Red Sox are scheduled for a White House visit Feb. 15

Team president Sam Kennedy left open the possibility that a lingering government shutdown could affect the plans.

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. The Celtics defeated the Pacers 135-108. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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ADAM HIMMELSBACH

Was Jaylen Brown calling out Kyrie Irving?

On Monday night, Brown repeatedly made statements that sounded increasingly like references to his own frustrations with Irving’s recent comments.

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1081680648.jpg What to expect from the Chiefs defense, and how the Patriots should attack it

The Chiefs are stingy at home, play a multitude of complex coverage schemes, and have one of the best defensive lines in the NFL.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/13/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/p17.jpg Dont’a Hightower keeping Patriots’ defense dialed in

The veteran linebacker’s numbers don’t jump off the stat sheet but his season-long presence has been a key to better communication for the unit.

Kansas City, MO - 09/29/14 - (3rd quarter) With the score 17-0 in the third quarter, Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91)strips the ball from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) which the chiefs recovered at the New England 9 yard line. the Kansas City Chiefs went on to score two plays later to go up 24-0. The New England Patriots take on the Kansas City Chiefs in a Monday Night Football game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Shalise Manza Young, Topic: 30Patriots-Chiefs, LOID: 7.4.2274830836.

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CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Patriots were shellacked in Kansas City in 2014, but it meant little

Though many people saw the rout as a death knell for the dynasty, Bill Belichick was simply “on to Cincinnati.”

ALEX SPEIER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1093395522.jpg How might home-field advantage and frigid temperatures affect Patriots-Chiefs?

What the numbers say about home field, frigid playoff games, and other factors at play in the AFC Championship.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

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Cehlarik, who is Providence’s leading scorer, may be the latest option the Bruins try on David Krejci’s line.

Foxborough, MA - 10/14/2018 - (4th quarter) Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) gets off a pass under pressure from the New England defense. The New England Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs in a Sunday night NFL game at Gillette stadium in Foxborough. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Jim McBride, Topic: 15Patriots-Chiefs, LOID: 8.4.3482575762.

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BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

How the Patriots should defend against Patrick Mahomes this time around

We go deep inside the numbers and the All-22 coaches film to see what to expect from Mahomes and what’s changed since the last time they met.

Chad Finn

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_neden9_spts-001.jpg Where will Patrick Mahomes rank among the QBs Tom Brady has faced in the AFC title game?

The Kansas City signal caller will be the eighth different quarteback to oppose Brady in 13 conference championship games.

TARA SULLIVAN

/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/14/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Tara_Sullivan.tif Is this the NFL’s best championship weekend ever coming up?

There are terrific story lines in each game, highlighted by the quarterback and coaching matchups.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1081680654.jpg Chiefs defense far different than one Patriots lit up in October

Kansas City was without multiple critical parts when the teams met in Week 6.

DENVER, COLORADO - JANUARY 15: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates on the bench against the Denver Nuggets in the fourth quarter at the Pepsi Center on January 15, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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Sixers open with bang; Warriors have NBA-record first quarter

The Warriors had an NBA-record 51-point first quarter in Denver, while the Sixers torched the T’Wolves for 83 points in the first half.

Brooklyn Nets’ DeMarre Carroll (9) is defended by Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum (0) and Gordon Hayward during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Nets 109, Celtics 102

After third straight loss for Celtics, stumbles can no longer be discounted as a hiccup

“I’d be lying if I said we knew our identity,” Marcus Morris said.

NFL notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/05/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Lee_patchiefpre10_spts[1].jpg Colts fire offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo

The former Patriots assistant signed last year when Josh McDaniels was going to be coach.

01-14-18: Boston, MA: The Canadiens Jeff Petry swings his stick and knocks the puck out of the air and by Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask 15 seconds into overtime to give Montreal a 3-2 victory. The Boston Bruins hosted the Montreal Canadiens in a regular season NHL hockey game at the TD Garden. (jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Canadiens 3, Bruins 2

The Bruins were anything but cheery with how this one ended

Jeff Petry scored the winner 15 seconds into OT for the Canadiens.

