Eight hours after being officially named the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Josh McDaniels has decided to stay on as the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Mike Reiss of ESPN added McDaniels’ decision was based on clarity on head coach Bill Belichick’s status with the team and stability for his family.

Earlier today, the Colts tweeted the official announcement and added there would be a press conference on Wednesday to officially introduce their new head coach.

McDaniels was with the Patriots from 2006-08 before coming back to the team in 2012.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Boston Celtics have agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with center Greg Monroe after he agreed to a contract buyout with the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 31.

The New Orleans Pelicans were rumored to sign the center, but could only offer $2.2 million.

This is Monroe’s third team this season, as he started with the Milwaukee Bucs before being a part of the Eric Bledsoe trade, which sent him to the Suns in November.

The center has averaged 11.2 points and eight rebounds per game while with Phoenix.

The C’s currently hold the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 37-15 record and Monroe will add depth as he will back-up all-star Al Horford.

Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy missed practice on Monday for what head coach Bruce Cassidy said was a doctors appointment. Just a few hours later, the team internist, Dr. David Finn announced the defenseman underwent a successful procedure to correct an abnormal heart rhythm.

McAvoy will be monitored overnight at Mass General in Boston and is expected to miss at least two weeks.

According to Finn, McAvoy complained of heart palpitations during the Nov. 26 game against the Edmonton Oilers. After an evaluation, it was determined he had supraventricular tachycardia (SVT).

Finn said the type of SVT McAvoy has is not dangerous to his health – however it can recur at any time and cause significant symptoms. He has been monitored by the team since November through their most recent game on Saturday, but opted to have the procedure due to the high risk of recurrence.

McAvoy has been a force on the ice for the Bruins this season – collecting 25 points through 45 games and a plus/minus rating of 18.

Boston plays five games over the next two weeks – including a crucial game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are just five points behind the B’s for second place in the Atlantic Division.

The New England Patriots are heading back to the Super Bowl for the second-consecutive year after they came back to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 in the AFC Championship game.

This game had it all: big hits, anxiety-inducing drives, a New England comeback and even some head coach Bill Belichick emotion.

After the Jags took a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter, all eyes were on quarterback Tom Brady to lead the Pats down the field to start the comeback.

New England are no strangers to comebacks – they were down 10 points in the fourth to the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX and of course, they had the historic 25-point comeback in the Super Bowl just last year against the Atlanta Falcons.

With just over two minutes remaining in the game and the Patriots down 20-17, the ball was snapped to Brady as he looked around and connected with wide receiver Danny Amendola who caught the ball for a tip-toe touchdown, the lead and essentially the victory.

It wasn’t all easy – the Jaguars came out and got to the Pats early and often by scoring two touchdowns and knocking tight end Rob Gronkowski out of the game after a helmet-to-helmet collision.

The Jacksonville defense sacked Brady three times on top of hitting him a plethora of times – but it didn’t stop the ageless wonder from completing 26 of his 38 passes for 290 total yards and two touchdown scores.

Wide receiver Brandin Cooks was a huge target after Gronkowski was knocked out of the game collecting 100 total yards on six catches – but it was Amendola who was the difference-maker in this game.

Amendola caught both of Brady’s touchdown passes with seven total catches for 87 yards on the afternoon.

The Jags played their best game of the season and have quarterback Blake Bortles to thank for that who played the best game of his career. He had zero interceptions, 293 total yards and a touchdown, including a 76 and 77-yard drive that ended with touchdowns and a 14-3 lead.

After the Patriots had to punt twice then fumbled on three-straight drives in the second half, they got it together as Brady found Amendola on third-and-18, then connected with wide receiver Phillip Dorsett for 23 yards before he found Amendola again for the 14-yard touchdown that capped the comeback and sealed New England’s ticket to Minnesota.

Game MVP: Danny Amendola: he caught both of Brady’s touchdowns, including the game-winner. He also had seven catches on the afternoon.

Fun fact: Bill Belichick will be coaching in his 11 Super Bowl – that’s 21.2 percent of the 52 Super Bowls.

The New England Patriots will look to go to their second-straight Super Bowl when they welcome the Jacksonville Jaguars to Gillette Stadium on Sunday for the AFC Championship game.

All eyes will be on quarterback Tom Brady and his right hand as it was reported he suffered an injury during practice earlier this week. According to reports, Brady has been playing with an injured throwing hand over the last few weeks and left practice on Tuesday after colliding with running back Rex Burkhead.

On Friday, 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Mike Felger reported Brady needed four stitches on his knuckle on his right hand after he cut on a helmet.

Now the task becomes simple for the Pats – protect Brady, much like they’ve done all season. However, this time it is crucial because a trip to the Super Bowl depends on it.

The Patriots are no strangers to the AFC Championship game as they will be playing in their seventh-straight come Sunday afternoon.

However, they have yet to play Jacksonville this season – a team with one the best defenses in the league and a defense that intercepted Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger five times back in October.

The Jags defense will likely force Brady to get rid of the ball quickly – but with a healthy set of targets in wide receivers Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan, running backs Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead and tight end Rob Gronkowski, Brady will have plenty of options.

