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Rob Gronkowski spikes pinata, causes small riot

06.11.16 at 9:28 pm ET
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At the conclusion of the first day of his football camp Saturday in Woburn, Rob Gronkowski spiked a pinata. It set off a small-scale riot among the campers.

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Reports: CBS, officiating analyst Mike Carey parting ways

06.11.16 at 6:54 pm ET
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CBS Sports and analyst Mike Carey have parted ways, according to multiple reports.

Carey, a former NFL official, was hired by the network to provide commentary on rules and officiating during broadcasts. However, Carey’s two years were marked by spotty accuracy and less-than-favorable reviews. The New York Daily News reports the network is “highly unlikely” to turn to a former official to fill the position.

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Donald Trump wants Tom Brady to speak at Republican National Convention

06.11.16 at 4:33 pm ET
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Donald Trump wants Tom Brady to speak at the Republican National Convention. (Glenn Russell/The Burlington Free Press via USA TODAY)

Donald Trump wants Tom Brady to speak at the Republican National Convention. (Glenn Russell/The Burlington Free Press via USA TODAY)

Tom Brady still hasn’t said whether or not he is supporting Donald Trump for President of the United States. But it sure looks like the presumed Republican nominee is banking on it.

Speaking at a rally in Richmond, Va., Friday, Trump said he hopes to include a group of athletes to speak at the RNC.

Some of the names of sports figures the candidate said he has the support from are Brady, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Nascar chief executive Brian France and Dana White, the president of Ultimate Fighting Championship.

According to the New York Times, Trump identified the potential wave of non-politicians at the event in Cleveland as “a winner’s evening,” adding, “Our country needs to see winners. We don’t see winners anymore. We have a bunch of clowns running this country. We have people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing running our country.”

The Republican National Convention is scheduled to be held in Cleveland, July 18-21.

Rob Gronkowski on relationship with new Patriots TE Martellus Bennett: ‘We’re funny together’

06.11.16 at 1:28 pm ET
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WOBURN, Mass. — Rob Gronkowski has a new friend in the tight ends room.

The Patriots acquired Martellus Bennett in a trade with the Bears this offseason and like Gronkowski, Bennett has a very outgoing personality, even dropping a Dr. Seuss line following a minicamp session at Gillette Stadium this week.

Speaking at his football clinic on Saturday morning, Gronkowski said he’s looking forward to working with and learning from Bennett, as well as new tight end Clay Harbor this season.

“They’re great guys. Clay’s a great guy. Everyone in the group’s a great guy,” Gronkowski said. “Marty B, he’s funny. He’s a great dude to have around. Great football player. He’s going year nine in the league, you can definitely learn things off of him. We’re funny together.”

Having Gronkowski and Bennett on the same team should make for a nightmare scenario for opposing defenses as Bennett looks to be what Scott Chandler couldn’t be last season.

After not being on the field with the rest of his teammates for minicamp this past week, Gronkowski was excited to work with almost 700 kids on Saturday and even got him excited thinking about the upcoming season.

“Yeah it does. It definitely does,” Gronkowski said. “Seeing all the parents in the stands yelling, all the kids going crazy, it definitely keeps you motivated. You want to keep it rolling.”

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Rob Gronkowski, Patriots ‘on same page’ after missing minicamp, adds he’ll be ready for training camp

06.11.16 at 12:09 pm ET
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Rob Gronkowski feels he'll be ready for training camp. (

Rob Gronkowski feels he’ll be ready for training camp. (

WOBURN, Mass. — After missing minicamp last week, it doesn’t seem like a big concern for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Speaking at his football clinic run through Pro Camps Saturday morning, Gronkowski confirmed he was present at Gillette Stadium this past week, but “doing other things.”

“I’m doing other things. I’m participating fully with what the coaches have me doing. We’re all good. We’re all on the same page,” Gronkowski said. “Coming out here it’s just as fun. Just working hard during the week and then coming out here applying the skills we’re learning in football and bringing them out in the kids.”

The tight end was asked again about not being on the field, but he reiterated he was just “doing other things.”

“I mean, I was present, but I was doing other things as coach would say. It’s all good. I’m good,” he said.

Gronkowski is no stranger to having injuries as he’s suffered severe back, knee and arm injuries over the years. When asked about the trust between the team doctors and himself, he said everyone is on the same page.

“If I feel like it’s the best interest for myself, at the same time, if I’m on the same page with whatever they want, we’re all on the same wave length,” Gronkowski said. “Everything’s going smooth. Everything is going good.”

So, after not being on the field for OTAs and minicamp, will he be ready for training camp?

“Oh, yeah,” Gronkowski said with a smile.

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Tom Brady seeks golf advice from Jordan Spieth in latest Facebook post

06.10.16 at 7:14 pm ET
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Tom Brady isn’t as good on the golf course as he is on the football field.

So the quarterback took to Facebook to ask Jordan Spieth, a fellow Under Armour member, for golf advice on Friday with a video of Brady hitting a shot out of the woods.

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Patriots release TE Michael Williams

06.10.16 at 5:48 pm ET
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The Patriots announced Friday they have released tight end Michael Williams.

Williams, whop reportedly suffered a torn ACL in minicamp on Wednesday, was acquired by the Patriots from Detroit in a trade for an undisclosed draft pick on Aug. 26, 2015. The 6-foot-6, 304-pounder, originally entered the NFL as a seventh round draft pick (211th overall) by Detroit in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Alabama. After spending his rookie season on injured reserve, Williams spent the 2014 season on the Detroit practice squad while converting from tight end to offensive tackle.

Last season with the Patriots, the 25-year-old played in 15 games with nine starts, primarily as a blocking tight end. He registered three receptions for 26 yards. Williams also played in both postseason games with one start but did not record any statistics.

Provided Williams clears waivers, he’ll revert to injured reserve.

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