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Brown is big for Patriots heading into 2016

As a first-round pick in 2015, Malcom Brown became a starter quickly. His mix of power and athleticism should make him a staple on New England's defensive line for years to come. Players who could have breakout seasons in 2016

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Is Koji Uehara's injury a concern?

Uehara has been out since mid-July with a strained right pectoral muscle, and there's no timetable set for his return. John Farrell has been able to mix-and-match setup men in Uehara's absence, but the state of Boston's bullpen is still muddled. Crasnick: Injury questions for contenders

Brady working on his foot work in the pocket (0:07)

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QB Tom Brady works on shuffling his feet in the pocket while absorbing padded-arm hits during practice.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady goes through warmups at Tuesday's practice.

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New England rules Madden 17

Not only do the Patriots have the game's cover star -- Rob Gronkowski, a member of the 99 Club -- but they're tied for the best overall rating and tied for second in defensive rating. Oh yeah, and Tom Brady has 99 awareness. Ultimate Madden 17 preview

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Bill Belichick on his approach with QBs in third preseason game Friday at Carolina: "Nothing's changed. All three quarterbacks are extremely important, Jimmy's preparation for the Arizona opener is the most important. Nothing has changed and nothing is going to change. That's the way it's going to be."

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Mookie Betts in RF for Team USA?

Betts is already one of baseball's best all-around players, and David Schoenfield is expecting that to remain the case when he's 27 years old. If the best U.S. players were allowed to participate, Betts would surely make the cut. 2020 U.S. Olympic dream team

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Price settling in vs. former team

David Price had lost his first three starts as a visitor at Tropicana Field but picked up the win there Monday night, allowing just two hits over eight scoreless innings. He posted similar results in his last outing against the Rays this season (July 10).

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Patriots undrafted rookie RB D.J. Foster, who was expected to compete for a roster spot as a passing back, says a nagging injury that he sustained early in training camp has slowed him but things are improving. He remains a wild-card at a position where the Patriots are thin.

Brady on incident with scissors: 'Silly accident' (0:36)
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David Price deserves some recognition

Although the criticism surrounding Price and his 4.00 ERA has been warranted to some extent, he hasn't received enough credit for leading the majors in innings (and pitches thrown), David Schoenfield writes. Five things we learned Monday

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Tom Brady addresses reporters and says his absence the last two days was a result of having to take care of something. He didn't elaborate. He also detailed how he cut his right thumb before Thursday's preseason game in a "silly" accident when scissors slipped. He said his thumb is fine and he felt he could have played but supports Bill Belichick's decision.

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David Price accomplishes surprising feat

Price, who racked up 82 wins during his seven seasons with Tampa Bay, is only the second former Rays pitcher to win two starts against them in one season, per the Elias Sports Bureau. He joins Jason Johnson, who did it for the Orioles in 2001.


40 for 40: David Ortiz

Ortiz is the first player in major league history to hit 40 or more doubles in one season after his 40th birthday, the Elias Sports Bureau notes. The previous record for doubles in one season after a player had already turned 40 was 35 by Sam Rice for the Washington Senators in 1930.

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Not all bad for David Price this season

Monday marked Price's third start with at least eight scoreless innings pitched this year, tying him with several other aces throughout baseball.

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With 2nd pick in 2017 draft, C's would ...

We slot Boston second next summer with yet another pick obtained from Brooklyn. Chad Ford writes the Celtics would select Duke freshman forward Harry Giles, who comes off a torn ACL a year ago. Mock Draft 1.0 (Insider)

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Devin McCourty remains in top 100

There are few defenders more reliable than McCourty, who is the only Patriot featured in today's installment. The converted cornerback moved up six spots from his place on last year's list. #NFLRank: 50-26

Brady's return doesn't end speculation about absence (1:32)

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