronk’s big plays blended perfectly with dynamic games on the ground for Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead, who combined for 165 yards on 26 carries. Burkhead scored each of New England’s touchdowns in the third quarter, first on a 1-yard burst and the second on a slash-and-dash 14-yard run.

Lewis and Burkhead each broke off one run of extended length to pad their totals, with Lewis gaining 44 yards on a run in the first half and Burkhead adding a 31-yarder. Lewis finished the day as the team’s leading rusher with 92 yards, the second-highest single game total for a Patriot after his 112 yards in last week’s game against the Dolphins.

In his first game back in Buffalo after signing with the Patriots as a free agent in the offseason, Stephon Gilmore taunted Bills fans with a reminder of the skill set he possesses.

As part of a last-ditch effort to get back in the game, Buffalo had first-and-goal from the New England 7-yard line with 9:26 to go in the fourth quarter. Nathan Peterman, who took over for an injured Tyrod Taylor, had two of his next four passes broken up by Gilmore – including a perfectly-thrown ball to Zay Jones in the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the 1 that ended any chance of the Bills coming back from 20 points down.

Gilmore wasn’t the only former Bill to shine brightly in the game.

Eric Lee, signed off of Buffalo’s practice squad on Nov. 21, had two sacks and an interception against his former team as his baptism by fire continues to pay dividends. His interception was a backbreaker for the Bills, which had driven 66 yards on 13 plays to begin the game after receiving the opening kickoff. Alan Branch pressured Taylor into throwing early, where Lee was perfectly positioned to come up with the errant pass.

Lee, 23, now his three sacks in his first two games as a Patriot, the first three of his career. The 2016 undrafted free agent may be hanging around here for the long term.

The Patriots have given up just 11.9 points per game over the course of their eight-game winning streak, with today’s output their best of the season. Buffalo’s hodgepodge of Taylor, Peterman and Joe Webb definitely did their collective part to help, the trio combining to complete only 15 of 34 passes for a paltry 85 yards. Their combined passer rating came in at 40.7, far and away the worst against New England this season.

The Patriots will face the Bills again on Christmas Eve in Foxboro at 1 p.m., at which point it’s likely the AFC East will be all locked up for New England.

The Patriots will continue their three-game road trip with their lone appearance on Monday Night Football this season next week against the Miami Dolphins at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 11.

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<![CDATA[Watch Silverdome Fail to Implode in Demolition Attempt]]> Sun, 03 Dec 2017 19:44:04 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-12-03-at-7.43.19-PM.jpg

A partial implosion of the Silverdome failed to bring down the upper section of the Detroit Lions' former home as intended Sunday as demolition of the stadium began.


<![CDATA[SCOTUS to Decide If More States Can Legalize Sports Betting]]> Sun, 03 Dec 2017 11:11:25 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17335598773447.jpg

Nevada's decades-long monopoly on legal sports betting could be broken by the U.S. Supreme Court, depending on the outcome of a case to be argued Monday, NBC News reported. 

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, backed by 18 other states, is asking the justices to strike down a federal law that prevents the state from allowing gambling on sports. Some see it as an important test of states' rights, while others are simply eager to reap the tax revenue that would come from legal sports wagering.

They are challenging a 1992 law, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which prevents states from allowing any sports gambling schemes. It's unusual because it does not ban sports gambling nationwide as a matter of federal law. Instead, the act says states cannot permit it.

Professional sports leagues and amateur associations say the law prevents the corrupting influence of organized crime in athletics — they're urging the court to uphold it.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Julio Cortez]]>