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    WALES are taking on England as they look to win the triple crown in the Six Nations. The Welsh started with wins over Ireland and Scotland but will not have Leigh Halfpenny in their starting line-up today. 2Leigh Halfpenny will play no part for Wales against England todayCredit: AP:Associated Press Why isn't Leigh Halfpenny playing for Wales against England today? Leigh Halfpenny has been left out of the Wales squad after picking up a concussion against Scotland at Murrayfield. If a player picks up a concussion, they are not able to appear for their team again without completing World Rugby's stringent Return To Play protocol. This means they must not perform any exercise until they are symptom free. When they do return to training they must remain free of symptoms throughout their rehabilitation. And in order to return to matches, the player must be signed off in writing by a...
    ENGLAND are playing a pink ball day-night Test against India in Ahmedabad after two red ball Tests in Chennai. The pink ball is a test cricket inovation that allows play to go into the evening, as it will at the newly re-named Narendra Modi Stadium. 2The pink ball is being used in day-night TestsCredit: Focus Images 2Broadcasters have been explaining the dynamics of the pink ball on Channel 4 The Third Test is being broadcast live on Channel 4, meaning some cricket fans watching on terrestrial TV might be seeing pink ball cricket for the first time. Why is a pink ball being used? The traditional red ball is too difficult to pick out in floodlit conditions. The white ball traditionally seen in limited-overs cricket clashes with players' kits and sight screens. Normal red balls are dyed to achieve their colour. White and pink balls are painted. Will the ball...
    JAMAL MUSIALA showed why England boss Gareth Southgate is desperate to nab him from Germany’s grasp after scoring a brilliant strike for Bayern Munich against Lazio. The exciting midfielder, 17, netted in the 24th minute to make it 2-0 to the Germans in their Champions League last-16 first-leg tie. 3Jamal Musiala scored a great goal for Bayern Munich against LazioCredit: Getty Images - Getty What a finish from 17-year-old Jamal Musiala for Bayern! ????That build-up play from Alphonso Davies ???? pic.twitter.com/Gbix4z0b4o— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 23, 2021 Alphonso Davies started the move with a fine run before passing into midfield. Musiala received the ball on the edge of the penalty area before driving low past Lazio goalie Pepe Reina. His strike added to Robert Lewandowski’s 9th minute opener in Rome. And Leroy Sane put Bayern in total control with a 42nd minute effort for 3-0. Francesco Acerbi then...
    DION Dublin had a great career as a footballer, playing for England and turning out for several clubs including Manchester United, Coventry and Aston Villa. But in recent years he has turned his attention to property, hosting Homes Under The Hammer on BBC One with Martin Roberts and Martel Maxwell. 4 Dion Dublin is a scorer of 111 Premier League goals for numerous clubsCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd And he'll also be taking part in the newest series of Celebrity Masterchef. Isn’t Dion Dublin meant to be a footballer? He is! Well, he was anyway until 2008 when he retired - he is 51 now. In a superb career at the top level of English football, he earned a move to Manchester United in 1992 from lowly Cambridge United. A broken leg meant a scuppered time under Sir Alex Ferguson during which time the club signed the one and only Eric...
    Why did Tom Brady leave the New England Patriots for Tampa Bay? Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians believes he has the answer. "I think his competitive spirit is so strong that he wanted to do it," Arians told Showtime's "Inside the NFL"  airing this week on the pay TV service that "He wanted to show people. I’ve never said anything bad about Bill Belichick; I know everybody tries to say I do. His record speaks for itself. He is probably the greatest one ever. But I think [Brady] wanted to try a different way." CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The Buccaneers came away with an impressive 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. Brady won his seventh Super Bowl title, but it was his first with a different franchise. BUCS GM JASON LICHT HAS EPIC RESPONSE TO DAUGHTER OF LOMBARDI TROPHY DESIGNER SEEKING APOLOGY...
    IT’S a fact that Jimmy Anderson is the greatest pace bowler England has ever produced. Full stop. That is not even an argument. 2Graeme Swann says Jimmy Anderson is undoubtedly England's best-ever pace bowlerCredit: Rex Features The hardest thing once you reach the level of world class is to maintain it. You are always being judged. If you have one quiet innings here or there, people immediately say, ‘Look at his age, he’s losing it’. The fact is, that never fazes him. He knows his game. He’s cracked the mental side of Test cricket. Jimmy knows age is just a number and if you run up and bowl balls that got you wickets in the first Tests of your career, they’ll do the same in the future. On a fifth-day pitch with no pace or bounce whatsoever and with an Indian ball, as they’re not the same as the Dukes...
