Patriots notebook

Patriots reach agreement with DE Adrian Clayborn and RB Jeremy Hill

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07: Adrian Clayborn #99 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after sacking Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 7, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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The Patriots also agreed to a deal with offensive tackle Matt Tobin.

Boston Celtics' Marcus Morris (13) passes the ball past Orlando Magic's Mario Hezonja (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 16, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Celtics 92, Magic 83

Celtics, a bit healthier, drop Magic

With Al Horford back, the Celtics got back to their winning ways.

Boston, MA: 3/11/2018: After the final horn sounded, the Celtics Marcus Smart was upset about something, and he jawed with a Pacers opponent, then Indiana's Victor Oladipo (4) came over and tried to calm him down. The Boston Celtics hosted the Indiana Pacers in a regular season NBA basketball game at the TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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Celtics notebook

Celtics say Marcus Smart could return in 6-8 weeks

The guard had surgery Friday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb.


/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/03/16/ For the McCourtys, this reunion is a dream come true

The opportunity for twins Devin and Jason to play together as Patriots has them overjoyed.


// Patriots lose players but won’t lose ground in the AFC East

Here are some thoughts on NFL free agency, the Red Sox infield, and other timely sports topics . . .

// Bruins’ David Backes won’t face additional discipline for hit

Backes was ejected from Thursday’s game but the NHL ruled he did not target Vincent Trochek’s head.

Chad Finn

// Malcolm Butler’s time in New England should have ended better

The player who provided one of the greatest clutch plays ever would have made a difference in Super Bowl LII, too.

Joe Sullivan | College basketball

// UMBC’s achievement remarkable in many ways

The Retrievers are not a particularly good shooting team. Heck, they aren’t even the best team in the America East. That would be Vermont.

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: Jairus Lyles #10 of the UMBC Retrievers reacts to their upset of the Virginia Cavaliers 74-54 during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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NCAA first round: UMBC 74, Virginia 54

One for record books: UMBC shocks No. 1 seed Virginia

It was the first time a No. 16 seed had ever knocked off a No. 1 in the NCAA tourney


// Jets sign free agent cornerback Trumaine Johnson

Johnson spent his first six seasons with the Rams and established himself as one of the best cover cornerbacks in the NFL.

NFL Free Agency Tracker

// Johnson Bademosi the latest Patriots player to sign elsewhere

The cornerback and special teams player agreed to a two-year deal with the Houston Texans.

// Emotional Dion Lewis says he finally feels wanted

The former Patriot and new Titan said he is highly motivated to prove people wrong for doubting him.

// Logan Morrison was mildly surprised at Red Sox’ lack of interest

Morrison seemed to be an obvious fallback for J.D. Martinez, but he had “zero conversations” with Boston.


// Porcello solid in victory over Twins

The Red Sox righthander allowed a first-inning run before settling in to finish strong, allowing two runs in five innings of work.

Florida Panthers goaltender James Reimer, left stops a shot by Boston Bruins' David Backes (42) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


The Bruins were a little short on everything Thursday

With several key players sidelined, the Bruins were unable to score in a loss in Florida.


// All goes well for David Price in his first spring start

The Red Sox lefty pitched four shutout innings and said he is further along than he’s ever been in a spring camp.

Nora Princiotti

// What can we make of Rob Gronkowski’s social media posts?

Fans searching for clues about the Patriots tight end’s intentions have been busy dissecting his Twitter and Instagram feeds.


// That double-overtime Celtics loss deserves a second look

Wednesday was a wild night at the Garden; here are some thoughts and observations on it.

Boston, MA - 3/16/2018 - (2nd period) Northeastern Huskies forward Dylan Sikura (9) celebrates his game tying goal with Northeastern Huskies defenseman Ryan Shea (5) during the second period. NU-PC Hockey East semifinals at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Globe Correspondent, Topic: 17NU-PC Hockey, LOID: 8.4.1282875279.

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Hockey East semifinals | Providence 3, Northeastern 2

Northeastern falls to Providence in OT

Brandon Duhaime scored for the Friars at 9:55 of overtime.

Hockey East semifinals | BU 4, BC 3

// Boston University edges Boston College in overtime

Patrick Curry scored the winner at 15:40 of the extra session in the Hockey East semifinals.

Hockey East Notebook

// Hockey East lacks national power

Hockey East teams had difficulty beating non-conference opponents this season.

college hockey roundup

Harvard loses to Clarkson in overtime

The Crimson gave up a three-goal lead in the ECAC semifinals.

Fordham 65, Harvard 47

Harvard women eliminated from NIT Tournament

Bre Cavanaugh scored a game-high 26 points for Fordham, which advances to the round of 32.

// 2018 MIAA high school basketball and hockey state championships schedule

The basketball title games will be Saturday in Springfield, and hockey finals will be on Sunday at TD Garden.

2/12/2018 - Boston, MA - Cathedral High School - Barbara Ronca, cq, a junior at Braintree High School, went for a point during the game. The Cathedral High School Panthers faced off against the Braintree High School Wamps in girls high school basketball action on Monday evening, February 12, 2018. Topic: School roundup. Story by Greg Levinsky/Globe Staff. Photo by Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

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Who will win the state high school basketball titles?

Eight games in Springfield on Saturday will decide the champs. Here’s a look at the matchups.

NCAA first round: Marshall 81, Wichita St. 75

// Marshall shocks Wichita St.

Marshall made its first NCAA tourney appearance in 1956 and made its most recent one in 1987, losing all five along the way

// UConn women ready to get busy

The top-seeded Huskies host Saint Francis on Saturday in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

// A preview of Saturday’s NCAA Tournament games

Rhode Island will have its hands full with second-seeded Duke in the Midwest Region.

Red Sox Notebook

// Agent search gave Andrew Benintendi a glimpse of his future

A side benefit of finding new representation for the Red Sox outfielder was learning about his earning potential.

Sports Log

// Jose Altuve, Astros agree to additional $151 million over five seasons

The average annual value of the new money is $30.2 million, among baseball’s highest.

Red Sox Notebook

// Who was that mysterious and weird reporter at Red Sox spring training?

The Red Sox were the victims of a prank, and it appears to be an inside job.


/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/03/15/ BU’s Jordan Greenway blazed a trail at Winter Olympics

The US’ first black Olympic hockey player is back in Hockey East, with the NHL also on his mind.


// After offseason of drama, Kristen McDonnell has Braintree on threshold of girls’ D1 state title

With ninth-year coach leading the way, the Wamps will face defending champ Springfield Central in rematch of last year’s title game.

Alex Speier

// Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez likes where he’s at with his rehab

Rodriguez said he does not have concerns about his right knee for the first time since 2015.

// Malcolm Butler tells why he thinks he was benched for Super Bowl

Malcolm Butler, who signed a contract with the Tennessee Titans, provided details about what happened in Minnesota.