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Bruschi has concerns about his own health from playing football (1:23)
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How to fix the Red Sox's biggest problem

Lack of power has been an issue for Boston all season, but should it be a concern come the postseason? Few things are more prized in October than bat-to-ball skills, and the Red Sox thrive in that department.

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Irving heaps praise on rookie Tatum (0:48)
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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving is very excited about rookie Jayson Tatum. "I'm serious when I tell you guys that that dude is a bad dude. He's a BAD dude."

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Irving explains why he was late to meeting with Stevens (0:39)
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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving had some car troubles getting to the Celtics' practice facility this week. Plenty of Bentley University students were willing to help but he was still 45 minutes late to meet with Brad Stevens.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Dodgers avoided an embarrassing four-game sweep in Philly with a 5-4 win, cutting their magic number to one. The Diamondbacks are off tonight, so the Dodgers can clinch the NL West on Friday with a win at home against the Giants or a Diamondbacks loss to Miami. Other magic numbers: Yankees: 3 (to clinch wild card) Diamondbacks: 4 (to clinch wild card) Red Sox: 8 (to clinch AL East) Cubs: 8 (to clinch NL Central)

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Advance stages of CTE found in Hernandez's brain (1:16)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

While starting right tackle Marcus Cannon (ankle/concussion) returned for warmups and position drills at Patriots practice Thursday, he did not participate in any team drills, per the club. If Cannon can not play Sunday, four-year veteran Cameron Fleming would be his projected replacement.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (groin) upped his level of participation in team drills on Thursday, as he was limited in those drills, per the club. On Wednesday, Gronkowski did not participate in team drills, per the club.

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Jackson believes in Kyrie to lead Celts (1:24)
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Sale quick to 300 K's

Chris Sale reached 300 strikeouts in a season in the third-fewest innings ever. Only Randy Johnson and Pedro Martínez have done it faster.

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Strikeout milestone puts Sale in elite class

Chris Sale recorded his 300th strikeout of the year Wednesday vs. the Orioles. He joins Hall of Famers Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan (twice) and Steve Carlton as the only players to achieve the feat in their first season with a team.