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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 09: The Best FIFA Men's Player Award winner Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Real Madrid and The Best FIFA Women's Player Award winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Houston Dash pose for a photo during The Best FIFA Football Awards 2016 on January 9, 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

SPORTS LOG

Carli Lloyd named FIFA’s top women’s player

The American star won the award for a second time.

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 10: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox looks on from the dugout in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians during game three of the American League Divison Series at Fenway Park on October 10, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

BOB RYAN | STATE OF THE TEAMS

It’s time for Boston’s title drought to end

Sunday marks 699 days since a Boston pro team won a championship. Enough is enough.

Oct 23, 2016; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Team USA celebrates a goal by forward Carli Lloyd (10) in the second half against the Team Switzerland at U.S. Bank Stadium. Team USA beats Team Switzerland 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

US women’s soccer team fires union leader days before CBA ends

Rich Nichols had led the women’s national team’s union since late 2014.

FILE - This is a Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 file photo of Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, clenches her left hand as she reacts after winning a point against Daria Gavrilova of Australia during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has been injured by a knife-wielding attacker at her home on Tuesday Dec. 20, 2016. The player's spokesman, Karel Tejkal, says Kvitova suffered a left hand injury and has been treated by doctors.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

SPORTS LOG

Petra Kvitova could return to tennis in 6 months

The two-time Wimbledon champion underwent four hours of surgery for injuries sustained in Tuesday’s attack by a knife-wielding intruder at her home.

Foxborough MA 7/9/16 New England Revolution head coach Jay Heaps before the start of their game against the Columbus Crew SC at Gillette Stadium on Saturday July 9, 2016. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

Revolution will open 2017 season March 4 at Colorado

The home opener will be March 11 against Orlando City SC

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch during the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

SPORTS LOG

Aroldis Chapman says Joe Maddon ‘misused’ him during playoffs

The closer says Maddon pitched him too much during the Cubs’ march to the World Series title.

Sounders keeper Stefan Frei stopped Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley during penalty kicks.

MLS CUP

Keeper earns redemption in Sounders’ victory

Stefan Frei, who didn’t allow a goal in regulation or overtime, spent the first five seasons of his career with Toronto FC.

Stanford goalkeeper Andrew Epstein blocks the shot of Wake Forest midfielder Brad Dunwell to win the game for Stanford during the second half of an NCAA college soccer game, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Houston. Stanford won in penalty kicks. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

NCAA COLLEGE CUP

Stanford wins second straight national championship

The Cardinal defeat Wake Forest on penalty kicks.

The death of legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt was one of the year’s biggest stories.

SHIRA SPRINGER I FAIR PLAY

9 women’s sports stories from 2016 worth another look

Barriers were broken, voices were heard, progress was made, and a giant figure in coaching was lost.

Chapecoense soccer fans attended a memorial service Saturday at the team’s stadium in Chapeco, Brazil.

Match to benefit families of soccer players killed in air crash

Brazil and Colombia will play at the end of January to raise funds for survivors of Chapecoense players.

Fans of the Chapecoense soccer club gathered in the streets to pay tribute to their players.

Colombia plane crash wipes out almost entire soccer team

The aircraft was carrying the Brazilian side Chapecoense. Twenty-one journalists also were on board.

Sports log

English FA opens review of sex-abuse cases

Victims have waived their anonymity to bring light on abuses suffered while breaking on to pro teams.

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 11: Michael Bradley #4 of the United States dribbles the ball against Giovani Dos Santos #10 of Mexico in the first half during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier at MAPFRE Stadium on November 11, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

SPORTS LOG

US men fall to 28th in FIFA world rankings

The Americans are caught in a losing streak while undergoing a coaching change.

New England Patriots defensive lineman Jabaal Sheard (93) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Patriots playing blame game with double standard

Coach Bill Belichick earns praise for developing players, but blame falls on shoulders of established players when they fail.

Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena directs his team against the New England Revolution in the 2014 MLS Cup final in Los Angeles, California, U.S. December 7, 2014. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

Sports Log

Bruce Arena rehired as US national soccer coach

A decade after being fired, Arena has been tasked by the US Soccer Federation with sparking a turnaround.

