Minutemen take the lead

UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel finds Shakur Nesmith in the back of the end zone for a 15-yard TD. Fronapfel has 145 yards passing late in the first quarter.


Pats are heavy favorites in Dallas

The Patriots are 3-0, coming off a bye and will face Brandon Weeden this week. ESPN's Football Power Index thinks that's a recipe for a comfortable New England victory.


Bowling Green strikes first

Falcons QB Matt Johnson rolls out to the right and finds Derek Lee for a 2-yard TD. Bowling Green is up early over UMass, 7-0.

Watch: UMass at Bowling Green

The Minutemen travel to Ohio to take on the Falcons in a showdown between high-flying offenses. Who will prevail in this MAC matchup? Live on ESPN3

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CARMELO's thoughts on each Celtics player

Here's a snapshot of how CARMELO projects each of Boston's 16 current players (sorted by wins above replacement projection).

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Patriots are a team on a mission

Usually, Dave Tuley would be all over Dallas (+8.5) as a big home underdog. But Tuley isn't willing to step in front of the New England train. NFL's best bets (Insider)

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Veteran CB Tarell Brown is expected to be ready for normal duty for the Patriots on Sunday vs. the Cowboys. After being limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of his foot, he was a full participant Friday and is listed as probable on the injury report. Brown opened 2015 as the starter opposite Malcolm Butler.

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Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have combined for 20 TD passes with zero INTs so far this season.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater will wear these Sunday vs. the Cowboys as part of the NFL's breast cancer awareness campaign. "There are several women in my life who have been affected by breast cancer, and my wife being a woman's pathologist, she diagnoses breast cancer every day. The more awareness we can build, the more momentum we can build to finding a cure, that would be awesome. That's the reason I'm wearing the shoes."

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The cards are stacked against Dallas

Without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, the Cowboys will have their hands full trying to keep pace with the Patriots' explosive offense. Do Mike Reiss or Todd Archer think Dallas can pull off the upset? NFL Nation predictions

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Can the Minutemen wideouts match?

UMass goes against a high-flying offense in Bowling Green this weekend. Can you count on the Minutemen receivers to put up video game-type numbers like so many of the Falcons' opponents have? Daily fantasy value plays (Insider)

Massachusetts High School Sports

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  • Week 5 High School Football

    No. 24 Billerica cruised to an easy victory over North Andover for its first 5-0 start in six seasons, capping an exciting Friday night.