    RUGBY players from all participating teams are being given the option of taking the knee during a "moment of reflection" supporting racial equality before each game. However, not all players chose to kneel before the game with some opting to stay standing. 2Billy Vunipola was one of six England players to choose not to take the kneeCredit: PA:Press Association Before Wales' game against Ireland and Italy's game against France, every player chose to remain standing up. And in England vs Scotland, the majority of the Scotland team remained standing while six England players chose not to kneel. One of the England players who has openly explained the reasons behind his decision is Billy Vunipola. Why does Billy Vunipola not take the knee? Billy Vunipola has been vocal in his criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement, particularly with regards to alleged attacks on churches during demonstrations. A devout Christian, Vunipola...
    Editor's note: The following is excerpted from author and sportscaster Jim Gray's "Talking to GOATs: The Moments You Remember and the Stories You Never Heard" (William Morrow, November 2020). Gray has a long professional and personal relationship with legendary NFL quarterback Tom Brady. At Westwood One, Gray is the studio host for NFL Monday Night Football and the Super Bowl, with broadcast partner Tom Brady, the most decorated quarterback in Super Bowl history.Leaving New England was difficult for Tom, but after two decades, he felt the dynamic wasn’t working anymore. You could see this building for a couple of seasons. I asked in May of 2018 if he felt appreciated by the Patriots and did they have the appropriate gratitude for what he had achieved. He responded, "I plead the Fifth." Then, after a long pause, Brady said, "That’s a tough question, but in general everyone wants to be appreciated more...
    ENGLAND are taking on Scotland as the Six Nations gets underway this weekend. But one man they will be without is prop Joe Marler. 2NINTCHDBPICT000569134656Credit: Alamy Live News The Harlequins star, who was talked out of retirement by Eddie Jones last year, has declared himself unavailable for the opening game. Why isn't Joe Marler playing for England against Scotland? Joe Marler has stood down from the England squad for personal reasons. Speaking on Twitter, he said: "Always grateful for the opportunity so not an easy decision, but want to do right by my family in these crazy times and won’t be meeting up with the squad for this tournament. "Look forward to watching the team rip in. Go well." 2 In this year's Six Nations, the England squad will train in a Covid bubble throughout the tournament which will be relaxed only during fallow weekends. Rules include no personal contact...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Cam Newton’s first season in New England did not go as planned, and the quarterback can’t wait to get out of town. But his desire to go home has nothing to do with a disappointing 7-9 season with the Patriots or the cold weather. Newton is making a quick exit from the Northeast because the man really wants to get home and see his kids. When Newton signed with the Patriots late last offseason, he decided not to uproot his family in Carolina and head to New England on his own. That meant for the last seven months, Newton was away from his children, relying only on video calls to see them every day. That was not easy on Newton, who described himself as the ultimate family man during his Monday morning interview on WEEI. “I’m the dad that takes their kids to daycare. I’m the screamer...
    WELCOME to 2021, arguably rugby league's most important year since 1996. One in which the World Cup should dominate everything. 2 England boss Shaun Wane's side should be the priority this year - as should other Test nations As an Englishman, I will say England should take priority over any club. Same applies to Wales, Scotland and Ireland. No offence to the great work done by clubs around the country but the fortunes of the national side are bigger. Imagine the boost seeing Shaun Wane's men lifting the trophy at Old Trafford on November 27 would bring to the 13-a-side code. To achieve that, England must have the best preparation possible for the tilt at glory. No club concerns getting in the way, no excuse. Yes, there are worries at club level - and not just on the field. The best possible TV deal, or deals, tops Super League boss...
    Grant Falvey/London News Pictures via ZUMA Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.A new, more infectious variant of the COVID-19 virus is wreaking havoc in England, so now everyone is panicking and cutting off travel and commerce with the UK. But wait: If a new virus sounds scary, a new mutating virus sounds scarier still. In Kent in September, scientists now believe, somebody with Covid was the unlucky first person to pass on a variant form of the coronavirus that is maybe as much as 70% more transmissible than the version we have been used to. September? That was three months ago. So what are the odds that the B117 variant is still confined to England and hasn’t already taken up residence in all of Europe? Or even all of the world,...
