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Power, and poise, in Vermont Academy's Bruce Brown

Boston native and Miami signee Bruce Brown continues to be a force for Vermont Academy. His coach says, "He's got that Russell Westbrook mentality."

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BC stuns BU with OT winner to claim 20th Beanpot

Boston College goalie Thatcher Demko turned away 30 Boston University shots, and the Eagles got an OT winner from Alex Tuch to capture their 20th Beanpot championship with a 1-0 victory.

Can Boston go from fifth place to first?

Dave Dombrowski's offseason moves suggest he believes the Red Sox can win with the lineup they already have. So what will it take for the Sox to grab the AL East crown? MLB rumors roundup

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David Ortiz vs. everyone

Big Papi's career winds down in 2016, so let's enjoy all of his at-bats. Five pitchers he's faced are already in the Hall of Fame: Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine. Hitter vs. pitcher matchups to watch

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Top 25 MIAA Boys Basketball Poll: Feb. 8

Winners of 11 of their last 12, the Brockton Boxers move up nine spots to No. 6 this week. They're one of the state's hottest teams right now.

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Celtics should make deal -- or two

ESPN's expert panel cites Boston, winner of nine of its last 10 games, as one of the East playoff contenders that should bolster its roster before the NBA's Feb. 18 trade deadline passes. 5-on-5 (Insider)

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Early rankings: Pats right at the top

As long as Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are around, the Patriots are going to be tough to beat. Our panel has them as the top team in the AFC as we look toward the 2016 season. Way-too-early Power Rankings

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Where does Tom Brady rank himself?

Brady doesn't think he's one of all-time great QBs, but he does laud former Niners great Joe Montana. 'Michael Jordan of football'

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Crystal ball: Mario joins the Patriots

Mario Williams is as good as gone in Buffalo after a rough season, but Dan Graziano thinks Bill Belichick might be interested. Perhaps the Hoodie could get 14.5 sacks out of Super Mario. Crystal ball for 2016

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Never too early to look at next year

New England, Pittsburgh and Seattle all opened with the best odds to dethrone Denver next season, according to the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook. Denver is given 14-1 odds to defend its title.

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Record crop of Celts points in Garden

The Celtics scored 46 points in the first quarter of their 128-119 win over the Kings at home on Sunday. Elias Sports Bureau reports that's their highest-scoring period at TD Garden, which opened as the FleetCenter in 1995.

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The Patriots have an opening for an offensive line coach, and they have been in discussions with longtime assistant Dante Scarnecchia about coming out of retirement to fill the void. While Scarnecchia retired after the 2013 season, he has remained around the team, primarily helping with evaluations of college offensive linemen entering the NFL. Scarnecchia's willingness to discuss a return to the coaching staff in 2016 is an indication that his retirement from coaching might be short-lived, as it would be a surprise at this point if he isn't back on the Patriots sideline for next season.

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First round 2016 NFL draft order

The conclusion of Super Bowl 50 means we have an official order for the 2016 NFL draft. Check out the first round.

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Denver continues to dominate

Super Bowl 50 was the Broncos' third title in the past 25 seasons. Only the Patriots have captured more Lombardi Trophies during that stretch.

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