Avalanche 6, Bruins 3

Zdeno Chara suffers lower body injury in setback at Colorado

Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk, right, watches his shot for a goal against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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Bruins captain appeared to injure his left knee when it buckled in the first period of Wednesday night’s 6-3 loss to the Avalanche.

Boston, MA: 11-14-18: The Celtics Jaylen Brown brings the crowd out of their seats as he slams home two first quarter points on a breakaway dunk. The Boston Celtics hosted the Chicago Bulls in a regular season NBA basketball game at TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)



Celtics hammer Bulls at Garden

Kyrie Irving had 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists for Boston.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/14/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_st8g_spts.jpg Red Sox and Alex Cora agree to contract extension

The World Series-winning skipper was extended through 2021, with a club option for 2022.


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Yelich, this year’s MVP favorite in the NL, was available to the Sox in the 2010 draft, and they really liked him.

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Last Sunday against the Titans, Tom Brady targeted Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon 12 times each.


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The folks at ESPN NFL Matchup determined Brady is last when it comes to quarterback rating against the blitz.


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Hayward had been limited to about 25 minutes per game as he dealt with lingering soreness in his left ankle.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1061537080.jpg With Bulls in town, it was the right time for Celtics to break slump

Jaylen Brown showed the confidence he played with last season, finishing with a team-high 18 points.


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Four of the top five scorers in the NHL (six of the top 25) clashed as the Bruins started their road trip.

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Their bye-week break is about to begin, and they won’t be back on the field until Monday at the earliest.

Bob Ryan

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“Fridays With Bill” combs through the coach’s end-of-week press conferences for his most engaging, almost ebullient moments.

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Kirk Minihane, who has been on a leave of absence since September, will stay within the Entercom group.

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

Boston, MA--10/22/2018-- Celtics Gordon Hayward drives past Magic Aaron Gordon (L) during the first quarter of game action at TD Garden in Boston. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Celtics-Magic Reporter:

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Celtics notebook

Gordon Hayward said he will come off the bench if that’s what the Celtics need

Brad Stevens is considering lineup changes with the Celtics falling behind by 20 points in each of the past three games.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/31slider13-24504.jpg Alex Cora beaten out for AL Manager of the Year by Bob Melvin

Alex Cora was second behind the Oakland skipper, who finished with a 97-65 record and guided his team to the wild-card game.


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The Celtics were basically anointed Eastern Conference champs before the season but they haven’t played that way.

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 11: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots escapes a tackle by Harold Landry #58 of the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at Nissan Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

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Trick plays that make Tom Brady a receiver or blocker aren’t worth it

In each of their last three games, the Patriots have exposed their 41-year-old QB to too much risk.

Brins notebook

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Carlo remained at home as the Bruins traveled to Denver.

Patriots notebook

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Dawson (hamstring) returned to practice two weeks ago and will have close to a month to prepare for his first NFL game.

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.

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Tuukka Rask returns to Bruins after ‘making things right’ at home

The goaltender, who will play Friday or Saturday, said his leave of absence was to take care of a family matter.


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The Celtics have not shown interest in Anthony, basically exiled in Houston, but are monitoring the situation.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1060285488.jpg Dwayne Allen to miss a few weeks with a knee injury, report says

The injury won’t require surgery, according to NFL Network.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/876325680-24480.jpg Rams-Chiefs game Monday moved to LA because of poor conditions in Mexico

The NFL announced the decision six days before one of the most anticipated games of the year.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/05562fef9db94901bb71a0912337753c-05562fef9db94901bb71a0912337753c-0.jpg Here are 10 options for the Red Sox as possible closers in 2019

Craig Kimbrel is on the market, and if the Red Sox don’t re-sign him, the job will be open.

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DeGrom won just 10 games, the fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starter, while Snell led the majors with 21 wins.


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Star running back chose not to report to Pittsburgh and sign his one-year, $14.5-million franchise tender in time to play this season.

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)

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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.

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.

Frank Dell’apa | Soccer notebook

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Their business model and roster strategy have resulted in a potent team and record attendance.

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Dennis-Yarmouth stuns Watertown in D2 field hockey

Dennis-Yarmouth snapped Watertown’s postseason winning streak at 49 and advanced to the state final.


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Amaral scored three minutes into the game in a 3-0 victory over Masconomet.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/JCetrino(14gvolley)005.jpg Barnstable maintains perfect form against Franklin

Raiders (23-0) to play Newton North for Division 1 state title Saturday.

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)

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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.


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The Saints have won eight straight, and Brees has emerged as the front-runner for his first MVP award.

NFL notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/810ce0f5677e4132a887061f8d44b9c3-810ce0f5677e4132a887061f8d44b9c3-0.jpg Le’Veon Bell refuses to sign tender, will not play this season

The Steelers star will become a free agent in the spring, hoping to become the highest-paid running back in the NFL.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/12/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/070ad601081141928e1d462b5b2a9c1e-070ad601081141928e1d462b5b2a9c1e-0.jpg It’s not time to panic, but everything isn’t peachy, and other thoughts on the Celtics

Here are some thoughts, stats, and observations after 10 nights on the road with the team.

Nashville TN 11/11/18 New England Patriots head coach Bill Beichick does not like what he is seeing against the Tennessee Titans during fourth quarter action at Nissan Field. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:


As Titans showed, the Patriots mystique may be fading

Some opponents this season haven’t appeared at all intimidated by Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, and their track record.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/12/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Lee111118patstitans23-24425.jpg How Titans cornerback Adoree’ Jackson kept Josh Gordon in check

The second-year Titans cornerback had things covered against the Patriots receiver.

King Philip, last season’s Division 2 state champion, will play North Andover in the state title game again this year.


Two high school Super Bowl matchups are set, and 10 games will decide the others

Ten state semifinals games will be played to finalize the matchups at Gillette Stadium on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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Read his recent “On Second Thought” columns and more features from the longtime Globe writer.