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Brady arrives for AFC Championship (0:16)
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Brady to start despite injured hand (1:00)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

A snapshot of the cover of the GameDay magazine — with Tom Brady on the cover — that will be sold at Gillette Stadium for the AFC Championship Game.

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Miocic wears down Ngannou to keep UFC belt

Stipe Miocic's unanimous-decision victory over Francis Ngannou at UFC 220 on Saturday night was his record third straight heavyweight title defense, leaving him to say afterward: "I'm the baddest."

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Pastrnak leads Bruins to easy win (0:46)
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Harvard overcomes Dartmouth in overtime - Via Ivy League (0:52)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots owner Robert Kraft (on if his heart skipped a beat when he learned Tom Brady was hurt, via Patriots All Access): "More than my heart. I actually was in Florida for a day and a half and I was out at a restaurant and got a call from my favorite quarterback, FaceTime. Saw his situation. So then I got up here quickly to see first-hand. I saw him throw a few out at practice and it made me feel a lot better. But it's still a challenge. It was an unfortunate force majeure item. So now we hope for the best. He's a real competitor, as we all know. We have a pretty good balanced team. Sometimes these issues help you bring the team together too."

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Fagundez: I love the U.S. and Uruguay equally (2:27)
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Irving hoping to return Sunday (2:02)
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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Celtics' offensive rating with Kyrie Irving on the floor: a robust 108.1. When he's off? A meager 97.5. Irving said Saturday that his shoulder is feeling good enough to return to game action and hopes he can give Boston's slumping offense a lift.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics signed G-Leaguer Jarell Eddie to a 10-day contract on Saturday to add some depth while the team battles injuries and illness. What can Eddie add? "They're a great team, just try to add my shooting and my floor-spacing abilities," said Eddie. "Just give them another part that helps win." Said Brad Stevens: "We've always thought very highly of him from afar and look forward to having him around."

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving is hoping a new All-Star format adds some competitiveness to this year's game. "Hopefully this new format gives that competitive drive because I know some people want to see some matchups … everyone's hope of who they want to see go against one another. So I'm pretty sure … we'll put on a show, especially better than it was last year."

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

Those Patriots -7 lines? They're all gone in Las Vegas and offshore, as New England is back up to a 7.5-point favorite over Jacksonville in the AFC title game.