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Gisele Bündchen shoots down reports: ‘I’m not renting my apartment’ 11.14.14 at 5:15 pm ET
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Over the past day or so, many reports have surfaced online of Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen renting out their New York City condo.

Gisele took to Twitter Friday afternoon saying the reports are wrong. “Enough is enough… Please stop creating lies to sell your paper, I’m not renting my apartment,” she tweeted.

The reports said the couple were looking to rent out their apartment for $40,000 a month unfurnished, and $42,500 furnished.

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Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen’s New York condo available for rent 11.13.14 at 11:02 am ET
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If you’ve ever wanted to live in Tom Brady and Gisele’s New York condo, you’re in luck — if you have a lot of money.

The couple has listed its Manhattan condo for $42,500 a month and $40,000 unfurnished, spotted by Curbed.com. The three-bed room condo is on the 47th floor of New York’s One Madison development. The quarterback and supermodel paid $14 million for the property last year, which has “river-to-river plus park views.”

The entire listing reads:

Step off your keyed elevator into your private Entrance Foyer with framed unprecedented unencumbered views South. Move into an open great room looking North over Madison Square Park with iconic never before positioned views of the Empire State Building, West to the Hudson River, and well beyond. Watch the sunset each evening from the Southwest corner Living Room with the soft light reflecting off the Freedom Tower and all of Manhattan’€™s bridges. The Master Bedroom Suite captures arguably the most magical and romantic night views North of the twinkling Empire State Building and East for soft morning sunrises over the East River.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Cousin claims Alex Rodriguez paid him almost $1M to keep quiet about doping 11.04.14 at 8:14 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Panthers at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Blues at Devils, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Rockets at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Cavaliers at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Northwood at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College football: Bowling Green at Akron, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Toledo at Kent State, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Liverpool at Real Madrid, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Alex Rodriguez‘s controversial cousin is back in the headlines, and as usual, it’s not good news for A-Rod.

According to court papers filed in Florida (and reported by the New York Daily News), Rodriguez paid Yuri Sucart close to $1 million in 2013 so that Sucart would not divulge details of the Yankee’s use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Sucart is a defendant in the federal case against Biogensis and the company’s former owner, Anthony Bosch. Sucart, charged with conspiracy to distribute testosterone and HGH, has pleaded not guilty.

Sucart’s former attorney wrote to Rodriguez in 2012 demanding $5 million and a “life estate” for Sucart’s “past services rendered, and for the loyalty he has shown you.” Attorney Jeffrey Sonn indicated Sucart had no intention of cooperating with Major League Baseball, which had ordered Sucart to stay away from the clubhouse when A-Rod played for the Rangers. “Yuri, even after he was accused of being a steroid mule for you, kept your confidence of all your activities while you played of rate Rangers and the Yankees,” Sonn wrote.

According to the filing, A-Rod agreed to pay Sucart a payment of $700,000 and then three more payments totaling $200,000. This was in addition to money Rodriguez paid Sucart every year since 2003.

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When he admitted in 2009 to using PEDs, Rodriguez said Sucart had provided him the drugs from 2001-03.

Now Rodriguez, who was suspended by MLB and missed the entire 2014 season, apparently is cooperating with the feds against Sucart.

“That is what it sounds like. It sounds like A-Rod is a potential witness against his cousin,” Sucart’s court-appointed attorney, Edward O’Donnell IV, told the Daily News. “They are not allies, that’s for sure, or friends.”

— Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov spoke to a media gathering for the first time in 10 months and made it clear that his split with Jason Kidd was not amicable.

Kidd coached the team for one season before reportedly demanding more power and then fleeing to Milwaukee to coach the Bucks.

“I think there is a nice proverb in English: Don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split you,” Prokhorov said Monday before his team’s home opener against the Thunder. “I think we shouldn’t get mad, I think we should get even. And we’ll see it on the court.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Broncos exec John Elway says Peyton Manning not getting enough credit 01.16.14 at 8:04 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Stars, 8:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Kings at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Nets vs. Hawks, 3 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Knicks at Pacers, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Thunder at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Providence at St. John’s, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: UConn at Memphis, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Missouri at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Houston at Louisville, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Belmont at Eastern Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Ohio State at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Arizona State at Arizona, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: BYU at San Francisco, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Long Beach State at UC Santa Barbara, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tennis: Australian Open, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

John Elway, the Broncos legend who now serves as the team’s executive vice president of football operations, knows a thing or two about trying to win a championship to secure a legacy.

