Welcome to Gillette for a Patriots-Ravens AFC Championship!

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Welcome to Gillette for a Patriots-Ravens AFC Championship!

FOXBORO -- The buildup inside any stadium on game day is always a slow one. It's no different during the playoffs. 
Players start trickling out of the locker room and onto the field a few hours before kickoff. Today, the Patriots and Ravens are starting to warm up for the AFC Championship game at Gillette. Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco is outside, testing the ball's flight on routes of various distances. Wind is a concern for game time as the National Weather Service has issued an official advisory.Westerly winds of 10 to 20 miles per hour with gusts of up to 45 miles per hour. 
Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski and long snapper Danny Aiken are also out early, likely to see how the ball is traveling. But before getting to work, the pair met Baltimore's three specialists at the south goal's 45-yard line for a lengthy powwow. Gostkowski and Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox became friends after rehabbing injuries together before the 2011 season. 
It doesn't appear to be frigid just yet as a few players have taken to the turf in shorts. The current 40-degree temperature is expected to be cut down by half before this game is over; most guys are wearing hats and gloves as they go through their pregame paces. One might give the weather advantage to New England. Playing well in the snow doesn't mean all Patriots are impervious, however. 
To quote one player, just inside the locker room after practice earlier this week: "It is expletive cold out there, man! WOO!" 
There are some heavy hitters staying warm inside Gillette today -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell being an obvious one. Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome, Assistant GM Eric DeCosta, and VP of Football Administration Pat Moriarty also made an appearance in the press box. 
Other than a few VIP sightings and a cramped press box, it feels like any other game week. Don't be fooled, though -- either Baltimore or New England is heading to Super Bowl XLVII and this place will be electric. 
Just wait until the fans get in.

Carlo "ready for everything" as he looks to build on strong camp

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Carlo "ready for everything" as he looks to build on strong camp

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- Brandon Carlo enjoyed about as good a game as one could possibly hope for in his preseason debut earlier this week.

The 19-year-old was smooth and poised with the puck on his stick, and picked up an assist when Danton Heinen redirected his point blast to the back of the net. He was also a little dirty, mean and nasty in his own end throwing bodies around in front of the net, and at one point taking a penalty call when he was a little overzealous throwing an opponent down in the crease.

So the 6-foot-5 prospect gave a pretty good glimpse into what he can offer at his best, but the youngster also knows it will keep getting more and more difficult as the games get closer to the end of the preseason.

“In that first game I felt like I was doing a lot of really good things. I was moving the puck well, playing well and doing all of the things that I wanted to do. So I’m really excited to build on that opportunity. I feel like I started myself off well, but it’s about building throughout the camp to reach your main goal at the end,” said Carlo, who may be in line for top pair duties again on Friday night after skating in that role in his first game. “Throughout camp I got three games last year, and I noticed that with each game the action got harder and faster. So I’m ready for that. I feel like it’s going to be a lot of fun out there. I’m ready for the speed, and I’m ready for the physicality. I’m ready for everything.”

Carlo will again team with veteran puck-mover John-Michael Liles on Friday night in a road exhibition game against the Detroit Red Wings, and both he and the Bruins will be looking for him to build on that first outing’s promise. If the youngster can keep it up then the Bruins will have a really difficult choice on their hands with seven D-men already signed to NHL contracts ahead of the young prospect types, so Carlo would have to displace somebody.

But that’s another problem for another day, and will require young Carlo to keep impressing on people , and being extremely hard to play against, when the Bruins take the ice against the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night.

Watch live stream online of the Celtics Green vs White scrimmage

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Watch live stream online of the Celtics Green vs White scrimmage

Tonight at 7:00pm on CSN and CSNNE.com, the Boston Celtics play their annual Green vs White scrimmage at TD Garden. 

Our broadcast team of Mike Gorman, Tommy Heinsohn, Abby Chin, Brian Scalabrine, Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely bring you all the action from the scrimmage as we get our first look at the 2016 Boston Celtics.

Also, Wyc Grousbeck and Danny Ainge are scheduled to join us during the broadcast.