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BSJ Weekend Briefing 12.18.20: Celtics welcome Kyrie, Nets to town; Patriots and the future

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Your daily rundown of what's going on with the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and Revolution, and what's about to happen...

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Time to hit the links...

PATRIOTS

Bedard: AFC East future thoughts and the Patriots’ place in it
Podcast & Video: Bedard Patriots Pod – AFC East D rankings, Edelman swan song?
BSJ Live Q&A: Bedard on Patriots/NFL – Let the rebuild begin, 2 p.m. Friday

CELTICS

Four areas to watch in final preseason tuneup for Celtics
Examining Celtics lineup possibilities: Intriguing wildcard starting options

RED SOX

Red Sox Notebook: Cora unsure of bullpen setup, expecting improvement from two hitters
McAdam: Red Sox open to all ideas – including a potential six-man rotation

BRUINS

Could NHL’s 7 Canadian teams be forced to move stateside for 2021 season?
Bruins Notebook: Why you should have reservations about Mike Hoffman signing with Bruins

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ON TAP

Today

1 p.m. GLF — LPGA Tour: Tour Championship Golf
2 p.m.: BSJ Live Q&A — Bedard on Patriots/NFL
5 p.m. GLF — PGA Tour: PNC Championship Pro-Am Golf
5 p.m.: MCBK — BYU at San Diego St. CBSSN
7 p.m.: MCBK — Davidson at Rhode Island ESPNU
7 p.m.: CFB — UAB at Marshall CBSSN
7:30 p.m. CFB — Ball State at Buffalo ESPN
7:30 p.m. CFB — Nebraska at Rutgers Big Ten Network
8 p.m.: NBA — Exhibition: Brooklyn vs. Celtics ESPN2, NBCSB
8 p.m. CFB — Oregon at USC Fox
8 p.m.: WCBK — Drake at Texas Longhorn Network
9 p.m.: MCBK — Iowa State at West Virginia ESPNU
10:30 p.m.: NBA — Exhibition: LA Lakers vs. Phoenix ESPN

Saturday

1 p.m.: GLF — LPGA Tour: Tour Championship Golf
2:30 p.m.: GLF — PGA Tour: The PNC Championship Pro-Am NBC
3:30 p.m. MCHK — Providence at UMass NESN
4:30 p.m.: NFL —Buffalo at Denver NFL Network
5 p.m.: GLF — PGA Tour: The PNC Championship Pro-Am Golf
6 p.m. MCHK — Maine at UMass Lowell NESN
6 p.m. MCHK — Merrimack at New Hampshire NESN Plus
8 p.m.: NBA — Exhibition: Atlanta vs. Memphis NBATV
8:15 p.m.: NFL — Carolina at Green Bay NFL Network

College football

No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 14 Northwestern (Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis, Indiana) | 12 p.m. | FOX
No. 5 Texas A&M at Tennessee | 12 p.m. | ESPN
No. 6 Iowa State vs. No. 10 Oklahoma (Big 12 Championship Game in Arlington, Texas) | 12 p.m. | ABC
Florida State at Wake Forest | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Washington State at Utah | 1:30 p.m. | FS1
Air Force at Army | 3 p.m. | CBSSN
No. 19 Louisiana at No. 12 Coastal Carolina (Sun Belt Championship Game) — CANCELED
Ole Miss at LSU | 3:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Missouri at Mississippi State | 3:30 p.m. | SEC Network (Alternate)
No. 2 Notre Dame vs. No. 3 Clemson (ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, North Carolina) | 4 p.m. | ABC
Minnesota at Wisconsin | 4 p.m. | Big Ten Network
No. 24 San Jose State vs. Boise State (Mountain West Championship Game in Las Vegas, Nevada) | 4:15 p.m. | FOX
SMU vs. UTSA (Frisco Bowl) — CANCELED
Illinois at Penn State | 5:30 p.m. | FS1
Michigan at No. 16 Iowa — CANCELED
Michigan State at Maryland — CANCELED
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 7 Florida (SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, Georgia) | 8 p.m. | CBS
No. 23 Tulsa at No. 9 Cincinnati (AAC Championship Game) | 8 p.m. | ABC
Stanford at UCLA | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Arizona State at Oregon State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
Arizona at California — CANCELED
Oregon at No. 25 Colorado — CANCELED
Vanderbilt at No. 8 Georgia — CANCELED

Sunday

Noon: GLF — PGA Tour: The PNC Championship Pro-Am NBC
1 p.m.: GLF — LPGA Tour: Tour Championship Golf
Noon: MCBK — Creighton at UConn FS1
1 p.m.: NFL — Patriots at Miami CBS
2 p.m.: WCBK — Syracuse at Boston College ACC
4:05 p.m.: NFL — Philadelphia at Arizona Fox
4:25 p.m.: NFL — Kansas City at New Orleans CBS
4:30 p.m.: MCBK — Providence at Seton Hall FS1
8:20 p.m.: NFL — Cleveland at NY Giants NBC

NOTE on National college basketball schedule. There are so many channels (what the heck is FloHoops?) and Covid cancelations, we simply can't list every game that's on. Haven't really found a good list, but the NCAA daily schedule is here.

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