FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The Patriots hope the Super Bowl bye week will give Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski time to heal. Brady played effectively in the AFC championship game with stitches in his right hand, and he expects they will be removed this week. Gronkowski was knocked out of the game with a head injury, and he's likely to spend at least part of this week in the concussion protocol. New England is thin at tight end behind Gronk.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia Eagles fans threw unopened beers cans at Vikings fans in the NFC title game. Patriots fans love to brag about their Super Bowl successes. It's battle of the boorish fans when the Eagles play the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
(AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars had the New England Patriots on the ropes before botching the final few minutes of the first half with a series of moves that backfired. They still managed to take a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter, but Tom Brady hooked up with Danny Amendola for two touchdowns in New England's 24-20 comeback. That set up a Patriots-Eagles Super Bowl showdown.
BOSTON (AP) - Boston Bruins rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy has been treated for an abnormal heart rhythm and is expected to need about two weeks to recover. The team's internist says the condition is not considered dangerous but is likely to recur. McAvoy is a 2016 first-round draft pick. He has five goals and 20 assists in 45 games this season.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee general manager Jon Robinson got his NFL start as a scout with the New England Patriots. His new head coach Mike Vrabel won three Super Bowl rings as a linebacker with New England. The Titans seem to be trying to implement the Patriot Way in Music City. Vrabel says that's what it looks like _ until the Titans win big themselves. Vrabel says nobody's ever really ready to be a head coach for the first time in the NFL, but he feels as ready as possible.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Jehyve Floyd had career highs with 22 points and six blocks and Jacob Grandison hit two free throws with 13.4 seconds left to help Holy Cross beat American 60-57. Floyd shot 10 of 13 from the field.
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