Pats wary of Dolphins' gamebreakers

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Pats wary of Dolphins' gamebreakers

The Patriots' preparations for Monday night's game are heavily focused on attempting to contain Miami's two gamebreakers: Running back Reggie Bush and wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

"He's covered, and then not only does he end up with the ball but he ends up with a lot of yards after that," said coach Bill Belichick of Marshall. "We've had a tough time with him before."

"He doesn't just make great catches 50 or 60 yards down the field," said cornerback Devin McCourty. "He turns catches of maybe 5 to 10 yards . . . into a 70-yard touchdown."

But focusing on Marshall may open running lanes for Bush.

"He's a fast, explosive player," said McCoury of the star running back, obtained by the Dolphins from the Saints prior to training camp. "You can't give him much room out there."

Report: Steelers' offer for Dont'a Hightower was bigger than Patriots'

Report: Steelers' offer for Dont'a Hightower was bigger than Patriots'

Dont'a Hightower left money on the table in New York and in Pittsburgh, and instead took a smaller deal to return the New England Patriots, according to CBSSports' Jason La Canfora.

The Jets' offer was previously reported to be $12 million per year, including incentives. La Canfora reiterated that report. But he also detailed Pittsburgh's offer, as the Steelers also outbid the Patriots with over $9 million per year.

Instead, Hightower settled for $8.7 million per season with New England, and will play under Bill Belichick in a Patriots jersey for the sixth season in 2017.

Hightower traveled a great deal during free agency, and ended up garnering interest from the Steelers, Jets, Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins.

The 27-year-old linebacker finished the 2016 season with 65 tackles tackles, 2.5 sacks, two pass deflections and one forced fumble. He also had a game-changing strip sack on Matt Ryan in Super Bowl LI that shifted the momentum of game.

Brian Scalabrine: Celtics starters are top-5 starting group

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Brian Scalabrine: Celtics starters are top-5 starting group

When the Celtics starting 5 players are fully healthy they have a record of 23-7. Brian Scalabrine believes they're in the top-5 best starting group in the NBA and that they would've won 60 games if healthy all season.