Brady will play. The Patriots will win. And the rest of America will keep hating

In the eyes of NFL America, we are the Evil Empire. And we don’t particularly care.

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What to watch for in Patriots-Jaguars AFC Championship game

This game hasn’t gotten as much attention as previous Patriots championship games, thanks to Brady’s hand injury.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Riggs (14) runs to the end zone for a game winning touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of an NFL divisional football playoff game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. The Vikings defeated the Saints 29-24. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


After the ‘Minnesota Miracle,’ Vikings fans believe that this is their time

If the Vikings win on Sunday, they will be the first team to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium.

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Celtics offically sign journeyman forward Jarell Eddie to 10-day contract

The team made the announcement Saturday.

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Red Sox in active negotiations with slugger J.D. Martinez

Despite a stagnant offseason, Tom Werner said the Red Sox roster will be improved.

New Orleans Pelicans guard Tony Allen (24) gestures to fans before an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)


Tony Allen and the value of grinding out a career

The former Celtic talks about the Big Three, his time in Memphis, and teaching his young Pelicans teammates.

Dallas Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock, back, directs his team against the Colorado Avalanche in the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


The evolution of Ken Hitchcock and Hitch Hockey

The Stars are within the Western Conference’s top eight, ahead of Minnesota and Chicago in the Central Division.

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Brady, who was limited in practice Friday, said, “We’ll see,” when asked if he was ready for the Jaguars game.

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) passes against the New England Patriots in the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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How the Patriots and Jaguars match up

Here is a position-by-position breakdown, with a look at who has the edge.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/01/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_butlersack2A_spts.jpg Yes, there are questions, but in the end Patriots will have the answers

The pregame attention is all on Tom Brady, but the Patriots defense should be the story when it’s all said and done.

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The Celtics’ rookie and the injured star have provided encouragement for each other.

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There is no tandem better than Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron

Countless reps since 2010-11 have made them on-ice twins.

Red Sox notebook

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The Sox are negotiating with city and property owners on the street and hope to file a petition soon.

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North Koreans will compete in women’s hockey, figure skating, short track speed skating, Alpine skiing, and cross-country skiing after being given exceptional late entries by the IOC.

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The Jacksonville cornerback has not been afraid to broadcast his brash opinions.

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Jaguars are fully expecting to see Tom Brady under center

“Tommy will play. We know that,” said coach Doug Marrone, dismissing the thought that a hand injury will stop him.


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The first-year analyst, who will work another Patriots game this weekend, was an instant and colossal hit this season.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_patbroncpre11_spts.jpg Drew Bledsoe to serve as honorary captain for AFC Championship

The former Patriot quarterback led the team to a 20-6 victory over the Jaguars in 1997, the first time the team hosted the AFC Championship game.


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The two-time Cy Young Award winner died when he crashed his plane in Florida on Nov. 7.


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Anderson is facing a slew of charges, including threatening a police officer’s family and saying he would rape the officer’s wife.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/01/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_011918_cmx7_spts.jpg Ron Teixeira’s number retired at Catholic Memorial

The first African-American to attend CM, Teixeira was the state’s first 2,000-point scorer and led the Knights to a state title during his senior year.

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Dante Fabbro’s hat trick paces BU over Merrimack

The Terriers won at Merrimack for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

Season Ticket podcast

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/01/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/seasonticket_300-15440.jpg A conversation with Jackie Bradley Jr.

The Red Sox center fielder joins Chris Gasper to discuss what he’s been working on improving, and his reaction to the Yankees’ big offseason.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by MARK CRISTINO/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9326455ah) Madison Keys Tennis Australian Open 2018, Melbourne, Australia - 20 Jan 2018 Madison Keys of the USA in action during her third round match against Ana Bogdan of Romania at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 20 January 2018. Keys won the match.

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Madison Keys moves on to fourth round

The 17th seed clinched a victory over Ana Bogdan on her first match point.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/01/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/GettyImages-682815022-15473.jpg Stipe Miocic is fired up for a third UFC title

The part-time Ohio firefighter could make history in the octagon Saturday at TD Garden.

Alex Speier

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Both the Yankees and Astros have made significant moves this offseason, while the Red Sox thus far have stood pat.


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It’s amazing to think the Eagles can make it into the field, though they do have a lot of work to do.