Robert Kraft wants Malcolm Butler to remain with Patriots

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Owner of the New England Patriots Robert Kraft celebrates after the Patriots defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

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The Patriots owner touched on many topics at the league meetings in Phoenix on Monday.

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// Raiders’ move to Las Vegas is a bit of a gamble

The NFL is hopeful about the prospects, but Sin City could present pitfalls for younger players.

// Tom Brady is willing to play six or seven more years, Robert Kraft says

The Patriots owner said the quarterback, who turns 40 in August, reiterated what he has said on more than one occasion: He wants to keep playing.

// It’s official: The Raiders are moving to Las Vegas

NFL owners approved the move in a vote Monday.


// Sandy Leon belts two home runs in one inning

The Red Sox catcher went deep from both sides of the plate in the fifth inning, including a grand slam.

The Sox’ Hanley Ramirez says that a bothersome right shoulder — especially when he throws — has kept him from playing first base this spring.

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Who’s on first? Not Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez said playing first base with his sore shoulder affects his hitting, so he’ll stick to DH for now.

Alex Speier

// Red Sox see Blake Swihart as still ‘not a finished product’

The catcher was sent back to Triple A, where he can work on some defensive deficiencies.


// Tyler Thornburg likely headed for disabled list

The Red Sox reliever was scratched from a scheduled appearance Monday because of a muscle problem.

// Red Sox option Blake Swihart to Pawtucket

Infielder Deven Marrero was also optioned. Catcher Dan Butler and first baseman Sam Travis were assigned to minor league camp.

Ben Volin | On football

// At NFL events, Bill Belichick lets his rings do the talking

Belichick has been writing his own rules this offseason.

Cavaliers forward LeBron James (center) was held up by Spurs guard Tony Parker (left) in the first half.

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Ailing Cavaliers are battered by Spurs, fall ½-game behind Celtics

With the loss, the Cavaliers dropped into second place behind the Celtics in the Eastern Conference.

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask watches the puck during the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday, March 20, 2017, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Tuukka Rask says he’s ready to play Tuesday, but will he?

The Bruins goalie missed Saturday’s game with an injury and has hardly been a lock when he is healthy.


// UConn women roll over Oregon in regional final

The top-ranked Huskies head to the Final Four for the 10th straight year.

Ray Allen, who spurned a Celtics’ offer in 2012 to play for the Heat, will be invited to the team’s 2008 title anniversary reunion.


Celtics plan 10th-anniversary fete for 2008 championship team

It’s an opportunity for the feuding Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen to get together — because all members will be invited.

// What’s up with Tuukka Rask and the Bruins’ goalie situation?

Rask, who has lost his last four starts, is dealing with an injury. Backup Anton Khudobin has won his last five starts.

Celtics guard Marcus Smart was surrounded by Heat players (from left) Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, and Josh Richardson in the fourth quarter.

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Marcus Smart is becoming an indispensable player for the Celtics

Smart may not become a dependable shooter, but he’ll win the Celtics at least one playoff game with his critical plays.


// Avery Bradley is back to work after a one-game absence

Bradley, who’s missed 25 games this season, was hospitalized on Friday and was not released until Saturday night.


// Red Sox send Rusney Castillo, Allen Craig to minor-league camp

The high-priced Triple A players were among seven taken off the major-league camp roster.

Sports Log

// Northeastern captain John Stevens signs with Islanders

Stevens signed a two-year, entry-level contract.

nhl roundup

// Lightning catch Blackhawks in overtime

Tampa Bay closed within a point of the Bruins in the wildcard race by beating Chicago, 5-4.

// Senators from Mass. urge USA Hockey to end dispute with women’s team

Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey joined 14 colleagues in supporting the team.

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