Morning sports update: Tony Dungy said he doesn’t think the Patriots will repeat as Super Bowl champs

Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy (L) and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick shake hands before their NFL football game in Indianapolis, Indiana November 4, 2007.     REUTERS/Brent Smith (UNITED STATES)
Tony Dungy and Bill Belichick shake hands before their football game in Indianapolis, Indiana November 4, 2007. –REUTERS/Brent Smith

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The Red Sox extended their lead atop the AL East to five games, while the Patriots are back in Foxborough for another string of practices before heading to Detroit.

NBC Sports’ Tony Dungy on the possibility of the Patriots repeating: “Everybody thinks that the defending champions are unbeatable. It’s hard to repeat. And if I was a betting man, I wouldn’t bet on the Patriots—not because I don’t think they’re the best team—I just think it’s hard to repeat. It’s not done that often, so if you have the Patriots versus the field, I would take the field and say that there’s somebody that’s going to come out of nowhere and rise up.” (Dan Patrick Show)

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Patriots provide hint of how they plan to fit fifth Super Bowl banner: There has been ongoing construction to create room in the area where the team’s first four banners had hung. As the club noted Sunday night, the Gillette Stadium sign in the south end zone has now been raised from its previous perch. (ESPN)

‘I totally expect to beat this again,’ NESN broadcaster Jerry Remy says: “It’s a new challenge in my life. My life has been full of challenges. I totally expect to beat this again,” he said as the Sox were beating the Yankees, 5-1. “Hopefully this treatment will wash it away for good because I am tired of, really tired of it. I just want to go back to work.” (The Boston Globe)

Red Sox beat Yankees 5-1, move 5 up in AL East: The Red Sox won for the 14th time in 17 games, taking two out of three from New York for the second weekend in a row. The archrivals meet again in the first week of September for a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. (Boston.com, via AP)

Boston College goaltender selected first overall by Boston Pride is also a Red Sox ball girl: Through the 2017 season, one of the best goaltenders in the nation has also been a Red Sox ball girl. And her current employer made note of her impressive NWHL achievement. (Boston.com)

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NBA investigating Lakers amid George tampering allegation: “As the NBA’s statement made clear, we cannot comment about the specifics of any ongoing investigation,” Lakers spokeswoman Alison Bogli sai. “We can confirm, however, that we are cooperating fully with the NBA in the hope of clearing our name as soon as possible.” (Boston.com, via AP)