Celtics can’t stop Kemba Walker in road loss to Hornets

Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward, left, drives past Charlotte Hornets' Malik Monk, right, and Dwayne Bacon, center, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Walker (43 points) spearheaded the charge as Charlotte rallied from 10 points down with less than nine minutes left.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/bc645f52f6dd4078b9a0c610b494cb62-bc645f52f6dd4078b9a0c610b494cb62-0.jpg Blaming Gordon Hayward for Celtics’ slow start? That’s not fair, nor is it right

Anyone with a clue knew that this would be a process, that there would be small and big victories for Hayward in his progression, and some real frustrations, too.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumacki_patriotspractice_sports263.jpg Why aren’t the Patriots throwing to Chris Hogan more?

Patriots receiver Chris Hogan has played 79 percent of offensive snaps this season, but has been targeted just 36 times.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Lee_100818_bruinsenator17_spts.jpg Bruins will get Kevan Miller back Wednesday at Detroit

Fellow defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Urho Vaakanainen are also close to returning.

Matt Porter

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After a few goalless spells, DeBrusk has five goals in his last six games.

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Dave Dombrowski said the second baseman does not need any more surgery and is continuing rehab work.


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In particular, Rob Gronkowski and Shaq Mason got an extra week to rehab injuries.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin111618Celtics-RaptorsSpt7.jpg Kyrie Irving on defense in the NBA: ‘There’s no defense. There’s just none’

NBA players have scored 40 or more points in a game 21 times this season, including six of 50 or more.

Los Angeles, CA - 10/27/2018 - Red Sox Steve Pearce reacts his solo home run while rounding second base in the eighth inning. Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium. (Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff)

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‘This is the place I wanted to be’: For Steve Pearce, staying in Boston was an easy decision

“I finally have some roots to lay down,” Pearce said just days after signing a one-year deal with Boston.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/blanding11231724schmarblehead9spt-24621.jpg A guide to Thanksgiving high school football

Longstanding rivalries highlight the holiday slate, including some more than 100 years old.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1706384089001.jpg Kevin Youkilis, Derek Lowe among first-timers on 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Youkilis and Lowe, two members of the 2004 World Series team, were inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Zach (left) and Luke Maffeo pose for a portrait in their home. The twin brothers will play each other on Thanksgiving day.

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These QBs are twin brothers — and they’re playing each other on Thanksgiving

Luke and Zach Maffeo of O’Bryant and Latin Academy will share the field as opponents before sharing the dinner table as family.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/30/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Lee102818bosbuff15spts.jpg Tom Brady weighs in on his award-winning 8th-grade acting career

“It was the Wizard of Oz, and I was the Cowardly Lion,” Brady said. “The lion’s a pretty big character in that particular show.”

Ben Volin | On Football

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The Chiefs and Steelers are ahead of the Patriots, and even the Texans have entered the conversation.

Gino and Sandy Cappelletti in the stands at Fenway Park for Harvard-Yale.

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A half-century later, Gino Cappelletti was back at Fenway for football

The Patriots great, who played at the ballpark in the 1960s, now has a grandson on the Yale roster and was in the stands for The Game.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy.jpg This is a year the Patriots need a first-round bye more than ever

The Steelers’ victory over the Jaguars means the Patriots are third in the AFC, and this team needs all the help it can get.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Lee111718bosutah7spts.jpg Seven thoughts about Celtics’ toughness and the state of the team

Coach Brad Stevens called into question his team’s mind-set and toughness following Saturday night’s dismal loss to Utah.

Los Angeles Rams players celebrate after cornerback Marcus Peters (obscured) intercepted a pass intended for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley, lower left, during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Rams won 54-51. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

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Rams 54, Chiefs 51

Rams outlast Chiefs in high-octane ‘Monday Night Football’ showdown

Both teams combined for 1,001 yards in offense and 105 points, setting a ‘MNF’ scoring record.