01-14-18: Boston, MA: The Bruins Jake DeBrusk (74) starts the celebration after teammate David Krejci (not pictured) put the puck by Montreal goalie Carey Price (31) late in the third period to send the game into a very short overtime period. The Boston Bruins hosted the Montreal Canadiens in a regular season NHL hockey game at the TD Garden. (jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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kevin paul dupont | ON HOCKEY

Wanted: Second-line scoring punch for Bruins

To have success in the playoffs, Boston needs to get scoring from a second line centered by David Krejci.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davisbosmon1spts-001.jpg Bruins’ Kevan Miller and Canadiens’ Nicolas Deslauriers have an old-fashioned fist fight

Miller accepted Deslauriers invitation to dance and the combatants threw some haymakers.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1090298114.jpg Bruins defenseman John Moore, watching from press box, takes team-first attitude

Moore has handled his second straight benching like a professional.

Canton’s Xavier Machuga gets a hug from his mother, Katrina, before the start of Tuesday’s game.

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BOYS’ BASKETBALL

For Canton’s Xavier Machuga, a triumphant return

After months of arduous rehab following a brain aneurysm, Xavier Machuga realized his dream by starting for Canton’s basketball team and scoring the first basket.

Romania's Simona Halep celebrates her victory against Estonia's Kaia Kanepi during their women's singles match on day two of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 15, 2019. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images

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australian open

Simona Halep rallies to turn back Kaia Kanepi

The top seed at the Australian Open played consistent, rugged defense against the player who ousted her from the US Open.

SPORTS LOG

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/AFP_1C93HB.jpg Mikaela Shiffrin notches 10th World Cup win of season

The Olympic champion is within striking distance of the all-time record of 14 wins in a single season.

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Chad Finn

Some history since the last time the Patriots did not make the AFC Championship game

It was the 2010, and an upset loss at home to the Jets marked a sixth straight season without a Lombardi Trophy for the Patriots.

CELTICS notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/14/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/ad4cfcd2223e4756a30b18821a93ee49-ad4cfcd2223e4756a30b18821a93ee49-0.jpg Brad Stevens has no problem with players questioning him

The Celtics coach said he welcomes their feedback on strategy, even in tense situations late in games.

Northeastern coach Bill Coen cheers on his team during the first half of an NCAA basketball game against James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va,, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record via AP)

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JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Northeastern vs. Charleston basketball should be a good one

Thursday’s rematch of last year’s conference championship will be a good barometer of where the Huskies stand.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Harden25.jpg James Harden is in Wilt’s company now. Really.

In the last 17 games, Harden has topped 50 points twice and 40 points 10 times and the ailing Rockets are 13-4.

Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy is the 2018 Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year

The longtime columnist was honored by the National Sports Media Association.

Hanover-01/13/2019- Hanover High school's basketball player,#5, Patrick Damon looks to make a pass in the first half against Mansfield. Photo for the Boston Globe by Debee Tlumacki (sports)

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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL NOTES

Rockland’s Fred Damon has led his sons through the shining example of his success

On the same night Damon recorded his 200th coaching win, his youngest son, Patrick, poured in a career-high 25 points for Hanover.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/14/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/Chin011319ChargersPatriots_Sp25.jpg Patriots score huge ratings on television, too

Sunday’s win over the Chargers was the most-watched television event of the football season in Boston across all programming

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts in the fourth quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray declares for NFL draft

The first-round Major League Baseball draft pick and Oklahoma quarterback announced his decision Monday in a tweet.

NFL notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Freddie%20Kitchens.jpg Browns coach Freddie Kitchens: ‘I am not a popular choice. I understand that and I don’t care.’

The new coach will continue to call the offensive plays despite hiring former Tampa Bay coordinator Todd Monken to oversee his offense.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/AFP_1C8886.jpg Serena Williams romps in her Australian Open return

Williams conceded only five points in the first set and was completely clinical in a 6-0, 6-2 win over Tatjana Maria

Sports Log

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/14/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/b44a54034e94485f96b955a74d9a9428-7db44a7190b740e4a6f6811a75c714a3-0.jpg Yankees finalize 2-year, $24 million deal with 2B DJ LeMahieu

The acquisition of 30-year-old Gold Glove-winning second baseman would appear to eliminate pursuit of Manny Machado.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/14/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/bd5d8b9c9e6948a8b1f8e6da6bdf360f-bd5d8b9c9e6948a8b1f8e6da6bdf360f-0.jpg ‘We know the Patriots.’ Chiefs coach Andy Reid discusses AFC Championship matchup

Reid was full of praise for his team’s opponent in Sunday’s conference title game.

Other sports

Kevin Paul Dupont

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Read his recent “On Second Thought” columns and more features from the longtime Globe writer.