NFL Draft takeaways: Patriots come out winners, Texans may have found their quarterback

By Kyle SchroederContributing Writer

There had been reports throughout the past several weeks that the New Orleans Saints had strong interest in Malcolm Butler. When Butler signed his franchise tender on April 18, this opened up the possibility for Butler to be traded to New Orleans. With no other teams involved in discussions, it appeared to be the Saints or no trade at all. When the Saints drafted former Ohio State corner Marshon Lattimore with the 11th overall pick, and the first round ended without a trade, it all but confirmed that Malcolm Butler would remain in a Patriots uniform. Out of all the scenarios that could have played out on the first night of the NFL Draft as it relates to the Patriots, this was the best of them all.

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Keys to Celtics playoff success

By Kyle Schroeder – Contributing Writer

Coming into the 2016-17 NBA season, the Boston Celtics had some lofty expectations placed upon them. With the additions of Al Horford in free agency and Jaylen Brown in the draft, the Celtics were expected to finish second in the Eastern Conference behind the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers. But with those two additions, the solid two-way play of Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart, and the otherworldly offensive explosion from Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics exceeded those expectations.

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Previewing the 2017 Red Sox

By Kyle Schroeder – Contributing Writer

The 2016 regular season for the Red Sox went as well as anyone could have expected. There was so much excitement, not only from the team winning the AL East, but in the way David Ortiz played out his farewell season, and the emergence of the young players on the roster. The Sox entered the playoffs as the trendy World Series pick, but once the playoffs started, everything went wrong. The Cleveland Indians swept the Sox and Ortiz’s career failed to achieve the storybook ending everyone had hoped for.

The 2017 season launches a new era in Red Sox baseball. Ortiz will not be on the team for the first time in 14 years, newly-acquired Chris Sale will be leading the pitching staff, and Mookie Betts will be the face of the team. The answers to five key questions can help tell who the Red Sox will be this season.

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Tiger’s roar not yet threatening

By James Payne 1851 Staff

After approximately 16 months in the clubhouse, Tiger Woods made his return to competitive golf this week. In Albany, Bahamas, Woods hosts his own tournament, The Hero World Challenge. The tournament always contains a prestigious invite-only field from the top 50 players of the official rankings. This year’s field consisted of 18 players and finished with 17 after Justin Rose withdrew following the first round on Thursday.

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2016 World Series features Cubs, Indians and…Red Sox

By James Payne and Ryan Fitzgerald – 1851 Staff & Co-Editor-in-Chief

The Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series. First time anyone can say that with truth to it since 1945. The Cleveland Indians will make their first appearance since 1997. The Cubs haven’t won it all in 108 years and the Indians haven’t taken home the trophy in 68 years. History is before us and it feels humbling to witness it. But you know who else is in the World Series this year? A lot of former Boston Red Sox.

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Bruins honor two legends before home opener

By James Payne – 1851 Staff

After starting the season on a three game road trip, winning two and losing one, the Bruins returned to Boston for their 2016 home opener. They faced off against the New Jersey Devils at the TD Garden on Thursday, Oct. 20 and skated to a 2-1 win. What caught the eyes of those watching wasn’t what happened during the three periods but rather the ceremonial puck drop before the game.

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Previewing the Bruins 2016/17 season

By James Payne – 1851 Staff

The Boston Bruins are coming off a disappointing season after failing to make the playoffs for the second consecutive year. Their big acquisition of the off-season was signing forward David Backes from the St. Louis Blues, and veteran center Dominic Moore, who makes the Bruins his tenth team in a 13-year career thus far. The Bruins lost Loui Eriksson and Chris Kelly to free agency, and bought out Dennis Seidenberg’s contract.

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