Have Celtics upgraded enough to beat Cavaliers?

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 2: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics and Gordon Hayward #20 look on during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at TD Garden on October 2, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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Cleveland has made significant changes, too, adding intrigue to a budding rivalry.


// The inside story of the Celtics’ crazy offseason

The Celtics knew there would be change. But no one in their front office envisioned an offseason like this one.

// Paul Pierce says he has cleared the air with Ray Allen

The former Celtics teammates connected during a promotional trip to China.

// Red Sox interview Brad Ausmus for managerial position

Ausmus and Dave Dombrowski have worked together, but the Sox top candidate is still Alex Cora.


Patriots Replay: Key plays from New England’s win over the Jets

Here’s our weekly look at the key plays in the Patriots’ game after reviewing the film.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 15: Running back Dion Lewis #33 of the New England Patriots celebrates his touchdown against the New York Jets during the second quarter of their game at MetLife Stadium on October 15, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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Dion Lewis looks like he’s finally back to his explosive self

The running back’s numbers Sunday were modest, but he was mighty impressive against the Jets, in a variety of ways.

Malcolm Butler (left) caused Austin Seferian-Jenkins (center) to lose control of the football just outside the end zone.

Rachel G. Bowers

An illustrated explanation of the overturned Jets touchdown

A replay ruling in Sunday’s game negated a touchdown in the fourth quarter of New England’s win.

// NFL’s top replay official explains ruling on controversial end zone play

Alberto Riveron said the NFL had indisputable evidence to make the call in the fourth quarter of the Patriots-Jets game.

// Bill Belichick doesn’t see a team that’s struggling

The coach said it’s unrealistic to expect the Patriots to be playing at a Super Bowl level now.

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 13: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives toward the basket as Kelly Olynyk #9 of the Miami Heat of the Miami Heat defends during the game at Sprint Center on October 13, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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What to look for around the NBA this season

What teams are on the rise and on the decline? Who are the MVP candidates and the top rookies?


// A team-by-team assessment of the NBA

Here’s how things are shaping up after a busy offseason that saw some teams reshape themselves.

Season Ticket Podcast

// Another bizarre installment in the Patriots-Jets series

Chad Finn and Chris Gasper discuss the events in Sunday’s showdown in New Jersey.

Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)


Alex Speier

What will it mean if Red Sox exceed the luxury tax threshold in 2018?

Simply put, it’s complicated, but the amount of tax will be based on how far over the team goes in pursuit of power.


// Patriots won, but it wasn’t satisfying

The Patriots are in first place, but they haven’t lived up to their own expectations or anyone else’s.

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2016, file photo, Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino reacts to a question during a press conference in Louisville, Ky. Louisville's Athletic Association has officially fired coach Rick Pitino, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, nearly three weeks after the school acknowledged that its men's basketball program is being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

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Rick Pitino officially out as Louisville basketball coach

Pitino was unanimously ousted amid a federal bribery investigation into the basketball program.


// Tiger Woods cleared to resume full golf activities

14-time major champion has not played since February.

// Marcus Smart, Celtics do not agree on extension before deadline

Smart, in the final year of his rookie contract, could become a restricted free agent after the season.

Kevin Paul Dupont

// If the Bruins keep losing faceoffs, they’re probably going nowhere

Failing to gain possession – the Bruins lost 67 percent of faceoffs Sunday – isn’t the hallmark of a playoff team.

// Red Sox receive permission to interview Ron Gardenhire

Gardenhire, the former Twins manager, joins Alex Cora as candidates known to be in running for Boston’s manager job.

NFL notebook

// Season as good as over for Aaron Rodgers

The Packers quarterback will soon undergo surgery on his broken right collarbone.

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 15: Malcolm Subban #30 of the Vegas Golden Knights stretches during warmups before the team's game against the Boston Bruins at T-Mobile Arena on October 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights won 3-1. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Golden Knights 3, Bruins 1

Losing Malcolm Subban comes back to haunt Bruins

The former Bruin had 21 saves to lead the expansion Golden Knights as the Bruins ended their road trip 1-2-0.


Watertown field hockey drops Wellesley

Watertown won its 11th straight game, scoring all five of its goals in the final 30 minutes

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Rachel G. Bowers

In Patriots’ locker room, a good vibe and organized chaos

After beating the Jets, some players hurried to depart while others stayed behind to bask in the victory.

Chad Finn

// These Patriots sure like to make things difficult

However, there were a lot of good signs as well — namely Rob Gronkowski, Dion Lewis, and Brandin Cooks.

// Holy Cross parts ways with football coach after 14 seasons

Tom Gilmore, 53, took over the Crusaders in 2004 and were 72-81 overall with one Patriot League title


// Let’s be honest — the Patriots got a little lucky

A questionable pass interference penalty and a highly suspect instant replay decision allowed for a 14-point swing.


// Tom Brady is into results, not records

Brady set the all-time wins mark Sunday, but that wasn’t his focus after a tight victory.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 15: Tight end Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots scores a touchdown against the New York Jets during the third quarter of their game at MetLife Stadium on October 15, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Jim McBride

Key takeaways from the Patriots’ win over the Jets

Solid performances from Dion Lewis, Rob Gronkowski, and Malcom Brown played an important part in Sunday’s win.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after hitting the winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning making the score 4-1 during Game Two of the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

NLCS: Dodgers 4, Cubs 1

Dodgers win on Justin Turner’s walkoff HR

Turner’s blast came on the 29th anniversary of Kirk Gibson’s pinch-hit, walkoff homer in the World Series