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Patriots are the team to beat in AFC East

The Patriots are proving once again this season why they have a reputation for excellence. A win on Sunday would set a new record for consecutive division titles.

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Pats-Broncos will be crucial yet again

Week 15's trip to Denver could secure the Patriots the AFC's top seed, Bill Barnwell writes. Meanwhile, this game -- along with rematches against the Chiefs and Raiders -- is key for the Broncos' hopes. Most important games left

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater, who has missed the last two games with a foot injury, was back at practice Thursday.

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Red Sox's Sandoval ready for career restart

Pablo Sandoval says he got "complacent" after signing a five-year, $95 million contract with the Red Sox in November 2014 and pledged to "start my baseball career all over again."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Listado oficial de transacciones realizadas estas reuniones invernales. NO incluye canjes que no hayan sido anunciados de manera oficial por el equipo.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Dombrowski didn't exactly call the Yankees "the Golden State Warriors" after the Aroldis Chapman signing, but the Red Sox honcho did say this: "I wish that somebody else would have made him a better offer so he would have gone somewhere else, for sure. No question."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Clay Buchholz's salary ($13.5M in '17) and Drew Pomeranz's flexibility to start/relieve makes Buchholz likelier trade candidate for Red Sox. Dave Dombrowski said he has a preference list for which pitcher he wants to trade, though he declined to share, of course.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Josh Rutledge figures to compete with fellow utility infielder Marco Hernandez for last spot on the Red Sox's bench. As a Rule 5 pick, Rutledge must stay on the big-league roster all season or be offered back to his previous team (Colorado).

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge said on Boston sports radio 98.5 that Isaiah Thomas got a PRP injection for injured groin on Wednesday. Ainge deemed Thomas unlikely to play Friday vs the Raptors, but said Thomas remains day-to-day.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox have reacquired infielder Josh Rutledge from the Rockies in the Rule 5 draft. They lose pitcher Justin Haley (to Angels) and outfielder Aneury Tavarez (to Orioles). Rutledge helps restore some middle-infield depth.

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