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Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski returns to practice for the first time since pulling up Aug. 15. Gronkowski hasn't played in the preseason since 2012 and this isn't likely to change that.

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft chats with Bon Jovi at practice Wednesday.

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Celtics should climb in East

Kevin Pelton writes that ESPN's real plus-minus shows Boston, bolstered by the addition of Al Horford, outperforming last season's win total by one game. But that should boost the Celtics in the Eastern Conference standings. Projected W-L records for 2016-17 (Insider)

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Tuesday starters key to AL East?

The Blue Jays, Red Sox and Orioles all won, so the O's remain two games behind the Jays and Sox in the division. Clay Buchholz's 6 1/3 strong innings against the Rays could be a sign that he's back to being a valuable pitcher for Boston. Five things we learned Tuesday

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Red Sox have owned Chris Archer

Archer won his first start against the Red Sox on Sept. 19, 2012, but he's 0-10 in 14 starts since then against Boston. That's the longest current losing streak by an active pitcher against one team and the longest losing streak for one pitcher against the Red Sox since Mike Moore (10 straight) from 1987 to '92, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

Chris Archer vs. Chris Archer's hoodie (0:16)

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Asked how much he will play Friday at Carolina, and if he will start, QB Jimmy Garoppolo says, "Your guess is as good as mine." He adds that he is preparing as if he is the starter.

Patriots feel Stork is not dependable (1:18)

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Kelly Olynyk happy for Evan Turner but sad to see friend go. Why did they click? "His outlook on life was different than most people."

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Kelly Olynyk and Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca at Canobie Lake Park in New Hampshire today for annual Shamrock Foundation event.

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Pair of Patriots near top of #NFLRank

The Panthers also landed two players in the top 10, but Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski both finished in the top six. The question is: Who ranks higher? #NFLRank: 25-1

Betts' power arm shocks Kiermaier at third (0:37)
Buchholz looks sharp against Rays (0:18)

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