Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Barring a last-minute change, the Patriots plan to have Jimmy Garoppolo start tonight vs. Carolina. Tom Brady will also play.

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One team's trash is another's treasure?

After trading for Barkevious Mingo, the Patriots have acquired five former first-round picks this offseason, including the sixth and seventh overall picks from 2013. However, they already released one of the five (Donald Brown).

Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Welcome to Bank of America Stadium, where the Patriots visit the Panthers (7:30 p.m. ET). Some hot, humid conditions will be a nice challenge for the Patriots from a conditioning perspective.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Clay Buchholz will return to a bullpen role for the Red Sox, but manager John Farrell said it will be an enhanced responsibility, likely involving an opportunity to pitch the eighth inning. Sox are still seeking a primary setup man, with Farrell preferring to use Brad Ziegler mostly against right-handed hitters.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Benintendi could play again before the end of the regular season, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell. Benintendi doesn't have structural damage to his left knee, a diagnosis confirmed Friday after the Red Sox rookie left fielder underwent another MRI, an X-ray and a CT scan. "This could've been much, much worse," Farrell said.

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The Patriots logo that never was

The "Flying Elvis" logo took over in 1993, but Pat Patriot was almost retired 14 years earlier. As Paul Lukas explains, a different Minuteman logo was scrapped only after a halftime vote in 1979. Uni Watch's Friday Flashback


Kei Kamara on his move to the Revolution

Revolution forward Kei Kamara tells Kevin Flynn about the upcoming matchup with the Red Bulls, his move to New England, his journey from Sierra Leone to MLS, his relationship with Didier Drogba and more.

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Jamie Collins can do it all for the Pats

Positionless terrors on defense are the league's favorite new trend. Former NFL safety Matt Bowen has a name for them, and Collins ranks higher than all but two others. Ranking monsterbacks (Insider)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

As expected, the Red Sox activated Steven Wright from the disabled list to start tonight against the Royals at Fenway Park. Wright will occupy the roster spot vacated after yesterday's game when reliever Heath Hembree was optioned to Triple-A. Wright missed three starts after jamming his right shoulder diving back into second base as a pinch-runner Aug. 7 at Dodger Stadium.

Brady will play, Garoppolo the focus (1:58)
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How do Red Sox rank in intangibles?

It's no surprise that David Ortiz doesn't have much speed. That comes from some of the younger talent on the Red Sox roster. Speaking of which, how high is Xander Bogaerts in the baserunning ranks? Dan Szymborski breaks it down. Ranking "intangible" tools (Insider)

Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

According to ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates, the Patriots have reinstated DT Alan Branch, who had been suspended by the team Aug. 18. The reason for Branch's suspension was not known.

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