    BRITISH scientists have found a new strain of coronavirus which is up to 70 per cent more transmissible than the original virus.  Boris Johnson says it was behind a surge in Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations — and why strict Tier 4 rules were being imposed in the South East and East of England as well as London. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 2A terrifying new strain is sweeping through the UKCredit: AFP or licensors Where has the new strain of Covid come from?  The new strain's scientific name is VUI 202012/01, with VUI standing for Variant Under Investigation. Essentially, the mutant strain's origins are still being probed by Public Health England laboratories at Porton Down, Wiltshire. With no concrete evidence so far explaining how and where it comes from, it can only be assumed to have emerged in England — because that...
    Patriots quarterback Cam Newton was benched during a game for the second time this season Thursday night. He was replaced by Jarrett Stidham with the Patriots trailing the Rams 24-3 and just over 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Newton was unable to move the New England offense against an elite Los Angeles defense. He completed 9 of 16 passes for 119 yards and threw a pick-six in the first half that gave the Rams a 17-0 lead. He also was sacked four times. He rushed seven times for 16 yards. PATS-RAMS: Scoring updates, highlights from Thursday night game “We knew exactly what they were going to do,” Newton told reporters postgame. “We’ve just got to be better and it starts with me personally. Just have to make more plays. That’s what it comes down to.” Patriots coach Bill Belichick cut off any talk about a quarterback change for New...
    This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620, an event which President John Quincy Adams described as the “birthday” of our nation. You might expect this seminal moment in world history to be commemorated with great fanfare. But don’t get your hopes up. Even if the coronavirus hadn’t cancelled the celebration, the left’s cancel culture would have. The same wokesters who are busy toppling statues and banning literature have unfairly maligned our Pilgrim fathers and reframed the history of the nation they founded. “There appear to be few commemorations, parades, or festivals to celebrate the Pilgrims this year, perhaps in part because revisionist charlatans of the radical left have lately claimed the previous year as America’s true founding,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said last week in a speech honoring the Pilgrims’ 400 anniversary. The “revisionist charlatans” he was referring to are the authors of...
    Tracking coronavirus case surges in the United States Navarro: White Houses operating assumption is a second Trump term NFL Week 10 bold prediction: Why the Patriots can upset the vulnerable Ravens The New England Patriots have a real shot at upsetting the Baltimore Ravens in Week 10. As ugly as the Patriots’ win over the New York Jets was in Week 9, it was a get-right game for Cam Newton, who had one of his best games of the season, and for New England’s run defense, which also had a great game. © Provided by For The Win Admittedly, it was the Jets. They’re awful. So a good performance gets taken with a grain of salt. But Lamar Jackson admitted defenses have been calling out the Ravens plays before they’re running them. So if it knows what’s coming, New England’s defense should find a way to defend Baltimore. (It...
    JORDAN PICKFORD has seen his game placed under huge scrutiny after the England goalkeeping coach went public to expose his weaknesses. Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has claimed no-one is close to challenging the Everton keeper for the No1 spot in his side despite a series of high-profile gaffes. 15England No1 Jordan Pickford with his arm around national coach Martyn MargetsonCredit: Rex Features 15Three Lions keeping coach Martyn Margetson analysed Pickford's faults on TVCredit: Rex Features 15Jordan Pickford's errors have come under scrutinyCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd But national team coach Martyn Margetson has taken the extraordinary step of giving a television ‘masterclass’ on Sky Sports which picks apart Pickford’s technical faults for all to see. Margetson says the 26-year-old has basic flaws in his game which make it harder for him to keep shots out of his net – bringing yet more focus on the player at a time...
    (CNN)The 1960s were in full swing. The Beatles and The Stones topped the charts, shoppers flocked to Carnaby Street and the mini skirt and Mini car were in maximum demand. Amid that cultural sea-change, England's football team won the World Cup on July 30, 1966. It's the first and only time that's happened and England defender Nobby Stiles' celebratory dancing jig encapsulated a nation's delight.Fast forward to October 30 and a nation mourned as Stiles died at the age of 78 from prostate cancer and Alzheimer's disease. Stiles is one of a number of ex-footballers diagnosed with dementia and his death has intensified the debate surrounding the sport's worrying relationship with degenerative brain disease. Soon after Stiles' death, it was disclosed that Bobby Charlton, a World Cup winner with England in 1966, had dementia. Jack, his brother and former 1966 teammate, died with dementia earlier this year. Read MoreOf the...
