Patriots longtime equipment manager Don Brocher dies


Patriots longtime equipment manager Don Brocher dies

Patriots longtime equipment manager Don Brocher died early Tuesday morning due to complications from leukemia.

Brocher was the longest-tenured employee in franchise history. The 2012 season was his 41st with the Patriots. He was 60 years old.

"The Kraft family and the entire Patriots organization awoke with very heavy hearts this morning," said Patriots owner Robert Kraft in a statement. "That is when most of us learned of Dons passing. He had fought this deadly disease so valiantly all season long. We were all optimistic that he would defeat it and fully recover. He was back on our sidelines just two weeks ago for our game against the 49ers and I cant remember ever seeing him happier. I am glad I had that opportunity to thank him once again for his loyalty and countless contributions to the team. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Laurie, and all who knew Don and are mourning his loss today."

Brocher missed a game for the first time in 40 years in August when the Patriots played at Tampa Bay. Before that time, according to the team, he had worked 834 consecutive Patriots games, including 37 of 39 playoff games.

Brocher started working for the Patriots as a ball boy in 1972. He worked his way up the ranks on the equipment staff and was promoted to manager in 1994 after Kraft purchased the team.

Report: Celtics release ex-Providence forward Ben Bentil


Report: Celtics release ex-Providence forward Ben Bentil

The Celtics have released former Providence College forward Ben Bentil, Yahoo’s The Vertical reports. They selected Bentil, 6 feet 9, 235 pounds, with the 51st pick overall in the second round of the NBA draft in June.

Bentil averaged 5.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in the preseason.

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Boston has released forward Ben Bentil, league sources tell The Vertical. Bentil could become waiver claim or affiliate option elsewhere.

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Giants coach: ‘We’re not going to turn our back on Josh [Brown]’

Giants coach: ‘We’re not going to turn our back on Josh [Brown]’

LONDON — Coach Ben McAdoo said Friday that the New York Giants have not yet decided whether Josh Brown will remain on the team after admitting to abuse of his former wife.

McAdoo faced repeated questioning about the kicker following the Giants' first practice in London for a game Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.

“We’re not going to turn our back on Josh,” McAdoo said. “He’s a teammate and a guy who we’re hoping makes strides.”

Brown did not travel to London and the team has yet to say if he will be suspended or cut following this week's publication of King County Sheriff's Office records in which the player said he physically abused his wife, Molly, over a protracted period. She told police in those documents that the abuse and other threatening behavior stretched from 2009, when she was pregnant with their daughter, to the Pro Bowl in January 2016.

At the Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Brown's wife said she called NFL security to move her and her three children to another hotel to avoid harassment from her estranged husband. She said he pounded on her hotel door seeking to get in. The allegation is included in the final report filed last month by the investigating detective, King County Sheriff's Det. Robin Ostrum.

When asked whether the Giants knew about Brown's behavior at the Pro Bowl, McAdoo repeatedly said the Giants were still gathering information. Finally, he answered: "I'm not going to answer that."

When a reporter asked McAdoo about his comments earlier this year suggesting he would show no tolerance for players abusive of their family members, McAdoo said his comments then were more nuanced.

"When did I say zero tolerance?" he said, adding: "I do not support domestic violence, if that's what you're asking. I do not condone it."

McAdoo described Brown as a practicing Christian who was trying to improve his behavior and the Giants organization was supporting him in this. But when asked to explain how the Giants supported him or monitored his off-field behavior, McAdoo said he couldn't detail any specific acts of support.

The Giants have signed Robbie Gould, an 11-year veteran of the Chicago Bears who was cut in September for salary cap reasons. The 34-year-old will practice with the team Saturday.

"I've seen him make a lot of kicks against me in the past. He's been successful, and we're hoping that continues," the coach said of Gould.