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Bergeron leaves Leafs arena in walking boot
One of the most important members of the Bruins departed the locker room wearing a walking boot.
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Baynes injury shakes up Celtics rotation
Brad Stevens said a change of some kind with the team’s rotation was on the table, but he didn’t want it to come about due to injuries.
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Sweeney engaged but waiting for the right move
There's no doubt that Don Sweeney is engaged in trade talks but the Bruins GM is wary of giving up too many assets to finish a deal.
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Fifth-starter auditions underway
The Sox starters in the first two Grapefruit League games, Hector Velazquez and Roenis Elias, are vying for a fifth starter spot that might be needed the first week of the season.
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'No easy way the rest of the season'
It's a sprint to the finish for Zdeno Chara and the Bruins as they close the regular season with 24 games in 44 days as they look to solidify their playoff position.
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Anyone care to interpret this Gronk tweet?
As he contemplates retirement to either become a wrestler or action movie hero, Rob Gronkowski appears to be contemplating more than that.
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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving drives to the hoop against the Detroit Pistons.
Second quarter solved?
The Celtics used a rare second-quarter burst to take control against the Pistons on Friday night. Could it be a sign they've fixed what's been a problem spot in games this season?
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New England Patriots special teams depth chart.
Special attention needed
While there are offensive and defensive holes the Patriots need to address, the kicking game will also require attention this offseason.
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Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand brings the puck up the ice against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Leaf something to remember them by
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy says his team wants to "leave a reminder of how good we can be" against their likely first-round opponent, the Maple Leafs, tonight in Toronto. 
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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Welcome back Celtics
The BST crew discusses the Celtics' win over the Pistons in their return from the break, the FBI's probe into college basketball, and much more.
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A sore subject
It’s no secret that NHL players weren’t happy about being barred from participating in the Winter Olympics wrapping up in South Korea this week.
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Smart helps C's end skid
Here are A. Sherrod Blakely's Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 110-98 win over Detroit.
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Hayward moves on to next step in rehab
Brad Stevens offers an update on Gordon Hayward's road to a full recovery.
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Tatum gets no respect
Has Jayson Tatum hit the "rookie wall", or are the 19-year-old's struggles partly due to a lack of respect when driving to the hoop?
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Boston Bruins rookie forward Jake DeBrusk.
DeBrusk on trade talk: 'I love being a Bruin'
Jake DeBrusk speaks out on being a subject of trade rumors with the deadline approaching.
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Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving and Al Horford.
Back to work, but thinking ahead
The Celtics finally take the floor again after the long All-Star break and while sticking to their "one-game-at-a-time" mantra, playoff preparation is never far from their minds.  
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Another big body up front?
With some questions surrounding potential returnees, the Patriots could use a player to help bolster their big-bodied depth up front. 
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Jarome Iginla, a former Boston Bruins player.
Iggy return would mean B's struck out elsewhere
Bringing back future Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla, 40, should rank fairly low for the Bruins but could be a “safety school” option if they come away empty-handed with trades. 
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McCourty clarifies Butler comments
Patriots safety Devin McCourty tells SiriusXM radio that the Pats knew Malcolm Butler wouldn't start the Super Bowl, but not that he wouldn't play at all.
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Don't mess with the chemistry
The Bruins are faced with the challenge of making roster improvements while maintaining their special team chemistry.
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Would Anthony Davis really leave the Pelicans?
Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely go back and forth on whether Anthony Davis would really leave the New Orleans Pelicans.
Familiar matchup, unfamiliar faces
The Celtics take on the Pistons for their third matchup of the season, but this time Blake Griffin is a factor.
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Brad Stevens baseball career didn't exactly end well
Brad Stevens sits down with Kyle Draper and fills him in on what he did during the All-Star break.
All about 'urgency'
The Celtics look to get back on track with a pair of road wins after sputtering their way into the All-Star break.
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CELTICS TALK PODCAST: Anthony Davis opening the door for a trade?
Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely discuss the chances of Anthony Davis-to-the-Celtics and much more on the latest Celtics Talk Podcast.
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Would Swihart benefit from a trade?
For Blake Swihart, the grass might be greener on the other side.
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No need to panic . . . yet
Another day has passed without J.D. Martinez being introduced in a Red Sox uniform. But there’s still no reason to think the Sox have graduated from due diligence to great alarm.
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Will season-ending injury alter B's plans?
