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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Porcello will throw two-inning simulated game Sunday. If he pitches every fifth day thereafter, with one extra day built in because of March 22 off-day, Porcello would make six spring-training starts and be lined up to start Opening Day on April 3 at Fenway.

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Red Sox P hits impressive full-court shot (0:18)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Free-agent-to-be Alan Branch told Sirius XM NFL Radio on Friday morning that his love for football has been "revamped" since joining the Patriots in 2014. It sounds like he prefers a return to New England in 2017 but also said in the interview, "If it's a significant difference (financially), sometimes it's hard to say no."

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Pastrnak breaks stick on one-timer goal in win (0:41)
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Rickard Rakell shines in Ducks win (0:40)

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Atlanta's Sweetwater Brewery made a Super Bowl bet with Boston's Sam Adams. Loser renamed beer for winning team. Sweetwater just paid off with this

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Super Bowl highlights shown during break in Celtics game at TD Garden and fans erupt when Patriots owner Bob Kraft is shown sitting courtside with Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Gregg Popovich was quite impressed with what he watched in another sport a week ago. On the Patriots' Super Bowl comeback: "That was an amazing display of mental toughness."

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

$95.41: What average fan at Super Bowl LI spent on food & beverage, according to vendor Aramark, an NFL record.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

A Seton Hall poll just released says 98% of Super Bowl viewers did so on TV, rather than on a computer or mobile device. 63% of sports fans agreed that Tom Brady is the NFL's greatest QB ever; 19% disagreed. 44% of all polled said NE-Atl. SB LI was the most compelling recent championship, with 26% choosing Game 7 of the Cubs-Cle. W.S. & 11% the Clemson-Alabama national football title game.

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Q&A: Tuukka Rask unmasked

Tuukka Rask doesn't flinch at tough shots or tough questions. The Bruins' netminder explains why shrinking goalie gear is "not cool," whether fighting is OK and if he'll play in the Olympics.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

NFL SVP of officiating Dean Blandino noted what could have been a major play late in the second quarter of Super Bowl LI. On this play, the Falcons' Vic Beasley Jr. hits Patriots QB Tom Brady as he throws a pass that was caught by TE Martellus Bennett for a 15-yard gain. Brady's arm had just started moving forward, making it a legal pass. If it had been ruled a fumble, however, the ball would have been moved back by rule to the spot of the fumble. Inside of two minutes, only the player who fumbled can advance the ball. So the Patriots would have faced third-and-12 at the 23-yard line instead of having a first-and-10 at the 43 with 1:43 left. That would have made it much more difficult for the Patriots to drive for the 41-yard field goal they eventually got out of the drive.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

If the Patriots and LB Dont'a Hightower don't reach a contract extension before the start of free agency, the franchise tag is an option. Asked his thoughts on the tag Tuesday, Hightower said on ESPN's NFL Live show, "That's a lot of money." His answer appears to be an indication things wouldn't become contentious if Hightower is assigned the franchise tag by the team.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

LB Dont'a Hightower touched on becoming a free agent and if he would be back with Patriots in 2017. "That's up in the air right now," he said on ESPN's NFL Insiders show. "I'm going along with the ride and enjoying this victory. ... I'm sure in a couple weeks all that free agency stuff will pick up. I'll handle that whenever that comes."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

LB Dont'a Hightower says on SportsCenter he will not go to the White House. He says it's not anything specific to the president. "Been there, done that," Hightower says, also noting he didn't go to the White House in 2014 with the Patriots. He had previously been with Alabama.