Morning sports update: Bill Belichick talked N’Keal Harry, Brandon Bolden, and pass interference reviews

"If and when he gets back on the field, then we'll move from there and evaluate those areas."

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick speaks to the media after a game against the New York Giants. AP Photo/Elise Amendola

The Bruins continued their strong start to the new season with a 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. David Pastrnak had an extraordinary game, scoring all four goals.

Both the American League and National League Championship Series continue today. The Astros are in New York for Game 3 against the Yankees at 4:08 p.m. (series is tied 1-1), while the Nationals are at home for Game 4 against the Cardinals to potentially clinch a trip to the World Series with a 3-0 series lead.

The Celtics play a final preseason game against the Cavaliers tonight at 7 p.m. The regular season tips off for Boston on Oct. 23 in Philadelphia against the 76ers.


Bill Belichick wouldn’t criticize the NFL’s pass interference review policy: During his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “Ordway, Merloni & Fauria,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick shared his thoughts on a few topics.

On the expected return of rookie receiver N’Keal Harry from injured reserve, Belichick says the 2019 first round pick has a “long way to go.”

“We only saw him for two weeks in camp,” said Belichick. “He was injured in the Detroit game. He’s making progress, but he had a long way to go. Some times passed and he was able to do some things, other things he hasn’t been able to do. If and when he gets back on the field, then we’ll move from there and evaluate those areas.”

Belichick also said that despite not being on the field, Harry has been in team meetings.

On another topic — challenging pass interference calls — Belichick sidestepped the controversy. He was asked about how despite apparently straightforward examples of pass interference, league officials have largely rejected coaches’ challenges on the subject. The rule allowing coaches to challenge pass interference is new in 2019.

“I think it’s been pretty clear that the league’s come out and said it has to be ‘clear and obvious,'” said Belichick. “What the definition of that is I’m not sure, but I don’t think there can be much grey area or it’s not clear and obvious. I haven’t studied all of them, but a lot of the ones that I’ve observed or been in our games I can see why they were called the way they were. Look, there are a lot of close calls in this league, so many calls go either way. It’s so competitive, athletes are spectacular and its such a fine line. But when it’s not clear and obvious, they’re clearly not going to overturn it. They’ve said that.”


On the subject of goal-line carries, the Patriots’ coach praised Brandon Bolden’s versatility.

“Brandon is a big back,” Belichick explained. “Brandon can play on all downs, so can Sony. I mean whoever is in there, I don’t think it is that big of a deal.”

“He’s a good one because he can play on all four downs,” Belichick added later. “First, second, third and of course fourth down. He is a very valuable player for us.”

Belichick also gave an interesting quote about Tom Brady earlier in the day during a media conference call:

Trivia: What is the only NFL franchise that has existed for the entirety of the Super Bowl era but has never actually played in a Super Bowl?

(Answer at the bottom)

Hint: The organization currently has several Patriots ties.

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“Here we are 30 years later,” Eckersley said in an interview in 2018, “and they talk about ‘oh, they turned the page.’ Nobody turns the page. You give it up, it hurts.”

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Correa then smashed a walk-off home run in the 11th inning to give Houston a 3-2 win and tie the series 1-1.

Trivia answer: The Detroit Lions