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Celtics’ Gordon Hayward says return this season is possible

BOSTON (AP) – Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is open to playing this season, but said Friday it will depend on how fast he is able to heal and show progress as he works his way back from a broken left ankle. Hayward was at TD Garden for Boston’s matchup with the Utah Jazz, the team he left ...

Washington Capitals trip Boston Bruins

BOSTON (AP) – Alex Chiasson scored two third-period goals, the second on a short-handed breakaway with 8:29 left, and the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 5-3 on Thursday night. Patrice Bergeron scored twice for Boston, moving past Bobby Orr on the team’s all-time list with his ...

Steelers know they must ‘man-up’ to beat Brady, Patriots

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The answer to getting to Tom Brady is right there in vivid high definition. The Pittsburgh Steelers have watched it on video repeatedly over the past 11 months since Brady and the New England Patriots turned the AFC championship game into a glorified 7-on-7 drill. Four ...

Patriots should be able to right their wrong

Nothing has really changed. No, the New England Patriots are still the same. They ran into a usual December south Florida trap that has plagued them several times over the years, as witnessed by quarterback Tom Brady’s 7-9 mark in Miami. They will make the visit to Heinze Field on Sunday with ...

Alvirne swimmers tip Bishop Guertin, Hollis Brookline

Alvirne got season-opening wins over Bishop Guertin (95-77), Hollis Brookline (101-78) and Spaulding (130-24) at UMass-Lowell. Leading the way for the Bronco girls ladies was Emilienne Tarrant taking first in the 100 back (1:14:38) and third in the 100 fly. Jane Ostberg was first in the 50 ...

Celtics bounce back, run down Pistons, 91-81

DETROIT (AP) – The Boston Celtics prevented Andre Drummond from scoring in the paint and quieted Reggie Jackson on the perimeter. That helped Boston get revenge from a rare loss in a 91-81 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. When Detroit beat the Celtics last month, Drummond scored 26 ...

Miami coach Adam Gase looks for better luck against Patriots

MIAMI (AP) – Adam Gase has yet to overtake the New England Patriots because he has yet to beat them. Or even come close. The Miami Dolphins’ second-year coach is 0-3 against the Patriots and faces them again Monday night. Gase has trailed 24-3, 20-7 and 21-10 at halftime against New ...

Bruins enjoy rout over Arizona Coyotes

BOSTON – David Backes scored his first two goals of the season, helping the Boston Bruins beat the Arizona Coyotes 6-1 on Thursday night. It was Backes’ third game back after he missed 12 straight following surgery to remove part of his colon. The veteran forward scored his first goal with ...

Patriots’ versatility should give Miami Dolphins problems

MIAMI – Good news for the Miami Dolphins: They won’t face New England tight end Rob Gronkowski on Monday night. It may not matter, however, given the disparity between the teams in the lopsided rivalry. The Patriots’ three-time All-Pro tight end will sit out in serving one-game suspension ...

Celtics overtake Mavericks for fourth straight win

BOSTON – Kyrie Irving had 23 points and five assists, and Jayson Tatum added 17 points and 10 rebounds to help the short-handed Boston Celtics slip past the Dallas Mavericks 97-90 on Wednesday night. Boston’s Al Horford finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Boston has ...

Frormer Patriots coach Ron Meyer, of snowplow game fame, has died

AUSTIN, Texas – Ron Meyer, the football coach behind SMU’s powerhouse “Pony Express” teams who later called for a snowplow to clear a spot so the New England Patriots could kick the winning field goal against Miami in one of the NFL’s most memorable moments, has died. He was 76. Meyer ...

Patriots always hit the switch at the right time

The switch is somewhere on the New England Patriots sideline. Or maybe its in whatever locker room they use, at home or on the road. It’s the switch that turns on the power of a high powered offense that we now know can assume many different identities. “How it went last week and how it ...

The NFL suspended New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski one game on Monday for a late, gratuitous hit to the head of Bills defensive back Tre’Davious White. White was lying face down on the sideline after intercepting a pass in Buffalo on Sunday when Gronkowski body-slammed him, ...

Predators take down Bruins

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Craig Smith scored twice and added an assist to lead the Nashville Predators over the Boston Bruins 5-3 on Monday night. Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist, and Nick Bonino and Filip Forsberg also scored for Nashville, which has won three of four. Pekka Rinne made 36 ...

Boston Celtics cruise over Milwaukee Bucks

BOSTON – Kyrie Irving has long admired Al Horford’s skillset from afar. He’s now getting to really savor all the advantages that come along with being his teammate. Irving had 19 of his 32 points in the second half, helping offset a 40-point night by Giannis Antetokounmpo as the Boston ...

Kyrie Irving drives Celtics over 76ers

BOSTON – Kyrie Irving scored 36 points and the Boston Celtics held off the weary and short-handed Philadelphia 76ers 108-97 on Thursday night to improve the NBA’s best record to 19-4. It was Irving’s fifth game this season with 30 or more points. Al Horford added 21 points and eight ...

Patriots’ Guy inspired by personal pain to aid charities

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots defensive end Lawrence Guy is familiar with trials on the football field. During his seven-year NFL career, the 27-year-old bounced around four other teams before landing in New England as a free agent this offseason. But his football journey has also ...

Patriots know their depth will be tested

By TOM KING Staff Writer It’s the time of year when the New England Patriots trot out names we’re not too familiar with. They need those to get through the long grind of the 16-game season. It usually happens down the stretch once they tangle with the hapless leftovers of the AFC East. Out ...

Patriots residing in the right neighborhood

Think of the New England Patriots as just one great real estate deal, one in which the value skyrockets thanks in part to location, location, location. They’re located in the AFC, which right now basically stands for Awful Football Conference. Don’t be mistaken, the Patriots are a very, ...

Resilient Celtics win showdown with Warriors

BOSTON – Kyrie Irving had 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws that put Boston ahead in the closing seconds, and the Celtics beat the Golden State Warriors 92-88 on Thursday night for their 14th straight victory. Jaylen Brown had 22 points and seven rebounds, ...