Left shoulder surgery sidelines Anders Bjork for the rest of the season, which may prompt the Bruins to acquire a veteran winger at the trade deadline or bring Ryan Donato on board if they can.
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Pats interior line is solid as a rock
Plenty of teams around the league would love to be as solid up front as the New England Patriots are entering this upcoming season.
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'Trying at times, but well worth it'
Kyrie Irving opened up - a little bit - in an ESPN interview with Rachel Nichols in which he reflected on his move to Boston and his upcoming movie, "Uncle Drew".
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Quick changes in Red Sox approach?
With bullpens now full of flamethrowers, Alex Cora sees no benefit in driving up pitch counts to force a starter out of the game. His feeling: Get to the starter as fast as you can.
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BEST OF BST PODCAST: J.D. Martinez has arrived and Marcus Smart returns
The BST crew discusses the J.D. Martinez physical, Marcus Smart's return to the Celtics, and the possibility of Gronk retiring from the Patriots.
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Which prospects should be available?
The Boston Bruins are serious competitors and have a wealth of young talent in their system. Who might they deal before the trade deadline?
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Searching for the right answers
When he wasn’t hanging out with the Red Sox during spring training, Brad Stevens was marinating over tweaks the Celtics need in the final 23 games.
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Could Bill Belichick decide to trade Rob Gronkowski?
Albert Breer and Chris Gasper go back and forth on whether Bill Belichick could decide to trade Rob Gronkowski.
Waiting, not worrying
The Red Sox say they'll need more time to evaluate J.D. Martinez's medical reports, but the delay is thought to be logistical and is not expected to jeopardize the deal.
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Gronk question puts Pats in tight spot
The Patriots have arguably the best player that’s ever played tight end in his presumed prime -- if he doesn't retire. That suddenly makes the position a tenuous spot for New England.  
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Boston Bruins celebrate a third-period goal against the Edmonton Oilers.
The B's own the third
The Bruins' gutty, 3-2 comeback win in Edmonton continues their run of dominant third periods and the stellar play of their 40-year-old shutdown D-man.  
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Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney addresses the media after the firing of coach Claude Julien.
And for their next move...
Don Sweeney wasn’t tipping his hand after the Nick Holden trade, but he says the Bruins are still burning up the phone lines looking for the right moves to support a playoff run.
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Boston Celtics' Al Horford pulls down a rebound against the San Antonio Spurs.
Get back to what got them there
Al Horford says the Celtics need to return to the kind of play that got them off to their fast start. That means re-focusing on defense and rebounding.
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Here's why J.D.'s coming to Boston
What prompted J.D. Martinez to agree to sign with the Red Sox: The two opt-out clauses, and at least some outfield playing time.
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'A great dude, a really good acquisition'
J.D. Martinez arrives in Fort Myers and ex-teammate David Price raves 'he's going to hit a lot of homers for us.'
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Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo .
Time for the Bruins to go for it
This could be the Bruins' last shot at a Cup with their Chara-Bergeron-Rask core, so they should think about trading any kid not named DeBrusk or McAvoy for someone who can put them over the top.
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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving drives past the Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green.
Seeing a second-half surge?
NBA All-Stars see the Celtics overcoming their recent struggles in a wide-open Eastern Conference.
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Acciari's early goal inspires comeback
Here are the talking points from the Boston Bruins' 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.
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BST PODCAST: Price recruited Martinez?
Jared Carrabis joins Boston Sports Tonight to discuss David Price’s recruitment of J.D. Martinez, and Price's comments about what it's like to play in Boston.
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Should Patriots target Doug Martin if they lose Dion Lewis?
Phil Perry discusses what he thinks the Patriots should do if they are not able to resign Dion Lewis.
James relieved Pats didn't win Super Bowl
Steelers tight end Jesse James is glad the Patriots' Super Bowl pursuit is done -- mostly because he played a big part in helping accelerate it.
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Haggerty: What Nick Holden brings to the Bruins
Joe Haggerty discusses what newest addition Nick Holden can bring to the Bruins defense.
ESPN poll: C's give best free agency pitch
The Boston Celtics have massively changed their reputation around the NBA.
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Defense enjoys mini-breakthrough vs. Flames
Here’s what we learned in the Bruins 2-1 overtime win over the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday afternoon.
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Bruins should just say no to Karlsson
The Senators may be putting game-changing defenseman Erik Karlsson on the trade block, though taking Bobby Ryan is part of the deal. But the price is probably too rich for the Bruins' blood.
