McQuaid return finally on the horizon
Adam McQuaid may be cleared to play as soon as Monday night, or at least later on in the week if it doesn’t happen against the Blue Jackets.
C's bench puts the clamps on
The Celtics defense doesn't have many consistent shot makers, but they have the potential to put the clamps on defensively.
B's need to prove themselves against Metro
The Bruins have certainly improved since this past season, but have yet to prove they are Metro ready in any shape, way, or form.
Bruins can't summon the power vs. Rangers
A timely connection from David Pastrnak to Brad Marchand pushes things into overtime, but does little to wipe out the Bruins' monumental power-play struggles earlier in the game.
Starting to bolster the second unit
Brad Stevens elects to play a pair of starters with the second unit for longer stretches and, on this night at least, it helps them get the victory
Tatum's hardly your average rookie
There’s still a lot for Jayson Tatum to learn, but his talent, skill and feel for the game is uncanny . . . which, against the Grizzlies, helps Boston pull away in the fourth quarter.
Too-many-men calls 'a lousy way to lose'
The Bruins make plenty of mistakes against the Rangers, but perhaps the most glaring are the pair of too-many-men-on-the-ice penalties late in the game.​
Mannix: Jayson Tatum will be a 5-time plus All-Star
Chris Mannix says the sky is the limit for Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum, calling him a dangerous weapon for the next decade.
Rangers make B's pay for penalties
The Bruins take a couple of too-many-men-on-the-ice penalties at tough moments against the Rangers.
Youth served, lessons to be learned
While the Bruins rookies have fared pretty well in their first three months in the NHL, teachable moments still abound.  
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady passes vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Steeltown Showdown
The road to the AFC Championship will likely be determined today in Pittsburgh. The Patriots have owned the Steelers and rarely lose two in a row. Then again...
PODCAST: Patriots-Steelers tale of the tape
Do Bill Belichick and the Patriots attempt to shut down Le'Veon Bell or Antonio Brown this weekend against the Steelers? Phil Perry and Kayce Smith break down the matchup with this week’s tale of the tape.
Not a dealbreaker. . . yet
Free agent slugger J.D. Martinez has told the Red Sox he would DH and play the outfield for them, but other teams are offering him a full-time outfield job, and he enjoys playing the outfield
Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals.
Why no 'third man in' call?
Another Tom Wilson target of Brad Marchand, this time as the third man in a scuffle where the Caps' tough guy doesn't draw a penalty, draws the ire of Bruce Cassidy. 
Butler's exit signs shine bright
It seems clear -- to Mike Giardi, at least -- that Malcolm Butler ('a pain in the butt' this year) won't be back in 2018. And that's just one topic in this week's edition of the #FridayBag.
Britt's actions > Belichick's words
Bill Belichick doesn't have much to say about Kenny Britt, but his signing could be huge for the Pats. 
B's inch closer, but they're not there yet
The Bruins are closing the gap between themselves and the Caps. The next step is to actually beat them.
Plenty of fight, but not enough finish
Bruins just can't get over the hump despite closely trailing the Capitals, and lose their 11th straight to Washington. 
Browns GM throws Britt under the bus
The Patriots may be happy to have wide receiver Kenny Britt, but the Browns -- especially their new GM -- seem even happier to be rid of him.
'It's one of my favorite places to be'
The Celtics make their annual holiday visit to Boston Children's Hospital, where they put smiles on the faces of youngsters dealing with real challenges and adversity.
Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
If you're the Pats, who do you take away?
Which Steelers star should draw more of Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia's focus? Here's a vote for preventing bombs to Antonio Brown and forcing hand-offs to LeVeon Bell. 
No days off for Brady
Over the course of the last three weeks, Tom Brady has taken Wednesdays to receive some extra treatment. This week? No days off.
Garnett: Celts 'force to be reckoned with'
In an interview with Vice Sports, ex-Celtics star Kevin Garnett admires the way his old team has bounced back from Gordon Hayward's injury and thinks the Celts are headed for a conference-finals showdown wit
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
So much Tommy B in Jimmy G
The 49ers coach sees a lot of Tom Brady in his new QB, on and off the field. "There’s just this certain way to act and handle things and talk to people," says Kyle Shanahan.
Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins scores the winning goal in OT against the Detroit Red Wings.
