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Patriots let Dolphins hang around, and lost in devastating fashion

J.C. Jackson was despondent after the Dolphins scored on the final play of the game.

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The loss hurt the Patriots’ chances of clinching the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

Dolphins 34, Patriots 33

// Patriots lose as Dolphins score improbable touchdown on final play

The Patriots missed out on a chance to clinch their 10th straight AFC East title.


// Albert McClellan blocks two punts for Patriots vs. Dolphins

The first of two blocked punts led to a Patriots touchdown.

// Tom Brady takes a sack as Patriots leave points on the field at the end of the first half

It was a rare case of poor clock management by the Patriots.


// Tom Brady sets record for most touchdown passes in NFL history

Tom Brady eclipsed Peyton Manning with a 2-yard pass to Julian Edelman in the first quarter against Miami.

Boston, MA - 12/08/2018 - (3rd period) Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) skates off the ice after he was shaken up during the third period. The health of McAvoy is a concern after he recently missed an extensive period of time with a concussion. The Boston Bruins host the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Matt Porter, Topic: 09Leafs-Bruins, LOID: 8.4.4071621268.

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Toronto’s Zach Hyman has hearing Sunday for hit on Bruins’ Charlie McAvoy

On Saturday night, Hyman was penalized for a late hit on McAvoy, who left the game in the third period and did not return to play.


// The Patriots can clinch the AFC East today. Here are the keys to victory over the Dolphins

The Patriots won the first meeting handily but now must play the rematch on the road.

// Heisman Trophy winner apologizes for making anti-gay tweets as a teenager

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray said he used a poor choice of words when he was 14 and 15.

Boston, MA - 12/08/2018 - (1st period) Boston Bruins center Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (23) scores to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead in the first period. The Boston Bruins host the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Matt Porter, Topic: 09Leafs-Bruins, LOID: 8.4.4071621268.

bruins 6, maple leafs 3

After a scarcity of goals, Bruins inundate Maple Leafs in ‘one of our most complete games’

Charlie McAvoy’s injury in the third period was the only drawback.

// Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy leaves game after hard hit

McAvoy retreated to the locker room after a late hit by Toronto’s Zach Hyman but he returned to the bench later.

Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen, right, defends against Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

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Celtics make history in rout of Bulls: ‘We’re playing some good basketball’

The 56-point margin of victory was the largest in Celtics’ history and the worst margin of defeat in Bulls’ history.


// Here are the top five toughest potential playoff opponents for the Patriots

The Patriots have parried away the NFL’s parity, rendering the regular season prologue in these parts.


// What are Red Sox’ needs heading into Winter Meetings?

The Sox essentially have their team in place with the exception of some additions to the bullpen, including a closer.

Heisman Trophy

// Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray wins Heisman Trophy

The quarterback has led the Sooners to the College Football Playoff semifinals.


// Here’s what could happen at baseball’s Winter Meetings

There’s plenty to come, such as the destinations of Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, the top free agents on the market.

The Jets are almost certain to part ways with head coach Todd Bowles after four years.

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December in the NFL also means coach, GM dismissals are imminent

Here’s a closer look at the NFL’s potential comings and goings both on the sidelines and in the front office.


// Bruins’ Jake DeBrusk to miss next two games with concussion symptoms

The second-year winger is feeling ill and will be out of the lineup this weekend.


// Why Jaylen Brown has no plans to hire an agent

The Celtics young star, closing in on a potential career-defining contract after this season, will seek financial advice by a different means.


// John Simon a good fit for Patriots defense

The five-year veteran, signed by the Patriots on Sept. 26, has carved out a role as a hybrid defensive end/linebacker.

Cam Neely, Ray Bourque, and Terry O'Reilly were on hand for Rick Middleton’s jersey retirement ceremony.

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A Bruins Hall of Fame is long overdue

Waiting any longer will remain a disservice to those few who meant so much to so many.


// Despite the Cavaliers’ fall from grace, Tristan Thompson is delighted to be in Cleveland

The veteran center has embraced his new role as a leader of a young core as his team embarks on a massive rebuilding plan.

Chad Finn

// Red Sox keeping band together in quest to repeat, but is it the right move?

Keeping the roster intact has not been the post-championship mode of operation in previous tenures.

FOR FUTURE HOHLER STORY Myra and Raymond Turner, parents of pro football player Kevin Turner, visit the memorial for their son at the Kevin Turner Field, at the Stanley-Jensen Stadium, Prattville, Alabama. Turner's photograph is on the memorial. Turner's nickname was

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Ex-Patriot Kevin Turner’s children are battling the nurse who became his wife and heir

Turner died a year after marrying his nurse, who now gets his NFL pension, but his parents claim he wasn’t mentally fit to make decisions.

