BOSTON Teams

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Cavs are up 29-19 after 1Q. LeBron James 4p 4r 4a; Dwyane Wade 5p; JR Smith 6p; Tristan Thompson 5p 3r. Kyrie Irving 6p 2a; Jaylen Brown 7p. Hard to judge much in terms of real basketball results, however, after that Gordon Hayward injury.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Shellshocked Celtics players huddled after the gruesome Gordon Hayward injury with Kyrie Irving burying his head into the chests of teammates Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum. Just a devastating scene in the infancy of the season.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

The Celtics would be eligible to apply for the Disable Player Exception based on the Gordon Hayward injury. The exception would be worth $8.4M and Boston would have up until March 10 to use. The Celtics with an open roster spot can sign, claim or trade for a player that has one-year left on his contract.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Gordon Hayward is being stretchered off the court in Cleveland after a horrific looking leg injury little more than five minutes into his Boston debut.

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Celts' Hayward exits with significant leg injury

Gordon Hayward suffered a horrific-looking left leg injury just minutes into his Celtics debut Tuesday night, leaving the Quicken Loans Arena court on a stretcher as fans and players stood shocked.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

After a quick dap with LeBron James before tipoff, Kyrie Irving hit a floater over his former teammate on the first play of the game. Fans booing when Irving touches the ball.

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Brian Windhorst ESPN Senior Writer 

Kyrie Irving out warming up 45 minutes before tip off in Cleveland. When he came out of tunnel he got a smattering of boos.

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Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says LeBron James (who was questionable with an ankle injury) will play tonight against Kyrie Irving and the Celtics. James is 6-0 against Irving and has outscored him in every meeting.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics rookie Guerschon Yabusele will miss Tuesday's season-opener in Cleveland due to illness. Boston is dangerously thin up front while also playing without Marcus Morris (knee soreness).

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Boston's Rodriguez, Ramirez undergo surgeries

Boston's Hanley Ramirez, who underwent shoulder surgery Tuesday, is expected to be ready for the start of next season, but Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez may not be ready for the mound until April.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez had right knee patellofemoral ligament reconstruction that will keep him from pitching for 6 months, the team has announced.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

High praise from Astros ace Dallas Keuchel: "The Red Sox are the most knowledgeable group of hitters that I've ever pitched against. That's a compliment to their coaching staff, to their front office, to getting them ready, to the players to having a game plan."

David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cleveland Cavaliers are 4-point favorites over the Boston Celtics. Westgate SuperBook NBA oddsmaker Jeff Sherman says the current line reflects LeBron James playing tonight.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Hanley Ramirez is having surgery on his left shoulder, the Red Sox slugger announced Tuesday via Twitter. His shoulder bothered him all season, limiting him to primarily a DH role and contributing to a subpar .242/.320/.429 offensive performance with 23 homers and 62 RBI. "Coming back stronger in ‘18, love you all #RedSoxNation," Ramirez wrote. (Ctsy: @HanleyRamirez/Twitter)

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FPI: Pencil in another Pats playoff run

The Patriots' explosive offense -- which leads the NFL in yards (412), passing yards (309.8) and first downs (24.2) per game -- appears to compensate for their defensive shortcomings. ESPN's FPI gives New England the league's fourth-highest odds of winning its division and the third-best odds to win the Super Bowl, behind only Kansas City and Philadelphia.