Morning sports update: Notre Dame QB says he’s a hybrid of Tom Brady and Cam Newton

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2016, file photo, Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer runs the ball during the team's NCAA college football game against Southern California in Los Angeles. The decision making and touch need work, but Kizer has size and arm strength you cannot teach. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer runs the ball during the team's game against Southern California in Los Angeles. –AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

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Chris Sale is giving Red Sox fans flashbacks of Pedro Martinez, the Patriots’ 2017 schedule has been released, and Isaiah Thomas is expected to play in Game 3 of the Celtics-Bulls series.

DeShone Kizer: I can be greatest quarterback ever to play in NFL: “Imagine taking (Tom) Brady’s intellect and Brady’s preparation and putting it on a guy with Cam Newton’s body. Why can’t I be the greatest? The only thing stopping me from it is me. That’s what’s driving me now.” (USA Today)

Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas expected to be ready for Game 3 Friday: Brad Stevens said Thomas, who returned home to Tacoma, Washington, to be with family following the death of his younger sister, is expected to rejoin the team late Thursday night and be ready to play in Friday’s Game 3 of a first-round series against the Chicago Bulls. (ESPN)

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ESPN’s NFL reporter Adam Schefter will work Bulls-Celtics game Friday: “This, to me, is like a professional vacation,” Schefter said during a phone interview this week interrupted only once by an NFL source’s call on another phone. “I’m going to put my draft work down for the night and swoop in, do the sidelines for the night.” (Boston Herald)

Chris Sale’s 13 Ks, Mookie Betts’s 2B in 10th lead Red Sox over Blue Jays 4-1: Sale allowed four hits, all singles, and walked one. Throwing 80 of 102 pitches for strikes, Sale lowered his ERA to 0.91. Yet, he is 1-1 because he has received just four runs of support over four starts. (Boston.com)

John Farrell explains why Chris Sale didn’t pitch in the ninth inning, but Craig Kimbrel did: “It was a tough decision, but one where, we take the lead, we’ve got Craig Kimbrel, who’s thrown the baseball extremely well,” he said. “He’s been dominant in his own right. He’s well-rested. After kind of a long inning after we get a challenge review, we score that run late in the inning, felt it was time to turn it over to a guy that was fresh and powerful. Unfortunately, the second pitch goes out of the ballpark. But we’ve responded as we’ve done many different times where either the game’s been tied late or we’ve had to come from behind, and we did it again today.” (WEEI)

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Here’s the Patriots’ 2017 schedule: The schedule was released at 8 p.m. Thursday. (Boston.com)

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