DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Pablo Sandoval fits Red Sox’ needs

Fans wear panda heads for Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval — the Kung Fu Panda — during Giants’ home games. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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The Red Sox have a hole at third base, and the popular, switch-hitting Sandoval is a pending free agent.

Joe Maddon leaves after nine years with Tampa Bay, and will be headed for a big raise somewhere. AP Photo/Reinhold Matay

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

Joe Maddon opts out — so where is he headed?

The Dodgers would seem to be a perfect fit, but the Cubs are an intriguing possibility, too.

Peter Abraham

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It defies logic, but the outfielder’s poor performance at the plate could work against him for a fielding honor.

BRUINS AT MAPLE LEAFS | 7 p.m. saturday (NESN)

Bruins, Maple Leafs face off for first of four season matchups

A look at the Bruins’ next foe.

The Bruins already had issues on defense even before Zdeno Chara was felled Thursday Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis

FLUTO SHINZAWA | ON HOCKEY

Zdeno Chara’s absence will test Bruins’ resolve

Opponents will find the going a little easier in the Boston zone, and each Bruin will have to do his job better.

Boston College coach Steve Addazio wants his team to maintain its intensity Saturday against a struggling Wake Forest squad.  (Michael Dwyer/Associated Press)

BC AT WAKE FOREST | 3:30 p.m. Saturday (NESN)

Time of essence for Boston College vs. Wake Forest

BC can ill afford to squander any more opportunities such as those that eluded it in losses to Clemson and Colorado State.

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Week 8: Eastern Mass. High School Football updates

We’ll bring you updates and scores from the final week of regular season action in Eastern Mass.

BEARS AT PATRIOTS | 1 P.M. SUNDAY (FOX)

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A close look at Sunday’s matchup, on offense and defense, and the key player for the Bears.

Sean Leahy | Week 8 NFL Preview

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Arizona and Philadelphia are two of the NFL’s four teams with just one loss, and both will face off in the desert on Sunday.

Bob Ryan

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/04/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/ryan90.png More from the columnist

Read past columns from Ryan, who began writing for the Globe in 1968 and now contributes occasional columns.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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

Belichick era database

INTERACTIVE DATABASE

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Look back on the Boston Globe’s coverage of every game the Patriots have played since Bill Belichick became the head coach in 2000.