Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots coach Bill Belichick's post-game news conference ended with a question on if there was a feeling of nostalgia returning to NRG Stadium, the site of Super Bowl LI. "That's all in the past," he responded. "I mean, it was great, but we're on to 2017. I don't think last year, two years ago or 12 years ago is that important. Trying to get this team ready to go, and this year's team is this year's team. It's my responsibility to make a strong commitment to this group. I'm not trying to live in the past. I'm not trying to live in the future. I'm just trying to do a good job with the team we have today."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Celtics announced Friday that they will retire Paul Pierce's No. 34 after a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Feb. 11, 2018. Pierce's 34 will be the 22nd number retired by the Celtics and first since Cedric Maxwell's No. 31 was retired in December 2003.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics co-owner owner Steve Pagliuca said Thursday that the team will retire Paul Pierce's No. 34 jersey this season. The Celtics plan to announce their plans soon with fans eager to purchase tickets to the game where Pierce's number heads to the rafters.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics rookie Guerschon Yabusele owns the nickname "Dancing Bear." During a community event at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, New Hampshire on Thursday, he found a restaurant that shares that name.


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

After missing summer league to rehab following ankle surgery, Celtics 2016 first-round pick Guerschon Yabusele said he expects to be full-go at the start of training camp later this month and will resume basketball activities with informal practices on Monday.

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Guide to every NHL team's prospects

An in-depth examination of all 31 NHL prospect groups -- including each team's top 10 and their impact this season -- shows that the Flyers could soon be back among the East's top contenders.


Gordon Hayward shows off new uniform

The new Celtics star sported his new green uniform for fans on Instagram using the appropriate flame emoji and clover emoji as his caption. (Credit: gdhayward/Instagram)

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Top 100 NHL prospects for 2017-18

Who are the top rookie-eligible players heading into the 2017-18 NHL season? An American-born Coyote and Canadian-born Islander both make the top 3. We rank them 1-100 here, plus the top 20 goalie prospects.

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NBA's best will have the brightest lights

Not surprisingly, the five teams set to make the most nationally televised appearances next season all made the playoffs and have some of the NBA's top superstars.

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Ranking every NHL team by prospect pipeline

Which NHL team has the best batch of rookie-eligible talent heading into the 2017-18 season? Here are the rankings from 1 to 31, wherein it appears that the hockey future is always sunny in Philadelphia.

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Fans will have to wait a while to see Gordon Hayward return to Utah after leaving for the Celtics in free agency. He'll make his return on March 28, the final game of a 4-game road trip for Boston. He will get a chance to play his former team at home on December 15.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Gordon Hayward won't return to Utah until March 28. The Jazz play in Boston on Dec. 15.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Three non-XMas games that leap off the Celtics 2017-18 schedule which features a whopping 25 national TV appearances:‬ ‪* Jan. 27: Celtics visit Warriors in Saturday night ABC matchup (GSW comes to Boston on Nov. 16)‬ ‪* Feb. 11: With the NFL season complete, the Cavaliers visit Boston for an ABC Sunday showdown. ‬ ‪* March 28: Gordon Hayward returns to Utah (Jazz visit Boston on Dec. 15)