Patriots’ Stephen Gostkowski’s Struggles Continue In Week 4 Vs. Bills

The New England Patriots may be 4-0, but is there cause for concern about Stephen Gostkowski?
The kicker certainly hasn’t looked like his normal self this season, and continued to struggle in New England’s Week 4 matchup against the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots were able to squeak out a 16-10 win, but Gostkowski left more points on the board.
To see his stats through the first four weeks of the season, check out the “NESN Sports Today” video above, presented by People’s United Bank.

Bruce Cassidy Believes Bruins Mentally, Physically ‘Ready To Go’ For 2019-20

Hockey season is just days away, and Bruce Cassidy believes his team is more than ready.
The Boston Bruins head coach, who helped lead his team to a 4-1-1 preseason record, has plenty of reasons to look at his 2019-20 squad and be confident for Thursday’s opening game against the Stars in Dallas. The Black and Gold dismantled the Chicago Blackhawks 8-2 in the preseason finale, both David Pastrnak and Jake DeBrusk netted hat tricks and David Backes has looked incredibly strong.
“Physically, I believe we are (ready),” Cassidy said, per NBC Sports Boston’s Joe Haggerty “Obviously (David Krejci) is a part of that. I’ve said I believe he’ll be ready (for opening night), but that’ll be up to him.”
That’s certainly good news regarding Krejci, who skated in just two shifts before being removed from the B’s preseason tilt against the Philadelphia Flyers. The center suffered a lower-body injury, but Cassidy remained optimistic over the last week that it wasn’t serious.
“I’ve been told that he should be ready to go. Mentally, I don’t have any doubt that we’ll be ready to play,” Cassidy added, per Haggerty. “We’ve had too many veteran guys that are just hockey guys and they like playing. So, we’ll be ready to go in that part. Are we good enough? That you never know until the puck drops at the start of the year.”
The puck drops on the 2019-20 season Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez Admits He ‘Kind Of Likes’ Moving Around MLB

There will be a lot of questions surrounding the Red Sox this season, and one major one involves J.D. Martinez.
The Boston slugger, who signed a five-year deal with the team prior to the 2018 season, can opt-out of his contract this year. If he indeed opts out and signs with a new team in free agency, that will mark Martinez’s fifth squad in four years.

But if you ask the 32-year-old, moving around the league doesn’t really bother him.
“I don’t mind moving around. I kind of like it,” he said, per The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham.
Martinez also noted he hasn’t really thought about what the next step will be, and will sat down his agent Scott Boras in the offseason to discuss possibilities.
“I can’t spill my beans just yet,” Martinez said after Boston’s 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles, per MassLive.com’s Chris Cotillo. “We’ll see what happens.
“I have to make an individual decision for myself when the time comes. t’s one of those things where you see what’s in front of you and make the decision,” he added. “I haven’t sat down to think about it or go through it all with Scott.”
Martinez will have some time to think about his decision, as he doesn’t need to make anything official until after the conclusion of the World Series.
Only time will tell if Martinez returns to Boston.

USWNT’s Sam Mewis Reveals What Life’s Been Like Since World Cup Victory

Winning a World Cup sure can be life changing.
Just ask Hanson, Mass. native Sam Mewis.
The United States women’s national team midfielder played a pivotal role in the Team USA’s 2019 World Cup victory over the Netherlands in July. Mewis served as the honorary captain at Sunday night’s New England Revolution game at Gillette Stadium, where talked about what life has been like since winning the championship.

“Life has been great,” she told NBC Sports Boston’s Naoko Funayama during the game. “It’s been super exciting, I think seeing ust the impact the victory has had and getting to experience the whole thing with my teammates and my family is wonderful.
“Everything’s just been super exciting and I’m still kind of basking in the moment.”

The honorary captain for tonight's game is @sammymewy of the @USWNT. She shares her thoughts on this match & explains how being a 2019 World Cup champion has impacted her personally pic.twitter.com/jAd933Dm84
— NE Revolution on NBCSB (@NBCSRevs) September 29, 2019

We can’t wait to see what she’s got up her sleeve for years to come.

