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Morning Sports Update: Tom Brady cuts press conference short after question on criticism of Buccaneers’ coaches

Brady and the Buccaneers lost for the third time in four games on Sunday.

A question about Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians caused Tom Brady to end his press conference on Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

The Patriots defeated the Cardinals on Sunday, 20-17. The win improves the Patriots’ record to 5-6, keeping their slim playoff hopes alive as the NFL enters the final month of the regular season.

In soccer, the New England Revolution advanced to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2014 after beating Orlando City 3-1 on Sunday. Gustavo Bou led the way with two goals to help the Revolution set a matchup against Columbus Crew SC next Sunday.

Finally, the Celtics completed a sign-and-trade to send Gordon Hayward to the Hornets. The Celtics will receive a large trade expectation and a conditional second-round pick for Hayward. In addition to giving up Hayward, Boston will send Charlotte two future second-round draft picks.

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Tom Brady ends press conference quickly: For the second week in a row, Tom Brady’s postgame actions are making headlines after another Buccaneers loss.

Following the Buccaneers’ 27-24 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday, Brady’s postgame press conference lasted less than two-and-a-half minutes after he was asked about the Buccaneers’ coaching. Brady was asked for his thoughts on former teammate Rob Ninkovich saying on ESPN last week that the Buccaneers need to move on from Bruce Arians.

“It’s just external noise that when you are losing, that’s what you deal with,” Brady responded. “I love playing with the guys that I play with, the coaches, the whole organization has been unbelievable. I think I have to go out and certainly do a better job the last four weeks of the year. So, I appreciate it. Let’s have a good week.”

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Brady walked off after that question, which was only the fourth question of the press conference. He played better on Sunday than he did against the Rams last week, throwing for three touchdowns and 345 yards. However, he still threw two picks, leaving potential points off the board in another Buccaneers close loss.

Unlike last week, Brady shook the opposing quarterback’s hand after Sunday’s loss, meeting up with Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes at midfield following the game. Brady drew criticism after heading straight to the locker room and not shaking quarterback Jared Goff’s hand following last week’s loss to the Rams.

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The Buccaneers’ upcoming bye week comes at a much-needed time as they’ve lost three of their last four games, giving them a 7-5 record heading into the last quarter of the regular season.

Trivia: In Sunday’s loss to New England, Arizona kicker Zane Gonzalez missed a 45-yard field goal that would’ve given the Cardinals the lead with less than two minutes left. The last time the two teams played in 2016, the Cardinals also missed a field goal in the game’s final moments that would’ve given them the lead. Who was the Cardinals’ kicker in that game?

(Answer at the bottom).

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Hint: After playing for the Cardinals, he played for the Jets, Panthers, and Buccaneers.

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After hauling in 207 receiving yards in the first quarter against the Buccaneers, Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill had this to say:

Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller shared what it was like to be the first woman to play in a Power 5 college football game:

Broncos emergency quarterback Kendall Hinton didn’t fare well against the Saints, but was largely praised for his effort in Sunday’s loss: When news came down on Saturday that all four Broncos quarterbacks were ineligible to play against the Saints due to either testing positive for COVID-19 or coming in close contact with someone who tested positive, Denver scrambled for a quarterback. The Broncos picked practiced squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton, who played quarterback in his first four seasons at Wake Forest, to play quarterback against the Saints.

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Hinton completed just one of nine passes and threw two interceptions in Denver’s 31-3 loss. However, Hinton earned respect from the football community after playing in the situation he was in.

On this day: In 2013, Auburn entered the Iron Bowl ranked No. 4, hosting No. 1 Alabama, who was undefeated and looking to three-peat as national champions.

With the game tied at 28 and one second remaining in regulation, Alabama kicker Adam Griffith’s 57-yard field goal attempt fell short. Auburn returner Chris Davis caught the ball in the back of the end zone, returning it all the way for a Tigers touchdown as time expired, giving them a 34-28 win and ending the Crimson Tide’s three-peat hopes.

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Daily highlight: Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert completed a Hail Mary pass to Tyron Johnson on fourth-and-27. However, Los Angeles failed to get in the end zone on the following plays and lost to the Bills, 27-17.

Trivia answer: Chandler Catanzaro

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