    Getty Stephon Gilmore The New England Patriots‘ Stephon Gilmore was one of the most talked-about players heading into the NFL trade deadline, but he wasn’t moved. FOX’s Jay Glazer explained why Gilmore stayed in New England. Follow the Heavy on Patriots Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors, and content!COVID Protocols Might Have Kept Gilmore in New EnglandGlazer appeared on FS1 with Colin Cowherd and the former was asked why Gilmore wasn’t traded at the deadline with seemingly so much conversation going on around him. Glazer attributed Gilmore staying in New England–and the relatively quiet trade deadline on a whole–to COVID-19 restrictions and the salary-cap constraints expected to come next season because of the decrease in salary cap as a result of the pandemic. View this post on Instagram Fox's Jay Glazer offers an explanation as to why the Patriots didn't trade Stephon Gilmore? This...
    The New England Patriots have lost three games in a row heading into Sunday’s game vs. the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, but two VSiN handicappers, Matt Youmans and Drew Dinsick, agree this is not the time to bail out on Bill Belichick as a 4-point underdog. Youmans: All profitable trends eventually come to an end, and betting on Belichick after a loss is no longer a reliable handicapping angle. The Patriots were just pummeled, 33-6, by the 49ers in the most lopsided home loss of the Belichick era, and New England has lost three consecutive games for the first time since 2002. The Patriots’ two decades of dominance against Buffalo is rendered irrelevant in this week’s matchup. It’s sometimes tempting to buy on bad news, though, and the betting public wants nothing to do with New England now. The same was true in Week 7, when I...
    Bill Belichick knows why he’s losing his breakup with Tom Brady. While the NFL’s oldest player has entered the MVP conversation and vaulted the Buccaneers to first place in the AFC South in his first season outside New England, Belichick has led the Patriots to wins in just two of their six games. New England could miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008, when Brady missed 15 games with a knee injury. According to the longtime coach, New England — which is currently in the midst of its first three-game losing streak in 18 years — doesn’t have the depth the team has enjoyed while winning six Super Bowl titles. “We’re playing more young players than we’ve played in the past [for a] combination of reasons. We were pretty heavily invested in our team in the past few years. From a salary-cap standpoint, we didn’t have much...
    Cam Newton threw three interceptions Sunday. He got benched, too. And after the game, former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia said that as long as Newton is playing like this, he shouldn’t dress the way he normally does. The Patriots (2-4) lost 33-6 to the 49ers (4-3) and Newton didn’t play in the fourth quarter as Jarrett Stidham closed out the game. Newton will start for New England in Week 8 at Buffalo, but Garcia said Newton shouldn’t show up in a flashy outfit while he’s struggling. “There’s nothing good going your way,” Garcia, who played for the 49ers for part of his NFL career, said on NBC Sports Bay Area’s 49ers postgame show. “So why are you dressing like that to bring more attention to yourself? I’d be trying to ask the equipment managers: Put me in your jock sock cart and sneak me in the back door and I’ll show up...
    PUBS, bars and restaurants in coronavirus hotspots could face fresh restrictions - despite no definitive proof they are driving outbreaks. Ministers in England are under pressure after Scotland announced fresh restrictions on the hospitality sector including a ban on serving alcohol indoors from tomorrow. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4 Downing Street said it's looking at a "range of measures", particularly in the North of England, where it says infection rates are rising fastest. Yet, figures from Public Health England show the hospitality sector has been linked to just 4.2 per cent of infections. In England, outbreaks are occurring more frequently in schools, universities and workplaces, according to the most recent published data, which includes cases up to September 27. Since August 9, PHE has been collecting data on outbreaks in pubs and restaurants - where 148 subsequent incidents have been recorded....
    After Tom Brady left the Patriots and before they signed Cam Newton, Jarrett Stidham lined up to be the Pats’ quarterback heir. But with Newton out in Week 4, Stidham still isn’t starting. The starting nod instead goes to Brian Hoyer on Monday night when the Patriots play at the Kansas City Chiefs. Cam Newton is out for Week 4 after testing positive for COVID-19, and New England’s answer to Patrick Mahomes on the other side is the veteran and multiple-time Patriot Hoyer.  New England will likely lean on its running game Monday night, but a possible big deficit to Mahomes will eventually call on Hoyer to throw. Here’s why he’s the Patriots’ choice over Stidham. MORE: When is Patriots vs. Chiefs? Read the tea leaves Those following the Patriots closely would have seen this coming. Stidham has been a healthy inactive for each of the season’s first three...
