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Boston College head coach Steve Addazio speaks to media after football practice, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BC football team tackles a challenging itinerary on Ireland trip

The preparations for this season’s opener were vastly different for coach Steve Addazio.

Fifth-year senior Patrick Towles is getting a fresh start at Boston College.


Kentucky is home for Patrick Towles, but he’s found his calling at BC

Towles spent his entire childhood dreaming of playing for the Wildcats, but Chestnut Hill is now home.

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2015, file photo, Pittsburgh running back James Conner (24) tries to get past Youngstown State Penguins safety LeRoy Alexander (3) on a long run during an NCAA football game in Pittsburgh. Less than a year after his cancer diagnosis, 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year Conner rejoined his teammates for training camp Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)


2016 ACC football team-by-team previews

Here’s how things are shaping up in the Atlantic and Coastal Divisions.

BC coach Katie Crowley will lead her team into a Frozen Fenway matchup against Harvard on Jan. 10.


BC, Harvard women will face off at Frozen Fenway

Proceeds from the Jan. 10 game will benefit the Denna Laing Fund.

Ross Comis, who threw two touchdown passes in limited action last season, succeeds Blake Frohnapfel.


QB Ross Comis ready to take reins at UMass

After two seasons working behind Blake Frohnapfel, the redshirt sophomore is confident he can lead the Minutemen.

Does Tom Brady want a 4-0 start by Jimmy Garoppolo (rear), or does TB12 want to enter in Week 5 and save the season?


How much of the Brady-Garoppolo soap opera is real?

We’re working on a mystery without any clues. It’s armchair psychology on armchair quarterbacking.

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Intercity League champion Lexington Blue Sox pray for stricken teammate

Former Babson College All-American Dave Ahern in serious condition at Tufts Medical Center after cardiac arrest.

Cal quarterback Davis Webb threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score in a 51-31 win over Hawaii on Saturday in Sydney.

Cal 51, Hawaii 31

Cal routs Hawaii in college football’s season opener

The Golden Bears won the matchup Down Under that served as the kickoff to the 2016 season.

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Austin Burton passes up BC for UCLA

The former Newton South star changed his mind after an early verbal commitment to BC.

Mr. Duplin was the US Sailing Yachtsman of the Year in 1963.

Joseph Duplin, 82, champion sailor, longtime Tufts coach

Mr. Duplin produced seven national championship teams at Tufts and is enshrined in the National Sailing Hall of Fame.

Devin Butler (second from right) was suspended indefinitely by Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly.


Notre Dame disciplines players after weekend incidents

Starting safety Max Redfield was kicked off the team and backup cornerback Devin Butler was suspended indefinitely.

Boston College players celebrated their NCAA title in 2010 at Detroit’s Ford Field. The city’s new hockey arena could soon host another Frozen Four.

New Detroit arena wants to host Frozen Four

Little Caesars Arena will be the future home of the Detroit Red Wings.

Geno Auriemma posed with former UConn players Diana Taurasi (left) and Sue Bird after the US captured another gold medal in women’s basketball.

Gary Washburn | On basketball

What’s left for Geno Auriemma to conquer?

The UConn coach has done it all on the college and national stages.

Devin Butler (12) celebrates with his Notre Dame teammates after beating BC at Fenway Park last November.


Six Notre Dame football players arrested in two separate incidents

Devin Butler was involved in a scuffle with police, and five others were stopped by police and found to have marijuana and a handgun in their possession.

Former Boston University hockey coach Jack Parker recently sought treatment for fear of heights and claustrophobia.

Boston University hockey legend Jack Parker faces formidable fear

As the population ages, researchers are realizing they have long under-estimated the reach of hidden anxieties among older adults.

Defensive back John Johnson (right) was one reason BC finish sixth in the nation in passing yards allowed last season.

BC scrimmage dominated by defensive backs

BC boasts experienced DBs that helped the Eagles lead the nation in total defense last season.

