FOXBOROUGH — There are three options in breaking down what really happened at Gillette Stadium early Sunday afternoon, a 54-13 win by your New England Patriots:

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HOUSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum had 31 points and nine rebounds and the Boston Celtics avoided their first 0-3 start since the 2013-14 season with a 107-97 win over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night.

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BOSTON — Brad Marchand scored 28 seconds into the game and added an assist as the Boston Bruins ended San Jose’s unbeaten start with a 4-3 victory over the Sharks on Sunday.

BOSTON — When a team scores six goals, they should win the hockey game. But that wasn’t the case for Merrimack Saturday night at No. 16 Boston University, as the Warriors dropped an 8-6 decision to the Terriers at Agganis Arena.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Malik Cunningham rushed for three touchdowns, including a 14-yard clinching run with 2:53 remaining to cap a milestone performance, and Louisville overcame four turnovers to beat Boston College 28-14 on Saturday to snap a two-game losing streak.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Casey Washington caught a 2-point conversion pass from Brandon Peters to end the first nine-overtime game in NCAA history and lift Illinois over No. 7 Penn State 20-18 on Saturday.

DURHAM, N.H. – Sophomore defensive back Randall Harris came up with his second interception in the last three games and freshman linebacker Max Tillett collected his first career turnover, but the University of New Hampshire football team lost at Elon, 24-10, on Saturday afternoon.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Taylor hit three homers and drove in six runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers broke loose at the plate to beat Atlanta 11-2 on Thursday night, cutting the Braves’ lead in the NL Championship Series to 3-2.

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The Red Sox have gotten plenty of offense since the American League Championship Series began. Through the first five games they have scored 28 runs on 40 hits against the Astros, so you can’t say the lineup hasn’t been productive.

Chinese broadcaster and NBA partner Tencent is not showing current or archived Boston Celtics games on its platforms, in apparent response to comments that Celtics center Enes Kanter made to advocate Tibetan independence.

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NEW YORK — Julius Randle scored 35 points, Evan Fournier made the go-ahead 3-pointer in the second overtime and added 32 against his former team, and the New York Knicks outlasted Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics 138-134 on Wednesday night in the season-opener for both teams.

PHILADELPHIA — Cam Atkinson scored two goals, including the go-ahead score that sent him tumbling into the boards, and the Philadelphia Flyers topped the Boston Bruins 6-3 on Wednesday night.

BOSTON – I gave Red Sox first baseman Kyle Schwarber a multiple choice question, really two choices, about 90 minutes before Game 4 of the Red Sox-Astros ALCS.

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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox had chances to open up a lead in Game 4 and take full control of the series. But it never happened.

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Here are five quick takes from Red Sox stunning 12-3 win over the Houston Astros to take a 2-1 series lead in the ALCS:

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BOSTON – Jeremy Pena was sitting in the Houston Astros dugout at Fenway Park before Game 3, as a member of their five-man playoff taxi squad.

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CHICAGO — Candace Parker returned home to bring Chicago a championship. She did just that, leading the Sky to the franchise’s first title.

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Let’s start off by saying this,: The team you see walk out of the tunnel to take on your New England Patriots at 4:25 p.m. today is not the team you grew up despising.

BOSTON (AP) — Brad Marchand scored twice, Jake DeBrusk broke a 1-all tie early in the third period and the Boston Bruins opened the season with a 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

HOUSTON — When the Red Sox lost Game 1 on Friday, it was because they couldn’t capitalize on their chances, let Houston hang around too long and ultimately paid the price.

HAMILTON, N.Y. — After it trailed by two goals after 40 minutes of play, the Merrimack College men’s hockey team took control in the third period with four unanswered goals to knock off previously undefeated Colgate, 5-3, Saturday night at Class of 1965 Arena.

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. — Everything clicked Saturday afternoon at Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium for the Merrimack College football team as it soared past NEC rival, LIU, in a 43-5 victory.

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LOS ANGELES — Peter Scolari, a versatile character actor whose television roles included a yuppie producer on “Newhart” and a closeted dad on “Girls” and who was on Broadway with longtime friend Tom Hanks in “Lucky Guy,” has died. He was 66.