Morning Sports Update: Police usher referees, forgotten footballs, air gauges to Patriots game

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Referee Craig Wrolstad speaks to Bill Belichick before the Patriots-Chiefs matchup. Elise Amendola/AP

The referees have a football-related mishap before the Patriots’ AFC Divisional Game against the Chiefs, Tom Brady talks about being a quarterback and a dad, and the chatter between the Broncos and Pats continues.

Police usher referees with forgotten footballs and air gauges to Patriots game: “The referees who worked the NFL playoff game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday at Gillette Stadium forgot to bring a few tools of their trade, namely, the footballs used during kicks and the gauges that measure air pressure in the balls, State Police said.’’ (The Boston Globe)

Tom Brady says pregame preparation is ‘a lot different’ since becoming a father: “When the 38-year-old father of three was asked in a press conference at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday how his preparation for games has changed over his 16 NFL seasons—and how he balances that with his family—the Patriots quarterback had an answer that most parents can relate to.’’ (

Broncos’ Bradley Roby says he’s ‘amped up’ about Rob Gronkowski’s trash talk: “It was a funny remark,’’ cornerback Bradley Roby said. “I like stuff like that. That gets me amped up. I saw that last night, and I got wanting to play. So we’ll see. That’s all you can say. We’ll see.’’ (The Denver Post)

Junichi Tazawa, Red Sox agree to deal, avoid arbitration: “Junichi Tazawa and the Boston Red Sox have avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $3,375,000.’’ (


Celtics continue to lack clutch shooters, fall to Toronto, 115-109: “Alas, a familiar scene unfolded. The Raptors came up with some clutch late-game shots and the Celtics could not answer.’’ (

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