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BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 37 points with eight assists in his return to Boston and Kevin Durant added 29 for Brooklyn on Friday to lead the Nets to a 123-95 victory over the Celtics.

The Boston Celtics paid homage to Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol”, in Wednesday’s season opener, haunting fans with some familiar flaws of past seasons while welcoming a new rookie class to the present fold and giving us a subtle glimpse into the franchise’s future.

The Los Angeles Lakers begin their NBA title defense Tuesday night against their crosstown rival Clippers. This comes just 71 days after the Lakers claimed their 17th world championship, marking the shortest offseason in professional sports history. 

Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo is the two-time reigning MVP. Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant is a two-time NBA Finals MVP and about to get back on the floor after recovering from injury. Washington’s Russell Westbrook is still a triple-double machine. Boston’s Jayson Tatum signed an extension thi…

Even five time zones away in Hawaii, where Tua Tagovailoa grew up following football and dreaming of an NFL career, the New England Patriots left an impression he can describe with just one word.

BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics thought they were laying a foundation for seasons to come when they brought in All-Stars Al Horford, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward in back-to-back summers in 2016 and 2017.

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Phil Simms has been a Bill Belichick fan as far back as 1979, the first year each of them started with the New York Giants. Then the Patriots' dynasty, including two decades of Tom Brady & Co., shored up any doubt about Belichick’s genius and expertise.

The 2020 New England Patriots are toast. The team is 2-5, has lost four straight and now finds itself three games behind the Buffalo Bills for first place in the AFC East. Barring an improbable and spectacular late-season turnaround, the Patriots are pretty much out of the running for a play…

The final result aside, there was a lot to be encouraged by in Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The Patriots traveled across the country and went toe to toe with one of the best teams in football, nearly erasing a 12-point deficit with under five minutes to play while getting huge perf…

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