    By leaving the Patriots, Tom Brady ending a partnership between the greatest quarterback of all time and the greatest NFL coach of all time, breaking up the most powerful dynasty the league has ever seen. The shocking nature of Brady’s departure from New England after 20 years makes it easy to forget the seeds for this move were planted long ago. MORE TOM BRADY:O​ther Hall of Fame QBs who changed teams The reason Brady hit free agency at age 42 was not because New England failed or refused to extend his contract. His first trip to the open NFL market was a deliberate effort on the part of the quarterback. When Brady restructured his contract with the Patriots last summer, he might not have known at the time he wanted to leave. But he knew he at least wanted the option. Brady’s extension, completed in August, gave New England an additional $5.5 million...
    ONE is a 2003 Rugby World Cup winner and the other has made 42 Test cricket appearances for England. Here is the lowdown on the former A Question of Sport team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell, and why they were axed from the show. 3 The pair, along with Sue Barker, were axed from A Question of Sport 3 Matt Dawson won the World Cup with England in 2003Credit: Getty Images - Getty How old are Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell? Dawson was born in Birkenhead on October 31, 1972. The 48-year-old started his career as a scrum-half for Northampton, where he played between 1991 and 2004. He then moved to Wasps, where he played for two years before his retirement in 2006. Dawson debuted for England against Western Samoa in 1995 and played for eleven years before his retirement. The star delivered the pass for Jonny Wilkinson's famous...
    Protests shouldn’t end in people being blinded: Cities, states begin to ban police use of rubber bullets Take a look at Burger Kings new touchless restaurant designs with solar panels and outdoor seating Why has Bill Belichick struggled to develop receivers with the Patriots? It seems almost sacrilegious to dare question the wisdom of one William Stephen Belichick. © Provided by Touchdown Wire After all, during his time in New England as the head coach of the Patriots, he has delivered six Super Bowl titles, numerous division titles and appearances in the AFC Championship Game, and turned what was a laughing stock of a franchise into perhaps the model NFL organization. But, everyone – even the greatest of all time – has an Achilles’ Heel. For Bill Belichick, it might just be the wide receiver position. The most recent example of this odd phenomeon came down this week, when...
    Getty Cam Newton Cam Newton held court on Friday as the New England Patriots quarterbacks spoke to the media for the first time during training camp. Among the many interesting things he said during his 20 minutes with the Patriots media, Newton talked about his departure from the Carolina Panthers along with his arrival in New England. Follow the Heavy on Patriots Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors, and content!Cam Newton Says, “I Wake Up Mad”Cam Newton’s First Press Conference as a New England PatriotPatriots quarterback Cam Newton addressed the media via video conference on Friday, August 7, 2020 and discussed how he's adjusting to the Patriots, playing under Bill Belichick & more. Subscribe to the New England Patriots YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/2IOD2e9 For More Patriots NFL Action: https://bit.ly/2Y1e9zz #NewEnglandPatriots #Patriots #NFL For more Patriots content: https://www.patriots.com/ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newenglandpatriots/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/patriots...
    ENGLAND and West Indies are fighting it out at Old Trafford with the three-games series locked at 1-1. After two hard-fought Test's, it's all coming down to the wire in Manchester where the West Indies won the toss earlier this morning and decided to bowl first. 2 Andrew Strauss wore red last year to show support for the Ruth Strauss foundationCredit: PA - Press Association You may have noticed that all of the players are wearing red caps as opposed to their usual blue - here's why... Why are the England players wearing red caps? The former England cricketer Andrew Strauss started the tribute to his late wife Strauss who tragically died of a rare lung cancer in 2018. Strauss set up a charity in her memory called the Ruth Strauss Foundation which fives support to fund lung cancer research and support to patients and their families. Donate to @RuthStraussFdn...
    Loudon, New Hampshire — On a summer Friday in Loudon, racing and politics intersected at the starting line of the 1.058-mile oval known as New Hampshire's "magic mile," as race car enthusiasts flocked to an exotic car exhibition. Just 44 miles east, organizers readied the Portsmouth International Airport for what was supposed to be President Trump's his first rally in a swing state since the coronavirus pandemic began. The mega-event was called off at the last minute, with weather concerns cited as the official reason. NASCAR — the distinctly American pastime with Southern roots extending back into the 1950s— announced last month it will ban Confederate flag displays at events and properties, a move disparaged by the president. And while New England's fiercest political battleground does not host many competitive sports teams – no MLB, NFL or NHL — it is home to NASCAR's only Cup Series in New England. John Waterhouse, who voted...
