Patriots are Loaded, with a capital L

This is may be the deepest roster the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady Patriots have ever had.


The Patriots’ backups would be favored over the Jets’ starters by a touchdown.

// Rob Gronkowski has no limits at Patriots training camp

The tight end had back surgery in December, but is cleared for full participation in the preseason.

Dan Shaughnessy

// Rafael Devers comes shining through

The rookie had his first hit, a home run, and went 2 for 4 Wednesday. Here’s hoping he stays with the team.

Foxborough -07/27/2017- The Patriots held their first day of traing camp at the practice field of Gillette Stadium. Tom Brady smiles as he works out with the team. John Tlumacki/Globe staff(sports)

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Photos: First day of Patriots training camp

The Super Bowl champions started preparing for the 2017 season on Thursday at Gillette Stadium.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale throws against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)


Chris Sale — who else? — ends Red Sox’ four-game skid

The lefthander dominated the Mariners with seven scoreless innings and 11 strikeouts.


// Again, Chris Sale blows away opponent, and gloom

The lanky lefthander was brilliant, stopping the Red Sox’ four-game skid and adding to his AL Cy Young candidacy.


// What could prevent the Patriots from winning another Super Bowl?

Their flaws may not be pronounced, and Tom Brady covers up many of their warts, but they exist.

// Tom Brady’s Madden rating sure has come a long way

The Patriots quarterback was given a 99 this season, the highest of any quarterback in the league.

Red Sox notebook

// Eduardo Nunez to make his Red Sox debut Friday

Will Sox send rookie Rafael Devers back to Triple-A Pawtucket with the acquistion of the Giants 2016 All-Star?


// CTE study gets Patriots’ attention

Several players touched on the subject Wednesday afternoon.

// After ‘relatively short offseason,’ Bill Belichick is excited to get started

“None of us have done anything. We all have a long way to go. We all have a lot of work to do, so we’re all in the same boat,” he said.

Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre rounds second after hitting a run scoring double off of Miami Marlins' Jose Urena in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. The hit was Beltre's 2,995th career hit. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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An ump told Adrian Beltre to move into the on-deck circle. So Beltre moved the circle

The Rangers third baseman was ejected from Wednesday’s game after a disagreement with the umpire.

// Aaron Hernandez ‘in great spirits’ day before he died, according to friend Mike Pouncey

They talked on the phone the day before the former Patriot hanged himself in his jail cell April 19.

// Major League Baseball announces ALS fund-raising campaign

Those who donate $50 or more from Aug. 1-5 will be entered to win a pair of tickets to a 2017 World Series game.

CONCACAF Gold Cup Final | US 2, Jamaica 1

// US captures Gold Cup with victory over Jamaica

Jordan Morris scored the decisive goal in the 88th minute to lift the US to its sixth Gold Cup title.

Andrew Mahoney

// Meet Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez

Nunez, a native of the Dominican Republic, was signed as an international free agent in 2004 by the Yankees.

// Before taking on rival Juventus, A.S. Roma taking in Boston

Gillete Stadium will host the International Champions Cup game Sunday between the iconic Italian soccer clubs.

Alex Speier

// Here’s what the Red Sox are getting in Eduardo Nunez

The Red Sox added a solid big leaguer who offers arguably the best insurance policy on the trade market.

// Bruins avoid arbitration with Ryan Spooner

The center was seeking nearly $4 million, while the team countered with an offer of $2 million.


// Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas will not need hip surgery

Thomas is on course to rejoin the team at the start of training camp in the fall.

NFL Notebook

// Lucky Whitehead lands on feet with Jets

Former Dallas WR claimed after Cowboys cut him following a shoplifting charge that proved a case of mistaken identity.

DETROIT, MI - July 26: Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates with Ramon Torres #46 after hitting a grand slam against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning at Comerica Park on July 26, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

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Red Sox next opponent

Eric Hosmer (5 hits, 1 grand slam, 6 RBI) has career day for Royals

Hosmer wielded a hot bat — highlighted by his first career slam — in a 16-2 rout in Detroit Wednesday night.


// Luis Severino impresses as Yankees power past Reds

New York took the two-game series against Cincinnati and inched closer to first place in the American League East.

// Julio Jones hired divers to find his $100,000 earring at the bottom of a lake

Atlanta’s marquee receiver lost an earring while riding a jet ski in Georgia.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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