Bruins 5, Islanders 2

Patrice Bergeron does the trick in win vs. Islanders

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 18: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins (c) celebrates his hattrick at 3:45 of the third period against the New York Islanders and is joined by Zdeno Chara #33 (l) and Brad Marchand #63 (r) at the Barclays Center on January 18, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Bergeron led the way with his third career hat trick as Bruins extended point streak to 15 games.

Foxborough, MA - 1/18/2018 - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) on the practice field today after injury to his hand was reported yesterday. Brady is pictured with New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer (2) at Patriots practice in Foxborough. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Jim McBride, Topic: 11Patriots Practice, LOID: 8.4.682627802.


Fear grips Patriots Nation

Tom Brady always toughs it out, but toughing it out doesn’t always yield the most positive results.

Boston-01/18/18- Boston Celtics vs 76ers- Cetics coach Brad Stevens looks on late in the 4th qtr as the Celtics shoot a foul throw. JohnTlumacki/The Boston Globe

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76ERS 89, CELTICS 80

Celtics are no-shows in sloppy loss to 76ers

With Kyrie Irving out, Boston was done in by poor shooting and turnovers.


// Celtics have lost their winning ways

The mental lapses and lackadaisical play have to stop or the second half of the season won’t be as successful as the first.

// Tom Brady attends practice, but does not participate

Brady cut his right hand when a teammate ran into him during a handoff in practice on Wednesday.

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// AFC Championship preview: The view from Jacksonville

Jaguars reporter Gene Frenette joins to break down Jacksonville’s formidable defense and what the Jags need to to win in Foxboro.


// Kyrie Irving sits out 76ers game with a sore shoulder

The guard’s MRI was negative and the injury isn’t believed to be serious.

// Celtics’ Kyrie Irving named All-Star Game starter

It will be the guard’s fifth All-Star selection and third as a starter.

// This Jaguars defense knows how to score points

An opportunistic and ball-hawking unit scored eight defensive touchdowns this season.


// More than a fender bender for Leonard Fournette

The Jaguars running back was rear-ended by a Steelers fan and then was asked to autograph a fallen bumper.


// Alex Cora eager to get started with Red Sox

The team’s new manager has been busy meeting with players as spring training approaches.


// Dustin Pedroia progressing well from knee surgery

The second baseman hopes to be ready for Opening Day but the team wants him to take it slow.

CHESTNUT HILL, MA- January 17, 2018: Michael Chavis, right, and Josh Ockimey workout during the Red Sox rookie development program at Boston College Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill , MA on January 17, 2018. (Craig F. Walker/Globe staff photo) section: sports reporter:

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Suddenly, the majors are within sight for Michael Chavis

Impressive strides made by the Red Sox prospect earned him an invitation to spring training.

Boston, MA 1-18-18: Several players and management people from the Boston Red Sox were available to the media this afternoon at the Marriott Copley Place in advance of the evening's BBWAA dinner. Team President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski is pictured as he is answering some questions from reporters. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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Uneventful offseason has been slow torture for Red Sox fans

As the logjam among free agent persists, no news is not good news.


// Zdeno Chara shrugs off monster shift vs. Montreal

The Bruins captain played for 4:18, helping to kill a five-on-three power play, and loved it.


// Nick Foles, Case Keenum ride QB carousel to brink of Super Bowl

Foles contemplated retirement after a miserable season with the Rams in which he ended up losing his starting job to Keenum.


// Sometimes an extra point is extra important

The stunning finish to the Vikings-Saints game is one the gamblers will remember.


/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/01/17/ Patriots leave the trash talking to someone else

They win the war of words because they don’t engage.

// Bentley coach Barbara Stevens wins 1,000th game

She is just the fifth women’s basketball coach to reach that milestone.


// Bruins anthem singer Rene Rancourt to retire

The Maine native, a Garden staple since 1975, will call it a career at the end of the season.


// Malcolm Mitchell is ruled out of AFC Championship

The Patriots receiver, who was not at practice Wednesday, will revert to IR instead of being activated.

// Pro Football Writers pick Tom Brady as MVP

It’s the third time Brady has won the award, and the first since 2010.

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// Two college baseball games coming to Fenway in April

The games — Army-Navy and BC-Florida — will benefit charitable causes.

FILE - In this June 29, 2012, file photo, Bela Karolyi, left, and his wife Martha Karolyi talk on the arena floor before the start of the preliminary round of the women's Olympic gymnastics trials in San Jose, Calif. The latest lawsuit filed Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, accusing Dr. Larry Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics doctor, of sexually abusing a longtime member of the U.S. women's national team is the first to name renowned husband-and-wife coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi, alleging they turned a blind eye to molestations. The Karolyis did not return messages seeking comment. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

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USA Gymnastics ends agreement to train at Karolyi Ranch

The decision came three days after Simone Biles expressed dismay at having to attend camps there, where Biles says she was sexually abused by a former national team doctor.

// BC announces football schedule for 2018

The Eagles open against UMass Sept. 1 and then renew their series against Holy Cross.


// Titans interview Mike Vrabel for coaching job

In addition to the former Patriots player, Tennessee also talked to Carolina assistant Steve Wilks.


// Cavaliers snap four-game skid

But Cleveland blew a big lead in holding off the Magic and their star says “we’re in Strugglesville.”


// Teenager’s amazing run ends

Elina Svitolina ousted 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk, the youngest player to win main-draw matches since 1996.