BOSTON Teams

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics guard Marcus Smart (ankle) is out vs. the Sixers. Aron Baynes moves into the starting lineup for Boston, joining Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Al Horford.

Greg Wyshynski ESPN 

The NHL's one-game suspension for Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson, for boarding Boston's Frank Vatrano on Thursday, makes sense. His game misconduct occurred early enough into the first period that this becomes the de facto two-game suspension it should have been for a regretful hit. But some fans are asking why Zack Kassian of the Oilers didn't get a hearing for his brutal hit on Chicago's Ryan Hartman that night, which earned him a boarding minor. The Dept. of Player Safety looked at it, and determined it was a hit to Hartman's side rather than the numbers, as Hartman "opened up" into the hit. A penalty, for sure, but nothing suspension worthy for Kassian, which was the right call.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots officially ruled out CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion), CB Eric Rowe (groin) and LB Harvey Langi (back) for Sunday's game against the Falcons. In addition, LB Elandon Roberts (ankle), CB Johnson Bademosi (abdomen) and TE Jacob Hollister (chest) are questionable. It is also notable that RB Rex Burkhead was removed from the injury report, paving the way for his return.

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QB Brady says accuracy needs improvement

"When the throws are there, I have to be able to make them," Tom Brady said in anticipation of Sunday night's home game against the Falcons. "It's disappointing when I don't. ... I wish I hit them all."

Greg Wyshynski ESPN 

At this point, it's safe to wonder if there's been a year's-long voodoo hex placed on Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid, who's out with yet another significant injury. This time it's a broken right fibula, suffered in a sequence in which he blocked two shots on the same shift against Vancouver on Thursday night. Over the years, McQuaid has battled everything from concussions to blood clots to taking a teammate's skate blade to the throat. He's averaged 62 games per season since 2010 (lockout season excluded), and will miss up to eight weeks after surgery.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Chris Hogan, who had been limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday, says today that he will play Sunday night against the Falcons. He had an injury to his ribs in last Sunday's win over the Jets.

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Brady: Consistency key to winning against Falcons (0:41)
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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady discusses whether Super Bowl LI has any significance leading into Sunday's game against the Falcons.

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Reliving the Patriots' comeback in Super Bowl LI (0:47)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Morris said he believes he is still a week away from making his debut for the Celtics. Morris, late to camp while on trial in Arizona, is working through knee soreness. "Every day, [the knee is] getting better, work hard, and put more pressure on it. I've done a lot of conditioning, so my shape is better. Hopefully trying to get back next week."

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

After losing to the Raiders last night, the Chiefs dropped to No. 2 in FPI's rankings. The Patriots took over the top spot. The model also upgraded Oakland's rating by 1.2 points per game after surpassing expectations against Kansas City.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart is "most likely out" from Friday's game vs. the Sixers after tweaking both his ankles against the Bucks. Smart watched Boston's shootaround Friday with his left ankle heavily wrapped and elevated. "[The ankle] was pretty swollen when I woke up [Thursday]. So we're just taking it easy. It's a long season." Smart isn't overly concerned: "It's nothing serious. That's the good thing. If I do not play [Friday], I should be back Tuesday [vs. the Knicks]."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots are practicing without CBs Stephon Gilmore (concussion) and Eric Rowe (groin) for the third straight day. The expectation is that they will be out for Sunday night's game against the visiting Falcons.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics coach Brad Stevens called Frank Vogel for advice on how to keep Gordon Hayward engaged during long recovery. Vogel was head coach in Indy as Paul George recovered from his leg injury.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Smart tweaked both his ankles vs. Bucks. He's uncertain vs. Sixers. Left ankle heavily wrapped at shootaround.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

These "Welcome to the Moment" shirts decorate seats at Wells Fargo Center for Philly's home opener vs. Boston.

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The world's best teams for watching hockey prospects

Given how the hockey world is set up, one can find teams at all different levels that are loaded with prospects, from the top minor league farm teams to European pro clubs to the junior ranks to the NCAA. Here are 10 particularly notable ones for 2017-18.