Time to talk Hart again for Marchand
No. 63 was again at the center of everything Wednesday as he nearly single-handedly helped the Bruins steal one in Detroit. Get that Hart Trophy resume ready again. 
Ainge: Morris 'going to be playing periodically'
Danny Ainge tells Toucher & Rich that Marcus Morris knee injury won't shut him down for a long period and "nothing really excites us" right now about the Celtics using their $8.4 million disabled player exce
PODCAST: Antoine Walker on Ainge trading him, on Isaiah Thomas, and much more
Kyle Draper and A.
Same old same old?
The Steelers vowed to get away from their traditional zone defense against the Patriots after Tom Brady picked them apart yet again last January. But they may be forced to stick with it.
Shazier-less Steeler 'D' faces up to problems
The Steelers defense, without the tragically injured Ryan Shazier, was gashed by the offensively challenged Ravens last week. How will Pittsburgh do against the explosive Patriots?
Danny Ainge on Ball boys going to Lithuania
Danny Ainge talks with Toucher & Rich about Lavar Ball sending his two younger sons over to Lithuania to play professional basketball.
Danny Ainge: Trying to not put pressure on Gordon Hayward
Danny Ainge joins Toucher & Rich to discuss the latest development in Gordon Hayward's recovery, which is getting out of the boot on Wednesday.
PODCAST: Will Red Sox' patient approach pay off?
From the MLB Winter Meetings, Evan Drellich talks about the Red Sox needing to stay disciplined with their roster flexibility, and the latest on J.D. Martinez. 
Marchand puts B's on his shoulders
Brad Marchand almost single-handedly allows the Bruins to come away from Detroit with a victory.
Seeing clearly
Jaylen Brown is playing free of any limited vision issues that he experienced when playing with goggles for a couple of games.
Tatum 'real excited to bounce back'
Jayson Tatum has the kind of bounce-back game the Celtics need to hold off the hot-shooting Nuggets.
Backes ready to give his best
David Backes seems finally ready to contribute after passing through all the challenges that have faced him since signing with the Boston Bruins
Hayward 'attacking the process'
Gordon Hayward shed his walking boot, but there is still no timetable for when - if at all - Hayward will return to the Boston Celtics lineup this season.
Calm down, Sox fans; patience can pay off
Just because the Red Sox haven't done anything yet doesn't mean they won't do anything at all. Here’s betting that, eventually, they'll end up with an upgraded lineup to feel good about.
'A big misunderstanding'
Malcolm Butler says he's not sure how his account retweeted Pro Football Focus the other day. For him, it's "a big misunderstanding."
Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is out of his walking boot
Hayward gives boot the boot
Look who's out of his walking boot?
Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers pulls in a TD pass against the Baltimore Ravens.
They can score it, but can they stop it?
The Steelers feature some of the NFL's elite playmakers but have been yielding a ton of points to bad offenses lately. Plus, there's that whole Patriots-are-in-their-heads thing.  
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown celebrates a victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
Resilience or luck?
Pittsburgh comes into its showdown with the Patriots 7-1 in games decided by a touchdown or less this season. Is that a testament to resilience or a trend that's unsustainable? 
Different strokes for different folks
After 10 years as Steelers coach, Mike Tomlin still has oodles of swagger and will answer virtually any question posed to him. It's not the same public approach taken by his rivals in New England.
Big loss on the line
The Patriots have not had Marcus Cannon since Week 8. Now they'll have to go without him much longer. 
Sport of the future: Which is the one?
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently made the case that basketball is poised to become the dominant sport in America in the years ahead. Is it?
How the Dolphins made Tom Brady look so uncomfortable
What happened in Miami? Jerod Mayo, Tom E. Curran and Phil perry break it down in a brand new Quick Slants Podcast, presented by Papa Gino's.
The Ex-Pats Podcast: Bad energy against Miami
Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen discuss the Patriots bad energy level on the road at night and Tom Brady’s 7-9 record in Miami. Should we have seen signs of this loss coming?
As bad as it gets
The Patriots were deficient in virtually every area -- and it's reflected in the grades -- in Monday night's loss to the Dolphins.
The Chicago Bulls' Bobby Portis battles for the ball with the Boston Celtics' Guerschon Yabusele.
So this is what a blowout feels like
That the Celtics went 29 games before losing by 15 or more speaks to the standard that's been set by their best start of the Brad Stevens Era. 
