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Pioneering black soccer player Cyrille Regis, who defied racists, dies

Cyrille Regis forged a career with West Bromwich Albion and defied threats of violence to represent England’s national team, was named an MBE and won an FA Cup along the way.

Boston, MA - 12/16/2017 - (overtime period) New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) provided the screen on the game winning overtime goal by New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36), not pictured.The Boston Bruins host the New York Rangers at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Fluto Shinzawa, Topic: 17Rangers-Bruins, LOID: 8.4.376523049.

SPORTS LOG

Rangers’ Chris Kreider to undergo surgery

The former Boston College star will have a section of the first rib under his collarbone removed and will be sidelined indefinitely.

Boston has celebrated 10 championships this century, five by Tom Brady and the Patriots.

BOB RYAN

As the calendar flips to 2018, let’s examine the state of Boston’s teams

We won’t gloat over the 10 championships this century.

Notable sports deaths of 2017

A look back at some of those from the world of sports whom we lost this year.

Liberia votes as soccer star, vice president vie to succeed Sirleaf

Young Liberians went straight from all-night Christmas celebrations to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election between a former international soccer star and the country’s vice president, who are vying to replace Africa’s first female head of state.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Hanna silences her harshest critic — herself

Former Chelmsford High star Rachel Hanna took her soccer game to Endicott College, with impressive results.

Cincinnati Reds' Zack Cozart hits a single off of Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Doug Fister in the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Cincinnati. The Red Sox won 5-4. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

SPORTS LOG

Busy Angels agree to contract with Zack Cozart

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

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GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Wellesley’s Katie Benzan helped pace Harvard to a 79-69 basketball win over Northeastern Dec. 6.

New York Yankees' Chase Headley warms up during batting practice for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros baseball game Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

SPORTS LOG

Yankees ship Headley, Mitchell to Padres

New York sheds about $13 million from its payroll as it tries to stay under the $197 million luxury tax threshold.

Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore, left, celebrates his goal against the Seattle Sounders during second-half MLS Cup final soccer action in Toronto, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

SPORTS LOG

Jozy Altidore leads Toronto to first MLS Cup championship

He opened the scoring in the 67th minute and Toronto FC beat the visiting Seattle Sounders, 2-0.

Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley hoists the trophy as the team celebrates its win over the Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup final in Toronto, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO FC 2, SEATTLE 0

Toronto wins first MLS Cup title

Jozy Altidore opened the scoring in the 67th minute and Toronto FC beat the Seattle Sounders to become the first Canadian champion in league history.

FILE - In this April 10, 2016, file photo, United States' Hope Solo waits for the team's international friendly soccer match against Colombia in Chester, Pa. Former national team goalkeeper Solo says she’s running for president of U.S. Soccer. Solo made the announcement Thursday night, Dec. 7, 2017, on Facebook. It comes less than a week after current U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said he will not seek a fourth term. His decision came in the wake of the October failure of the U.S. men's team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)

Hope Solo announces she’s running for president of US Soccer

‘‘I know exactly what US Soccer needs to do, I know exactly how to do it, and I possess the fortitude to get it done,’’ she said in her Facebook post.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian football legend Pele and Argentina's former midfielder Diego Maradona pose for pictures ahead of the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on December 01, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SPUTNIK / Alexey NIKOLSKYALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Draw for World Cup groups puts Spain and Portugal together

Host Russia and Saudi Arabia will play June 14 at Moscow in an opener lacking global appeal

Russia passed a federal law banning so-called propaganda of homosexuality to minors in 2013, which has been widely criticized for banning gay pride events or discussions of gay rights in public spaces where children might possibly be present.

Russia signals that rainbow flags will be tolerated at World Cup

Russia’s top anti-discrimination official for soccer said spectators won’t be affected by a Russian law prohibiting ‘‘propaganda’’ of homosexuality to minors.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Lowell’s Trisha Luis works for it, on pitch and off

As she wraps up her final succesful soccer season for Southern New Hampshire University, the Lowell High School product reflects on what drives her.

LEIRA, PORTUGAL -NOVEMBER 14: United States of America midfielder Weston McKennie during the match between Portugal and United States of America International Friendly at Estadio Municipal de Leiria, on November 14, 2017 in Leiria, Portugal. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)

US 1, Portugal 1

McKennie scores in debut as US ties Portugal

The US national soccer team used eight starters 24 or younger in Dave Sarachan’s first match as interim coach.

