BOSTON Teams

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

To the best of agent Joel Wolfe's knowledge, the Red Sox didn't attempt to make a trade with the Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton. Wolfe's assumption is Sox weren't looking for an outfielder. The Sox weren't on Stanton's list of four teams to which he would've approved a trade. Giants and Cardinals weren't on that list either, but before Stanton nixed it, they worked out deals with Marlins for him.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Since GM meetings, the feeling in Giancarlo Stanton's camp was that Red Sox's priority is pitching, not outfielders. "(Andrew) Benintendi, (Mookie) Betts and JBJ, those guys are studs," said Stanton's agent, Joel Wolfe.

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Celtics' Irving has quad contusion, out vs. Bulls

Celtics guard Kyrie Irving will miss Monday's game against the Bulls because of a left quad contusion. The Celtics, playing the second night of a back-to-back on the road, also will be without forward Marcus Morris, who is battling knee soreness.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Joel Wolfe, Giancarlo Stanton's agent: Boston was never presented to us as an option." In other words, the Red Sox didn't work out trade with the Marlins, as the Giants and Cardinals did. The Red Sox weren't among the four teams on Stanton's go-to list (Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs, Astros).

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics say Kyrie Irving (left quad contusion) and Marcus Morris (left knee soreness) are both out tonight vs. Bulls. Al Horford (right knee contusion) is questionable.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots WR Chris Hogan, who has missed the last four games with a shoulder injury, will play tonight vs. the Miami Dolphins, a league source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. His return is timely as the Patriots won't have Rob Gronkowski, who is serving a one-game NFL suspension.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

MLB has begun investigating the domestic assault charges against Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright. The commissioner's office has independent authority to review such matters under its joint domestic violence policy. MLB suspended Aroldis Chapman for 30 games in 2016 even though criminal charges weren't filed against him. Derek Norris was banned for the final month of the 2017 season after allegations of physical and mental abuse by his ex-fiancée.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

There is a 51% chance that the Steelers and Patriots meet in the AFC Championship Game, per FPI.

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2017 Freshman All-America team

Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor and Georgia's Jake Fromm took center stage for two playoff contenders. After their performances, they headline the year's best freshmen.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving on clutch Jayson Tatum: "Some people have it and some people don't. It's just as simple as that. I think he's pretty much shown that he can play, as people say, with the big boys at the end of the game. Without wavering in terms of his decision-making or anything like that, he trusts what we have going on and he knows where his opportunities will be, especially down the stretch."