Bill Belichick's frustration with the refs at the end of Sunday night's game primarily was about a lack of communication.
New England's soft schedule down the stretch should make it easier for them to buy the time they need for a growing list of banged-up players.
Barnwell: Pats still positioned for SB run
The Patriots lost their first game of the season Sunday, and added a few players to an already-packed injury list. But Bill Barnwell isn't giving up on New England. Still SB contenders
Jim Bowden ESPN Insider
Dave Dombrowski President of the Boston Red Sox told me prior to the off-season his three goals were an impact closer, a right-handed hitting 4th outfielder and a number 1 starter. Kimbrel check 1, Young check 2, now he tries to get David Price for the trifecta.
Yes, the league's system for disciplining questionable hits still needs work, but let's take a moment to recognize the progress that has been made.
Rob Gronkowski has no tear in knee
An MRI confirms that the Patriots TE has a bruised right knee, and no tears, a source tells ESPN's Dianna Russini. A source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that Gronkowski's injury is considered a "minor knee strain," and said he'll be out "a week or two, most likely."
Tight end Rob Gronkowski is considered week-to-week for the Patriots with a bruised right knee after an MRI showed no tears.
Are the Red Sox shopping Hanley Ramirez?
Many expected Boston to try to trade Ramirez this offseason, but there are conflicting reports on the team's efforts to do so. MLB rumors roundup
How big of a loss would Gronkowski be?
Even if Rob Gronkowski only misses a short amount of time, his injury will still have repercussions. Tristan H. Cockcroft takes a look at Gronkowski's massive impact on New England's offense. Fantasy fallout
Brady 'pissed' after loss to Broncos
Pats QB Tom Brady was upset about losing TE Rob Gronkowski and some referee calls made down the stretch in the loss to Denver, telling WEEI: "I don't know that I have ever been so pissed off after a loss, and I think everyone felt the same way. ... The way it all played out, I guess I was pretty pissed off ... the final outcome, the way the final 20 minutes of the game played out." Story
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David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger
The Red Sox signing of OF Chris Young could open the door for trading Jackie Bradley Jr., but it seems like a quality depth signing to me. Bradley had a big August but also owns a career .298 OBP and Rusney Castillo has yet to show he can hit in the majors. Young is a good fourth outfielder who could start if either falters, leaving Brock Holt to back up in the infield.
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said center Derek Stepan will be out four to six weeks after breaking his ribs Friday against the Bruins.
Free-agent outfielder Chris Young is leaving the Yankees to sign a multiyear deal with the rival Red Sox, a source confirmed to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.
Red Sox nab former Yankee Chris Young
Boston has reached an agreement with the free-agent outfielder on a multi-year contract, pending a physical, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick and multiple reports (first reported by Fox Sports). Young had a .320 OBP and 14 HRs in 318 at-bats last season for New York.
Rob Gronkowski was called for offensive pass interference twice against the Broncos, bringing his season total to a league-high six.
ACC Week 13 by the numbers: The Seminoles' Dalvin Cook has reached the 100-yard mark and scored two touchdowns in seven games this season.
Bogaerts is majors' No. 3 shortstop
Buster Olney applauds the Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts for becoming a standout at the position after some in the organization considered moving him to third base. Top 10 shortstop (Insider)
Pats have multiple injuries to monitor
It wasn't just Rob Gronkowski that went down with a knee injury in Week 12. The Patriots' defense also lost a corps member, and their play suffered mightily as a result. NFL rumors
Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic weigh in on the Patriots' loss to the Broncos and the loss of Gronkowski due to injury with Tom Waddle. Plus, Danny Kanell on CFB and Stephen A. Smith and Cris Carter talk Kobe's retirement.
Denver gets Brady back for Facebook post
Before playing the Broncos Sunday night, Tom Brady posted a photo of himself on Facebook riding a bucking bronco. After the Broncos beat the Pats, Denver did a quick edit on Brady's photo. Feel the burn
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