Welcome to Gillette for Patriots-Dolphins!

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Welcome to Gillette for Patriots-Dolphins!

FOXBORO -- Much of New England is outfitted in winter white this Sunday, not that you would know at Gillette Stadium. There are still traces of Saturday night's snowstorm on the venue's seats and concourses, but the field turf looks pristine for the Patriots regular season finale against Miami.
Nearly a dozen Dolphins players are outside -- sweats on, hoods up -- trying to get acclimated to the 26-degree weather. Today's temperature is currently at its peak, by the way. Wind could also be a factor for both teams today as 26-mile per hour gusts are expected.
Gillette's video boards are showing the Colts-Texans game. Interesting, no?
Usually, the screens display all the day's scores via NFL Network's Red Zone. But (as you've probably heard ad nauseum) if Indianapolis upsets Houston and the Patriots win over Miami, New England will get a bye. Either outcome could influence personnel decisions for today's game.
Kickoff on this AFC East tilt is in less than two hours.

Bruins taking a chance on Clarke in the fifth round

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Bruins taking a chance on Clarke in the fifth round

The Lone Star Brahmas aren’t exactly a household name in the junior hockey world, but NAHL team did produce a player worth of a Bruins draft pick last weekend. A 20-year-old defenseman named Cameron Clarke showed his offensive skills and playmaking en route to nine goals and 50 points in 59 games last season for the Brahmas, and continued to add strength to a wiry 6-foot-1, 170-pound frame that still needs to be developed as he heads off to Ferris State University.

The Tecumseh, Michigan native was floored at the prospect of being drafted by the Bruins after he was selected in the fifth round (136th overall) at last weekend’s draft in Buffalo, and excited to see some results for all of his hard work over the last few years.

“It’s a feeling like no other. I was just sitting in there with my family and when it happened, it was just pure excitement, and to go to Boston, they’re an Original Six organization,” said Clarke, who described himself as a good-skating defenseman and a good puck-mover that models his game after Capitals D-man John Carlson. “It’s just — it’s something you dream of growing up and it’s a great feeling.

“I talked to Mr. Sullivan [Bruins Scout Keith Sullivan] I believe it was in December and I knew that they had come watch me play a couple of times so I knew that they were interested. I knew that they were a team that could be a possibility that could be picking me and I’ve always watched hockey and my dad used to be a Bruins fan growing up when he was little [he grew up in Ottawa and was a big Bobby Orr fan], so it’s a great feeling. Boston’s an Original Six franchise. It’s very special, for sure.”

Clarke will obviously take a big step in his development headed to the Ferris State hockey program next season, and the Bruins hope to continue seeing improvements in the size and strength department during his college hockey years.

“We knew there were teams that were there [ready to take him], and our guys really liked him,” said Bruins Director of Scouting Keith Gretzky. “He’s gained a lot of weight in a year-and-a-half, but we know he’s going to take some time. We’re good with that. Our guys really liked him, so we took him.”

The Clarke pick is a pretty low risk/high reward selection that was off the beaten path of the normal OHL/European junior league paths, but it remains to be seen if it will pay dividends later for selecting the over-age player. 

OFFSEASON

Welsh: Hearing Durant will meet with Celtics on July 4th in The Hamptons

Welsh: Hearing Durant will meet with Celtics on July 4th in The Hamptons

On CSN's Sports Tonight, Tim Welsh says he is hearing the Boston Celtics will be meeting with Kevin Durant on Monday, July 4th in The Hamptons.

The free agent superstar reportedly set to meet with the Thunder on Thursday, Warriors on Friday and the Spurs on Saturday.

The dates are currently unknown for his upcoming meetings with the Heat and Clippers.

Watch the video above for Welsh's appearance on Sports Tonight.

Buckley: ‘How can you not rip [Farrell] after this?’

Buckley: ‘How can you not rip [Farrell] after this?’

Steve Buckley says the Boston Red Sox aren’t playing with the ‘type of abandon’ manager John Farrell thinks they’re playing with