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Boston, Ma, Nov. 15, 2018-Stan Grossfeld/ Globe Staff---Ben Abercrombie, the Harvard football safety who was paralyzed in his first collegiate game 16 months ago, returns to Harvard Stadium to greet his teammates. The Hoover, Alabama native will attend the Harvard-Yale game this Saturday. Here a TV camera records a joyful Abercrombie on the field.

Stan Grossfeld

Ahead of The Game, Harvard welcomes back an inspirational visitor

Ben Abercrombie, paralyzed in his first game last year, visited his teammates Thursday and will be there Saturday when they play Yale.

Harvard captain Zach Miller visited Fenway Park in the spring, but he’ll be suiting up for real Saturday.

Harvard takes on its old rival in a brand-new setting: Fenway Park

Amid all the hoopla, the Crimson will try to maintain their momentum and knock off Yale.

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NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Worcester State junior Amari King of Lawrence was named MASCAC Volleyball Player of the Year after her Lancers won the conference tournament.

Linc Marsac is now a rafting guide in the Adirondacks of New York State.

CATCHING UP WITH ...

Cohasset grad Linc Marsac has taken his passion to the Hudson River

Linc Marsac starred on the soccer field and basketball court at Cohasset High. These days, he has found a new home in the Adirondacks.

18zocampus -- Margie Cullen. (Georgetown Athletics)

Needham’s Cullen aims higher at Georgetown University

The three-season running star at Needham High earned first-team Big East cross-country honors this fall.

Sports Log

IUPUI stuns Boston College in men’s basketball

IUPUI’s Cameron Justice scored 5 of his game-high 29 points in the closing three minutes in the upset at Conte Forum.

Greater Boston author readings Nov. 18-24

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Fitchburg State basketball player apologizes for striking opponent in the face

“I’m not only apologizing to Nate Tenaglia, but also to my teammates, the coaching staff, the University, and the whole basketball community.”

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - NOVEMBER 10: Quarterback EJ Perry #4 of the Boston College Eagles passes in the fourth quarter of the game against the Clemson Tigers at Alumni Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)

BC football preparing EJ Perry to start at quarterback at Florida State

There’s a possibility that the sophomore from Andover could make his first college start in Tallahassee.

Massachusetts' Andy Isabella (5) runs into the end zone against Liberty defenders in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Amherst, Mass., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (J. Anthony Roberts/The Republican via AP)

UMASS AT NO. 5 GEORGIA SATURDAY, 4 p.m.

UMass braces for game against No. 5 Georgia in finale

No one expects the Minutemen to push the Bulldogs, but they’re hoping to play well enough to use it as a springboard for next season.

Déjà vu all over again: 1968 Harvard-Yale game

The surprising resonance of a legendary game in a troubled, riven time.

Vic Gatto, who caught a touchdown pass as time expired to help Harvard tie Yale, returned to the scene of his glory last month.

50 years later, Harvard’s 29-29 ‘win’ over Yale still resonates

The 1968 classic is the most celebrated and remembered contest between the ancient rivals, and for good reason.

Fitchburg State basketball player suspended for elbowing opponent in the face

Junior guard Kewan Platt was suspended indefinitely from the team and barred from campus.

Providence guard A.J. Reeves reacts after getting fouled while shooting a basket in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Wichita State at the Veterans Classic tournament in Annapolis, Md., Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Danny Hurley has work to do at UConn, and other thoughts

Jordan Roland (Northeastern) and A.J. Reeves (Providence) have been impressive in the early going of the season.

Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer talks to Rutgers guard Arella Guirantes (24) during a timeout in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college basketball game against Central Connecticut Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers defeated Central Connecticut 73-44 as Stringer got her 1,000th career win. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Rutgers 73, Cent. Conn. 44

A grand night: C. Vivian Stringer joins 1,000-win club

The 70-year-old Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer is also the first African American to reach 1,000 wins.

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (24) salutes after a three-point basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Vermont in Lawrence, Kan., Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. Vick scored 32 points in the game. Kansas defeated Vermont 84-68. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Kansas 84, Vermont 68

Vermont wins respect, but No. 2 Kansas gets W

Lagerald Vick (32 points) was 8 of 8 from beyond the arc, helping Kansas win its 46th straight home opener.

DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 11: Teammates Zion Williamson #1 and RJ Barrett #5 of the Duke Blue Devils react after a play against the Army Black Knights during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Duke jumps over Kansas to No. 1 in men’s college basketball poll

Duke set a record with its 135th week at No. 1, breaking a tie with UCLA for the most top rankings in poll history.

Chestnut Hill, MA - 11/10/2018 - (1st quarter) Boston College Eagles quarterback Anthony Brown (13) was injured on this play and left the game when he was tackled by Clemson Tigers defensive lineman Christian Wilkins (42) early in the first quarter. Boston College Eagles host the Clemson Tigers at Alumni stadium in Chestnut Hill. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Julian Benbow, Topic: 11Clemson-BC, LOID: 8.4.3738276196.

