Celtics hold off Pistons

Boston Celtics forward Al Horford, center, goes to the basket against Detroit Pistons forwards Stanley Johnson (7) and Tobias Harris, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

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Al Horford led the way for the Celtics with 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists.

Ben Volin | On Football

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/10/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/879682096.jpg How the once-maligned Patriots’ defense turned it around

The Patriots were one of the worst in points allowed after four weeks, but since then they are No. 1.

Peter Abraham

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/SCAN_1_1tiant%2030-1838445.jpg Luis Tiant misses out on Hall of Fame vote

Alan Trammell and Jack Morris were elected on the Modern Era ballot.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/10/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tara_sullivan_720-14704.png A presence like Devin McCourty’s is more valuable than ever

The Patriots safety provides an anchor while the NFL is rocked to its foundation by bigger issues than we’ve seen in decades.

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 12: Running back James White #28 of the New England Patriots has a fourth quarter touchdown catch against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 12, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

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Patriots ahead of the game in new age of running backs

Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead, and James White have the pass-catching abilities that NFL offenses are now featuring out of the backfield.

Patriots notebook

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The cornerback said Miami’s receivers present a challenge because of their size and speed.

In this Friday, July 7, 2017, photo, a fan looks at enlarged baseball cards of Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton, left, and New York Yankees' Aaron Judge at a booth at the All-Star FanFest at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Fla. Virtual Reality baseball is a hit at the All-Star FanFest in Miami. Fans get to feel what it's like to be the San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey catching without the pain of snatching major league pitches at 86-to-93 mph. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)


For Red Sox, making a smart acquisition — not a fast one — is what matters

Making a hasty move in the wake of the Giancarlo Stanton deal proves nothing.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_bosgs16_spts.jpg Stevens appreciates Hayward’s optimism but doesn’t expect him back this season

Although the Celtics star isn’t expected to play in 2017-18, he’s still working toward beating the clock in his rehab.

On hockey | Fluto Shinzawa

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/10/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/d4c5864e17c44a3a8e0b5c6b964aba4a-d4c5864e17c44a3a8e0b5c6b964aba4a-0.jpg Torey Krug has blue-line competition

The offensive defenseman gets push from Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk.

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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A night out with Gordon Hayward, discussing his recovery, his team, and his eventual return

More than 50 days have passed since Hayward suffered his grisly injury, and though he’s pleased with his progress, he won’t look too far ahead.

National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton is the newest member of the Yankees following their stunning deal with the Marlins on Saturday.


Giancarlo Stanton deal is one more reason to hate the Yankees

Stanton, who led the majors in homers last season with 59, was precisely the type of slugger the Red Sox needed in their lineup.

Boston-12/08/17 Boston Bruins vs Islanders- Bruins Brad Marchand sends Islanders John Tavares hard into the boards in the 3rd period. John Tlumacki/Globe staff (sports)

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Bruins turn aside Islanders

Tuukka Rask made 30 saves in the team’s eighth win in its last 10 games.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/10/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-14696.jpg While Yankees pull off a blockbuster, Boston’s baseball winter is boring

The Red Sox do nothing day after day.

Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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What are each team’s interests entering the Winter Meetings?

Look for the Red Sox to significantly add to their lineup, and the Yankees to pay up for a starting pitcher.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/09/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/b679423905804580bc3a62c8294c7114-b679423905804580bc3a62c8294c7114-0.jpg There’s no bigger fan of the NBA than Mark Cuban

The Mavericks owner believes the NBA is the No. 1 professional sports league in terms of growth.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) smiles after a play during the second half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Houston. San Francisco won 26-16. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Jimmy Garoppolo’s big day leads 49ers past Texans

The former Patriot QB threw for a career-high 334 yards and a TD to spark his second straight win with San Francisco.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/09/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/7333f028adab4fdaaa8e394f05fc752d-7333f028adab4fdaaa8e394f05fc752d-0.jpg Let’s take a closer look at Jimmy Garoppolo’s impressive start

After years as Tom Brady’s backup, the 49ers quarterback showed a lot as the leader of his own team.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/09/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/d097a22b713349fbbbf8d56790ec791a-d097a22b713349fbbbf8d56790ec791a-14674.jpg Gracie Gold should be applauded for stepping away from figure skating

Gold showed a strength more rare and more valuable than anything she’s displayed on the ice.

