Patriots strong enough at running back?

New England didn't pick up a running back in the draft, and while its backs were solid at pass-catching in 2015, a dominant (and healthy) leader at the position has yet to stand out ahead of the upcoming season. Under-the-radar storylines

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Can another team win the AFC East?

In Bill Belichick's 16 years in charge, the Patriots have failed to win the AFC East just three times, including 2008, when Tom Brady tore his ACL in Week 1. Perhaps Brady's suspension this year will crack the door further open.

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Pujols preparing for last series vs. Ortiz

With the Red Sox traveling to Anaheim for the last time this season this weekend, Albert Pujols knows he'll likely be playing his last game against his old friend, David Ortiz. “He's like a big brother to me,” Pujols said. “It's going to be pretty emotional knowing that's the last time I'm going to play against him.” Orange County Register

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Asked if Rex Ryan "lost his team" last season, current Patriots and former Bills WR Chris Hogan tells WEEI, "He didn't lose the team, ever. It was a grind the entire time we were there. There's a lot of good players over there, and it's just a matter of everyone meshing as one over there. If they get that together, they'll be a good team."

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Asked about the differences between Rex Ryan and Bill Belichick, current Patriots and former Bills WR Chris Hogan tells WEEI, "They both care about the sport that they coach, and they bring a lot of passion to it. They both have their ways of going about things, and we'll leave it at that."

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Patriots WR and former Bills WR Chris Hogan to WEEI about Week 4 game against Buffalo: "I've already marked that one down."

Patriots know it will take more than just Garappolo to replace Brady (0:54)

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Celtics announce their full preseason schedule.

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Harvard star Jimmy Vesey is testing free agency this summer. Who will he pick? We break down the selling points, drawbacks for Vesey's short list, and identify some wild cards. Which NHL team will land Jimmy Vesey?

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Revolution fueled by defense lately

Although the season got off to a rocky start, New England seems to be putting it together after getting results in three of its past four games.

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Tom Brady's decision was monumental

It wasn't a transaction, but Brady's decision to accept his four-game suspension was still a huge one. As Dan Graziano writes, it will play a big role in the 2016 season. Moves with immediate impact

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Media surrounds TE Rob Gronkowski after the Patriots' first practice of training camp. Gronkowski drew some of the loudest cheers from fans.

Massachusetts High School Sports

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  • State Tournament Central

    Braintree is your Super 8 State Champion for the second year in a row. Re-live all of the spring state tournament action here.

David Ortiz's farewell season

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  • Big Papi's ballpark tour

    We'll be tracking Red Sox slugger David Ortiz's final major league journey all season long. Check back here for highlights, recaps and photos from his last stop at each stadium.