ESPNBoston Week 5 HS football picks

ESPNBoston High Schools editors Scott Barboza and Brendan Hall break down our Game of the Week from Xaverian and give their Week 5 picks.

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5hMike Reiss

Patriots' health at cornerback bears watching

With veteran cornerbacks Tarell Brown and Bradley Fletcher limited in practice, the New England Patriots were short-handed at a vulnerable spot.


Drew Stafford scores a goal and records an assist as the Jets roll over the Bruins 6-2.

Jets crush Bruins in opener (0:46)
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13hChris Forsberg

Avery Bradley goes back to the future

The buzz around Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley through two preseason games has been that he's found new ways to be more efficient offensively. From this vantage point, it simply seems like he's gone back to what originally put him on the NBA map.

Weeden takes on New England (0:52)
NFL Nation polls kickers about who is the best in the league (1:41)
Patriots sign Dion Lewis to two-year extension (3:03)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics defeat Real Madrid 111-96 in preseason play overseas. Quick postgame 3-pointer: * Avery Bradley finally missed a 3-pointer (he’s 7-for-8 this preseason) but put up a team-high 17 points over 21 minutes. * David Lee was questionable due to illness. Instead, he started and put up a double-double (13 pts, 11 reb) and showcased his passing skills again. * Celtics rookies — especially Terry Rozier (14 points) — were excellent in 4th quarter against Madrid regulars.

The best kicker in the NFL (2:40)
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A Patriots' running back on the love list?

Bill Belichick's backfield has been notoriously difficult to project for fantasy owners. So why is Matthew Berry willing to put Dion Lewis on the love list? Berry: Love/Hate

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For every Ramirez, there's a Betts

Sadly, Mookie Betts couldn't catch the ball for Hanley Ramirez, and he couldn't bat for Rusney Castillo. The good news is that you can take him and leave the others behind in next year's draft. Early top 25 in 2016 (Insider)

David Lee compares Celtics to Warriors (3:07)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Veteran CB Bradley Fletcher, who was a healthy scratch in the Patriots' most recent game, is a new addition to the team's injury report Thursday. He was limited in practice with a hamstring injury. Depth at the position is thinned with Fletcher and Tarell Brown (foot) not full participants at practice.

Trotter on Belichick: 'You know he was waiting to deliver that line' (0:42)
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expect to see more of marcus smart

His offensive numbers aren't anything to write home about, but Smart makes up for it with aggressive defending. How much did the Celtics PG move up in our rankings this year? #NBARank: Nos. 81-90

Double Check: Patriots-Cowboys (0:55)

Red Sox to hold ticket prices

Boston announced that it will keep certain ticket packages at their 2015 price until December 31. The average price of tickets is expected to increase by 1.4 percent in 2016.

Massachusetts High School Sports

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  • Top 25 High School Football

    No. 11 Milton continues its rapid ascent as a premier program in our latest statewide Top 25.