Welcome to Sun Life Stadium for Patriots-Dolphins!

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Welcome to Sun Life Stadium for Patriots-Dolphins!

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Hello from Sun Life Stadium!
Is it even necessary to say it's a beautiful day here in Miami? Might as well. The temperature, less than three hours before New England and the Dolphins kick off, is 78 degrees. Humidity is expected to climb from 59 to 65 percent during the game. Wind could be a factor in the kicking game, as 14 mile-per-hour gusts are already kicking up the stadium's flags and banners.
Receiver Julian Edelman, who left last Thursday's Jets game with a concussion, hit the field early to get loose. Edelman caught a few passes from a trainer and ran around a bit before heading back to the tunnel.
Otherwise, Danny Woodhead and Ryan Mallett were the only Patriots outside before 10:45; most of the players warming up exceptionally were Dolphins.
When this thing gets rolling, 8-3 New England will look to clinch its ninth AFC East championship in 10 years while the 5-6 Dolphins try to keep their 2012 playoff hopes alive.

First Celtics practice 'a little different' but 'feels right' for Horford

First Celtics practice 'a little different' but 'feels right' for Horford

WALTHAM, Mass. – NBA players are creatures of habit so you can understand why Al Horford was just a little bit out of his element on his first practice with the Boston Celtics.
 
After nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Horford hit the free agent market this summer and signed a four-year, $113 million with the Celtics.
 
Horford acknowledged that his first practice with the Celtics “was a little different” but added, “It’s definitely a weird feeling, but it feels right to be here.”

Players, coaches, national pundits, the list is seemingly endless when it comes to folks who believe Horford is an ideal fit with the Boston Celtics.
 
“He can do score in the paint, shoot 3s, defend, pass, he can do it all out there,” Amir Johnson told CSNNE.com. “He’s going to fit in well with us.”
 
But like any rookie or newcomer to a team, Horford admitted he had some moments when he was a step or two late getting to where he needed to be on the floor.
 
“We’re running through a lot of plays, a lot of concepts being thrown out,” Horford said. “It’s a matter of getting comfortable with all the sets.”
 
As much as he will work to figure things out, Horford is wise enough to know he’ll need the help of his new teammates, too.
 
“I’m going to lean on a lot of the guys,” Horford said. “I’ll definitely ask a lot of questions. Avery (Bradley) already has gotten in my ear, anything I need he’s there for me. I just want to get acclimated as fast as I can.”
 
Horford also said that head coach Brad Stevens has been extremely helpful in assisting him in speeding up his learning curve.
 
“Coach (Stevens) is very sharp, very . . .  he explains things well,” Horford said. “He explains things well. He wants practice to move along. The pace of practice, definitely a faster pace.”
 
But you won’t find Horford complaining.
 
Horford is clearly excited about starting this new chapter in his basketball career.
 
“For me it’s more of a relief, finally being here in Boston, house, being settled,” Horford said. “Now we can just focus on the season.”