Marcus Smart expects to return for Team USA vs. Greece

Marcus Smart expects to return for Team USA vs. Greece

While Jayson Tatum is still nursing an ankle sprain that kept him out of Team USA's blowout of Japan at the FIBA World Cup, his Celtics and US teammate Marcus Smart practiced and expects to play against Giannis Antetokounmpo and Greece on Saturday morning (8:30) in China. 

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Florida prosecutors to appeal suppression of Kraft video

Florida prosecutors to appeal suppression of Kraft video

Florida prosecutors haven't given up their fight to allow video evidence to be used in Patriots Robert Kraft's solicitation of prostitution case. 

As expected, The Palm Beach County State Attorney filed an appeal Friday of a judge's ruling earlier this week suppressing the video evidence because police did not properly monitor the video at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.

The appeal was first reported by T.J. Quinn of ESPN.

If the appeal is denied, it would effectively end the state's case against Kraft, who is accused of visiting the spa to receive sex for money twice in a two-day period in January.

Prosecutors opened themselves up for civil suits from Kraft and 24 other defendants in the solicitation sting if they failed to appeal. 
 
In his ruling, Judge Leonard Hanser agreed with Kraft's attorneys who argued that police failed to properly minimize the video surveillance of the spa - i.e., that they didn't avoid recording legal activity inside Orchids of Asia, and that clients, including Kraft, have a right to privacy inside the spa.

Kraft attorney Burck told Quinn: "[Palm Beach County State Attorney David] Aronberg is acknowledging he has no case without the illegal video recordings that four Florida judges have now found to be unconstitutional. No evidence means no trial. So the State had only two options -- drop the case or appeal. They chose to appeal, but we are confident the appellate court will agree with Judge Hanser and the other judges who threw out their illegally obtained evidence."

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Julian Edelman graduates from Kent State

Julian Edelman graduates from Kent State

Julian Edelman traded his helmet and pads for a cap and gown on Saturday.

The Patriots wide receiver is now a proud graduate of Kent State University.

Edelman, 32, tweeted a picture of himself with his parents at the graduation. He had said earlier this week that going back to get his degree fulfilled a promise he made to his them more than a decade ago and "set a great example" for his daughter: 

Edelman was a quarterback for the Golden Flashes who was drafted by the Patriots in 2009 in the seventh round with the 232nd pick overall - 33 spots behind where his buddy Tom Brady was selected in the sixth round a decade earlier. 

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