Tom Brady didn't give many details about what he plans do to during his four-game suspension, which starts Saturday.
The impact of Tom Brady's suspension
According to ESPN's Football Power Index, Brady's absence will lessen the Patriots' chances to win by around 10 percent per game. New England remains a favorite in three of its first four games.
Who is the favorite to win Super Bowl LI?
According to ESPN's Football Power Index, the Patriots lead the way despite Tom Brady's suspension. Close behind are the Packers, Seahawks and Panthers.
Betts joins select Red Sox company
Mookie Betts is the fourth player in Red Sox history to tally 30 homers and 20 stolen bases in a single season.
Could we see Moncada in Boston soon?
Yoan Moncada could get the call next month to help as a pinch runner or bench option against southpaws. However, Keith Law cautions that he's only 21, isn't on the 40-man roster and has struck out in 30 percent of his at-bats since he reached Double-A. Possible September call-ups (Insider)
Porcello making better use of fastball
Rick Porcello is using his four-seamer less than last season, except when there's two strikes. He throws the pitch 13 percent more often in two-strike counts, in which it gets nearly twice as many whiffs. Pitchers using fastballs better (Insider)
The secret to Porcello's home success
Rick Porcello is 13-0 at Fenway this season, and his offense and defense behind him are a good reason why. It also doesn't hurt that he's drastically cut down on his rate of homers allowed.
Tom Brady declined to reveal how he plans to stay sharp while serving a four-game suspension to open the season while acknowledging that he expects it to be challenging to be away from football.
In Tuesday's news and notes, Buster Olney has some interesting Rick Porcello numbers and the latest on several AL wild-card contenders.
Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer
Tom Brady on Jimmy Garoppolo: "I love being with Jimmy. I've enjoyed every day that we've spent with him. I wish him the very best, obviously, for our team, for him personally. When you see people that it means a lot to, you always want them to succeed as well. It will be tough to watch, but I'll be excited to watch and excited to learn and hopefully when I come back in October I'll be a better player than I am today."
Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer
Tom Brady says "we'll see" when asked how he will stay sharp during a four-game suspension. He said he doesn't plan to share what he will do over that time.
With a four-game suspension looming, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wouldn't be opposed to extra work in the preseason finale.
Betts, Ortiz make for rare 30-HR pair
The 23-year-old Mookie Betts joined 40-year-old teammate David Ortiz in the 30-homer club on Monday. The 1987 Tigers are the only other team in MLB history that has had a 40-year-old player and a player under the age of 25 each hit 30 HRs in the same season, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
Buchholz pivotal to Red Sox's pennant push
Who could've predicted that Clay Buchholz, a source of tremendous frustration for Red Sox fans because of his struggles as a starter, would suddenly emerge as such a crucial figure in their bullpen situation? Buster Olney explains. Key players in pennant races (Insider)
Will Clemson collect all ACC awards?
Our Mark Schlabach thinks Clemson is the team to beat in the ACC. He also makes his picks for the rest of the ACC awards.
- Offensive player of the year: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
- Defensive player of the year: Derwin James, S, Florida State
- Coach of the year: Dabo Swinney, Clemson
- Freshman of the year: Deondre Francois, QB, Florida State
The chemistry on display between Tom Brady and Chris Hogan during Friday's preseason win should pay dividends when the QB returns from suspension.
There's no place like home for Porcello
With a W against the Rays on Monday, Rick Porcello became the fifth pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to win his first 13 home decisions of a season, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.
- 2015 Dallas Keuchel, HOU - 15-0 at home
- 2016 Rick Porcello, BOS - 13
- 1946 Boo Ferriss, BOS - 13
- 1944 Tex Hughson, BOS - 13
- 1928 Larry Benton, NYG - 13
Mookie Betts bashes way to 30-HR season
Betts' second-inning solo shot on Monday was his 30th home run of the year. He's the third Red Sox hitter to reach that total in a season before turning 24.
Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer
Back in his native Kamloops, British Columbia, Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk has been honored with an art rendition on a fence outside the Thompson Rivers University Gym. File under: The Fence is Real (via @KamThisWeek)
Second-year right guard Tre' Jackson will be unavailable for at least the first six weeks of the season as the Patriots placed him on the PUP list.
Mookie Betts became only the third Boston Red Sox player ever to hit 30 homers in a season before his 24th birthday.
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