However, Elway — who quarterbacked the Broncos to two Super Bowl wins at the end of his illustrious career — says Peyton Manning shouldn’t have to beat Tom Brady‘s Patriots in Sunday’s AFC championship game and win a second Super Bowl to prove anything.

“He’s won a Super Bowl,” Elway said of Manning. “For some reason he doesn’t seem to get the credit for having won one Super Bowl already. I think maybe the comparison is Tom going to five and Peyton having been to two and winning one, that may be it.”

Added Elway: “There is no question, having been through that, I understand where Peyton is. He doesn’€™t have the monkey that he hasn’€™t won one. He has been there two times and won one. This is all about at this point in time trying to win a Super Bowl and then what that does for the organization as well as it just adds to Peyton’€™s legacy and where he is.”

Brady has a 10-4 record vs. Manning, including a 2-1 mark in the postseason. With the 2013 Broncos setting NFL records for the most prolific offense ever, it’s put added pressure on Manning to deliver a title.

“Fair or not, that’€™s the way it is,” Elway said. “As a quarterback, especially the level you’€™re at with Peyton, that’€™s what they are going to look at. If we can win a championship this year, it’€™s going to help with Peyton’€™s legacy. Even if we don’€™t, I think the year that he’€™s had this year is going to still help with his legacy. He’€™s had a tremendous year. For some reason, Peyton is not getting the credit — he’€™s been there twice and he got one. You get to the point where Peyton is, the greatness that he’€™s had, there is always someone trying to put chinks in the armor and that’€™s what they go after.”

— Lakers guard Nick Young was ejected from Wednesday’s 121-114 loss to the Suns in Phoenix for throwing a punch during a second-quarter fracas. After being hit in the face by rookie center Alex Len while going in for a layup, Young shoved Len and then swing at guard Goran Dragic‘s face. Len also was ejected.

“I just reacted and got caught up in the moment. Like anyone would have,” Young said. “It was a tough foul.”

Young also wasn’t pleased with his own team, as no one came to his defense.

“What I’m mad about is it was 1-on-5,” Young said. “I felt like if someone would have gotten in the middle of everything it wouldn’t have escalated as much. I felt bad for Dragic. He was right there. I didn’t throw [a] punch. I was trying to shove people out of my way. I was getting pushed further back. It was more trying to get out.”

— A Little League coach in California is suing one of his own players because the player threw his helmet while celebrating a home run and it hit the coach in the heel.

“At first I thought it was a joke,” the boy’s father, Joe Paris, told KCRA-TV. “Now I think it’s absurd.”

Alan Beck, who coached a Lakeside Little League team in Roseville (outside Sacramento), filed papers that the boy “carelessly threw a helmet, striking Plaintiff’s Achilles tendon and tearing it.”

Beck is seeking $500,000 for pain and suffering, and more than $100,000 for lost wages and medical bills.

“I don’t think the boy meant to harm him,” acknowledged Beck’s attorney, Gene Goldsman. “But this wasn’t a part of the game. A guy who volunteers his time to coach should not be subjected to someone who throws a helmet in the manner that he did. What the kid did, it crossed the line.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 16, 1974, which Bruin became the eighth player in NHL history to record 450 goals when he scored in a 5-5 tie with the Blackhawks in Chicago?

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Top Boston Sports Stories of 2013, No. 5: Patriots lose to Ravens in AFC championship game 12.28.13 at 9:24 am ET
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Over the final days of the year, WEEI.com will count down the top 13 stories of 2013 in Boston sports. This is No. 5: Patriots lose to Ravens in AFC championship game. To see the previous entries, click here.

The 2012-13 postseason looked like the Patriots’ opportunity for redemption.

One year after New England lost the Super Bowl to the Giants for the second time in five seasons, the path to Super Bowl XLVII looked relatively unobstructed. The Patriots blew away the competition in the regular season, as they finished 11-1 vs. the AFC (12-4 overall) and finished first in the AFC East for the fourth consecutive season.

After a first-round bye, the Pats began the postseason with a 41-28 trouncing of the Texans at Gillette Stadium.

More good news came when the Ravens stunned the top-seeded Broncos in overtime in Denver, meaning the Patriots would host the AFC championship game. The bad news? The game was against Baltimore, the one AFC team that beat the Patriots in the regular season.

