Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski Touchdown Connection Number Climbing Up All-Time Ranks

Stating that Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski connected on a touchdown pass hardly is a rare occurrence during the fall.
That remained the case Sunday afternoon, as the quarterback and tight end hooked up for a first-quarter score in the New England Patriots’ 27-20 Week 1 win over the Houston Texans.

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Brady and Gronk now have the sixth most touchdown combinations in NFL history, and second most for a quarterback-tight end duo.
To hear more about Brady and Gronkowski, check out the “NESN Sports Today” video above, presented by People’s United Bank.

5 Bike Unchained 2 Tips & Tricks You Need to Know

Mountain biking is as extreme as it gets for true thrill-seekers.
Now when it comes to mobile, there’s not a whole lot of fears you need to be concerned about. All you need to do is hold and tap at the appropriate times so you can maximize your bike’s racing potential. Red Bull recently released a quality sequel to its beloved mobile mountain biking experience. Welcome to the fast and rugged world of Bike Unchained 2. After spending some time biking down hills and pedaling like crazy, we’ve come out unscathed and arrived with this essential tips guide.
Here are the top five tips, tricks, and cheats you need to know for Bike Unchained 2:
Download the Bike Unchained 2 APK here.

1. Race Like a Madman/Madwoman and Claim Your Rewards!
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• Bike Unchained 2 features a suite of events your racer will get to participate in – Ranked Races that are tied to different leagues, Daily Events, Weekly Events, and Special Events. It’s easier to claim rewards by finishing in a good position during Ranked Races. Completing these events usually means you’ll regularly unlock new reward packs after each race (getting promoted to the next league nets you an even grander pack of goodies).
• Each event as a whole gifts you with a nice collection of rewards if you manage to place in the required ranking once the event’s time expires. You should spend a lot of your time winning Ranked Races – that way, you’ll unlock a ton of new gear items that’ll improve your bike for the other events.

2. Assemble a Proper Bike for Downhill and Slopestyle Events
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• Downhill events are all about speeding past your rivals and fighting to make it to first place. Slopestyle events challenge you to get as much air as possible and pull off the slickest tricks you know. Before you hop into any one of these events, make sure you assemble a bike for both styles.
• You’ll know you’re putting together a solid build for a bike when the number inside the “thumbs up” circle icon increases. Always equip pieces of gear that push your bike’s overall stat meter to a higher level. While an equipped part might lower one of your bike’s stats, it’s worth the sacrifice since three of your bike’s stats are guaranteed to get a boost.

3. Get a Grip of Each Track
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• Before you take on Bike Unchained 2’s lineup of Daily, Weekly, and Special Events, concentrate on competing in Ranked Races. These league events will expose you to every track, which in turn helps you become familiar with the characteristics of each one.
• Use your Ranked Race experiences in order to memorize the layout of each track – you’ll soon figure out the best times to tap your screen furiously and when to calmly hold your finger down. By the time you succeed during a race on a particularly difficult track, you’ll be more prepared to easily complete them during other events.

4. Get Acquainted With Your Mentors
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• Over time, you’ll begin to collect real-world mountain bikers. If names like Fabio Wibmer, Kate Courtney, Carson Storch, and Myriam Nicole ring a bell, then you’re clearly in the know. These bikers and many more appear in the game as Mentors – as they get upgraded and reach new levels, they help you unlock new pieces of gear, abilities, and tricks for your biker.
• The abilities you get from each Mentor help you excel in Downhill and Slopestyle events. Just make sure to select the right type of abilities for either event. For instance, equip Myriam Nicole’s “Stamina and Top Speed Boost” for Downhill Events and equip Darren Berrecloth’s “Balanced Landing” for Slopestyle Events. Experiment with different ability loadouts and make the most of your biker during both event types.

5. Go Shopping Every Once in a While!
• Bike Unchained 2’s in-game store features Token Offers, Sponsor Packs, Tickets, Obtainium, and Gold. The only items you really need to be concerned about purchasing are Token Offers and Tickets. You’ll quickly amass a nice collection of Sponsor Packs just by completing Ranked Races.
• And through those Sponsor Packs, you’ll gather plenty of Obtainium and Gold. Put most of the Gold you gather towards the Token Offers’ curated gear so you can upgrade your bike parts much quicker. And if you want to regularly participate in Weekly, Daily, and Special Events, spend all your Obtainium on Tickets.
See Also

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Aaron Rodgers Injury: Packers QB Helped Off Field After Taking Hit To Leg

UPDATE (10:11 p.m.): Aaron Rodgers appears to be OK, as he returned to action in the second half.
ORIGINAL STORY: Probably the worst possible thing that could’ve happened to the Green Bay Packers happened Sunday night.
In the second quarter of Green Bay’s Week 1 matchup against the Chicago Bears, star quarterback Aaron Rodgers was carted from the Packers sideline to the locker room after suffering an apparent leg injury. Rodgers’ knee appeared to bend awkwardly as a Bears defender fell on him. The 34-year-old managed to walk off the field with some assistance, but was carted from the sideline to the locker room shortly thereafter.

