FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - A person familiar with the injury tells The Associated Press that New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has a torn ACL and damaged MCL. Gronkowski was hurt midway through the third quarter of the Patriots' 27-26 win over the Cleveland Browns yesterday when he was hit on the right knee by safety T.J. Ward after a 21-yard reception. There was no word on when surgery would be done.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Patriots coach Bill Belichick says there's no replacing an impact player like Rob Gronkowski. Belichick says his team is prepared to adjust because it had to play without its standout tight end for the first six games of the season.
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Two of the nation's top running backs will square off New Year's Eve when Arizona faces Boston College in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl. Boston College's Andre Williams leads all Football Bowl Subdivision players this season with more than 2,100 yards rushing this season. Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey has rushed for 1,716 yards and ranks second nationally with 156 yards rushing per game.
NEW YORK (AP) - The UConn women's basketball team stays the unanimous Number 1 in The Associated Press poll after winning its only game of the week. The Huskies routed UC Davis by 60 points Thursday and don't play again until December 17th against Number 2 Duke because of exams.
NEW YORK (AP) - The UConn men have broken into the top ten in the latest Associated Press poll. The undefeated Huskies check in at Number 9. UConn moved up from 12th after defeating SEC power Florida last week. UMass remains in the poll at Number 22.
NEW YORK (AP) - Harvard end Zach Hodges has been named the Ivy League's defensive player of the year. The junior ranks fifth in Harvard history with 18.5 sacks. He forced four fumbles this season and recovered three. Princeton quarterback Quinn Epperly is the Ivy's offensive player of the year.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Curt Schilling knows criticism is coming. He expects it. The former All-Star pitcher is replacing Orel Hershiser on ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" broadcast crew next season, giving him a wider audience for his opinions. Schilling will join former Philadelphia teammate John Kruk, play-by-play man Dan Schulman and reporter Buster Olney. Schilling has been a studio analyst for ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" since 2010 and also been in the booth for a few games.
TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND SPORTS SCHEDULE:
MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL:
Mass.-Lowell at Columbia, 7 p.m.
Thomas (Maine) at Louisiana-Monroe, 8 p.m.
Bryant at Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
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