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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.

Bruins dump Habs

BOSTON—The Bruins showed former coach Claude Julien what a changed style looks like in Boston.

David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner each scored an early goal, and Tuukka Rask stopped 21 shots, as the Bruins beat Montreal 4-1 last night in Canadiens' coach Julien's return to Boston for the first time since he was fired nearly a year ago.

Vikings deep into playoff run thanks, in part, to diligent Diggs

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—The path for Stefon Diggs to last-play touchdown fame and sudden Minnesota saviour didn't start with such brilliance.

Diggs only has arrived at this stage of his life and his career, a Vikings' standout on the verge of a Super Bowl, with an unrelenting diligence and a dose of humility.