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Celtics notebook
Lakers star LeBron James scores on a layup in front of Robert Williams (left) and Josh Richardson as the Celtics couldn't stop the Lakers from getting to the basket Tuesday night.

The Celtics gave the Lakers a green light to go into the paint

Boston has been generally solid defending the interior this season, but they gave up 66 points in the paint to the Lakers Tuesday night. 57 minutes ago

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK
Mike Onwenu helped the Patriots run for 220 yards in their win over the Bills.

Mike Onwenu’s presence made a big statement in Patriots’ win over Bills

The lineman reported as an eligible receiver 31 times during Monday's game, giving New England a six-man look up front that powered a dominant run game. 1 hour ago

BRUINS NOTEBOOK
Curtis Lazar (right) potted his first goal of the season on Saturday in the loss to Tampa Bay.

Home again, Curtis Lazar ready to show how much he’s grown

On his fourth NHL organization at 26, the native of British Columbia and childhood Canucks fan is back playing at his comfortable center position and picking up critical experience. 2 hours ago

NFL NOTEBOOK
Wide receiver Mike Williams (left), deemed a close contact, was one of two Chargers who joined Keenan Allen on the NFL's COVID/Reserve list.

Chargers’ COVID issues adding up as Mike Williams, Chris Harris Jr. added to Reserve list

Both players were close contacts and are "day to day", but with Keenan Allen previously testing positive, Los Angeles could be minus its top two receivers Sunday. 2 hours ago

Sports Log
Alabama quarterback Bryce Young the SEC’s offensive player of the year on Wednesday.

Alabama QB Bryce Young, LB Will Anderson Jr. named SEC players of year

It was the second straight year Alabama had the offensive and defensive players of the year, with Heisman-winning wide receiver DeVonta Smith and cornerback Patrick Surtain taking the awards in 2020.

MIAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Swampscott celebrated with its Division 5 Super Bowl trophy on Dec. 1, both the venue and the prize not rewards given to those participating in other sports this fall.

MIAA tackling question of whether football gets favorable treatment

In a virtual meeting, board members heard criticisms regarding how the football tournament was handled versus other sports, namely its finals being staged at Gillette Stadium and its players getting special benefits.

CHAD FINN
Bill Belichick has erased a lot of doubts with the Patriots on a seven-game winning streak.

With Patriots on a seven-game win streak, Bill Belichick has changed the narrative and won over some skeptics

His franchise quarterback is gone, along with some of his long-trusted staff, but Belichick's recent success has proven he still is at the top of his game.

Tennis
Serena Williams, the seven-time champion, has withdrawn from the Australian Open.

Serena Williams withdraws from Australian Open: ‘I am not where I need to be physically to compete’

Williams, 40, did not specify what if any injuries she was dealing with but said she was acting on medical advice.