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Rex Ryan responds to New England reporters on conference call Wednesday who questioned his self-applied label of being an "above average" coach. "Let's face it. We're here in Buffalo. Nobody likes anything in Boston."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyronn Lue says he has invited Kevin Garnett, a good friend of his, to join the Cavs coaching staff. KG will be a guest of his at ring night.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

RB LeGarrette Blount draws a large media crowd and discusses, among other things, how he feels he has a strong relationship with Bill Belichick.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

On a cool, autumn New England day, Bill Belichick arrives to the team's walkthrough practice in his own unique style.

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Rex Ryan can't figure out the Patriots

Rex is three games over .500 against other AFC East foes as a head coach. But against the Patriots, he's won just three of 14 games (playoffs excluded), including losses in nine of his last 10 tries.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the view reporters have as players arrive to today's walkthrough practice, with Jimmy Garoppolo surrounded by many of his teammates.

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Revs can't afford a dud against Sporting KC

If the Revs can't channel the form that allowed them to rip off three straight prior to Sunday's loss, the postseason may proceed without them.

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Is Tom Brady really that important?

All jokes aside, Brady is obviously one of the greatest players in NFL history. But based on the numbers in his absence, it's fair to wonder if the Patriots actually need him to be successful.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

A bridge named after David Ortiz? Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and the state House and Senate have put forth a joint proposal to rename the Brookline Avenue bridge between Lansdowne Street and Newbury Street, spanning the Mass Pike. Under the plan, the Mass. Dept. of Transportation would place a marker on the bridge, declaring it the "David Ortiz (Big Papi) Bridge."

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Red Sox's bittersweet night a rarity

The only other time a team lost on a walk-off home run and clinched a division title on the same day was the White Sox on Sept. 24, 2000, the Elias Sports Bureau notes. They lost on a walk-off to the Twins.

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The New England Patriots lead the NFL in special teams efficiency and are adding nearly twice as many expected points per game on kickoffs (2.9) than any other team. The Patriots have two fumble recoveries on kickoffs, and their opponents have the worst average starting field position after kickoffs in the NFL.


David Ortiz's first Yankee Stadium HR

On September 1, 2000, David Ortiz hits his first career home run at Yankee Stadium for the Twins off Yankees pitcher Orlando Hernandez.

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7hChris Forsberg

Marcus Smart could be the Celtics' X factor

Marcus Smart has shown glimpses of his potential. If the Celtics are to take a big step forward this year, Smart needs to make a leap of his own.

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