Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan says he personally recruited Glenn Gronkowski after he went undrafted. "His family was in the background, so I took a few parting shots," Rex says.

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BC has easiest nonconference slate

The Eagles have a 72 percent chance of playing in a bowl after going 0-8 in the ACC last season. How? They've signed up to play Buffalo, UMass and FCS Wagner. 10 easiest nonconference skeds (Insider)

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills FB Glenn Gronkowski says he's a "little more tame, a little more intelligent, probably" than his older brother Rob.


Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Video: Top Patriots draft pick Cyrus Jones talks about his father and his influence on his life.


Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Video: Robert Kraft and Jonathan Kraft introduce top Patriots draft pick Cyrus Jones.

Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

WR Danny Amendola has restructured his contract to remain with the Patriots, according to Mike Garofolo of Fox Sports. "It's an honor to play for this franchise and with this group of guys. We have one goal -- to win another championship and that's all we care about," Amendola said in a statement, per Garofolo.

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Hot offense carrying the Red Sox

After a 7-7 start, Boston has gone 10-4 in its last 14 games thanks to a revitalized offense that is racking up extra-base hits.

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Winners in the windy city

With the AL Central-leading White Sox hosting the AL East-leading Red Sox and NL East-leading Nationals visiting the NL Central-leading Cubs on Thursday, Chicago was the place to be for first-place teams.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

It looks good for the Yankees and Red Sox to play tonight in the Bronx, according to AccuWeather. While a half-inch will fall today, the weather service predicts it should be manageable by first pitch a little after 7 p.m. The players may endure some drizzle, something they are becoming increasingly used to this season. It will be raw as temperatures will be in the 40s.

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Post-spring position rankings: Secondary

With spring practice in the rear-view mirror, we continue to look at each ACC team by position. Here is a look at the defensive backs.

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Biggest remaining holes for all 32 teams

The Colts still need depth behind RB Frank Gore, and the Bucs could use a receiver opposite Mike Evans. Football Outsiders analyzes the biggest post-draft needs for every team.

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Red Sox go deep three times in win over White Sox (0:28)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

For the cigar buffs out there, those were 50 Dominican cigars that David Ortiz received from the White Sox in the Ron Kittle-crafted humidor before tonight's game at U.S. Cellular Field.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Travis Shaw with a triple thanks to very generous scorekeeping. Austin Jackson was there in time at the warning track in deep center, but the ball clanked off his glove. Come on, this is the major leagues. That's an error. Let's see if it leads to a run.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz received a humidor filled with cigars as a parting gift from the White Sox before his final regular-season game on Chicago's south side. Apparently, the humidor was hand-crafted by former White Sox slugger Ron Kittle. It was presented to Ortiz by ace Chris Sale.

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