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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Rich Hill credited Red Sox pitching guru Brian Bannister and ex-Sox scouting director Jared Porter for helping to turn around career in 2015. Bannister taught Hill to pitch off his curveball and introduced him to spin rate. Porter encouraged him to move on the rubber. Two years later, Hill signs 3-yr, $48M deal with Dodgers.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Although it seems to make sense on the surface that the Red Sox would be interested in one of the Mets' lefty-hitting outfielders, don't look for a trade to occur. Boston is not eager to take on either the contract for Jay Bruce ($13 million) or Curtis Granderson ($15 million).

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Rich Hill, native of Milton, Mass. and ex-#RedSox pitcher, emotional and choked up during press conference to announce 3-year, $48 million deal with Dodgers. Long, winding path to get here for 36-year-old lefty.

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Celtics a very strong bet to make playoffs

ESPN's Basketball Power Index is ready to book Boston's ticket to the postseason. They're less bullish on the team's Atlantic Division title chances. The Celtics' less than one percent chance of a top-three pick does not account for a pick swap with the Nets (56 percent) this year.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox have discussed free agent Greg Holland as setup man. Can Holland return to form from before Tommy John elbow surgery? Royals manager Ned Yost: "I don't know if he will ever be what he was ... and I mean, stuff-wise, 97-98 mph. But the thing about Greg Holland is I've never met anybody that's more of a fierce, fearless competitor than he was. When you have that in your DNA, you can get by at 92-93 mph. It wouldn't surprise me that he gets back to being the dominant guy."

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If the regular season ended today...

...the Patriots would have a first-round bye, but the Raiders would actually be the AFC's top seed, thanks to tiebreakers. That said, Oakland's footing is far from secure. Playoff picture

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Tom Brady: 'It's always been about winning'

Brady has been pretty successful in that regard, bagging his NFL-record 201st career victory Sunday against the Rams. "I've been fortunate to be on a lot of great teams," he said afterward. Sights and sounds

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Believe in BC at Quick Lane Bowl

The 2015 Eagles failed to win a game in ACC play. Adam Rittenberg likes the 2016 Eagles to come home from Detroit with a bowl win over their former ACC opponents. Bowl predictions

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Brady shredded Rams with short passes

Per ESPN Stats & Info, Tom Brady's average pass traveled only 5.1 yards past the line of scrimmage on Sunday, his smallest average this season. But Brady's dink-and-dunk game was effective.