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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (groin strain) declared himself out for Friday's game against the Toronto Raptors. Speaking to reporters at a community event on Thursday, Thomas said: "I won't be playing [Friday]. But [his Celtics teammates will] be ready. I'm going to do whatever I can to get back out there on the court. It's eating me alive to not be able to participate, not to be able to play, but I gotta be smart about this because i don't want this to linger on for the rest of the season."

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Pablo Sandoval preparado para su 'renacimiento' en 2017

Sandoval insiste en que está listo para aprovechar al máximo la segunda oportunidad que está a punto de recibir de los Medias Rojas de Boston. Leer

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with WR Griff Whalen. He helps fill void created by Danny Amendola ankle injury.

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Aging Pats backfield duo still gets it done

From 21 to 44 (with a few unaccounted for in the 40s), Kevin Seifert picked out the NFL's best players at every age. LeGarrette Blount (30) and a certain No. 12 (39) took the crowns for their respective groups. Best at every age

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

On what attracted him to the Red Sox, Mitch Moreland said, "I felt like I could fit in and try to help make that goal happen of winning a championship. That's the main goal for me. I feel like we've got a great opportunity here -- and that was before the (Chris) Sale news broke, too. That just shows you that we're in it and trying to go all out to make that happen."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Mitch Moreland's explanation for solid career numbers at Fenway (14-for-41, 4 HR, 8 RBI): "Staying up the middle, going the other way (to left field) is one of my strengths when I'm going well, and you've got a little help out there (with the Green Monster). I've always felt comfortable here. Being able to feed off the atmosphere, it reinforces the love of the game when you're out there on the field."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell says he plans to use Mitch Moreland at first base (with Hanley Ramirez at DH) against right-handed pitchers and is "open to his at-bats growing in number against left-handers." Although his career numbers are better against righties, Moreland had reverse splits last season (.277/.320/.479 in 94 ABs vs. LHPs, .221/.293/.407 in 366 ABs vs. RHPs).

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots QB Tom Brady (knee) is no longer on the team's injury report. Likewise for WR Julian Edelman (foot). Those were two significant items of note from the team's injury report Thursday.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox announce signing of 1B Mitch Moreland to a one-year contract. To make room on 40-man roster, LHP Williams Jerez has been designated for assignment.

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Patriots are the team to beat in AFC East

The Patriots are proving once again this season why they have a reputation for excellence. A win on Sunday would set a new record for consecutive division titles.