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The Patriots announced several dates for open training camp practices

Fans will be able to attend the first practice on July 28.

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Mac Jones throwing during Patriots OTAs with Cam Newton in the background. AP Photo/Steven Senne

The Red Sox defeated the Royals on Wednesday night, 6-2. Boston will try to keep the current winning streak (six games) going in the series finale against Kansas City today at 1:10 p.m.

Elsewhere, the Suns defeated the Clippers in Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Finals 130-103 to win the series. Phoenix will face the winner of the Eastern Conference matchup between the Bucks and Hawks (that series is currently tied 2-2).

The Lightning took a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final with a 3-1 win over the Canadiens.

And in local news, Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner was named to the U.S. men’s national team squad for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Patriots release training camp dates: For the first time since 2019, the Patriots will host open training camp practices. The team announced the first dates of practices fans will be able to attend on Wednesday.


New England’s 2021 season takes a major step forward when training camp opens on Wednesday, July 28. Fans will be allowed to attend the practice, which will take place on the training fields behind Gillette Stadium.

Open practices will also be held from July 29-31. According to the team, exact times for practices will be updated later.

Additionally, the team will host two practices inside Gillette Stadium that fans can attend. The first will be for season-ticket holders and Foxborough residents on Friday, Aug. 6, with a second on Tuesday, Aug. 10 that will be open to the general public.

The outdoor sessions on the practice fields are open to all and free to attend.


One change, given the ongoing NFL COVID-19 restrictions, will be that players won’t be able to sign autographs or pose for pictures. The team also noted that unvaccinated fans are “encouraged” to wear face coverings.

Trivia: Before Patriots training camp was held at Gillette Stadium, what local college hosted it?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: Based in Rhode Island.

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In practice, the St. Louis Olympics was a disaster, requiring months to complete and including only a handful of non-North American nations. The Games, which occurred in conjunction with St. Louis hosting the World’s Fair, also carries a racist legacy thanks to — among other reasons — its “Anthropology Days.”

One of the more bizarre aspects of the 1904 Olympics was in one of its signature events: the marathon, which — as SB Nation’s Jon Bois noted in a 2016 examination — included “fraud, thievery, raw eggs, rat poison, food poisoning, liquor, feral dogs, and at least three separate incidents of near-death.”


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Trivia answer: Bryant College

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