Tara Sullivan

// For Tom Brady, Miami is his house of horrors

The Patriots quarterback is 7-9 all time on the road against the Dolphins.


/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/07/ Reflections on one year of covering the Boston sports scene

There were thrilling, captivating, and moving stories one after another, with barely time to catch one’s breath.

Chad Finn | Unconventional preview

// A win at Miami won’t come easy for the Patriots

The Patriots could clinch the AFC East for the 10th straight year with a win, but they’re going to have to earn their hat and t-shirt Sunday.

Boston12/6/18 Celtics vs Knicks- Celtics Gordon Hayward races down court with the ballwith seconds left on the clock in the 2nd qtr pursude by Knicks Noah Vonleh. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

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Numbers illustrate a notable uptick in Celtics offense

During their four-game win streak, there has been a jump in their step and a lot more passing.

Julian Edelman gained 15 yards off a jet sweep in last Sunday’s win over the Vikings.

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How the Patriots use the jet sweep in their offense

Use of the jet sweep in the NFL has roughly quadrupled over the last four years.

High Schools | Foot Locker Cross-Country Championships

// Sydney Masciarelli wins girls’ cross-country national title

The 15-year-old Marianapolis Prep sophomore claimed first (17:00.3) in the Foot Locker Cross-Country Championships on Saturday in San Diego, Calif.


// Flying conditions, aircraft issues force BC to cancel Texas A&M game

The Eagles were scheduled to play Texas A&M Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.


// Atlanta United defeat Portland Timbers for MLS Cup

It’s the first professional sports championship for the city since 1995.

FILE - In this June 16, 1956, file photo, Tony Demarco is lifted by trainer Sammy Fuller following his unanimous 10-round decision over Vince Martinez at Fenway Park in Boston. DeMarco was selected for induction into the Boxing Hall of Fame, in the old-timer category, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/File)

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Kevin Paul Dupont | On Second Thought

Boston boxer Tony DeMarco’s long wait is over

The former world welterweight champion on Wednesday was named to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - DECEMBER 08: Darnell Woolfolk #33 and Gavyn Jones #49 of the Army Black Knights celebrate the win over the Navy Midshipmen at Lincoln Financial Field on December 08, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Army Black Knights defeated the Navy Midshipmen 17-10. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Army 17, Navy 10

Army beats Navy for third straight victory in series

Kelvin Hopkins Jr. had two rushing touchdowns to lead Army.

// The chip on his shoulder helped make J.C. Jackson a fast learner

The undrafted cornerback has been soaking up the Patriots system since Day 1, because he had something to prove.

// Brady-to-Brown OT winner in 2003 is one to remember

The Patriots traditionally have trouble down there, but there have been some memorable good moments.

// What is it like to play in a game against the Bruins Alumni?

Globe reporter Emily Sweeney laced up her skates in a charity game against Rick Middleton, Bob Sweeney, and others.


// United States again placed with Sweden for Women’s World Cup

The US is top-ranked and is grouped with Sweden for the fifth straight World Cup.


// Former Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli retires

Napoli, who helped Boston win the World Series in 2013, did not play last season because of a knee injury.


// The final Globe Top 20 fall high school sports rankings are out

St. John’s Prep topped the football poll, while Somerset Berkley was first in field hockey.

// Maine football team advances to FCS semifinals for first time in program history

Chris Ferguson threw two TD passes as Maine upset Weber State at Ogden, Utah.


// Top prospect Shay Bollin launches her high school career

The Bridgewater-Raynham freshman had 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 steals against Silver Lake.

NFL notebook

// Kelvin Benjamin signs on with Chiefs

The wide receiver signed a one-year deal days after being released by the Bills.

Former All-Pro linebacker Isiah Robertson killed in car crash

Robertson, 69, a first-round pick of the Los Angeles Rams in 1971, was an All-Pro in 1973 and 1976.

// Two former major leaguers from Venezuela killed in car crash caused by robbery

Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed when their SUV crashed as it tried to veer around an object placed in the road.

// Billy McMillon named manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox

McMillon has been in the Red Sox organization since 2008, spending six years in a managerial role.

// France and Germany should be US women’s soccer team’s top competition

The draw for the Women’s World Cup is Saturday in Paris.


// Alex Morgan named top women’s soccer player in US

Morgan led the national team with 18 goals in 19 games, including a tournament-best seven in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying this fall.

// Heisman Trophy finalists await announcement

Quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama, Kyler Murray of Oklahoma, and Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State will learn which one wins the award Saturday.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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