BEST OF BST PODCAST: MLB Winter Meetings begin
The BST crew discusses what the Red Sox should do to salvage their offseason, the Patriots' tough loss to the Dolphins, and much more.
Carrabis: What would make for a good Red Sox offseason
Jared Carrabis joins BST to discuss what his dream Red Sox offseason scenario would be.
Could Gordon Hayward return this season?
With Gordon Hayward getting rid of the walking boot soon, Michael Holley, Tom Curran, and Kayce Smith debate if Hayward could make a return this season.
Japanese two-way baseball star Shohei Otahni.
Out of touch on Ohtani
When it comes to the Shohei Ohtani pursuit, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski sounds out of touch.
Short-handed C's
The days of playing short-handed continue for the Celtics who will be without at least one all-star when they host the Nuggets on Wednesday.
Eyes on the prize
The Red Sox have their sights set on the best and likely most expensive hitter in free agency.
In Bill he DOESN'T trust . . . ?
He's had his issues with Bill Belichick the GM. Did Malcolm Butler just take a shot at Bill Belichick the coach?  
Relief may not be around the corner
The previously stalled market has opened now that Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani have landed, but the Red Sox say a move for the bullpen help may not come for 'a while.'
Stop your worrying, except . . .
Don't worry, says DJ Bean, the Patriots are still going to get the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. But there's a team you may not expect that could finish ahead of both New England AND Pittsburgh.
New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis is stopped by the Miami Dolphins' Kiko Alonso.
Running on empty
The Patriots found themselves in a vicious cycle Monday night. Their inability to run the ball effectively contributed to the lack of third-down conversions that ultimately bogged down the offense.   
Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo.
Handling the learning curve
Brandon Carlo knew it was going to be challenging to try and surpass his strong rookie. The defenseman has been solid but at 21, there's still plenty of room for improvement.  
Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier loses the ball against the Chicago Bulls.
'You're not going to win many games when you play like that'
The Celtics were lacking a lot more than just Kyrie Irving in their 108-85 loss to the struggling Bulls. A sense of urgency was missing, too.
Patriots suffer some defensive wounds
The Patriots' defense sprung holes in several spots Monday night, and the problems need to be fixed before Sunday's showdown with the explosive Steelers.
Landry takes Deflategate jab at Pats
After scoring a touchdown in the third quarter, Jarvis Landry pretends to be deflating the football and proclaims afterward he was '[taking] the air out of the ball.'
Now that B's are healthy, how high can they fly?
In this video essay, Joe Haggerty notes that the Boston Bruins are finally getting healthy, Can they continue their red-hot play. And how good can this team be?
Dolphins turn Patriots into just another team
How did the Patriots look like just another team on Monday night? It’s the obvious question and there are plenty of obvious answers. And some that aren’t so obvious.
Missing his security blanket
Was it the number of hits Tom Brady took two weeks ago that were still fresh in his mind? Or did he simply understand that without Rob Gronkowski it was going to be a difficult night? 
Pats lament lack of energy
A keyword kept being repeated by the Patriots after their loss to the Dolphins. Energy. They feel like they didn’t have enough.
Brown: I could teach these receivers how to run routes
Troy Brown says that he wishes the Patriots would bring him in to coach up some of their receivers to show them how to run routes better.
C's defense doesn't rise to occasion
Instead of Boston’s defense taking the lead with Kyrie Irving out, they were a non-factor most of the night, especially when it came to Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis
Weis: 'Butt whooping' will bring the Patriots back to Earth
Charlie Weis discusses how Bill Belichick will handle this loss with his team and how a 'butt whooping' will keep the Patriots grounded
Best and Worst: Dolphins 27, Patriots 20
Tom E. Curran highlights the best and worst moments from the New England Patriots loss to the Miami Dolphins
Who will they B?
Who exactly is Jackie Bradley Jr.? And Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts? Can all three be expected to return to their 2016 forms, or is 2017 closer to reality? Who are they actually?
'Sometimes you get your butt kicked'
Following Boston’s 108-85 thumping at the hands of the Chicago Bulls, Brad Stevens had a very succinct message for his team after the loss.
'We were not on his list'
Giancarlo Stanton preferred to go elsewhere, although we’ll never know what would have happened if push came to shove and the Sox and Marlins struck a deal.
The Red Sox actually had no interest in Giancarlo Stanton
With Giancarlo Stanton officially signing with the Yankees, Mazz and Jim Murray break down the decision for the Red Sox to not pursue the former Marlins slugger.