On offense, the Jaguars will likely be relying heavily on running back Leonard Fournette to get open and carry the ball to the end zone. However, the Pats have a weapon they will be ready to use against the star running back – and that’s linebacker James Harrison.

It will be a matchup fans will want to keep their eyes on essentially because a lot of the success the Jags have had this season is in thanks to Fournette and Harrison is the perfect linebacker to be able to keep his touches limited.

However, the weakness in the Jaguars defense is that teams have been able to successfully run on them and they struggle against tight ends. Gronk will be Brady’s go-to target in the air as he will utilize his strength and size against the Jacksonville D.

With his underrated route running skills, Gronk is slated to be a nightmare for Jacksonville. Not only is he big, he can get open, make almost impossible catches and find the end zone time and time again and the Jags can’t put cornerback Jalen Ramsey up against him each and every time.

The Pats have other targets Ramsey will need to worry about covering before Brady can throw that ball to them and gain yardage.

This will likely be New England’s toughest defensive opponent they’ve faced this season – causing many to say the team has yet to have a “real challenge” when it comes to defenses this year.

However, they faced a similar defensive challenge in Super Bowl XLIX where they were up against the Seattle Seahawks – and we all know how that story ended.

Final score prediction – New England: 24, Jacksonville: 17

Kickoff is set for 3:05 p.m.

For the ninth-straight season, the New England Patriots are the AFC East Division Champions after a nail-biting 27-24 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers after safety Duron Harmon intercepted Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the end zone with seconds left in the game.

Running back Dion Lewis scored what would prove to be the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter with just 56 seconds left on the clock to give New England the lead – but Pittsburgh wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster completed a 69-yard catch-and-run to put the Steelers in field goal range.

On the next play, Roethlisberger found tight end Jesse James and connected for what looked like the go-ahead touchdown. Officials reviewed the play and determined James did not have complete control of the football.

Big Ben attempted to dupe New England with a fake spike, but Harmon intercepted the pass to secure the win for the Patriots.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski, fresh off his one-game suspension, had himself quite a game but really came to life in the fourth quarter when he caught three passes for 69 yards on the drive that New England took the lead for the final time.

How it started:

The Pats struck first after needing just 2:11 to score the first touchdown of the game after quarterback Tom Brady connected with Lewis to begin the drive with a 13-yard completion before finding Brandin Cooks for a 43-yard catch.

New England ended the drive with running back Rex Burkhead finding the end zone for the sixth time in four games.

Pittsburgh came back to score a touchdown of their own before kicking a field goal to take a 10-7 lead. The Patriots tied the game at 10 in the second quarter but the Steelers effectively closed out the first half of the game by scoring another touchdown on a drive that lasted over eight minutes.

Gronkowski came up clutch in the third quarter with two big catches and it looked as if the Pats were going to tie the game at 17 – but kicker Stephen Gostowski missed the point-after-try to keep Pittsburgh in the lead.

Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell opened up the lead after linebacker Elandon Roberts couldn’t bring the running back down before he rushed into the end zone for the 24-16 lead.Gostowski kicked a field goal after his team converted two third downs but had to settle for three points.

Then came the game-winning drive.

Down by five points with under three minutes left to play, Brady led his team down Heinz Field for 77 yards to give the Patriots the lead that they would never surrender after finding Lewis in the end zone and capping it off with a two-point conversion to Gronkowski.

Despite Smith-Schuster running for 69 yards, James’ catch was overturned with 28 seconds remaining in the game before Roethlisberger was intercepted by Harmon.

With that interception, the Patriots secured their ninth-straight AFC East division title.

Injury update: Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown left the game with a left leg injury. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he was diagnosed with a calf strain.

He is expected to miss the rest of the regular season – but the team expects him to be ready for the postseason.

Burkhead also left the game with a knee injury and did not return. He was immediately ruled out after limping off the field. There was no immediate update on the severity of his injury.

Game MVP: Rob Gronkowski: He finished the game with 168 total yards and nine catches, including his two-point conversion in the fourth quarter. He had receptions of 17 and 26 yards in the fourth.

Fun fact: The Patriots have won the division title for nine-straight seasons. It is the longest streak in NFL history.

This is also the 53 time Brady has led the Patriots to a victory after being down or tied in the fourth quarter.  

What’s next:

The Patriots (11-3) return home to take on the Buffalo Bills (8-6) on Christmas Eve at Gillette Stadium.

Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.

The New England Patriots (10-3) will have to put their 27-20 Week 14 loss to the Miami Dolphins behind them as they travel to Pittsburgh to take on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers (11-2) on Sunday afternoon in a potential playoff preview.

This is the game that has been talked about over the last few weeks around the league. Even Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin talked about it a few weeks ago – saying there will be fireworks and it will be a big game.

Historically, New England has played better in Pittsburgh than in Miami with a 5-2 record at Heinz field under head coach Bill Belichick.

Sunday’s matchup will be an important one for both teams because if each team wins their Week 16 and 17 matchup, the winner on Sunday will likely earn the number one seed in the AFC, a first-round playoff bye-week and home field advantage in the playoffs.

