Kyrie Irving to have second opinion on sore left knee

Boston, MA 1-16-18: With New Orleans leading 116-113 in overtime, the Celtics Kyrie Irving tried to tie the game with a three point attempt with under five seconds left, but he is pictured reacting after he missed the shot and the Pelicans had the victory. The Boston Celtics hosted the New Orleans Pelicans in an NBA regular season basketball game at the TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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The Celtics star sat out his fourth straight game and probably will not join the team on its upcoming road trip.

Patriots notebook

// Report says Patriots are bringing back Matthew Slater

New England’s special teams captain is entering his 11th season in the NFL.


/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/03/20/ Alex Cora sees Ramon Vazquez as a perfect fit for his staff

The longtime friends share an analytical mind for the game, constantly looking for an extra edge.

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// These two charts detail the contracts of the Patriots’ incoming and outgoing players

The players the Patriots have brought in will make far less than the ones they have seen depart.


// Chris Sale named Red Sox’ Opening Day starter

David Price and Rick Porcello will follow in the rotation.

Boston Bruins right wing David Backes (42) watches his shot get past Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88), of Russia, and defenseman Dan Girardi (5) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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Leg injury is latest unkind cut for David Backes

In a season riddled with interruption, the Bruins forward won’t be able to play in his former home.

// Alex Cora increasingly comfortable with Red Sox’ infield defense

Cora and two of his coaches, Carlos Febles and Ramon Vazquez, were infielders and they share in the instruction.

// Bruins are in St. Louis for start of four-game road trip

New Bruin Ryan Donato was excused from practice because of a class commitment at Harvard.

// Jason McCourty has had his eye on New England for a while

The Patriots’ new cornerback finally got his wish to join his brother and is excited about the prospects.

Boston Red Sox's Rafael Devers hits an RBI triple against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning of a spring baseball exhibition game, Monday,March 12, 2018, in Dunedin, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)



Red Sox power up to win eighth straight

Boston got a two-run shot to center by Rafael Devers in the second and a three-run blast to left by Sam Travis in the sixth.

// Red Sox could play Yankees in London in 2019

Negotiations to finalize the series have not been completed, but talks are moving forward.

Springfield- 03/17/18- Basketball State finals MIAA 2018- Boys Div 1- Mansfield vs Franklin. Mansfield's head coach Michael Vaughan walks into the locker room at the end of the game holding the basket net and getting doused by his jubilant players after the beat Franklin for the Div 1 championship. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe staff (sports)

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Mansfield is the new Division 1 king in boys’ basketball

BC High took the honor in hockey after its Super 8 title.

// Celtics assistant to interview for Evansville coaching job

Walter McCarty has already had a phone interview with Evansville’s decision-makers.


// Let’s put the Patriots’ recent moves in perspective

They haven’t made splashy deals, but here is a progress report on what they have done and where they stand.


// Jaguars release Marcedes Lewis and Allen Hurns

A former first-round pick, Lewis spent 12 seasons with Jacksonville.


// Oklahoma freshman Trae Young will enter NBA Draft

The 6-2 guard is projected as an early first-round pick after the leading the nation in scoring and assists.

// NFL prospect Bradley Chubb got a pretty honest answer from Bill Belichick

The Patriots coach joked he probably won’t be coaching the North Carolina State defensive end anytime soon.


// Daughter’s health puts everything in perspective for Craig Kimbrel

“There’s no denying this is the toughest thing we’ve ever been through,” said the Red Sox closer, “but we’ve been in the right place.”

Boston, MA: 3/19/2018: Bruins rookie Ryan Donato (17), who is making his NHL debut tonight, reacts after he scored his first career goal in the second period. The Boston Bruins hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets in a regular season NHL hockey game at the TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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Donato’s dazzling debut outweighs the outcome for the Bruins

The Bruins can shrug off the lost point in overtime because Ryan Donato clearly showed he’s ready for the pros.

// Patriots release linebacker Shea McClellin

McClellin missed the entire 2017 season with a concussion.

// Alex Cora can thank Babson’s team for Craig Kimbrel’s readiness

While in Boston, the Red Sox closer got a big assist from the college with his workouts and tuneups.

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// It doesn’t get any easier for hurting Celtics

The upcoming schedule will be grueling with games against the Thunder, Trail Blazers, Kings, and Jazz.

// Marcus Smart wants to ‘come back as fast as possible’

The guard said he’s confident the Celtics can be successful while he recovers from thumb surgery.

Villanova 's Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (21) celebrates with Denny Grace (40) after an NCAA men's college basketball tournament second-round game against Alabama in Pittsburgh, Saturday, March 17, 2018. Villanova won 81-58. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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The NCAA Tournament is coming to Boston this weekend

Here’s what to expect in the East Region semis and final, with the best team in the country playing at TD Garden.

NFL Free Agency Tracker

// Cameron Fleming will reportedly visit with the Cowboys

The reserve tackle started six games in 2017, including the final five of the regular season.


// Explaining Virginia’s stunning loss, and other NCAA thoughts

We are into the regional semifinals, and there have been surprises in the early rounds.