From Comcast SportsNetBOSTON (AP) -- The Red Sox may be struggling, but the team's beloved Fenway Park continues to win over fans as it celebrates its 100th birthday.Loyal citizens of Red Sox nation returned to Fenway Friday to celebrate opening day and the start of the park's 101st season.Sal D'Amico brought his six-year-old son Sal Jr. to his first Sox game, continuing a tradition that started when D'Amico's father brought him to Fenway as a boy.The Massachusetts man says the home of the Green Monster is a "magical" place to him. He says win or lose, opening day will be a memory to treasure.The Red Sox may be looking for a little magic too as they try to overcome a tough 1-5 start to the season.
For the sixth season in a row, the Patriots will conduct joint practices with an opponent ahead of playing a preseason game. The team announced they'll work out with the Jacksonville Jaguars Aug. 7-8 at Gillette Stadium before playing the Jags in the preseason opener Aug. 10.
The practices will be free and open to the public and will be held on the practice fields behind the Stadium.
The Patriots had joint practices with the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears last summer and previously had them with the Saints in 2015, the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles in 2014, the Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013 and the Saints and Bucs in 2012.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick has talked about the value of these joint practices, has found it a good way to scout players they might eventually have an interest in and has reportedly been discussing conducting them with another preseason opponent, the Texans (Aug. 19 at Houston), coached by former Patriots assistant Bill O'Brien.