The Boston Bruins have given David Backes, out of respect to the highly regarded veteran, his allotted time off that he would have gotten with the upcoming bye week and All-Star break and, after that, the club will learn what Backes will do exactly following his waiving last Friday.

Six months after her shocking upset of Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon, 15-year-old Coco Gauff repeated the feat with a 7-6 (5), 6-3 win over the former world No. 1 in the opening round of the Australian Open on Monday in Melbourne.

Patrick Mahomes passed for 294 yards and three touchdowns while adding 53 yards and another score rushing Sunday, as the Kansas City Chiefs advanced to their first Super Bowl in 50 years by downing the Tennessee Titans, 35-24, at Kansas City, Mo.

DURHAM — Sean Sutherlin recorded his sixth double-double of the season by scoring 14 points and grabbing 14 rebounds to lead the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team to a 65-60 triumph over UMBC on Saturday.

Miami awaits. The two-week run-up to the Feb. 2 Super Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium begins on Sunday when the two teams are determined in the AFC and NFC championship games. The Cinderella in this final four is discarded Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill trying to lead Tennessee to its first S…

MILWAUKEE — The Boston Celtics’ locker room has dealt with several physical challenges over the last few weeks, including a grueling schedule, tough travel (with two near-impossible road back-to-backs against the Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks in the last two weeks) and nagging injur…