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(Clockwise) Boston Red Sox J.D. Martinez, Mitch Moreland, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart.
Odd man out? Look to the bench
It's not first base and DH where the addition of J.D. Martinez creates roster intrigue - they'll be plenty of playing time to go around. But who fills out the bench? That's another story.
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Cora has his own message for players new to Boston
Waiting for the J.D. Martinez signing to be official, Alex Cora relayed what his message would be to a new star player in Boston.
Edelman's back, but is Amendola?
There's no more valuable position group than Tom Brady's targets and while the Patriots will welcome Julian Edelman back after his ACL injury, will Danny Amendola be joining him?
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When they were Detroit Tigers teammates, Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price (right) talks with J.D. Martinez.
Price the recruiter
Despite what he termed "so much more negativity" in Boston, David Price helped convince former teammate J.D. Martinez to join the Red Sox, USA TODAY reports.
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Heading down the stretch
There are 23 games remaining in the regular season, and here are the things that will help determine the Celtics' fate.
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BST PODCAST: How Martinez signing impacts Sox
The Red Sox have made their splash in free agency as they sign slugger J.D. Martinez to a 5-year, $110 million.
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Breer: Gronk may not be back
Albert Breer thinks it's 50/50 that Rob Gronkowski returns, and the Patriots should be taking this very seriously.
Worth the wait
Dave Dombrowski has taken a lot of flack for being an inefficient spender. But he squeezed value out of the J.D. Martinez deal.
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Pastrnak busts out of slump
Here are the talking points from an exciting Boston Bruins' overtime win over the Calgary Flames.
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C's notebook: LeBron asserts command
With the All-Star Game a thing of the past now, those who participated in the game will get a couple days of rest before the NBA grind of a season starts back up.
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Twitter reacts to Sox signing Martinez
Here's how Twitter reacted to the Boston Red Sox finally signing J.D. Martinez.
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Brad Stevens visits Red Sox
Celtics coach Brad Stevens, with some time off during the NBA All-Star break, visits the Red Sox at spring training and speaks to them after their first full squad workout.
Gronk dilemma sticky for Pats
How do the Patriots proceed with a legend that -- for all the right reasons -- isn’t sure he wants to keep playing? It’s a lot to wrestle with.
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Buckets' Bracketology: NCAA Tournament taking on a local flavor
Rhode Island, Vermont and (perhaps) Providence surface this week in Robbie Buckets' look at potential NCAA seeds. Click here for his weekly brackets.
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Patriots depth chart graphic for edge players.
Would a veteran sharpen the edge?
The Patriots have plenty of bodies at the edge defender spots, still, snagging a reliable veteran for the rotation might be the move to make.  
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Blakely's All-Star game takeaways
Here are A. Sherrod Blakely's takeaways from the 67th NBA All-Star Game, with Team LeBron defeating Team Steph 148-145. 
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Henry: We've made a lot of changes
John Henry on Monday said that the Red Sox have, in fact, changed ahead of 2018 despite adding no new players from the outside to their major league roster.
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Questions abound as trade deadline nears
Should the Bruins pursue Thomas Vanek? Empty the cupboard for Ryan McDonagh? Joe Haggerty has the answer to these, and all other Bruins questions.
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'This was pretty fun'
Kyrie Irving and Al Horford believe the new All-Star Game format, in which Irving's Team LeBron edged Horford's Team Steph, is a success.
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Conference races heating up
The Celtics and Warriors stood atop their respective conferences for most of the season, but neither has the top spot at the All-Star break.
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Youngsters respond differently to trade talk
Here’s what we learned from the Bruins' Saturday night 6-1 drubbing at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Centre. 
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Reunited for a night
Kyrie Irving and LeBron James get a chance to reminisce on their past successes as teammates as they join forces for Sunday night's All-Star game.
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Patriots depth chart graphic for cornerbacks.
Corner search is on
No position received more attention in the Super Bowl than cornerback, and with Malcolm Butler all but gone, the Patriots have internal and external options to explore.
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Lesson learned
Al Horford's leadership is one of the reasons the Celtics pursued him in free agency, and it was a playoff loss to the 2008 C's that helped teach him those skills.
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Eriksson elevates his game against Bruins
Loui Eriksson has been a massive disappointment for the Vancouver Canucks, but he found a way to get some measure of payback against the Bruins.
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Big Al crosses skills challenge off bucket list
After making a near-perfect pass during the early stages of the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Al Horford was feeling good about his chances of winning.