Aaron Rodgers walks off the field with some assistance after being sacked on 3rd down.
— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) September 10, 2018

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Aaron Rodgers has left the field on a cart.
— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) September 10, 2018

You can watch the hit here.
The loss of Rodgers obviously is a tough blow given he missed a good chunk of last season due to a broken collar bone suffered in Week 6.
DeShone Kizer took over under center for the Packers.

Miss America 2019: Top 10 Contestants Revealed LIVE

UPDATE: Miss New York has won Miss America 2019.

The top 10 finalists for the 2019 Miss America Competition have been revealed and they are Miss DC Allison Farris, Miss Louisiana Holli’ Conway, Miss Alabama Callie Walker, Miss Colorado Ellery Jones, Miss Florida Taylor Tyson, Miss Massachusetts Gabriela Taveras, Miss Connecticut Britney Oei, Miss Nebraska Jesssica Shultis, Miss New York Nia Franklin, and Miss Idaho Nina Forest.
Filling up the competition, rather than showing off their bodies in swimsuits, the contestants participated in a live question and answer segment. Kicking things off, Miss Connecticut said that she encourages women to get involved and showcase themselves, especially in a competition like this. Miss Oklahoma said that for those dreaming of being in a pageant, believe in yourself and also believe in your timing. Miss Idaho stated in her question and answer segment at the start of the show that anything is possible.
Miss Washington said that as a broadcast journalist, she would be an advocate for social impact. She also is an advocate for wheelchair-adaptive sports. Miss Indiana talked about why Miss America is relevant today, saying that pageants helped pay for her education. Miss New York’s first question on the show was about positive body image and she said that she grew up at a primarily white school. She said that music and the arts helped her feel positive about herself. Miss Colorado said that the arts are very important and she loves to express herself creatively through poetry.
Miss Alabama said that Miss America should speak appropriately when it comes to politics. Miss Minnesota spoke about her talent as a professional dancer. Miss District of Columbia said she is empowered by technology and she has a passion for music as a career. Miss Wisconsin has a platform called Boss, that is for strengthening one’s future, building skills. Miss Massachusetts spoke about face to face people skills and the poor effects of non-stop technology. Miss Louisiana talked about the pressures and stress that comes along with participating in competitions like Miss America.
Miss Florida talked about wanting to relate to all audiences and she wants to make sure to learn from others as well. Miss Nebraska discussed coming from a small town and having a united community.
This year’s pageant has had a lot of changes, one of which being the elimination of the swimsuit competition. There is a great focus on inclusion this year and going forward. According to The Washington Post, when talking about the elimination of the swimsuit segment, chairwoman Gretchen Carlson stated that, “We’ve heard from a lot of young women who say, ‘We’d love to be a part of your program, but we don’t want to be out there in high heels in a swimsuit.’ So guess what? You don’t have to do that anymore. We’re no longer judging women when they come out in their chosen attire, their evening wear, whatever they choose to do. It’s going to be what comes out of their mouth that we’re interested in, when they talk about their social impact initiatives.”
READ NEXT: Miss America 2019 Contestants & Winner Predictions

Delanie Walker Injury: Fantasy Tight End Options To Replace Titans Star

Delanie Walker, and his fantasy owners, had a rough Sunday.
The Tennessee Titans tight end suffered a gruesome injury during the fourth quarter of his team’s 27-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 1. The Titans haven’t revealed an official diagnosis for Walker, but the 34-year-old was carted off the field with his right leg in an air cast — a sign that his 2018 season could be in jeopardy.
(You can click here and here to watch videos of Walker’s injury.)
If Walker is forced to miss significant time, fantasy football players will be hard-pressed to replace one of the best tight ends in the NFL. Tight end is perhaps the thinnest position in fantasy, and most — if not all — of the above-average options are scooped up on draft day.
Still, that doesn’t mean there aren’t serviceable fill-ins out there.
Here are the top tight ends to target if you need to replace Walker:
Eric Ebron — Indianapolis Colts
The 25-year-old had a good first game with the Colts, catching four passes for 51 yards and a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Ebron has been a fantasy tease his entire career, with his big games often being outnumbered by his no-shows. Furthermore, he has to fight for targets with teammate Jack Doyle, who is one of fantasy football’s more reliable tight ends.
All that being said, Ebron’s talent is legitimate, and quarterback Andrew Luck just might be the man to propel the former Detroit Lion to a breakout season.

