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Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Patriots owner Robert Kraft did not attend Roger Goodell's "state of the NFL" news conference at Super Bowl 50. Kraft instead attended the Merlin Olsen Pro Football Hall of Fame luncheon at Super Bowl 50. Kraft has a bond with several Hall of Famers after leading 19 of them on a 2015 mission to Israel.

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Pats land high in SB ranks despite losses

The Patriots' 2007 and 2011 Super Bowl lineups were arguably better overall than the Giants' teams. But a lack of reliability in some positions was enough to keep New England from finishing both seasons on high notes. Ranking recent Super Bowl teams (Insider)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics swingman Jae Crowder sat out the team's morning shootaround Friday due to a sore ankle after getting rolled up on during Wednesday's win over the Pistons. Crowder is a game-time decision but told reporters in Cleveland that he expects to play against the Cavaliers.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston College finished the season No. 1 in total defense, but the Eagles lost all but one defensive assistant this offseason. Line coach Ben Albert left for Duke on Friday. The Blue Devils' defense lacked a strong D-line in 2015, but Albert's history of turning mid-level prospects into all-conference performers bodes well for Duke.

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Most impactful plays in Super Bowl history

The most impactful plays might not be the most miraculous or athletically stupendous (no, the David Tyree helmet catch is not in the top 10), but they are the ones that definitively impacted the outcome of the game. And you don't need a long memory to recall No. 1. Impact plays

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Bruins edge Sabres for SO victory (0:36)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, already ticketed for Toronto and his first All-Star appearance, will compete in the Skills Challenge during All-Star Saturday night. Teammate Kelly Olynyk, who had been hoping to land a spot in the 3-point contest, is not in the competition this year.

NBA Skills Competition: Guards

  • Patrick Beverley, Rockets*
  • C.J. McCollum, Trail Blazers
  • Jordan Clarkson, Lakers
  • Isaiah Thomas, Celtics
* 2015 winner

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What can't Gronk do? (0:29)
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Gronk and Marlo enjoy The NFL Experience (1:48)

Pats' moves paid off in the end

The Patriots fell short of the Super Bowl this season, but their work last offseason looks better in hindsight. Losses in the secondary weren't devastating, while several acquisitions played big roles. 2015 offseason re-grades (Insider)

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