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Kurkjian believes Clemens and Bonds will eventually make HOF (0:48)
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Steelers coming for the Pats in the AFC Championship (0:56)

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

The NFL confirmed its championship game officials today. Terry McAulay will be the referee for the AFC Championship Game between the Steelers and Patriots. Bill Vinovich will handle the NFC Championship Game between the Packers and Falcons.

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Hogan says he feels good (0:25)
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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots WR Chris Hogan had left Saturday's game with a thigh injury. He defined it today as "minor" and said there was a chance he could have returned if needed.

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The most decorated QB group ever in conference championships (1:05)
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Will Eduardo Rodriguez step up in 2017?

Rodriguez has star-level upside but has yet to pitch at that level consistently in the majors. Tony Blengino sees him as the rare fly ball pitcher who can succeed at Fenway Park. MLB players ready to improve (Insider)

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Bruschi concurs with Goodell's decision to skip Pats game (1:07)
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AFC Championship Preview: PIT-NE

Dan Graziano breaks down the AFC Championship matchup between Pittsburgh and New England in depth with Steelers reporter Jeremy Fowler and Patriots reporter Mike Reiss.

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Are the Red Sox MLB's best team?

Even without David Ortiz, Boston remains an offensive juggernaut. The rotation will be better with Chris Sale, but pitching depth is a big issue for the club. Where does Boston rank on Buster Olney's list? Top teams (Insider)

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This will be the first Conference Championship weekend since 1998 in which all four starting quarterbacks are at least 30 years old: Tom Brady (39), Ben Roethlisberger (34), Aaron Rodgers (33) and Matt Ryan (31), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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Are the Red Sox MLB's best defensive team?

Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. are high-impact defenders in the outfield, and signing Gold Glove 1B Mitch Moreland will also help next season. Is Boston the No. 1 team on Buster Olney's list? Top defenses (Insider)

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Pats quartet among top free agents-to-be

A trio of Patriots defensive stalwarts -- Dont'a Hightower, Jabaal Sheard and Logan Ryan -- make John Clayton's list of top potential free agents for 2017, as does top tight end Martellus Bennett. Top free agents (Insider)