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Harden's 37 enough to hold off Celtics (1:21)
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Pastrnak dances past defender for OT winner (0:37)

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida Panthers coach Tom Rowe said that defenseman Keith Yandle suffered a lower-body injury during the first period of Monday's game vs. Bruins and will be out "awhile."

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Bruins announce forward Matt Beleskey is expected to miss approximately six weeks with a right knee injury, which he suffered during the team's 2-1 win at Buffalo on Saturday.

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Horford misses game-winning layup (0:40)
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Harden's step-back 3 the difference for Rockets (0:29)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Celtics have been desperately seeking that first defining victory of the 2016-17 season and it slipped away again Monday in Houston. Boston rallied multiple times from double-digit deficits then nearly stole the game late. Alas, layup attempts by both Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford were a little too strong as the Rockets hung on for a 107-106 triumph.

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Thomas gets crafty with the up-and-under (0:15)

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas had a rough ending of the first half. Looked like he hurt his groin going for a pass. But he finished the half. However he was upset he was stripped of the ball near halfcourt and didn't get the call. He complained about it with ref Courtney Kirkland after the first half buzzer. He got a technical as he walked off to court. Thomas has a team-leading 11 points as the Celtics trail the Rockets 58-48.

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Harden serves up an alley-oop for Capela (0:16)
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Thomas blows past Anderson for reverse layup (0:16)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics shake up their starting lineup a bit, shuffling Jonas Jerebko into the starting 5 in place of Amir Johnson. Boston able to go small against undersized Houston and get an early look at a lineup that has had some recent success.

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What's the most the White Sox can get for Sale? (2:15)
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Amin: Gronk is Pats' best player (1:20)
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Chris Sale trade conversations intensifying (1:51)
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Bogaerts to participate in WBC

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who was an All-Star in 2016, has been chosen to participate in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. He'll suit up for the Kingdom of Netherlands. Story

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Dombrowski made clear Red Sox would like to avoid penalties for being over the luxury tax threshold ($195 million, per the new labor agreement. Right now, before making any moves, they're at about $188 million.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Get used to this refrain, spoken today by Red Sox manager John Farrell: "One of the keys for us is going to be Panda." With little wiggle room for Sox to stay under CBT, Pablo Sandoval's significance increases as left-handed hitter in righty-leaning lineup. Sandoval's shoulder is healthy, according to Dave Dombrowski, after missing most of season because of surgery.

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Anemia Bowl in Detroit?

Don't expect many points in the Quick Lane Bowl pitting Boston College vs. Maryland, writes Ted Miller. Maryland is 92nd in scoring (24.6 PPG) while the Eagles are a woeful 123rd (19.1 PPG). Best, worst bowls

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox "weren't engaged in a situation to do anything" on Carlos Beltran or Matt Holliday. Given number of DH types available, Dave Dombrowski says team prefers to see how market develops before making a move.

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