All eyes will be on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady – especially after his performance from the Monday night loss – but his numbers against Pittsburgh should ease any concern Pats fans may have heading into the game.

In 12 regular and postseason games, Brady has thrown 29 touchdowns with just three interceptions while completing 70 percent of his passes and averaged 294 total yards-per-game. Over their playoff meetings, New England is 3-0 against the Steelers.

Brady will have his big, tight end target back in Rob Gronkowski – who was suspended for Monday night’s matchup – but the New England defense will be put to the test with the duo of  running Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Brown has played in five-career games against the Pats where he has produced some very good numbers. He has caught three touchdowns and averaged 7.4 receptions for 91 total yards. Bell has played two full games against New England where he rushed for 155 total yards on 37 carries and 133 total yards on 14 catches.

The defense will also have to worry about wide receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster, Martavis Bryant, Eli Rogers and tight end Jesse James.

Defensive end Trey Flowers and linebacker Kyle Van Noy are listed as questionable for Sunday. It was clear the defense missed Van Noy and Flowers on the field on Monday so having them back would be a big boost to the defense – especially when they seemed to be clicking and  finding their identity.

Despite Big Ben having plenty of targets in Brown, Bell and Bryant on the field, Brady has Gronkowski, running back Brandin Cooks and wide receiver Danny Amendola. Gronk will be eager to get back on the field and as long as he doesn’t lose his cool again, will be in for a big game.

Having him back will be huge for when the Patriots make it into the red zone. The team has scored over 50 percent of the time they make it to the red zone, so having Gronk on the field on in a scoring situation will be the difference-maker they were missing against the Dolphins.

Wide receiver Chris Hogan, who returned from a shoulder injury on Monday, is listed as questionable for Sunday, but is expected  to play. He was on the field for 55 of the 61 offensive snaps in his return – so expect him to be even more present against Pittsburgh.

The good news is that Roethlisberger, despite throwing 11 touchdowns against New England since 2010, hasn’t been eye-popping and has been picked off six times in that span.

New England will be hungry for a win and Gronkowski will be hungry to get the ball in his hands and into the end zone. Look for this to be a high-scoring game with each team putting up multiple touchdowns through the four quarters.

Final score prediction: New England: 35, Miami: 28

With quarterback Tom Brady being without a running back and a tight end – a tight end  he has relied on heavily this season – it will be up to running back Rex Burkhead and wide receiver Brandin Cooks to have big games for the Patriots.

Burkhead had himself quite a game against Buffalo where he scored two touchdowns and fellow running back Dion Lewis had 92 rushing yards. Brady will look to target these three teammates to cover the ground find the end zone.

The New England defense will look to repeat their performance from three weeks ago when Miami visited Gillette. In the 35-17 victory, the defense had seven sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

However, quarterback Jay Cutler will get the start this time around. He was out in the loss to New England with a concussion and backup Matt Moore got the start. Historically, Cutler has not had the best luck against the Patriots – losing all three of his career starts when he was the quarterback for the Chicago Bears.

In those losses, Cutler had more interceptions (five) than touchdowns (four) and was sacked seven times. If the Pats defense can repeat their performance from two weeks ago, Cutler will see the ground more than he will be able to find the end zone.

Much like their Nov. 26 win, the New England offensive line will need to make sure Brady is protected from defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and linebacker Kiko Alonso – two players known for their antics on the field.

Some good news for the Patriots is that wide receiver Chris Hogan traveled with the team and has a good chance to play on Monday. He has missed the last four games with a shoulder injury and with Gronkowski out, this would be a good time for Hogan to return to the field.

Tight end Dwayne Allen may get an influx of passes due to Gronkowski serving his one-game suspension. He will have some big shoes to fill and has had trouble earning the trust of Brady with only one touchdown over the last four weeks.

This will likely be a high-emotion, physical game. The Dolphins will be out for revenge and the Patriots will be out for their 11 win of the season. The protection of Brady will be crucial as will him getting rid of the ball quickly down the field.

Brady will rely heavily on the ground game in Lewis and down the field in Burkhead. They’ll need to get open and break through the Miami defense.

Cutler will rely on wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills – but with the New England defense coming off a solid game, they will only carry that momentum into Miami – especially knowing they are ready to not repeat what happened the first time these two teams met.

Keys to the game: Keep Suh and Alonso away from Brady, give the ball to Burkhead, force Cutler to turnover the ball.

Final score prediction: New England: 27, Miami: 21

According to Rob Bradford of WEEI, Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright was arrested on domestic assault charges.

The knuckleballer was arrested Friday night at his home in Tennessee after an incident was reported involving his wife Shannon and released Saturday morning.

Wright missed a majority of the 2016 season after undergoing knee surgery but is expected to be ready for the 2017 season.

The pitcher and his lawyer declined to comment on the situation but the Red Sox released a team statement:

“We are aware of the incident involving Steven. This is certainly a matter that the Red Sox take very seriously. It is my understanding that both local police and MLB are looking into this and for that reason, the club won’t have any further comment at this time.”