Foxborough, MA - 11/13/2017 - At the close of the press conference, a banner is held. Flanked by the Revolution general manager Michael Burns (cq), left, and president Brian Bilello (cq), right, Brad Friedel (cq) is introduced as the new head coach, at Gillette Stadium. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 14Revolution Reporter: Frank Dell'Apa

New coach Brad Friedel says Revolution have ‘a lot of good pieces’

The former goalkeeper was introduced Monday at a news conference at Gillette Stadium.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by DANIEL DAL ZENNARO/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9221382bp) Italy's defender Leonardo Bonucci and teammate forward Ciro Immobile show their dejection at the end of the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification playoff second leg soccer match between Italy and Sweden at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 13 November 2017. Sweden won 1-0 on aggregate. Italy vs Sweden, Milan - 13 Nov 2017

SPORTS LOG

Italy fails to qualify for 2018 World Cup

The four-time tournament champion hadn’t missed out on soccer’s biggest event since 1958.

United States forward Christen Press (23) heads the ball as Canada forward Janine Beckie, left, looks on during the first half of an international friendly women's soccer match, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

US 3, Canada 1

US women beat Canada in final match of the year

Julie Ertz, Alex Morgan, and Carli Lloyd scored for the US team, which has not lost to the Canadians since 2001.

CAMPUS ANGLE

On to career, Leahy grateful for soccer’s boost

Newburyport’s Aly Leahy helped Union College to an 8-5-3 record to close out her collegiate soccer career.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Tasker values hard work on, off Tufts soccer pitch

The Sudbury resident tarted all 18 regular season games for defending Division 3 national soccer champion Tufts.

FILE - In this July 17, 2014, file photo, Brad Friedel warms up during Tottenham Hotspurs practice at Virgina Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash. Former U.S. national team goalkeeper Brad Friedel is the new head coach of the New England Revolution. The appointment was announced on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Madeleine Meyer, File)

Revolution announce hiring of Brad Friedel as coach

Friedel has an extensive résumé as a goalkeeper and recently coached the US Under-19 national team.

REMOTE TRANSMISION MF2 10-2-2001:Foxboro:At the practice field at the Wrentham State School, the U.S. Men's National soccer team worked out, and here goalkeeper Brad Friedel works out.

Revolution expected to name Brad Friedel coach

Friedel, the former US national team goalkeeper, has coached the US Under-19 team

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

Andover’s Ollie Eberth racked up 301 total yards and two touchdowns in Amherst’s 31-26 win over Tufts.

Sports Log

Ex-CONCACAF aide sentenced in soccer scandal

Costas Takkas pleaded guilty and sentended to 15 months for laundering bribe money in FIFA scandal.

29nocampus - Southern New Hampshire University athlete Rianna Fasanello (Handout)

CAMPUS ANGLE

For Rianna Fasanello, a rare moment of national fame

A solid defender for the Southern New Hampshire women’s soccer team, senior captain from East Bridgewater netted first goal in four years.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

Reading’s Kevin Krupa scored the first goal of his college soccer career in a 1-0 WPI win over Fitchburg State.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeSouth: Noteworthy

Walpole’s Jack Lavanchy set Bridgewater State single-game records with 14 receptions good for 254 yards against Western Connecticut State.

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GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Newton’s Katie Collins paced the MIT women’s cross-country team to a runnerup finish at the pre-national Division 3 meet.

Foxboro, MA-12/3/2014--Head coach Jay Heaps (cq), left, and assistant coach Tom Soehn (cq) confer during warm-up drills. The New England Revolution practice at Gillette Stadium, on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. They are preparing for the MLS Cup Final at the LA Galaxy. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: Revolution Reporter: John Powers

First step for Revolution is deciding on a coach

GM Mike Burns said the interest in the New England coaching job has been “overwhelming.”

Montreal Impact's Deian Boldor (35) challenges New England Revolution's Krisztian Nemeth during first-half MLS soccer game action in Montreal, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

Revolution 3, Impact 2

Revolution end season on a high note

The win snapped New England’s 18-match winless streak on the road.

