BOSTON Teams

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas typically saves his offensive outbursts for the fourth quarter. But he's already up to 31 points midway through the third quarter while trying to will Boston back against the Knicks. This is Thomas' 13th game of 30+ this season.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerry Remy has agreed to a multi-year contract and will work 115 Red Sox games in 2017, according to a NESN announcement.

ESPN Stats and Information  

The winner of the Steelers-Patriots game on Sunday will play in their 9th Super Bowl, more than any other franchise. The Patriots, Steelers, Cowboys and Broncos have all appeared in 8, with the Steelers leading the way with 6 wins.

Getty Images

Increased support big for Bonds, Clemens

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens finally climbed above 50 percent in their fifth year on the ballot. The history of that number suggests the duo will find their way to Cooperstown in due time, David Schoenfield writes. HOF night winners/losers

ESPN Stats and Information  

The 4 QB scheduled to start this weekend -- Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers -- have combined to win seven Super Bowls, the most on any Championship weekend since the 1970 Merger. It's also the 3rd time since 1970 3 Super Bowl-winning starting QB will play in the Conference Championship in a single season.

play
Thomas throws ball between defenders' legs (0:20)

ESPN Stats and Information  

Tom Brady, who already has played in the most Divisional Playoff games all-time, will set the record for the most Championship Game appearances with 11, breaking the record shared by Gene Upshaw and George Blanda. If Brady wins, he'll appear in his 7th Super Bowl, which will break his tie with Mike Lodish for most all-time.

play
Celtics' ball movement leads to Thomas 3 (0:22)
ESPN Stats & Information

Watch: UVA heavily favored over BC

The No. 16 Cavaliers are in Chestnut Hill to face the Eagles on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. UVA has won its last two games and is in fourth place in the ACC. ACC/WatchESPN

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens is wearing a tie (13-4 this season) tonight vs. the Knicks. Kelly Olynyk has got the manbun (15-6 this season). When their secret super powers are combined this year, the Celtics are 8-1.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas intro before facing a Knicks team without Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley is a late scratch for Wednesday's game vs. the Knicks with a sore right Achilles. Bradley missed four games due to that injury before returning Monday vs. the Hornets.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens asked if Isaiah Thomas deserves to be an All-Star starter. "Sure." And why is that? "Because he's had a hell of a year."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Julian Edelman, to Steelers reporters, on his Antonio Brown-related comments: "I mean, I think it was taken out of context. I have nothing but respect for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They're an unbelievable franchise. It starts from the top with the Rooney Family, Coach [Mike] Tomlin, I think they just mis[interpreted] – I mean, I don't know, I may have said it, but I think more of that was that it's not the way we would do it here. That's just how that goes. There was no maliciousness about it, but it's whatever. That's what the media does, try to make stories."

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

A Roger Clemens voting oddity: He has now gotten more votes than Barry Bonds in all 5 years they've been on the ballot, but never by more than 12 votes. This year's totals: Clemens 239, Bonds 238. No idea how to explain that.

play
Kurkjian surprised Bonds, Clemens didn't get bigger boost (1:12)
Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images

Former Red Sox fall short in HOF vote

In his fifth year on the ballot, Roger Clemens received 54.1 percent of the vote to miss the 75 percent threshold required. Curt Schilling (fifth year) saw his support fall to 45 percent, while Manny Ramirez (first year) debuted at 23.8 percent. Full results

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Manny Ramirez debuted at 23.8 percent, considerably less than Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, who were at 37 and 36 percent as ballot first-timers in 2013. Suggests voters drew distinction between post-testing cheats and players who tested positive during testing era.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Turns out Roger Clemens & Barry Bonds didn't make as dramatic a jump as we expected. Clemens went from 45.2 pct to 54.1, Bonds from 44.3 to 53.8. So both would need close to 100 more votes to get elected. Still, they were both around 36 pct 2 years ago. They have 5 years left on the ballot. And only Gil Hodges got this close with this many years left and didn't get into the Hall

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

For those who voted for maximum 10 players, Hall of Fame ballot will remain crowded even after the elections of Bagwell, Pudge and Raines. Jim Thome, Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones, Omar Vizquel among those first-timers next year.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis, Joakim Noah and Lance Thomas are all OUT tonight in Boston.

play
Tom Brady through the years (0:54)