Lloyd ready to succeed overseas once again

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Lloyd ready to succeed overseas once again

FOXBORO -- With Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams being played overseas, one universal concern would be each player's physical and mental adjustment to the long flight and time change.
But one person that you shouldn't be worried about this Sunday in London, is Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd.
He's been to England before. While a wide receiver for the Denver Broncos in 2010, Lloyd made the trip to take on his former team, the San Francisco 49ers.
In that game, Lloyd had a game-high seven receptions for 169 yards and a touchdown. So if there was any concern that Lloyd didn't know how to handle the travel, or somehow didn't enjoy playing a game overseas, think again.
"The pageantry for professional sports in Europe is always something that I've admired and always look forward to, so it's fun playing over there," said Lloyd on Wednesday. "We did the same exact schedule that we're doing this year, traveling on Thursday. And I didn't have any issues.
"I got as much sleep as I felt I needed," said Lloyd. "I think making the trip, the body naturally does what it needs to do. So we do have some time in there, if you want to pass out for six hours and re-charge and get ready for meetings. So there's time for that."
The Patriots travel Thursday, and will use Friday as a "transition" day. But as the preparation for the Rams continues here at home, Lloyd sees another familiar opponent in the film room.
Lloyd was traded to the Rams last October, and played 11 games with them, while pulling in 51 receptions for 683 yards and five touchdowns.
From what he saw in his short time with the team, St. Louis is full of emerging young talent and enough players in leadership roles to be a successful club.
"They're aggressive, very athletic," said Lloyd when asked about the Rams' defense. "They're a young defense, and they do a great job of keeping their eyes on the quarterback and making plays when the ball's up there."
Lloyd said he wasn't sure whether or not the Rams' 5-foot-10 veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan would be covering him on Sunday. But in the case that he will be, Lloyd knows what to expect, saying that after watching the tape, Finnegan -- in his first year with the Rams after spending six seasons with the Tennessee Titans -- has impressed him "as always."
"Cortland's going to be a solid player every year he lines up, every game he lines up," said Lloyd. "So you know what to expect. He's going to be physical, and he's going to be sticking his nose into the run game. So you're going to have to make sure that he's accounted for in all aspects of the game."

Bruins blast Kings 4-1, continue strong start for Cassidy

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Bruins blast Kings 4-1, continue strong start for Cassidy

LOS ANGELES - Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak scored their 26th goals of the season, and the Boston Bruins improved to 5-1-0 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy with a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Anton Khudobin made 27 saves in his second start since Christmas for the Bruins, who nursed an early lead to their first win in Los Angeles since March 24, 2012.

Pastrnak punctuated a strong all-around game with his seventh power-play goal of the season early in the second period. Dominic Moore ended his 26-game goal drought with an empty-net score, and David Krejci added another empty-netter with 7.2 seconds left.

Kevin Gravel scored his first NHL goal and Peter Budaj stopped 21 shots for the Kings, who have lost six of eight.

Paul George on trade talks: 'Thought I’d be in the loop a little more'

Paul George on trade talks: 'Thought I’d be in the loop a little more'

After a lot of speculation ahead of the trade deadline, Paul George is still a member of the Indiana Pacers.

Meeting with the media at Thursday's practice, George addressed the rumors, but sounded a bit frustrated about not being “in the loop” in regards to trade talks. 

“I was kind of on the ropes just like you guys were on what was about to happen,” George told reporters, per Clark Wade of the Indianapolis Star. “It’s kind of a dark moment, a lot of uncertainty. That was the frustrating part. You want me to be your guy here, thought I’d be in the loop a little more.”

The Celtics were one of the teams who were reportedly interested in George, but on the CSN Trade Deadline Special, Chris Mannix said the C's “weren’t really close” to landing the All-Star.

George, 26, will be a free agent after the 2017-18 season.