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    Here are the sports dates Boston fans should know in 2019

    Boston, MA: 4/5/2018: The scene during the national anthem. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Tampa Bay Rays in their 2018 MLB home Opening Day baseball game at Fenway Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
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    The Red Sox home opener will be April 9 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

    Boston sports fans should be in for another busy year in 2019. Starting right away with the Bruins’ involvement in the NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, fans will have quite a few dates to keep track of.

    Here’s a list of some of the important scheduled events to keep on your sports calendar:

    Jan. 1, NHL Winter Classic: The Bruins face the Blackhawks at Notre Dame Stadium (1 p.m.)

    Jan. 5-6, NFL wild-card round.


    Jan. 7, College Football National Championship (8 p.m., Santa Clara, Calif.)

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    Jan. 12-13, NFL divisional round: The Patriots will host a game on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m.

    Jan. 20, NFL conference championships

    Jan. 26, NHL All-Star Game: Hockey’s best will compete in San Jose, Calif.

    Feb. 3, Super Bowl LII (6:30 p.m., Atlanta)

    Feb. 4, 11, Beanpot college hockey tournament (men)


    Feb. 5, 12, Beanpot college hockey tournament (women)

    Feb. 7, NBA trade deadline
    (3 p.m.)

    Feb. 8-9, Red Bull Crashed Ice Boston: Ice skaters will race down a course constructed in Fenway Park.

    Feb. 13, Red Sox pitchers and catchers report to spring training.

    Feb. 15-17, NBA All-Star weekend: Pro basketball’s best will gather in Charlotte, N.C.

    Feb. 25, NHL trade deadline
    (3 p.m.)

    Feb. 26-March 4, NFL Scouting Combine


    March 2, Revolution season opener: The Revolution start the season on the road against FC Dallas (4:30 p.m.).

    March 13, NFL league year and free agency begin: The new league year and free agency officially starts at 4 p.m.

    March 19, NCAA basketball tournaments: The men’s tournament runs from March 19-April 8. The women’s tournament runs from March 22-April 7.

    March 22-23, Hockey East tournament: The conference semifinals and championship will be played at TD Garden.

    March 28, Red Sox season opener: The Red Sox start their World Series defense in Seattle against the Mariners (7:08 p.m.)

    April 9, Red Sox home opener: The Red Sox put up another World Series banner prior to facing the Blue Jays (2:05 p.m.)

    April 11-14, Masters tournament: The top men’s golfers in the world meet in Augusta, Ga.

    April 15, 123rd Boston Marathon

    April 25-27, NFL Draft: The draft will be held in Nashville.

    May 4, Kentucky Derby

    June, Stanley Cup and NBA Finals: The exact schedules will be decided when the matchups are set.

    June 7-July 7, FIFA Women’s World Cup: The United States looks to defend its 2015 title. This year’s edition is in France.

    June 13-16, US Open: Pebble Beach is the site for this year’s second golf major.

    June 20, NBA Draft: The draft will take place in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

    June 21-22, NHL Draft: The draft will be in Vancouver, British Columbia.

    June 29-30, Red Sox vs. Yankees in London:The “London Series” will feature the Red Sox and Yankees playing a two-game series at London Stadium.

    July 1-14, Wimbledon: Tennis tournament at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club.

    July 12-14, Red Sox vs. Dodgers: The Dodgers return to Fenway Park for a rematch of the 2018 World Series.

    July 18-21, British Open:Golfers will compete at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in Antrim, Northern Ireland.

    July, Patriots training camp: Exact dates are usually revealed in late June.

    July 31, MLB non-waiver trade deadline

    Aug. 31-Sept. 15, FIBA Basketball World Cup:The top 32 men’s basketball teams in the world will compete for the World Cup in China.

    Sept. 5, NFL regular season kicks off: The defending Super Bowl champion will host the league’s first game of the season.

    Sept. 20-Nov. 2, Rugby World Cup: 20 nations will compete in Japan for rugby’s World Cup.

    Oct. 19-20, Head of the Charles Regatta: Rowers from around the world gather in Boston for two days of racing.

    October, World Series: The exact schedule will be decided when the matchup is set.

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