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The Kyrie brand continues to expand
Kyrie Irving's shoe deal, along with him venturing into the film game, speaks to the ever-expansion of his brand.
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Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
'It's not one leader'
Pedroia calls his knee surgery the "best decision I could have made," wishes he'd done things differently last season and says the Red Sox need greater leadership as a group, not just from one individual.
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Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy had led the team to victories in five of his first six games.
Another turning point trip?
The last time the Bruins went out West, they turned their season around in November. Can they solidify an already strong playoff position as they start another grueling stretch?
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Red Sox aren't any closer to replacing David Ortiz
Michael Holley, Michael Hurley and Rob 'Hardy' Poole break down how the Red Sox can attempt to replace David Ortiz's production and presence in their second season with him
King: Football, not family, kept McDaniels with Pats
Sports Illustrated's Peter King tells PFT Live that you can cross off the theory that Josh McDaniels' remaining with the Patriots was about not wanting to move his family to Indianapolis.   
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Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown (left), Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (center) and President Trump.
He won't 'shut up and dribble'
The Celtics' Jaylen Brown didn't mince words when it comes to a Fox News commentator calling out LeBron James for criticizing the president.  
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Barkley: It's just Cavs and Raptors in the East
Charles Barkley skips right over the Celtics when talking about the biggest threats in the NBA's Eastern Conference.  
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Smart's return now or Hayward's return later more important?
A. Sherrod Blakely argues that Marcus Smart's return plays a bigger role in the Celtics' season than Gordon Hayward's potential return.
Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson.
Eagles' Lane Johnson at it again
Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson, who caused a stir last week by calling the Patriots a "fear-based organization," was back doubling down on his comments on another "Pardon My Take podcast.  
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How excited should we get about Hanley on the TB12 Method?
Hanley Ramirez entered Spring Training saying that he lost weight thanks to the TB12 Method, but will that translate to better performance in 2018?
A boy named Suh?
Ndamukong Suh to the Patriots?? It's one of the many topics addressed in today's #FridayBag.
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Mookie Betts Hanley Ramirez
Ramirez becomes TB12 disciple
The 2018 Red Sox could be an episode of Hanley vs. Time.
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Jaylen Brown responds to 'shut up and dribble' comments
Jaylen Brown responds to the 'shut up and dribble' comment directed at LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and other NBA players.
Three notes from Irving on 'Jimmy Kimmel'
Jimmy Kimmel gets Kyrie Irving talking about LeBron James, the All-Star break, and a whole bunch other stuff. Here are three of the most interesting.
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Will Donato graduate to role on Bruins?
Boston Bruins prospect Ryan Donato looks like a stud in the Olympics. But he may not be ready to make an impact in the NHL.
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Pats need to get better at LB
The Patriots need to find some answers on defense and one of the most obvious positions of need is linebacker.
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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Betts and Bogaerts confirm Red Sox clubhouse drama
The Boston Sports Tonight crew discusses the dysfunction of last year's Red Sox, the Celtics at the break, and the Patriots offseason.
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Get Smart
As much as the Celtics could use Gordon Hayward, right now it's more important for them to have Marcus Smart back in the lineup.
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What'll it take for Celts to get top seed?
We take a look at the numbers on what it is going to take for the Celtics to finish with the top seed in the East.
Sources: Red Sox, Nunez near deal, pending physical
The Red Sox are close to a key signing to improve their depth, asking Eduardo Nunez to return to the roster for another year.
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No, they don't need to draft a quarterback
With Jimmy Garoppolo in San Francisco,  most everyone assumes the Patriots are on the lookout for a quarterback. But drafting a QB isn't as pressing a need as you might think. 
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Bogaerts: Tension built in Sox' locker room
The Boston Red Sox had their fair share of dysfunction during the 2016-17 season. They'll admit it.
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Still casting a large shadow
Dave Dombrowski didn't replace David Ortiz on -- or off -- the field last year, and a no-change offseason would indicate nothing is different now. But the players say they can step up and fill the void.
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Could trade acquisition impact Bruins chemistry?
Riley Nash joins Toucher & Rich to discuss how a team with great chemistry reacts when a trade is made.
New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh.
Buyers beware
The Bruins are theoretically going to have to pay too much to trade for Ryan McDonagh before the deadline and they just shouldn’t do it if that’s the case. Period.
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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Celtics head into break on low note
The Boston Sports Tonight crew looks at the questions surrounding the reeling Celtics as they head into the All-Star break.
