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August 30, 2013

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Chiarelli extended

Peter Chiarelli has earned the right to be the Bruins general manager through the 2017-18 season. On Thursday the Bruins gave their successful general manager a four year contract extension.

Since he came to town before the 2006-07 season, Chiarelli has helped turn the Bruins into a perennial Stanley Cup contender making the playoffs every year, winning two Eastern Conference titles and a Stanley Cup championship in 2011.

“He’s done a fantastic job since he’s been here,” Neely said during the team’s exit meetings in June. “From when he came until now, there’s been a lot of player/personnel turnover, but we’ve kept the right guys and built from that.”

Uglier than ugly

We all know that the Patriots have dominated the lowly Buffalo Bills over the last decade-plus, but the numbers are still a little stunning. Since 2000, the Pats are 25-3 against the Bills, and have outscored them by a stunning 350 points.

Why has the dominance been so severe? Since Tom Brady took over in New England in 2001, the Bills have fielded seven different starting quarterbacks, and have had seven different head coaches since Bill Belichick joined the Pats in 2000.

That all adds up to a team that has not made the playoffs since 1999. In other words, seniors in high school were four years old the last time the Bills made the postseason.

Pedroia quietly coming through

Quietly coming through in all of the excitement of the Red Sox and their great pitching and last-at-bat wins has been the play of captain Dustin Pedroia.

He’s on a nine-game hitting streak, which included a game-tying, two-run single in the 7th inning on Wednesday night.

Pedroia is batting .429 (15-for-35) with 6 doubles, a triple, 6 RBI, and 7 runs over the streak. He has multiple hits in four of his last six games, going 12-for-22 (.545) with six doubles and six RBI.

-Compiled by Times Staff

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