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Goodell says he'll be in Foxboro for opening night (1:00)

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With only two weeks remaining in the regular season, the NBA scoring race is a dead heat between Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Harden was last season's runner-up to Stephen Curry.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says he plans to attend the league's 2017 kickoff game at Gillette Stadium. It will mark his first game at Gillette since Deflategate.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Josh Rutledge's strained left hamstring might open roster spot for infielder Marco Hernandez, but it would also leave Red Sox without a righty-hitting platoon partner for first baseman Mitch Moreland. Hanley Ramirez, by the way, played light catch from 90 feet again today.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Everyone's different, of course, but to get idea of Tyler Thornburg's timetable in return from shoulder impingement, consider reliever Junichi Tazawa, who missed 18 days with similar issue last season. Joe Kelly, a starter when he dealt with impinged shoulder last April, missed a month.

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Where Pablo Sandoval should appear on draft boards (0:59)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics forward Jae Crowder is the latest NBA player to receive a Potato Parcel and posted it to his Instagram. The potato takes a jab at the Mavericks for trading Crowder away. Dallas owner Mark Cuban (politely) declined to invest in the company during its appearance on Shark Tank.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Avery Bradley on Celtics being No. 1 seed for moment: "Every team in the NBA should want to be the best team in the NBA. We're showing that we can be if we're playing the right way, if we're playing the right kind of basketball. That's an accomplishment to be the first team in the East. We understand that. But at the same time we understand we could lose it tomorrow."

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas: Being at top of East is "cool," but "we're chasing something bigger than that."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas thinks the Cavaliers will be OK despite recent struggles. "They've been struggling for whatever reason but it's still an NBA-championship-caliber team. They're defending champions so it goes through them until someone eliminates them. I don't think you can be too worried about the things that they're struggling with right now. They're a really good team. Sooner or later they'll probably figure it out."

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Celtics among best-managed NBA franchises

We ranked every front office in the NBA, and it's no surprise that the Celtics are near the top. Check back throughout the week as we break down the rankings into three categories: coaches, GMs and owners.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Veteran DE Chris Long, who spent the 2016 season with the Patriots, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Eagles. Long had previously said he wouldn't be returning to the Patriots, as he enjoyed his Super Bowl season in New England but was looking to be part of a scheme that he felt would allow him to get back to being himself. The Eagles' 4-3 defense under coordinator Jim Schwartz fits the bill for him.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens' John Harbaugh on what the Patriots are getting in DL Lawrence Guy.

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The NBA's top-five teams have mostly beaten each other up this season. But after Monday's rout of the Cavs, the Spurs are 9-1 against Cleveland, Houston, Golden State and Boston, with the only loss coming by two points (Nov. 9 vs. Rockets).

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Kraft takes Pats offseason with 'a grain of salt' (0:38)