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WAMC's Daily Sports Wrap

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Albany, NY – Well the Patriots have opened some daylight atop the AFC East...

Last night in Foxboro, quarterback Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes, both to tight end Rob Gronkowski, as the Patriots pummeled the Chiefs 34-3. With the win, the now 7-3 Patriots have increased their AFC East lead to two games over the Bills and Jets.

To the NHL, in Pittsburgh, Penguins star Sidney Crosby returned to the ice for his first game in more than 10 months, notching two goals and two assists, as the Penguins whitewashed the Islanders 5-0. Crosby had been out since January with concussion-like symptoms.

In Montreal, Tim Thomas turned aside all 33 shots for his second straight shutout, as the Bruins blanked the Canadiens 1-0. Boston's won nine straight.

Elsewhere, Washington rallied to beat Phoenix 4-3, Columbus skated past Calgary 4-1, Carolina doubled up Philadelphia 4-2, Florida edged New Jersey 4-3, and Dallas dumped Edmonton 4-1.

In Top 25 College basketball, Duke downed Tennessee 77-67, Ohio State crushed North Florida 85-50, Florida dropped Wright State 78-65, Kansas held off Georgetown 67-63, and Missouri dominated Notre Dame 87-58.

In baseball news, Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, who already won the American League Cy Young Award, is now adding the AL Most Valuable Player Award to his impressive 2011 resume. Verlander is just the 10th pitcher to earn both awards in the same season. He's the first since Oakland reliever Dennis Eckersley in 1992, and the first starter since Boston's Roger Clemens in 1986.

And tragic news out of the Netherlands... According to police, Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was stabbed to death early yesterday, and his 22-year-old brother has been arrested as a suspect.

I'm Tristan O'Neill, WAMC News.