1. Tom Brady Returns, Raises Expectations for the 2009 New England Patriots

    With a few simple throws on Monday, Tom Brady put rumors of a delayed recovery to rest, as ESPN cameras caught the Patriots quarterback throwing some passes at Gillette Stadium...

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  2. Mum's the Word on Maroney: NE Pats' Injury Policy Spreads to Bruins, Celtics

    Last week at a charity softball game put on by fellow Patriots running back Kevin Faulk, Laurence Maroney came clean about his production, or lack thereof last season...

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  3. The Key to It All: Breaking Down the New England Patriots' "Big Uglies"

    There are no stats, few postgame interviews, and even fewer MVP awards for some players in the National Football League...

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  4. Thanks to the Patriots' Loaded Running Game, Josh McDaniels Won't Be Missed

    In 2007, the Patriots set the NFL ablaze, breaking offensive records seemingly week in and week out. Tom Brady had world-class wide receivers for the first time in his career...

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  5. A Conversation With Jerod Mayo

    As a CBSSports.com Correspondent, some responsibilities will surely include interviewing players, coaches and front office officials. Here are a few questions that I would ask Patriots Linebacker Jerod Mayo...

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  6. Patriots Look To Navigate Through Revamped AFC East

    In recent years, the Patriots have had the good fortune of playing in the AFC East, one of the least competitive divisions in football. But something changed last season...

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  7. The 2001 New England Patriots: Looking Back

    During the first half of Super Bowl XXXVI, Ty Law streaked down the sideline, one hand cradling the football and one hand raised triumphantly in the air. He had just intercepted a pass by St...

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  8. Patriots Stockpile Talent Through Draft; Hold Rookie Minicamp

    After another wild draft weekend filled with trades, exchanging of picks, and stockpiling talent, and the New England Patriots have been getting rave reviews for their performance...

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  9. Patriots Use 2009 Draft To Supplement, Not Reinvent

    Last offseason, fresh off of the most disappointing loss in franchise history, Patriot Nation sat, waited, hoped, and prayed for help in their defensive backfield and linebacking corps...

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  10. A-Rod's "Cyst," MJ, and Barry: How Sports Protect Their Superstars

    Back in the mid-'90s, a player left his sport at the top of his game to pursue another sport: professional baseball. That man was Michael Jordan, a three-time NBA champion and the best player in the sport of basketball...

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  11. Patriot Games? Pats Trade Raises Questions around the NFL

    For the better part of a decade, Patriots fans have seen a great deal of roster moves, free agent signings, draft day deals, and contract re-negotiations in the front office...

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  12. With Fred Taylor, New England Patriots Add Depth, Leadership

    Last week, I came up with five ways for the Patriots to improve in 2009, (click link to read) http://bleacherreport.com/articles/126016-5-ways-for-the-patriots-to-improve-in-09...

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  13. Can You Believe It: Friars Stun No. 1 Pitt, 81-73

    I tried to pick myself up off of the hardwood floor when I saw a security guard, a woman in her mid-40's, on the ground right next to me. Riot? Hardly...

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  14. Bruins Return to Boston, Aim To Get Back On Track Against the Panthers

    Returning from a five-game road trip in which they went 1-3-1, the Bruins are looking forward to tonight's game against the Panthers for many reasons...

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  15. Five Ways for the Patriots To Improve in 2009

    Last night I was at a Downtown Providence bar, taking in the Bruins game, and having a few cold ones with my friend from Texas who was in town for the week...

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  16. Alex Rodriguez Saga Shows True Nature of the Game

    Sportswriters are paid to give their opinions, whether right or wrong, informed or not, we all tune in to ESPN and talk radio to hear so called experts discuss the most pressing issues of the day...

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  17. Bruins Blanked At Home By Wild, Drop Second In a Row

    All the Wild needed last night was one. Superb defense and perfect goaltending made sure that Marek Zildicky's second-period power-play goal was enough to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 1-0 victory, ...

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  18. Patriots Don't Get Help: A Fan's Reflection on an Amazing Season

    I can't say that I'm mad. Seriously. I slept on this for a whole night. As insane as that may sound right now, I am not mad that the 11-5 New England Patriots are not advancing to the AFC playoffs, ...

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  19. New England Patriots in Unfamiliar Territory, Need Help To Make Playoffs

    If you're like me, you don't watch Bill Belichick press conferences to gain any new information about the team or to hear any controversial bulletin-board material in regards to the next week's opponent...

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  20. Friars-Tigers: Providence Rallies Past Jackson State in Second Half

    Things weren't supposed to be this tough, were they? The Friars overcame an atrocious first half and rallied after halftime to beat the Jackson State Tigers, 85-71, at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, R...

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  21. NFL Week 15: Picks from a Patriot Perspective

    For Week 15's Picks from A Patriot Perspective, I decided to use this new format. If it sucks, I'lll change it back next week...

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  22. Matt Cassel's Gutsy Performance Answers Another Question

    Matt Cassel just answered another question. In a season full of uncertainties, variables, and quandaries, the former backup has surpassed every expectation of him and is now set to lead the Patriots back to the postseason...

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  23. Randy Moss' Return to Oakland May Be X Factor In Pats' Playoff Push

    By now, we all know the story. Randy Moss was shipped to Oakland after falling out of favor with the Minnesota Vikings, joining a team that is known for its affinity for troublemakers, me-first individualists, and malcontents...

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  24. Friars-Rams: Providence Edges URI, 66-65, Restore Order to Universe

    Keno Davis got his first taste of the Providence College-URI rivalry on Saturday in front of a packed house at the newly renovated Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, as his Friars ground out a slim one-point victory over their rivals from South County..

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  25. Wes Welker Takes Hits, Carries New England Patriots

    What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger, right? Patriots wideout Wes Welker has been living that motto for his entire career, but in recent weeks, he has shown his grit by taking vicious ...

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