The Ravens and Patriots faced off in the AFC championship game on Jan. 20 and Baltimore emerged victorious, 28-13, ending the Patriots’€™ hopes of their first NFL title since the 2004 season.

“They made more plays than we did,” wide receiver Wes Welker said after the game. “At the end, it just wasn’t enough for us. That’s the way it goes.”

“We’ve lost before. It takes a while to get over,” quarterback Tom Brady said.

Baltimore used a dominant second half to upset the Patriots. New England led 13-7 in the first half. Stephen Gostkowski kicked field goals of 25 and 31 yards, and Welker and Brady hooked up for a 1-yard touchdown pass. On the other side, Ray Rice scored a rushing touchdown from two yards out.

But the Ravens shut out the Patriots in the second half, while exploding for 21 points. Joe Flacco threw three touchdowns, the first to Dennis Pitta and the final two to Anquan Boldin, and the defense forced three fourth-quarter turnovers. Brady tossed a pair of interceptions and Stevan Ridley lost a fumble.

“It was pretty awesome,” said Flacco, who outplayed his counterpart, completing 21-of-36 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns. “We were here last year and thought we had it, but came up a little short. Guys came out in the second half and made plays. … We put pressure on them like that, and it worked pretty well.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Patriots fans in fight at MetLife Stadium charged with assault 10.23.13 at 8:05 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
World Series: Cardinals at Red Sox, 8:07 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-FM)
NHL: Bruins at Sabres, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA preseason: Nets at Celtics, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA preseason: Bulls at Thunder, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Manchester City at CSKA Moskva, noon (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ The female Patriots fan who was punched in the face by a male Jets fan at MetLife Stadium on Sunday was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct Tuesday.

Boston resident Jaclyn Nugent, who can be seen in the video striking Kurt Paschke after a confrontation, was charged along with Marlboro’s Amanda McDowell and Boston’s David Sacco, because they “were observed kicking and punching Paschke in the body and head,” according to a statement from New Jersey State Police (via the New York Post).

Paschke, a Long Island resident and Jets season ticket-holder who served three years in prison in the 1990s for stabbing a 17-year-old to death, also was charged. All parties have a court date of Nov. 13.

The Jets said none of the individuals charged would be allowed into the stadium until the legal process has run its course and they take an online course.

“We have zero tolerance for this behavior,” the team said in a statement.

Paschke’s lawyer claims his client was the victim.

“It is clear that Kurt was defending himself, his mother and his friends from attack,” Bruce Barket said in a statement. “Kurt’s two friends were unfortunately injured by the group and, as a result, had to be hospitalized. After the police complete their investigation, we expect Kurt to be vindicated.”

‘€¢ Giants running back Brandon Jacobs tweeted a screenshot of a death threat he received on Twitter, as an individual using the handle Andre Rayner wrote to Jacobs that ‘it’s over for you and [your] family” if Jacobs did not rush for 50 yards and two touchdowns in Monday’s game vs. the Vikings. The individual followed with a second tweet that read: “Fulfill my orders stated in the previous tweet or that’s [your] life brush and I’m not playing.”

Jacobs, who sat out the game with a hamstring injury, wrote at the top of his tweet: “Look at what we deal with.”

After being called out, the man sent another tweet downplaying his comment:

BRO RELAX ITS NEVER THAT SERIOUS’€¦ITS JUST TWITTER MAN. I TRUELY APOLOGIZE I COULD NEVER ACTUALLY DO THAT. RETWEET THIS PLEASE. FORGIVE ME MAN ITS NOT EVEN LIKE THAT’€¦ REALLY IM TRYNA BE YOUR FRIEND !! BRUH STOP PLAYING ‘€¦YOU KNOW THAT AINT SERIOUS AND I APOLOGIZE. PLEASE ACCEPT ? BRANDON.. CAN YOU AT LEAST TALK ABOUT IT TO ME I REALLY DIDNT MEAN IT.

NFL security reportedly is investigating.

Said Giants coach Tom Coughlin: “You’€™re always concerned about the player and his family. And for young people to have to worry about something like that, it’€™s not necessary. It’€™s not a part of what we do. I’€™m not going to speculate on social media. I’€™m just concerned about however this would be revealed, that it’€™s wrong and it has no business in our game.”

With the Jaguars in the midst of an historically bad season, Athlon Sports has a list of the worst NFL teams since the league last expanded in 2002.

