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Boston and Beyond

December 30, 2012

Lab scandals, elections top 2012 news in Mass.

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It was a frustrating year for Massachusetts sports fans. The Red Sox fired manager Bobby Valentine less than one year after he was hired to bring order to the clubhouse that disintegrated during the 2011 pennant race. Instead, he clashed with players, coaches and the media, and the team finished last and with its worst record in almost 50 years.

The New England Patriots lost to the New York Giants 21-17 in the Super Bowl, leaving quarterback Tom Brady still one short of the record four Super Bowl victories by Terry Bradshaw for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Montana for the San Francisco 49ers.

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