'Boston never had any interest in him'
Giancarlo Stanton’s agent, Joel Wolfe, says the Red Sox were never presented to him and his client as a possible trade destination. 
Red-hot when it gets cold
Nobody appreciates the month of December quite like Tom Brady and the Patriots.
Pats steeled for a showdown next week
The Steelers have spent the season barely squeaking by weaker opponents. But squeak by them they have, and an AFC showdown with the Patriots awaits.
A reminder of where they stand in the East
Here are A. Sherrod Blakely's five takeaways from Boston’s 91-81 win at Detroit on Sunday.
A little healthy competition
Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy is fond of saying that internal competition brings out the best in everybody on a hockey club
What does Wentz injury mean for Patriots?
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is feared to have a torn ACL and could miss the rest of the season. Michael Felger, Marc Bertrand and Mike Flynn discuss how this affects the road ahead for the Patriots.
Who wants him?
Marc Bertrand explains why he's glad Giancarlo Stanton didn't wind up in Boston, and compares him to a former Red Sox player.
Kyrie won't call it 'payback'
Beating the Pistons was more about bouncing back than payback for the Celtics, who had lost a hard-fought game at San Antonio on Friday night.
Just a matter of time
The Patriots had a chance to earn their ninth-straight AFC East title before taking the field on Monday night. But the hat-and- t-shirt hoopla will have to wait. 
Encouraged by Hayward's confidence
In an interview with the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach, Celtics wing player Gordon Hayward touched on the possibility of him returning this season.
Won't take long for B's fans to love this rookie
Many have been focusing on the fact Boston passed on Mathew Barzal, but Jake DeBrusk has been proving Boston has a top notch rookie of their own
After rough start, Tuukka settles in
Tuukka Rask looks like a different goalie from the beginning of the season, and more like the elite net-minder the Boston Bruins know him to be.
DeBrusk makes huge statement
A huge night for Jake DeBrusk, who steps up to help protect a teammate and then scores the game-winning goal.
Bringing more to the table?
Riley Nash hopes it’s the beginning of a hot stretch offensively for him and a line that’s looked good since they were put together
Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek smashes his catcher's mitt in the face of the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.
Take that, Yankees!
The Red Sox reacted to the Yankees' acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton today with a tweet that was...well, /spirited/, maybe?  
Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving reacts after missing what would have been a tying shot against the San Antonio Spurs.
Not sharp enough to beat Spurs
The Celtics' effort in San Antonio is usually enough to beat most teams in the NBA, but most teams aren't the Spurs.   
Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy.
Playing the Charlie card
Charlie McAvoy is still only 19 but 26 games into his rookie season it's easy to see that the Bruins have their franchise defenseman who'll be a cornerstone for years to come.
Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski (left), new New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and Yankees GM Brian Cashman.
Your move, Dealer Dave
The Yankees' true victory over the Red Sox in the Stanton Derby came in all the moves that led up to the Yanks having the resources left to taunt their rivals with this blockbuster.  
Still rising to the occasion
Manu Ginobili showed he's still as clutch as they come in the San Antonio Spurs' 105-102 win over the Boston Celtics.
Seeing clearly
Jaylen Brown knew there would be an adjustment of sorts for him when he wore prescription goggles for the first time. 
Work hard, play hard
With each passing day, it’s clear that winger Danton Heinen is becoming more and more a part of the fabric on the Boston Bruins. 
Jaylen Brown on what it was like to play wearing goggles
Jaylen Brown talks about how it felt wearing goggles during the game and says that they seemed to actually improve his vision.
Jaylen Brown throws down a pair of dunks in third quarter
Jaylen Brown ended the night with 15 points and had two huge dunks on back-to-back plays in the third quarter of the Celtics' 105-102 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
Close, but no cigar
Right play. Right spot on the floor. The right shooter. Wrong result; that is, if you're the Boston Celtics. 
If only the Bruins had taken...
The Bruins have been relatively successful with their recent drafts, but imagine if they hadn’t passed on some of these NHL young guns.  
Boston Bruins' David Backes celebrates one of his two goals against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.
Backes in the swing of things
About a month removed from colon surgery, David Backes scores his first two goals of the season and looks as good as he ever has in a Bruins uniform.
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady goes down against the Miami Dolphins.
