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Amir Johnson moves in rankings

The Celtics’ new power forward was brought in to bring veteran leadership to a young team. Johnson’s low-post defense will be an improvement for Boston's front court. See where he landed in today’s rankings, which list Nos. 111-120. #NBArank: Day 9

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Edes: Final Red Sox report card

With no playoffs -- just a long, busy winter -- to look forward to, Gordon Edes hands out his final report card for the 2015 Boston Red Sox.

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My hypothetical awards selections

The Cy Young races hold a lot of intrigue, where Cubs ace Jake Arrieta could trump the Dodgers' duo of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Newly acquired DL Akiem Hicks went through his first practice with the Patriots on Monday, and said he has a lot of respect for the organization. He is happy to join the club and looks forward to trying to carve out a role.

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CB Malcolm Butler says he went home to Vicksburg, Mississippi over the bye-week break. Patriots players returned to work Monday and had an afternoon practice that concluded around 4:45 p.m. ET.

Pats eyes on the Cowboys (2:49)

Did Red Sox drop in Power Rankings?

Boston was rolling until getting swept by Cleveland in its last series and slipping back into the cellar of the AL East. Was that enough for the Red Sox to fall in our final rankings? Find out here

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

In a sign that his recovery from an undisclosed illness is progressing, veteran center/guard Ryan Wendell participated in the start of Patriots practice today. A 2014 starter at right guard, Wendell has not played this season. He also had not practiced in recent weeks.

Tom Brady on youth sports: Let kids be kids

Brady, father of 3, was asked about youth sports on WEEI today: "I’ve made a comment for a while now: ‘I hope my kids are late bloomers in whatever they do.’ ... [T]he competition feels like it starts so early for these kids – whether it’s to get into college or getting into the right HS or the right elementary school. I don’t know how it’s taken that turn, but you know, sometimes it’s nice for kids to just be kids." 'It's just different now'

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Hank Aaron Award finalists: AL East

The Hank Aaron Award is given annually to a player recognized as the most outstanding offensive performer in his league. Here are the nominees for each AL East team:

  • Baltimore Orioles: Chris Davis
  • Boston Red Sox: David Ortiz
  • New York Yankees: Brian McCann
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Logan Forsythe
  • Toronto Blue Jays: Josh Donaldson

Early Hart Trophy predictions (1:33)

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Those two Red Sox perennials, David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia, cracked MLB's top 20 list in jersey sales, according to, despite the team's third last-place finish in the past four years. Ortiz ranked No. 14, Pedroia No. 18. No Yankees in the top 20.

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Red Sox tell Hanley Ramirez to slim down

Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo said the team instructed Ramirez to lose 15-20 pounds so he could play 1B next season. Said Lovullo: "It has been discussed. It was outlined in his exit physical that he needs to come in at a certain weight. That's our expectation. To be an infielder you have to be a little more agile." Lovullo added Pablo Sandoval got similar instructions.

Massachusetts High School Sports

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  • Week 4 football coverage

    No. 23 Tewksbury's upset victory over No. 7 Andover highlighted a soggy night of football Friday across the state.