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).

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."

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)

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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."

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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."

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Battle of the geezers in Foxborough

At 38, James Harrison is the oldest player in the NFL to take a defensive snap this season. The man he'll try to sack on Sunday, Tom Brady, is the oldest (39) to take an offensive snap. (ESPN Stats & Info)

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Kiper: Another tight end for the Patriots

With Rob Gronkowski's health uncertain and Martellus Bennett set to be a free agent, New England needs to restock at the position. Mel Kiper Jr. has the perfect solution in Round 1. Mock 1.0 (Insider)

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Red Sox "would likely hold Eduardo Rodriguez out" of WBC, according to manager John Farrell, as long as the team has questions about health of his knee. Also, catcher Sandy Leon has decided against playing for Venezuela, Farrell said.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots WR Julian Edelman, wearing a yellow Kent State shirt that he says has been his primary practice shirt for 7-8 years, says if he sees fellow Kent State alum James Harrison over the middle the first thought is "get down."

Olney calls it 'terrible' Schilling's HOF vote total dropped (1:59)
Will Bonds, Clemens get Hall of Fame call? (1:17)

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On this date in 2002, Tom Brady got the first of his NFL-record 23 postseason wins, beating the Raiders in what became known as the "Tuck Rule" game. Adam Vinatieri kicked the tying field goal with 27 seconds left in the fourth quarter and kicked the game-winner in overtime. (Photo: Getty Images)


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Workers put the finishing touches on championship markings at Gillette Stadium.

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Early 2018 support for Clemens, Schilling?

If Jayson Stark were to cast his 2018 Hall of Fame ballot today, he would include both Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling. "Can we please agree already that it doesn't matter," Stark writes of Schilling's Twitter persona. Stark: My early 2018 HOF ballot