Sports NewsPeyton Manning watched film with the Celtics

Morning sports update: Peyton Manning stopped by to visit the Celtics in Denver

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Peyton Manning at midfield prior to a Texans-Broncos game in Denver in Nov., 2018. –AP Photo/Jack Dempsey

The Celtics travel to Phoenix on Thursday night to face the Suns, while the Bruins prepare to host the Canucks on the same night at TD Garden.

The Patriots travel to Tennessee to face the Titans, kicking off at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Peyton Manning watched film with the Celtics: Indiana native Brad Stevens has a longtime friendship with one of Tom Brady’s greatest rivals. Former Colts and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning stopped by Celtics practice during the team’s trip through Denver earlier this week.

Manning’s message to the Celtics was on the importance of film study, and Stevens’s team took notice.

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“[Manning] dedicated himself to the game,” Jaylen Brown told Jay King of The Athletic. “He wasn’t the most skilled, he wasn’t the fastest. But he prepared very well and that took him to another level, I think. He just spent a lot of time on it. He gave his whole life to it. Everything was around that. So that stood out to me.”

“He’s one of the better film watchers I’ve ever been around,” Stevens said. “He was probably on us last night for a couple of our miscues, but it was great to have him around. We did some back and forth questions-wise, but we didn’t want to put him on the spot. It was good to see him. I’ve known him since I’ve been in Indy. He’s been a good friend of mine. It’s pretty special to get the opportunity to know Peyton when I lived in Indy and now Brady in New England. It’s about as good as it gets.”

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Bullpen door may be closing for Craig Kimbrel: One of the prominent Red Sox free agents is closer Craig Kimbrel. Despite up-and-down moments in the postseason, Kimbrel converted all six saves he was asked to make on the route to a World Series win. Yet Boston expects the 30-year-old closer to turn down its $17.9 million qualifying offer and test free agency. He may have made his last appearance in a Red Sox uniform. [Boston Globe]

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Sox send two to Japan for All-Star Series: Pitchers Brian Johnson and Hector Velazquez were named to the Major League Baseball roster for Japan All-Star Series in late October, playing against teams from Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in November. Neither pitcher was on Boston’s World Series roster.

The gang’s all here. #JapanAllStarSeriespic.twitter.com/dwQIBcYRv5

— MLB (@MLB) November 7, 2018

A behind-the-scenes look at the Red Sox World Series trophy visit with the Bruins:

Took the celebration to the ice last night!

Thanks, @NHLBruins! pic.twitter.com/eGMvugOofr

— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) November 7, 2018

Daily highlight: In a constellation of new freshmen making their debuts for No. 4 ranked Duke on Tuesday night, 6’7″ 285-pound Zion Williamson shined brightest at various stages of a 118-84 dismantling of No. 2 ranked Kentucky. His 28 points trailed fellow freshman R.J. Barrett’s 33 for the Blue Devils, but Williamson’s skills captured the imagination:

Alright, Zion. Alright. pic.twitter.com/m1Fk1pMvcF

— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 7, 2018

Here’s a full view of his highlights from his first collegiate game:

28 pts on 11/13 FG

We can talk about Zion all we want, but let’s take a minute to just watch. pic.twitter.com/ToJMKKAbHd

— ESPN (@espn) November 7, 2018