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ASG selection show: 7 p.m. ET on ESPN

The long holiday weekend might be over, but Major League Baseball’s All-Star fireworks haven’t gone off just yet. The starting-position players for the 87th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, set for July 12 at Petco Park in San Diego, will be announced on the Esurance All-Star Selection Show at 7 ET tonight on ESPN, prior to the broadcast of the Pirates-Cardinals game. And on Friday at 4 p.m. ET on MLB Network, the winners of the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote in each league will be revealed. …read more

Patriots rank high in cash spending

The New England Patriots’ cash spending for 2015 is currently at $135.5 million, according to ESPN’s roster management system which tracks every contract in the NFL. The $135.5 million figure ranks as the fourth-highest total among the league’s 32 teams. 1. Buffalo Bills — $148.0 million 2. Philadelphia Eagles — $142.7 million 3. New York …

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Why free-agent LB Rolando McClain might appeal to Patriots

The New England Patriots are hosting free-agent linebacker Rolando McClain on a visit at Gillette Stadium on Monday, as reported by Field Yates of ESPN.com Insider and Dallas Cowboys ESPN.com NFL Nation reporter Todd Archer. Let’s look at why McClain might appeal to the Patriots. It starts with the makeup of the current roster and …

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One view of Patriots' free-agent approach

Mike Sando of ESPN.com’s Insider puts together his initial thoughts/grades on each NFL team’s free-agency moves, tapping the analysis of scouts and front-office personnel. It’s always an enjoyable read. As they were last year, these grades will be revisited in the coming months and adjusted so corrections can be made. For example, the Buccaneers were …

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Class of '09: Julian Edelman, Sebastian Vollmer rate highly in Mel Kiper Jr. re-draft

It’s the NFL draft season, which means various analysts produce their “re-drafts” from the past, looking back on a draft and considering how it would unfold today based on the players’ performance. As part of an ESPN.com Insider piece , Mel Kiper goes through the exercise for 2009, and the new england patriots land two …

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Polling Nation on Patriots' cornerback visits

The New England Patriots hosted a handful of free-agent cornerbacks on visits Tuesday, and ESPN.com NFL Nation reporters from their prior teams share insight. Tarell Brown: He was a starter last year before he was injured in December and broke his foot. He was a good part of the 49ers’ defense in previous years. He …

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Where things stand with Vince Wilfork

Where do things stand with veteran defensive lineman and longime new england patriots stalwart Vince Wilfork? It’s a waiting game at this point. “There are about five or six other teams, mostly AFC teams, couple in the NFC, that are looking to add a player of Vince’s magnitude,” Wilfork’s agent, Houston-based Kennard McGuire, told Mark …

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Assessing cornerbacks in draft class for Patriots

Some notes on the cornerback class in this year’s NFL draft, as it relates to the new england patriots. Many are asking “what’s next?” after Darrelle Revis signed with the New York Jets and Brandon Browner became a free agent: 1. In an interview at the NFL combine with the Ravens’ official website, ESPN draft …

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Six free-agent CB options for Patriots

The New England Patriots lost the bidding war for Darrelle Revis and also parted ways with Brandon Browner in a blur after free agency opened Tuesday. In losing their top two corners, ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi said Wednesday on “SportsCenter,” the Patriots might have to change up their defensive philosophy when it comes to man-to-man …

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Jabaal Sheard in town for Patriots visit

Free-agent outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard is scheduled to visit the New England Patriots Tuesday night, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Sheard was the one free agent picked as the “top target” for the Patriots in ESPN.com’s NFL Nation blog post previewing free agency. The 6-foot-3, 264-pound Sheard was a second-round pick of the …

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Patriots-based thoughts on free-agent trail

While the new league year doesn’t officially begin until Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, there’s been a lot of moving and shaking already in the NFL. Below are a few New England Patriots-tied thoughts to other moves that have taken place around the NFL. Dolphins land their big fish. The Miami Dolphins have the parameters …

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Stephen Gostkowski signs franchise tender

Kicker Stephen Gostkowski, who received the franchise tag from the New England Patriots, officially signed the $4.59-million tender offer on Friday. The news was first reported by Field Yates of ESPN. The Patriots and Gostkowski can still work on a contract extension up until July 15. By signing the tender, Gostkowski guarantees himself the $4.59-million …

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