That wasn’t a performance the Patriots defense should be proud of

Yes, they knocked off the unbeaten Chiefs, but there’s a lot of work to do.

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How the Patriots neutralized Patrick Mahomes — for a half, anyway

A review of the game film highlights the defensive strategy, as well as several other telling plays.

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Tyreek Hill got a rude reception from Patriots fans, and now one has been banned for life

The Kansas City Chiefs running back got beer and middle fingers to the face after he scored in the fourth quarter.

// 81 percent of people watching TV in Boston area saw Red Sox or Patriots

The Patriots game drew more viewers, although plenty of people were flipping channels back and forth last night.

Tom Brady thinks the Patriots offense can be even better

The quarterback was not satisfied even after a night in which the team scored 43 points and did not punt.

// Breeland Speaks says he let go of Tom Brady because he didn’t want to get a penalty

The Kansas City linebacker said he worried about being called for roughing the passer because he thought Brady already threw the ball.

// Former NESN cameraman John Martin dies of ALS

Adrienne Martin wrote Monday that there would be a memorial celebration in the coming weeks and that family was grateful for the support the past two years.

Alex Speier

Red Sox are not concerned about the number of walks issued in the ALCS

Right now, the team has made a choice: They’d rather risk walks than homers.

// Revolution break ground on new practice facility in Foxborough

The $35 million complex will be adjacent to Gillette Stadium, and the team still has hopes for a soccer-specific playing venue.

// Bruins hope Joakim Nordstrom can add a spark to second line

For now, Bruce Cassidy likes what he sees of Nordstrom skating with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk.

// Chris Hogan turned in a clutch effort, and had added special teams duties

Bill Belichick praised the stamina of the Patriots receiver in what was a taxing win over the Chiefs.


// David Price took some baby steps, and his teammates did the rest

The Red Sox lefthander was one out away from qualifying for a decision, going 4 innings and exiting with a 5-4 lead in Game 2 against the Astros.

Chad Finn

// Two big games, two thrilling wins, one special night

In one evening, the Patriots and Red Sox provided a pair of victories no one will forget anytime soon.

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In a game that lived up to the hype, Tom Brady stiff-armed the NFL’s youth movement

Tom Brady outdueled young gunslinger Patrick Mahomes on a night where offense ruled.


// ‘We needed everybody for this one.’ How the bullpen helped the Red Sox even the ALCS

Red Sox relievers retired 13 of the 16 batters they faced to make Jackie Bradley Jr.’s three-run double hold up for a Game 2 win.

Jim McBride

// Patriots breakdown: The best and worst (and everything in between)

Stephen Gostkowski’s winning field goal capped a night of thrilling up-and-down action.

‘When Mookie’s smiling, good things are happening’: The playoff awakening of a superstar

A happy Betts is a sight for sore eyes in Boston , the briefly subdued superstar alive and kicking yet again after going 2 for 4 in Game 2.

// Chris Sale admitted to hospital with stomach illness

Sale was slated to remain at MGH overnight for further evaluation.


// When decision-making mattered most, Tom Brady — again — rose above

In a back-and-forth thriller with the Chiefs, the Patriots QB made it look easy on the winning drive.

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It wasn’t pretty, but this win may have saved the Patriots’ season

New England’s chance to earn the top seed in the AFC would have been remote if they’d lost to the Chiefs.


// This time, Jackie Bradley Jr. bedazzled you with his offense

The Red Sox center fielder, known for his defensive brilliance but prone to struggles at the plate, turned Game 2 around with a three-run double in the third inning.

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Despite Craig Kimbrel’s struggles, Red Sox bullpen was stellar in Game 2

Matt Barnes, in relief of starter David Price, combined with Ryan Brasier (7th) and Rick Porcello (8th) to get it to Kimbrel (9th).

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Spotlight | Part 2

How college helped fuel Aaron Hernandez’s rise, and speed his fall

The former Patriots star was a rising star with a violent streak enabled by college football. Consequences did not necessarily apply to top athletes.


// Brad Stevens uses Brock Holt’s cycle and subsequent benching as a teaching point

“We’ve used those guys as examples quite a bit,” Stevens said of the Red Sox.

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US 6, Jamaica 0

US headed to Women’s World Cup with 6-0 win over Jamaica

Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan each scored twice in the first half and United States earned a spot in the World Cup next summer in France.


// Salary cap management, luxury-tax bills, and why the Celtics’ time to strike is now

This is as good as it will get for the Celtics in terms of player salaries and a luxury tax that isn’t astronomical.

Jim Venable


Unbeaten Canton seeking outright Hockmock League title

Unranked Bulldogs (6-0, 4-0) primed for postseason success after going 5-6 last season.


// Dodgers hope to ride momentum of comeback into Game 3 vs. Brewers

Tied at one game apiece, the series shifts to Los Angeles with the Dodgers sending rookie Walker Buehler to the mound to oppose Jhoulys Chacin.


// Dak Prescott, Cowboys stun Jaguars in blowout win

Dallas gets a rare big day out of its offense in a dominating victory over Jacksonville.


// Rookie Jason Sanders’s field goal rallies Dolphins past Bears in OT

Backup Brock Osweiler helped AFC East-leading Miami overcome an 11-point second-half deficit in an upset of the Bears.


// Antonio Brown’s TD catch in final seconds gets Steelers past Bengals — again

Ben Roethlisberger helped Pittsburgh beat its AFC North foe for the 16th time in the last 18 meetings in Cincinnati.


// For Bills’ Nathan Peterman, another lost opportunity

The backup QB finally had a good moment or two . . . before he threw a pick-six that sunk the Bills again.

Patriots 43, Chiefs 40

// The Chiefs left too much time, and Tom Brady did what Tom Brady has always done

Brady and the offense drove 65 yards over the final 3 minutes to set up Stephen Gostkowski’s game-winning field goal as time expired.

Red Sox 7, Astros 5: Series tied, 1-1

// How the Red Sox evened the ALCS in Game 2, inning by inning

The Red Sox rallied from a 4-2 deficit to take Game 2, 7-5 Sunday night.

Astros notebook

// Josh Reddick, once a Red Sox, appreciates being back in ‘legendary’ Fenway

“It’s just a true baseball ballpark,” said Reddick.

// Chris Sale is fine, insists Red Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie

LeVangie did acknowledge that Sale had an uncharacteristic lack of command and struggled to put away Astros hitters in Game 1.

Patriots notebook

// Kyle Van Noy is OK with criticism of his play. He’s not OK with personal attacks

The Patriots linebacker is tough not to like; he runs a foundation that helps adopted, disadvantaged, and foster children.


// Steve Pearce is playing an important role for Red Sox, and having fun doing it

He is 6 of 19 in the postseason after essentially taking over for an injured Mitch Moreland at first base.

New England Patriots running back James White celebrates his touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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We graded the best big-play celebrations by the Patriots and around the NFL

Even the Patriots, who last year were a little slow getting in on the fun for fear of punishment from up on hooded high, have had some great ones this year.


// Five games in, the Bruins offense looks as good as advertised

Their top line is producing at a high rate and David Pastrnak is developing into a more complete player.


// Ranking Tom Brady’s trust tree, Sony Michel’s progress, and Trey Flowers’s importance

Nora Princiotti, Ben Volin, and Chad Finn answer a variety of questions about the state of the Patriots through a third of the season.

// Simone Biles upset at anti-Nike tweet from USA Gymnastics president

Olympic champion Simone Biles is upset about an anti-Nike tweet from USA Gymnastics interim president and CEO Mary Bono.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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