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Brandon Bolden opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but he knew the first thing he had to do when he returned to Gillette Stadium over the summer. And that was to pull a prank on Ivan Fears. “The first thing I did when when I got back is I took …

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The Connecticut Sun have clinched a playoff berth in the WNBA playoffs for the fifth straight year after a battle of the league’s two best teams. Connecticut defeated the Las Vegas Aces on Tuesday night 76-62 at Mohegan Sun Arena to officially punch its ticket to the postseason. It was clear from the get go …

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FOXBORO, Mass. — One day after his first practice in 2 1/2 weeks, kicker Nick Folk explained what caused his prolonged absence from New England Patriots training camp. Folk, who re-signed with the Patriots this offseason, was out of practice from Aug. 4 until Aug. 23, doing only rehab and conditioning work during that time. …

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Alex Verdugo is an energetic guy and has shown that since coming to the Boston Red Sox in 2020. But his teammates were the one who helped hype him up during Boston’s thrilling 8-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Monday afternoon at Fenway Park. Verdugo, who’s been struggling a bit of late, reached base …

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PHILADELPHIA — Cam Newton said his eyebrow-raising Instagram post about “loyalty” wasn’t a dig at the New England Patriots organization or Patriots fans. In fact, it had nothing to do with football at all. Speaking after Monday’s joint practice with the Eagles, the New England quarterback explained that his caption (“I’m not perfect … but …

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Dennis Schröder reportedly has signed a one-year deal with the Boston Celtics. It appears an agreement definitely has been reached, though, as the news was broken by the guard himself Tuesday on Instagram. The Celtics signed Schröder using their $5.89 million taxpayer mid-level trade exception, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. For a player that turned …

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FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots hit the field for their third practice of training camp Friday morning. Here’s everything we saw in that session. ATTIREHelmets and shells. This was a step up for the Patriots, who were able to strap on soft shoulder pads after sporting helmets, practice jerseys and shorts on Days …

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Chris Sale’s rehab starts all have been strong and shown flashes of the vintage Sale, but he’s still a few weeks away from returning to the Boston Red Sox. Sale threw 3 2/3 innings for the Portland Sea Dogs on Sunday afternoon. He struck out nine and allowed six hits and gave up a home …

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Add Rob Ninkovich to the list of those whom Tom Brady didn’t blow away by playing through injury. The former Patriots linebacker downplayed the significance of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback’s demonstration of toughness Friday. Despite playing the entire 2020 NFL season with a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee, Brady led the …

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It doesn’t sound as if the latest COVID-19 outbreak will cut into a significant chunk of the New York Yankees. In fact, their weekend series with the Red Sox is still intact. The Red Sox and Yankees will play as scheduled Friday, one day after a minor COVID outbreak among Yankees players forced the postponement …

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