Detroit, MI: 9-23-18: The Lions celebrate after stopping Tom Brady ond the Patriots on a third down play in the second quarter. The New England Patriots visited the Detroit Lions in a regular season Sunday Night NFL football game at Ford Field. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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Jim McBride

Thoughts and observations on the Patriots through 10 games

Before any panic, it’s probably prudent to take a deep breath, check the facts, and hold off on the gloom-and-doom predictions for the time being.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/f412b946d1494f5fb3bc317e8d9f66ce-f412b946d1494f5fb3bc317e8d9f66ce-0.jpg Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay top newcomers on Hall of Fame ballot

Rivera had 652 saves and won five World Series with the Yankees, while the late Halladay won Cy Young Awards with Toronto (2003) and Philadelphia (2010).

Julian Benbow

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Addazio stands by the decision, even though his team was at the Florida State 45 with 2:52 left and leading 21-16.

NCAA men’s basketball | Boston College 88, Wyoming 76

Ky Bowman scores career-high 38 to lead Boston College over Wyoming

Bowman led Eagles (3-1) to berth in Fort Myers Tip-Off championship by scoring 24 of his total in first half.

NFL notebook

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After Alex Smith suffered a gruesome fracture of his right fibula and tibia Sunday, the Redskins made moves to shore up its QB position.

Nora Princiotti

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White has 66 receptions in 10 games, and the record is 102 by Matt Forte in 2014.


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Trubisky appeared to injure his right shoulder late in 25-20 win; status for Thursday’s game in Detroit uncertain.

Jim Venable


In a fitting farewell, West Roxbury takes center stage vs. Burke at Fenway Park

“You hate for it to end, but if it’s going to, what better way?” West Roxbury coach Derek Wright on the school’s last football game.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/10/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin110918D1CatholicMemorialatXaverianHSFBSpt1.jpg Do you have video of the best play from the 2018 high school football season?

The Globe is inviting submissions as it searches for the most amazing play of the season. Here’s how to send us yours.

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Grace Connolly, Natick survive ‘brutal’ conditions to win cross-country title

Connolly won her third straight All-State championship and led Natick to its first team title.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/MIAACCDiv2.jpg Led by Sam Acquaviva, Newburyport finally claims a cross-country championship

The Newburyport senior held off Arlington Catholic’s Sean Kay by less than two seconds in the Div. 2 boys’ race.

Boston, MA, 11/18/2018 -- Victoria Ambrose (bottom) cheers on her teammate during the Girls 400 Freestyle Relay at the MIAA All-State Division 1 Swimming and Diving Championships at Harvard's Blodgett Pool. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 19schswim Reporter:



Andover girls’ swimming punctuates perfect season with another D1 title

Andover girls’ spark a civic celebration after their 60th straight victory and fifth consecutive Div. 1 state title.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/18schfhockey_07.jpg Here’s who won the fall high school sports state championships

State championships for soccer, field hockey, volleyball, swimming, and cross country were decided over the weekend.

King Philip, last season’s Division 2 state champion, will play North Andover in the state title game again this year.

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MIAA sets 2018 Super Bowl schedule with dates/times

Division 4 (Dighton-Rehoboth/Nashoba) and Division 2 (King Philip/North Andover) games scheduled for Friday, Nov. 30. Catholic Memorial/St. John’s Prep caps Saturday’s 6-game schedule.

Boston Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton (75) sends Arizona Coyotes center Clayton Keller (9) to the ice as Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak (41) watches during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. The Bruins won 2-1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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Taking stock of the Bruins roster from an expectations-vs.-performance standpoint

Here is a report card for Boston at the quarter-season mark.


UMass hockey off to best start ever

The 10-1 Minutemen got power-play goals from Jacob Pritchard, John Leonard, and Mitchell Chaffee to beat UNH.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1030009976.jpg Here are eight areas in which the Patriots need to improve the most

The Patriots’ bye week is a welcome respite from the grind, and a time to address some areas that need improvement.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1063346874.jpg Drew Brees, Saints toy with defending champion Eagles

Brees threw for 363 yards and four TDs as New Orleans rolled to its ninth straight win by blasting the struggling champs.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1258c164f57742bf93edd5fa987fa491-1258c164f57742bf93edd5fa987fa491-0.jpg Joey Logano beats the odds to capture NASCAR championship

Logano won the season finale at Homestead to grab his first Cup championship in a season in which he barely contended until the playoffs began.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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