With Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, Celtics eager to begin journey

Boston, MA - 9/25/2018 - Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20) and Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes (46) chase a loose ball during the first day of Boston Celtics training camp. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Adam Himmelsbach, Topic: 26Celtics practice, LOID: 8.4.3277929148.

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With both stars back on the court, the Celtics ended opening day of training camp with a lively and competitive scrimmage.

Gary Washburn | On Basketball

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin092518CelticsTrainingCamp_Spt4.jpg Mother’s death weighs heavy on Marcus Smart’s mind

Smart lost his mother to cancer a few weeks after signing a contract that could make his family secure for a generation or more.


/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Tara_Sullivan-22523.tif Tiger Woods’s victory is a game-changer for golf

To the younger generation eager to test him, Woods said, “All right. Here you go.”

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/RinaldiRemy01.jpg Jerry Remy will make a cameo appearance in the NESN booth Wednesday

The popular Red Sox broadcaster tweeted that he has completed his latest radiation treatment for lung cancer.

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The teams will now play a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday.

Boston, Ma-September 14, 2018-Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff- Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan doffs his cap to fans at Fenway Park from his famous bullpen spot. He retires in January.

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Stan Grossfeld

These are the last days on the beat for Fenway’s famous bullpen cop

Steve Horgan, whose “touchdown” salute in 2013 became an iconic moment in Boston sports, retires in January.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_nedet23_spts.jpg Patriots have seen slow starts before

Between 2001 and 2017 the Patriots were 39-16 (.709 winning percentage) in September.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Swensen_180924_Celtics_0002.jpg With these Celtics, there’s so much to like off the court, and so much to anticipate on it

The new season is on its way, and anything seems possible with this team.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/953997964.jpg Torey Krug hopes to power up in time for Bruins opener

If all goes well, he’ll be in uniform Oct. 3 and assuming his usual post at the point on the man-advantage.

Fort Myers, FL- 2/23/2018 - Red Sox Spring Training- Credit Stan Grossfeld/Boston Globe---Red Sox manager Alex Cora gets greetings from friends on the Minnesota Twins prior to his first major league exhibition game as Sox manager.

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‘For this to happen is very special’: How the Red Sox pulled off this unprecedented season

Rookie manager Alex Cora’s inclusive approach turned a good team into a historically great one.

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The Patriots rank second to last in the league in rushing defense with the 3-0 Dolphins coming to town.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Swensen_Kyrie_Celtics_0015.jpg For the first time in years, Kyrie Irving is approaching true happiness

The 26-year-old guard finally feels comfortable after a year in Boston and two knee surgeries.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1039403808-22479.jpg 10 things you should know from Celtics media day, from the important to the irreverent

This is a confident, healthy group of players, and they shared their thoughts on the eve of training camp.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_nedetpre12_spts.jpg When will Josh Gordon see game action? ‘When we feel like he’s ready’

“We’ll just take it day by day and see how it goes,” Bill Belichick said Monday.

Boston MA 9/24/18 Boston Red Sox Mookie Betts celebrates his 2 run home run with teammate Christian Vazquez against the Baltimore Orioles during second inning action at Fenway Park. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

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Let’s pause and appreciate what we’ve seen from these magical Red Sox

One-hundred-and-six wins, something the franchise has never done before? That’s worth a moment of appreciation, even with bigger goals ahead.

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 23: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes plants on his left leg at the sideline on a play in which he would be injured during the fourth quarter of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 23rd, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

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The disappointment of Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury, and other Week 3 thoughts

The 49ers QB was lost for the season with a torn ACL, robbing us of a chance to truly evaluate him.

Frank Dell’Apa | Soccer notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/14/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/teal30.jpg Wherever their new stadium is, grass will be greener for Revolution

The team has decided to go with an all-natural surface, which could provide some benefits.

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Ortiz, 31, is scheduled to face John Molina on Saturday in a 10-round bout that is scheduled to air nationally

Boston MA 9/24/18 Boston Red Sox Mookie Betts is greeted with high fives in the dugout after hitting a 2 run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during second inning action at Fenway Park. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

Red Sox 6, Orioles 2

The Red Sox win, again, and they make history in the process

Mookie Betts homered as the Red Sox won their franchise-best 106th game of the season and clinched home-field advantage.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/THIS_SEASON'S_WILL_BE_THE_ODD_.jpg Here’s how the Globe covered the 1912 Red Sox team

The team, which went on to win the World Series, set the franchise record for wins in season with 105.


Diego Gisholt cashes in for Newton North boys’ soccer

Jude Braithwaite also scored for the first-place Tigers.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/8bfc89b1767543b9b19f9cd7b3d37578-8bfc89b1767543b9b19f9cd7b3d37578-0.jpg BC safety Lukas Denis has been driven to excellence since school days

The senior’s ability and work ethic were apparent at a young age, and he hasn’t disappointed at The Heights.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora allowed for a moment of reflection after Monday night’s 6-2 victory.

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Nick Cafardo | On baseball

‘We should call time out and enjoy this one,’ Alex Cora says after Red Sox’ record feat

There’s work to be done in October, of course, but breaking a 106-year-old record is a big deal.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1038952928.jpg Here are three reasons for the Patriots’ poor start to the season

Their subpar performance can be traced to self-inflicted wounds, including Tom Brady skipping offseason workouts.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/aea92b94a23a47799cc1729f54c3f276-aea92b94a23a47799cc1729f54c3f276-0.jpg From the first drive, the Lions executed their game plan to near-perfection

Detroit won all the battles in the trenches and balanced its offense well between runs and passes.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Gasper1-22412.jpg Imagine how much worse this would be if the Patriots had actually traded Gronk

Sometimes the best trades are the ones you don’t make.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Swensen_180924_Celtics_0003.jpg What the Celtics had to say during media day

Brad Stevens and his players are meeting with reporters to discuss the much anticipated 2018-19 season.

NFL notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1034505652.jpg Vikings DE Everson Griffen remains out with mental health issues

Last week, the Vikings were concerned enough about his state of mind that they barred him from practice until he had a mental health evaluation.

Mansfield-09/24/18 Oliver Ames at Mansfield boys soccer - Mansfield's Luke Savoie heads the ball in the first half over Oliver Ames's Haendel Louhis. Photo for the Boston Globe by Debee Tlumacki(sports)

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Mansfield lost the league title by a point, and it’s not about to let history repeat

Luke Savoie, a center midfielder, has been a main contributor as Mansfield has built a 5-0-2 record so far.

Bruins notebook

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Coach Bruce Cassidy said Senyshyn has to focus on improving.


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Josh McDaniels showed faith in the young running back against Detroit, but Michel was overmatched.

High schools

09/20/2018 MILTON, MA Kalel Mullings (cq) (center top) ran drills during a football practice at Milton Academy. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

Prep Football

How the Eastern Mass. prep football teams stack up for 2018

A team-by-team glance at the ISL plus others as the new season gets set to kick off.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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Read his recent “On Second Thought” columns and more features from the longtime Globe writer.