Morning sports update: Raiders kicker sends Mexico City football to Stephen Gostkowski

"Just out of respect, because he should have it."

Stephen Gostkowski kicks a 62-yard field goal in Mexico City.
Stephen Gostkowski kicks a 62-yard field goal in Mexico City. –Rebecca Blackwell/AP

The Patriots are preparing to face the Dolphins twice in the next three weeks, while the Celtics ready themselves for a test of their winning streak against the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

Here’s a look at a few stories around New England sports:

Raiders’ Tavecchio sent Stephen Gostkowski a “piece of history” after Mexico City:  Giorgio Tavecchio, the kicker for the Oakland Raiders, didn’t end up getting to even attempt a field goal in Mexico City, as the Patriots’ dominance left him a bystander. However, his New England counterpart kicked a near-historic 62-yard field goal at the end of the first half. Tavecchio made sure Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski got the K-ball that had been used.

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“Just out of respect, Tavecchio explained, “because he should have it.” (ESPN)

Former Patriot greats among possible Hall of Fame class: The NFL announced its  27 semifinalists for the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. Included are popularly-known names like Ray Lewis and Terrell Owens.

More locally, former Patriots Ty Law, Randy Moss and Richard Seymour are also on the ballot. (WEEI)

Celtics bandwagon grows with each win: The Celtics season was rocked by the injury of Gordon Hayward barely minutes after starting on opening night. And after opening with two straight losses, it looked like it might be a long year for the reformed roster.

Yet 16 wins later, the Celtics are not only top of the NBA, but generating a considerable buzz among fans who might not normally pay such close attention to regular season basketball. (Boston Globe)

Patriots cut Cassius Marsh: One notable roster move from Tuesday was that the Patriots cut defensive lineman Cassius Marsh, signing Eric Lee from the Bills’ practice squad to replace him.

Marsh arrived in a trade at the beginning of the season with Seattle, but has seen his playing time decrease. (Boston Globe)

Daily highlight: While Lorenzo Insigne was apparently not good enough to be included in Italy’s decisive World Cup playoff debacle, he was back in the Champions League for Napoli on Tuesday scoring a wonder goal:

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