STEELERS AT PATRIOTS | SUNDAY, 6:40 P.M. (CBS)

A position-by-position look at Patriots-Steelers

Pittsburgh, PA - 10-23-16 - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks for an open receiver during second quarter action. Heinz Field - New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers - 2nd quarter action. (Barry Chin/Globe staff)

Here’s how the rivals stack up against each other for Sunday’s AFC Championship game.

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The Patriots coach was mentioned by the president in a speech the night before his inauguration.

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The team appears to be in excellent physical condition as it prepares to host the Steelers in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.

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The two helped the Steelers improve to the 16th-ranked passing defense in the league this season.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/01/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/631711274.jpg Patriots know Steelers are coming — right up the middle

The Texans had success Saturday, and Pittsburgh knows the blueprint to slowing down Tom Brady.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/01/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/631637770.jpg Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas not named All-Star starter

Thomas lost a tiebreaker to Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan in voting for the Eastern Conference’s starting backcourt for the All-Star Game Feb. 19.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/01/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/621459568.jpg Several Steelers battling illness, but coach not concerned

A bug is going around Pittsburgh’s locker room, but Mike Tomlin said, “we’ll be ready to play.”

CHAD FINN | SPORTS MEDIA

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/01/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin012416AFCChampionship_PatriotsatBroncos_spt5.jpg A locker room flap? Bill Cowher has heard it all before

As Steelers coach himself, Cowher went through a controversy not unlike Antonio Brown’s antics.

Boston Red Sox's Sam Travis follows through on a double to left against the New York Yankees in the ninth inning of a spring training baseball game, Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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ALEX SPEIER

Red Sox prospect Sam Travis is raring to go after rehab

A serious knee injury curtailed his promising 2016 season, and he can’t wait to get restarted.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/01/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Gasper1-11175.jpg Antonio Brown should have apologized for being self-absorbed

What Brown did was the social media equivalent of butt-dialing someone on your cellphone.

Alex Speier

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The Celtics guard is reaching career highs at an age when he isn’t supposed to.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner drives to the basket on Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

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CELTICS NOTEBOOK

Evan Turner returning to Garden to face Celtics

The Blazers guard spent two productive years in Boston and is remembered fondly.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/11/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/619132098.jpg Cleveland has championship aspirations too

The Indians added a wealth of talent to the group that swept the Red Sox in the playoffs last year.

FLUTO SHINZAWA | ON HOCKEY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/01/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/NHLpreview_Bruins13-11165-k7W--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg This is no time for Bruins to fire Claude Julien

Things feel desperate after the last two losses, but patience should prevail over panic.

Blackhawks at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/01/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/615944464.jpg Beleskey back with Bruins

The forward has been out of the lineup since injuring his knee Dec. 3 against the Buffalo Sabres.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/11/14/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumacki_soxvstwins_sports271.jpg Red Sox shouldn’t be heavily impacted by WBC

Only two Sox players, Hanley Ramirez and Xander Bogaerts, are committed to their respective teams for the World Baseball Classic in March.

JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

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The preponderance of talented freshmen in college basketball is remarkable.

Karen Chen performs in the championship ladies short program during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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US FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Karen Chen grabs lead after short program

The teenager held off 20-something veterans Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold.

Golf roundup

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/01/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/632123970.jpg Phil Mickelson hits it all over the place, but shoots 68

Mickelson, who is returning from two hernia surgeries, “scored out of my mind” at La Quinta.

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