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Gronk: I won’t be at Pats’ workouts, I’ve got dirt biking to work on


Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski isn’t planning to show up for the team’s voluntary offseason workouts, and he isn’t shy about explaining why: Right now his focus is dirt bikes.

Clichés fly early and often when talking to a team down 0-3 in a series, mainly because for the first time they are not giving you hallow platitudes when they say it is all about winning one game because there is no tomorrow and your back is against the wall. The Kings know they need to win four games in a row, but that can’t happen without first winning one on Tuesday. It’s a daunting task, but one that the Kings are familiar with.

“Having a few guys that have been through it definitely helps, but we’ve got to focus on winning one game and we’ll move on from there,” said Los Angeles defenseman Jake Muzzin. “We won one game at a time [in 2014] and we had guys in the room that believed we could come back and we were able to. You just have to believe and trust the team and trust the plan. You have to work extremely hard and if you believe and trust and focus, you can accomplish some pretty great things.”

His latest brutalization was noted by USA Today’s Josh Peter, who wrote that women’s college basketball “could use a mercy rule. Or a coach who knows how to show mercy.”

Asked about that by the Hartford Courant, Auriemma said, “That dope from USA Today — I don’t even know his name — I guarantee he didn’t see the game. He doesn’t know what happened.”

I’ve seen dozens of his games, and most were similar to this one — only not quite as twisted.

And unless the play-by-play sheet and boxscore were sabotaged, what went down was inexcusable, as 33-0 UConn, already ridiculously lopsided winners, piled it on.

Auriemma’s team played, as he explains it, “the way we always play,” which seems more a self-indictment than a reasonable explanation.