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Unlikely hero Imbongo helps Revs end skid

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — For the first time in nearly two months, victory was finally theirs.After enduring the numerous valleys and caverns of a franchise-record 10-game winless streak, the New England Revolution came out on top in a 2-0 win over the Columbus Crew on Wednesday.”It##Q##s been a tough road,” Revolution head coach Jay Heaps said …

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Training Camp Day 9

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Wrapping up the ninth day of training camp and the key storylines: Belichick orders 3 laps after 2 scuffles. After saying that he didn##Q##t think Wednesday night##Q##s full-team scuffle was a big deal, Patriots coach Bill Belichick seemed to view things differently Friday when two more full-team scuffles broke out. After the …

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Patriots Training Camp Day 8

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Wrapping up the eighth day of training camp and the key storylines:Time to scale things back. After four straight full-pads practices, which included a spirited Wednesday night in-stadium session complete with a notable scuffle, Bill Belichick lightened the load on players by taking them out of pads. Practice also was about 20-25 …

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Patriots Wrap up Day7

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Wrapping up the seventh day of training camp and the key storylines:Scuffle highlights practice. In Bill Belichick##Q##s 13 years as Patriots coach, this reporter can##Q##t recall a training camp scuffle as large as what unfolded Wednesday night. Starting left tackle Nate Solder and starting middle linebacker Brandon Spikes were in the middle …

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Revs trade Joseph to Chivas USA

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Revolution orchestrated one of the biggest trades in franchise history Wednesday, sending club captain Shalrie Joseph to Chivas USA in exchange for midfielder Blair Gavin, Chivas’ natural second-round draft pick and allocation money. [+] Enlarge Elsa/Getty ImagesJoseph, 34, had been the Revolution’s captain since 2009. Following the first training …

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Rapid Reaction: Union 2, Revolution 1

PHILADELPHIA — Striker Jack McInerney grabbed the game-winner in the 90th minute to give the Philadelphia Union a 2-1 comeback victory over the Revolution on Sunday at PPL Park. McInerney’s late goal, along with Freddy Adu’s 59th-minute penalty strike, helped the Union overcome a 12th-minute strike from Revolution striker Saer Sene and extended …

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Highlights from Scott O’Brien Q&A

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Passing along quotes from Patriots special teams coach Scott O’Brien, who addressed the media at Gillette Stadium prior to Sunday’s practice: On Aaron Hernandez fielding punts, and whether it was done to practice in the event of an emergency situation. “No. I think anytime you’re a ball handler, one of the hardest things …

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Bed check: Wrapping up Day 2

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Wrapping up the second day of training camp and the key storylines: Rookie Dennard sidelined. Seventh-round draft choice Alfonzo Dennard, who had flashed skills earlier in practice with a pass breakup, didn’t finish the session after appearing to injure his right hamstring. Another big crowd. After a single-session attendance record was …

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Formation shift to bolster defense pays off

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The view from the technical area wasn’t getting any prettier in the days leading up to last week’s clash against Sporting K.C. So Jay Heaps decided to do something about it. Although the Revolution have bought into Heaps’ “attack first, ask questions later” mentality, the first-year head coach saw that a change …

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Pats agree with TE Shiancoe

The Patriots and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe agreed to terms on a one-year deal, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter confirmed, according to a source. The former third-round pick of the New York Giants visited the Patriots last week before continuing on his free-agent tour to Philadelphia. In adding Shiancoe, the Patriots now have four tight …

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Bold predictions for training camp

We asked our three Patriots reporters to make a bold prediction for training camp, which begins Friday at Gillette Stadium: Rookie Hightower will have a Mayo-type impact [+] Enlarge AP Photo/Charles KrupaWatch for rookie Dont’a Hightower to make an immediate impact. There was once was a time when it would be highly unlikely …

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Revs earn scoreless draw at K.C.

Revolution keeper Matt Reis denied a dangerous header from Sporting K.C. midfielder Jacob Peterson header in the 52nd minute to preserve a 0-0 draw Saturday night at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Roaming near the edge of the box, Peterson ran to a Michael Harrington pass and snapped it toward an unguarded far post, but Reis leaped …

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Scout’s notebook: Tackles

(Field Yates, a former Chiefs scouting assistant under general manager Scott Pioli, continues a month-long series offering insight into how teams scout for players at each position.) [+] Enlarge Kim Klement/US PresswireThe Patriots are hoping Nate Solder thrives at left tackle. POSITION: Offensive tackle OVERVIEW: Aside from a franchise quarterback, there’s been a long-held belief …

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Brady 4th in NFL Network poll

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was announced as the fourth-best NFL player for 2012, as voted on by his peers and revealed Wednesday night on NFL Network. Brady slips three spots from last year’s ranking, when he sat atop the inaugural list. “He’s the ultimate competitor. The guy has accomplished so much, and it’s never enough,” …

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Revs make roster moves ahead of International Transfer Window

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — With an eye toward acquiring reinforcements during the International Transfer Window, the Revolution freed up cap space and roster room on Wednesday by waiving defender John Lozano and declining the mid-season options on forward Bjorn Runstrom and midfielder Jeremiah White. The move, which free up cap space and, perhaps more importantly, two …

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Brady tops Schrager’s Top 100 list

On Wednesday night, NFL Network will reveal the top ten selections for its “Top 100 players of 2012” series. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who was voted the top player in 2011, is still in the running entering the final unveiling of the list. And while it’s unclear if Brady will reign supreme on that ranking, …

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Revs’ extra push pays off in Toronto

Going into the locker room at halftime Saturday stuck in a two-goal hole, Revolution head coach Jay Heaps wasn’t overly concerned about Toronto’s surprisingly-effective first-half form. Yes, Toronto had picked New England’s defense apart on the sequences that led to the Danny Koevermans and Ryan Johnson strikes. And yes, Toronto keeper Milos Kocic had stopped …

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Brady tops Schrager’s Top 100 list

On Wednesday night, NFL Network will reveal the top ten selections for its “Top 100 players of 2012” series. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who was voted the top player in 2011, is still in the running entering the final unveiling of the list. And while it’s unclear if Brady will reign supreme on that ranking, …

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Lechner’s role is loud and clear

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Flo Lechner isn’t the quiet type. That much is certain. On Sunday, Lechner, who suffered a fifth metatarsal fracture in his right foot two months ago, was back on the field in the Revolution’s reserve game against Columbus — and made sure to let everyone know about it. Whether it was a …

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Hoyer already itching for training camp

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Training camp may be more than a month away, but count Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer among those looking for the time to fly until late July. With the team breaking for the summer after last week’s minicamp, Hoyer said on Wednesday that he is already mentally preparing for the long days and …

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