Topping the list are the 2008 Lions, who went 0-16 and were outscored by 249 points. They’re followed by the 2009 Rams (1-15), the 2009 Lions (2-14), the 2007 Dolphins (1-15) and the 2008 Rams (2-14). The Rams own three spots in the top 10.

The 2011 Colts — who went 2-14 the year Peyton Manning was injured and got in position to draft Andrew Luck — check in at No. 8.

Meanwhile, National Football Post has a list of the NFL’s most underpaid players who are past their rookie contracts, and two Patriots make the list.

Tom Brady, who renegotiated his contract this past offseason, and Patriots teammate Julian Edelman, who has been the most dependable receiver on the team this fall, were recognized among the likes of Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 23, 2004, the Red Sox opened the World Series with a 9-7 victory over the Cardinals after squandering a 7-2 lead. Who hit the game-winning two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets fan who hit female Patriots fan ID’d as ex-con who killed man 10.22.13 at 8:07 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Predators at Wild, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA preseason: Wizards at Pistons, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Jazz at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College football: Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas State, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Barcelona at AC Milan, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ The Jets fan who was caught on videotape punching a female Patriots fan in the face was identified as an ex-con from New York named Kurt Paschke.

The New York Daily News reported that Paschke, 38, served three years in prison in the 1990s for fatally stabbing another man in 1992 outside a pizza parlor. Both Paschke and the victim were 17 at the time.

An unidentified relative of stabbing victim Henri Ferrer told the paper that Paschke’s father is a Long Island-area policeman.

“He’s dangerous and he thinks he’s untouchable because he’s the son of a police officer,” the relative said. “He got away with murder.”

Added Ferrer’s father: “Anybody else would probably get arrested for that fight [at the Jets game]. As far as I’m concerned, he should spend quite a few years in jail. That’s what he deserves.”

In the video that made the rounds on the Internet Monday, Paschke is seen punching a woman the Daily News identified as Boston-area resident Jaclyn Nugent.

Paschke’s mother claims her son, who has Jets season tickets, was protecting her during the fight at MetLife Stadium. She blamed the Patriots fans for antagonizing them throughout the game and starting the brawl.

“He’s the victim, really,” Colleen Paschke said. “He was just concerned for his mother and himself.”

‘€¢ A Forbes magazine poll of 1,100 people 13 and older determined that Eagles quarterback Michael Vick remains the most disliked NFL player, while Patriots QB Tom Brady checks in at No. 8.

Vick, who was released from prison four years ago after serving 19 months for his role in a dog-fighting ring, was named by 53 percent of respondents to finish 5 percentage points ahead of Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o, the Heisman Trophy runner-up from Notre Dame who was involved in a bizarre story involving a fictitious girlfriend. Next on the list is oft-penalized Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh at 43 percent.

The rest of the top 10 consists of Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (40 percent), injured Jets QB Mark Sanchez (40), Bears QB Jay Cutler (33), Cowboys QB Tony Romo (32), Brady (25), Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (24) and Lions running back Reggie Bush (22).

‘€¢ New 76ers coach Brett Brown said Monday that he doubts first-round draft pick Nerlens Noel will play at all this season. Noel, who hails from Everett, tore his ACL during his lone season at Kentucky. Four months later, he was drafted sixth overall by Philadelphia, which apparently is willing to be patient.

“I doubt, everybody doubts that he’s going to play this year,” Brown said. “We don’t want to waste this year. I think from a skill perspective, it’s an opportunity for us to break down his shot, really work on his free throws and start a little bit from ground zero.”

Noel’s agent, Andy Miller, insisted Noel’s plans are undetermined for this season.

“There have been no decisions made at this time,” Miller said. “He has been doing his rehab vigorously.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 22, 1975, the Red Sox lost Game 7 of the 1975 World Series to the Reds, 4-3 [Editor’s note: corrected score]. Which rookie pitcher surrendered the game-winning run in the top of the ninth?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Ravens LB Terrell Suggs doesn’t like Tom Brady’s ‘smug attitude’ 10.02.13 at 7:48 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Rays at Indians, 8 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
NHL: Sabres at Red Wings, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions League, Manchester United vs. Shakhtar Donetsk, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ Terrell Suggs is at it again. The Ravens linebacker, who has a long history of criticizing the Patriots, was interviewed recently for an ESPN “E:60″ feature that aired Tuesday night, and he didn’t hold back when discussing his disdain for Tom Brady.

