Even in victory, the Patriots' offense has a lot of ground to make up.
The clock undoubtedly is ticking for the New England Patriots, writes Jackie MacMullan, but does Bill Belichick hear it?
As Tom Brady turns 37, an insatiable need for perfection keeps him going, writes Jackie MacMullan.
Jon Lester's awkward adventure continues as the Red Sox mull a trade.
Marcus Smart overcame a difficult childhood to reach his dream.
A worthy sequel to 2013 can't be written without better run production.
While hearts are racing, Celtics fans should cool their jets on Kevin Love.
The B's were left to lament a bitter ending after the Habs won Game 7.
Put your mind at ease. The Bruins controlled the Habs in a pivotal Game 5.
Boston banded together to reclaim the marathon on a beautiful Patriots' Day.
Why they'll run: Marathoners affected by bombings share what motivates them.
One year after the Marathon bombings, the healing still doesn't come easy.
Fenway was the star of the celebratory show as the Red Sox got their rings.
There's little doubt that Paul Pierce's heart remains in Boston.
What Tom Brady wants to say to Bill Belichick but can't.
There are no excuses: The Patriots simply were dominated by the Broncos.
Two of a kind, Brady and Belichick mutually invested in reclaiming throne.
Robert Kraft has navigated the Pats through 20 years of highs and lows.
The Patriots have a new blueprint for success thanks to LeGarrette Blount.
Julian Edelman's success no surprise to those who know him best.
Doc Rivers just can't shake his Celtics ties -- but he's fine with that.
The Patriots accomplished the impossible by taking it one play at a time.
C's coach Brad Stevens' rise to the NBA was forged in a fair share of failure.
Dustin Pedroia didn't let a thumb injury stop him from aiding Boston's cause.
The Red Sox came together with something to prove -- and did just that.
Jon Lester's Game 5 masterpiece is something only a legit ace could pull off.
The Red Sox shrugged off long odds (yes, again) to pull even with the Cards.
The odd end of Game 3 is hard to swallow, but the Sox must refocus.
Like St. Louis in Game 1, the Sox sank in Game 2 under the weight of mistakes.
The Red Sox cleaned up after the sloppy Cardinals, taking a Game 1 rout.
Barely 21, Xander Bogaerts is showing poise and patience beyond his years.
Shane Victorino went from potential goat to ALCS hero in one fateful swing.
Turns out, Boston's accidental closer thrives under the big-game spotlight.
Lucky to be tied at 2-2, the Sox better start hitting to have any ALCS hope.
Boston's hard-luck John Lackey gives the performance of his Red Sox career.
The Sox and Pats took Boston fans on a thrill ride with a double loop.
Game 1 of the ALCS was a detour on the Red Sox's road to redemption.
Jacoby Ellsbury is proving his worth -- and grit -- on baseball's biggest stage.
From management to players, the Sox thrived on having something to prove.
Tom Brady's connections with his rookie receivers were worth shouting about.
Sloppy play versus the Jets frustrated Tom Brady, but help is coming.
Twenty years after Reggie Lewis' tragic death, Boston still aches for him.
From injury-prone troublemaker to fan favorite, Shane Victorino has arrived.
Tanking might be necessary for the C's, but it's never easy. Just ask M.L. Carr.
The Bruins' shot at Game 7 for the Cup slipped away in just 17 seconds.
The B's lost Game 4 by letting the desperate Hawks dictate the fast pace.
With the Bruins positioned to win another cup, Claude Julien can do no wrong.
The Bruins' defensemen are scoring goals in addition to stopping them.
The gritty B's are back in the Cup finals after a sweep of the superstar Pens.
The Bruins took a 3-0 lead despite the presumed favorite Penguins' best shot.
After years of watching and learning, it's finally Torey Krug's time to shine.
Tuukka Rask and the B's slammed the door on doubt and the Rangers.
Terry Francona is back where he belongs -- on a baseball diamond.
Everyone expects Doc Rivers will be back, but he still hasn't said so.
Doc Rivers' job will be much tougher when Kevin Garnett leaves the Celtics.
Pierce and KG deserve another shot at a title, but it's not happening in Boston.
The trusty Celtics stunned N.Y. in Game 5. Can they pull the ultimate upset?
With the C's season on the brink, KG is battling age as much as the Knicks.
Paul Pierce went to great lengths to put off talk of his future with the Celtics.
Parquet pride will boost undermanned C's, but reality eventually sets it.
The Celtics found out the hard way they're on a lonely road in New York.
The Bruins, Celtics and Sox will help, but images of the tragedy won't go away.
Red Sox are winning back a fan base that turned from angry to apathetic.
Jackie Bradley Jr. and other Red Sox newcomers bring life to the team.
With the Celtics losing while focused on rest, Paul Pierce isn't taking it easy.
It seems the Celtics simply can't compete without Kevin Garnett's fire.
