Patriots chug to 28-7 halftime lead over Rams


Patriots chug to 28-7 halftime lead over Rams

LONDON -- Things started ominously for the Patriots at Wembley -- a 50-yard touchdown pass from Sam Bradford to Chris Givens on the game's sixth play -- but the Patriots have since looked like . . . the Patriots.

Twenty-eight unanswered points have been hung on a Rams defense that looks as if it spent too much time modeling the Patriots all week in London.

At the break, the Patriots have put up 263 total yards, 205 through the air from Tom Brady (14 for 22 with two TDs). They've also benefited from seven Rams penalties (two key ones on a touchdown drive just before the break) and an ill-advised fake field goal from the Rams that set up the touchdown before the break.

The Patriots have been much more aggressive with blitzes in the first half and its helped get St. Louis into second and third-and-long situations.

Sam Bradford's got terrific accuracy, he's 14 for 16 for 146 yards.

The Rams haven't done anything outlandish to try and bring extra pressure on Brady and the New England offensive line's been terrific in creating a pocket and allowing him room to step up and deliver.

Gronk has five catches for 106 yards and while his post-catch elusiveness is absent, he's still able to get short-space separation.

Kyle Arrington left with a head injury and hasn't returned. Marquice Cole is in playing the nickel and doing it well.

Kelly Olynyk in Celtics starting lineup in Game 4

Kelly Olynyk in Celtics starting lineup in Game 4

CLEVELAND – Amir Johnson’s right shoulder injury has him still in a state of limbo, which is why the Boston Celtics will start Kelly Olynyk tonight in Game 4 of Boston’s best-of-seven series with Cleveland.

Boston cut Cleveland’s series lead to 2-1 following their 111-108 Game 3 win.

Olynyk appeared in 75 games this season with six starts.

As a starter, he averaged 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

Olynyk said his focus tonight will be pretty simple.

“Just keep playing every possession like it’s the most important possession of the game,” Olynyk told

Report: Patriots, Gronkowski restructure contract for 2017 season

Report: Patriots, Gronkowski restructure contract for 2017 season

The Patriots and Rob Gronkowski have restructured the tight end’s contract for the coming season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. 

The reworked deal can bump Gronkowski’s salary for the 2017 season from $5.25 million to $10.75 million, according to Schefter. 

Gronkowski was limited by injury to just eight games last season. He had 25 receptions for 540 yards and three touchdowns, all of which were career lows. 

The 28-year-old is entering his eighth NFL season since being selected by the Pats in the second round of the 2010 draft. He has played played in at least 15 regular-season games in four of his first seven season, though he’s twice played fewer than 10.