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DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks against the Boston Celtics.
Broken at the break
How has a team that was so dominant defensively fallen off so quickly? After giving up season-highs in points the past two games, the Celtics now have some time off to figure it out.  
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Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan soars in for a dunk against the Boston Celtics.
Jordan rules, C's D doesn't
The Clippers' DeAndre Jordan goes for a career-high 30 and the Celtics allow a season-high 129 as they limp into the break.
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Patriots depth chart running back graphic.
Will Pats let Lewis run off?
Running back was one of the Patriots deepest and most productive positions in 2017. Will they stick with what they have and bring back Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead?
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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving as "Uncle Drew" in a scene from the movie.
Kyrie's 'Uncle Drew' coming to the big screen
From a Pepsi commercial to the big screen - Kyrie Irving's "Uncle Drew" character stars in a feature-length movie that hits theaters this summer.  
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Avery Bradley returns to Doc Rivers as a seasoned veteran
Doc Rivers discusses Avery Bradley's rookie season with the Celtics and the impact the team's veterans had on the young player.
Should Pats target Graham this offseason?
Chris Gasper joins Arbella Early Edition to weigh in on whether he thinks the Patriots should realistically go after Jimmy Graham.
Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens checks the scoreboard.
An eye on break, another on what's ahead
As important as it is for the Celtics to close out their pre-All-Star break schedule with a win, they're aware of what lies ahead, including 14 of 23 games on the road.
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Rivers: Allen didn't want to distract at Pierce's ceremony
Doc Rivers says Ray Allen thought about attending Paul Pierce's number retirement but didn't want to be a distraction.
La Russa: Belichick's still 'got that fire'
Red Sox front office staffer -- and Hall of Fame manager -- Tony La Russa says his friend Bill Belichick is 'a model for the rest of us.'
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La Russa: Free agents must be reasonable
Special assistant to Dave Dombrowski, Tony La Russa suggested the player-agent dynamic is partly to blame for the free-agency drag.
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Cassidy says Bergeron is a 'shooter this year'
Patrice Bergeron just keeps on scoring, and keeps on pushing his way into the Hart Trophy conversation. 
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Message sent; was it received?
Coach Bruce Cassidy drops the slumping David Pastrnak to the third line during the Bruins' victory over Calgary. How long will it take the 21-year-old right wing to fight his way back?
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A Bradley/Doc reunion in L.A.
Avery Bradley has been traded twice in a six-month span, but the latest move reunites him with Doc Rivers. And the two Celtic expatriates are back in town tonight.
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Strength could become a weakness
Phil Perry begins an 11-part series looking at the Patriots on a position-by-position basis. Today: The offensive line, which could become a huge problem in 2018.
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Haggerty on Ryan Donato's role on Team USA
Joe Haggerty discusses how Bruins prospect Ryan Donato is expected to be a big scorer for Team USA and talks about when we might see him in Boston.
McAvoy starting to feel like himself again
McAvoy snapped a six-game scoreless stretch and secured his first point since undergoing a heart ablation procedure at the end of January
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BEST OF BST PODCAST: A clean slate for David Price?
Today's BST podcast features conversation surrounding David Price, the red hot Bruins, and sluggish Celtics.
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Bergeron rolling toward Hart consideration
Bergeron continues to string together impressive nightly performances that push up his standing in the Hart Trophy conversation.
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Haggerty: Is Maroon the B's best target?
Joe Haggerty breaks down the potential players the Bruins could acquire, and why he thinks Patrick Maroon is the best fit.
Do Red Sox have a plan B if they don't get Martinez?
Evan Drellich joins Boston Sports Tonight to discuss whether he thinks the Red Sox have a plan B in case they lose out on J.D. Martinez.
Jerod Mayo responds to Johnson's comments
 Jerod Mayo responds to Lane Johnson's comments, and does the Patriots defense need to build a new identity this off-season?  
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Should B's trade for Nash? Or McDonagh?
Joe Haggerty explains why he would take Rick Nash over Ryan McDonagh if the Bruins were to make a trade with the Rangers.
'I'll always be a Celtic'
Ray Allen had a well-documented falling out with the Celtics. But on Instagram he tells how he truly feels about Paul Pierce, the C's, and Boston.
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Cora knows he will need to earn player's respect
Yeah, you know what? Some players do look over the new guy with perhaps a dubious eye. Always have, always will. That’s how it is, so why pretend differently?