Chestnut Hill MA 10/10/15 Boston College Eagles place kicker Colton Lichtenberg reacting after missing his second field goal of the game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during second half action at Alumni Stadium on Saturday October 10, 2015. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: Wake Forest-BC Reporter: Michael Vega

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BC kicker Colton Lichtenberg aims for improved accuracy

Sophomore looks to put last season behind him by putting his best foot forward in 2016.

WORCESTER St. John's of Shrewsbury player Davon Jones breaks free for a touchdown during a scrimmage with Doherty High School.

Davon Jones adds wallop to BC backfield

The sophomore running back is ready to contribute after sitting out last season.

Connor Gaudette (left) underwent Tommy John surgery and Nick Martin played through shoulder pain.


Pitcher, catcher duo carries Shrewsbury Post 397 to state title

Connor Gaudette and Nick Martin overcame injuries to help their team clinch the Massachusetts American Legion championship.


GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Brookline teen James Imai won the MGA Junior Amateur and the New England Junior PGA title in back-to-back weeks.


GlobeSouth: Noteworthy performances

Walpole’s Johnny Adams received the Daniel J. Silva Sportsmanship Award from the Cape Cod League.

Boston College quarterback Patrick Towles throws a football during football practice, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Towles, Wade set sights on Boston College starting quarterback job

After scrambling for a quarterback last year, Eagles coach Steve Addazio likes having two talented candidates doing battle.

Former college football coach Bill Dooley reminisced about his career during a 2006 interview.

Bill Dooley, 82, former college football coach

Mr. Dooley’s teams at North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest won 162 games while he was in charge.

Former tight end Ben Braunecker was one of Harvard’s offseason losses.


Despite losses, Harvard is pick in Ivy football poll

The Crimson graduated 15 starters from a 9-1 squad, including Ivy Offensive Player of the Year Scott Hosch.

Patrick Towles is a towering presence at 6 feet 5 inches, and has a reputation for taking chances on big plays.

As BC opens practice, there is competition at quarterback

Returnee Darius Wade and Kentucky transfer Patrick Towles are the top candidates for the job.

21loos - Lowell, MA: 7/29/16 Chris Gendron, a former Globe All-Scholastic who will run at Stonehill, trains at Shedd Park. (Mary Schwalm for The Boston Globe)

High school stars gear up for college challenge

Chris Gendron (Lowell), Kristen McCarthy (Danvers), and Aidan Wood (Waring School) are getting ready to compete at a higher level.

Former University of Florida football coach Steve Spurrier, shown being carried off the field by players, will return to the university in an off-field role.

Steve Spurrier returns to Florida

The former Gators coach, who left South Carolina last year, will serve as an ambassador and consult the university.

Coach Steve Addazio leaned on the nation’s top-ranked defense during a 3-9 campaign in 2015.


Steve Addazio has learned from the mistakes of last year’s futile season

BC’s coach has more experience at QB, including Kentucky transfer Patrick Towles.

FILE - In this March 1, 2016, file photo, David Benedict listens as he is introduced as the University of Connecticut's new athletic director during a news conference in Storrs, Conn. UConn's new athletic director says he's waiting to hear from the Big 12 about its interest level in the school before reaching out with an official pitch to join the conference. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

UConn waiting to hear from Big 12

Athletic director David Benedict said school is interested in being evaluated for possible Big 12 expansion.

Pace Academy's Wendell Carter Jr (22) passes the bal during the Class AA boys basketball championship at the Macon Coliseum Friday, March 4, 2016 in Macon, Ga. (Kent D. Johnson/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT


Harvard is on the short list of this top hoops recruit

Ranked No. 2 among high schoolers, Wendell Carter Jr. is already popping up in NBA mock drafts for 2018.


GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

Amesbury’s Robert Hollinger recorded a 22-second victory in the Mass. State Triathlon held July 10 in Winchendon.


GlobeSouth: Noteworthy performances

Dedham High grad Ellen Masalsky captured the gold medal in the javelin at the Bay State Summer Games.


GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Lincoln’s Ryan Wolfsberg is hitting NECBL-best .381 for the New Bedford Bay Sox.