Stevie Wilkerson’s Catch Was Best Dwight Evans Ever Saw In Right Field

If you catch the attention of Dwight Evans, chances are you’re doing something right.
Such was the case Sunday for Stevie Wilkerson, who made an insane catch to rob Jackie Bradley Jr. of a home run in the Boston Red Sox’s 5-4 win against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park.

Wilkerson tracked down the ball and jumped to make the catch, falling into the stands in the process. And Evans, who spent 19 of his 20 years in Major League Baseball with the Red Sox as their right fielder, text Dennis Eckerlsey to say he thought it was “the greatest catch” he ever had seen, according to The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham.

Dwight Evans texted Dennis Eckersley and said Wilkerson’s catch was the greatest he had ever seen by a right fielder.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) September 29, 2019

We can’t exactly blame him. Check the catch out for yourself:

At the buzzer, we have a catch of the year candidate. pic.twitter.com/oj9zt2tZjF
— MLB (@MLB) September 29, 2019

Wilkerson likely will remember this catch for a long, long time. But getting the approval from a baseball great certainly will make it more memorable.

CT Sun Hoping To Improve In This Specific Area In Game 2 Of WNBA Finals

Sunday marked the Sun’s first appearance in the WNBA Finals since 2005, although it didn’t quite go as Connecticut had hoped.
The Sun dropped Game 1 of their best-of-five series against the Washington Mystics, failing to complete their fourth-quarter comeback. And while there was lots Connecticut got right Sunday, there also was plenty the Sun can work on, as well.
In fact, there’s one particular area Connecticut hopes to improve upon come Game 2.

“(The Mystics) score the ball so well and they play so well together that you cannot have a flat start,” Sun captain Jasmine Thomas told reporters after the game, per the team. “So, we’ve talked about that first-quarter start making a big difference in Game 2. So, for sure, we’ll be focused on that and what other adjustments we’ll have to make for the next game once we watch the film.”

Hear from the Sun after Game 1. pic.twitter.com/bZTBt1uChN
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) September 29, 2019

Connecticut has a chance to even the series at one win apiece Tuesday in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals at Entertainment and Sports Center. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m ET.

Red Sox’s Mookie Betts ‘Not Going To Focus’ On Future In Boston Right Now

The Boston Red Sox have a lot of blanks to fill in come 2020, and many of them surround some key players.
Mitch Moreland, Brock Holt and Rick Porcello will become free agents, while J.D. Martinez can opt-out of his contract and test free agency. Mookie Betts still is under contract for another year, but Tom Werner and John Henry both have expressed desire to stay under the luxury tax threshold come next year.

That certainly makes one think how the team will go about what it will do with Betts. Werner wants the right fielder in Boston for the remainder of his career, but there’s no telling how the future will pan out. And Betts, who’s a year removed from winning American League MVP, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award in 2018, is not focusing on where he may or may not be for the rest of time in Major League Baseball.
“That’s out of my hands,” he told The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham after Sunday’s dramatic 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles. “I have my representation to take care of that type of stuff so I don’t worry about it … I’m still here. It’s not like I’m gone until whenever. I’m not going to focus on that right now.”
Betts scored the winning run in Sunday’s final game of 2019 on a wild sequence and clubbed 29 home runs and 80 RBIs, good for a .295 average.

NBA Rumors: Tacko Fall’s Agent Reiterates Interest From Other NBA Teams

The Celtics are set to kick off training camp in this week, which means the anticipation surrounding Boston’s 15th and final roster spot is beginning to rise.
Tacko Fall is the clear fan favorite heading into Day 1 of training camp, but he has some stiff competition. Javonte Green, Kaiser Gates, Tremont Waters and Yante Maten all represent viable candidates for that final slot. If Fall is beaten out, his agent is confident that he’ll get an NBA shot elsewhere.

Fall’s agent, Justin Haynes, has reiterated to the Celtics that Fall will be picked up by another NBA team if he doesn’t make Boston’s roster, league sources told The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach.
The 7-foot-7 center signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Celtics, meaning that he would have to go through waivers if Boston attempts to move him to its G League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.
Fall’s unique skillset and marketability likely would draw plenty of teams to the big man if he were to hit the market, but time will tell if they even get that opportunity.
The Celtics begin training camp Tuesday at the Auerbach Center.

