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When coaches reach a certain level of success people want to peek into their minds and see the thinking, planning and strategizing everything that went into building a winning program. When I step into Geno Auriemmas office in the middle of November my goals are similar. Hes led UConn to 11...
Senior quarterback David Pindell put his stamp on the UConn football record book this season in spite of the Huskies struggles, earning him the programs MVP and offensive player of the year awards when those and other honors were announced this week. Pindell started all 12 games and rushed for...
UConn is 10 games into the Dan Hurley era, 10 games that have shown his effectiveness in transforming the players he inherited. There have been frustrating moments, opportunities lost, but without doubt there is method in all that courtside madness of his. When you dont have every single thing...
LAS VEGAS Forget about Bryce Harper or Manny Machado the blockbuster deal at the Winter Meetings this week could be a trade that would have the Yankees and Mets working together on a three-team deal that would include Noah Syndergaard heading to the Bronx. Team sources confirmed that the Yankees...
Need proof of Hand-Madisons dominance this season The Tigers trailed once all year and it lasted for about a minute. Maloney scored on the first play from scrimmage in the Class L championship game Saturday. The Tigers scored a minute later. Then again, and again, and again, before winning...
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is taking his share of the blame for Sundays last-second loss to the Miami Dolphins. Patriots Lose to Dolphins on Final Play In his weekly appearance on WEEIs Mut & Callahan show, Brady accepted responsibility for a series just before halftime where he took a sack, which prevented the team from attempting a field goal in a game they ultimately lost by just one point.It was just a bad play, Brady told WEEIs Mut & Callahan on Monday morning. We called a timeout on first down, we ran a couple plays. It was third down and I thought, OK, lets not throw an interception. I had a couple other things go through my mind. I just took it for granted.You cant give away three points like that, he added. Just a very bad play by me. That should be the foremost thing that Im thinking. Unfortunately, it wasnt. Theres no excuse. Just the reality is I cant let those things happen. Its definitely my fault.Brady also addressed the final play of the game, a desperation play that included multiple laterals and wound up with the Dolphins scoring an unlikely game-winning touchdown.They made a good play, he said of the Dolphins. It was just great execution. Everyone has those plays in their offense. Its obviously a statistical anomaly when they work. It just happened to work. Its a tough way to lose, but we all contributed in one form or another.But Brady said he doesnt think there will be a hangover effect from the game.Weve had a lot of tough losses every year. Weve lost pretty important games. Whats the difference between losing by 14, losing by 50, or losing by one They all count the same. Our whole seasons ahead of us, so lets go make the most of it.When asked about another play where he appeared to favor his injured knee, Brady said his knee brace just dug into his knee the wrong way.Theres no concern. I have it braced up. Ive been dealing with a little injury. It must have twisted the wrong way. No concern.The Patriots travel to Pittsburgh next week to take on the Steelers in their final road game of the regular season.Photo Credit: Getty Images
Strange things happen to the Patriots almost every time they trek down the east coast to Hard Rock Stadium.Sunday was no exception, when on the final play of the game, the Patriots folded in epic fashion and gave up a 69-yard touchdown pass on a catch and run from Ryan Tannehill to Kenny Stills, who lateraled the ball to Kenyan Drake who took care of the rest to leave New England stunned in a 34-33 defeat.Its as incomprehensible a loss in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era. New England fell to 9-4 on the season, while Miami is now 7-6.The Patriots seemingly had the game won, when Stephen Gostkowski hit on a 22-yard field goal with 0:21 remaining to make it 33-28 New England. All the Patriots had to do was bend and not break when Miami got the ball back.Instead, their 10th straight AFC East title will have to wait for at least another week after a myriad of missed tackles all across the field, Drake beating deep safety Rob Gronkowski to complete the miracle in Miami.For as great as New Englands offense looked in the first half, scoring 27 points, the Patriots mustered just two Gostkowski field goals in the second half.Brady completed each of his first 10 passes before falling a bit out of sync, still finishing 27 for 43 for a season-high 358 yards. He threw three first half touchdown passes to Julian Edelman, Cordarrelle Patterson and Gronkowski -- Gronks TD was his first red zone catch of the season -- but a major missed opportunity at the end of the first half wound up rearing its ugly head in the final score.With 0:08 left in the second quarter, Brady took a sack with no timeouts remaining. The Patriots were well within Gostkowskis field goal range, and perhaps even had enough time left on the clock to take another shot at the end zone.With a minimum three points left on the board there, three more were missed on a Gostkowski 42-yard field goal that sailed wide right and another missed PAT for Gostkowski on New Englands first drive of the game.The Patriots pass defense was horrendous throughout the game, while they werent much better against the rush. Frank Gore, 35, had 92 yards on the ground, while former New England special teamer Brandon Bolden had a pair of touchdowns -- one from 54 yards out.James Develin had his third rushing touchdown in the last two weeks for the Patriots.New England is still in possession of the No. 2 seed in the AFC following the loss of the Houston Texans this afternoon, but with the Kansas City Chiefs hanging on in overtime to beat the Baltimore Ravens, the top spot and homefield advantage is as good as gone.The Patriots travel to Pittsburgh next week to take on the Steelers in their final road game of the regular season.Photo Credit: Getty Images