Globe South: Noteworthy performances

Canton’s Jayson King has resigned as head coach of the Franklin Pierce University baseball team, and will be the associate head coach at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., next year.


GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

A Williams College grad was nominated by the New England Small College Athletic Conference for NCAA Woman of the Year.


Oklahoma State basketball player dies during workout

Tyrek Coger, a 21-year-old transfer, collapsed and died of undisclosed causes.

Commissioner John Swofford announces an ACC/ESPN Network during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)


ACC Network to launch in 2019

The media agreement with ESPN runs through 2035-36.

The multipurpose arena will be built on Bentley’s South Campus.

Finally, a rink at Bentley for the Falcons to call home

A multipurpose arena will soon breathe new life into the Waltham campus.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw walks in the dugout before a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Saturday, June 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


Back surgery a possibility for Dodgers’ Kershaw

The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner suffered a setback over the weekend.


GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

Salem State University outfielder Macdaniel Singleton is hitting .320 with eight doubles for the North Shore Navigators of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 1999, file photo, Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, right, poses with his defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky during Penn State Media Day at State College, Pa. Penn State President Eric Barron is decrying new allegations in a letter Sunday, May 8, 2016, that former coach Paterno was told that Sandusky had sexually abused a child as early as 1976 and that assistant coaches witnessed the abuse of other children. (AP Photo/Paul Vathis, File)

New documents indicate Paterno knew of Sandusky abuse in ’76

A man testified in 2014 that Penn State football coach Joe Paterno ignored his complaints of a sexual assault in 1976.

10sonoteworthy - Former Babson baseball player Trevor Boyce. (Babson College)


GlobeSouth: Noteworthy performances

Brandeis sophomore Emily Bryson of Quincy was the second-fastest female in the Hingham Road Race on July 4.

Connecticut College swimmer Mike Fothergill of Medford, Mass. Credit: Connecticut College 10nonoteworthy


GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

Connecticut College rising senior swimmer Mike Fothergill of Medford was named to the Scholar All-America team.

Coach Ryan McCarthy, (third from left) will be coaching the Northeast baseball team in the upcoming Bay State Games for the 15th straight year, shown here with three of his players, Quin Stott (Newburyport High) Brian Hadden (Newburyport High) and Christian O'Brien (Triton) on Tuesday July 5, 2016. McCarthy is the head baseball coach at Triton Regional High School. Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe


Triton Regional baseball coach beaming in Bay State dugout

Ryan McCarthy has guided the Northeast squad since 2002. This summer, he will coach his stepson for the first time in the Games.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, speaking during minicamp last month, said Wednesday that he believes BC football coach Steve Addazio is “moving things in the right direction.”

Matt Ryan, Luke Kuechly see brighter days ahead for BC football

The NFL stars, who will have their numbers retired at the Heights, expect improvement from the Eagles in 2016.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) speaks to the media at the conclusion of an NFL football practice in Flowery Branch, Ga. Tuesday, June 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)

BC to retire jerseys of Matt Ryan, Luke Kuechly

The Falcons quarterback and Panthers linebacker will be honored at separate games at Alumni Stadium this fall.

03SONoteworthies - Springfield College soccer player Brooke Hattinger. (Springfield College)


GlobeSouth: Noteworthy performances

Quincy’s Matt Rodriguez is hitting .463 for first-place Al Thomas Athletics in the Yawkey League.

03wenoteworthy - Norfolk's Nadia Lawrence. (handout)


GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Shrewsbury’s Mike Coggeshall is hitting .441 for the Worcester Bravehearts in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: (L-R) Desiree Linden, Shalene Flanagan and Amy Cragg celebrate after qualifing for the Women's Olympic Team in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon on February 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images)


GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan broke her own American record for 10 kilometers in Sunday’s BAA 10K.

Boston 01/11/14 Umass-Lowell vs Northeastern at Frozen Fenway- Northeastern's Colton Saucerman congratulates teammate Braden Pimm who scored a 2nd period goal to put NU up 1-0. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(sports)

Frozen Fenway will make a return in 2017

Four Hockey East matchups are scheduled for January, and other college and high school games are in the works.