Pats cut Sterling Moore from already thin secondary

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Pats cut Sterling Moore from already thin secondary

There were no real treats but a few tricks for the Patriots roster on Halloween.

New England announced cornerback Sterling Moore was waived and defensive back Derrick Martin and linebacker Mike Rivera were re-signed Thursday.

Letting go of tight end Alex Silvestro from the practice squad was the team's final move of the day.

Moore, 22, rotated in and out of the secondary for every game this season, primarily as a nickel back. Whether that's where Martin will fit into the defensive backfield remains to be seen. He joined the Patriots Aug. 4 and cut at the final roster deadline. At the time, the 5-foot-10, 198-pound back didn't look like more than a camp body.

But New England needs help. Injuries to starting safeties Steve Gregory and Pat Chung necessitated moving cornerback Devin McCourty into that spot. The CB position was further thinned (at least in number) when Ras-I Dowling was placed on injured reserve less than one week ago, and again when Kyle Arrington left Sunday's game against the Rams with a head injury. There's been no update on the severity of Arrington's concussion; the team may prepare for the worst.

Who's left? Rookie Alfonzo Dennard and 28-year old Marquice Cole. If it tells you anything, Dennard played 63 of 63 defensive snaps last weekend. Cole played 20 in his best (and longest) performance of the season.

If the Patriots want to do even more roster shuffling -- but this time via trade -- to bring in cornerback help, they have until Thursday evening's deadline at 4 p.m.

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.