Red Sox Prospect Tanner Houck Handles Adjustments From Double-A To Triple-A

Tanner Houck did a tremendous job transitioning into a bullpen role this season, but the Boston Red Sox pitching prospect did admit to some adjustments over the course of his 2019 campaign.
In discussing the differences between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, Houck noted that there’s a noticeable difference in the baseballs used at the higher level. It’s something that fans likely don’t think about, but as a pitcher, Houck said it’s a significant difference.
To hear more from the pitching prospect, check out the “Ultimate Red Sox Show” video above, presented by Harbor One.

New England Revolution Clinch MLS Playoff Spot

New England Revolution Clinch an MLS Playoff Spot After a 2-0 Win Over NYCFC

The New England Revolution are heading to the MLS playoffs for the first time since 2015. On Sunday the Revolution defeated NYCFC 2-0 to clinch the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

With the win the Revolution move to 11-10-12 with 45 points on the season and close the 2019 home slate with a 8-5-4 record.

“I am not ready to dance in the woods or have a parade since we made the playoffs,” said Revolution Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena. “I think the goal here is to get this club in a better position to be one of the top clubs in the league and one day win an MLS cup. We are not there yet.”

Witnessing the Revolution clinch an MLS playoff spot was a season high 28,602 fans. In 17 home games this season New England drew 284,536 fans and averaged 16,737 per game.

“There has been a belief in this group for the entirety of it,” said Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner. “From when we were in last place in May until now.”

Revolution Starting XI Sees Six Changes

Given three-matches in eight days Bruce Arena had plenty of rotation in his squad in the past week. Arena made a total of six changes to the starting XI from Wednesday’s 2-2 draw at the Portland Timbers.

Matt Turner, Brandon Bye, Antonio Delamea, Andrew Farrell, Jalil Anibaba, Wilfred Zahibo, Carles Gil, Luis Caicedo, Teal Bunbury, Gustavo Bou, Cristian Penilla

On the bench the Revolution had DeJuan Jones, Juan Agudelo, Juan Fernando Caicedo, Michael Mancienne, Diego Fagundez, Scott Caldwell, Brad Knighton

The Play By Play, Turner Saves Multiple Goals While Bou Chips the Keeper

After a scoreless first half the Revolution were able to break the stalemate in the 66th minute when Teal Bunbury was able to score his sixth goal of the season.

For good measure the Revolution tacked on one more goal with Gustavo Bou chipping Sean Johnson in the 89th minute to make it 2-nil. Bou has now scored 9 goals in his first 13 MLS matches.

In net was Matt Turner who provided New England its second clean sheet in the last eight days with a six save performance.

Carles Gil Named Team MVP, Farrell Defender of the Year, and Caldwell Humanitarian of the Year

Prior to Sundays match the Revolution named team captain Carles Gil the JetBlue Team MVP, defender Andrew Farrell the Defender of the Year, and midfield Scott Caldwell the Humanitarian of the Year.

Gil who is in the midst of his first season for New England has been sensational appearing in 33 straight matches to open the 2019 season and only missing eight minutes of action in that timeframe. Gil who transferred into New England this offseason from Deportivo de La Coruna is one of three MLS players with double-digit goals and assists. The 26-year-old’s 10 goals and 14 assists leads the Revolution.

As for Farrell, he was voted in for the second consecutive season by the local media and has really thrived this season after moving to the center back position.

Jun 3, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Revolution midfielder Scott Caldwell (6) controls the ball during the first half against Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Caldwell was selected by the community relations department for his work off the field including his appearance as the first professional athlete to march in the Boston Pride Parade. The Braintree native has also worked with Boston Children’s Hospital, Special Olympic, and many more of the clubs off the field efforts in the community.

On To Atlanta For Final Game Of Regular Season For Revolution

With the Revolution can now head into their final match of the season having secured a playoff spot. Atlanta is also firmly in the playoff structure as well but given the hostile environment it will prove to be a good precursor to the playoffs for New England.

Related: Carles Gil One Of MLS’s Best Newcomers

“I think the game in Atlanta is a terrific game to play in preparation of the playoffs,” said Arena on getting players prepared.

New England and Atlanta face-off on Sunday, October 6th at 4:00 pm est..
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