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With 522nd HR, David Ortiz moves past Ted Williams

Though David Ortiz had little time for reflection after his 522nd homer helped the Red Sox past the Angels, passing Ted Williams counts for plenty.

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Fan interference ruling solidifies Red Sox's win (1:05)
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Uehara's glove stops the squeeze (0:29)
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Ortiz hits 522nd career homer, moves into 19th place alone (0:32)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Evan Turner with a heartfelt sendoff to Celtics fans after signing with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics fans seem confident about tonight's meeting with Al Horford.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox manager John Farrell on his job security (or lack thereof): "My communication with Dave (Dombrowski) is very consistent. I think he's confident in my focus, and that is to win each and every day. That's where we stand."

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron on his new teammate, David Backes: "David is a great player that plays with passion every night. He brings lots and lots of intangibles that makes a difference for a team. I'm looking forward to meet him and be his teammate."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

With Dwight Howard signing with the Atlanta Hawks, the Celtics meeting tonight with Al Horford just got more intriguing — especially coming just 24 hours before Boston is set to huddle with Kevin Durant in the Hamptons. The thought all along has been that Boston would need more star power to convince Durant to truly consider Boston. With $55 million in cap space, the Celtics have room for two max contracts this summer.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

David Backes on signing with the Boston Bruins: "It's a blue-collar, don't take crap from anybody type of team. That's how I've built my game in 10 years in the league. . . Seemed like an awesome fit hockey-wise . . . A match made in heaven."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Evan Turner's monster payday with the Portland Trail Blazers — he'll earn more than $14 million over his final salary in Boston — is another selling point for the Celtics to use when trying to lure non-elite free agents. Two years ago, few teams would even roll the dice on Turner. Look what two seasons with Brad Stevens did for Turner's career.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Bruins officially announce the deal with forward David Backes for five years and $6 million annually.

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Free-agency winners and losers ... so far

Milan Lucic will plug a big hole in Edmonton, Kyle Okposo could be a playoff key for Buffalo, and Chicago's reunion with Brian Campbell might pay off. But the Rangers are losing relevance.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Three of Boston's best recruiters huddle after Friday's summer league practice: Isaiah Thomas, Danny Ainge, and the team's championship banners.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Bruins agreed to a five-year deal worth $30 million with veteran forward David Backes, according to a league source. The 32-year-old centerman will fit nicely in the Bruins' lineup. Originally selected by St. Louis (62nd overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Backes played his entire career with the Blues and registered 206 goals and 254 assists for 460 points in 727 regular-season games.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaylen Brown said he plans to ask Avery Bradley if No. 0 is available. Likely to learn fast that Avery plays lockdown defense.

Massachusetts High School Sports

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