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Kyle Hightower

Vikings fail to close gap on Bears

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—The Patriots have thrived in the final month of the season since Bill Belichick and Tom Brady's arrival.

They're hoping their 24-10 victory over the Vikings is the start of another memorable December.

Tom Brady passed for 311 yards and a touchdown, and Bill Belichick earned his 250th victory, including playoffs, as Patriots' coach, in yesterday's victory.

Cora has put players first as manager

BOSTON—When Alex Cora was hired to manage the Red Sox a year ago, he knew he wanted to put relationships with his players first.

It made him a success as general manager of Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, again as a GM and manager in the Puerto Rican Winter League, and as bench coach for the Houston Astros during their World Series title run last season.

Brady misses practice due to hand injury

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—Tom Brady hasn't missed many starts during his 18-year NFL career, and no one sounds too worried that he'll be sidelined for this Sunday's AFC championship game.

Nonetheless, after Brady sat out the Patriots' practice yesterday‚ and did not speak to reporters as scheduled, there was plenty of speculation about the 40-year-old quarterback's health.