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Thanksgiving at Fenway: Xaverian 14, St. John's Prep 0

Xaverian pitched its third straight shutout, and seventh of the season, before a packed Fenway crowd as they get ready for their state title defense

Vatrano leads Bruins past Red Wings (0:42)
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Will undefeateds fall this week?

There is a 20 percent chance that New England or Carolina goes 16-0 and a 1.2 percent chance that both teams complete a perfect regular season, according to ESPN's Football Power Index.

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Evan Turner's amazing recap of the key sequence in Boston's comeback: "I had confidence [Crowder] was going to make it. Before I had told Crowder, even though hed missed a couple of shots, I said, Youve got some big shots in you. He was like, I know. When I was dribbling, I was like, 'Oh snap, Im at 15 feet, Im about to end this.' And then I thought about [Michael Jordan] passing to Steve Kerr. And I thought, 'Well, let me add that to my legacy. Ill pass one time.' And that was it. It was unbelievable actually. Ingenious by me."

Celtics rally to keep 76ers winless (1:30)

Sixers fall to 0-16 in loss to Celtics

Boston finished the game on an 18-3 run to win 84-80 and send the 76ers to their 26th straight loss dating back to last season. Philadelphia led by as much as 11 points in the 4th quarter. Box score

Halftime: Sixers 47, Celtics 40

Philadelphia holds its fifth halftime lead this season and its second-largest lead at the break. Robert Covington has 11 points, and Jahlil Okafor chipped in 10 points and 5 boards. Boston's Isaiah Thomas has a team-high 12. Follow live

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Sixers (0-15) at Celtics (7-7)

Philadelphia is 0-8 on the road and has lost 34 of 36 away from home. The 76ers will try to avoid pulling within one of the franchise-worst 0-17 mark they opened last season with while trying to snap a 0-25 skid dating back to last season. Follow live

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics guard Marcus Smart spotted with crutches and brace entering TD Garden. Brad Stevens on the injured guard: We just dont want him to put any pressure on it at all. Its a unique injury. I think its usually an injury thats associated with other areas of your knee getting hurt, so we feel fortunate it is what it is and that its not a long-term thing.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens on what he wants from his disconnected Celtics: I just think we need to defend with greater urgency. We need to play offense with more purpose and more ball movement. And we need to play to the standard which weve set for closer to 48 minutes than we have. We just havent done that yet this year. And weve been living on good days, on good quarters."

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ACC Week 13 game picks: Rivalry Week upsets

It's a split-decision between the Gators and the Seminoles, while Clemson and North Carolina should be just fine in their rivalry games.

Massachusetts High School Sports

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  • State Semifinal Saturday

    Ten teams punched their ticket to next month's MIAA Football State Championships at Gillette Stadium. Check out ESPNBoston High Schools' coverage from across the state.

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  • Statewide MIAA football Top 25 poll


    Our weekly ranking of the best teams in the state, as selected by our panel of staff writers and correspondents. (Updated 10/26)