FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The Patriots and Falcons haven't been able to escape reminders of last season's Super Bowl as they prepare for Sunday's rematch. New England has tried to downplay any mention of its historic comeback win. Atlanta has had no desire to relive it either. That Falcons acknowledge it's something it will have to live with forever.
BOSTON (AP) - Patrice Bergeron had a goal and three assists in his season debut, moving up to seventh on Boston's career scoring list as the Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks 6-3. Anders Bjork scored twice for Boston, Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists and David Pastrnak added a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who scored five straight goals after falling behind 1-0 early in the first period.
BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Celtics are going to need a little more time to figure this out. After losing top free agent Gordon Hayward to a gruesome ankle injury, the Celtics dropped back-to-back games to open the NBA season. Hayward's agent, Mark Bartelstein, says Hayward's surgery Wednesday night went really well but they're "not even thinking about a timeframe for his return right now." Bartelstein did say its unlikely Hayward would play this season.
MIAMI (AP) - Gordon Hayward and Jeremy Lin are out for the season, and plenty of other NBA stars are already dealing with injuries. It's not the start to the season that anyone in the league wanted. And the health issues are already casting a shadow over the excitement that typically accompanies the start to a season.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Notre Dame is once again the favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference women's basketball title. The Fighting Irish were picked to finish first in the league in voting by both league coaches and a panel of media members and school representatives. Both groups had Louisville second, followed by Duke and Florida State. The ACC also says each team will play an 18-game league schedule starting in 2019-20.
NEW YORK (AP) - Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin is expected to miss the season because of a ruptured patella tendon of the right knee. Lin was hurt midway through the fourth quarter of the Nets' 140-131 loss at Indiana on Tuesday in their first game of the season. The former Harvard guard was hoping for a stronger second season with the Nets after he was limited to just 36 games in 2016-17 when Brooklyn finished with the NBA's worst record.
BOSTON (AP) - Boston goalie Tuukka Rask is sidelined because of a concussion, forcing the Bruins to call up goalie Zane McIntyre from Providence of the American Hockey League. General manager Don Sweeney said Rask sustained the concussion during practice Wednesday.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Falcons have blown leads in back-to-back losses _ just in time for a Super Bowl rematch with New England and the reminders of the huge collapse in that game. It's all combined to generate an attitude coach Dan Quinn describes as "a little bit on edge in a good way."
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