Celtics hang on to beat Bucks, take 3-2 series lead

Boston, MA: 4-24-18: The Celtics Al Horford tries to block a second half shot of the Bucks Eric Bledsoe. The Boston Celtics hosted the Milwaukee Bucks for Game Five of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff series at the TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)


Game 6 is Thursday at 8 p.m. in Milwaukee.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Gasper-19018.jpg It got hot on the court, but Al Horford kept his cool

The oft-criticized Celtics big man with the max contract led the way Tuesday with 22 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks.

Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3 (10 inn.)

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/950889222.jpg Red Sox’ bats too quiet as losing streak hits 3

Craig Kimbrel allowed a walkoff home run in the 10th inning to Curtis Granderson.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/b13a594532c446ca960d6434f1460543-b13a594532c446ca960d6434f1460543-0.jpg Celtics limit Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo

They held Antetokounmpo to just 16 points on 10 field goal attempts.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/02/07/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin020418Eagles-PatriotsSuperBowlLII_Spt27.jpg The ‘will-he, won’t-he’ game is over: Gronk is coming back

There’s no more ambiguity. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said that he’ll be on the field in 2018.

Notre Dame offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey (68) in action during the second half of an NCAA college football game against North Carolina State, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame won 35-14. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)


Here’s an educated guess at how the Patriots draft will go

New England goes into this year’s draft Thursday night with eight picks and plenty of needs.

Toronto Blue Jays' Curtis Granderson welcomed by teammates after he hit a walk-off home run against the Boston Red Sox during the 10th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Toronto. Toronto won 4-3. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

This is no time to lose perspective

There’s no need to panic about Craig Kimbrel, who gave up the game-winning homer Tuesday in his first loss in 18 months.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/08/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_soxrays9_spts.jpg Xander Bogaerts could return to Red Sox on Friday

The shortstop went 2 for 3 in a rehab game at Pawtucket and said after the game, “I think I’m ready.”


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_bosmil1_spts-002.jpg Celtics’ Semi Ojeleye gets the start, and he doesn’t freak out

The rookie helped hold Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo to 16 points in the Celtics’ Game 5 victory.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_bosmil2_spts-002.jpg Marcus Smart’s return gives Celtics’ defense a boost

The veteran guard was back for Game 5 against Milwaukee after missing six weeks because of a thumb injury.

Red Sox notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1df007c2d0b84ea98c13c8541e8abe36-1df007c2d0b84ea98c13c8541e8abe36-0.jpg Spirit of unity on display in Toronto

Nearly 20 Red Sox players attended the Bruins, including Rafael Devers and Hanley Ramirez, who had never seen a live hockey game before.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin042318GM6Bruins-MapleLeafs_Spt24.jpg Maple Leafs have the momentum, but Bruins have the Game 7 mojo

The Bruins defeated the Leafs in Game 7 in 2013, and seven players from that team remain with the Bruins.

Tara Sullivan

/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Tara_Sullivan%20copy-18983.tif Toronto, reeling from van attack, comes together

The Maple Leafs’ victory provided a moment of diversion in a tragic day.

ELMONT, NY - JUNE 06: Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, with exercise rider Willie Delgado up, trains on the main track at Belmont Park on June 6, 2014 in Elmont, New York He is scheduled to race for the Triple Crown in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Gronkowski’s connections now aiming at Belmont

The colt is being treated for an infection, and his handlers believe he will be able to run in the June 9 Triple Crown race.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/440b0939d84f46fc8c3a274ccb76e447-440b0939d84f46fc8c3a274ccb76e447-0.jpg Alex Cora has a long-term strategy for Red Sox, and he’s sticking to it

Day-to-day circumstances won’t alter the first-year manager’s game plan for keeping players fresh for the entire season.

Ben Volin

The NFL’s all-time first-round draft picks

Who were the top players chosen at picks 1 through 32? Here’s one opinion.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/950907540.jpg 76ers eliminate Heat, await Celtics-Bucks winner

Joel Embiid had 19 points and 12 rebounds as Philadelphia reached the second round for the first time since 2012.

Sports Log

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/24/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/AP18113756428907.jpg Another sexual abuse scandal rocks Michigan State

Rick Butler was publicly accused in 1995 of raping six underage girls he trained in volleyball in the 1980s.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1e6e6d1080654e0094ec7832b9260676-1e6e6d1080654e0094ec7832b9260676-18972.jpg Here’s why the Red Sox have been productive with the bases loaded

It’s not just about grand slams. The Sox are 10-for-21 with a walk and three sac flies, scoring 32 runs with the bases loaded.

Chad Finn

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/14/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin041318RedSox-Orioles_Spt21.jpg Could the Red Sox win 100 games this year?

It’s been 72 years since they last won 100, but with reasonably good health, this group could pull it off.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/950834512.jpg Liverpool routs Roma in Champions League semifinal leg

Mohamed Salah produced two world-class finishes and set up goals by Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin042318GM6Bruins-MapleLeafs_Spt16.jpg Bruins’ Tuukka Rask had good game, but Leafs’ Frederik Andersen had a great one

The Bruins goalie stopped 27 of 29 shots he faced.

BRUINS notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin042318GM6Bruins-MapleLeafs_Spt6.jpg Bruins replace Danton Heinen with Tommy Wingels

Wingels played alongside David Krejci while Rick Nash dropped to Riley Nash’s line.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/950449206.jpg Crowd in Toronto offers silent tribute before Bruins-Maple Leafs game

Fans at the Air Canada Centre were quiet before the start of the game as they honored the victims of Monday’s violence in Toronto.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/3002cd48f4ba4f1a95a1c846846eb8c0-3002cd48f4ba4f1a95a1c846846eb8c0-0.jpg Maurice Hurst Jr. is a shining son in this draft class

With the tireless help of his mother, the son of the former Patriot is fast-tracked toward a pro career.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/889686604.jpg Which NFL teams may be willing to trade down with the Patriots?

With three of the first 43 picks of the draft, the Patriots would be in position to trade into the top 10.

Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine, Sunday, March 4, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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Next stop for Boise State linebacker is the NFL

Leighton Vander Esch is a driving force, and Foxborough could be on his route.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/898100036.jpg Don Yee says Tom Brady’s ‘intentions have not changed’ about playing in 2018

“I understand the constant speculation, but this is one point he’s been firm about,” Brady’s agent said.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/11/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin041118BCHighPitcherMikeVasil_Spt10.jpg BC High’s Mike Vasil leaves game with apparent elbow strain

The righthander is a projected first-round pick in the upcoming MLB draft.