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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots informed rookie WR Chris Harper that he is being waived, a source confirms. Harpers muffed punt in the fourth quarter was a critical play in the Patriots 30-24 overtime loss to the Broncos. Harper is a strong candidate to return on the practice squad if he clears waivers. Tom E. Curran of Comcast SportsNet first reported Harpers release.

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Barnwell: Pats still positioned for SB run

The Patriots lost their first game of the season Sunday, and added a few players to an already-packed injury list. But Bill Barnwell isn't giving up on New England. Still SB contenders

Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

Dave Dombrowski President of the Boston Red Sox told me prior to the off-season his three goals were an impact closer, a right-handed hitting 4th outfielder and a number 1 starter. Kimbrel check 1, Young check 2, now he tries to get David Price for the trifecta.

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Celtics rise to No. 12 in rankings

Marc Stein pushes Boston up one spot following a 2-2 week. The Celtics' Monday night visit to Miami will begin a four-game road trip. Power Rankings

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Rob Gronkowski has no tear in knee

An MRI confirms that the Patriots TE has a bruised right knee, and no tears, a source tells ESPN's Dianna Russini. A source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that Gronkowski's injury is considered a "minor knee strain," and said he'll be out "a week or two, most likely."

Gronk week-to-week with bruised knee (0:42)
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Are the Red Sox shopping Hanley Ramirez?

Many expected Boston to try to trade Ramirez this offseason, but there are conflicting reports on the team's efforts to do so. MLB rumors roundup

How big of a loss would Gronkowski be?

Even if Rob Gronkowski only misses a short amount of time, his injury will still have repercussions. Tristan H. Cockcroft takes a look at Gronkowski's massive impact on New England's offense. Fantasy fallout

Brady 'pissed' after loss to Broncos

Pats QB Tom Brady was upset about losing TE Rob Gronkowski and some referee calls made down the stretch in the loss to Denver, telling WEEI: "I don't know that I have ever been so pissed off after a loss, and I think everyone felt the same way. ... The way it all played out, I guess I was pretty pissed off ... the final outcome, the way the final 20 minutes of the game played out." Story

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

The Red Sox signing of OF Chris Young could open the door for trading Jackie Bradley Jr., but it seems like a quality depth signing to me. Bradley had a big August but also owns a career .298 OBP and Rusney Castillo has yet to show he can hit in the majors. Young is a good fourth outfielder who could start if either falters, leaving Brock Holt to back up in the infield.

Keshawn Martin and Chris Harper worth a look in deep fantasy leagues (1:48)
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Red Sox nab former Yankee Chris Young

Boston has reached an agreement with the free-agent outfielder on a multi-year contract, pending a physical, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick and multiple reports (first reported by Fox Sports). Young had a .320 OBP and 14 HRs in 318 at-bats last season for New York.

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Bogaerts is majors' No. 3 shortstop

Buster Olney applauds the Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts for becoming a standout at the position after some in the organization considered moving him to third base. Top 10 shortstop (Insider)

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Pats have multiple injuries to monitor

It wasn't just Rob Gronkowski that went down with a knee injury in Week 12. The Patriots' defense also lost a corps member, and their play suffered mightily as a result. NFL rumors

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    Ten teams punched their ticket to next month's MIAA Football State Championships at Gillette Stadium. Check out ESPNBoston High Schools' coverage from across the state.

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    Our weekly ranking of the best teams in the state, as selected by our panel of staff writers and correspondents. (Updated 10/26)