New England Revolution defender Angoua Brou Benjamin (4) holds back Montreal Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti (10) as Piatti out positions Benjamin for a free ball during the first half of their MLS soccer game, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

REVOLUTION AT IMPACT | SUNDAY, 4 P.M. (NBCSB)

Revolution get their last chance on the road

New England is 0-13-3 away from home as it visits Montreal to conclude the 2017 season.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Southborough’s Hannah Guzzi had a six-point week as Amherst College’s women’s soccer squad went 3-0.

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GlobeSouth Noteworthy

First-year QB Bobby Maimaron of Duxbury has directed the Williams College football team to a 4-1 start after a winless 2016 season.

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GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

Lynn’s Jake Cassidy led Westfield State to a 33-21 footwall win over Fitchburg State.

Foxborough MA 07/22/17 New England Revolution Diego Fagundez controls the ball in front of Los Angeles Galaxy Romain Allessandrini during first half MLS action at Gillette Stadium. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

REVOLUTION 2, NEW YORK CITY FC 1

Revolution top New York City FC

Diego Fagundez led the way for New England with a pair of goals in the home finale.

Players of Berlin kneel down prior to the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC Berlin and FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

‘Take a knee’ comes to Germany through Hertha solidarity

Hertha Berlin nodded to social struggles in the United States by kneeling before its Bundesliga home game on Saturday.

New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen (24) celebrates with fans after he assisted on his team's second goal against Toronto FC during the second half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass.(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

NEW YORK CITY FC AT REVOLUTION | SUNDAY, 5 P.M. (NBCSB)

Revolution could set a franchise record for most home wins in a season

That is, if New England beats NYCFC Sunday.

SYRACUSE, NY - OCTOBER 13: Dontae Strickland #4 of the Syracuse Orange dives into the end zone for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Clemson Tigers at the Carrier Dome on October 13, 2017 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

SPORTS LOG

Syracuse shocks second-ranked Clemson

Eric Dungey passed for 278 yards and three TDs as the Orange sent the Tigers home with their first loss.

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, United States coach Bruce Arena stands on the sideline during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Trinidad and Tobago, in Couva, Trinidad. Arena has resigned in the wake of the teams U.S. national team’s crash out of contention for the 2018 World Cup. “We didn’t get the job done, and I accept responsibility,” Arena said in a statement on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Bruce Arena resigns as US men’s soccer coach

The move comes three days after the United States failed to qualify for the World Cup.

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Globe North: Noteworthy performances

Haverhill’s Alli Lahiff earned North Atlantic Conference Player of the Week honors after logging 31 kills in three matches for Colby-Sawyer volleyball.

FILE - In this April 10, 2017, file photo, Sunil Gulati, President of the United States Soccer Federation, attends a news conference in New York.A bumbling, stumbling, tumbling qualification campaign ended with a 2-1 loss to an already eliminated Caribbean nation. Now comes the fallout, which almost surely will lead to a new coach and possibly to a new head of the U.S. Soccer Federation. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

WORLD CUP SOCCER

US men’s soccer has many flaws, and a lot of work to do to fix them

The need for change was evident in the US’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Christian Pulisic of the United States men’s national team reacted to their loss to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday.

6 teams to root for now that the US men won’t be in the World Cup

A US-free World Cup is full of interesting storylines.

Michael Bradley (left) and Christian Pulisic (right) of the United States mens national team reacted to their loss against Trinidad and Tobago during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier match on Tuesday.

In shocking upset, US men’s soccer team fails to qualify for World Cup

The Americans, needing only a tie, lost to Trinidad and Tobago in a nightmare finish for US soccer.

U.S. national soccer team player DeAndre Yedlin is carried by trainer Luis Ramirez through water around the practice field during training in Couva, Trinidad, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. Team USA plays against Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ron Blum)

World Cup qualifying

Team USA’s obstacles include rain-soaked field

The United States would secure its eighth straight World Cup berth with a win and almost certainly with a tie.

United States' Christian Pulisic (10) celebrates after scoring a goal against Panama during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

WORLD CUP SOCCER

US men’s soccer team’s job is not done

They’ll still need at least a point Tuesday to book their ticket to the World Cup for the eighth straight time.