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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson (4th round, Oklahoma) said he has dreamed about being an NFL player since he was 7. Of the volume of info he is getting from the coaching staff, he said: "It's a bunch. You have to stay in that playbook or you'll get left behind. … I'm trying to become a sponge, soak it all in."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Second-year WR Isaiah Zuber had reason to smile after catching a deep pass from Brian Hoyer in Thursday's practice. The play reflected how Zuber is building momentum into the start of training camp in late July. "I don't know if I'm going to be on the active roster or the practice squad. I'm just trying to attack each and every day," he said.

Hour 1: Best Nicknames in Sports

The crew reacts to the Bucks beating the Nets last night. Does it feel like the Bucks actually have a chance? Cam Newton’s nickname for Mac Jones is “Mac and Cheese.” What are the best and worst nicknames in sports?

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4dGreg Wyshynski

Rask will mull surgery, future after Bruins' ouster

Though Tuukka Rask didn't address his health after Boston's season-ending loss Wednesday, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters that there "may be surgery, there may not" for the veteran goaltender in the offseason.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick says QB Cam Newton (right hand) won't participate Thursday, but "he's getting better. … I think he'll be all right."

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4dAdrian Wojnarowski

Sources: Clippers' Billups on Celtics interview list

Brad Stevens has received team permissions to interview several assistant coaches for his franchise's head coaching job, including the Los Angeles Clippers' Chauncey Billups, sources told ESPN on Wednesday.

Adrian Wojnarowski Senior NBA Insider 

Stevens completed interviews with the Celtics assistant coaches in recent days and now has started reaching out to talk to outside candidates, sources said. The initial pool of candidates is expected to be expansive.

Adrian Wojnarowski Senior NBA Insider 

ESPN Sources: Celtics president Brad Stevens has started to get permission to speak to head coaching candidates, including with assistants Chauncey Billups (Clippers), Darvin Ham and Charles Lee (Bucks), Jamahl Mosley (Mavericks) and Ime Udoka (Nets).

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4dEnrique Rojas

'Big Papi' has surgery related to 2019 shooting

David Ortiz will be under observation for a few days, a source told ESPN Deportes, after the ex-Red Sox slugger had surgery for two stomach hernias related to the 2019 incident in which he was shot in the back.