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Swihart could get a look at second base
Marco Hernandez and Brock Holt were names you figured to see at second base while Dustin Pedroia recovers from right knee surgery.
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Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart
A love letter for Marcus Smart
You've been gone for 21 days, but it seems like 21 years. Things haven't been the same without you . . . especially on defense.
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Anatomy of a slump
Since coming back from London, the Celtics have been a different team. How different? Take a look . . .
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All we are saying is give Price a chance
Will David Price follow through on his conciliatory talk of Tuesday? We'll see. But he deserves the benefit of the doubt.
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How Monroe is acclimating to Celtics
Greg Monroe has skills, the kind that should be on display as he becomes more familiar with the Celtics' system. 
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New England Patriots QB Tom Brady.
Some trouble on the final exam
Before closing the book on 2017, we hand out final grades for each Patriots position group. Like the team itself, the grades were good . . . but not quite championship-caliber.
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Troy Brown to Johnson: 'I had fun here'
Troy Brown joined Toucher & Rich and addressed Lane Johnson's comments about the Patriots being a 'fear-based organization.'
Boston Celtics' Al Horford (42), Jaylen Brown (7) and Marcus Morris.
Here's how Celts can stop the slide
After losing three of four, the Celtics need improvement in a few key areas if they want to re-establish themselves as the team to beat in the East.
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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Takeaways from Pierce ceremony
ESPN's Chris Forsberg on the Paul Pierce number retirement ceremony, Evan Drellich from spring training on JD Martinez and the Red Sox, DJ Bean on the Bruins and more.
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Buckley: Numbers don't back up that Price would leave
Steve Buckley joins Boston Sports Tonight to discuss the likelihood of David Price deciding to opt out of his contract after next season.
The Northeastern hockey team celebrates winning its first Beanpot title since 1988.
Northeastern wins first Beanpot title in 30 years
Adam Gaudette had a hat trick and Cayden Primeau stopped 38 shots on Monday night to lead Northeastern to a 5-2 victory over Boston University and claim its first Beanpot Tournament title since 1988. 
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Why is there lack of buzz around Red Sox spring training?
Evan Drellich joins Boston Sports Tonight to discuss why there seems to be a lack of buzz entering Red Sox spring training.
Drellich: Why Martinez-to-Sox gets done
Evan Drellich joins Arbella Early Edition to explains why he would be shocked if J.D. Martinez did not end up in Boston.
Atlantic looks feeble
The NHL's Atlantic Division is looking exceedingly feeble beyond playoff teams in Tampa Bay, Boston and Toronto. 
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CELTICS TALK PODCAST: Are new-look Cavs legit?
The Celtics Talk Podcast crew discusses the Cavaliers' dominant win over the Celtics along wtih Paul Pierce's jersey ceremony
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Is J.D. Martinez really worth a huge contract?
Michael Felger and Evan Drellich debate whether or not the Red Sox should sign J.D. Martinez to a pricey contract like they have with free agents in the past.
Slumping Celtics need to pick up the pace
The Celtics are 22nd in the league in PACE -- number of possessions per game -- and they believe they need to improve that number to break their slump.
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Flynn: Belichick's arrogance played a role in loss to Eagles
Mike Flynn argues that Bill Belichick's decision to bench Malcolm Butler and decisions he's made in the past have been driven by arrogance.
Remember baseball?
The Super Bowl hangover may still linger, but guess what? The Red Sox report to Fort Myers this week. Here are some things to keep an eye on as camp opens.
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Boston Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin celebrates after the victory over the New Jersey Devils.
Khudobin comes up big again
Anton Khudobin was brilliant at the start and held on at the finish as the Bruins' backup again puts in a clutch performance against the Devils.  
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Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward.
'One of the reasons I came to Boston'
Gordon Hayward comes away impressed after watching the Paul Pierce number retirement ceremony and can't wait to begin to forge his own Celtics legacy.
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Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce wipes away tears at his No. 34 retirement ceremony.
After the ceremony, some Classic Truth
It was vintage Paul Pierce - before, during and after his Celtics' No. 34 retirement ceremony at the Garden.   
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Mannix: Celtics fans should worry after seeing Cavaliers
Chris Mannix says that Boston Celtics fans should be worried about the Cavaliers after what they saw on Sunday.
Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce (right) at his number retirement ceremony with team owner Wyc Grousbeck.
It's LeBron vs. Pierce again at Garden
He didn't take a single shot, still, it was Paul Pierce's day in Boston Sunday, but before that, LeBron James served notice that he's not going anywhere just yet.
