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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Robert Kraft's attorney, William Burck, to ESPN: “There was no human trafficking and law enforcement knows it. The video and the traffic stop were illegal and law enforcement just doesn't want to admit it. The state attorney needs to step up and do the right thing and investigate how the evidence in this case was obtained.”

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Mariners prospect Filia suspended 100 games

Seattle outfielder Eric Filia, the Mariners' No. 22 prospect, has been suspended 100 games following a third positive drug test. Kansas City pitcher Jon Perrin and Boston pitcher Chase Shugart were suspended 50 games for positive drug tests.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason McCourty: More nervous at State House than Super Bowl.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Chris Sale, who is reportedly in talks to sign a 5-year, $145 million contract extension with Sox, was scheduled to start in his last Grapefruit League game today, but he was scratched. Dan Runzler will be on the mound instead.

This Just In  

Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox are working toward a long-term contract extension. The Boston Globe first reported that the sides are getting close to a deal. If completed, the deal likely to be in the five-year, $150 million range, league sources tell ESPN - Jeff Passan

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Devin McCourty, Jason McCourty, Matthew Slater and Duron Harmon are here at the Massachusetts State House. They are showing their support for the Education PROMISE Act by testifying in front of the Legislature's Joint Committee on Education, as part of the Players Coalition.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots have created $5.67 million in cap space for 2019 by converting $8.5 million of CB Stephon Gilmore's $9.5 million base salary into a signing bonus, according to ESPN's Field Yates. That will increase Gilmore's salary-cap charges in 2020 and 2021, but provides some current relief. The Patriots had about $2.5 million in salary-cap space before Gilmore's restructure, and are still working to re-sign kicker Stephen Gostkowski.

Bergeron nets a pair for Boston (0:40)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Kansas routed Northeastern, 87-53, cruising into the second round. The Jayhawks shot 56 percent from the field, outrebounded the Huskies by 18 and hit 8 3-pointers. Dedric Lawson, who Bill Self expected to be "our best player," had 25 and 11.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Kansas, a popular upset pick heading into the NCAA Tournament, is sending a message against Northeastern. An 18-5 run gave them a 20-point lead with just over 10 minutes left. Jayhawks have been enigmatic all season, but they're hardly breaking a sweat today.

Jefferson: Smart deserved to be ejected for shoving Embiid (1:01)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Kansas is dominating Northeastern in the paint, 26-4. Dedric Lawson put up 16 points and 7 rebounds in the first half, his Jayhawks leading 37-25.

The Thunder Fall Behind

Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Ramona Shelburne and Andrew Han recap Celtics-Sixers discussing Joel Embiid's dominance, the slipping OKC Thunder (14:00), Doc Rivers snubbing the Lakers (26:00) and much more.