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Is Brady the best player in the NFL? (2:08)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Although John Farrell says he "wouldn't rule it out" that Red Sox would use others at DH even after Hanley Ramirez returns, he stressed need to not "completely turn away from what Hanley did last year. I think he's still a key member in our lineup." Ramirez has struggled vs. lefties, batting only .143/.333/.229, far from his career slash line vs. lefties of .300/.381/.523.

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Olney predicts most-likely landing spots for Gray (0:44)
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Atlantic Division free-agency preview

Unsatisfied by their respective playoff runs, the Senators and Canadiens could shake things up, while Boston makes re-signing David Pastrnak a priority. Don't be surprised to see some blockbuster deals. Could one involve Jaromir Jagr?

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Sale picks up 10th win as Red Sox top Twins (0:59)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

While not one of the three finalists spotlighted at the award show, Brad Stevens finished fourth in Coach of the Year balloting. Stevens totaled 96 points with help from seven first-place votes but finished behind Houston's Mike D'Antoni (400 points), Miami's Erik Spoelstra (153), and San Antonio's Gregg Popovich (115).

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas finished fifth in the MVP voting. Thomas landed on 49 of 101 ballots and earned four third-place votes. Thomas finished behind only Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, and LeBron James. Thomas finished one spot ahead of Steph Curry, who won the award in 2015 and 2016.

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Sale stifles Twins with nine strikeouts (0:31)
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Moreland goes deep for third straight game (0:28)
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Golfing with champions

Five-time champ and four-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady posted a picture of himself standing next to two-time champion and two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry on Sunday. Draped in Under Armour, which endorses both athletes, the two appeared to be enjoying their free time by playing a little golf. (tombrady/Instagram)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley had the 10th highest voting total but missed out on a spot on the NBA's two All-Defense teams. Bradley, a first-teamer last season, didn't land one of the four available guard spots this year. Missing 27 games likely hurt Bradley's voting total.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite a role that was limited at times, Boston rookie Jaylen Brown landed on the All-Rookie second team. Brown's minutes were inconsistent at times as Boston won the most regular-season games in the East but he emerged as a steady playoff presence in his first season.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Avery Bradley on possible changes in Boston this summer: "I do know [the Celtics' front office is] going to make the best decisions for our team." Said he'll offer suggestions if asked but tries to stay out of the way.