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Both Steelers and Patriots have skeletons in their closets (1:57)
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Red Wings win on Nielsen's shootout beauty (0:28)
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Virginia tops Boston College with ease (0:49)
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Thomas says Celtics got 'punked' by Knicks (1:08)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley was a late scratch from Wednesday's loss to the New York Knicks. Bradley, who missed four games recently due to an Achilles strain, was sore after returning to game action on Monday night and Celtics coach Brad Stevens said it's likely he'll miss more time to fully recover. "I can see him missing a little bit more time," said Stevens. "I just think maybe he came back a little bit too early." Stevens stressed there's no further structural issue, Bradley is simply sore.

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Rose takes over in Knicks' win over Celtics (1:02)
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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas on loss to Knicks: "They punked us."

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Hernangomez drives past Horford for dunk (0:27)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks 117, Celtics 106: Boston hadn't lost to an inferior opponent since a home loss to Detroit on Nov. 30. The Celtics were 16-7 after that while losing only to teams ahead of them in the standings (Toronto x2, Oklahoma City x2, San Antonio, Houston, Cleveland). Isaiah Thomas (39 points, eight in a rare quiet 4th) and the Celtics were overdue for a clunker. Knicks dominated the glass and shot lights out (50.5 percent overall; 40 percent beyond 3-point arc).

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Johnson flies in to deny Rose's shot at the basket (0:22)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas typically saves his offensive outbursts for the fourth quarter. But he's already up to 31 points midway through the third quarter while trying to will Boston back against the Knicks. This is Thomas' 13th game of 30+ this season.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerry Remy has agreed to a multi-year contract and will work 115 Red Sox games in 2017, according to a NESN announcement.

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The winner of the Steelers-Patriots game on Sunday will play in their 9th Super Bowl, more than any other franchise. The Patriots, Steelers, Cowboys and Broncos have all appeared in 8, with the Steelers leading the way with 6 wins.

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Increased support big for Bonds, Clemens

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens finally climbed above 50 percent in their fifth year on the ballot. The history of that number suggests the duo will find their way to Cooperstown in due time, David Schoenfield writes. HOF night winners/losers

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The 4 QB scheduled to start this weekend -- Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers -- have combined to win seven Super Bowls, the most on any Championship weekend since the 1970 Merger. It's also the 3rd time since 1970 3 Super Bowl-winning starting QB will play in the Conference Championship in a single season.

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Thomas throws ball between defender's legs (0:20)

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Tom Brady, who already has played in the most Divisional Playoff games all-time, will set the record for the most Championship Game appearances with 11, breaking the record shared by Gene Upshaw and George Blanda. If Brady wins, he'll appear in his 7th Super Bowl, which will break his tie with Mike Lodish for most all-time.

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Celtics' ball movement leads to Thomas 3 (0:22)