Morning sports update: Patriots assistant coach leaving to join Colts

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Patriots' Stephen Gostkowski kicks a field goal during the first quarter of the AFC Championship playoff game. –Jim Davis/Globe staff

The 2018 Winter Olympics are shifting into gear in Pyeongchang as Bruins prospect Ryan Donato scored twice to lead Team USA over Slovakia 2-1, while back in New England the Patriots have another vacancy to fill on their coaching staff.

Assistant special teams coach Ray “Bubba” Ventrone leaving Patriots: Sporting News reported Thursday that Ventrone, Joe Judge’s assistant in New England, is leaving to take over as the new special teams coach on Frank Reich’s staff in Indianapolis. Of course, Ventrone isn’t the first Patriots assistant to be linked with a job in Indy this month. Ventrone played for nine years in the NFL as a special-teams specialist, including two stints with the Patriots, before joining the team’s coaching staff in 2015. (Sporting News)

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Cub’s Anthony Rizzo called for change at Parkland vigil: Rizzo, a 2007 graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, spoke Thursday night at a candlelight vigil for the victims of Wednesday’s massacre. Seventeen people were killed when a 19-year-old gunman opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle at the school in South Florida. “While I don’t have all the answers,” Rizzo said. “I know that something has to change, before this is visited on another community, and another community, and another community.” (ESPN)

An Austrian snowboarder broke his neck at the Olympics but finished the race: Austrian snowboarder Markus Schairer fractured his fifth cervical vertebra during the men’s cross quarterfinals at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Thursday.The three-time Olympian lost control on a jump and landed on his back, laying still on the ground before getting up under his own power and completing the race. The Austrian Olympic Committee says the 30-year-old Schairer did not experience any neurological impairment or long-term damage. (Boston Globe)

Lonzo Ball drops a mixtape, Born 2 Ball: The Los Angeles Lakers’ rookie guard released a mixtape Thursday, and the final track is dedicated to his father, LaVar. Lonzo raps about basketball, his family, and the attention that arrives when those two things intertwine. “Y’all can hate him, that’s my Pops though,” Ball raps. “First one that’s still there for me once it got cold.”

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