Watch Celtics’ Jayson Tatum Throw Down One-Handed Alley-Oop From Terry Rozier

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum wasn’t able to find his shot early in Sunday’s preseason game against the Charlotte Hornets, so he did what all good shooters do to get going: make a layup.
An easy basket can really jumpstart your confidence, and that was evident after the second-year star threw down a powerful one-handed alley-oop off a pass from Terry Rozier.

Tatum throws down the fast-break oop!
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 30, 2018

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Tatum wasn’t done, though, as he scored 13 points in a 3:18 span early in the second quarter. All of this came after he shot 0-for-5 in the opening 12 minutes.

Gorgeous play all around leads to an easy deuce for Tatum!
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 30, 2018

We should expect to see a lot more of these highlights from Tatum during the 2018-19 season.

Tom Brady Incredibly Hyped In Instagram Video After Patriots Crush Dolphins

Tom Brady is fired up.
Brady and the New England Patriots throttled the Miami Dolphins 38-7 on Sunday, pulling their record to 2-2 as September comes to a close. Now, they’ll be tasked with a quick turnaround as they prepare to open up Week 5 of NFL action at home Thursday against the Indianapolis Colts.
Following the Patriots’ victory Sunday, Brady recorded an Instagram video of him and his son in the backyard celebrating the win, with the elder Brady even unleashing his classic “let’s go” phrase toward the end. The Pats quarterback also slid in footage of him dancing during practice earlier this week, capping off what was a pretty wild video of the two Bradys.

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You can watch the video here.
Brady and Co. have every reason to be hyped. But in typical fashion, it didn’t take long for the focus to turn to the Colts.

NFL Week 5 Odds: Early Spreads, Betting Lines For Every Game

Week 4 of the 2018 NFL season hasn’t yet ended, but that won’t stop sports bettors from looking ahead to the early Week 5 odds.
One interesting spread is the New England Patriots being 9-point favorites at home against the Indianapolis Colts, who tied the Houston Texans 34-34 on Sunday. The Patriots avoided a 1-3 start with a convincing 38-7 win over the unbeaten Miami Dolphins at home Sunday.
It looks like oddsmakers believe the Pats have found their stride after a rocky start to the season.
There are four road favorites, too, including the Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans.

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Here are the early spreads for every Week 5 matchup:

@Pregame is @AP's official odds providerWORLD OPENERS – Week FiveNE -9 v IndBal -1 at CLEKC -3 v JaxTen -5 at BUFCAR -5½ v NygNYJ pk v DenPIT -5 v AtlGb -1½ at DETCIN -5½ v MiaLAC -5½ v OakSF -3 v AriPHI -3 v MinRams -6½ at SEAHOU -4 v DalNO -6½ v Was
— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) September 30, 2018

Patriots’ Physicality In Blowout Of Dolphins ‘Surprised’ Adam Gase

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots haven’t lost three consecutive games since 2002. So, most rational people expected them to come out with a sense of urgency Sunday against the unbeaten Miami Dolphins.
But Dolphins head coach Adam Gase apparently was caught off guard by at least one facet of the Patriots’ game.
“No, I didn’t see this coming,” Gase said after New England walloped his Dolphins 38-7 at Gillette Stadium. “I didn’t think that we would get out-physicaled. That surprised me.”
Gase may have raised expectations for his club after it started the season 3-0. But apparently he didn’t expect Miami to get pushed around like it did Sunday — especially on offense.
“We really didn’t anticipate getting out-physicaled like the way we did,” Gase said. “We had been good all year; the first three games, as far up front and our run game. … This game, we just couldn’t get anything going. We were getting pushed back, a lot of pressure on Ryan (Tannehill) even though they weren’t pressuring with blitzes.”
The Patriots won the battle on both sides of the trenches. Their defense held the Dolphins to just 172 yards of total offense and kept Miami off the scoreboard until a touchdown drive in garbage time. New England’s offensive line, meanwhile, paved the way for 175 team rushing yards on 40 carries (4.4 yards per attempt), 112 of which came from rookie running back Sony Michel.
After two consecutive road losses that dropped the Patriots to 1-2, that physical edge was exactly what they needed to earn a wire-to-wire victory.

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“I think we were a lot more physical,” defensive end Trey Flowers said after the game. “Physical in the run game, physical in the pass game. We knew we had to do that in order to get a win. So, I think a lot of guys played with a lot more physicality and a little bit more attitude.”
According to Patriots running back James White, that attitude adjustment began several days ago.
“I think everybody just attacked this week with a sense of urgency from the first day of practice from watching the film from the previous week,” White said. “I think guys just had energy in practice and it carried over into the game. I mean, that’s what it’s supposed to be like.”
Much to Gase’s chagrin, though, the Dolphins didn’t seem prepared for their AFC East opponent Sunday, losing their 10th consecutive game in New England dating to 2002.
“I knew it was going to be tough because that’s just what it is,” Gase added. “You come here, I mean, I didn’t see too many teams walk out of here (with a win) against a Hall of Fame quarterback. It’s just not going to happen.
“We came into a place that’s tough to win and we didn’t do a good job in any aspect of the game.”

