Morning Sports Update: Patriots reportedly have ‘zero chance’ to get draft pick back

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft, pictured last year.

The Celtics top the Magic, the Red Sox might have a competition at third base, and the Patriots reportedly don’t have much of a shot to recoup the draft picks they lost in Deflategate.

Robert Kraft wants his draft picks back, but it doesn’t look good. (

The Flow is Back: Olynyk Returns to Form vs. Magic: Kelly Olynyk knocked down his first two 3-point attempts Monday night, and all felt right in the world. The 7-footer has been gradually battling his way back from a right shoulder injury he sustained on Feb. 10, and he finally looked like his old self during Boston’s 107-96 win over the Orlando Magic. (


Competition between Pablo Sandoval, Travis Shaw heats up: If what transpired in Monday’s Red Sox’ 4-3 win over the Cardinals is any indication, this could be a very interesting couple of weeks. Playing third base, Shaw notched three more hits (including a double) to raise his Grapefruit League batting average to .474 to go along with a 1.237 OPS. Sandoval, however, did his best to keep up, coming away with a single and double while manning the Sox’ designated hitter spot. His batting average stands at .296 with a .946 OPS for the spring. (

As equipment shrinks, goalies’ concerns grow: [Bruins goalie Tuukka] Rask offers a shrug of submission when discussing the shrinkage that is coming this summer, regardless of where on the body the reductions take place. “It will be interesting,” Rask said. “They want to increase goal scoring. So I guess that’s what they have to do.” (Boston Globe)

Sox reliever Carson Smith exits with forearm tightness: The Red Sox received their second significant health scare of spring training, Monday afternoon. After throwing five pitches to Yadier Molina, Red Sox reliever Carson Smith was taken out of the game by John Farrell after the manager noticed an awkward throwing motion by his pitcher. It would later be revealed that Smith was experiencing tightness in his right forearm.(


The Red Sox season is near, but should it be worthy of optimistic anticipation: The Red Sox season begins April 4, with new ace David Price on the mound. So why is the author anticipating the Patriots’ season more? (

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