‘Prepare for the worst, hope for the best’
Some of the borderline-and-beyond hits from the Dolphins two weeks ago are still fresh on the Patriots’ minds. That's why an expect-the-worse approach is critical.
#FridayBag: Making up for Gronk
Part of a wide-ranging #FridayBag are questions about how the Patriots make up for the loss of Rob Gronkowski Monday night in Miami? Will Chris Hogan be counted on heavily as he returns from injury?
Breer talks McDaniels, Belichick and the Giants job
Albert Breer outlines to Toucher & Rich how Bill Belichick's long relationship with the Mara family could steer Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to the Giants head coaching job.
Racing to the playoffs
The Patriots, as usual, are certain to make the playoffs. But who's going in with them? Who'll fall short? DJ Bean handicaps the AFC playoff field.
BEST OF BST PODCAST: Cora addresses outburst
The BST crew discusses Alex Cora's reflection on his outburst, the B's win over the Coyotes, and much more.
B's take care of business
David Backes earns the gold star as he delivers two goals in an outstanding performance against the Coyotes, leading the Bruins to a 6-1 victory.
Alex Cora shows accountability for outburst in Houston
Evan Drellich and Lou Merloni discuss Alex Cora's reflection on his outburst with Astros broadcaster Geoff Blum and manager A.J. Hinch back in August.
Suh relishes the role of instigator vs. Patriots
The Dolphins have pulled very few punches when it comes to their intent to bother Tom Brady. They want to get inside his head.
Our 20 under 25 rankings
Having asked you to rank Boston's best athletes under the age of 25, it's only fair we do the same. We continue today with . . . the Bruins.
Harmon: 'I wouldn't call Gronk a dirty player'
Duron Harmon knows Rob Gronkowski. He knows what Gronkowski did to Tre'Davious White last weekend was wrong. But he also says he knows that Gronkowski isn't a dirty player.
PODCAST: Brady's dustups different than Beckham's, Bryant's, etc.
Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss why Tom Brady’s sideline dustups are different than those of Odell Beckham, Dez Bryant, etc.
Right at home
A 4-1 homestand gives the Celtics one of the best home records in the NBA (12-2), the bench steps up again and more observations from win No. 22. 
Buffalo Bills CB Tre'Davious White.
Bills' White: Gronk suspension 'a joke'
Tre'Davious White, the Bills cornerback injured on the late hit by Rob Gronkowski, blasted Gronk's "dirty shot" that "could have broken my neck" and said the Patriots tight end's one-game suspension was "a j
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Owners' patsy? Roger that
Between now and 2023, Roger Goodell’s going to have to go on a diplomatic spree to clean up his legacy and pull public opinion of the NFL brand out of a nosedive.  
How does Rowe change Pats' secondary?
Earlier this season, Eric Rowe was entrusted with replacing Malcolm Butler and Stephon Gilmore when they struggled. What's his role now?
Hogan's return route timed perfectly
We don't know if Chris Hogan will be healthy enough to play in Miami. But if he can, he'll provide the Patriots offense a boost during Rob Gronkowski's suspension.
'He wants to come back faster than anyone'
Danny Ainge says the timetable for Gordon Hayward's return hasn't officially changed, but Hayward is quietly working to make it quicker.
PODCAST: What can Goodell do to change image?
Albert Breer, Tom Giles, Michael Holley and Kayce Smith debate whether or not Roger Goodell deserves the lucrative deal he received and what he needs to do to be looked upon more positively.
'Next man up' is a winner for Celtics
Shorthanded or fully stacked, the Celtics continue to find ways to win. Latest example: Wednesday night's 97-90 victory over the Mavs without Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris.
Larkin helps swing momentum
Shane Larkin has his best game in weeks as the Celtics rally for a 97-90 win over the Mavericks.
Cameron Wake of the Miami Dolphins sacks New England Patriots QB Tom Brady.
You again?
The Patriots just saw the Dolphins two weeks ago and, despite Miami hitting Tom Brady pretty hard, had their way with them. Still, it's always a little tougher in down in Miami.  
What's in store for Sox at Winter Meetings?
A big bat? A lefty reliever? A surprise acquisition? We look at what the Red Sox will do at baseball's Winter Meetings, which begin next week.
Buffalo Bills CB Tre'Davious White (left) and Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.
