BEN VOLIN

In Mexico City, passion for the NFL is undeniable — and growing

Mexico City, Mexico -- 11/17/2017 - Mexican teenagers play a game of football during a sneak peek at NFL Fan Fest in Z—calo Square in the lead up to the 2017 NFL Mexico Game. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

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Playing in Mexico City fulfills a short-term goal for the NFL to give back to its die-hard fans in Mexico.

Mexico City, Mexico -- 11/17/2017 - Three young Mexican fans pose for a picture inside of a giant frame as they get a sneak preview of NFL Fan Fest in Z—calo Square in the lead up to the 2017 NFL Mexico Game. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

BEN VOLIN I SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

Evaluating the Mexico City game and the NFL’s expansion internationally

The next frontiers appear to be a return to Canada, and a game in Germany.

BOSTON, MA - 11/06/2017: New Red Sox manager Alex Cora at Fenway Park (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: SPORTS TOPIC red sox

NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

Are big-money managers being minimized?

This offseason has shown a trend of teams hiring first-time managers who earn less than their more experienced counterparts.

Boston-10/28/17- Boston Bruins vs LA Kings- Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask dives to the ice to make a 2nd period save. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff) (sports)

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FLUTO SHINZAWA | SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

So far, a lighter workload has not made Tuukka Rask a better goalie

The former Vezina winner is not performing like a $7 million puckstopper.

Boston-8/31/17 The Boston Bruins held an informal

BRUINS AT SHARKS | 10:30 p.m. (NESN)

With a hit and a smile, Noel Acciari serves it up for the Bruins

The 25-year-old forward has rolled up 22 hits in five games since returning from a fractured finger.

Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins instructs his team in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Oklahoma City. The Grizzlies won 99-93. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

GARY WASHBURN | SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

Lionel Hollins is recharging himself for another coaching run

What is difficult for veteran coaches searching for jobs, such as Hollins, is they are considered old school in a new-school game.

Boston, MA: 11-16-17: The Celtics Al Horford gets a lot of hands from the fans as he leaves the court following Boston's victory. The Boston Celtics hosted the Golden State Warriors in a regular season NBA basketball game at the TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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ADAM HIMMELSBACH

What are the odds? Guessing when Celtics’ streak will end

A Las Vegas oddsmaker said Boston will be favored in its next 10 games — and possibly 32 of its next 33.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/OBIT%20MATTICK-1343949.jpg Danny Ainge recalls Bobby Doerr as a caring mentor

The two formed a bond when Ainge was a rookie with the Blue Jays and Doerr his hitting coach.

CHAD FINN | UNCONVENTIONAL PREVIEW

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Before the season, Oakland looked like a much more imposing foe than the team that will take the field in Mexico.

Tom Brady practiced at Falcon Stadium at the Air Force Academy in Colorado this week.

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PATRIOTS VS. RAIDERS | SUNDAY, 4:25 P.M. (CBS)

Patriots’ keys to victory over the Raiders

Tom Brady & Co. are looking for their sixth straight win as they take things down Mexico way.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/06/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/bradyandrews.jpg Center David Andrews will miss Raiders game

The Patriots starter will sit out with an unknown illness; Ted Karras will go in his place.

Season Ticket Podcast

Win over Golden State shows Celtics are for real

Jay King from MassLive.com joins Chris Gasper to review the Celtics’ thrilling win over the Warriors.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/875145302.jpg All signs were positive for David Krejci in his return

After an 11-game injury absence, the Bruins’ No. 2 center had a hand in Thursday’s win over LA.

Chad Finn

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_bosgs10_spts-001.jpg Dreaming of Celtics-Warriors in the finals? That might come true

Yes, it’s only November, but Thursday’s showdown sure was a tantalizing preview of what could be in June.

Brockton, MA - 11/18/2016 - Millis running back Kurt Hopkins holds off Latin Academy's Devon Harris-James, (25) as he runs for a first down. Millis vs. Latin Academy in D4A football state semifinals. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Lenny Rowe, Topic: 19millis, LOID: 8.3.682313622.

Live updates: High school football state semifinals

Games Saturday will determine December’s Super Bowl matchups.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY

Schedule and results for the fall high school state championships

The state finals for boys’ and girls’ soccer, field hockey, girls’ volleyball, cross-country, and swimming will be held this weekend.

MIAA FIELD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Watertown field hockey nets 9th straight Division 2 title

Sydney Poulin and Maddie Leitner scored twice as the Raiders (22-1-0) capped season with 21st straight win.

Woburn, MA - 11/17/2017 - Millis wide receiver Dominic Zonfrelli (23) leaves Cathedral defensive back Khalil Blair (2) grasping at air on this reception for a touchdown during the first half. Cathedral vs. Millis in Division 8 state high school football semifinals at Woburn High school. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Owen Pence, Topic: 18HS football, LOID: 8.4.85176366.

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DIVISION 8 SEMIFINALS | MILLIS 40, CATHEDRAL 22

Millis routs Cathedral, earns second straight Super Bowl trip

Bryce Latosek passed for 379 yards and four touchdowns to spark the Mohawks.

DIVISION 6 SEMIFINALS | MIDDLEBOROUGH 27, STONEHAM 14

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Jeremy Soule collects 246 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.

Dennis-Yarmouth's Bobby Evans runs past Watertown's James Walter (64), Timothy Tat (71) and Ben Landry during their D5 state semifinal in Medford, Mass., Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (Winslow Townson for The Boston Globe)

Winslow Townson for the globe

DIVISION 5 SEMIFINALS | DENNIS-YARMOUTH 41, WATERTOWN 3

Dennis-Yarmouth overpowers Watertown

Jacob McCarthy threw for four touchdowns and Bobby Evans rushed for 189 yards.

MATT MACCORMACK

MIAA GIRLS’ SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS

Millis girls convert chance, capture Division 4 title

Senior Kaylee Francis knocked in a loose ball on the right post 1 minute into second half to lift Mohawks (17-2-2).

MIAA STATE FINALS

Boston International first City League soccer team in final since 1990

The Lions boys’ team set to take on Bromfield on Saturday night.

TEXAS TECH 75, BC 64

BC basketball falls to Texas Tech

Kennan Evans scored 18 second-half points to spark the Red Raiders. He finished with 29.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1b52dbb808684fcc9b8564c65a078f6a-1b52dbb808684fcc9b8564c65a078f6a-0.jpg The NFL loosened its celebration rules, but the Patriots are having none of it

The players are worried coach Bill Belichick wouldn’t approve of choreographed end zone stunts.

Gary Washburn | On basketball

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/875109130.jpg Celtics make a strong case with their defense

Against Boston’s NBA-best defense, the Warriors were held below 90 points for the first time since March 11.

CHAD FINN | SPORTS MEDIA

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/845857790[1]-12970.jpg Sergio Dipp resurfaces this weekend with Patriots coverage

The ESPN reporter made an unforgettable debut on the “Monday Night Football” sideline in Week 1.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/0dd38e65f0f049d6b84050ae561a6672-0dd38e65f0f049d6b84050ae561a6672-0.jpg For BC football, road has been bumpy but goal is in sight

Momentum swings have become second nature to the resilient Eagles this season.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/12/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/458124984-7160.jpg Charles Barkley isn’t sure how Celtics keep winning

Barkley ripped into the home team during TNT’s halftime show for Boston’s game against Golden State.

JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

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The senior guard is meshing nicely with freshman backcourt mate Trevon Duval.

NFL NOTEBOOK

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ESPN.com reported the Cowboys owner warned the commissioner over Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension and vowed to be much tougher than the Patriots owner.