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O.J. Howard — Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Much like Ebron, Howard finds himself in a tight end timeshare with teammate Cameron Brate. The 23-year-old is the better athlete of the two, however, and is capable of putting up huge numbers when the Bucs’ offense clicks. Howard is more of a big-play tight end than a high-volume option, but he’s worth taking a flier on.
The Alabama product had two catches for 54 yards in the season opener against the New Orleans Saints.
Jared Cook — Oakland Raiders
At this point in Cook’s career, we know what we’re getting: Some huge, TE1-type games, but more than enough no-shows to prevent him from being a weekly starter. He probably can’t be trusted, but he showed a decent connection with quarterback Derek Carr last season, and there’s a chance the two build on that rapport this year.
Furthermore, Cook’s numbers could see a spike if Raiders head coach Jon Gruden prioritizes tight ends in his new offense.
Benjamin Watson — New Orleans Saints
We told you tight end was a shallow position.
Despite being 37 years old, Watson remains a decent fantasy tight end, even though he rarely posts above-average numbers. If Watson can stay healthy, he should see enough action in the Saints’ high-flying offense to remain a serviceable fantasy option. He had four catches for 44 yards in the season-opening loss to the Bucs.
Austin Hooper — Atlanta Falcons
Hooper has enough talent to be a top-tier fantasy tight end, but he simply isn’t a priority in the Falcons’ offense. And that’s understandable, considering quarterback Matt Ryan has Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu to throw to. Still, Hooper should get some action in the red zone, and should see just enough targets to warrant the occasional start, if you don’t have a better option.
The 23-year-old had three catches for 24 yards in Atlanta’s Week 1 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jeremy Hill’s Knee Injury Likely To Force Patriots To Make Roster Move

The New England Patriots took a slight risk while trimming their roster down to 53 players by keeping just four running backs.
The risk reared its ugly head when Jeremy Hill suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury Sunday afternoon in the Patriots’ 27-20 Week 1 win over the Houston Texans.
Twitter doctors feared the worst for Hill but also provided best-case scenarios.

Patriots RB #JeremyHill right knee injury is by video at best a significant MCL sprain, at worst multi-ligament injury including ACL. Hoping for the at best. #Patriots
— DocFlynn (@jessdeede) September 9, 2018

Friendly fire from #JamesDevlin on the turnover.By video, at least a high grade MCL sprain/tear.Hope his ACL and other structures spared.Best case, multi-week absence coming for #JeremyHill @Patriots
— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) September 9, 2018

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The Patriots kept Hill, Rex Burkhead, James White and rookie Sony Michel on their initial 53-man roster and cut Mike Gillislee, Brandon Bolden, Kenneth Farrow, Khalfani Muhammad and rookie Ralph Webb. Gillislee signed with the New Orleans Saints, Bolden caught on with the Miami Dolphins and the Patriots signed Webb to their practice squad.
If Michel were healthy and Hill’s injury isn’t season-ending, then the Patriots could continue to get by with Burkhead, White and Michel for the time being. But Michel was limited all week in practice with a knee injury and inactive for Week 1. It wouldn’t be smart to play Michel, who has a history of knee issues, until he’s fully healthy.
So, what happens if both Michel and Hill can’t go in Week 2?
If it’s a season-ending injury for Hill, then the Patriots could choose to sign Webb off the practice squad. They could sign a veteran free agent on the open market. Here’s a full list of players available. They worked out Kenjon Barner and Matthew Dayes last week. They also showed interest in Orleans Darkwa this spring. Some other interesting names include Terrance West and Thomas Rawls. The Patriots could also sign a running back off another team’s practice squad, though he’d need to stick on New England’s roster for three weeks.
If it’s not a season-ending injury for Hill, then it’s possible the Patriots wouldn’t want to risk slipping Webb back onto their practice squad when they’ll have an excess of running backs later in the season. In that case, perhaps they could bring back Farrow for a few weeks or sign one of those running backs we listed above.
It seems unlikely the Patriots would swing a trade for a running back, since they still have Burkhead, White and Michel, but it’s possible. The most likely scenario is they call up Webb from the practice squad.

End Of An Era: Tom Brady’s TB Times ‘Newspaper’ Reportedly Is No More

After every New England Patriots victory last season, Tom Brady posted an edition of the “TB Times,” a fake newspaper thing, on Instagram. There were cartoons, there were crocodiles — it was good stuff.
Sadly, however, those days appear to be over.
Brady and D.K., the artist who signed every TB Times issue, have ceased operations, Sports Illustrated’s Charlotte Wilder reported Sunday, citing a source close to D.K. And the report seems to be accurate, as Brady did not share a TB Times issue after the Patriots 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans in Week 1.
Check out this tweet from Wilder:

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BREAKING: Devastating news. Tom Brady’s TB Times, the fake newspaper feature a mysterious crocodile, has folded
— Charlotte Wilder (@TheWilderThings) September 9, 2018

Well, that stinks. Looks like we’ll never learn what the deal was with that crocodile.
Will Brady replace the TB Times with some new, equally zany meme? We’ll have to wait to find out.