Red Sox Wrap: Boston Closes Out Regular Season With 10-2 Win Over Yankees

That’s a wrap on the Boston’s 2018 regular season.
After dropping the first two contests of the three-game set against the Yankees, the Red Sox amassed 12 hits to beat New York 10-2 at Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon.
Boston made use of its bullpen seeing as its off until Friday, and Rick Porcello and Co. held the Yankees to just four hits and combined to walk three and strike out 15 New York batters.
Xander Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez both homered for the Sox, while Brock Holt scored three runs.
With the win, the Red Sox improved to 108-54 to close out the season, while the Yankees slipped to 100-62.
Here’s how it all went down:
Between the pitching being dominant and the offense coming alive often, it was a full-team effort from the Red Sox on Sunday.
— Rick Porcello pitched just two innings in his final regular season game, but certainly made them count. He pitched a 1-2-3 first inning and a scoreless second with two strikeouts. He didn’t surrender a hit on the afternoon.
— Joe Kelly tossed around a two on, one out situation for a scoreless third.
— Bobby Poyner got the ball for the fourth and ran into some trouble after quickly getting the first out. Miguel Andujar doubled and that paved the way for Luke Voit to hit a two-run home run to cut the Red Sox’s lead to 7-2. Poyner then hit Gary Sanchez, but responded by ending the inning with strikeouts to Gleyber Torres and Neil Walker.
— Eduardo Rodriguez bounced back from a rough appearance Saturday by pitching a 1-2-3 fifth inning with two strikeouts.
— Matt Barnes picked up two strikeouts in a scoreless sixth.
— Ryan Brasier tossed a scoreless seventh.
— Drew Pomeranz pitched a hitless, scoreless eighth with two strikeouts.

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— Craig Kimbrel closed out the game by striking out the side in order.
— Boston struck four times in the first after Mookie Betts singled to begin the inning before scoring when Aaron Judge committed a fielding error on a Holt single. Martinez hit a single of his own and Mitch Moreland plated the second run of the game with a double. The second error of the inning for New York led to a 3-0 Red Sox lead before Ian Kinsler plated Moreland to make it 4-0.
— The Red Sox added to their lead in the second after Jackie Bradley Jr. singled and Holt drove in his second run with a double off the Green Monster. Bogaerts made it 7-0 when he knocked his 23rd home run of the season to center field.

Hit s, blow bubbles.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) September 30, 2018

— With two outs in the fifth, Boston made extended its lead after Bradley walked and Martinez hit his 43rd home run of the season.

J.D. Martinez just homered his way into Red Sox history. No. 43 marks the most by a player in their first season with the club.
— NESN (@NESN) September 30, 2018

— Holt, Martinez, Bogaerts and Bradley led the way for the Sox with two hits apiece.
— Betts, Moreland, Sam Travis and Eduardo Nunez all chipped in with one.
That’s some good company to be in.

J.D. Martinez will finish his season batting .330 with 43 HR and 130 RBI. The only other Red Sox ever to hit at least .330 with 40+ HR and 130+ RBI are Ted Williams (1949) and Jimmie Foxx (1936, ’38). The last major leaguer to do that was Miguel Cabrera (2013).
— Red Sox Notes (@SoxNotes) September 30, 2018

The Red Sox begin their quest for the World Series championship Friday at Fenway Park with Game 1 of the ALDS, with their opponent being the winner of Tuesday’s Wild Card game against the Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees. Chris Sale is expected to get the ball for Boston.

Sony Michel’s Breakout Headlines Patriots’ Offensive Resurgence Vs. Dolphins

FOXBORO, Mass. — Anyone who prematurely branded Sony Michel a draft bust must have felt pretty foolish Sunday afternoon.
After struggling in his first two games for the New England Patriots, Michel looked exactly like the first-round pick he is against the Miami Dolphins, carrying the ball 25 times for 112 yards and his first NFL touchdown as the Patriots bulldozed their way to a 38-7 victory at Gillette Stadium.
“I would say it was execution,” Michel said. “It’s all about executing — how you’re executing the plays. I did a little bit better job this week than I did last week.”
Michel, who missed the entire preseason and Week 1 with a knee injury, quickly found his stride in his first home game as a Patriot. Though he was stopped for no gain on the Patriots’ first offensive snap, the rookie running back had a string of three consecutive carries later in that same drive that gained 9, 13 and 14 yards.
That series ended with Michel failing to cross the goal line on two rushes from inside the 5-yard line, but he found paydirt early in the fourth quarter, rushing 10 yards for a touchdown on a pitch from quarterback Tom Brady.

