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The Red Wings' 25-year streak of playoff appearances ended Tuesday, leaving the Spurs with the longest active streak in the U.S.'s four major sports. The Packers and Patriots lead the NFL, while the Dodgers lead all MLB teams with just four.

NHL 

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyler Thornburg: "A lot of things" could've led to shoulder impingement. How about Red Sox's shoulder program, which is more extensive than what he was used to in Milwaukee? "If anything, it might have fatigued my arm a little bit before the first outing. Or it possibly could've pointed out some weaknesses in my shoulder." Thornburg added he's "never had shoulder issues whatsoever."

MLB 

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics draft stash Guerschon Yabusele, the 16th pick in the 2016 draft, has officially joined the Maine Red Claws and is expected to make his D-League debut on Friday. Yabusele averaged 20.9 points and 9.4 rebounds in 43 games in China.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera on what the Patriots are getting in DE Kony Ealy.

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said Brandin Cooks trade wasn't a situation where "we felt like we've gotta make this trade or else. It was the opposite actually." Payton said at one point the Saints told Cooks a deal might not happen. But Payton said a few clubs reached out to the Saints and they eventually liked the Patriots deal. Payton again blamed Cooks' agent for last year's complaints about Cooks' role in the Saints' offense and pointed out that Cooks switched agents after the season.

NFL 

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Why were the Panthers willing to part with Kony Ealy in a trade to New England? Ron Rivera says re-signing Mario Addison played into the decision, as well as a looming contract negotiation with Ealy.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton on the decision not to sign Malcolm Butler to an offer sheet.

NFL 

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said he knows the Saints won't give up the 11th pick in the draft by signing an offer sheet with CB Malcolm Butler. Perhaps a trade with the Patriots could emerge, but Payton said that would just be "speculation" since they can't talk trade until Butler signs his restricted free agent tender with New England. (Photo of Payton at NFL meetings coaches' breakfast courtesy of ESPN's Mike Reiss)

NFL 

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

With Josh Rutledge (hamstring) bound for DL, manager John Farrell mentioned Marco Hernandez and Steve Selsky as options for final Red Sox roster spot. Hernandez, a left-handed hitter who hits lefties well, has had a strong camp. Selsky has experience at first base, important with Mitch Moreland (flu) and Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) compromised.

MLB 

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Mitch Moreland has the flu and will be sent directly to Boston rather than accompanying Red Sox to DC-Annapolis for exhibition games Friday and Saturday. Team is hopeful Moreland will be fully recovered by Opening Day on Monday.

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With only two weeks remaining in the regular season, the NBA scoring race is a dead heat between Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Harden was last season's runner-up to Stephen Curry.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says he plans to attend the league's 2017 kickoff game at Gillette Stadium. It will mark his first game at Gillette since Deflategate.

NFL 

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Josh Rutledge's strained left hamstring might open roster spot for infielder Marco Hernandez, but it would also leave Red Sox without a righty-hitting platoon partner for first baseman Mitch Moreland. Hanley Ramirez, by the way, played light catch from 90 feet again today.

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