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Get up2date with conference championship preparations (1:54)
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SVP picks his conference championship winners (1:45)
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Barnwell previews championship Sunday (3:17)
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Woody doesn't believe Pats view Steelers as their equals (0:58)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Does Red Sox star Mookie Betts see himself as a team leader? "I'm only 24, so it's kind of hard to tell some 30-year-old man, 'Let's go,'" he said before Boston Baseball Writers' Dinner. "I try to lead by example."

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Thomas should return to All-Star Game

Kevin Pelton selects Isaiah Thomas to make his second straight appearance in the mid-season gala. The East would be foolish not to have him on the court during the fourth quarter. Pelton's All-Star reserves (Insider)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Tho finished tied with DeMar DeRozan in the voting among fans, media, and current players. DeRozan earned the starting spot based on tie-breaker — the fan vote — after finishing one spot ahead of Thomas. The final vote breakdown: DeRozan at 796,112; Thomas at 755,102.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots signed TE Rob Housler to a reserve/future contract for 2017. Housler (6-5, 250) has been with Cardinals (2011-2014), Browns ('15), Bears ('15).

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Torrid start for Thomas in 2017

After dropping 39 points on Wednesday, Isaiah Thomas is averaging 32.4 PPG in January. He's on pace to have the fourth most of any Celtics player in one month (min. five games).

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Bennett dishes on Brown, Brady's mood (0:25)
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Al Horford se adapta a Boston... y a los nuevos tiempos

Lo que el internacional con República Dominicana está experimentando es un cambio profundo en su manera de jugar al básquetbol. Leer

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Speaking before Boston Baseball Writers' Dinner, Terry Francona said Theo Epstein visited him after Cubs' Game 7 celebration. "He's in a suit and smells like champagne, yet he was comfortable enough to come over. I thought that was really, really nice of him."

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The contrasting styles of the final four NFL coaches (1:28)
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Ominous sign for the Patriots' hopes?

Saturday's win over the Texans was the fourth in team playoff history in which the Patriots committed three turnovers. In each of the three previous instances, New England lost its next game. (ESPN Stats & Info)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

After a near-MVP season in 2016, Mookie Betts on what he does for an encore: "Try not to be better. Just try to be the same guy. I think when people try to be better, things get worse. If I can do anything similar to last year, I'll be pretty happy."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Mookie Betts on finishing as runner-up for AL MVP: "Obviously I want to win it at some point, but I think I want to win a World Series more."