The Chicago Bears harassed Jared Goff and squashed the Los Angeles Rams high-powered offense while shuffling their way to a surprising victory over the team that came in with the NFLs best record.In a season of huge strides, this might be their biggest one yet.Eddie Goldman led a dominant effort by the defense and the NFC North-leading Bears beat the NFC West champion Rams 15-6 on Sunday night.Our play on defense all I can say is wow, coach Matt Nagy said.The Rams 11-2 missed a chance to secure a first-round playoff bye and fell into a tie with New Orleans for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.Goff threw a career-high four interceptions and was sacked three times, with Goldman getting to him for a tiebreaking safety early in the third quarter.Bradley Sowell became the first Bears offensive lineman in 11 years with a touchdown reception when he caught a 2-yarder from Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter. And after four straight last-place finishes in the NFC North, Chicago continued to close in on its first division title and playoff appearance since 2010.For them to go out and do it against a team that had only one loss all year long ... is so powerful for our guys now because it helps us grow, Nagy said. It helps us grow with confidence. It helps us grow togetherness. When you teach that and you talk about it over and over and over as a culture, as a building, everyone together as a family and then they do it, it lights a fire. It puts us in a great position. We do talk about one game at a time. Theyre gonna enjoy tonight and then were gonna get right back in it and get ready for next week.Coming off a shaky outing against Detroit, Goff was 20 of 44 for 180 yards with a 19.1 rating. NFL rushing leader Todd Gurley ran for a season-low 28 yards on 11 carries, and the Rams three-game win streak came to an end.The Rams only other loss was at New Orleans. But against the Monsters of the Midway, they managed just 214 yards.Really, consistently over and over I continue to put our players in bad spots, Los Angeles coach Sean McVay said. Certainly a humbling night, but its one you get a chance to look at yourself critically, find a way to get better and move forward accordingly and thats exactly what were going to do and thats all I know how to do. And I have to be better for our football team. This loss is on me. I didnt do a nearly good enough job for us today. I trust we will respond the right way.The Bears 9-4 bounced back from a wild overtime loss at the New York Giants and won for the sixth time in seven games.Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks had sacks. Roquan Smith, Prince Amukamara, Eddie Jackson and Kyle Fuller had interceptions, helping Chicago come away with the win despite a shaky effort from Trubisky.All 11 guys collectively going against the offense, it was going to be a big challenge for us, Mack said. We stepped up to the challenge.The Bears needed it with Trubisky struggling about as badly as Goff.After missing the previous two games because of a right shoulder injury, he was 16 of 30 for 110 yards and three interceptions.Its hard to be down when you get such a big win like that, Trubisky said. Youve just got to put your own selfish thoughts about how you played aside. ... Im just very proud of the way the team had my back.PULLING AHEADGoldman broke a 6-6 tie in the opening minute of the third quarter when he sacked Goff for Chicagos first safety this season.The Bears then used a trick play they call Santas Sleigh to make it 15-6, when Sowell hauled in a 2-yarder from Trubisky on a play-action with defensive end Hicks. That made him the first Bears offensive lineman with a TD reception since John St. Clair against Kansas City on Sept. 16, 2017.We needed a play so they gave it to the play-maker, Sowell said.The Rams had a big opportunity late in the third when John Johnson III returned an interception 35 yards to the Chicago 27. But Fuller picked off a wobbly pass from Goff intended for Josh Reynolds on the next play.Los Angeles Greg Zuerlein missed a 40-yard field goal off the right upright in the opening minutes of the fourth after making a 50-yarder earlier in the game.INJURIESRams: CB Dominique Hatfield was taken from the field on a cart with an ankle injury in the third quarter. He was hurt on the kickoff following Sowells TD. ... C John Sullivan was evaluated for a concussion after being shaken up blocking on a run by Gurley late in the first quarter. But he returned in the second half.Bears: CB Bryce Callahan left the game with a foot injury late in the first half.UP NEXTRams: Host Philadelphia on Dec. 16.Bears: Host Green Bay on Dec. 16.Photo Credit: David Banks/AP
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