Morning Sports Update: Zdeno Chara left Bruins’ loss with unknown injury

Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara reacts during the second period against the Blues on Nov. 22, 2016.
Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara reacts during the second period against the Blues on Nov. 22, 2016. –AP Photo/Elise Amendola

The Bruins may have lost more than a game to David Backes’ former team, the MLB Hot Stove heats up, and Bill Belichick speaks.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara injured in loss to Blues: Chara absorbed a hit from Jaden Schwartz deep in the corner of his own zone. Chara completed his shift and returned to the bench. But there would be no more shifts for Chara, whose condition is unknown as the Bruins prepare for back-to-back games in Ottawa (Thursday) and home vs. Calgary (Friday). (The Boston Globe)

Red Sox will have plenty of competition for Carlos Beltran: Carlos Beltran turned in an All-Star season last year between the Yankees and Rangers, and as a result has no shortage of suitors this winter. The Yankees, Blue Jays and Astros are all poised to make a run at the slugger, who will see fewer years and less money attached to his contract than peers Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, in addition to not costing a draft pick as compensation. (Providence Journal)

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MLB owners reportedly would consider lockout: Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that for the first time in 21 years, MLB owners and Players Association may be unable to come to an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. Among the issues dividing the two sides are draft-pick compensation, the luxury tax threshold and the league’s handling of international players. The current deal is set to expire on December 1. (FOX)

Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Vin Scully receive Presidential Medal of Freedom: President Barack Obama presented several prominent sports figures with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday. Among the recipients was Michael Jordan, whom President Obama poked fun at by calling him “The guy from Space Jam” and referencing the popular “Crying Jordan” memes. (NESN)

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