Bills want Gronk revenge? Big Ben chimes in
Two of the most pointed reactions to Rob Gronkowski's late hit and suspension have come from Tre'Davious White, who took the hit, and from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.  
Boston Bruins' Ryan Spooner mixes it up in front of the net against the Nashville Predators.
Swing and a miss
The Bruins let a big opportunity get away from them in Nashville but have shown this season they can hold their own against the NHL's best.   
New England Patriots guard Shaq Mason.
This Shaq has the moves
The resurgent Patriots' running game has gotten a boost from the blocking of third-year guard Shaq Mason, who is poised to clear a path toward the Pro Bowl.   
Belichick: 'I've got to do a better job' of making players maintain composure
Bill Belichick constantly tells his players to keep their composure on the field.
'Every situation has a shelf life'
In his first public interview since being let go as Red Sox manager, John Farrell takes a matter-of-fact approach to his dismissal.
In Jones they trust
When it comes to seeing how he feels about players, don't listen to what Bill Belichick says; watch what he does. When you do, his affection for Jonathan Jones is obvious.
Bruins facing a tough decision
The Bruins need to make sure they’re protecting their best players. Is it time for them to go out and acquire a traditional enforcer?
PODCAST: Explaining Alex Cora's outburst
Evan Drellich joins BST to talk about his report that in August of this year, new Red Sox manager Alex Cora cursed out Astros broadcaster Geoff Blum and manager A.J. Hinch while on the team bus.
Will Giants raid Patriots?
Phil Perry joins Boston Sports Tonight to discuss how likely it is for the Giants to acquire part of the Patriots staff.
Who would you rather have: Kyrie or Giannis?
Michael Holley and Kayce Smith debate which superstar they would rather have on their team, Kyrie Irving or Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Lending a helping hand
In this NBC Sports Boston Video Essay, A. Sherrod Blakely tells the story of how 28-year-old Marcus Morris has formed a unique bond with 19-year-old rookie Jayson Tatum, on and off the court.
Khudobin's hot hand ends on a cold night
The warning signs had been there in recent games, but it all fell apart for Anton Khudobin on Monday night in Nashville.
Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug is a step behind Kyle Turris of the Nashville Predators.
Krug's rough start dooms Bruins
The Bruins needed a furious comeback after some defensive lapses early -- particularly from Torey Krug -- and in the end fall short in Nashville.  
Use it -- by Friday -- or lose it?
If the Celtics want to utilize their $8.4 million Disabled Player Exception to acquire a player and use him in a subsequent trade, they have to do it by Friday.
Average grades for above-average team
The Patriots' performance Sunday was relatively mediocre, yet they came away with a 20-point victory over a .500 team. It tells you the level at which they're operating.
C's turning more and more offensive
The defense was the story during the Celtics' quick bolt out of the gate, but now the offense is stepping to the forefront as they continue blazing their way across the NBA sky.
'Not a good recipe for winning games'
The Bruins pile up defensive zone breakdowns and so-so goaltending in the opening 25 minutes of the game against the Nashville Predators
Is Cora incident a footnote or an omen?
Alex Cora had his own Price/Eckersley-type moment as Astros' bench coach, engaging in public disputes with a team broadcaster and manager A.J. Hinch.
Costly mistakes
The Bruins make enough mistakes in the first period against the Predators to cost them the game. And they do.
Horford showing he's a vital cog
Celtics need the "no-holds-back" Al Horford who tends to fill up the stat sheet in several categories and maybe just as important, significantly impacts winning
'A heck of a shooter'
What continues to stand out about Jayson Tatum is his consistency in terms of shooting the ball.
Hurley: ‘I do think Gronkowski has a chance on the appeal’
Michael Hurley of 98.5 The Sports Hub explains why he thinks Rob Gronkowski has a chance to win his appeal.
PODCAST: Was Gronk's suspension justified?
Dan Koppen and Mike Giardi break down the Rob Gronkowski late hit and one-game suspension. With no past history, will Gronk’s suspension be reduced as he goes through the appeal process?
Pats preparing Plan B
Bill Belichick, saying the Patriots 'address the things that we can address,' are ready to move on without Rob Gronkowski.
Gronkowski suspended
The Patriots' tight end reportedly will appeal the one-game penalty, which -- if not reduced -- will force him to miss Monday's game in Miami and cost him $281,250 in lost pay.
Sit for the hit
Rob Gronkowski was quickly convicted in the court of public opinion -- outside New England, at least -- for his late hit on Tre'Davious White. And the NFL is nothing is not reactive.