Fluto Shinzawa | on hockey

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/09/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/4c0b1f3ee9c54631858d5cb5cc374550-4c0b1f3ee9c54631858d5cb5cc374550-0.jpg Brandon Carlo is working on mental strength

The second-year NHLer wants to bounce back from mistakes sooner.

Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins holds the Frank J. Selke Trophy after winning the award during the NHL Awards, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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Fluto Shinzawa | Sunday Hockey Notes

Spacing is critical for an NHL center. Here’s why

The hardest part of the position is in the defensive zone, which is why Patrice Bergeron is so valuable.

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Hot-shooting BC basketball upsets top-ranked Duke

Ky Bowman led the way with 30 points as the Eagles sank 15 of 26 3-pointers.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/09/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/a77f5f135fbc4b9685818fe4fe608ee1-a77f5f135fbc4b9685818fe4fe608ee1-0.jpg Tom Brady still feels bad about outburst with Josh McDaniels

The Patriots quarterback apologized again at his media conference on Saturday.

Heisman Trophy

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/10/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/925b7174a4aa4c89b731ddd2b23c9226-925b7174a4aa4c89b731ddd2b23c9226-0.jpg Baker Mayfield wins Heisman Trophy

Oklahoma quarterback, who began his career as a walk-on, easily beat Bryce Love and Lamar Jackson.

FILE - IOC Bans Russia from 2018 Winter Olympics PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 4: The Olympic rings is seen in Hoenggye town, near the venue for the Opening and Closing ceremony ahead of PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 4, 2017 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

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Bob Ryan

The Winter Olympics are not what they used to be

They are bloated, have gotten too expensive to stage, and most people don’t even want them.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/08/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/917dc2180bac48baad893e5ecff50799-917dc2180bac48baad893e5ecff50799-14618.jpg To put down Dolphins, Patriots must stay focused

The AFC East rivals meet in a rematch just two weeks after a chippy game in Foxborough.

12/09/2017 CHESTNUT HILL, MA BC's goalie Joseph Woll (cq) 31, was unable to stop NU's first goal by Jeremy Davies (cq) 4, during hockey a game between Northeastern and Boston College held at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

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Northeastern rolls to hockey win over BC

Dylan Sikura scored twice to help the No. 10 Huskies win their third in a row.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/09/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/a9e286a923fb4dd8a59e322b8612595a-a9e286a923fb4dd8a59e322b8612595a-0.jpg Red Sox need to acquire a power bat — and soon

They don’t need much, but their one major need is glaring.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/09/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/c663259329f9402a9ea379f05d34e3d2-c663259329f9402a9ea379f05d34e3d2-14673.jpg Yankees, Marlins agree to Giancarlo Stanton deal

The NL MVP is expected to approve the trade. Infielder Starlin Castro and prospects would be bound for Miami.

Jim McBride

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/09/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1b87cec2be0646588a1e4d930bf8c571-1b87cec2be0646588a1e4d930bf8c571-0.jpg It takes more than one to replace Rob Gronkowski

The Patriots count on the trio of Dwayne Allen, Jacob Hollister, and James Develin to be the next men up.

Chad Finn | Unconventional Preview

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/08/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/72bb9c3f3fc74088915ab416a8c9c47d-72bb9c3f3fc74088915ab416a8c9c47d-0.jpg Could this be a trap game for the Patriots?

There have been a few plot twists since the first meeting with the Dolphins just two weeks ago.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/09/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/889065572.jpg Northeastern hangs on, edges Vermont for basketball win

Donnell Gresham Jr. scored 14 points as the Huskies earned their fourth straight win.