BRUINS 2, SABRES 1`

Bruins edge Sabres in Buffalo

Buffalo Sabres forward William Carrier (48) skates through the crease during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

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David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron scored goals for Boston.

BEN VOLIN

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/11/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_pats49erspre7_spts.jpg How will Gronk’s absence affect Patriots’ offense?

The Patriots have better depth than they did in 2013 and they have had success this year without Gronkowski.

BEN VOLIN | SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/03/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/623078552.jpg Why being a team player could cost Rob Gronkowski

Coming off another major injury, the Patriots’ star tight end won’t have the same contractual leverage he had last offseason.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/01/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin120116PatriotsPractice_Spt17.jpg Alan Branch wins appeal of four-game suspension

The Patriots defensive tackle was hit with the ban earlier this month for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/04/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/ff8c442a7417404f89dabf03a9ea7540-ff8c442a7417404f89dabf03a9ea7540-0.jpg Matt Beleskey leaves Bruins game with lower-body injury

Felled by a Taylor Fedun hip check, the 28-year-old winger struggled his way to the bench.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/03/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin120216Celtics-Kings_Spt1[1].jpg Thomas wants more playing time

The Celtics guard enjoys prefers an increased workload.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/11/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_pats49ers23_spts.jpg Is Malcolm Mitchell now in Tom Brady’s ‘circle of trust’?

Six rookie receivers in the Brady era have caught 200 yards worth of passes, and Mitchell still has five games to go.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/02/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy1-10567.jpg The Patriots are still Super Bowl bound, even without Gronk

Of course the Patriots are better with Gronk than without him, but take a good look at the rest of the AFC.

RAMS AT PATRIOTS | SUNDAY, 1 P.M. (FOX)

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/02/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/626140538-10561-kQW--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg Patriots’ keys to victory over the Rams

A close look at Sunday’s matchup, with an emphasis on who has the edge in the passing and running games.

Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr., left, congratulates Andrew Benintendi, right, for scoring on a single by Mookie Betts during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

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NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

Here are some scenarios that could develop at this year’s Winter Meetings

With a new CBA in place, it should be an eventful few days in National Harbor, Md.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/03/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/8fffcd9b7c1a47ce9d05106409b42f5c-8fffcd9b7c1a47ce9d05106409b42f5c-0.jpg Red Sox have chance to fill roster holes at Winter Meetings

They need a designated hitter and a reliever capable of pitching in the eighth inning.

MIAA Super Bowls

Lynn-12/03/2016- Division 1 Superbowl- Everett vs Xaverian -Everett's Mike Sainristil out ran Xaverian's Cooper DeVeau to make a great 4th qtr over the shoulder catch. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff (sports)

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Live updates: High school football Super Bowls

Eight teams will be crowned as state champions on Saturday. Globe reporters bring you the latest updates.

Lynn-12/03/2016- Division 1 Superbowl- Everett vs Xaverian - Everett's Mike Sainristil celebrates his 1st qtr touchdown. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff (sports)

EVERETT 21, XAVERIAN 7

Everett stops Xaverian to win Division 1 Super Bowl title

Jordan McAfee threw a pair of TD passes for the Crimson Tide (10-2) at Manning Field.

Foxborough, MA - 12/03/2016 - Mashpee wide receiver Devaun Ford, (22), pulls in a touchdown reception as Waconah's Dane Campbell, (16), defends. MIAA Super Bowls: Division 4 Mashpee-Wahconah at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Lenny Rowe, Topic: 04HS Super Bowls, LOID: 8.3.862095835.

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MASHPEE 34, WAHCONAH 13

Mashpee pulls away in Division 4 Super Bowl

Sophomore Devaun Ford scored 3 TDs and senior Nick Carpenter added two for the Falcons (12-1).

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ROUNDUP

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/03/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/639d9c2d738945249013559b8c6713c0-639d9c2d738945249013559b8c6713c0-0.jpg Oklahoma tops Oklahoma State

Sooners defeat cross-state rival to win Big 12 championship.

Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the sixth hole during the second round at the Hero World Challenge golf tournament, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in Nassau, Bahamas. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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KEVIN PAUL DUPONT | ON SECOND THOUGHT

We’ll never see vintage Tiger Woods again

Woods being out of the game has remained a bigger golf story than anyone or anything in the game.

Bob Ryan

Mark Bavaro was Gronk before Gronk

He earned a reputation as the best combination pass receiver/blocker at his position.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/04/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/627439716.jpg Tiger Woods far behind at Hero World Challenge

Hideki Matsuyama has a seven-shot lead over Henrik Stenson and Dustin Johnson.

Gary Washburn | On basketball

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/03/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin120216Celtics-Kings_Spt17-001.jpg For a star like DeMarcus Cousins, it’s hard to fix his place in NBA universe

The Kings are 171-324 in Cousins’s six-plus years and Dave Joerger is his sixth coach.

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