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Legends take to social media to honor Pierce
On the day Pierce's number was retired to the rafters, legends from all over the country honored him on social media.
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Where's Ray Allen on Paul Pierce Day? The golf course
While Kevin Garnett was at TD Garden for Paul Pierce's big day, the third member of the Celtics' Big Three, Ray Allen, apparently skipped it to play golf.   
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Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki guarded by Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce.
Nowitzki: Pierce made me better
Dirk Nowitzki, drafted one spot ahead of Paul Pierce, credits Pierce's early success for pushing the Dallas Mavericks star to improve his game.  
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With Acciari out, Czarnik has stepped up
Austin Czarnik gets another game in the Bruins lineup with Noel Acciari still out, and he's made the most of his opportunity since coming up from Providence.  
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Ainge on trade deadline, Monroe, and more
Danny Ainge addresses the trade deadline, the new Celtic Greg Monroe, the new-look Cavaliers and more.
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C's not 'crisp' enough offensively
There were plenty of issues affecting the Celtics on Friday that played a role in their 97-91 loss to the Indiana Pacers. But there was one that for Brad Stevens, stood out from the rest.
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Oladipo too much for tired C's
Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 97-91 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
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Kyrie Irving on Paul Pierce: He always rose to the occasion
Following the Celtics loss to the Pacers, Kyrie Irving discussed his impressions of Paul Pierce.
Time for Bergeron to get some love for Hart Trophy
Patrice Bergeron deserves serious Hart Trophy consideration for what he's done with the Bruins this season.
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Monroe thrilled to be joining a title contender
Greg Monroe makes it clear just how important it is at this stage of his career to play for a team with the potential to go deep into the playoffs.
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B's trade targets coming into view
With the NHL trade deadline slightly more than two weeks away, the clock is ticking for Don Sweeney and the Boston Bruins as they mull what exactly to do with this year’s team.
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#FRIDAYBAG: Bill Belichick, 2-09-18
What’s the most glaring need?
In a post-Super Bowl edition of the #FridayBag, readers look ahead to the offseason to see what changes could be in the offing for the AFC champs. 
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Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown.
Big shot Brown
For most of this season, Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum have provided the Celtics with a 1-2 scoring punch, but don’t overlook Jaylen Brown, whose big 3 helped sink the Wizards.  
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The Boston Celtics celebrate Al Horford's game-winning shot against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Follow the green light
Time to let go of your post-Super Bowl doldrums and embrace a team on another championship quest - the East-leading Celtics.  
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US Olympic hockey forward Jordan Greenway, from Boston University, practices in South Korea.
BU's Greenway an Olympic trail blazer
Boston University forward Jordan Greenway hopes to help the US bring home gold as the first African-American on the Olympic hockey team.  
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Ainge: Smart drew most interest from playoff teams
Danny Ainge talks with Toucher & Rich about trade conversations for Marcus Smart, and how teams that were trying to win now were the most interested
Ainge: Stevens an asset in recruiting players
Danny Ainge talks with Toucher & Rich about the signing of Greg Monroe, and recruiting players in general to the Celtics
Brady's IG post all about ‘gratitude’
Four days after the Patriots’ Super Bowl loss to the Eagles, Tom Brady reflected on it in an Instagram post that was free of controversy and heavy on gratitude. 
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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Celtics stand pat, Cavs blow up roster at deadline
Chris Mannix joins BST to break down the winners and losers of Thursday's NBA trade deadline.
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'There were no good deals'
There are several reasons why Danny Ainge didn’t pull the trigger on any trades, but the biggest is the simplest: None of them would have made the Celtics better.
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Energy and focus puts Celtics back on track
With the right amount of focus and attention to detail, the Celtics will find a way to win games like Thursday’s 110-104 overtime win against Washington.
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Brady holdout story a hoax
A Boston Herald report that Tom Brady would sit out OTAs if his contract isn't renegotiated to match Jimmy Garoppolo's turns out to be a hoax. 
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CELTICS TALK PODCAST: Ainge talks about the trade deadline
Danny Ainge joins the Celtics Talk Podcast to talk about the biggest news stories from deadline day.
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Uncertainty hangs over spring training
If nothing changes by next week, if the Red Sox lineup remains untouched from 2017, the start of spring training is going to feel like a continuation of the winter.
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Ainge explains Celtics buyout situation and philosophy
Danny Ainge explains entering the buyout market and what kind of players the Celtics might be able to add.
