Morning Sports Update: Devin McCourty calls promotion of Bill Belichick’s son ‘the greatest thing’

And the rest of your sports news to start your Friday.

land Patriots defensive backs Devin McCourty and Kyle Arrington study a play during a game last season. AP Photo

The Red Sox lose, the Patriots continue to prepare for next season, and the Celtics face a critical (must-win?) Game 3 at TD Garden tonight.

David Price hit hard in 12-8 loss to Rays: Curt Casali is a lifetime .198 hitter who was holding down the No. 9 spot in the batting order for the Tampa Bay Rays, the lowest-scoring team in baseball. So how to explain his .625 batting average — with three homers in eight at-bats — against David Price, a six-time All-Star and 2012 Cy Young Award winner? (

Devin McCourty endorses Steve Belichick’s promotion: The Patriots secondary is loaded with Rutgers alumni — and now it’s being led by one. That’s a perfect situation if you ask Pro Bowl safety Devin McCourty. “It’s the greatest thing,’’ said a smiling McCourty Thursday when asked about the offseason promotion of Steve Belichick to safeties coach. “Why would we not do that? (Boston Globe)

Debating the Celtics’ chances to come back against the Hawks: While you were drowning your Celtics sorrows, Brian Robb and Rich Levine were exchanging emails, trying to get to the bottom of what went wrong and wondering if there’s enough time for the Celtics to make it right. (

Cubs’ Jake Arrieta throws his second no-hitter: Jake Arrieta’s first no-hitter set him apart. Pitching another one in the span of only 11 regular-season starts has put the Chicago Cubs ace in elite company. (Boston Globe)

Rob Gronkowski: Contract ‘not on my mind at all’: “No, that’s not on my mind at all,” the Patriots tight end said in an interview with For The Win. “I started offseason workouts (this week). It just feels great to be back with the team working out, getting back in football shape and getting prepared for the season.” (


Turns out, Rick Porcello might be better than you think he is: Rick Porcello is 3-0. Feel free to add that to the list of unexpected developments thus far for the Boston Red Sox. The much-maligned Porcello, coming off a 9-15 season one year ago, his first in Boston, has already compiled one-third of that win total not even nine percent of the way into the 2016 Major League Baseball season. (

Fenway Park organist honors Prince by playing his music during Red Sox game Thursday: Shortly after the news broke, the Red Sox were beginning their day game against the Tampa Bay Rays. So the team honored the late legend through perhaps the most simple and fitting way: His music. (

The Patriots’ 2015 season, game by game

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