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Capitals outmuscle Bruins to extend series dominance

Boston-12/14/17 Boston Bruins vs Capitals- Bruins Brad Marchand and Capitals Jay Beagle battle for position in the Capitals end in the 1st periodc. John Tlumacki/Globe staff (sports)

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Alex Chiasson scored a pair of goals for Washington, which is unbeaten in its last 11 meetings with Boston (0-9-2).


// Patriots-Steelers is looking like a shootout

The Steelers should have a tough time stopping the Patriots. But the Patriots should have a tough time stopping the Steelers.

// At ESPN, the problems for women run deep

The unforgiving culture at the sports media behemoth has led some women to feel pressured to hide pregnancies or take short maternity leaves. One anchor even did her scheduled broadcast while she was having a miscarriage.

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// The Steelers can talk a big game, but they’re not going to win it

After all the news and noise, the Patriots will go into Pittsburgh and cut the Steelers’ hearts out. Again.

// After meeting with J.D. Martinez, Red Sox in wait-and-see mode

That the Red Sox are more focused on Martinez than first baseman Eric Hosmer was the biggest takeaway from the winter meetings.

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 14: (L to R) Boston Celtics Al Hordford, Daniel Theis, and Marcus Morris visit Thomas at Boston Children's Hospital December 14, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images for Boston Children's Hospital)


Celtics take a break to spread cheer

For one day, the records and statistics didn’t matter. The Celtics were heroes at Boston Children’s Hospital.

// Tom Brady putting in a full week of practice

Brady had gotten in a routine of missing practice at least once a week over the past three weeks.

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// Bruins put ineffective Matt Beleskey on waivers

The left wing has not scored all season, and was a healthy scratch in 10 of the last 11 games.


// Steelers cornerback Artie Burns, 22, already believes he has CTE

“I don’t need a test. Is it going to tell me how much I have? We play a physical sport, man.”

J.D. Martinez

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Alex Speier

Is the risk worth the reward with J.D. Martinez?

Will the Red Sox blow past the point of relative five-year comfort to add Martinez for six or even seven years?


// Matthew Slater frustrated by missing games

Slater, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, has missed more games than he’s played in 2017 because of a hamstring injury.

// Branch, Bademosi only players missing at Patriots’ practice

Tom Brady and the Patriots were planning a more up-tempo session on Thursday.

// Here’s what the Steelers are saying ahead of their matchup with the Patriots

“This is obviously a game that a lot of people, even before the season started, probably circled on their calendars,” running back Le’Veon Bell said.

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// ESPN ramps up its game for Patriots-Steelers

The network will go live with “Sunday NFL Countdown” from Pittsburgh in anticipation of Sunday’s huge AFC showdown.

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The bigot in the stands, and other stories

Part 5 of the Globe’s Sportlight series “Boston. Racism. Image. Reality” takes a look at racism in the city’s sports culture.

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// Racism in Boston sports

Adrian Walker from the Globe’s Spotlight team joins Chris Gasper to discuss whether Boston deserves its racist reputation.


// Patriots place OL Marcus Cannon on injured reserve

The team officially signed Kenny Britt and brought back Ricky Jean-Francois, releasing Jonathan Freeny and Bernard Reedy.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 14: Brock Osweiler #17 of the Denver Broncos celebrates with teammates after a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 14, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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Brock Osweiler’s strong relief appearance lifts Broncos

The Denver quarterback ran for one touchdown and threw for two more after replacing the injured Trevor Siemian in the first quarter.

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// Success building for Bentley

The Falcons will take a six-game winning streak into the second half of the season, where they will begin play in a new arena.


// Holy Cross names Bob Chesney new football coach

The two-time Northeast-10 coach of the year has a talent for turning losing programs into winners.

Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) scores against Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) during overtime of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Detroit. Boston won 3-2. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Bruins 3, Red Wings 2 (OT)

Two sweet plays by Brad Marchand saved the Bruins’ day

A brilliant pass set up a late game-tying goal, then an overtime strike sealed Boston’s ninth victory in its last 11 games.


// The word on Eric Hosmer? It’s all good

Hosmer is not a power hitter, but he is the type of run producer Dave Dombrowski is looking for.


// Eduardo Nunez remains on the Red Sox’ radar

The free agent utilityman who hit .321 in 38 games for the Red Sox last season is recovering from a late-season knee injury.

// Red Sox have engaged in talks with Carlos Santana’s agents

The team is looking to see how its talks with Scott Boras on Eric Hosmer and J.D. Martinez play out.

Boston College head coach Steve Addazio, left, and University of Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz pose for a picture on the field at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. The Pinstripe Bowl, which will feature the University of Iowa versus Boston College, will be played in Yankee Stadium on Dec. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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BC football coach Steve Addazio got what he wanted: Pinstripe Bowl

The Eagles will play at Yankee Stadium for the second time in four years.

// View from Pittsburgh: Injured Joe Haden wants to play vs. Patriots

The cornerback hasn’t played since Nov. 12, but could be back on the field for Sunday’s big game.

// Steelers talk up big game, as Patriots do the opposite

The difference in attitudes comes from the head coaches.


// Athletics acquire Stephen Piscotty

The right fielder was traded by the Cardinals so he could be closer to his ailing mother.