Best-laid plans spoiled by injuries, Paul Pierce puts the Celtics on his shoulders.
Robert Kraft and Jerry Buss learned the ropes together.
The C's are reaping the benefits as Jeff Green flourishes in a magnified role.
Danny Ainge says the Celtics are "different" without Rondo, not better.
Kobe dishes on Celtics rivalry, Rondo's injury and talking trash with Pierce.
Rajon Rondo's ACL tear sent shockwaves through Boston and beyond.
While Tom Brady made critical mistakes, the Ravens' Joe Flacco was unflappable.
With another Super Bowl in sight, the Patriots simply pushed the Texans aside.
Much has changed for Logan Mankins, but he's as tractor-tough as ever.
Best of both worlds: John Farrell brings familiarity, fresh perspective to the Sox.
After looking like the team to beat, the Patriots helped beat themselves.
Once again, the Patriots' defense is rounding into form when it counts.
The Pats' defense figures to have a hard time keeping Matt Schaub in his place.
OKC found out the hard way that Paul Pierce still pilots the C's in crunch time.
'Old reliable' Tom Brady puts hot-shot rookie Andrew Luck in his place.
Andrew Luck is pushing the stakes higher in the Pats-Colts rivalry.
Ray Allen's defection is just the latest twist in the Celtics-Heat drama.
Despite his exit and a war of words, Ray Allen says he'll always be a Celtic.
The Patriots solved the Jets, but they continue to be a puzzle this season.
Rajon Rondo steps out of the shadows, revealing the Celtics' true leader.
Old rivals Tom Brady and Peyton Manning showed some new wrinkles.
Doc Rivers likes his new foursome of guards, without Ray Allen.
Patriots-Ravens showed enough is enough: Replacement refs must go.
We used to be able to count on the Patriots. But now, maybe not.
Wes Welker's one and only goal is to win a Super Bowl ring with the Pats.
The idea of Doc Rivers coaching son Austin is as unlikely as it is intriguing.
Big Three or no Big Three, the Celtics are in good hands with Doc Rivers.
The C's didn't just let a close-out chance slip, they got steamrolled.
The Celtics made the naysayers eat their words by answering the Heat.
Dwyane Wade's missed trey gives the Celtics new life against the Heat.
The Big 4 took charge against the Heat, but the C's bench made the difference .
The Celtics gave it their all, but they still couldn't beat the Heat.
The Heat's Demolition Duo strikes again and the weary Celtics have no answers.
Was there ever a doubt Rajon Rondo would spark the Celtics? Well ...
Brandon Bass was 'the man' for the Celtics in Game 5? You bet he was.
With Paul Pierce playing on one leg, the C's need someone else to deliver.
Weary, creaky, injured, plodding C's walk on the wild side -- and win Game 1.
KG went off in all facets of Game 6 -- including the postgame podium.
The Celtics know one blowout win doesn't mean the Hawks are finished.
You can't take your eyes off the talented, mercurial, frenetic Rajon Rondo.
Rondo has emerged from Ray Allen's shadow, but the C's hopes ride on both.
Rajon Rondo made a bad situation worse by getting himself suspended.
The B's magic was dashed as the Caps stunned the Cup champs in Boston.
As Boston celebrates Fenway's history, Pedro and Millar are fitting toastmasters.
One Fenway Park memory stands out above the rest: the 1999 All-Star Game.
The Celtics are playing themselves into prime position to contend in the East.
Tim Thomas is positive he and the Bruins have moved on from their slump.
For Bird, McHale and Parish, the 2012 Celtics stir bittersweet memories.
When the lights are brightest, Rajon Rondo always seems to shine.
Pull yourselves together, Patriots fans. Simply put, the better team won.
Where Brady and the Patriots made mistakes, Eli and the Giants made plays.
Untested in the clutch, Pats K Stephen Gostkowski is ready for the Super stage.
Learning self-control has turned Vince Wilfork into the Pats' defensive beacon.
Longtime Pats coach Dante Scarnecchia has worked wonders this season.
No one is safe from critic-at-large Bill Belichick during Patriots film sessions.
The Pats need to forget the Super Bowl loss to the Giants, but it won't be easy.
Divine intervention or dumb luck, the Patriots get another shot at the Giants.
Unheralded Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich has a new role: Playmaker.
Motivated by recent playoff failings, Tom Brady left no doubt who is the best.
Josh McDaniels' ties to Tim Tebow make him part of the pregame drama.
It's not a good sign when Celtics fans are cringing -- instead of cheering.
It's good to be Gronk, the Pats All-Pro who's having the time of his life.
Paul Pierce's debut wasn't the only reason the C's won, but The Truth didn't hurt.
The Celtics' inability to lure an imapct player for this season clouds the future.
Tyler Seguin's patience and hard work have him on the fast track to stardom.
Sox Nation steps into Bobby's World, and how we got here doesn't matter anymore.
