FLUTO SHINZAWA | ON HOCKEY

This is no time for Bruins to fire Claude Julien

Frustration is mounting around Claude Julien’s underperforming Bruins.

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

Alex Speier

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Isaiah Thomas keeps reaching one career high after another this season.

KNICKS 117, CELTICS 106

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The Celtics also had defensive trouble with the Knicks, who were without two key players.

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

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A loss to the Knicks Wednesday exposed the Celtics’ weaknesses, especially on defense.

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Everyone on the active roster was present for Thursday’s sweats-and-shells workout under sunny skies.

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.

View from Pittsburgh

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The receiver has apologized, and the on-field matchup between the Patriots and Steelers is more in the spotlight.

THE BETTOR’S EDGE

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Tom Brady and Matt Ryan should be headed for a Super Bowl showdown after this weekend.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

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The Patriots quarterback was all business as he addressed a number of topics at his media briefing.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) speaks with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, rear, before an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Charles Krupa/AP

Rivalry with Patriots helped fuel Ben Roethlisberger’s fire

The Steelers quarterback had high praise for his counterpart: “I consider him one of, if not the best of all time.”

Red Sox Notebook

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Remy will be back for his 30th year as the lead color analyst for the Red Sox.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/01/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/05730038.jpg Huge upset takes out Novak Djokovic at Australian Open

Wild-card entry Denis Istomin, ranked No. 117, took out the defending champ in five sets Thursday.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/01/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Grossfeld17.jpg Do the Patriots improve after ‘ugly wins’?

The stats paint an interesting picture of how the Patriots perform following games with three or more turnovers.

cELTICS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/01/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_celtichornets2_spts.jpg Soreness derails Avery Bradley’s return

The condition of the guard’s Achilles’ tendon worsened after he played Monday.

Former Houston Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell speaks to reporters Wednesday Jan. 18, 2017, in Houston, after his election to baseball's Hall of Fame was announced. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP)

AP

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

Jeff Bagwell wound up being Lou Gorman’s worst nightmare

The former Red Sox GM’s decision to trade Bagwell to Houston is still talked about 27 years later.

Boston Bruins center Frank Vatrano (72) shoots as Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) looks on in the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

RED WINGS 6, BRUINS 5

Things just keep going south for the Bruins

After taking a 3-goal lead, the Bruins collapsed and lost to the Red Wings in a shootout.

FILE - In this April 28, 2016, file photo, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis, center, meets with Raiders fans after speaking at a meeting of the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee in Las Vegas. The Raiders have filed paperwork to move to Las Vegas. Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak told The Associated Press on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, that he spoke with the Raiders. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

AP file

Raiders file papers to move from Oakland to Las Vegas

Should the Raiders be allowed to move to Nevada, it would be the third relocation approval in one year.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/01/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/607572530.jpg Seahawks could pay big price for not listing Richard Sherman’s injury

The NFL is considering whether to take away a second-round pick because the team did not include the knee injury on any report.

Chad Finn

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/01/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/EXPOS%20SPRING-376140-11160.jpg The voters got it right, and other Hall of Fame thoughts

The election of Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, and Ivan Rodriguez made for a great day for baseball.

Nov 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein talks during the World Series victory rally in Grant Park. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

USA Today

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Theo Epstein looks back at World Series win with Cubs

Epstein is the architect of the two greatest curse-busting teams in American sports history.

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Top prospects Rafael Devers and Sam Travis are among the players who will work out with the major-league team.

COLLEGE HOCKEY NOTEBOOK

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The rivals will face off Saturday at Bright-Landry Center after they play other opponents Friday.

Bruins Notebook

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Coach Claude Julien was looking for a spark, and Vatrano scored twice.

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