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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Orlando Magic entered Wednesday's game ranked 25th in the NBA shooting just 32.9 percent beyond the 3-point arc. They've hit 8 of 10 triples hoisted vs. Boston. Meanwhile, the Celtics are 2 of 15 (13.3 percent) beyond the arc but somehow have hung close. Halftime: Magic 50, Celtics 49

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Brown jams it over Vucevic (0:31)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Celtics will start Marcus Smart in place of injured Isaiah Thomas vs the Magic. Boston also shuffles Amir Johnson back into the starting lineup after going small Monday vs. Houston.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Dombrowski on whether Chris Sale's jersey-cutting incident in July ever gave Red Sox pause: "I think you do your checking when you read that and see what causes some things. But after I've checked things out, not really, no." Dombrowski said he's "heard a lot of pleasant things" about Sale off the field.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Scott Boras on possible extension for Xander Bogaerts: "He's going to be (in Boston) for the next three years. We know that. I think he's always said he's on a winning team, he's playing in a great city. I'm sure Xander is very happy in Boston." Boras called Bogaerts a "statured, unique player at his age." In other words, if Red Sox want to lock up Bogaerts, they probably need to come with nine-figure deal.

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Sale ganando Chicago en canje con Boston

Medias Blancas reconstruyó su futuro, mientras Medias Rojas obtuvo un lanzador que no les garantiza ganar la Serie Mundial. Leer

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Dombrowski says Red Sox took calls today on all starting pitchers beyond the three aces, but no urgency to make a trade. Dombrowski says he's OK with four lefties in rotation. "They're four good lefties."

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Bird did it all during his career

Larry Bird, who is celebrating his 60th birthday, was a well-rounded player during his illustrious career. He's fifth in NBA history in regular-season triple-doubles, behind Oscar Robertson (181), Magic Johnson (138), Jason Kidd (107) and Wilt Chamberlain (78).

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox will trade a starting pitcher, but it could take a while. The longer they hold off, the more likely a pitching-strapped team might be to give up something of value, either in prospects or big-league talent.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked about Yoan Moncada, White Sox manager Rick Rentería drew a familiar comparison: "The first clip I saw of him, he reminded me a little bit from his setup and everything of (Robinson) Cano." Red Sox evaluators often likened Moncada to Cano. "I know that, at 21 years of age, he still has a long way to go in terms of what he's ultimately going to be," Rentería added. "I think he's a very talented human being who we hope is going to be an impact-type player."

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Chris Sale trade no fun for Yankees

Sale will now have more opportunities to face a team that he has dominated at a historical rate throughout his career.

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Happy Birthday Larry Bird! (0:44)

Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

Steve Kerr answered numerous questions about Klay Thompson and ended it by saying, "and we're not trading Klay to Boston."

ESPN Stats & Info

Pats' chances at top seed swing on TNF

Think the Patriots will be tuned in Thursday night? Football Outsiders gives New England a 67 percent chance of getting the top seed in the AFC if the Chiefs win, but only 33 percent if the Raiders win. Playoff Odds (Insider)