Morning sports update: Jimmy Garoppolo still refers to Bill Belichick as ‘coach’

Jimmy Garoppolo in his firt 49ers start.
Jimmy Garoppolo in his firt 49ers start. –The Associated Press

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Rob Gronkowski’s suspension was upheld on Tuesday, meaning that he will miss Monday night’s Patriots-Dolphins game. On an international level, the Russian Olympic team was banned from the 2018 Winter Games, although certain Russian athletes might still be able to compete.

Here’s a look at a few other stories from around the world of sports:

Jimmy Garoppolo still refers to Bill Belichick as “coach”: After winning the first start of his 49ers career, Jimmy Garoppolo reflected on some of the lessons he took away from watching Tom Brady. And Garoppolo also explained how situational awareness he learned from Bill Belichick prepared him for the game-winning drive against the Bears.


“We knew we needed first downs, and we knew we needed to work the clock,” Garoppolo told Sports Illustrated’s Peter King. “That’s what I learned playing for Coach Belichick. It’s funny you mention that, because I was thinking about that [clock management] on the field. Coach would run through situations like this all the time.” (MMQB)

Boston College’s two-sport star headlined the Globies: After helping to lead Boston College in both hockey and lacrosse, Kenzie Kent won Best Female Athlete and Best College Athlete at the Globies.

“Thank you so much, I wouldn’t be here without my teammates, coaches, and the support of my family, and of course the Boston sports fans,” Kent told the audience. (Boston Globe)

The Patriots have historically had problems in Miami: As the Patriots head into Miami to face the Dolphins next Monday, Bill Belichick will certainly remember one of the most surprising stats from his tenure as Patriots coach.

Regardless of the two teams’ records, the Dolphins have been dangerous in home games against the Patriots since 2000. In his New England career, Belichick has a losing record in Miami. (Boston Globe)

Former Patriots coach Ron Meyer dies at 76: Ron Meyer, who coached the Patriots in the famous 1982 “snowplow game,” died at the age of 76.


Meyer coached New England from 1982-1984, going a combined 18-15. (

Daily highlight: In a 106-92 win over the Trail Blazers on Tuesday, Wizards guard Bradley Beal scored a career-high 51 points: