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27mBrian O'Connell

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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4hChris 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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10hScott Lauber

How the Red Sox clinched the AL East

For the longest time, John Farrell couldn't bring himself to utter the word. But even after Wednesday's loss, it's OK to say "playoffs."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Red Sox GM Ben Cherington deserves credit for AL East title. Mike Hazen spoke to his predecessor before Wednesday's clincher. "Dave (Dombrowski) has said unequivocally through the course of the season that Ben had done a lot of great work here. He's never taken anything away from him, which we all respect. A lot of this club, Ben had a hand in. But Dave has really driven the bus this year."

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Wednesday's Postseason implications

  • Red Sox clinch AL East title
  • Orioles beat Blue Jays to keep sole possession of second AL wild card
  • Mets' magic number shrinks to 2 after win plus Cardinals loss

Red Sox are the 'team to beat' in AL (1:00)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell: "I told them after the game, don't let one inning take away from what they've done for seven full months. They're AL East champions, we're AL East champions and we've got a lot of work left ahead of us. But one inning should not take away from the fact that we're champions."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Scene from a division-clinching party: Red Sox president of baseball ops Dave Dombrowski walking around the clubhouse without his shoes. "It's fantastic, but you also know that this is only one step," he said. "This is great, and you can tell everybody's happy. But we have other goals left to achieve."

Massachusetts High School Sports

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  • #RoadToGillette

    The 2016 high school football season is underway. Follow here for updates all across the Bay State all season long.

David Ortiz's farewell season

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  • Big Papi's ballpark tour

    We'll be tracking Red Sox slugger David Ortiz's final major league journey all season long. Check back here for highlights, recaps and photos from his last stop at each stadium.