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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Best known for his defensive tenacity, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart didn't get much of a chance to showcase his strengths during Friday's Rising Stars Challenge. Defense took a back seat as Smart and the U.S. posted a 157-154 triumph over the World at All-Star weekend in Toronto. Smart hit his first shot  a 3-pointer  just 30 seconds into the game, but went scoreless the rest of the way. Smart started for US and added four rebounds and five assists over 21:40.

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Could Boston trade for The Beard?

The Celtics could be a potential landing spot if the Rockets decide to move James Harden before the trade deadline. Kevin Pelton believes a deal that includes Isaiah Thomas could work out for both teams. Possible trades for Harden (Insider)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

San Antonio Spurs  and Western Conference All-Stars  coach Gregg Popovich heaped some more praise on Celtics coach Brad Stevens on Friday in Toronto. "First of all, truth be known, Brad looks like he's 18, and Butler basketball has been fantastic. Before he was even in the NBA, I would watch tapes of their games and look at some of the things that he did. So among basketball people, it was common knowledge that he was a heck of a coach."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas said the realization that he's an All-Star sunk in on Thursday night in Toronto when he happened to cross paths with Hall of Fame finalist Allen Iverson. "I was at an event [Thursday] night and [Allen Iverson] and his close friend came up to me. I've met Allen before last summer, but for him, we talked about 10-15 minutes and he just said how much he loves my game and watches almost all my games. For somebody to say that, like him  pound-for-pound the best player ever  that was unbelievable. He wasn't just saying it. Like he was saying the moves I was doing and me being left-handed and things like that. So I knew it was really genuine."

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Robert Kraft tweaks Manning family

Peyton Manning has another Super Bowl ring to add to the Manning's collection, but the Patriots owner is not impressed. "I happened to see Archie [at the Super Bowl]," Kraft told WCVB. "He has two sons now, who have won two Super Bowls [each]. But with all due respect, we got one son -- who has won four."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Anything Kobe wishes he could've done? "I wish I could've won the two that got away," he said, referencing Finals losses vs. DET & BOS.

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Vote: Who will win Super Bowl LI?

The Seahawks, Panthers, Patriots and Steelers are among the favorites to reach Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston next year.

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Marchand's scoring streak continues

Brad Marchand beat Jets netminder Connor Hellebuyck in the first period for his 11th goal in the last 11 games. Marchand also picked up an assist on the Bruins' first goal of the night. Follow live

Bergeron nets 20th goal of season

Patrice Bergeron lit the lamp just a minute and 38 seconds into tonight's game against the Jets, marking his third consecutive 20-goal season and seventh of his career. Boston leads Winnipeg 3-2 at the end of the first period. Box score

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Rafael Devers No. 8 prospect in 2016

Devers established himself as Boston's top prospect with huge power, remarkable plate coverage and low strikeout rates. The Red Sox's three other prospects on Keith Law's list all rank in the top 40. Law: Top 100 prospects (Insider)

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Minuteman's stylish finish in transition

Donte Clark went with the double-clutch dunk for UMass.

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