Broncos 30, Patriots 24 (OT)

Ben Volin | On football

Rob Gronkowski’s injury is another brutal blow

Tight end Scott Chandler (five catches) was targeted 11 times Sunday night, a sign of how decimated the Patriots offense is because of injuries.

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The Patriots may have avoided a potential disaster, this was still a devastating loss.


// Patriots are hurting, badly, after this loss

Forget about Next Man Up. If Rob Gronkowski is lost, it’s Last Man Standing.

// Rob Gronkowski walking without assistance after knee injury

The Patriots tight end, who hurt his knee in the fourth quarter, didn’t need help upon leaving the X-ray room.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had to be helped from the field in the fourth quarter.

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Broncos 30, Patriots 24 (OT)

Patriots lose Rob Gronkowski, then game, in Denver

Gronkowski’s injury overshadowed the Patriots’ overtime loss, their first of the season.

// Chris Harper’s muffed punt a big momentum swing

Harper finished with three punt returns for 17 yards, but the muff will likely be the only one he remembers.

Patriots notebook

// Patriots’ Dont’a Hightower leaves with apparent leg injury

The star linebacker left late in the first half after making a tackle on Broncos tight end Owen Daniels.

// C.J. Anderson stepped up for Broncos

From his very first snap, Anderson made energetic bursts and lightning-quick cutbacks despite the frozen snow.

Patriots-Texans game Dec. 13 flexed to 8:30 p.m.

The game was originally scheduled for 1 p.m.


// Jets impressive in rout of Dolphins

Behind Ryan Fitzpatrick’s four TD passes, New York set a season high by scoring 38 points.


// Russell Wilson, Seahawks outlast Steelers

Wilson’s career-best five touchdown passes won out over Ben Roethlisberger’s 456-yard performance for Pittsburgh.

// NFL roundup: Chiefs claim fifth straight

Kansas City won its fifth game in a row, 30-22, and picked up a tiebreaker over Buffalo.

The Magic, here in the form of Victor Oladipo (5) and Andrew Nicholson, proved too much for Avery Bradley and the Celtics on Sunday in Orlando.

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Magic 110, Celtics 91

Orlando gets big jump on Celtics

The Magic enjoyed a 54-34 rebound advantage in their runaway victory.

Celtics notebook

// Staff continues to put Jerebko in best position to succeed

Entering Sunday’s game, Jerebko was shooting just 36 percent overall and 20 percent from the 3-point line.

// NBA roundup: Sixers match NBA mark with 0-18 start

The Sixers have lost an NBA-record 28 consecutive games dating to last season.

Longtime Lakers star Kobe Bryant has decided to throw in the towel at the end of the 2015-16 season.

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Kobe Bryant ready to retire at end of season

The 37-year-old Lakers star made the announcement in a post on The Players’ Tribune on Sunday.

Brad Marchand and the Bruins defated the Rangers on Friday, 4-3.

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Bruins Notebook

Brad Marchand responds to Rangers coach’s criticism

The war of words between the Bruins and Rangers continued Sunday in the aftermath of Friday’s game.

Panthers 2, Red Wings 1 (OT)

Brian Campbell’s OT goal lifts Panthers over Red Wings

Campbell also helped set up Reilly Smith’s tying goal at 14:38 of the third.

// MLS playoffs: Crew, Timbers advance to championship game

Columbus beat the Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference and Portland eliminated FC Dallas in the Western Conference final.

College football notebook

// Mark Richt, Georgia decide to split

The announcement leaves stunned players with one final bowl game with the man who ranks second in wins in school history.

College roundup: BC men’s basketball falls to Santa Clara

Eli Carter led the Eagles with 16 points, and A.J. Turner and Dennis Clifford each scored 10.


// MIAA must draw a line on boys playing girls’ field hockey

An innovative solution in Pennsylvania could be the blueprint to address the inequities and dangers of boys competing against girls.