Record-setting tight end and emerging folk hero, Rob Gronkowski does it again.
The Patriots showed what they're made of -- grit, guts and determination.
Sox GM Ben Cherington's preparation began in the heyday of Jim Rice & Co.
It took a while, but Tom Brady solved Rob Ryan's defensive puzzle in the end.
Even though we saw it coming, Theo Epstein's departure still is stunning.
Tom Brady and the Patriots had to enjoy getting the better of the Jets.
The grittiness and togetherness of the Cup champion Bruins won't be forgotten.
Somehow the Red Sox became what they once abhorred -- arrogant and entitled.
While the Sox try to tune out negativity, signs of frustration show through.
The Pats defense bent some Sunday, but came up with enough big plays to win.
Tom Brady, now 34, realizes his time for winning championships is running out.
After a season full of questions, Jacoby Ellsbury has had all the answers.
At long last, the tough-luck Bruins join Boston's circle of champions.
Teamwork, resilience and toughness meant an end to the Bruins' drought.
There's nothing in sports like a Game 7. The B's need to embrace that pressure.
Big-talking Roberto Luongo again missed his connection to Boston.
Game 5 is a must-win for the B's in order for the series turnaround to matter.
Tim Thomas continues to be a rock, but somehow the Canucks aren't convinced.
The Bruins' response to the hit on Nathan Horton blew away the Canucks.
They didn't win a ring together, but Doc and Shaq enjoyed their short journey.
Cam Neely has made good on his promise to get the Bruins turned around.
It's OK, Boston: It's safe to believe in this finals-bound Bruins team.
Do the Bruins have the mindset to win one more Game 7?
The Bruins somehow found a way to win Game 5, thanks to Tim Thomas.
Danny Ainge is 'disappointed', but still believes in the team's core.
Beaten Celtics say they'll be back, but will they be able to keep up with the Heat?
With Rajon Rondo hurting, the Celtics are counting on a tough, eager Delonte West.
Blunders in crunch time of Game 4 could prove to be a nail in the C's coffin.
The Celtics jolted the Heat with heavy defense to get back in the series.
Ten reasons why the Celtics will win Game 3 and make this a series.
After getting pushed around for two games, the Celtics need to push back.
Paul Pierce knows he overreacted, but he says he'll still bring emotion to Game 2.
Paul Pierce has no excuse for letting his team down with his Game 1 ejection.
Rajon Rondo is his confident self again after mental, physical funk.
Jeff Green has had a lot to overcome, but still has time to win over Celtics fans.
In finishing off the Knicks, the Celtics again showed the fire of champions.
If the Celtics want to win down the road, the second unit must step up.
Rajon Rondo has regained his verve, which means it's over for the Knicks.
Would a more aggressive Kevin Garnett help the Celtics' late-game offense?
Theo Epstein's pregame pep talk might have been just what the Sox needed.
Still defending the Perk trade, Danny Ainge knows the final verdict's not in yet.
Rajon Rondo undoubtedly has been in a funk, but he hasn't been doubting himself.
The Celtics quieted Blake Griffin but couldn't stop the Clippers.
The Kendrick Perkins trade caused a stir, but left the Celtics in position to win.
Kevin Garnett's not toning down anything, which is how the Celtics want it.
Despite being ripe for the picking, the Celtics kept the Heat in their place.
Ray Allen has talent, especially from the arc -- and he worked hard for it.
Kendrick Perkins gets his chance against the Lakers in a 2010 Finals rematch.
'Uncharacteristic' mistakes have become the norm for the Patriots in the playoffs.
The postseason luster is officially gone from Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
The Jets want blood, but will that matter against the tunnel-vision Patriots?
Knee surgery, naysayers, DBs -- it seems none can slow down Wes Welker.
Imperfect as they were Sunday night, the Patriots are still on top in the AFC.
Somehow, the great Tom Brady has taken his game to an even higher level.
Though opposites, Belichick and Ryan have one big thing in common: winning.
Back where he belongs, Deion Branch is again energizing the Patriots.
Celtics-Thunder was a battle of the PGs, and Russell Westbrook took the honors.
David Ortiz is "fine" with the Sox picking up his option, but he wanted more.
Is Rajon Rondo the top PG in the NBA? He's certainly making his case.
The Heat are again facing the Celtics -- and questions about their flaws.
Randy Moss sounds like a man who knows he made a mistake.
The Celtics put a stop to the Heat hype with their trademark defense.
Paul Pierce's injuries were worse than we knew last season, and some pain lingers.
The Patriots' stirring win over the Ravens shows they're on the right track.
Randy Moss could've, should've and would've but won't, thanks to his ego.
Shaq opens up about his new teammates, motivation, Kobe, LeBron and more.
The Jets might be 0-1 but don't count them out against the Patriots on Sunday.
Randy Moss did just what he said he didn't want to -- take away from a win.
All in all, it wasn't a bad week at all for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.