BEN VOLIN

In Mexico City, passion for the NFL is undeniable — and growing

Mexico City, Mexico -- 11/17/2017 - Mexican teenagers play a game of football during a sneak peek at NFL Fan Fest in Z—calo Square in the lead up to the 2017 NFL Mexico Game. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

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Playing in Mexico City fulfills a short-term goal for the NFL to give back to its die-hard fans in Mexico.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Gasper-13871.jpg It’s time for an NFL team to sign Colin Kaepernick

Kaepernick’s NFL exile is both conspicuous and suspicious, given the paucity of competent passers.

Mexico City, Mexico -- 11/17/2017 - Three young Mexican fans pose for a picture inside of a giant frame as they get a sneak preview of NFL Fan Fest in Z—calo Square in the lead up to the 2017 NFL Mexico Game. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

BEN VOLIN I SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

Evaluating the Mexico City game and the NFL’s expansion internationally

The next frontiers appear to be a return to Canada, and a game in Germany.

BOSTON, MA - 11/06/2017: New Red Sox manager Alex Cora at Fenway Park (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: SPORTS TOPIC red sox

NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

Are big-money managers being minimized?

This offseason has shown a trend of teams hiring first-time managers who earn less than their more experienced counterparts.

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The outdoor game will be played at the Irish’s 81,000-seat football stadium Jan. 1, 2019

NEW HAVEN, CT - NOVEMBER 18: Malcolm Dixon #1 of the Yale Bulldogs reacts after scoring a touchdown in the first half of a game against the Harvard Crimson at the Yale Bowl on November 18, 2017 in New H (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

YALE 24, HARVARD 3

The Game is all Yale

Harvard failed to score a TD for the second straight game in finishing the season at 5-5.

Boston-10/28/17- Boston Bruins vs LA Kings- Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask dives to the ice to make a 2nd period save. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff) (sports)

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FLUTO SHINZAWA | SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

So far, a lighter workload has not made Tuukka Rask a better goalie

The former Vezina winner is not performing like a $7 million puckstopper.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

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Practicing at more than 6,600 feet at Falcon Stadium and sleeping at close to that altitude did have an effect.

06/19/2011 - Boston, MA - TD Garden - Boston Bruins owner Jeremy M. Jacobs, cq, gave remarks during a breakup press conference at the TD Garden on the Sunday after the big Stanley Cup win. Story by Fluto Shinzawa/Globe Staff. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff.

Kevin Paul Dupont | On Second Thought

It’s a good bet legalized gambling is coming to our sports leagues

If the betting experience follows the model in England . . . the betting will expand far beyond the arena.

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Pirates coach and former Chatham player inducted into Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame

Boston-8/31/17 The Boston Bruins held an informal

BRUINS AT SHARKS | 10:30 p.m. (NESN)

With a hit and smile, Noel Acciari doing abng-up job for Bruins

The 25-year-old forward has rolled up 22 hits in five games since returning from a fractured finger.

Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins instructs his team in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Oklahoma City. The Grizzlies won 99-93. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

GARY WASHBURN | SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

Lionel Hollins is recharging himself for another coaching run

What is difficult for veteran coaches searching for jobs, such as Hollins, is they are considered old school in a new-school game.

Boston, MA: 11-16-17: The Celtics Al Horford gets a lot of hands from the fans as he leaves the court following Boston's victory. The Boston Celtics hosted the Golden State Warriors in a regular season NBA basketball game at the TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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ADAM HIMMELSBACH

What are the odds? Guessing when Celtics’ streak will end

A Las Vegas oddsmaker said Boston will be favored in its next 10 games — and possibly 32 of its next 33.

Boston College's forward Nik Popovic (21) dunks against Texas Tech's forward Zach Smith (11) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Uncasville, Conn. Texas Tech won, 75-64. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)

TEXAS TECH 75, BC 64

BC basketball falls to Texas Tech

Keenan Evans scored 18 second-half points to spark the Red Raiders. He finished with 29.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/OBIT%20MATTICK-1343949.jpg Danny Ainge recalls Bobby Doerr as a caring mentor

The two formed a bond when Ainge was a rookie with the Blue Jays and Doerr his hitting coach.

CHAD FINN | UNCONVENTIONAL PREVIEW

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Before the season, Oakland looked like a much more imposing foe than the team that will take the field in Mexico.

Tom Brady practiced at Falcon Stadium at the Air Force Academy in Colorado this week.

