BOSTON Teams

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox LHP Drew Pomeranz on offseason stem-cell injection to relieve elbow soreness. "They kind of scrape (flexor) tendon to create some bleeding and then they shoot stem cells on top. I was fine 5 minutes into it, then about 20 minutes later I couldn't bend my arm for 5 days."

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

File this under "only at All-Star Weekend": Celtics coach Brad Stevens and Rev. Jesse Jackson were on the same commercial flight leaving New Orleans to return to Boston today. No word on whether they discussed the Celtics missing out on trading for DeMarcus Cousins.

ESPN Stats & Info

Savage: Franchise tag predictions

This afternoon on NFL Insiders, ESPN Front Office Insider Phil Savage named five players almost assured to get a franchise tag before the March 1 deadline. All but one of the five would be getting the tag for the first time.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox RHP Steven Wright encouraged by way his shoulder feels after first bullpen session since early October. He threw 10-15 knuckleballs, the rest fastballs; said it "went about as well as it could've."

play0:41

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Sale throws first live BP session. The new Red Sox ace faced Dan Butler, Chris Young, Junior Lake. Very little contact. Fellow starters David Price, Rick Porcello, Steven Wright, Drew Pomeranz watched from behind cage.

play
Marchand's breakaway goal wins it for the Bruins in OT (0:46)
play
Thomas botches dunk attempt but recovers for 3 in loss (0:16)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens' pregame speech to the East All-Stars: "It's an honor for us to be here and we appreciate the opportunity to be here with you guys. I get asked all the time about, ‘What inspired you to get into coaching? And what inspired you to want to do this?' And the truth of the matter is nobody is inspired to get into coaching, it just means we weren't good enough to be players. And ultimately the people that inspired me as a kid were the Reggie Millers, were the Larry Birds, were the Magic Johnsons, the Michael Jordans of our era — the guys that are sitting in your shoes. And so I just want to say thank you for the opportunity to share the day with you. And also I recognize the fact of what you mean to those kids."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

The East All-Stars are rolling with small ball to start the second quarter, with point guards Isaiah Thomas (5-foot-9) and Kemba Walker (6-foot-1) sharing a backcourt. John Wall, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony round out the unit.

ESPN Stats & Info

Cubs favored to win back-to-back titles

It took the Chicago Cubs 108 years to break their World Series title drought, but Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook gives them the highest odds to be repeat champions this year.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

To me, the larger issue with Blake Swihart is how much the Red Sox messed with him by moving him to outfield. Ankle injury while playing left field cost him almost entire season; throwing mechanics altered from what he was used to as catcher.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

On Blake Swihart, whose throwing issues continued in live BP today: He was always likely to open season in Triple-A because of contract status (Swihart has options; Christian Vazquez does not). Throwing issue likely curable, but reinforces value of going back to minors.