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Patriots are loaded for the draft. I see them going with a Malcom Butler replacement and Rashad Evans if he is still available.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

For the first time since 2015, the Patriots enter the first night of the draft with a first-round pick, which has raised the excitement level among New England fans. The Patriots own the 23rd overall pick, which they acquired in the Brandin Cooks trade, as well as their original 31st overall pick. Add in two second-rounders (43, 63) and a third-rounder (95) and the team has a great opportunity ahead of itself to add talent to the roster.

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MLB upholds Kelly suspension; Austin's cut to 4

Joe Kelly's appeal of a six-game ban stemming from his throwing at the Yankees' Tyler Austin was denied by MLB, and the Boston pitcher started serving the penalty Thursday against Toronto. Austin's five-game ban was trimmed to four games.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

From the plan-your-evening department (assuming no trades): Last year's first round lasted 3:34, so time projection for Patriots' pick at No. 23 would be around 10:30-10:45 p.m. ET, and No. 31 at around 11:20-11:35 p.m. ET.

Boston Breakthrough

The Bruins are on to the second round and the Leafs are headed home. Don La Greca looks back on last night's Game 7, and ahead to the second round of the NHL playoffs.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga interviewed for the New York Knicks coaching vacancy last week between Games 3 and 4 of Boston's first-round series vs. the Milwaukee Bucks. "They're in the middle of their process. We're in the middle of our process. I appreciated them coming out here. Obviously all my focus is on the Milwaukee Bucks."

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Yawkey Way change OK'd due to racist past

Boston officials Thursday approved changing the name of Yawkey Way, the street outside Fenway Park, because of allegations that former Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey was a racist who resisted hiring black ballplayers in the 1940s and '50s.

Bruins fueled by big 3rd period to win Game 7 (0:35)

Emily Kaplan ESPN 

Patrice Bergeron on Tuukka Rask: "We believe in him so much....there was never a doubt in our minds he would pull through."

Emily Kaplan ESPN 

Rookie Jake DeBrusk, who had a huge Game 7, is definitely feeling it postgame - manning a media scrum for 10 minutes and counting. On his big night: "I'm looking forward to checking my phone, for sure."

Emily Kaplan ESPN 

Danton Heinen told me he had chills before he went on the ice tonight. Brad Marchand on how the crowd sustained the energy: "You could barely hear yourself think on the ice, you could barely hear the coaches."

Emily Kaplan ESPN 

Tuukka Rask: "That was one of the better Game 7's you'll see." Said he felt good since the start and his confidence didn't waver. "It's a little bit different when you have experience in these kinds of games. We stayed calm."

Red Sox snap 3-game skid with win over Jays (0:52)

Greg Wyshynski ESPN 

This Game 7 loss to Boston officially ends the honeymoon/first-round education process for the Toronto Maple Leafs. One and done in the playoffs won't cut it next season. Neither will one goal and one assist in seven games for Auston Matthews, a franchise player who was a complete passenger in this postseason.

Betts mashes two dingers for Boston (0:43)