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.

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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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.

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Rusney Castillo surprises in a bad way

After a sparkling 2014, we all expected great things from Castillo this year. However, much like the rest of the Red Sox's season, things did not go according to plan. Rookie surprises, disappointments (Insider)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick commented on the frequency of Patriots' trades the last few seasons and said, "You know, we haven't been afraid to trade here through the years." Belichick theorized that some of the trades are a result of a player being in the last year of their contract, so perhaps the teams trading those players to New England want to get something for them before knowing they will depart in free agency.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick just concluded an afternoon conference call as the Patriots are on the bye week. The two biggest takeaways: 1) He called DL Akiem Hicks, acquired from New Orleans in a trade, a big, physical player who the team felt like did good things in August's joint practice. That extended look at Hicks in practice helped in making the trade; 2) Belichick said the team wasn't looking to trade TE Michael Hoomanawanui, but to get something (Hicks), they had to give something up.

Sox retain Farrell, Lovullo

The Red Sox announced John Farrell will be back as manager and Torey Lovullo bench coach for 2016. Lovullo signed a two-year extension as bench coach in which he waived the right to pursue a managing job this offseason. Lovullo's agreement protects the Sox in the event Farrell's health remains an issue. (via Gordon Edes)

Shift of dominance in AL East? (0:48)

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