Bills Head Coach Has Ridiculous Remark About Nathan Peterman’s Performance

If you watched the Buffalo Bills’ disastrous loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, then you know Buffalo quarterback Nathan Peterman was, in a word, terrible.
Bills head coach Sean McDermott, however, apparently needs more time before making his final assessment.
Peterman completed 5 of 18 passes for just 24 yards while throwing two interceptions in Buffalo’s 47-3 loss at M&T Bank Stadium. The second-year quarterback, who the Bills awkwardly tried to hype up last week, was benched in the second half.
Yet after the game when McDermott was asked to evaluate Peterman’s wretched performance, he said he needed to “see the tape” before reaching a conclusion.
(You can watch McDermott make the bizarre remark at the 1:35 mark in the video below.)

Head Coach Sean McDermott is live after our loss to the Ravens. #BUFvsBAL

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— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) September 9, 2018

We get McDermott doesn’t want to publicly rip his quarterback, but that comment was just brutal.
But if you really want to see some tape, Sean, this clip should help:

That Ravens [email protected]_tonyjefferson with the INT!
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 9, 2018

That pretty much sums it up.

NFL Week 2 Odds: Early Spreads, Betting Lines For All 16 Games

Oddsmakers have provided Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots with some bulletin board material entering their Week 2 road matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Patriots and Jaguars will play in Jacksonville on Sunday in a rematch of last season’s AFC Championship Game (played in New England).
New England won that matchup to advance to Super Bowl LII, and the Jaguars will have revenge on their minds this time around. Despite being on the road, you’d expect the Pats to be favored (even slightly) against an inferior Jags squad, but oddsmakers have opened the spread at a pick ’em.
Both teams began the season 1-0 after Week 1 wins. The Patriots beat the Texans 27-20 at Gillette Stadium, while the Jaguars defeated the New York Giants 20-15 at MetLife Stadium.

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Here are the complete Week 2 betting lines, per OddsShark:

Opening Week 2 NFL lines (@LVSuperBook):
BAL @ CIN PKIND @ WSH -3.5CAR @ ATL -3.5MIN @ GB -2.5LAC @ BUF +7.5HOU @ TEN NLKC @ PIT -5.5MIA @ NYJ -1PHI @ TB +3CLE @ NO -7.5ARI @ LAR -10DET @ SF -3.5NE @ JAX PKOAK @ DEN -4NYG @ DAL -3SEA @ CHI -3
— OddsShark (@OddsShark) September 9, 2018

Riley McCarron Laments ‘Stupid Play’ As Muffed Punt Mars Patriots Debut

FOXBORO, Mass. — Riley McCarron’s New England Patriots career got off to an inauspicious start Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.
McCarron, who was promoted from the Patriots’ practice squad this week primarily to handle punt return duties during Julian Edelman’s four-game suspension, muffed a punt late in New England’s season opener against the Houston Texans.
Houston recovered the fumble, retained possession at New England’s 16-yard line and scored six plays later, with quarterback Deshaun Watson connecting with wide receiver Bruce Ellington on a 5-yard touchdown to cut the Patriots’ lead to seven points.
The Patriots held that lead to win 27-20, but McCarron still was frustrated with himself after the game.
“I made a stupid play,” the 25-year-old wide receiver told reporters. “I should have handled the ball. It’s as simple as that. I did not make the decision on a fair catch, obviously, but I know the one I should have made now.”

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He added: “I just dropped the ball. It’s not a good feeling. I would like that not to happen anymore this season.”
The miscue was the highlight of an otherwise nondescript afternoon for McCarron, who was making his NFL debut after spending most of last season on the Patriots practice squad. He fair-caught three other punts, and Tom Brady’s only pass to him on offense fell incomplete.
“It obviously is not a good feeling, but credit to the defense,” McCarron said. “They did a great job. I have great support from (my) teammates. They told me to just keep my head up.”
Patriots running back and co-captain James White said he offered McCarron some words of support after his blunder.
“I went up and tapped him on the head,” White said. “I told him, ‘The play is over. We’ll move on from it. The defense is going to try and get a stop, and we might need you that next drive, so you can’t be down in the dumps.’ But Riley’s a good football player. We’ve all made mistakes in some key moments so you’ve definitely got to try and lift him up and keep his spirits because we still had a football game to play.”