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Sam Travis (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)
Rob Bradford
February 23, 2017 - 9:15 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- They sit down the end of the clubhouse, in the same spot guys like Deven Marrero and Xander Bogaerts inhabited during their first go-round with the big leaguers. Sam Travis and Rafael Devers aren't mingling much. Just enough. They're keeping their eyes wide, collecting the $95...
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Signing Dont'a Hightower to an extension may be the Patriots' best option to keeping him. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)
Ryan Hannable
February 22, 2017 - 11:05 pm
The Patriots have a decision to make when it comes to Dont'a Hightower by March 1. The unrestricted free agent seems to be the Patriots' only option when it comes to potentially using the franchise or transition tag, and the window to apply that to a player ends in less than a week. It's quite...
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Jimmy Garoppolo was on Adam Schefter's podcast Tuesday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)
Ryan Hannable
February 21, 2017 - 11:27 pm
Being the backup quarterback, it isn't too often Jimmy Garoppolo speaks and it's even more rare he comments about his future. For the first time maybe ever, Garoppolo addressed his long-term future on Tuesday when he went on Adam Schefter's "Know them from Adam" podcast . Schefter proposed a...
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Jimmy Butler (left) and Paul George (right) would improve Celtics, but at what cost? (Jeffrey Becker/USA Today Sports)
John Tomase
February 21, 2017 - 1:05 pm
Let's apply some logic to Danny Ainge's pursuit of a transcendent player. In today's NBA there might be six such stars – LeBron James , Steph Curry, Kevin Durant , Russell Westbrook , James Harden , Kawhi Leonard. Cases can be made for Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, and a couple of others. Someone...
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Baseball hats are the closest politics have come to the National Pastime in some circles. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)
Rob Bradford
February 21, 2017 - 12:19 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Have you noticed something missing from Red Sox camp? Politics. The most consistently dominant topic of conversation over the last year, even in the world of sports, is nowhere to be found in and around the home clubhouse at JetBlue Park. Every once in a while, a player might be...
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The Patriots have 14 unrestricted free agents this offseason. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)
Ryan Hannable
February 20, 2017 - 11:27 pm
The Patriots have a number of unrestricted free agents to be -- 14 to be exact -- and as is always the case, teams cannot keep all of them. This will certaibly happen with New England this offseason as there will be some turnover between the Super Bowl winning team and the 2017 squad. Unrestricted...
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Ty Anderson
February 20, 2017 - 6:00 am
Four wins in four games by the Bruins under interim head coach Bruce Cassidy has helped silenced any public outcry that would have come had Claude Julien won his debut game with the Canadiens this past Saturday. Luckily for the B’s braintrust of Don Sweeney and Cam Neely , Julien, who was named the...
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There should be plenty of interest in Jimmy Garoppolo. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)
Ryan Hannable
February 20, 2017 - 12:19 am
The biggest decision the Patriots will have to make this offseason is whether or not to trade backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. His value may be the highest it will ever be this offseason, but the team could elect to hold on to him for insurance against a possible injury to Tom Brady , or also to...
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