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PATRIOTS VS. RAIDERS | SUNDAY, 4:25 P.M. (CBS)

Patriots’ keys to victory over the Raiders

Tom Brady & Co. are looking for their sixth straight win as they take things down Mexico way.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/06/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/bradyandrews.jpg Center David Andrews will miss Raiders game

The Patriots starter will sit out with an unknown illness; Ted Karras will go in his place.

Brockton, MA - 11/18/2016 - Millis running back Kurt Hopkins holds off Latin Academy's Devon Harris-James, (25) as he runs for a first down. Millis vs. Latin Academy in D4A football state semifinals. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Lenny Rowe, Topic: 19millis, LOID: 8.3.682313622.

Live updates: High school football state semifinals

Games Saturday will determine December’s Super Bowl matchups.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY

Schedule and results for the fall high school state championships

The state finals for boys’ and girls’ soccer, field hockey, girls’ volleyball, cross-country, and swimming will be held this weekend.

MATT MACCORMACK

MIAA GIRLS’ SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS

Runnels delivers Danvers D2 title in PKs

Senior midfielder bends in the winner to beat Medway, 3-2; Millis wins D4 crown, 1-0; Sutton denies Archies in D3.

Weymouth MA 11/18/17 Melrose High Isaac Seide long rushing touchdown run as he fends off Hopkington High defender Luke D'aloia (7) during second half action their MIAA semi-final game at Weymouth High. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic reporter:

DIVISION 4 SEMIFINALS | MELROSE 22, HOPKINTON 8

Isaac Seide, Melrose wear down Hopkinton, advance to Super Bowl

The running back broke out with two TDs in the second half to power the Red Raiders.

DIVISION 3 SEMIFINAL | NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH 29, TEWKSBURY 21

Brendan McHugh’s speed paves North Attleborough path to Gillette

McHugh scored three TDs against Tewskbury in a Division 3 state semifinal.

DIVISION 7 SEMIFINALS | MASHPEE 28, ST. MARY’S 20

Devaun Ford, Mashpee earn third straight Super Bowl berth

The Falcons’ star running back piled up 245 yards and three TDs in the win over the Spartans.

MIAA FIELD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Watertown field hockey nets 9th straight Division 2 title

The Raiders capped their season with a 21st straight win; Andover blanked Longmeadow for the D1 crown.

NASCAR | Ford EcoBoost 400 (Sunday, 3 p.m. NBC)

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Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and series points leader Martin Truex Jr. will battle it out for NASCAR title at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Woburn, MA - 11/17/2017 - Millis wide receiver Dominic Zonfrelli (23) leaves Cathedral defensive back Khalil Blair (2) grasping at air on this reception for a touchdown during the first half. Cathedral vs. Millis in Division 8 state high school football semifinals at Woburn High school. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Owen Pence, Topic: 18HS football, LOID: 8.4.85176366.

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DIVISION 8 SEMIFINALS | MILLIS 40, CATHEDRAL 22

Millis routs Cathedral, earns second straight Super Bowl trip

Bryce Latosek passed for 379 yards and four touchdowns to spark the Mohawks.

DIVISION 6 SEMIFINALS | MIDDLEBOROUGH 27, STONEHAM 14

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Jeremy Soule collects 246 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.

Dennis-Yarmouth's Bobby Evans runs past Watertown's James Walter (64), Timothy Tat (71) and Ben Landry during their D5 state semifinal in Medford, Mass., Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (Winslow Townson for The Boston Globe)

Winslow Townson for the globe

DIVISION 5 SEMIFINALS | DENNIS-YARMOUTH 41, WATERTOWN 3

Dennis-Yarmouth overpowers Watertown

Jacob McCarthy threw for four touchdowns and Bobby Evans rushed for 189 yards.

MIAA STATE FINALS

Boston International first City League soccer team in final since 1990

The Lions boys’ team set to take on Bromfield on Saturday night.

Season Ticket Podcast

Win over Golden State shows Celtics are for real

Jay King from MassLive.com joins Chris Gasper to review the Celtics’ thrilling win over the Warriors.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1b52dbb808684fcc9b8564c65a078f6a-1b52dbb808684fcc9b8564c65a078f6a-0.jpg The NFL loosened its celebration rules, but the Patriots are having none of it

The players are worried coach Bill Belichick wouldn’t approve of choreographed end zone stunts.

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Momentum swings have become second nature to the resilient Eagles this season.

JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

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The senior guard is meshing nicely with freshman backcourt mate Trevon Duval.

NFL NOTEBOOK

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ESPN.com reported the Cowboys owner warned the commissioner over Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension and vowed to be much tougher than the Patriots owner.