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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick held a noon conference call Sunday, and when asked his level of concern with the availability of QBs Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett, he said the team will update the status of the QBs on Wednesday's injury report.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

ACC quarterbacks had a monster Saturday. Here's how they stacked up compared to the rest of the country...

Lineup: Red Sox (91-64) at Rays (65-89)

  • 1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B (R)
  • 2. Xander Bogaerts, SS (R)
  • 3. David Ortiz, DH (L)
  • 4. Mookie Betts, RF (R)
  • 5. Hanley Ramirez, 1B (R)
  • 6. Travis Shaw, 3B (L)
  • 7. Chris Young, LF (R)
  • 8. Andrew Benintendi, CF (L)
  • 9. Christian Vazquez, C (R)
  • SP: Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

The ACC ends the day with a perfect 8-0 record in nonconference games, including the most nonconference road wins in any week in league history (five). A top 5 showdown awaits next week between Louisville and Clemson -- yet another huge spotlight ready to shine on the league.

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Pedroia, Red Sox top Rays, clinch playoff spot (0:47)
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Marchand zips shot past Bobrovsky giving Canada lead (0:34)
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Pedroia smacks go-ahead grand slam (0:20)
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Crosby finds Marchand to even up score for Team Canada (0:29)

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lastly, Kevin Garnett to me in 2014 on working with younger players and what he believes today's game is lacking: "The fact that I was able to help guys progress, I've helped guys become men. I've helped guys communicate and taught them how to communicate to others [who] didn't necessarily understand [them]. I think our game is lacking a bit of that. We seek approval from each other by being friends and guys work out together. If that's the times, that's the times. But true competition comes in, ‘There's a winner, and there's a loser.' And I don't know anybody who wants to be a loser, who's calling themselves a wimp…I'm not saying you've got to hate a guy, but if you do, I understand when you're between the lines. And 'hate' is a very strong word, so I would use the word 'dislike.' I get it. To me, that's alpha. That's leadership. A leader is going to show more in his actions versus his words."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

More from Kevin Garnett to me in 2014 on his philosophy and what he wanted to instill in his teammates: "I'll be honest, I'm old school, man. We're out here to beat these guys. We're not out here to be their friends. We're not out here to make any friends. Ain't no friends out here. I've played against two of my best friends in the world in that being Chauncey Billups and Tyron Lue. It don't get no more closer than that. And I'm out here trying to bust they a-- like they trying to bust mine. So coming in, we instill something, whether it's the coach [or me] and that's to compete and be the best. And being the best, that means you wasn't going to be liked by everybody and you wasn't going to be friends with everybody…If ain't nobody feeling that, then you know what? Be yourself. But this is how we're going to win…We didn't make any friends. You can be his friend after we're done…"

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Garnett to me in 2014 on his philosophy: "My makeup is to be competitive and to win. If you're not stepping on, then you're the one being stepped on…I'm an alpha. I'm an alpha, man. I like to think that the game is to be dominated. There wasn't any room for anything else. I'm playing with young guys who are super younger than me and more athletic, faster, however, whatever. But I have to set an alpha-ness about the whole thing and instill leadership and all these other things. Like I said earlier, sometimes you would buck and you'd butt heads. But the younger generation, I think they look for a lot more approval from their peers and satisfaction and the comments that people make and [from] articles. Look here, man, if you work on your game and you get better, then you're going to be better, which hopefully means that you're going to play better and have confidence to do things better. And when you're better, all things change people's perception. When it comes to being a better person and how you treat people, that's on you. But when it comes to the game, you don't need to get anybody's approval. You just need to work on your game, work your ass off, stay true to your craft, perfect and try to perfect as much of the things that you do well. Try to perfect those. But the things you don't do well, work on them even more."

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Bulldogs come back to beat UMass 47-35 (0:56)

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

The last time the ACC posted this many nonconference wins in one weekend was Week 2 in 2014. The best part for the league this time around? Only Boston College won over an FCS team and two victories (Duke over Notre Dame and Wake Forest over Indiana) came against Power 5 teams on the road.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

From Tommy Rancel at Red Sox-Rays: The hot corner has been a cold spot for the Red Sox, but a familiar face could be back to help in time for the team's postseason run. Pablo Sandoval took part in pre-game workouts on Saturday, including batting practice and fielding ground balls at third base. The 30-year-old has been a disappointment in his time with Boston, but with the club's third basemen hitting just .244/.310/.389 on the year with a .676 OPS in September, the Red Sox are likely to keep their options open as they look toward October.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

To be clear, there is no chance that Pablo Sandoval is on the Red Sox post-season's rosters despite reports of the contrary. Just not enough time to get competitive at bats to contribute at a level better than the players on their present roster.

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Graham's pick-six puts Mississippi State up 13 on UMass (0:52)
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You can hear the Cowbells in Foxborough

Mississippi State trails UMass 14-13 at the half, but the Bulldogs came within a point on this 9-yard TD catch by Fred Ross. Listen closely, and you'll hear the visiting fans' cowbells.

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