BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

Tom Brady hurt the Falcons by throwing to the outside

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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While Atlanta’s defense clogged the middle, Brady was 11 of 15 for 136 yards when passing outside the numbers.

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 21: Alex Cora #26 of the Houston Astros talks with Yuli Gurriel #10 during batting practice prior to Game Seven of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park on October 21, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Alex Cora is all about making connections

The new Red Sox manager may be able to change the clubhouse atmosphere in a way John Farrell wasn’t.

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ESPN President John Skipper said the network “erred in assuming we could distance our efforts from the Barstool site and its content.”

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

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New Red Sox skipper Alex Cora has a lot in common with the Dodgers’ Dave Roberts.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

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The rookie linebacker and his wife returned home from the hospital Sunday night, more than a week after the incident.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

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The Celtics forward, dealing with a knee issue, is targeting next Monday, though that may be pushing it.

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The Bruins goalie skated before Monday’s practice, and could join his teammates for Tuesday’s session.

Foxborough, MA: 10-22-17: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (left) and teammate Matthew Slater (right) celebrate together following the New englans victory. The New England Patriots hosted the Atlanta Falcons in a regular season NFL football game at Gillette Stadium. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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Tom Brady has compliments for complementary play of defense

The Patriots’ oft-criticized defense came up big against Atlanta with momentum-changing plays.

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Travis is playing in the Dominican Winter League, and on Sunday he played a position other than first base for the first time as a pro.

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When fog descended upon Gillette Stadium Sunday, traditional camera angles could not clearly show the action.

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/23/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/patscelebrate.jpg This was another example of the Patriots’ vast improvement on defense

Better communication has led to better defensive play the last three weeks, especially against Atlanta.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

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It looked like the Super Bowl loss still weighed heavy on the Falcons’ minds and their season.

Foxborough, MA - 10/22/2017: Patriots defensive lineman Adam Butler celebrates after sacking Falcons QB Matt Ryan during 2nd quarter action. The New England Patriots host the Atlanta Falcons at Gillette Stadium. Jim Davis / Globe staff

Patriots 23, Falcons 7

Key takeaways from Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl rematch

The New England defense ruled the night, and Tom Brady was efficient in the victory.

Chad Finn

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The Falcons were supposed to have a shot in this game, but instead the Patriots dominated.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_neatl3_spts.jpg For many at Gillette, it was nothing to see here

As heavy fog rolled in, viewing for those high up in the stadium was very limited.

Boston, MA - 10/21/2017 - (overtime period) A dejected Boston Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin (35) and Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug (47) after falling in overtime to the Buffalo Sabres. The Boston Bruins host the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Fluto Shinzawa, Topic: 22Sabres-Bruins, LOID: 8.3.4075545036.

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FLUTO SHINZAWA | ON HOCKEY

Coming off broken jaw, Torey Krug has struggled at the start

The defenseman was on the ice for four of Buffalo’s five goals in the Bruins’ loss Saturday.

NFL NOTEBOOK

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Elliott will get at least one more game before another court ruling in his fight against the NFL over a six-game suspension.

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An emerging offense and determined defense have the Eagles in the bowl hunt at 4-4.

Season Ticket Podcast

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/seasonticket_300-13469.jpg Who are the Patriots’ top challengers now, and other NFL story lines

Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated joins Chris Gasper to review the Patriots’ win on Sunday night

Foxboro, MA-12/3/2014--Head coach Jay Heaps (cq), left, and assistant coach Tom Soehn (cq) confer during warm-up drills. The New England Revolution practice at Gillette Stadium, on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. They are preparing for the MLS Cup Final at the LA Galaxy. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: Revolution Reporter: John Powers

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First step for Revolution is deciding on a coach

GM Mike Burns said the interest in the New England coaching job has been “overwhelming.”

SPORTS LOG

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The Gators rank 102nd in the nation in total offense.

8.3.3878068637_Sports_30spellmanfb On the very first play St. Mary's of Lynn running back Marlon Scott (6) breaks through for a touchdown against Cardinal Spellman during the high school football game in Brockton, Mass., Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. (Robert E. Klein for the Boston Globe)

MIAA FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

Central Catholic, BC High top seeds in Division 1 playoffs

In a stacked North football bracket, Sal Frelick-piloted Lexington is No. 2 and unbeaten Everett the third seed.

Easton 10/23/2017: Oliver Ames Ryan McGarry lines up his shot as he waits for a player to make putt on the 14th hole, during the Division 2 South Shore sectional golf tournament at the Easton Country Club. Photo by Debee Tlumacki for the Boston Globe (sports)

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MONDAY’S SCHOOL ROUNDUP

Oliver Ames golf continues hot streak

Tigers heading to states after capturing Division 2 South Shore title.

NBA ROUNDUP

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Point guard’s relationship with front office had suffered.

NICK CAFARDO I ON BASEBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/23/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/alexcora1-001-001.jpg Alex Cora has a lot of things to figure out quickly with Red Sox

There can’t be any excuses about Cora, the Red Sox’s new manager, being a rookie getting his feet wet.

Boston Celtics' Jabari Bird drives during the second half of Boston's 113-96 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

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Gary Washburn | On basketball

Jabari Bird and Celtics bench having time of their lives

Bird was preparing for Maine Red Claws training camp; instead he made his NBA debut with the Celtics

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/865195316.jpg Patriots tend to be active at trade deadline

Midseason acquisitions are different from those at the beginning of the season, said Bill Belichick.

College football notebook

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Georgia Southern allowed previously winless UMass to accumulate 670 yards of total offense.