One for the books. @Flyguy2stackz's first career TD.#MIAvsNE | #GoPats
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 30, 2018

As was the case for much of the afternoon, Michel benefited from textbook blocking on his score, with tight end Dwayne Allen leveling defensive end Charles Harris with a crackback block and left tackle Trent Brown serving as a one-man caravan for him to follow into the end zone.

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“We called the play in the huddle, and everybody executed their jobs,” said Michel, who also had a 23-yard run earlier in the game that helped set up a touchdown pass to Phillip Dorsett. “And that was the goal: do your job and great things will happen. The offensive line did a great job. The tackle did a great job going out there to get that block and me just reading it.”
Asked what he saw on his read, the soft-spoken Georgia product simply replied: “An open edge.”
Michel faced criticism after his inconsistent performances in losses to the Jacksonville Jaguars (10 carries, 34 yards) and Detroit Lions (14 carries, 50 yards) but said his confidence never wavered. He credited his veteran teammates for this and viewed his early struggles as an important learning experience.
“I would say I’m blessed, because going through times that aren’t the brightest helps you learn so much,” Michel said. “I’m blessed to say I had those times that I could learn from. A lot of people don’t. A lot of people may have those times coming, and they may not know how to react to them.
“But me, I had a rough start, but I’ve got great guys around me to encourage me, to stand next to me. It’s a family in here, so it helps. But you’ve got to just keep pushing and keep fighting.”
Michel wasn’t the only offensive standout in Sunday’s blowout win. Fellow running back James White also had 112 yards from scrimmage (44 rushing, 68 receiving) and a rushing touchdown, and White, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson all caught touchdown passes from Brady.
Even newcomer Josh Gordon made important contributions in a limited role, catching two passes on two targets for 32 yards while also drawing a defensive penalty to extend a drive on third down and delivering a key block on White’s rushing touchdown.
“We did a lot of things better (Sunday) than we did the past two weeks, so I think it’s a combination of everything,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “Each player, all of the other players with them, our overall operation functioned as a unit. We just all performed at a higher level, which we needed to do.”

Colts’ T.Y. Hilton Likely Out Thursday Vs. Patriots Due To Hamstring Injury

The New England Patriots are flying high after a beatdown of the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, and they already seem to be catching a break in Week 5.
The Pats will have a quick turnaround, as they’ll play Thursday night against the Indianapolis Colts in Foxborough. The Colts, however, likely will be without their biggest receiving threat, as T.Y. Hilton suffered a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter of Indy’s overtime loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday.
After the game, Colts head coach Frank Reich gave an update on Hilton.

Reich says WR T.Y. Hilton’s hamstring injury is “probably not good” for Thursday night’s game against the Patriots.

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— Andrew Walker (@AWalkerColts) September 30, 2018

The hamstring ailment actually was the second injury Hilton sustained in the game, as he suffered a chest injury during the first quarter.
Despite the setbacks, Hilton reeled in four catches for 115 yards in Sunday’s game. He now has 21 grabs on the season for 294 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
At 1-3, the Colts were heading into Gillette Stadium as underdogs, but not having Hilton will make the task in front of them all the more challenging.

Patriots’ Josh Gordon Breaks Silence, Knows Tom Brady Is Rooting For Him

FOXBORO, Mass. — Wide receiver Josh Gordon joined the New England Patriots nearly two weeks ago but met with the media for the first time Sunday after making his team debut.
After the Patriots pretended Gordon didn’t exist for a few bizarre days, the team and league allowed the wide receiver to get settled and play a game before taking questions.
Gordon sat out Week 3 with a hamstring injury, prolonging the silence. He finally talked after catching two passes for 32 yards in the Patriots’ 38-7 win over the Miami Dolphins.
“I have no doubt I’m going to take advantage of this opportunity,” Gordon said. “I’m more than blessed. I’m extremely grateful to be put in this scenario. I think the only thing right for me to do is take full advantage of it. I’m loving it, I’m enjoying it, the guys here are great, it’s a real home environment and I feel as comfortable as ever here. It’s awesome.”
Gordon entered the league as a supplemental draft pick with the Cleveland Browns in 2012. He’s played just 42 games over the last six years after receiving several suspensions for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Gordon also has dealt with mental-health issues, which have brought on the drugs and drinking.
He does seem to be successfully battling those demons with the Patriots, however. Everyone’s saying all the right things about Gordon, who’s one of the best wide receivers in the NFL when he’s actually playing.

