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In a season marred by upheaval, can Celtics turn it around after beating Raptors?

01-16-19: Boston: MA: The Celtics Kyrie Irving exhults to the crowd and they respond after he hit a fourth quarter shot that put Boston ahead 111-106. The Boston Celtics hosted the Toronto Raptors in a regular season NBA basketball game at the TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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Wednesday’s victory could be a turning point for the Celtics.

// Alex Cora is thinking twice about visiting the White House

The Red Sox manager says he’s conflicted because of the government’s stance on giving aid to Puerto Rico.

// 8 questions about Patriots-Chiefs, answered by our football writers

Jim McBride, Nora Princiotti, and Ben Volin discuss how the cold might affect the game, how the Patriots can slow Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady’s biggest challenge, and more.


// Is Andy Reid an all-time great coach? He needs this win a lot more than Bill Belichick does

Reid may never have a better chance to shed his reputation for not being able to win the big one.

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 29: Fans cheer during the first quarter of the Kansas City Chiefs vs the New England Patriots game at Arrowhead Stadium on September 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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Arrowhead Stadium has been louder than a jet taking off from an aircraft carrier

The last time the Patriots played there, the crowd set a world record for stadium noise.


// Kyrie Irving admitting he was wrong is a good first step

He swallowed his pride and his words to find a better way to lead the Celtics.


// Blake Swihart, whose role is still unclear, says, ‘It’s a big year for me’

Will he get a shot as the Red Sox’ No. 1 catcher? Will he be traded? He’s just trying to stay ready for anything — again.


// Red Sox continue to insist bullpen is OK

The Sox are confident they can get by with Matt Barnes and Ryan Brasier in the late innings.


// Scott Zolak is not one to take Patriots’ success for granted

Zolak has been on the broadcast team for eight years — and the Patriots have reached the AFC Championship every year.


// Try imagining Vladimir Tarasenko in a Bruins uniform

It likely won’t get past the “dream” stage, but what a reality it would be.

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‘We can endure it mentally.’ With ice in their veins, Patriots are unafraid of the cold

Dire forecasts for Kansas City aren’t fazing players who are used to the cold and know how to prepare.

01-16-19: Boston: MA: The Celtics Kyrie Irving exhults to the crowd and they respond after he hit a fourth quarter shot that put Boston ahead 111-106. The Boston Celtics hosted the Toronto Raptors in a regular season NBA basketball game at the TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)


The Celtics posted a statement win: ‘We’re obviously capable of ... beating the best’

Irving (27 points, career-high 18 assists) touted his team after halting three-game losing streak with an impressive win vs. first-place Raptors.

Philadelphia Flyers' Carter Hart, center, and Radko Gudas, right, cannot stop a goal by Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


The Bruins were unfocused and undisciplined, and it cost them a victory

Left wing Peter Cehlarik scored twice in his first game of the season, but Boston has now lost three of its last four games.

01-16-19: Boston: MA: The Celtics Al Horford (left) as well as the fans are pleased with Kyrie Irving (11) after he hit a fourth quarter shot that extended Boston's lead. The Boston Celtics hosted the Toronto Raptors in a regular season NBA basketball game at the TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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Kyrie Irving called LeBron James to apologize for not following his advice, leadership

After criticizing his own young teammates, Irving recently telephoned James, who had criticized him years ago.


// Tom Brady and the Patriots as scrappy underdogs? Give me a break

Brady’s comment about being disrespected played well locally, but it was the ultimate straw-man knockdown.

// How Tom Brady and the Patriots have fared when it’s 20 degrees or colder

Brady has played in six such games, including four in the postseason.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 03: Wayne Simmonds #17 of the Philadelphia Flyers reacts after he is called for a penalty in the second period against the Carolina Hurricanes at Wells Fargo Center on January 03, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Could the Bruins afford asking price for Flyers’ Wayne Simmonds?

Winger leads most informal polls on the most-likely-be-dealt list as Feb. 25 trade deadline approaches, but the cost could be a first-round pick plus a prospect or two.

Boston MA 02/12/18 Northeastern University Cayden Primeau making a save against Boston University during third period of the Beanpot Championship game at the TD Garden. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

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Is Northeastern at top-ranked UMass’s level? It’s about to find out

The two Hockey East powers face off in a pivotal home-and-home series this weekend.


// Tom Brady assures focus is on Chiefs, not Patriots doubters

Extra motivation is hardly needed as QB readies for his 13th AFC title tilt.

// Yankees continue to load up on relievers, agree to deal with Adam Ottavino

The former Northeastern star agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal, pending a physical.

// Eric Berry gives Chiefs boost, on and off the field

Kansas City is hoping they’ll have the injured safety and team leader in their secondary on Sunday.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams (26) runs for a touchdown between Indianapolis Colts defensive end Margus Hunt (92) and cornerback Quincy Wilson (31) during the first half of an NFL divisional football playoff game in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Damien Williams was the answer when the Chiefs had to fill a hole at running back

Williams became a starter in Week 15, scoring twice against the Chargers, and stepped into the playoff spotlight last week with 129 yards and a TD against the Colts.

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Jayson Tatum’s new shoes are a look at the future

“They don’t have laces, but they fit like a glove,” Tatum said.


// Why Kyler Murray should choose baseball over football

Whatever Major League Baseball needs to do to keep the two-sport Oklahoma star, it should do.


// David Backes forced to deal with being a healthy scratch

The Bruins veteran acknowledged that it’s been difficult for him to keep up with today’s fast-paced NHL game.

Serena Williams of the US reacts after a point during her women's singles match against Canada's Eugenie Bouchard on day four of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 17, 2019. (Photo by DAVID GRAY / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --DAVID GRAY/AFP/Getty Images


‘You’ve got to come out firing.’ No problem for Serena Williams, who beat Eugenie Bouchard to advance at Australian Open

Williams put together a 6-2, 6-2 victory over 2014 Wimbledon runner-up Bouchard.

// Boston College releases 2019 football schedule

BC opens the season at home on Aug. 31 against Virginia Tech, and will hit the road to face defending national champion Clemson.

VAL GARDENA, ITALY - DECEMBER 19 Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic in action during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Super G on December 19, 2018 in Val Gardena Italy. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

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Skier-snowboarder gold medalist Ester Ledecka chooses Alpine over snowboard worlds

“After this world championships then I will focus on snowboarding again,” the Czech athlete said.


// Lindsey Vonn set to resume pursuit of ski racing record

The American, who needs five wins to set the mark for World Cup wins, was 10th in downhill training at Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

Concord MA 1/14/19 Concord-Carlisle girls' basketball sophomore standout Kori Baruch leading the fast break during practice at Concord-Carlisle High School (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

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Kori Barach leads the charge at Concord-Carlisle: ‘I wanted to step it up and help us succeed.’

The 5-foot-10 sophomore has led the No. 12 Patriots (9-1) with 20.2 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals per game.


New England region again well-represented in MLS SuperDraft

Siad Haji, who went to school in New Hampshire and played at Lawrence Academy, was taken No. 2 overall by San Jose.


// Alabama backup QB Jalen Hurts to transfer to Oklahoma

Hurts, a graduate transfer who led the Tide to two national title games, can play next season for the Sooners.


// A pair of young Americans made big statements at the Australian Open Wednesday

Unseeded Frances Tiafoe and Taylor Fritz both eliminated seeded players.

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