Mike Lowell believes he has a star pupil in Rafael Devers

Fort Myers, FL 2/21/2018: Former Red Sox 3B and World Series MVP Mike Lowell (center) helps carry a bucket of baseballs in from a practice field session. It was the final day of workouts at Spring Training for the Red Sox today at the Player Development Complex at Jet Blue Park. The team begins exhibition games with a doubleheader vs college teams tomorrow. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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The former Red Sox third baseman is working with the current one, and sees a lot that he likes.


// Some friendly advice for J.D. Martinez on playing in Boston

Here are some dos and don’ts for the new guy on handling the media, dealing with fans, and other situations.


// David Price happy to be reunited with J.D. Martinez

The two played together in Detroit for the second half of the 2014 season and the first half of ’15.


// On a warm day, Xander Bogaerts was hot at the plate

Bogaerts, who has revamped his swing with new hitting coach Tim Hyers, launched a long ball to right.

Boston MA 02/11/18 Boston Celtics Marcus Smart shooting baskets before his team plays the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden. Smart is injured his hand on a recent road trip to the West Coast. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

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Adam Himmelsbach

Celtics’ Marcus Smart is good to go Friday night against Pistons

Smart hasn’t played since injuring himself punching a glass frame on Jan. 24.

Postcard from spring training

// Red Sox are hoping eight is enough

With the season starting March 29, spring training has been compressed, resulting in just eight days of practice before games.


// Sticker shock? Nope. J.D. Martinez’s price was right for Red Sox

The World Series clock is running, and the $110 million deal may turn out to be a bargain.


// Hanley Ramirez welcomes J.D. Martinez with open arms

Though the Red Sox’ prize acquisition may cost him playing time, Ramirez said all the right things.

Boston Bruins' Charlie McAvoy (73) chases Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Edmonton, Alberta. (/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Fourth line has been stepping up for Bruins

Tim Schaller (10), Sean Kuraly (5), and Noel Acciari (7) have 22 goals, impressive for a line that doesn’t get power-play duty.

Czech Republic 3, US 2

// US men’s hockey team eliminated by Czech Republic

The Americans couldn’t beat Pavel Francouz in the shootout and fell in the quarterfinals.


// Team USA hockey believed in itself, right to the bitter end

The loss sent them back to their separate corners of the world like college kids leaving the dorms at the end of the semester, unsure when, or if, they’d see each other again.

US Olympic snowboarder Mike Trapp, who will compete in the parallel giant slalom.

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Cape Cod mechanic at home on the mountain trails

Marstons Mills native Mike Trapp will compete in the parallel giant slalom this week.


// Carson Smith happy to be back in a routine

Reliever is back in the mix for a job in the bullpen after undergoing major elbow surgery in May 2016.

United States' Lindsey Vonn smiles in the finish area of the women's combined downhill at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Jeongseon, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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Lindsey Vonn leads Alpine combined after downhill run

Teammate Mikaela Shiffrin is in the hunt, with her specialty — the slalom — next.


// Everything Celtics fans need to know to get caught up

When the Celtics get back in action Friday, there will be 23 games left before the playoffs begin.

// United States wins its first gold medal ever in cross-country skiing

Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall combined to win the team sprint for the first medal in women’s program history.

Gold medalist, Austria's Anna Gasser celebrates during the victory ceremony following the final of the women's snowboard big air event at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 22, 2018 in Pyeongchang. / AFP PHOTO / Christof STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images


American Jamie Anderson settles for silver medal in Big Air

Anna Gasser of Austria edged the two-time gold medalist in a thrilling final to earn gold.

J.D. Martinez.


Alex Speier

How J.D. Martinez transformed an awkward swing into an elite one

The change in mechanics turned Martinez from a depth piece to one of baseball’s most dangerous sluggers.


// Norway’s Marit Bjoergen now the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time

Bjoergen, 37, has 14 Winter medals after taking bronze in the women’s cross-country skiing team sprint.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by HOW HWEE YOUNG/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9428269lv) Karen Chen of the US falls during the Women Single Short Program of the Figure Skating competition at the Gangneung Ice Arena during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, South Korea, 21 February 2018. Figure Skating - PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, Gangneung, Korea - 21 Feb 2018



The podium appears to be a long way away for American figure skaters

The US female figure skaters are going to miss the podium at three consecutive Games. That hasn’t happened since the winter edition debuted in 1924 in Chamonix.

Rachel G. Bowers

// The sweet science of ski wax

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to get skis ready for Team USA in Olympic competition.

// Is there a curling crisis in Canada?

The women won’t medal, and Canadians don’t know how to handle it.

Matt Pepin

How many more medals can the US get?

The US stood at 16 medals at the conclusion of Wednesday’s action and is lagging behind its 2014 haul in Sochi of 28 medals.

// Add figure skating fashion critic to Leslie Jones’s résumé

One thing we learned: she loves glitter.

// O.A.R., the band, is winning big at the Olympics

Hearing about “Olympic Athletes from Russia” is making O.A.R. fans nostalgic.

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2015, file photo, Dallas Mavericks team owner Mark Cuban shouts in the direction of an official during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, in Dallas. The Mavericks have hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women. Cuban told the magazine that the team was establishing a hotline for counseling and support services for past and current employees. He is mandating sensitivity training for all employees, himself included. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Dallas Mavericks start investigation into workplace misconduct allegations

Outside counsel was hired to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by a former team president in a report that described a hostile workplace for women.