Notes: Brady ties Unitas for touchdown streak

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Notes: Brady ties Unitas for touchdown streak

Here are some notes from today's game between the Patriots and Jaguars, courtesy of the Patriots media relations staff.

BRADY TIES JOHNNY UNITAS FOR THE SECOND LONGEST TOUCHDOWN STREAK
Brady has now thrown at least one touchdown pass in 47 straight regular season games to tie Johnny Unitas for the second longest streak in NFL history, behind Drew Brees (54).

BELICHICK LEADS PATRIOTS TO 11 WINS
The victory over Jacksonville is the Patriots 11th win of the season. Bill Belichick now has ten 11 wins seasons, including nine with the Patriots. He is tied with Tom Landry for second place all-time, behind Don Shula, who had 13 11-win seasons.

PATRIOTS TIE NFL RECORD FOR MOST FIRST DOWNS IN A SEASON
The Patriots tied the NFL record for most first downs in a season after gaining 23 first downs against Jacksonville to give them a total of 416 through the first 15 games of the season. The Patriots are tied with the 2011 New Orleans Saints with 416 first downs.

GOSTKOWSKI SETS SINGLE-SEASON HIGH FOR POINTS; ON PACE FOR RECORD
Stephen Gostkowski set a single-season career-high after gaining 11 points against Jacksonville to push his season total to 149. Gostkowskis previous best was 148 points in 2008. Gino Cappelletti has the Patriots record with 155 points in 1964. Gostkowski is averaging 9.9 points per game. If he gets 9.9 points in the season-finale his 2012 total will be 159 points, a Patriots record and the fifth-highest total all-time in a single season in NFL history.

WELKER SETS NFL RECORD FOR MOST 10-CATCH GAMES
Wes Welker finished with 10 receptions and now has 18 in his career, including four in 2012. Welker broke a tie with Andre Johnson and Jerry Rice, who each have 17 career 10-catch games.

PATRIOTS SCORE TOUCHDOWNS IN 2012
The Patriots are first in the NFL in 2012 with 63 touchdowns, which is third in team history.

PATRICK CHUNG HAS FIRST CAREER TWO-INTERCEPTION GAME
Patrick Chung ended Jacksonvilles final two drives with interceptions, including an interception in the end zone to secure a 23-16 win as time expired. It is his first two-interception game. It is the second time in 2012 that a Patriots player had two interceptions in a game. Devin McCourty had two at Buffalo on Sept. 30.

Fully healthy Celtics prepare for Giannis Antetokounmpo

Fully healthy Celtics prepare for Giannis Antetokounmpo

BOSTON – Brad Stevens began his pre-game press conference with a seldom-used proclamation. 

“Everyone’s available,” he said. “Doesn’t happen very often.”

Jonas Jerebko, who did fully participate in the team’s practice on Tuesday due to a sore left knee, was questionable for tonight’s game. His availability can only help the Celtics in tonight’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, one of the hottest teams in the NBA. 

The Bucks (38-36) have won 12 of their last 15 games which includes a 118-108 win at Charlotte on Tuesday. 

Tony Snell lit up the Hornets for a career-high 26 points. Rookie Malcolm Brogdon had a double-double of 14 points and 10 assists. 

And then there’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, a matchup nightmare who had 20 points and eight rebounds.

“He does some things,” Stevens said. “That’s the best way to say it. He keeps adding to it. Him in transition is like, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody like him.”

Indeed, the Greek Freak has been a vital cog in Milwaukee’s resurgence from a team bound for the lottery (again), to one that could potentially wind up as the fifth seed in the East. 

“As he’s become more skilled,” Stevens said. “He continues to put you in a worst bind. He’s tough; he’s good.”

Celtics guard Avery Bradley said there’s a long laundry list of things Boston must do tonight to emerge victorious. At the top of that has to be finding ways to attack Milwaukee’s length which stands out in a league full of lanky, long-armed players.

“Ball movement, getting the ball to the next side, not letting them load up their defense, shot fakes, drawing fouls … I can go down the list,” Bradley said. “But the most important thing is moving the ball; making them defend side to side, making them have to guard us so they’re not in position to block shots or make shots tough on us.” 

Rick Porcello starts, Drew Pomeranz relieves in Red Sox' 5-3 loss to Twins

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Rick Porcello starts, Drew Pomeranz relieves in Red Sox' 5-3 loss to Twins

Rick Porcello and Drew Pomeranz combined to allow all five of the Red Sox' runs in Boston's 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

Porcello finished his start by fanning four, allowing four hits and earning two runs over four innings. Pomeranz followed in the next four innings with four strikeouts, five hits allowed and three earned runs. Pomeranz allowed ByungHo Park's eighth-inning, two-run homer, which ended up being the game-winner.

Porcello, however, was optimistic after the loss.

"The buildup was good," Porcello told reporters, via RedSox.com. "Today I felt as good as I've felt all spring. At this point, I'm ready to go. I'm looking forward to the start of the season."

While the Sox offense was able to get three runs off Ervin Santana in his 4 2/3 innings, they struggled against the Twins' next five pitchers. Xander Bogaerts (2 of 3) and Pablo Sandoval (1 of 3) managed homers. Hanley (3 of 3) Ramirez had a double, and Dustin Pedroia (2 of 3) had two singles.

Kyle Kendrick will start Thursday in the Sox' final Spring Training series against the Washington Nationals. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. ET.