Ainge on Cavaliers: 'Maybe they just needed a clean slate'
Danny Ainge talks about the multiple moves made by the Cavaliers and if that had any impact on the Celtics before the deadline.
Ainge: Never thought Smart trade was going to happen
Danny Ainge discusses the rumors involving Marcus Smart and if there was any truth surrounding those talks.
Ainge: 'There were no good deals so we stayed pat'
Danny Ainge talks about the Celtics not making any trade before the deadline and what the process is like leading up to the trade deadline.
Boston Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin makes a save in the first period against the New York Rangers.
Losing nothing with backup in there
What fueled the Bruins' blowout of the Rangers? Before the scoring barrage, a big first period from Anton Khudobin in net helped pave the way.  
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The Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (left) celebrates a goal against the New York Rangers with teammate Brad Marchand.
Straight to the top
Not only have the Bruins become legit Stanley Cup contenders but they're about to catch the Tampa Bay Lightning and roll toward the best record in the NHL.
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Mazz: Kyrie Irving smart for leaving the Cavs when he did
Felger & Mazz discuss the Cavaliers blowing up their roster right before the trade deadline.
What a difference a year makes for Isaiah
Less than a year ago, Isaiah Thomas was the darling of the NBA, the undersized scoring machine who fought through emotional pain and adversity. How things have changed.
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Cavs undergo an extreme makeover
The Celtics have a new-look rival in Cleveland, as the Cavs trade Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder and Dwyane Wade and bring in Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and Rodney Hood in three separate deals.
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Deadline looms over matchup with Wizards
The NBA trade deadline will pass hours before tipoff, which means the Celtics-Wizards rivalry might have a few new players in the mix soon.
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Hard work pays off for 'The Granite Man'
New Hampshire native Tim Schaller had the dangle of his life in Wednesday night's game and continues to see his hard work reward him.
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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Will Josh McDaniels take over after Bill Belichick retires?
Albert Breet joins the BST crew to discuss the Josh McDaniels situation and the effects it has on the Patriots and Colts.
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Bergeron lights the way . . . and the lamp
Bergeron has been at the top of so many of the good things for the B’s lately, and that was the case again in New York.
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J.D. Martinez, mad at the Sox? Says who?
J.D. Martinez’s agent, Scott Boras, tells NBC Sports Boston that J.D. Martinez hasn't expressed feelings of being 'fed up' with the Red Sox, as was reported Tuesday.
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What story does dinner picture tell?
The image of Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick breaking bread in public may tell a story of air being cleared and tension being addressed.
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A lesson to be learned for Celtics
Here are A. Sherrod Blakely's takeaways from Boston’s 111-91 loss to Toronto. 
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Patricia: 'There's only one Bill Belichick'
The new Lions coach dodged comparisons to his former boss and past Patriots coordinators who failed elsewhere.
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The latest on C's trade talks
While one potential trade target of the Boston Celtics is off the market, another one remains very much in play. 
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An epic fail for the Patriot defense
The Patriot offense was championship-caliber, but the defense and special teams were woeful. And that's why Philly, and not New England, got to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
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Bedard: 35-40% chance Gronkowski is serious about retiring
Greg Bedard talks with Toucher & Rich about the possibility that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski retires, speculating that this could be a move to rework his contract
Colts GM: 'The rivalry is back on'
Colts' GM Chris Ballard says all the right things about being jilted by Josh McDaniels . . . and then a really dorky thing.
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POLL: Are you 100% confident Bill Belichick will return in 2018?
Do you have any doubts that Belichick will return in 2018?
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Bedard: Does Bill Belichick have one foot out the door?
Greg Bedard joins Toucher & Rich to talk about whether Belichick is in his last season with the Patriots, or could he even walk away next week?
Isaiah has harsh words for Cavaliers
Isaiah Thomas hasn't been with Cleveland very long, but he's not impressed with the way the Cavs respond to adversity.
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Heinen finishes strong as Marchand sub
Danton Heinen, subbing on the first line during Brad Marchand's suspension, goes out with a bang in the final game before Marchand's return.
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Kuraly snaps dry spell in big night for B's
Sean Kuraly and his scoring celebration were front and center in the Bruins 3-2 win over the Red Wings.
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BEST OF BST PODCAST: McDaniels stays in New England, Celtics fall to Raptors
The BST crew discusses Josh McDaniels choosing to stay in New England, the Malcolm Butler situation and the Celtics' loss to the Raptors.
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