Trenni Kusnierek has the headlines and highlights for Thursday evening, including:
Tom Brady returns to practice for the Patriots . . .
. . . but their Sunday opponent, the Jaguars, are still without Maurice Jones-Drew,
The Red Sox are rumored to be interested in Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan,
Paul Pierce scoring 40 as the Celtics snap their three-game losing streak, and
The Jets reportedly will attempt to trade Mark Sanchez and release Tim Tebow this offseason.