“I don’t like him. He don’t like me,” Suggs said, as part of the same interview in which he accused NFL commissioner Roger Goodell of orchestrating the power outage during last season’s Super Bowl in an attempt to take away momentum from Baltimore. “I don’t like his hair. I don’t know. I don’t like his smug attitude. But then again, he probably doesn’t like my [expletive] attitude. ‘€¦ Everybody just seems to worship the guy, not me, though.”

Suggs was at his most obnoxious following the Ravens’ victory over the Patriots in the AFC championship game in January. The following month, he said that he “guarantees the other 31 teams hate the New England Patriots.”

The Ravens, off to a 2-2 start, host the Patriots in the penultimate week of the season.

‘€¢ Canadiens enforcer George Parros suffered a concussion in Tuesday’s season-opening loss to the visiting Maple Leafs when his chin hit the ice as he and Colton Orr lost their balance during a fight.

Parros was motionless on the ice for several minutes before being taken off on a stretcher and going to the hospital. He later tweeted: Thanks for the well wishes everyone #classyfollowers

“You never want to see a guy get hurt like that,” Orr said. “It was a scary situation. I just hope he’s all right.

“It happened fast. I slipped, and he came on top of me. The ice isn’t going to give.”

The incident revived the debate about fighting in hockey.

“I don’t think saying because a player got hurt in a fight that now we have to talk about taking fight away,” Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges said. “I bet that if you ask George, he’ll be the first to agree with me on that one, too.”

‘€¢ Former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar was arrested for DUI on Sunday in Solon, Ohio, and he blamed football injuries for his inability to perform parts of a field sobriety test.

According to the arresting officer, Kosar said he could not perform the one-leg stand or walk-and-turn tests because of surgeries on his knees and ankles due to the fact that his offensive line “couldn’t block.”

Kosar, 49, is due in court for a pretrial hearing on Dec. 9. He previously has blamed head injuries from his NFL career for affecting his speech and making him slur his words on occasion. He also battled an addiction to pain medication.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 2, 1978, the Red Sox lost to the Yankees, 5-4, in a playoff game to decide the American League East champion. Who was the losing pitcher for the Sox?

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Ex-Pats QB Brian Hoyer to start again for Browns 09.25.13 at 2:03 pm ET
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After leading the lowly Browns to their first win of the season on Sunday, former Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer will start again at home against the Bengals on Sunday.

Hoyer defeated the Vikings, 31-27, in his second career NFL start to move Cleveland to 1-2. Hoyer passed for 321 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions.

However, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski did not commit to Hoyer as the team’€™s starter for future weeks.

“We’ll just approach it from a week-to-week basis and see where everybody’s at and we’ll make the best decision for what I determine gives us the best chance to win,” said Chudzinski.

Hoyer started in place of Brandon Weeden, who sat out with an injured thumb.

The six-year pro spent his first three seasons backing up Tom Brady in New England. He played in 13 total games, often coming in in blowouts. Hoyer signed with the Cardinals late last season and started in Arizona’€™s final game of the season, throwing for 225 yards and a touchdown along with an interception against the 49ers.

Hoyer reportedly heard from Brady after his first career start.

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Former Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer to start for Browns 09.18.13 at 11:08 am ET
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Former Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer will receive his second career regular-season start this week when the Browns take on the Vikings in Minnesota.

The Browns (0-2) picked Hoyer, a Cleveland native, over fellow backup Jason Campbell after starter Brandon Weeden sprained his thumb in the Browns’€™ 16-14 loss to the Ravens.

Hoyer, 27, served as backup to Tom Brady between 2009 and 2011. He played in 13 games for the Pats, all in relief, and accumulated 273 passing yards on 27-of-43 passing with a touchdown and an interception.

Hoyer played two games last season with the Cardinals. He replaced starter Ryan Lindley in the second half of Arizona’€™s Week 16 loss to the Bears. Hoyer went 11-for-19 with 105 yards and an interception in the team’€™s 28-13 loss.

In the season finale the following week, he became the fourth Cardinals quarterback to start a game in 2012. Hoyer played well in his first career start, a 27-13 loss to the 49ers. He completed 19-of-34 passes for 225 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Sunday will be Hoyer’€™s first regular-season action of 2013. He started Week 4 of the preseason and threw for 307 yards and one touchdown, but he also had a pair of interceptions.

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