NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

Curt Schilling made a sizable leap in his Hall of Fame bid

OCTOBER 12, 2004: NEW YORK, NY: Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling before being taken out of game one of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. GLOBE STAFF PHOTO/JIM DAVIS Library Tag 10132004 Sports Playoffs '04 Page One

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The outspoken former Red Sox pitcher received 60.9 percent of Hall of Fame votes, up from 51.2 percent.

BASEBALL HALL OF FAME

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Rivera, baseball’s all-time saves leader, was named on all 425 ballots, becoming baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Yankees%20Spring%20Baseball.JPEG-0820d.jpg This writer can thank Mariano Rivera for help with a key career decision

The Yankees’ brilliant reliever proved to be a valuable sounding board at a pivotal point in 2009.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy1-25855.jpg ‘Beat LA’ doesn’t work for Patriots-Rams — it’s strictly for Celtics-Lakers

The rivalry and the history just aren’t there between Boston and Los Angeles in football.

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Patriots notebook

What happened to Sony Michel? Coaches just shrug

The rookie running back had only two touches in the final eight minutes of regulation and overtime in Kansas City

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

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Williams wasted four match points along the way to dropping the last six games of a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 quarterfinal loss.

Chad Finn

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin012019Patriots-ChiefsAFCChampionship_Spt13.jpg Ranking Patriots’ playoff wins (not including Super Bowls) and reliving great memories

Chad Finn ranked the 24 victories and here’s a hint: Sunday’s win over the Chiefs is not No. 1.

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Certain penalties, including pass interference, are under review consideration in light of the officiating blunder in Sunday’s NFC Championship.

ALEX SPEIER

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Their 13 third-down conversions Sunday were the most in an NFL game this year.

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Rask had to leave Saturday’s game with a concussion after being decked by the Rangers’ Filip Chytil.

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A league spokesman confirmed NFL security initiated looking into the incident.

Boston, MA - 11/30/2018 - (3rd quarter) Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) signals his three pointer is good for a 85-64 lead during the third quarter. The Boston Celtics host the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Adam Himmelsbach, Topic: 01Celtics-Cavaliers, LOID: 8.4.3975933757.

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How many All-Stars for Celtics? Would you believe one?

In a season that hasn’t gone as planned, the expectations have been greatly downsized.

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The Rams coach praised New England’s consistency.

SPORTS LOG

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Two New Orleans Saints season ticket holders asked a judge on Tuesday to order the NFL commissioner to reverse the results of the NFC championship game or schedule a do-over.

TARA SULLIVAN

/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Tara_Sullivan-25784.tif Once the coin came up heads, Tom Brady was money in the bank

The game’s consummate winner was not going to let this opportunity get away.

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1097145500.jpg Sean Payton’s clock management, not the missed penalty, cost the Saints a win

The coach was irate about the non-call, but if he had merely run the ball, his chances of winning were good.

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The telecast earned a 31.2 rating and a 48 share nationally.

JIM MCBRIDE | PATRIOTS FILM STUDY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davisafcfollow3Aspts-25798.jpg Negating Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce set this win in motion

Bill Belichick’s game plan took away two of the Chiefs’ top weapons, which had a trickle-down effect.

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ HOCKEY NOTES

Younger players having big impact

Programs are taking advantage of an MIAA rule that allows players in seventh or eighth grade to play on the high school varsity team.

FRANK DELL’APA | SOCCER NOTEBOOK

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Fagundez, who is from Uruguay, still has a year remaining on his New England contract.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/hof2019_image.jpg How Globe writers cast their votes in the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame election

All five Globe reporters with a ballot voted for Mariano Rivera. Here’s a look at their full votes.

01-20-19: Kansas City, MO: New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) signals a first down in the first quarter. The New England Patriots visited the Kansas City Chiefs for the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. (Jim Davis /Globe Staff)

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Chad Finn

Win over Chiefs had echo of past postseason games for Patriots

Yes, Tom Brady did it again, but there were other similarities from previous playoff games as well.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/9rivera091513.jpg To Red Sox fans, Mariano Rivera wasn’t just a great pitcher but also a good sport

Even the most ardent Boston fan had to respect the Yankees closer, who gave up an unforgettable hit at Fenway in 2004.

Bridgewater, MA--1/21/2019--West Bridgewater/East Bridgewater JV girls' hockey team hung up the jersey of Maddie Bain, a former teammate who passed away last last week, during a game against Canton Monday afternoon. (Nathan Klima) Topic: 22schrdp Reporter:

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GIRLS’ HOCKEY

‘We feel it. We wear blue. We wear it for Maddie.’ West Bridgewater mourns hockey player’s death

On Monday, the teammates of Maddie Bain honored her memory at a junior varsity game between West Bridgewater and Canton.

JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

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The NET system, a tool for choosing and seeding the NCAA field, isn’t perfect but it holds promise.

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The move comes two days after the Chiefs gave up 524 yards to the Patriots in an overtime loss in the AFC Championship.

Lowell guard Carlos Nunez (#3) signals for the ball, as Central's George Smith closes in, in match up at Central Catholic, Friday January 18, 2018. Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe.

Mark Lorenz for the Globe

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ BASKETBALL NOTES

At Lowell, Carlos Nunez has followed the footsteps of his mentor Alex Rivera

With the help of UMass Lowell’s Rivera, the 5-foot-11 junior has morphed into more than just an accurate shooter but an all-around guard.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

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After 3 years at Penn State, the state’s 2015 Gatorade Player of the Year will be eligible for Boston College in 2019.

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ HOCKEY

EMass girls’ hockey: Framingham’s Georgia Parker headlines Players of the Week

The alternate captain racked up 10 points in a 2-1 week for the Flyers.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1097159736.jpg Scouting Super Bowl LIII: Patriots vs. Rams

The two teams in the NFL’s title game did not face off during the regular season.

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A look at the matchup (it’s Patriots-Rams, FYI), game time, location, and history of the NFL championship game.

Other sports

Kevin Paul Dupont

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Read his recent “On Second Thought” columns and more features from the longtime Globe writer.