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Red Sox go all-in for 2017 with Chris Sale stunner

Dave Dombrowski has done it again. In a win-now swap that rocked the winter meetings, the Red Sox landed ace Chris Sale and put the AL on notice.

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Eric Karabell breaks down the Chris Sale trade, noting that how the White Sox handle Yoan Moncada will affect fantasy owners most.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox make the trade official. It is, in fact, Chris Sale for Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Victor Diaz and Luis Alexander Basabe.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Great day for Dave Dombrowski, landing Tyler Thornburg, who had a dominant breakout season for the Brewers, and then Chris Sale, the biggest prize of the offseason. Sure, Yoan Moncada looks like a future star, but Michael Kopech is a huge wild card and the Red Sox get a Cy Young contender on a team-friendly contract for the next three seasons.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Rashaam Salaam's presence is still felt at Colorado on a daily basis. Mixed in with all the current players, he has a locker where his jersey hangs underneath pictures that celebrate his 1994 Heisman Trophy season.

Champions League Halftime Roundup

Andres Iniesta and Barcelona are up 1-0 on Borussia Monchengladbach, but Barcelona have already clinched the top spot in Group C. Manchester City have clinched second in the group, and are tied 1-1 with Celtic.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

God Shammgod puts Harrison Barnes and the Mavs' rookie wings through ballhandling drills. Shamgood, the New York playground legend and Providence star, is in his first season as a Mavs player development coach.

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Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Terry Collins seems taken with the idea of having Tim Tebow in the organization. Just said, "If he's not in camp (in the spring), I'll find a way to get him over. "

Arsenal are up, PSG are down

Ludogorets has taken a 1-0 lead on Paris Saint-Germain, while Arsenal is up 2-0 on Basel (both games on ESPN3). If Arsenal win and PSG fail to do so, Arsenal will win Group A in the Champions League.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins on Chris Sale to the Red Sox and not the Nationals: "We dodged a bullet."

David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Red Sox moved from 10-1 to 5-1 to win the World Series at the Westgate SuperBook, with the trade for starting pitcher Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox. The Ref Sox are now the second favorites, behind only the Chicago Cubs, to win the World Series. The White Sox dropped from 50-1 to 100-1.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Since the beginning of 2013, Chris Sale has held lefty hitters to a .484 OPS, best among AL starters. Last year, the Orioles posted a .692 OPS against lefty pitchers, worst among AL teams. In other words, the O's can't be terribly pleased that Sale is now a card-carrying member of the AL East.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

No guarantees with ace trios. '11 Phillies (Halladay-Lee-Hamels), '15 Nats (Scherzer-Strasburg-Zimmermann) didn't win World Series. But safe to say Sale-Price-Porcello puts Red Sox at head of AL class -- by a wide margin.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

A reason Chris Sale's stats — besides wins — might not change much in Boston: Like the White Sox (38.2 percent of total batters faced), the Red Sox (45.1 percent) ranked among the game's worst in terms of batters faced with the platoon advantage in 2016. Sale's opponents exploit the platoon advantage against him as much as any starter out there, and he was slightly more ordinary against righty batters in the 2016 second half.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

The White Sox got the absolute maximum return possible in a Chris Sale deal with the headliners Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech coming back from Boston. The Red Sox have put themselves in position to be the team to beat in the American League. We'll have more on Baseball Tonight at 6:30 pm on ESPN2.

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Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Fantasy-wise, the only thing that really changes for Chris Sale in Boston is run support: The Red Sox averaged 5.4 runs per game, the White Sox 4.2, in 2016. He was my SP5 before and is my SP4 now, only moving up a spot because of how close he was to Corey Kluber in the first place.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Pablo Sandoval is suddenly looking like a much more intriguing 2017 bounce-back candidate, now that the Red Sox have traded Travis Shaw and Yoan Moncada in a span of five hours. I hate overrating "best shape of his life" stories, and it's always possible the team could bring in a free agent, but today's moves sure show the team's confidence in Sandoval.

Brett Edgerton ESPN Editor 

The 21st-ranked Florida Gators are getting some shots up at MSG before tonight's Jimmy V Classic showdown with No. 5 Duke on ESPN.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins says Colin Kaepernick will remain the starting quarterback this week against the Jets.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints RB Deuce McAllister, a friend and former teammate of Will Smith's is the first witness called by the state. But defense objecting since he was present throughout opening arguments. Court overruled objection, let's him testify.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

The coaching carousel isn't done spinning, but after Baylor announced it hired Temple's Matt Ruhle to be its new head coach, it looks like Sonny Dykes will remain at California. It's the second year in a row Dykes has pursued other jobs only not to be hired, which doesn't bode well for his future in Berkeley. It's hard to see the Dykes-Cal pairing last past the 2017 season.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Zach Randolph has rejoined the Grizzlies and is expected to play tonight against the 76ers. Randolph, Memphis' sixth man and emotional leader, missed the last seven games while on personal leaving following the death of his mother, Mae.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeremy Maclin is scheduled to be a full participant today in the Chiefs' only full practice session of the week.

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Andy Reid: "everybody is going to practice today". Should indicate Jeremy Maclin is back.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints QB Drew Brees, Steve Gleason and their wives have joined some of Will Smith's other former teammates at courthouse to support Smith's wife Racquel, who is expected to testify today. Opening statements have wrapped up in the trial of Smith's shooter Cardell Hayes. Also in attendance: Deuce McAllister, Roman Harper, Jahri Evans and Fred McAfee.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals are telling teams that if they complete their deal for Chris Sale, they would make Gio Gonzalez available. In a light free agent pitching market should have no trouble moving him.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Defense attorney for Cardell Hayes says Hayes didn't shoot Will Smith until after Smith reached into his car and opened his glove box and began to turn back. The attorney, Jay Daniels, said the jury will hear that the driver and passengers of Smith's car were being "very aggressive" and that Smith took a few swings at Hayes, then Smith's wife tried to pull him away. Daniels says Hayes did not originally have a gun in his hand, and he was taunted by Smith's acquaintance Richard Hernandez, then by Smith, who said, "Oh, you got a gun? I got a gun, too, and I'm gonna show you what to do with it."