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On The Fly: Patriots Deep, But Edelman Loss Hurts

About those 16-0 predictions? Maybe hold off. The Patriots have lost Julian Edelman for the season after the wide receiver injured his right knee in Friday night's preseason game against the Lions. ESPN reports Edelman tore an ACL, so the Patriots' high-powered offense will be without a potent weapon. Tom Brady will still have an array of targets: Rob Gronkowski, Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola. But Edelman, who has caught 397 passes from Brady in his career, is an integral part of the offense. Brady and the Patriots will adjust, but this is a big loss.

Hold onto those Celtics No. 4 shirts. The Kyrie Irving-to-the-Celtics trade is muddled, as the Cavaliers ponder some apparently alarming results of a physical examination of Isaiah Thomas' injured hip. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavs are planning to ask the Celtics to enhance the trade package before the deal is finalized. And if the Celtics refuse? Cleveland could attempt to veto the deal. Imagine Thomas reporting to Celtics training camp and Irving stepping back on the court with LeBron James if this trade falls through. … Speaking of hip injuries, Andy Murray, ranked second in the world, is out of the U.S. Open. Murray has been hobbled by a hip issue since Wimbledon, and he announced Saturday in Flushing Meadows what he's not playing. He joins Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka on the sideline.

Daria Gavrilova, the Russian-raised Australian known as "Dasha," won her first WTA title with a grueling three-set win over Dominika Cibulkova at the Connecticut Open on Saturday. The 2-hour, 45-minutes duel was perhaps the best title match New Haven fans have witnessed, and it could propel Gavrilova into the U.S. Open. There's no time to rest, as he plays Monday morning in New York against American Allie Kiick, daughter of former Miami Dolphins running back Jim Kiick. "It's so worth it, winning your first title," Gavrilova said. "I gave it my all. But I'm looking forward to playing [Monday]." … Cibulkova, who was No. 4 in the world in March, had a strong week in New Haven and could be a factor in New York. She opens Monday morning against Jana Cepelova. ... The Mets' season just keeps getting worse. Yoenis Cespedes was placed on the disabled list Saturday, and he could miss the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury. Cespedes (.292, 17 home runs) injured his right hamstring Friday night, and the injury may be serious enough to shut him down. Not that the out-of-contention Mets need him.

pdoyle@courant.com

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