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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Garnett to me in 2014 on his philosophy: "My makeup is to be competitive and to win. If you're not stepping on, then you're the one being stepped on…I'm an alpha. I'm an alpha, man. I like to think that the game is to be dominated. There wasn't any room for anything else. I'm playing with young guys who are super younger than me and more athletic, faster, however, whatever. But I have to set an alpha-ness about the whole thing and instill leadership and all these other things. Like I said earlier, sometimes you would buck and you'd butt heads. But the younger generation, I think they look for a lot more approval from their peers and satisfaction and the comments that people make and [from] articles. Look here, man, if you work on your game and you get better, then you're going to be better, which hopefully means that you're going to play better and have confidence to do things better. And when you're better, all things change people's perception. When it comes to being a better person and how you treat people, that's on you. But when it comes to the game, you don't need to get anybody's approval. You just need to work on your game, work your ass off, stay true to your craft, perfect and try to perfect as much of the things that you do well. Try to perfect those. But the things you don't do well, work on them even more."

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Bulldogs come back to beat UMass 47-35 (0:56)

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

The last time the ACC posted this many nonconference wins in one weekend was Week 2 in 2014. The best part for the league this time around? Only Boston College won over an FCS team and two victories (Duke over Notre Dame and Wake Forest over Indiana) came against Power 5 teams on the road.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

From Tommy Rancel at Red Sox-Rays: The hot corner has been a cold spot for the Red Sox, but a familiar face could be back to help in time for the team's postseason run. Pablo Sandoval took part in pre-game workouts on Saturday, including batting practice and fielding ground balls at third base. The 30-year-old has been a disappointment in his time with Boston, but with the club's third basemen hitting just .244/.310/.389 on the year with a .676 OPS in September, the Red Sox are likely to keep their options open as they look toward October.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

To be clear, there is no chance that Pablo Sandoval is on the Red Sox post-season's rosters despite reports of the contrary. Just not enough time to get competitive at bats to contribute at a level better than the players on their present roster.

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Graham's pick-six puts Mississippi State up 13 on UMass (0:52)
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You can hear the Cowbells in Foxborough

Mississippi State trails UMass 14-13 at the half, but the Bulldogs came within a point on this 9-yard TD catch by Fred Ross. Listen closely, and you'll hear the visiting fans' cowbells.

Lineup: Red Sox (90-64) at Rays (65-88)

  • 1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B (R)
  • 2. Xander Bogaerts, SS (R)
  • 3. David Ortiz, DH (L)
  • 4. Mookie Betts, RF (R)
  • 5. Hanley Ramirez, 1B (R)
  • 6. Brock Holt, 3B (L)
  • 7. Chris Young, LF (R)
  • 8. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF (L)
  • 9. Sandy Leon, C (S)
  • SP: Rick Porcello, RHP

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Addazio talked about building momentum, and Boston Collrge looked as if it did that against Wagner. Most importantly, the offense began clicking. The running game was solid against an FCS foe, and Patrick Towles was efficient and hit a long touchdown.

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Breaking down Boston College's dominant 42-10 win over Wagner (1:47)
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Boston College's Walker puts agility on display for 27-yard TD catch (0:52)
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Nación ESPN: Belichick doesn't need Brady (2:28)

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

This has to be Boston College's get-right game. The Eagles get a break with FCS Wagner after a three-game start that coach Steve Addazio called a "meat grinder." They were shut out 49-0 last week, so both the offense and defense need to build momentum before a five-game stretch that includes the Atlantic Division's top three teams.

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1 Big Thing: Doesn't matter who starts at QB for Pats (2:33)
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Butler and Ryan shadow often

The Patriots are the only team in the league that shadows almost every single week, usually with multiple corners. At this point, Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan are featured in these shadow situations, which also include the slot. Shadow report (Insider)

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Ortiz records most RBIs for final MLB season with homer (0:25)

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