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Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The success of the Cowboys draft won't be defined by Taco Charlton. It will be defined by their four defensive backs selected to overhaul a secondary that was hit hard in free agency.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the Patriots picks of the 2017 draft: 3a. Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown; 3b. Antonio Garcia, LT, Troy; 4; Deatrich Wise, DE, Arkansas; 6. Conor McDermott, LT, UCLA. When including players the Patriots acquired by using draft capital, the list expands to include WR Brandin Cooks (acquired for first-round pick); DE Kony Ealy (acquired for an 8-slot move down the board from late second round to early third round); TE Dwayne Allen (acquired with a sixth-round pick in exchange for a fourth-rounder); RB Mike Gillislee (signed as a restricted free agent, which cost a fifth-round pick); and TE James O'Shaughnessy (acquired with a sixth-round pick in exchange for a fifth-rounder).

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Cubs rally to top Red Sox (1:08)
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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio discusses one of the themes of the team's top picks: How the Senior Bowl gave them more comfort in selecting smaller-school prospects Derek Rivers (DE, Youngstown) and Antonio Garcia (LT, Troy).

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Smart on Boston's Round 1 victory over the Bulls: "We were more than just a basketball team. We're a family."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs 7, Red Sox 4: As bad losses go, what happened Saturday at Fenway Park ranks high on the list. The Red Sox (12-11) blew an early three-run lead, giving up three runs in an ugly seventh inning in which starter Steven Wright gave up the game-tying homer, the defense threw the ball all over the field and the undermanned bullpen wilted. On plus side, Hanley Ramirez launched a tape-measure homer onto Lansdowne Street.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens on the quick turnaround before Game 1 vs. the Wizards: "You're not going to be able to go into an NFL week of prep. … [Game 1] is about playing with a clear mind and going out and playing hard with two or three things to think about, not 15."

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

One of the interesting things that OT Conor McDermott (6-foot-8 1/8) said Saturday is that when he arrived at UCLA he weighed between 235 and 240 pounds. He relayed that he is currently at 315 pounds after playing last season around 300-305 pounds. As for how he gained weight, he called it a "slow process." Growing up, McDermott was named Mr. Basketball in Tennessee. "I definitely thought that was my future," he said on a conference call. "I changed to football my senior year of high school and never looked back. It's been a great experience."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots have no other picks in the 2017 draft, so unless they trade back in, here is the roster math: They had 65 players entering the draft, made four picks and traded for Chiefs TE James O'Shaughnessy, and now have 20 spots to fill with free agents (veteran and undrafted).

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots made a trade up in the sixth round to select UCLA offensive tackle Conor McDermott with the 211th overall pick. The team shipped its sixth rounder (216) and seventh rounder (239) to Dallas to make the pick. McDermott is 6-foot-8 1/8 and 307 pounds, fitting the profile of a Patriots lineman in the sense that he is long and athletic. The Patriots made only four selections in the draft, double dipping at offensive tackle and defensive end.

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Former high school basketball star Conor McDermott has some of the biggest hands (11 inches) among offensive linemen in this year's draft class. The two-time second-team All-Pac 12 selection made 31 career starts in 36 games at UCLA, including 12 starts at left tackle in 2016.

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Based on how he performed against the Wizards during the regular season, Avery Bradley could have a significant offensive impact for the Celtics in their second-round series against Washington.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he would have attended the funeral for Isaiah Thomas's sister Saturday if there had been more time before the start of the Wizards series. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and assistant coach Jerome Allen went with Thomas to Tacoma. Said Stevens: "We all send our best. It's hard to think about how he feels right now." Thomas is expected back Saturday night and should be ready for Sunday's Game 1, though Stevens stressed to Thomas to take more time if he needs it.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Youkilis, wearing a "TB12" hat for brother-in-law Tom Brady, throws ceremonial first pitch to Dustin Pedroia. Remember when they were first and third in MVP voting in 2008?

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics forward Jae Crowder, reflecting Saturday on the John Wall nose boop that cost him $25,000: "Emotions took over. A lot was going on that game. Cost me a lot of money. I regret it."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills select Boston College LB Matt Milano with the No. 163 pick (fifth round), their first selection since No. 63. He was the No. 229 ranked player by ESPN but addresses the Bills' biggest remaining need, outside linebacker. Milano is 6-foot-1 and 223 pounds and should be an immediate contributor on special teams.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

DE Deatrich Wise said that he views fellow Arkansas alum and Patriots DE Trey Flowers as a mentor. "He taught me how to watch film, he taught me how to play certain positions, and on top of all that just the mindset you have to have to go into a game, to go into a practice, to go into life," Wise said on a conference call. "I have a great relationship with Trey and I'm looking forward to meeting him up there and working with him."