BOSTON teams

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots lead the Broncos 7-0 after the first quarter and a fast start was the key. The kickoff coverage unit got it started, then the defense forced the Broncos into a three-and-out, turning it over to the offense. Four plays later, Rob Gronkowski was in the end zone and the team had an early 7-0 lead. One of the key plays of the opening quarter was Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler taking a 14-yard sack on third down to push Denver out of field-goal range.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas surprised by news that Kobe Bryant announced this is his final season: He did? That sucks. I'm definitely going to try to get his jersey before he calls it quits. He's the best player in my era. The game will miss him. He's one of the best players ever. Dang. That's my favorite player, so that hurts.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Jae Crowder with strong words after Celtics lose in Orlando: We haven't built our identity yet as a unit. Coaching staff hasnt figured it out yet. We dont have set rotations. A lot of guys dont know where were going to play or what time were going to play. Its affecting us a little bit. Weve got to figure it out as a unit, figure it out as a coaching staff. We gotta build our identity in who we want to be. Were a month into the season and we havent figured it out.

Magic beat Celtics for third straight win (0:46)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Rob Gronkowskis touchdown reception to give the Patriots a 7-0 lead in the first quarter against the Broncos is the 63rd receiving touchdown of his career. That breaks a tie with Shannon Sharpe for third place on the all-time NFL list for a TE. Tony Gonzalez (111) and Antonio Gates (101) are No. 1 and No. 2 on that list.

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Patriots (10-0) at Broncos (8-2), 8:30 p.m. ET

Brock Osweiler will make the 2nd start of his career. Since 2001, quarterbacks in their first or second career start are 1-8 against Bill Belichicks Patriots. The only QB to beat New England within his first two career starts in that span was Mark Sanchez in 2009. Follow live

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots inactive players: S Jordan Richards, DE Trey Flowers, LB Jamie Collins, TE Michael Williams, CB Justin Coleman, WR Danny Amendola, WR Julian Edelman. Of the seven, Richards and Flowers were the new additions, as Collins, Williams, Coleman, Amendola and Edelman had been declared out by Saturday night.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Early look at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, where the Broncos host the Patriots. Cold and potential light snowfall by 8:30 p.m. ET kickoff. Patriots 12-0 in snow games under Bill Belichick.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots starting safety Patrick Chung was added to the team's injury report Sunday. He is questionable with a foot injury. Chung is one of the team's best tacklers and often is tapped to cover opposing tight ends. Rookie Jordan Richards and four-year veteran Tavon Wilson are candidates to fill that role.

Osweiler and Broncos look to upset the Patriots (0:46)
Stats & Info

Undermanned doesn't begin to describe it

The Patriots will head into their Sunday night game with the Broncos paper thin at receiver. ESPN Stats & Info breaks down the production from New England's active receivers for Week 12.


Joe McDonald ESPN Hockey Writer 

On Saturday, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault asked if you would rather have Henrik Lundqvist or the Bruins' Brad Marchand as a son. On Sunday, Marchand was asked for his answer.


Joe McDonald ESPN Hockey Writer 

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien responds to comments made by Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.


Joe McDonald ESPN Hockey Writer 

When asked why Rangers coach Alain Vigneault doesn't like him, Bruins' Brad Marchand responds.

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Why isn't Pedroia on this list?

Buster Olney doesn't include Dustin Pedroia on his list of the majors' 10-best second basemen. Olney said leaving off the 32-year-old former MVP was his toughest omission. Top 10 second basemen (Insider)

Massachusetts High School Sports

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  • State Semifinal Saturday

    Ten teams punched their ticket to next month's MIAA Football State Championships at Gillette Stadium. Check out ESPNBoston High Schools' coverage from across the state.

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  • Statewide MIAA football Top 25 poll


    Our weekly ranking of the best teams in the state, as selected by our panel of staff writers and correspondents. (Updated 10/26)