Rob Gronkowski walking (with help) after back surgery

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski at a press conference in early November.

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The Patriots tight end had surgery in Los Angeles on Friday.

Celtics 97, Kings 92

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Al Horford had 26 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 blocks, and stuffed DeMarcus Cousins’s potential game-tying shot.

RAMS AT PATRIOTS | SUNDAY, 1 P.M. (FOX)

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A close look at Sunday’s matchup, with an emphasis on who has the edge in the passing and running games.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/01/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin120116PatriotsPractice_Spt5.jpg Martellus Bennett’s role likely to increase

Matt Lengel and James Develin also are candidates to help fill the void of Rob Gronkowski.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/02/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/626336184.jpg DeMarcus Cousins focused on Kings, not trade rumors

Many Celtics fans would love to see Sacramento’s star big man in green. Plus, he’s close with Isaiah Thomas.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/11/30/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin113016PatriotsPractice_Spt25.jpg Belichick: ‘We’re all disappointed’

Bill Belichick would not say whether Rob Gronkowski, who will have back surgery today, would go on injured reserve.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/02/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Gasper-10488.jpg Rob Gronkowski’s injury a big hit for Patriots’ chances

This latest injury only fuels the popular narrative that Rob Gronkowski is brittle, fragile, and not dependable.

NFL notebook

Paxton Lynch to start for Broncos

Denver ruled out Trevor Siemian for Sunday’s game at Jacksonville with his left foot in a walking boot

Celtics notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/03/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin120216Celtics-Kings_Spt2.jpg On offense, Celtics taking the long view

The Celtics are averaging 30.5 3-pointers per game, which would shatter the 2002-03 team’s franchise record.

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Tiger Woods fires a 7-under 65, with no bogeys

Playing as a single after Justin Rose withdrew, Woods was on target at the Hero World Challenge.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/02/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/kleinr_Patriots_03-10137.jpg Facing the Rams will be nothing special for Chris Long

He still has many friends with the team, but it’s business as usual, said the Patriots lineman.

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Enjoying his retirement thus far, Ortiz is monitoring team’s offseason moves.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/03/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/613845342.jpg Hanley Ramirez looking forward to 2017

Coming off a big season, the Red Sox first baseman hopes to take some swings as a DH.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/02/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/497594582.jpg Frank Vatrano gets in an on-ice workout

The Bruins center had ankle surgery in September and may be 3-4 weeks away from a return.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/01/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/0f218eaa0a2049809ddc1bb2e7d69c0b-0f218eaa0a2049809ddc1bb2e7d69c0b-0.jpg Where does Tom Brady rank for comeback wins?

The Patriots quarterback has the record for wins in sight, but his stats also illustrate his performances in clutch situations.

NBA ROUNDUP

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Butler leads the way as Chicago hands LeBron James, Cleveland their third straight loss.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/03/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/625261158.jpg NHL players reject offer for Olympic participation

NHL players could still go to the 2018 Olympics, but not in exchange for a CBA extension

CHAD FINN | SPORTS MEDIA

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Holy Cross’s celebrated two-way phenom is revisited in a short film in the “30 for 30” series.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/03/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/5a06764f-f7fb-4bd8-9a99-80a3b9d4691c.jpg Sheriff defends handling of Joe McKnight shooting

Authorities identified 54-year-old Ronald Gasser, who stayed at the scene, as the shooter and released him overnight.

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