Pats are now running with purpose
Behind Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead, the Patriots have a running game that can carry them even when Tom Brady doesn't have his best day. 
It was child's play for Pats in Buffalo
The Patriots' win over the Bills felt like a little brother firing futile fists at the stomach of his big brother, who laughs and holds him off with just a palm on the little dude’s forehead.
Playing way out of postseason early
Mathematically every team is still alive, but realistically some teams have already played their way out of the playoffs this season.
Out of nowhere
Eric Lee was in the Bills locker room two weeks ago as a member of their practice squad. On Sunday, he helped wreck their day as a starter for the Patriots. 
Gilmore gets the last laugh
Even though the game was out of hand, the Bills were determined to score on their former DB, Stephon Gilmore. He was just as determined not to let them. Guess who won?
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'Just football'
It didn't take long for Tom Brady and Josh McDaniels to get together after Brady's sideline eruption following New England's first drive.
'I gotta keep my cool'
Rob Gronkowski regrets his out-of-character late hit on Tre'Davious White, but said it stemmed from built-up frustration over 'seven years' of being manhandled with no calls from the refs.
A role reversal?
Is the Celtics' offense really getting better, or do they look better because the defense isn’t as good as it was to start the season?
Best and Worst: Patriots 23, Bills 3
Tom E. Curran highlights the best and worst moments from Sunday's game between the Patriots and Bills
Gronk explodes, in more ways than one
Rob Gronkowski catches 9 passes for 147 yards and loses his cool late in the game as he makes an eventful return home in the Patriots' victory over the Bills in Buffalo.
Don't look now, but B's might be good
It’s taken nearly two months of the regular season, but the Bruins are finally looking like the team everybody thought they’d be.
Manning benching causes DJ Bean to become emotional
A distraught DJ Bean says he can't watch the NFL any more because of how the Giants handled the Eli Manning benching.
Healthy Spooner could provide boost
Every once in a while Ryan Spooner flashes the kind of skill that could be a major boost to the Bruins. Saturday was one of those days.
Little ball of concern?
The Flyers learned the hard way that you don't want to play Brad Marchand after you get him angry. But is he taking too many big hits?
Finding his comfort zone
Saturday afternoon was another positive step for Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask in reestablishing himself as an elite goalie.
Not all Sunny days
When you hear Kyrie Irving talk about Devin Booker, it's clear he feels a certain kinship with the young Suns guard.
Head-shot, then heads-up
Brad Marchand appeared to be down and out after taking a check to the head in the first period, but he bounced back to be a key contributor in the Bruins' 3-0 win in Philly.
Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum drives against the Phoenix Suns Jared Dudley.
Early start, late heroics
Jayson Tatum admits he's usually napping early in the afternoon, but another big fourth-quarter from him helped wake up the Celtics against Phoenix.
Brown: Irving is 'Mr. Fourth Quarter'
Jaylen Brown talks about Kyrie Irving --and Jayson Tatum -- turning it on in the fourth quarter to put the Celtics ahead of the Suns.
Stevens: Our offense is playing at a better level
Brad Stevens says the Celtics' defense taking a step back, but the offense playing at a better level.
Tatum's mom on his first buzzer-beater, and more
Brandy Cole, Jayson Tatum's mother, discusses her son's rookie season with the Celtics.
Boston Bruins' fathers are along on the two-game trip to Philly and Nashville.
Fathers' Days for B's
Many of the Bruins -- 21 in all -- have their dads along for the two-game trip to Philly and Nashville.
Rising early to greet the Suns
While the players haven't exactly embraced the early start time on Saturday, Celtics coach Brad Stevens is all for it.
Boston Celtics' forward Marcus Morris with teammate Kyrie Irving.
Happily staying away from the Suns
Marcus Morris' NBA career includes a stop with the Suns. When his old team arrived at TD Garden, it reminded him how lucky he is to be out of Phoenix and in Boston.  
A new 'king in the fourth'
Watching Kyrie Irving in the fourth quarter is something special.
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The BST crew discusses the Yankees hiring Aaron Boone as their new manager, how Tom Brady's career will end, and more.
Time for Krug bashers to lay off
It might just be high time for people to cut B’s defenseman Torey Krug a little bit of a break. 
Why is Terry Rozier scared of squirrels?
