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The tragic loss of Bill Belichick's biographer. Plus, plenty of NFL Draft coverage, and early odds on Super Bowl XLII, ahead in Tuesday's News Blitz.

A sad note to start today. Author David Halberstam, who spent much of his life in nearby Nantucket, was killed suddenly in a car accident.

The Pulitzer Prize-winner, who wrote a compelling biography of Bill Belichick (The Education of a Coach), became very close to the Patriots head coach in recent years.

"It was a privilege and honor to watch David practice his craft and an even greater one to call him a friend," Belichick said in a statement released last Monday night. "David was as warm, considerate, intelligent, interesting and accomplished a person as I have ever met and his loss is heartbreaking."

The accident happened Monday afternoon in northern California. Halberstam's remarkable life is documented today in The Boston Globe.

With the Draft just days away, writers continue their evaluation of top prospects. As you might expect, linebacker may be a position of great interest to the Patriots this weekend. So, too, might offensive line (including a couple of BC players) andrunning back, according to some media outlets.

One of the last Mock Drafts of 2007 is out on, and it has the Pats going with defense in its first two picks.

Another on-line writer who covers football thinks he has the Patriots 2007 draft all figured out. Not likely, but it's interesting to see who he predicts will be taken at 24 and 28.

Finally, we may be getting ahead of ourselves, but oddsmakers already have a line on Super Bowl XLII in Arizona. Guess who's the favorite as of today?

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