A lot of sports morsels on our plate at Thanksgiving

Here are some thoughts on the Patriots, the Baseball Hall of Fame, and other things to chew on.

Foxborough, MA - 11/09/2017 - New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) at Patriots practice in Foxborough. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Jim McBride, Topic: 10Patriots Practice, LOID: 8.4.4973217.

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Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski are not at Patriots practice

The two were among six starters absent, though they have not been reported with any injuries.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/869975060.jpg Pedro Martinez headlines The Globies’ Editors’ Choice Awards

The former Red Sox pitcher will receive the Boston Pride Award at the Dec. 5 celebration at House of Blues Boston.

Season Ticket Podcast

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/seasonticket_300-13961.jpg Touching all the bases with Chad Finn

Baseball’s Hall of Fame and the passing of former Patriots receiver Terry Glenn are among a range of topics on Wednesday’s podcast.

Fluto Shinzawa | On Hockey

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/875152626.jpg Bruins really have no choice but to ride Anton Khudobin’s hot streak

Tuukka Rask isn’t happy about the goaltending situation, but the Bruins need as many points as they can get.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/AFP_UI4MD.jpg Doctor who molested gymnasts pleads guilty, faces 25 years

Olympians Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, and Gabby Douglas are among those who have said they were his victims.

Mexico City, Mexico -- 11/19/2017 - New England Patriots Dion Lewis celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of their 2017 NFL Mexico Game at the Estadio Azteca. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Patriots Reporter:

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Are all of the Patriots’ problems solved?

In this week’s film study, we examine how New England improved since the bye and how the team fared against the Raiders.

Gary Washburn | on basketball

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/cbe0177fe314475aa3745610d3f5a108-cbe0177fe314475aa3745610d3f5a108-0.jpg Strength in the third quarter has been a key to Celtic comebacks

The team’s double-figure rallies also depend on defensive shutdowns in the fourth quarter.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin091317RedSox-A_s_Spt16-13153.jpg Red Sox are expecting more out of Xander Bogaerts

He is in the upper echelon at his position, but more power, for one thing, would be welcome.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/06/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/michael_chavis1.jpg How Michael Chavis could figure into the Red Sox’ plans for 2018

He won’t be a part of the Red Sox’ big league team next spring, but Chavis is a factor as they work to assemble their Opening Day lineup.


Patriots Replay: Key plays from New England’s win over the Raiders

Here’s our weekly look at the key plays in the Patriots’ game after reviewing the film.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/02e720ba7f7c45bbb652385b4b4b5bd9-02e720ba7f7c45bbb652385b4b4b5bd9-0.jpg Joe Morgan is too late with call to ban steroid users from Hall of Fame

As noble as his cause may be, the voters’ attitudes clearly have shifted in recent years.

Caption: FILE -- Boston Bruins' Bobby Orr is airborne after scoring the goal that won the Stanley Cup for the Boston Bruins, May 10,1970, against the St. Louis Blues at Boston Garden. (AP Photo/Boston Herald American, Ray Lussier) Caption Writer: PK XSS HMB Headline: BOBBY ORR Special Instructions: NO SALES. MAY 10, 1970 PHOTO. B&W ONLY Byline: RAY LUSSIER Byline Title: MBR Credit: AP Source: BOSTON HERALD AMERICAN Object Name: MIL CENTURY SPORTS Date Created: 19700510 City: BOSTON Province-State: MA Country Name: USA Original Transmission Reference: NY205 Category: S Supplemental Categories: HKN Supplemental Categories: FILE Urgency: L Time Created: 000000+0000

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Is Bobby Orr’s goal the greatest moment in NHL history?

The league’s bracket-style competition is down to two, and Orr is up against a Mario Lemieux tour-de-force.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/RinaldiPats22.jpg Patriots’ Dion Lewis delivers with power and balance

This season, the running back has emerged as New England’s lead back.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/06/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/4f05b7365a5b4379b09a5ed56e6e8b31-4f05b7365a5b4379b09a5ed56e6e8b31-0.jpg Red Sox’ decision not to protect Trey Ball is telling

The club’s 2013 first-round pick stands as an example of the difficulty the Sox have had developing homegrown pitching.

Boston, MA: October 2, 2017: The Celtics Kyrie Irving (right) dribbles by head coach Brad Stevens (left) during first quarter action. The Boston Celtics hosted the Charlotte Hornets in a pre season NBA basketball game at the TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

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Chad Finn

If only we got to watch Kyrie Irving play ball every day . . .

Irving’s performance through his first 17 games with the Celtics is a satisfying reminder of what an A-list NBA superstar looks like.

Patriots notebook

Patriots cut DE Cassius Marsh

Marsh has played just two snaps the past two games.

High School Football

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/11/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_bccm3_spts.jpg It’s Thanksgiving rivalry week. What’s your team’s record?

Across Massachusetts, traditional rivals will square off Thursday. Check the numbers and be the most-informed person in the stands.

Boston, MA: 11-21-17: BC High DB Bobby DeMeo (left) stretches the jersey of Catholic Memorial WR Hunter Tully as he and fellow Eagle DB Kaleb Moody (11,right) bring him down in the first quarter. Boston College High School took on Catholic Memorial High School in a football game held at Fenway Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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BC High runs wild over Catholic Memorial at Fenway Park

Will Bowen and Danny Abraham combined for 261 rushing yards and three TDs to lead the charge.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/07/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_bosatlpre7_spts.jpg Former Celtics star Ray Allen tells Orlando court he was ‘catfished’

Allen has asked a court to throw out a case where he is accused of stalking someone he met online.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/bledoeglenn.png Drew Bledsoe wrote a heartfelt essay about his late friend, Terry Glenn

“I knew where he was going to be and could let it fly,” Bledsoe wrote. “I can see it so clearly even now.”

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/9ccfb664b8a24334946e98d696c91c3d-9ccfb664b8a24334946e98d696c91c3d-0.jpg Joe Thomas calls out Bill Belichick for complaining about playing in Mexico City

The injured Browns offensive lineman suggested that the Atlanta Falcons have a bigger gripe for having to play at Seattle Monday night.