BC quarterback Anthony Brown may not be able to go vs. Florida State

Brown sustained an abdominal injury when he was tackled in the first quarter against Clemson.

SYRACUSE, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Head coach Bobby Petrino of the Louisville Cardinals runs off the field before the game against the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome on November 9, 2018 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Sports Log

Bobby Petrino’s time’s up as Louisville’s football coach

The exit will be expensive for Louisville, which owes Petrino $14 million under his extension signed in April 2016

Boston College basketball team honors fallen military heroes

Amy Cotta, founder of Medals of Honor, has her own story to tell in forming a national organization that reaches out to the families left behind.

BC 74, ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN 69

Boston College has just enough to top St. Francis

Ky Bowman scored 26 points to lead the way for the Eagles (2-0).

Chestnut Hill, MA - 11/10/2018 - (1st quarter) Clemson Tigers tight end Milan Richard (80) and teammates celebrate his reception for a touchdown during the first quarter. Boston College Eagles host the Clemson Tigers at Alumni stadium in Chestnut Hill. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Julian Benbow, Topic: 11Clemson-BC, LOID: 8.4.3738276196.

Christoper L. Gasper

BC helped Clemson prep for the playoff. One day they hope to close the gap with them

Still, the No. 2 Tigers encountered their toughest fight against an ACC Atlantic Division opponent. “I knew it would be coming up here,” said Clemson coach Dabo Swinney.

Chestnut Hill, MA - 11/10/2018 - (1st quarter) Boston College Eagles quarterback Anthony Brown (13) is taken down by Clemson Tigers defensive lineman Christian Wilkins (42) and left the game on the play with an apparent arm injury during the first quarter. Boston College Eagles host the Clemson Tigers at Alumni stadium in Chestnut Hill. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Julian Benbow, Topic: 11Clemson-BC, LOID: 8.4.3738276196.

Clemson 27, Boston College 7

Boston College was dealt a blow early and couldn’t recover

Eagles quarterback Anthony Brown was injured on BC’s first offensive series, and the Tigers held BC to 131 yards.

BYU 35, UMass 16

BYU scores 35 straight, tops UMass at Gillette Stadium

Next Saturday, the Minutemen (4-7) will end its season with a game at No. 5 Georgia.

Harvard 29, Penn 7

Brian Dunlap catches two TD passes, defense causes four turnovers as Harvard stuffs Penn

The Crimson will close out the season next Saturday when they host Yale to be held this year at Fenway Park in the 135th playing of The Game

11/10/2018 CHESTNUT HILL, MA Fans cheered during ESPN's College Gameday show held at Boston College. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

BC FOOTBALL

An inside look at the signs, sights, and sounds of ‘College GameDay’ at Boston College

ESPN’s “College GameDay” was at Boston College ahead of the Eagles’ showdown with Clemson.

Clemson's Travis Etienne (9) is knocked out of bounds by Wake Forest's Essang Bassey (21) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CLEMSON AT BC | SATURDAY, 8 P.M. (ABC)

Five things to watch for in BC-Clemson

There will be a lot on the line when the ACC foes square off at Alumni Stadium Saturday night.

11/09/2018 Boston Ma- ESPN College Game Day show host Rece Davis (cq) left and Desmond Howard (cq) right was on the campus of Boston College. The BC Eagles are playing the Clemson Tigers this weekend. Jonathan Wiggs /Globe Staff Reporter:Topic:

‘GameDay’ forecasts for BC-Clemson begin with the weather

Some on the ESPN crew believe the wind and chill could be an equalizer and help BC’s chances.

Chestnut Hill, MA: June 28, 2017: Boston College Athletic Director Martin Jarmond is pictured as he poses with Alumni Stadium and Conte Forum in the backround. (Globe Staff Photo/ Jim Davis)

How Boston College AD Martin Jarmond brought ‘College GameDay’ to campus

Jarmond used his experience and connections to arrange a huge dose of national publicity for the program.

30zocampus - Ally Hammel (Tim Gallagher)

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Duxbury’s Ally Hammel was the Outstanding Player of the Patriot League tourney for the BU women’s field hockey team.

Massachusetts' Andy Isabella (5) runs into the end zone against Liberty defenders in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Amherst, Mass., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (J. Anthony Roberts/The Republican via AP)

UMass seeks to make it three in a row

The duo of Andy Isabella and Ross Comis have found offensive magic.

Cambridge10/20/18 Princeton at Harvard Football- Harvard's Wesley Ogsbury puts his arms around Princeton's wide receiver Jesper Horsted after a 1st qtr reception. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

Harvard counting on fast start against Penn

The 4-4 Crimson need a victory to guarantee a .500 or better record.

Derek Holmes keeps getting better.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Marshfield’s Derek Holmes going the distance for UMass Lowell cross-country

Sophomore runner helped propel River Hawks to the America East title.

