Red Auerbach would love these Celtics; can’t you just hear him . . . ?

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Brad Stevens’s inspiring team is evoking ghosts of Celtics past with the way they win.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/29/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/lee_042918_soxrays4_spts.jpg Red Sox going for a sweep at Tampa Bay

Rick Porcello will be on the mound tonight as the Red Sox look to extend their winning streak to five.

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Pedroia played seven innings for the second straight day Thursday, and the reports were positive.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_long5_spts-14150.jpg Chris Long on the new NFL anthem rules: ‘This is not patriotism’

The former Patriots defensive end said the new rules reflect the owners’ fear of their bottom line, as well as President Donald Trump.

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Tyronn Lue said Boston’s personnel adjustments in Game 5 caught him off-guard.

Alex Speier

J.D. Martinez and the art and science of the swing

The Red Sox slugger’s swing has been likened to a samurai sword and a Ferris wheel, and it gives him incredible power.


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Who is the better player? The ABC/ESPN analyst is an authority on the subject.


/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Tara_Sullivan-19491.tif Jayson Tatum, the unstoppable force for the Celtics

The rookie poured in 24 points and turned in a magical Game 5 performance for Boston.

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Chad Finn

The Cavs are cracking, and the Celtics can end the drama in Game 6

So far, home-court advantage has been the story of the Eastern finals, but Boston is poised to flip the script.

ST PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 23: Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates after scoring in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 23, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. The Red Sox won 4-1.(Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)


Alex Cora told Xander Bogaerts to hit away, and it worked

Bogaerts’s run-scoring double was the key hit in a three-run ninth as Boston won its fourth straight game.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_clebos1_spts.jpg Marcus Morris has dust-up with Cavs’ Larry Nance Jr.

Morris knocked Nance out of bounds trying to block a shot, then Nance got up and pushed Morris in the back.

FILE - In this May 29, 2017, file photo, Maryland players cut the net to celebrate after their victory over Ohio State in the NCAA college Division 1 lacrosse championship final in Foxborough, Mass. Defending champion Maryland is the top seed for the men's NCAA lacrosse tournament. The first round starts Saturday, May 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

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A guide to the 2018 NCAA men’s lacrosse championships at Gillette Stadium

Eight teams will compete for the Division 1, 2, and 3 championships this weekend in Foxborough.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_soxas2_spts.jpg Where does Blake Swihart go when Dustin Pedroia returns?

Although Dave Dombrowski isn’t saying, a trade is one avenue he will consider.

Boston, MA: 5-23-18: The Celtics Jayson Tatum signals a good three pointer that brought the crowd out of their seats and gave Boton a 59-46 third quarter lead. The Cavaliers J.R. Smith is at far left. The Boston Celtics hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers for Game Five of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff series at the TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)


Celtics one win away from an improbable NBA Finals berth

Boston seized control early in Game 5 and never relinquished it, taking a 3-2 lead in this best-of-seven series.

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It was an ugly win, but that’s what these Celtics are all about

This was the way the Celtics beat opponents in the regular season.

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2017 file photo, several New England Patriots players kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Mass. Patriots fans have burned team gear in protest after a number of players kneeled during the national anthem before last weekend's game. More than 100 people came out to Swansea, Massachusetts, on Thursday, Sept. 28 to throw Patriots T-shirts and other team apparel into a fire pit as they waved American flags and sang patriotic songs. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

NFL teams face fines over national anthem protests under new policy

Players can remain in the locker room if they wish, but teams will be fined if players protest on the field.


Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez will pass on Home Run Derby

Since the event started in 1985, the only Red Sox player to win a Derby title was David Ortiz in 2010.

BOSTON, MA - MAY 23: Marcus Morris #13 of the Boston Celtics looks on prior to Game Five of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden on May 23, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)



An 11-year-old aspiring point guard from Scituate helped warm up Marcus Morris

Celtics assistant coach Jerome Allen saw Jimmy Tolton and motioned for him to come onto the court, where Allen was helping Morris warm up.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_cb14_spts-001.jpg Al Horford has showed his range as a defender with the Celtics

Horford was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive second team on Wednesday.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/2b4c7dffd01f4cd694dac4524c4b1310-2b4c7dffd01f4cd694dac4524c4b1310-0.jpg What’s up with the photo posted on Tom Brady’s Instagram?

The photo was posted along with the caption “Dreamworks,” and it opened a can of worms of speculation.

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Quinn, who had been Jack Parker’s successor at BU, takes over a rebuilding program in New York.

Capitals 4, Lightning 0

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Washington routed top-seeded Tampa Bay on the road to earn first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 1998.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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