Morning Sports Update: Tom Brady ‘is the poster child for everything that’s right’

Jonathan Kraft is a big fan of Tom Brady's character. Tim Sharp/AP

Jonathan Kraft has some high praise for the Patriots quarterback, the Red Sox lose a reliever, and more news continues to come out of the NFL owner’s meetings.

Jonathan Kraft talks Tom Brady, lost draft picks, and more: Aside from that acknowledgment that the picks are lost, Kraft speaks about efforts the team made behind-the-scenes to get through to the NFL and about his anger with the stain left on Tom Brady’s reputation. (

Red Sox reliever Carson Smith expected to start season on DL with arm injury:  Red Sox reliever Carson Smith is expected to begin the 2016 season on the disabled list due to a strained flexor mass muscle in his right forearm, manager John Farrell told reporters on Tuesday. (


NFL outlaws chop blocks, makes extra-point snaps from 15-yard line permanent: The chop block has been entirely outlawed from NFL games, and extra-point kicks snapped from the 15-yard line are now permanent. NFL owners voted Tuesday to approve both those proposals by the competition committee. They also passed a resolution to expand what is a horse-collar tackle to cover the nameplate on the back of jerseys. (

Jerry Jones: Need more data before linking CTE, football: A week after a top NFL official acknowledged for the first time a link between CTE and football, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he is not convinced that the data shows there is a connection. (


For now, Hanley Ramirez is one happy camper:  Maturity and Hanley Ramirez. Strange bedfellows, but it appears that it has happened. The Red Sox are completely happy with him, from Dave Dombrowski to John Farrell to the players to coach Brian Butterfield, who is training him to be a first baseman. Gone are the old stories about Ramirez’s disruptive nature with the Marlins, who once thought he was the best player in baseball, but couldn’t build around him because he was so unpopular that teammates wanted to fight him. (Boston Globe)

Craig Sager’s Leukemia No Longer In Remission, Given 3-To-6 Month Prognosis: TNT basketball sideline reporter Craig Sager’s leukemia is no longer in remission and his doctors have given him a prognosis of three-to-six months left to live, he reveals on HBO’s Real Sports tonight. (Deadspin)


How do NBA executives watch March Madness?: Celtics executives generally do not travel to early-round NCAA Tournament sites, preferring to assemble in a bunker in their training facility, where they can watch several games at once. But they are always watching. Around the NBA, there is some disagreement over how much value should be placed on one player catching fire in the tournament or a highly-touted prospect stumbling. (Boston Globe)

Tom Brady’s career timeline

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