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FPI: Pats hold major edge in SB rematch

ESPN's FPI likes the Patriots' chances of prevailing at home Sunday night, giving them better than a 3-1 advantage over the Falcons. New England was slightly favored (56-44 percent) on a neutral field in Super Bowl XLI.

Tedy, Herm pick Pats over Falcons in Super Bowl LI rematch (0:50)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

CB Johnson Bademosi, who started in place of injured Stephon Gilmore on Sunday and could do so again vs. the Falcons, draws a big crowd in the locker room. Asked how he ended up at Stanford, he said with a smile, "Some guy named Jim Harbaugh called me..."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics say Gordon Hayward's surgery involved "successful bony and ligamentous stabilization." No timetable for recovery.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots are practicing without CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion) and Eric Rowe (groin) for the second straight day, which could mean it is another week in which core special teams player Johnson Bademosi is tapped to fill in at cornerback.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Tony La Russa and Dave Dombrowski are old friends, but La Russa isn't interested in managing Red Sox — or any other team. "Passed the managerial baton," La Russa wrote in an e-mail. "I'm done." The Hall of Fame manager announced Wednesday he will leave his position in the Diamondbacks front office when his contract expires at month's end. La Russa, 73, hasn't managed since 2011 with the Cardinals.

A-Rod tricks Ortiz into wearing Yankees jacket (0:24)
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Owens rebounds in AFL

After a rough Arizona Fall League season debut (five walks in one inning), Henry Owens bounced back by allowing just one run in four innings for the Peoria Javelinas on Wednesday. He walked two and struck out two. Fellow Red Sox farmhand Michael Chavis went 0-for-4 -- his first hitless performance in Arizona. He's sporting a .323 average through seven games.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Interesting comments to me from Ex-NBA player/Celtics forward Shavlik Randolph, who had similar injury to Gordon Hayward. "It's about a 4-6 month recovery. The ligaments take 6-8 weeks and the tibia was about three months to heal in all the places it broke. Ironically, I had the same injury and as bad as it looks it does heal back to 100 percent and does so surprisingly fast. I think there's a chance he could be back this season if he really pushed it. The team will be cautious to bring him back too fast, but I think he could by the end of the season. Maybe not back to full 100 percent by then, but I wouldn't be shocked if he can and does play."

Kyrie: Expectations even higher without Hayward (0:58)

Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

Kyrie Irving says there are even higher expectations on the Celtics now to fill the injured Gordon Hayward's role, and says he's one of the guys who has to pick them up.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Question to Kyrie: "Do you feel this injury puts you back at square one?" Response: "No, we don't have time to go to square one."

Greek Freak shines in Bucks' victory (2:14)