Patriots place OL Marcus Cannon on injured reserve

New England Patriots offensive tackle Marcus Cannon during an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (Winslow Townson/AP Images for Panini)

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The team officially signed Kenny Britt and brought back Ricky Jean-Francois, releasing Jonathan Freeny and Bernard Reedy.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws from the sidelines, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski back at Patriots practice Wednesday

The QB had missed the last three midweek sessions, and the tight end returned following his one-game suspension.

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, left, and manager Aaron Boone watch as new player Giancarlo Stanton, center, talks as Hal Steinbrenner, middle right, and Jean Afterman, left watch during the Major League Baseball winter meetings in Orlando, Fla., Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

ALEX SPEIER

That time the Red Sox almost traded for Giancarlo Stanton

The Red Sox didn’t come close this time, but nearly acquired Stanton at the 2008 trade deadline.

Boston Bruins' Paul Postma battles along the boards during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Boston, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. The Bruins won 2-1. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

After a long layoff, Paul Postma makes his way back to Bruins lineup

Reliable defenseman Kevan Miller is back in Boston after the birth of his child Tuesday night.

SEASON TICKET PODCAST

Two Harlem Globetrotters talk Kyrie Irving, world records, and performing for the Pope

Chris “Handles” Franklin and Briana “Hoops” Green join sports editor and guest host Joe Sullivan on today’s episode.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) celebrates after Antonio Brown made a touchdown catch during an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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View from Pittsburgh: Fresh off suspension, JuJu Smith-Schuster vows to keep playing physical

“I don’t want to be conservative. I’m still going to play the way I play,” the receiver said.

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The team is looking to see how its talks with Scott Boras on Eric Hosmer and J.D. Martinez play out.

Boston, MA May 1, 2017: The first pitch to the Orioles Manny Machado was uneventful. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Baltimore Orioles in a regular season MLB base ball game at Fenway Park. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis)

Red Sox called the Orioles about Manny Machado

The call was likely due diligence, wanting to make sure they checked in on such a significant player.

Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

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Dave Dombrowski wouldn’t tip his hand, but signs point to Martinez or Eric Hosmer.

Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard had as many catches as Patriots receivers Chris Hogan and Brandin Cooks.

Chad Finn

Patriots typically bounce back after tough losses at Miami

Tom Brady is 7-1 through the years in the game after a road loss to Miami, and 10-2 against the Steelers.

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

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Their pass coverage was woeful against the Dolphins, but it was hardly the only problem.

Le'Veon Bell, left, and Antonio Brown.

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Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown draw praise from Bill Belichick

“They are dynamic players that have the ability to do so many things so well consistently,” Belichick said.

Jim McBride

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With Pittsburgh looming, the spots for improvement were painfully apparent in loss to Dolphins.

Patriots notebook

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The Dolphins mixed personnel groupings seamlessly, and the Patriots had to juggle assignments on the fly.

BEN VOLIN

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

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The ninth-year pro had 1,000 yards receiving last year, but struggled this season and was released by the Browns.

Alex Cora, manager of the Boston Red Sox, talks with members of the media at the MLB baseball winter meetings Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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Peter Abraham

Red Sox manager Alex Cora’s top priority? Mookie Betts

The new manager is wasting no time and he looks ready for the 2018 season right now.

Red Sox notebook

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The Sox were confident in their presentation, but it is unclear if the Japanese star even looked at it.

PETER ABRAHAM | AROUND THE HORN

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David Price made only 11 starts in 2017, and Rick Porcello had 17 losses.

Wellesley, MA - 12/09/2017 - Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward watches the Boston Celtics take on the San Antonio Spurs. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Adam Himmelsbach, Topic: 10Hayward, LOID: 8.4.311493760.

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ADAM HIMMELSBACH

Gordon Hayward provides a scouting report on his teammates

The convalescing Celtic shared some candid commentary while watching a recent game on TV.

12/12/2017 BOSTON, MA Elite runner Shalane Flanagan (cq) (center) goes on a training run with John Hancock employees on the Esplanade in Boston. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

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Barbara Matson

Shalane Flanagan just had to give Boston another try

She is 36 and coming off her greatest win, but she feels she has unfinished business, so it’s not time to retire.