GARY WASHBURN I ON BASKETBALL

Would Celtics surrender a lot of their young core to acquire Kyrie Irving?

Boston, MA - 5/19/2017 - (3rd quarter) Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) is off the races after making the steal from Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) for a turnover and an assist on the dunk on the play by Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13), not pictured during the third quarter. The Boston Celtics host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Adam Himmelsbach, Topic: 20Celtics-Cavaliers, LOID: 8.3.2541685637.

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They have a chance to rule the conference for many years if they make astute moves.

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Trainer Ed Lacerte, strength coach Bryan Doo, and massage therapist Vladimir Shulman won’t return.

Red Sox at Mariners | 10:10 p.m.

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Drew Pomeranz will be on the mound in Seattle as the Red Sox look to snap a three-game losing streak.

Foxborough-05/23/2017- Patriots rookies were available at Gillette Stadium. Harvey Langi arrives on the field. John Tlumacki/ The BostonGlobe (sports)

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Patriots rookies will have difficult time cracking veteran defense

Several good candidates could land employment on the 10-member practice squad.

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The veteran wide receiver faced long odds in his bid for a roster spot in New England.

NICK CAFARDO I ON BASEBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/07/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/3e4c3c859be94b6bbf26a7255b4deefa-3e4c3c859be94b6bbf26a7255b4deefa-0.jpg Red Sox didn’t get the memo on baseball’s power surge

This season the Red Sox rank 27th in homers, 11th in runs, and 19th in OPS.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

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The injured Red Sox reliever and former Mariner is eager to pitch again.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/07/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/821943894.jpg Red Sox bats looking powerless at the plate

The Red Sox have now been shut out nine times this year – most of any team in the majors.

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The veteran has been a free agent since being released last March by the San Diego Chargers.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/07/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Gasper-12869.jpg No time for Red Sox to cut corners

Primed for a long October run, the Red Sox should not be worried about the luxury tax threshold when considering deals.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/07/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-12877.jpg Andrew Benintendi knows what Rafael Devers is going through

Benintendi was last year’s Next Big Thing for the Red Sox.

Dr. Ann C. McKee — the lead author of the study and the director of BU’s CTE Center and chief of neuropathology at the Boston VA — analyzed brain tissue in May at the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank in Jamaica Plain.

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‘It’s impossible to ignore this anymore’: CTE study details devastating toll on football players

Researchers studied the donated brains of 202 players, and interviewed their loved ones about mood and behavioral problems.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/07/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/hawkinsbrain.jpg Now-retired Andrew Hawkins donates his brain to CTE research

His announcement came on the heels of the latest CTE study.

Boston, MA May 10, 2017: Former Patriots running back, now a free agent LeGarrette Blount smiles and waves to the camera as he is shown on the scoreboard in his courtside seat. The Boston Celtics hosted the Washington Wizards in Game Five of their NBA Eastern Conference semi final playoff series at the TD Garden. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis)

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Here are the players you won’t see in Patriots training camp this year

Many of the players who were in New England’s training camp a year ago have landed with new teams.

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2014, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, celebrates with head coach Bill Belichick after defeating the Miami Dolphins 41-13 in an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass. Belichick and Brady not only are the NFL's most successful coach and quarterback duo, they've nearly lapped their closest competition. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

For Patriots, great expectations await

Here’s what to look for as the Patriots get ready to open the 58th training camp in franchise history.

Juraj Bencat of KiteTucket Kiteboarding School rides the wind off Pocomo Point after sunset.

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For this Nantucket kiteboarder, it’s all about catching the wind

Juraj Bencat can’t get enough of the bird’s-eye view his sport provides.

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The Red Sox Triple-A affiliate’s lease at McCoy Stadium runs out in 2020 and the team wants a new ballpark.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/07/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/f5fc79dd27054ca8a3b540d3b1a7dac6-f5fc79dd27054ca8a3b540d3b1a7dac6-0.jpg Dont’a Hightower, Alan Branch placed on PUP list

Top linebacker and top lineman will be out when practice begins.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/07/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/633952970.jpg Countdown to Patriots training camp: 1 day

The Globe will count down each day by highlighting a player, coach, and fact about the team.

Chad Finn

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/04/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumacki_bostonredsoxvsrays424.jpg Easy sell: Chris Sale pitching like 1986 Roger Clemens

The lefthander’s performance so far compares favorably to Clemens’s Cy Young, MVP season.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/07/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/6123bffa09dc4744a0c1b77435907c59-6123bffa09dc4744a0c1b77435907c59-0.jpg John Farrell plans to platoon at third base

Newcomer Rafael Devers will share duties at the hot corner with Deven Marrero.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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Read his recent “On Second Thought” columns and more features from the longtime Globe writer.