J.D. Martinez has not completed his physical yet

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 27: J.D. Martinez #28 of the Arizona Diamondbacks points after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field on August 27, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

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The Red Sox’ prized acquisition, who agreed to terms Monday, was still awaiting clearance as of Thursday.

// Blake Swihart will get opportunities to make Red Sox

The former first-round pick is out of minor league options.


// Red Sox sweep doubleheader against college teams

The Sox start Grapefruit League play on Friday when they host the Minnesota Twins at 1:05 p.m.

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 25: Jayson Tatum #0 and Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics react after a call from the official during the fourth quarter of the game against the Washington Wizards at TD Garden on December 25, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)



Urgency a buzzword for Celtics

Celtics need to solve the problems that had them limping into the All-Star break.


// Here’s a vote for a bracket-style NBA playoff system

Using a 1-through-16 format and ignoring conference setups is an intriguing concept.

// Koshechkin shuts out Czechs to put Russians in Olympic final

Veteran goaltender Vasily Koshechkin stopped all 31 shots he faced to put the Russians into the gold medal game at the Olympics with a 3-0 victory over the Czech Republic on Friday.

Untied States hockey team celebrate with their gold medals after beating Canada in the women's gold medal hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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Rachel G. Bowers

Inspirational US women’s hockey team met every challenge along the way

Long before facing Canada for the gold, the US team stood up for fair pay — and won that battle, too.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by VALDRIN XHEMAJ/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9434536bw) Monique Lamoureux-Morando (facing) and Gigi Marvin of the US celebrate after the US team won the Women's Ice Hockey Gold Medal match between Canada and USA inside the Gangneung Hockey Centre at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games 2018, in Gangneung, South Korea, 22 February 2018. Ice Hockey - PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, Gangneung, Korea - 22 Feb 2018

Tara Sullivan

Our newest American heroes: The US women’s hockey team

Goals like the one that brought the US women the gold are destined to be remembered. It was that good. That ridiculous. That remarkable.


// US women hockey players undecided about 2022

Balancing the demands of the team with other parts of their lives is something these women must evaluate.

SOUTH KOREA OUT Mandatory Credit: Photo by YONHAP/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9434462b) Andre Myhrer of Sweden in action during the Men's Slalom at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, South Korea, 22 February 2018. Alpine Skiing - PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, Daegwallyeong-Myeon, Korea - 22 Feb 2018


Andre Myhrer unlikely champion in slalom

The 35-year-old Swede won when the top two slalom skiers on the World Cup circuit couldn’t complete the race.

Buffalo Sabres' Jason Pominville (29) and Boston Bruins' Paul Postma (14) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Overstocked on defense, Bruins may look to trade again

The acquisition of Nick Holden gave them nine healthy blue liners, with room for only six.


// Anders Bjork lost to Bruins for season after shoulder surgery

The 21-year-old rookie winger had the labrum in his left shoulder repaired Tuesday.

// Bruins ship Frank Vatrano to Florida for third-round pick

The deal effectively replaces the third-round pick the Bruins yielded to the Rangers when acquiring Nick Holden.

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 Olympics showed why the United States simply can’t skate with the stars

After its weakest overall Olympic showing in two dozen years, US figure skating has an exceptional amount of catching up to do.


// Russia’s Zagitova takes gold in figure skating; US falls apart

She beat out fellow countrywoman Evgenia Medvedeva. The US had its worst showing since World War II.

College hockey notebook

// BC close to wrapping up Hockey East regular-season title

The Eagles finish up the slate with two home games against Maine.


Northeastern basketball edges Towson

The Huskies upped their record to 20-9 (13-4 in the Colonial Athletic Association).

// Drexel makes history with 34-point rally to beat Delaware

The 34-point comeback win over Delaware Thursday night was the largest come-from-behind win in the history of Division I basketball.

// Former Bruin Marco Sturm could parlay Olympic success into NHL gig

Sturm wants to coach in the NHL, and he’s having quite the audition coaching Germany to the semifinals at the Olympics.


// Tiger Woods opens with even-par 70 at Honda Classic

Alex Noren and Webb Simpson shared the lead at 4-under-par 66.

Sports Log

// Adam Vinatieri signs one-year extension with Colts

Veteran 45-year-old kicker will be NFL’s oldest player next season.

// Boston College settles on football coaches’ lineup

Steve Addazio gives defensive coordinator extra duties and adds linebackers and defensive tackles coaches.


// US men’s curling team finds redemption in semifinal upset of Canada

Thursday’s win set up captain John Shuster and the Americans for their best Olympic finish ever.