STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) -- John J. Kelley, winner of the 1957 Boston Marathon and known to his fans as the first modern American road runner, has died.Amby Burfoot, a friend whom Kelley coached in high school in Groton in the early 1960s, confirmed his death. He said Kelley died Sunday in Stonington at his daughter's home from a melanoma that spread to his lungs. He was 80.Kelley would sometimes be confused with 1935 and '45 Boston Marathon champion John A. Kelley, a patriarch of the race who ran it each year until 1992 when he was 84. John J. Kelley would be known as "Johnny the Younger."Burfoot, an editor at Runner's World, says Kelley finished second at Boston five times and won eight consecutive USA National Marathon titles.-- The Associated Press
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After eight playoff-less seasons with the Rams, Chris Long came to his father's hometown town -- the Patriots -- in 2016 with one goal: To win a championship. And he did, even though he wasn't an every-down player for the first time in his career.
Now his goal is to play regularly again. So he's headed to the city where his father played collegiately -- Philadelphia -- to try and make that happen.
Long, 32, the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long (a Charlestown native and Villanova product), signed a two-year contract with the Eagles Tuesday:
I'm ready to work!!! #FlyEaglesFly— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) March 28, 2017
CSN Philly reports that Long isn't guaranteed a starting job on the Eagles' defensive line, but will be a valuable addition in any case:
The Eagles had a definite need -- and likely still do -- at defense end following the departure of Connor Barwin. . . . This signing doesn't mean Long will come in and start. The Eagles still have Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry under contract. But, at the very least, this is a depth signing to bring in a veteran locker room presence, like the one they lost when Barwin left.
Long had four sacks and 10 quarterback hits in 16 games for New England and was an integral part of a defense that allowed an NFL-low 250 points.