Boston College players celebrate after defeating Louisville during an NCAA college football game in Boston, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

TARA SULLIVAN

This week, Boston is a college football town — enjoy it

The football team is 7-2, ranked 17th, and has a huge home matchup with Clemson Saturday that is creating a lot of buzz.

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2017, file photo, Clemson's Christian Wilkins (42) defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Boston College, in Clemson, S.C. Wilkins was selected to the AP Preseason All-America team, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)

Clemson’s Christian Wilkins hopes for a triumphant homecoming

The star defensive tackle was a BC fan growing up in Springfield — but now he wants to crush the Eagles.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 06: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils and Javin DeLauier #12 celebrate against the kentucky Wildcats during the State Farm Champions Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on November 6, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Champions Classic

Fantastic freshmen help No. 4 Duke blow out No. 2 Kentucky

RJ Barrett scored 33 points and Zion Williamson added 28 in their first college games in a 118-84 in the season-opening Champions Classic

SPORTS LOG

BC rallies, tops Milwaukee in college basketball opener

Ky Bowman scored 19 points as BC shook off a 13-point second-half deficit.

Cambridge MA 2/24/17 Harvard Crimson point guard Bryce Aiken passing the ball against the Yale Bulldogs during first half action at Lavietes Pavilion. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

A bucketful of thoughts on the start of college basketball season

Harvard and NU will be of particular interest locally, and, as always, Kentucky and Duke will be national powers.

Three-time champion Cheryl Milligan steps down as Tufts softball coach

Milligan’s teams won national titles from 2013-15, the first program in Division 3 to win three straight.

No. 2 Clemson and star running back Travis Etienne ran over Louisville, 77-16, Saturday.

BC’s strategy vs. Clemson? ‘We’re going to put together a great plan and go after them’

The No. 17 Eagles (7-2) got little time to bask in 31-21 victory at Virginia Tech Saturday.

Northeastern's Vasa Pusica, right, drives to the basket as Ohio State's C.J. Jackson defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2018-19

Previewing the Mass. Division 1 college basketball teams

College basketball season begins this week, and here is how the local teams are shaping up.

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 15: Donte Ingram #0 and Marques Townes #5 of the Loyola Ramblers celebrate after Ingram makes a game-winning three pointer against the Miami Hurricanes in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at American Airlines Center on March 15, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2018-19

If Loyola did it, why can’t NU, BU, or Harvard make the Final Four?

When a team from a non-power conference achieves such success, it inspires the others on that level.

Boston College, seen last week celebrating a touchdown against Virginia Tech, will host No. 2 Clemson on ESPN College Gameday next Saturday.

BC FOOTBALL

ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ will visit No. 17 BC for game with No. 2 Clemson on Saturday

It will be the pregame show’s first appearance in Chestnut Hill since 2009.

In this Sept. 28, 1996, photo Air Force Academy falconer Josh Johnson stands with falcon Aurora, the academy's official mascot, at the end of a game against Rice at Air Force Academy, Colo. The falcon, which was injured during a prank before the annual rivalry football game against Army, is recovering back in Colorado, but her long-term prognosis is unclear. (The Gazette via AP)

Air Force mascot falcon improving after injury at West Point

An Air Force falcon injured at West Point during an apparent prank before Saturday’s annual rivalry game between the two service academies is back home and showing signs of improvement.

The Boston College football team is now ranked at No. 17 in the AP Top 25 poll.

Boston College moves up to No. 17 in AP Top 25 football poll

The Eagles jumped seven spots after winning their third consecutive game.

UMass 62, Liberty 59 (3 OTs)

UMass needs 3 OTs and 303 receiving yards from Andy Isabella to beat Liberty

UMass put up 777 total yards of offense, including 700 in regulation — a school record.

Boston College quarterback Anthony Brown hands the ball off to running back Travis Levy during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Bell)

BOSTON COLLEGE 31, VIRGINIA TECH 21

Boston College knocks off Virginia Tech

Replacing AJ Dillon after he was shaken up, Travis Levy rushed for 75 yards and two TDs on 11 carries to lift the 24th-ranked Eagles.

HARVARD 52, COLUMBIA 18

Tom Stewart shines as Harvard beats Columbia

Senior passed for 393 yards and a school record-tying five TDs, including the three longest scoring strikes in Harvard history.

Chestnut Hill, MA - 11/02/2018 - Boston College Eagles guard Ky Bowman during the team's practice. Boston College Basketball Media Day - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Julian Benbow, Topic: 03BC Basketball, LOID: 8.4.3693482931.

BC men’s basketball confident with new look

Star guard Jerome Robinson left for the NBA, but Ky Bowman and a young supporting cast hope the Eagles can take the next step.

BLACKSBURG, VA - SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Steve Addazio of the Boston College Eagles reacts following a Virginia Tech Hokies touchdown in the second half at Lane Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Blacksburg, Virginia. Virginia Tech defeated Boston College 49-0 (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)

Boston College calls loss to Virginia Tech a turning point

The Eagles travel to Blacksburg to face the team that gave them one of their most embarrassing losses two years ago on the road.