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And even putting his past issues aside, it wasn’t easy for Gordon to get to the point of being able to play in the Patriots’ offense after two short weeks with the playbook while dealing with a hamstring injury.
“It took a lot of effort and time and work put in studying,” Gordon said. “All around, just a concerted effort from the training staff and what I could do on my end and try to make it work. But, it was an awesome experience and I really enjoyed it and a great opportunity.”
Quarterback Tom Brady made it a point to come over and congratulate Gordon after he broke tackles on a 19-yard gain late in the third quarter of Sunday’s game. Brady’s been supportive of Gordon since he arrived in a trade with the Browns.
“I mean, it’s awesome, just period, catching a pass from Tom at any point in time,” Gordon said. “He’s been rooting for me, and it’s been awesome to have his support and his love, as well as the rest of the teammates and staff here. You know, Tom’s a passionate guy and I love that, and I love the game of football and I think we’re going to mesh just fine.”
The Patriots’ offense has limitless potential based on Gordon’s involvement. They scored 38 points with a limited Gordon and without suspended receiver Julian Edelman. If Gordon can play like he did in 2013, when he led the NFL in receiving yards, or even 2017, when he had 335 yards in five games, then the Patriots’ wide receiver woes will officially be solved. But that’s always a big if given Gordon’s past issues.
If there’s a locker room that can give Gordon the support system he needs, however, it’s the Patriots’.

Watch James White Embarrass Dolphins Defender With Sick Juke On TD Run

The Miami Dolphins had no answer for James White on Sunday afternoon.
The Patriots running back stuffed the stat sheet in Week 4, catching eight passes for 68 yards with a touchdown to go along with eight carries for 44 yards and another score in New England’s 38-7 win.
While White’s TD catch was a thing of beauty, his scamper to paydirt in the second quarter really got Patriots fans out of their seats at Gillette Stadium. After receiving the handoff from quarterback Tom Brady, White swiftly freed himself from traffic with a nasty juke that put Dolphins defensive lineman Robert Quinn on skates.
Check this out:

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Moves on the field.Moves in the end [email protected]_White | #MIAvsNE | #GoPats
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 30, 2018

White was seldom used in the Patriots’ Week 3 loss to the Detroit Lions last Sunday night, which prompted Brady to advocate for the fifth-year back to receive more touches moving forward. It’s safe to say the star signal-caller got his wish.

Ex-Patriots Danny Amendola, Brandon Bolden Had Mixed Emotions In Reunion Game

FOXBORO, Mass. — Danny Amendola and Brandon Bolden (briefly) caught up with old friends Sunday.
Outside those quick meetings, though, the Miami Dolphins wide receiver and running back didn’t exactly enjoy their return to Gillette Stadium.
“They’re a good team. We didn’t play well enough to beat them. So, that’s it,” Amendola said after the Patriots, who employed him for five seasons from 2013 to 2017, crushed the previously-unbeaten Dolphins 38-7 in his first visit since leaving New England this past offseason.
Amendola, who finished with just two catches on three targets for 21 yards, was able to share a moment with old quarterback Tom Brady both before and after the game.

Love this photo taken after the game. #TomBrady and @DannyAmendola, #SuperBowl champions, and still friends. #Patriots #Dolphins
— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) September 30, 2018

Bolden, who spent his first six seasons with the Patriots as a core special teamer before signing with Miami earlier this month, also was spotted catching up with former teammates pregame.

Old friend Brandon Bolden catching up with Ryan Allen, Joe Cardona and Stephen Gostkowski.
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) September 30, 2018

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But neither player had nostalgia on the mind after losing by 31 points to their former team.
“It was a work day,” Bolden said. “In the moment you kind of don’t see friends; you see jersey numbers. At the end of the game, we had enough time to kind of speak to everybody. So then at that point, after the game was over, (we caught up).”
“I’m excited to be at every NFL stadium that I play in,” Amendola said when asked about returning to New England, “because I love playing football, and this is a great experience.”
The Dolphins still haven’t won in Foxboro since the 2008 season. But neither Amendola nor Bolden pointed to anything specific about the challenges of winning on the road against the Patriots.
“The field’s the same width. 100 yards long, you know what I’m saying?” Amendola said. “We’ve got to come in here and play good football whistle-to-whistle. That’s what matters most. Doesn’t matter where you’re playing.
“Noise is a factor on the road; everybody knows that. Whistle-to-whistle, we’ve got to play better football.”
Bolden took things a step further.
“I didn’t find it difficult to play here at all,” Bolden added. “I’ve lost games here and I’ve won games here. To answer that question, we go into every game trying to win, and we just didn’t win (Sunday).”