BOSTON Teams

Marcus Smart's deal shows Celtics commitment to winning (0:49)

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Certainly a win for Boston and Marcus Smart on the four year commitment from both sides. Smart fits both on and off the court for Boston and the Celtics retain a valuable player (trade asset) for the future. Boston is now in the luxury tax for the first time since 2012-13 with a projected payroll (could increase based on how the Celtics structure the contract) of $128M and a current tax bill of $5.8M. Boston now has 14 guaranteed contacts and have a August 1 decision to guarantee Abdel Nader. The former second-round pick has $450K guaranteed that will increase to full ($1.4M) if he is not waived. The Celtics will be faced with looming financial decisions next July with the free agency of Kyrie Irving, Marcus Morris and restricted free agent Terry Rozier. Jaylen Brown will also be eligible for a rookie extension next off-season.

Minnesota 2-1 New England: Quintero's goal holds off Revs (2:01)

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Tor. lefty J.A. Happ had 0 MLB saves until Tue. & 0 former N'western Univ. Wildcats had pitched in an All-Star Game. Mark Loretta, a 2004 Padre & ‘06 Red Sox infielder, was the only previous A-S from NU. Happ allowed a Joey Votto HR (the 1st A-S HR for a Canadian-born player), then retired 3 straight in the AL's 10-inning 8-6 win.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

I spoke to Craig Kimbrel after the game and he said it was decided to keep him "on his regular schedule" which meant today was a rest day. He also said he had pitched a lot recently so he preferred to get some rest. He did tell me he would've pitched if called upon.

Sale calls All-Star experience 'awesome' (1:13)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Chris Sale is starting his third straight All-Star Game, joining Lefty Gomez and Robin Roberts as the only pitchers to do. So that's pretty cool. As A.J. Hinch, it's a reflection of his year-to-year dominance and consistency.

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Mookie Betts, the American League's leadoff hitter — and Boston's early AL MVP favorite — takes the field at Nationals Park for some All-Star Game BP.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

No one was more excited for Bryce Harper's Home Run Derby performance than Mookie Betts!

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Family selfie!

Ale's 'You Know It, You Love It' MLS Awards (3:54)

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Here are your AL and NL All-Star lineups!

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Reporting day for the majority of Patriots players is July 25, but some players have already been showing up to the facility. Rob Gronkowski, for example, stopped in Monday.