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Morning Sports Update: Rob Gronkowski says his contract option ‘basically equals pay cut’

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Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady look on against the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Rob Gronkowski says his contract option, which the Patriots reportedly picked up on Monday, is basically a pay cut, and former teammates Shawn Thornton and Adam McQuaid fight in the Bruins’ 5-4 overtime win over the Panthers.

Rob Gronkowski says his contract option ‘basically equals paycut the next 4 seasons’:

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Patriots reportedly pick up Rob Gronkowski’s $10 million option: “Rob Gronkowski is signed with the Patriots through 2019, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Monday. The Patriots picked up a $10 million option for the tight end, which added four years onto his contract.’’ (Boston.com)

Panthers’ Shawn Thornton fights former Bruins teammate Adam McQuaid: “Boston Bruins fans are used to watching Shawn Thornton punch people. They’re not, however, accustomed to seeing him punch Bruins.’’ (NESN.com)

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Lee Stempniak lifts Bruins with OT goal in B’s 5-4 win over Panthers: “Lee Stempniak scored his first goal as a Bruin in overtime and Boston beat Florida 5-4 on Monday night while Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr moved into third on the NHL career points list.’’ (Masslive.com)

Kelly Olynyk returns to practice, says he’s ‘still a little stiff and sore’: “Kelly Olynyk was just happy to be back on the practice court Monday with his teammates.’’ (WEEI.com)

Who will join Red Sox rotation if Eduardo Rodriguez hasn’t returned from injury? “When Red Sox lefthander Eduardo Rodriguez injured his knee in pitchers fielding drills 10 days ago, the organization held its collective breath.’’ (Masslive.com)

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