US goalkeeper Brad Guzan fetched the ball from the goal after Costa Rica's fourth goal.

COSTA RICA 4, US 0

US thumped by Costa Rica for second straight loss

Reaching Russia is still possible, but the Americans have a tough fight on their hands.

Christian author Glennon Doyle Melton is dating soccer star Abby Wambach.

A Christian mom blogger announces she’s dating soccer star Abby Wambach

Glennon Doyle Melton runs the very popular Momastery blog.

Boston College’s Ryan Fitzgerald (left) notched two assists Sunday.

SPORTS LOG

BC hockey team defeats Arizona State

The third-ranked Eagles stretched their unbeaten streak to 10 games.

Rx for young soccer players: yoga

Boston College women’s soccer coach Alison Foley has teamed up with a yoga teacher to create a yoga program for middle school-aged girls.

CAMPUS ANGLE

For Brooke Troup, soccer is all about communicating

In a 10-game span, the former East Bridgewater High goalkeeper posted three shutouts and contributed to two others for Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2013, file photo, United States' Tim Howard plays against Mexico in a World Cup qualifying soccer match in Columbus, Ohio. Howard will be back in the goal on Friday night, Nov. 11, 2016, when the U.S. plays Mexico in a final-round qualifier for the 2018 World Cup.(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

World Cup Qualifier| US-Mexico

US-Mexico World Cup qualifier not a political play

Against the backdrop of amped-up political vitriol provoked by President-elect Donald Trump, US will host Mexico in a highly-charged rivalry.

Silvio Gazzaniga, 95; designed World Cup trophy

The 18-carat solid gold trophy depicts players celebrating and a globe resting on the backs of their shoulders.

Aug 20, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Revolution head coach Jay Heaps talks to a referee during the second half of the Columbus Crew's 2-0 win over the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Revolution confirm Jay Heaps will be back as coach

Over the final nine games, though, the Revolution rallied for a 5-3-1 record.

Carlos Alberto, captain of the Brazilian national soccer team, held aloft the Jules Rimet Cup after Brazil defeated Italy, 4-1, in the World Cup final.

Carlos Alberto Torres, 72, Brazilian soccer great

Carlos Alberto was captain of Brazil’s World Cup-winning team in 1970 and scorer of one of the sport’s most memorable goals.

Carli Lloyd (10) of the US controlled the ball against Switzerland's Vanessa Bernauer in the second half.

Sports Log

Carli Lloyd leads US women’s soccer in friendly vs. Swiss

Lloyd tallied a pair of goals as the Americans picked up a 5-1 victory.

Lee Nguyen congratulated teammate Diego Fagundez on his first-half goal.

REVOLUTION 3, IMPACT 0

Revolution close season with shutout, but miss playoffs

A spectacular attack that included goals by Diego Fagundez, Juan Agudelo, and Kei Kamara.

Revolution coach Jay Heaps acknowledges the long odds his team faces entering Sunday’s match.

Impact at Revolution | 4:30 p.m. (CSN)

Revolution wrap up regular season Sunday

The Revs face extremely long odds to make the playoffs.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeSouth: Noteworthy performances

Cohasset’s Chris Haggerty led Mass Maritime to a thrilling 24-21 win over Westfield State Oct. 15.

Fire midfielder Michael de Leeuw (right) and Revolution defender London Woodberry jockeyed for position during the first half.

FIRE 2, REVOLUTION 1

Revolution’s playoff hopes all but over after loss

The Revs have to win their season finale and hope Philadelphia drops its match.

Revolution forward Kei Kamara (13) celebrated his first-half goal.

Revolution 3, Sporting Kansas City 1

Revolution improve playoff chances by beating Sporting KC

The Juan Agudelo-Kei Kamara forward combination produced two goals in a 3-1 victory.

Sep 25, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Crew defender Michael Parkhurst (4) defends New England Revolution forward Diego Fagundez (14) during the second half at Mapfre Stadium. The Crew won the game 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

SPORTING KC AT REVOLUTION | SATURDAY, 7:30 (CSN)

Revolution face another desperate team in KC

Both teams will be fighting to keep their playoff hopes alive when they meet Saturday.

