Sports Minute: Here is the latest New England sports news from The Associated Press
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Antonio Brown caught a 20-yard touchdown pass in his debut for the New England Patriots, and they scored twice on interception returns in a two-minute fourth quarter span to beat the Miami Dolphins, 43-0. Brown also made an 18-yard catch on his first play for the Patriots, who signed him Monday. He finished with 56 yards on four receptions, all in the first half.
(AP) - A person with direct knowledge of the situation says the NFL plans to meet Monday with a woman who says she was raped by Antonio Brown. The New England Patriots wide receiver has denied the allegations by his former trainer.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Christian Vázquez homered twice, including his first career grand slam, and drove in a career-high five runs to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Andrew Benintendi had a pair of hits for the defending World Series champions, who have won three in a row. Boston began play trailing Tampa Bay by 10 games for the AL's second wild card. Rick Porcello allowed two runs on five hits with six strikeouts and a walk in five innings.
BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Bruins have signed defenseman Charlie McAvoy to a three-year contract that will pay him $14.7 million. The 21-year-old McAvoy emerged as one of the top defensemen on the Eastern Conference championship team last year.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mike Yastrzemski scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the eighth inning, Johnny Cueto pitched five scoreless innings in his second game back from Tommy John surgery and the San Francisco Giants beat the Miami Marlins 2-1. Giants rookie Mauricio Dubón homered, and San Francisco took two of three from the struggling Marlins. Dubón connected leading off the third against starter Elieser Hernandez to break a scoreless tie.
STERLING, Conn. (AP) - Modified stock car great Michael Stefanik has been killed in a single-engine plane crash. He was 61. State police say the crash happened Sunday afternoon in Sterling near the Rhode Island state line. They say the single-engine, single-seat Aerolite 103 took off from the Riconn Airport in Coventry, Rhode Island, and had been turning back toward the airfield when it crashed into a wooded area near the airport. NASCAR confirmed that Stefanik was killed in the accident.
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