    Captain Sir Tom Moore is the latest person to be knighted in Britain. He was subject to a unique ceremony in which the Queen presented him one of Britain's highest honours. So who is he and why do Brits love him so much? 7Captain Sir Thomas MooreCredit: Getty Images - Getty Who is Tom Moore? Captain Sir Tom Moore, 100, is a British national treasure and WWII veteran who has so far raised around £40million ($50.3million) for the British National Health Service (NHS) through his combined charity efforts. Captain Moore, then 99, said he was doing his bit "for the sake of the nurses and the NHS" in his attempt to raise £1000 for NHS Charities Together at the height of the UK coronavirus crisis. He wanted to thank staff who had helped his recovery from cancer and a broken hip. His action was an inspiration to the British public...
    The Patriots made a big announcement this month when they signed Cam Newton. Newton was dominant in Carolina, leading the Panthers to a Super Bowl appearance while also winning MVP. Injuries have limited him in recent years, but many feel he’s still one of the best quarterbacks in the league. So they were surprised when he lasted in free agency for as long as he did. MORE: Cam Newton promises he’ll give Patriots an upgrade over Tom Brady And when he signed with the Patriots, it was assumed that he’d been brought there to become the starting quarterback. However, some believe 2019 fourth-round draft pick Jarrett Stidham will actually start for New England this season. Scott Zolak, who played for the Patriots from 1991 to 1998, said on the “Zolak & Bertrand” radio show why he believes Stidham will start. “I believe Stidham will be starting QB from the people I talk to...
    ENGLAND made their return to cricket against the West Indies following the coronavirus suspension - but Joe Root was missing. England's Test Series at the Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium in Southampton started without the hosts' skipper, so where was Joe? 2 During the first test, players took the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movementCredit: Reuters Why was the England captain missing the match against West Indies? Root was forced to leave England's bio-secure bubble in Southampton to return to Sheffield in order to be with his wife Carrie. The England captain opted to be at Carrie's side for the birth of their second child and had to self-isolate afterwards meaning he wasn't able to join the hosts. When is Joe Root expected back? The England captain is expected to be back for the second test at Old Trafford which is due to take place from 16 July...
    The Patriots signed Cam Newton to a one-year contract on Sunday — and in the process put the former NFL MVP in a conversation with another franchise for what will be one of the NFL’s biggest storylines in 2020.   Will New England be better off this season with Newton than six-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady, who left for the Buccaneers this offseason?   It’s a close call. Odds at VegasInsider.com have both the Patriots and Buccaneers over/under for wins at 9.5 — a sign that the bettors feel similar about both teams.   Who do we trust to win more games? We’ll stick with the Patriots despite what is considered the toughest schedule on paper in the NFL. Why would we do that? Let’s take a closer look:   BENDER: Four reasons why Cam Newton signing improves Patriots’ Super Bowl odds The divisions   The Patriots have the highest-win total in the AFC East, which should not be a surprise...
    U.S. becoming further isolated by COVID-19 crisis Chipotle Launched A Virtual Farmers Market So Customers Can Buy Their Fan-Favorite Ingredients Online Opinion: Nine reasons why New England Patriots wont win Super Bowl LV with Cam Newton Admittedly, neither Bill Belichick nor Cam Newton could have asked for a much better shotgun marriage given how drastically each man's NFL circumstances have shifted in 2020. © Kim Klement, Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) looks on against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Belichick – in all likelihood – needed an infusion of superstar playmaking ability into a New England Patriots offense that was uncharacteristically average even with since-departed Tom Brady at the helm in 2019. And Newton? He simply needed a job after the Carolina Panthers did him no favors upon ending his nine-year stay in Charlotte, cutting him...
    The New England Patriots signed Cam Newton to a one-year contract Sunday.   Newton has yet to take a snap, and the Patriots’ Super Bowl odds improved across the board at major sportsbooks. New England (20-1) has the third-best odds among AFC teams behind Kansas City (5-1) and Baltimore (6-1), according to Points Bet USA. That’s exactly why Bill Belichick made this move, and it’s also why bringing Newton in is justifiable. It comes down to four questions that the signing answers.   Let’s take a look at those questions:   MORE: Cam Newton’s contract with Patriots looks just like Ryan Tannehill deal Why did the Patriots make this move now?  You could argue it’s to counteract news New England will lose a draft pick and be fined more than $1 million for the incident involving a television crew filming the Bengals sideline during a game against the Browns last season.   The more likely scenario is Belichick allowed the market to...
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