Sep 17, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New England Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe (11) dribbles the ball in front of Montreal Impact forward Didier Drogba (11) during the second half at Stade Saputo. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Revolution sign Kelyn Rowe to contract extension

The deal will keep the midfielder in New England through the 2019 season.

Columbus forward Ola Kamara did all the scoring in the Crew’s 2-0 win.

Crew 2, Revolution 0

Crew shuts down Revolution offense

Ola Kamara scored twice as Columbus kept its playoff hopes alive.

Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist couldn’t stop Tomas Tatar’s game-winning shot.

SPORTS LOG

Team Europe to face Canada in World Cup of Hockey finals

Tomas Tatar scored 3:43 into overtime to lift the Europeans over Sweden, 3-2, in the semifinals.

SHIRA SPRINGER | FAIR PLAY

A gap in the youth soccer system

Girls from immigrant families in urban areas face social and cultural barriers that others do not.

Kei Kamara has five goals for the Revolution since being acquired in a trade from Columbus earlier this season.

REVOLUTION AT CREW | 7 P.M. (FS1)

Revolution look to stay hot against the Crew

Kei Kamara will be returning to Columbus for the first time since he was traded.

Revolution forward Kei Kamara was all smiles after his goal in the first minute.

Revolution 3, Impact 1

Revolution knock off Impact

Kelyn Rowe scored twice and assisted on the other New England goal.

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: Terence Williams #22 of the Baylor Bears runs for a 22-yard score against the Rice Owls in the second quarter at Rice Stadium on September 16, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

SPORTS LOG

No. 21 Baylor rolls over Rice

Seth Russell threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns for the Bears.

REVOLUTION AT IMPACT | SATURDAY, 7:30 (CSN)

Revolution aim for playoffs as they face Montreal

With just five games remaining, New England is still on the outside looking in.

New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo (17) works the ball past FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges (24) as he scores during the first half of the U.S. Open Cup soccer final, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

FC Dallas 4, Revolution 2

FC Dallas tops Revolution to win US Open Cup

Unfortunately for the New England Revolution, lightning did not strike a second time at Toyota Stadium in the US Open Cup Final

Foxborough, MA - 11/29/14 - (2nd half) New England Revolution head coach Jay Heaps celebrates with New England Revolution midfielder/forward Lee Nguyen (24). The New England Revolution take on the New York Red Bulls in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Championship at Gillette stadium. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: John Powers, Topic: 30Revolution-Red Bulls, LOID: 8.0.156120903.

Revolution eye US Open Cup crown

New England and FC Dallas will square off at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on Tuesday at 10 p.m.

Sep 10, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo (17) celebrates after scoring a goal against New York City FC during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Revolution 3, NYCFC 1

Revolution hold back NYCFC

Juan Agudelo (21st minute), Lee Nguyen (42d), and Diego Fagundez (58th) scored as the Revolution’s 4-4-2 alignment continued to prove effective.

Sep 3, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Revolution defender Andrew Farrell (2) and Colorado Rapids midfielder Marlon Hairston (94) chase down a loose ball during the second half of the New England Revolution's 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK CITY AT REVOLUTION | SATURDAY, 8 P.M. (CSN)

Revolution looking for second straight win

A new formation seemed to help them last weekend, and now they’ll take on New York City FC.

US striker Jozy Altidore charged toward the net during the World Cup qualifier. Altidore scored twice in a three-minute span in the Americans’ 4-0 victory.

US 4, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 0

US advances to next phase of World Cup qualifying

Altidore scored twice in a three-minute span of the second half to push the US over the top.

US goalkeeper Hope Solo won’t be eligible for selection to the national team until February.

Sports Log

Hope Solo’s suspension was a long time coming, US coach says

Solo’s ban from the US team was for a “sum total of [her] actions,” not just comments made after a loss in Rio.

Megan Rapinoe said kneeling during the national anthem before her team’s game Sunday “was a little nod to [Colin] Kaepernick.”

Soccer star follows Colin Kaepernick’s lead, kneels during anthem

‘‘It was very intentional,’’ said Megan Rapinoe, who also plays for the US national team.