Terry Rozier explains why he is not a fan of squirrels.
Why does Terry Rozier put ranch on spaghetti?
Terry Rozier plays a game or 'True or False' and explains why he puts ranch on spaghetti.
Rozier: 'I still haven't showed everything that I can do'
Terry Rozier says that he still has a lot to show Boston Celtics fans.
Terry Rozier: One day I'll be a starter in this league
Terry Rozier explains his mind set after coming off the bench behind Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving, and where he ultimately would like to be in this league.
Rozier explains why this Celtics team has good chemistry
Terry Rozier explains why this Celtics team 'complimenting each other' on the court has led to better team chemistry.
Boston Bruins goalies Anton Khudobin (left) and Tuukka Rask.
Riding with Rask
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy will go with Tuukka Rask in goal Saturday in Philly and backup Anton Khudobin will get the start Monday vs. Nashville.
PODCAST: Terry Rozier can't wait to guard Isaiah Thomas
Celtics guard Terry Rozier joins Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely in this week's episode of the "Celtics Talk Podcast"
Brady feels for Eli, happy for Jimmy G
The revolving door of big-name quarterbacks is starting to move, as Jimmy Garoppolo will make his first start with the 49ers while Eli Manning will be benched by the Giants after 210 straight starts. 
Boston Celtics' (L to R) Al Horford, Marcus Smart and Kyrie Irving.
Cranking up the O to match the D
After another game where the Celtics shot better than 50 percent, and another victory, the Celtics offense is starting to play on par with their stellar defense. 
Which back gets the ball?
Among the questions in this week's bag: How are the Patriots' running back rotations determined? And, how has the defense made up for the loss of Dont'a Hightower? 
Sideline stoicism
Bill Belichick hardly reacted to any of the five touchdowns his team scored against the Dolphins. He explained why on Friday.
'The stupidest thing I've heard in 2017'
Wyc Grousbeck -- with a smile, but with some pretty pointed language -- takes apart Felger & Mazz over the notion that Brad Stevens isn't important to the Celtics' success.
PODCAST: LeBron the King of Philly?
Could LeBron James be heading to the 76ers via free agency this coming offseason? Tom Giles, Michael Holley, Kayce Smith and Tom E. Curran debate whether or not the King would be a good fit in Philly. 
Stealth impact
Lost in the story of the Celtics' win over the Sixers is the play of Al Horford, an all-too-common occurrence.
A scoring 'luxury'
Those who compete with him and play against Kyrie Irving realize how talented he can be, especially in the fourth quarter.
The future is bright
There’s still a lot of time left in this season, but all indications are that the Philadelphia 76ers' time has arrived.
Smashing success
Rob Gronkowski never found himself breaking a table at a Bills tailgate growing up. He saved that for family functions. 
Boston gets final word
The Trail Blazers and Red Sox get into a (highly unlikely) Twitter exchange about 'statement' jerseys, which prompts  the Celtics to get involved and end the conversation.
Sean McDermott, Buffalo Bills coach.
The best Pats team he's seen?
Bills coach Sean McDermott's been around, so it's surprising to hear him say this version of the Patriots is better than any he's gone up against.  
Quick healer
Less than a month after having 10 inches of his colon removed, David Backes is back on the ice and energizes the Bruins with his play in the victory over the Lightning.  
A Giant difference in philosophy
When the Patriots decided to replace their good-but-not-great QB (Drew Bledsoe), they did it bloodlessly . . .
Rask answers the call against Lightning
It wasn’t a spectacular, stand-on-your-head performance from Tuukka Rask against the Lightning. But it didn't have to be. It was still a winning one.
Give 'em a hand
The Bruins hung tough through the tough times and now are showing signs of life, as evidenced by an impressive 3-2 victory over the Lightning.
Did Danny Ainge tell Doc to get ejected to watch Tiger?
Danny Ainge talks with Toucher & Rich about a story Doc Rivers told earlier this season of the time Ainge jokingly told the Celtics head coach to get ejected to watch Tiger Woods at The Masters
Ainge on using Celtics' $8.4 million DPE
Toucher & Rich discuss the $8.4 million Designated Player Exemption the Celtics received because of the injury to Gordon Hayward. Has the team talked with anyone about a trade?
Ainge on whether Tatum's success is surprising
Toucher & Rich talk with Danny Ainge about the early season success of 19 year-old Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum

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