Sports Minute: Here is the latest New England sports news from The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - Mookie Betts and the Boston Red Sox won their third consecutive AL East championship, clinching on enemy turf with an 11-6 victory over the rival New York Yankees. Betts homered, doubled twice and drove in five runs, finishing with four hits as the Red Sox overcame Giancarlo Stanton's go-ahead grand slam in the fourth inning.
(AP) - Boston College coach Steve Addazio sees a lot of his own program in Purdue. He's seen everything from the close calls to the young lineups and the self-inflicted mistakes. Last September, the Eagles were stumbling along and trying to dig out of an early-season hole. Now the 23rd-ranked Eagles hit the road with a perfect record and their first ranking in a decade as they try to prevent Purdue from finding answers after a rugged start.
DETROIT (AP) - Bill Belichick has a chance to knock off another branch from his coaching tree. The five-time Super Bowl-winning coach has had his staff trimmed by NFL teams many times. They all hired coaches who know how Belichick and the New England Patriots operate behind closed doors, banking on them being able to duplicate the formula for success. It hasn't worked out that well.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Cyrus Jones says he's ready to make the most of the new start he's been given with the Patriots. New England severed ties with the cornerback and punt returner, a second-round pick in 2016, at the end of training camp. It came after an underwhelming two-year tenure that included fumble issues and a right knee injury that caused him to miss the 2017 season. He was re-signed by New England this week.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tight end Rob Gronkowski is dealing with an ankle issue as the Patriots prepare for their Week 3 matchup with the Lions. Gronkowski was a limited participant in practice Thursday after participating in Wednesday's workout. He has started both games for New England this season.
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - The Philadelphia 76ers have hired Elton Brand as general manager. The 39-year-old Brand is only two years out of the league. The Sixers are confident Brand can help steady a front office rocked by an offseason disaster that saw former GM Bryan Colangelo leave the organization.
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