Gronkowski active for Sunday's game against Miami

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Gronkowski active for Sunday's game against Miami

FOXBORO --  Rob Gronkowski will be active for the Patriots regular-season finale against Miami. He's been practicing since December 14, but this is the tight end's first green light on game day. 
Defensive end Jermaine Cunningham will play today for the first time since November 22. He was suspended between Week 12 and Week 12 for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. 

Cornerback Marquice Cole (finger), who did not practice Thursday or Friday and was listed as "doubtful" at week's end, has been ruled out. The Patriots will be even thinner at the position as Alfonzo Dennard (hamstringknee) will sit for the second consecutive contest. 
Nick McDonald is also inactive Sunday. The offensive lineman was limited in practice because of shoulder injury. McDonald has missed three games this season, but just one since the bye week. 
As for sidelined safety Nate Ebner, this is his first missed action of the season. 

The full list of Patriots inactives: 
OL Markus ZusevicsCB Alfonzo DennardS Nate EbnerDL Jake BequetteOL Nick McDonaldWR Kamar AikenDB Marquice Cole
Inactive for Miami: 
WR Davone BessCB Nolan CarrollLB Josh KadduOT Patrick BrownTE Kyle MillerDT Kheeston RandallQB Pat Devlin

Saturday, Dec. 3: Vesey couldn't be happier with Rangers

Saturday, Dec. 3: Vesey couldn't be happier with Rangers

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while looking to avoid any and all updates on Kanye West. I’ve officially maxed out on my Kanye updates for the next four or five years. 

*Jimmy Vesey left a trail of broken hearts and hard feelings across the NHL this summer, but he’s happy in New York with the Rangers. 

*There is still a pathway for the NHL players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, says FOH (Friend of Haggs) Chris Johnston, but I’m pretty skeptical about it and have been for a few years now. I just don’t see it happening in South Korea. 

*The New York Islanders are reportedly looking for a big name executive to take over their entire hockey operation. 

*Speaking of the Islanders, Alain Vigneault is using them as an example of parity in the NHL to motivate the Rangers.

*A big blow for the Detroit Red Wings as they’ve lost gritty forward Justin Abdelkader for the next few weeks. 

*Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion is looking to add depth to their roster as the Sens appear in it to at least get a playoff spot this year. That is bad news for anybody that likes to watch, you know, entertaining hockey and stuff. 

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Halford says that the Colorado Avalanche core group has come under heavy scrutiny as they’re struggling again this season. 

*For something completely different: Saving the bees is a year-round job that everybody should be interested in based on their impact across the world. 

Beleskey knocked out of Bruins game with lower body injury

Beleskey knocked out of Bruins game with lower body injury

The Bruins have added another injury to their current collection of banged-up players. 

This time it’s scrappy left winger Matt Beleskey, who was knocked out of Saturday’s game in Buffalo in the first period with a check thrown at his lower body. Beleskey was hit with a body check targeting his right leg at center ice from Buffalo forward Tyler Fedun, and skated gingerly to the bench before eventually heading back to the dressing room. 

There was no penalty called on a borderline hit that seemed to be targeting Beleskey’s leg. The Bruins announced in the middle of the second period that he was done for the day with a lower body injury. Beleskey finished the day with three registered hits and was 1-for-2 in the faceoff circle with six shifts for 5:27 of ice time in the second period. 

The 28-year-old Beleskey had managed to stay pretty healthy this season to this point, but was underachieving a bit offensively with two goals and five points along with a minus-6 rating in 23 games this season.