Jazz 107, Celtics 95

Celtics out of tune in loss to Jazz

Marcus Smart picks up a charge on Utah’s Alec Burks during the second quarter Friday.

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The Celtics dug themselves a hole in the second quarter and lost for the third time in five games.

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Pittsburgh’s star wideout is making a case to be the first receiver to win MVP honors.

PATRIOTS AT STEELERS | 4:25 P.M. (CBS)

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/10/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin102316PatriotsatSteelers_Spt7-10190.jpg What the Patriots need to do to beat the Steelers

Sunday’s showdown will go a long way toward deciding home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs.

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 14: Boston Celtics Gordon Hayward visits with Tyson at Boston Children's Hospital December 14, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images for Boston Children's Hospital)

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Celtics notebook

Gordon Hayward does not rule out a return this season

The Celtics forward said he is optimistic, though a return depends on how his left leg heals.

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Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 17 rebounds, and 15 assists aa Oklahoma City and Philadelphia went basket-for-basket

Peter Abraham

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin121517AlexCoraatTheBase_Spt6.jpg Alex Cora connects with Red Sox’ fan base

The new Red Sox manager was a hit with young fans at an indoor baseball facility in Roxbury.

Jim McBride

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/6ffbb874573247349f60002ae73213b4-6ffbb874573247349f60002ae73213b4-0.jpg Mike Gillislee looking for way to get back on field

After a strong start, the Patriots running back has been a healthy scratch the last five games.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

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The rookie winger has not been sturdy on the puck since his return to the lineup.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/30/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin103016Patriots-Bills_Spt4.jpg Rob Gronkowski wasn’t in the mood to talk about his suspension

In a very brief meeting with reporters, the Patriots tight end said he learned a lesson, and that he was focused on Sunday’s game.

Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana takes batting practice during team workout, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Cleveland. The Indians will play the winner of the wild card game between the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins in the ALDS on Thursday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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Red Sox made offer to Carlos Santana, but Phillies were a better deal

The first baseman agreed to Philadelphia’s three-year, $60 million deal on Friday.

CHAD FINN | UNCONVENTIONAL PREVIEW

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How can it be a rivalry when Pittsburgh has never beaten the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick Patriots in a playoff game?

Nora Princiotti

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/wiggs_Minicamp_02-13452.jpg Alan Branch will not play Sunday against the Steelers

The defensive tackle suffered a knee injury Monday night and did not practice all week.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/890609182.jpg The Steelers are making quite an impression on Bill Belichick

The Patriots coach has been busy studying Sunday’s opponent.

Longmeadow's Joseph Cardaropoli tries to get around Brockton's goalie, David Isaac in Division 1 State Championship soccer, at Worcester State University. Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe.

Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe

Boston Globe 2017 Fall All-Scholastics teams

See a sport-by-sport rundown of the players of the year and top performers from the recently completed season.

SPORTS LOG

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An All-Star shortstop for the Reds last season, Cozart will shift to third base after signing a three-year deal with the Angels.

Dan Shaughnessy

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/14/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-14850.png The Steelers can talk a big game, but they’re not going to win it

After all the news and noise, the Patriots will go into Pittsburgh and cut the Steelers’ hearts out. Again.

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/893127476-14891.jpg The Celtics spread some holiday cheer, and took a little home as well

For one day, the records and statistics didn’t matter. The Celtics were heroes at Boston Children’s Hospital.

NFL NOTEBOOK

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A former White House chief of staff will head the team’s investigation into 81-year-old Jerry Richardson.

Bruins’ Matt Beleskey clears waivers

The underperforming forward’s next stop will be Providence of the AHL.

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The Steelers offensive tackle and Army veteran appreciates Tom Brady’s connection to the military.

UMass head coach Matt McCall gestures during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Minnesota, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in New York. Minnesota won 69-51.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Joe Sullivan | College Basketball

Surprise, surprise: UMass is better than everyone thought

What might have been a lost season has turned out pretty good so far under new coach Matt McCall.

Season Ticket Podcast

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/seasonticket_300-14866.jpg Previewing Steelers-Patriots with Bill Cowher

The former Pittsburgh coach and “NFL Today” analyst joined guest host Chad Finn to discuss Sunday’s showdown.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/14/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/ac3330de68794229af9d8c181d11656e-ac3330de68794229af9d8c181d11656e-14839.jpg After meeting with J.D. Martinez, Red Sox in wait-and-see mode

That the Red Sox are more focused on Martinez than first baseman Eric Hosmer was the biggest takeaway from the winter meetings.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/14/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/b1856dd3b63947e292b1f581d23b1938-b1856dd3b63947e292b1f581d23b1938-0.jpg Is the risk worth the reward with J.D. Martinez?

Will the Red Sox blow past the point of relative five-year comfort to add Martinez for six or even seven years?

BEN VOLIN I ON FOOTBALL

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The Steelers should have a tough time stopping the Patriots. But the Patriots should have a tough time stopping the Steelers.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker L.J. Fort (54) and cornerback Artie Burns (25) in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

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STEELERS NOTEBOOK

Steelers cornerback Artie Burns, 22, already believes he has CTE

“I don’t need a test. Is it going to tell me how much I have? We play a physical sport, man.”