Celtics 130, Suns 120

Phoenix’s Devin Booker drops 70 on Celtics in loss

An off-balance 3-pointer by Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker brought the TD Garden fans to their feet.

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Phoenix’s 20-year-old guard Devin Booker scored a TD Garden-record 70 points in the loss.

West Regional | BU 4, North Dakota 3

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The Terriers will play Minnesota-Duluth in the West Regional final on Saturday.

NCAA East Regional | Harvard 3, Providence 0

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Merrick Madsen earned a shutout, and the Crimson jumped in front with two second-period goals.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, March 24, 2017, in Dunedin, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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After in-game adjustment, Drew Pomeranz clicks

The Red Sox lefthander was getting battered for two innings Friday against the Blue Jays. Then he figured it out.


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A knee issue will keep Butterfield in the dugout while Gary DiSarcina coaches third base.

Suns guard Devin Booker drove on Celtics guard Marcus Smart in the first quarter.


‘You got a problem with it? Do something.’

The Celtics were upset that Suns coach Earl Watson called two timeouts late in Devin Booker’s 70-point outing. Watson’s response? “So what?”

Celtics notebook

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The Green have mostly ensured that bad days do not mushroom into something more concerning.

Alex Speier

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The Red Sox president does not see a pressing need to add depth options for the starting rotation.

Florida 84, Wisconsin 83 (OT)

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Chris Chiozza went end to end and made a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Gators prevailed in overtime.

Tuukka Rask had a rough night Thursday against Tampa Bay.

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Bruins at Islanders | 7 p.m. (NESN)

Bruins noncommittal about Tuukka Rask starting against Islanders

Coach Bruce Cassidy gave Rask a “maintenance day” on Friday.

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The Islanders’ Travis Harmonic manages to elude the Penguins’ Bryan Rust during the second period.

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Islanders slip past Penguins in shootout

New York pulled into a tie with the Bruins in the Eastern Conference playoff race ahead of Saturday’s showdown between the teams.


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Sindarius Thornwell scored 24 points and the seventh-seeded Gamecocks advanced to their first Elite Eight.


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Two berths to the Final Four are on the line in the West and Midwest finals.


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New England, whose March 11 match at Gillette Stadium was postponed, faces expansion side Minnesota United.

Sports Log

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Spanier convicted of hushing up suspected child sex abuse by former football assistant Jerry Sandusky.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James dunks against Charlotte Hornets' Jeremy Lamb, right, and Frank Kaminsky, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, March 24, 2017. The Cavaliers won 112-105. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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NBA Roundup

LeBron James helps Cavaliers get back on track

Despite getting poked in eye, James (32 points, 11 assists, 9 rebounds) led Cleveland’s 112-105 win in Charlotte.


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Tournament moves on to the single-elimination round of 16.


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The veteran was signed by Chicago to provide insurance for Mike Glennon next season.

Boston, MA - 3/23/2017 - (3rd period) Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) could only watch as a power play goal by Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86), not pictured, put the Lightning up 5-3 during the third period. The Boston Bruins host the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Fluto Shinzawa, Topic: 24Bruins-Lightning, LOID: 8.3.1979892248.


Bruins’ Tuukka Rask not playing like a No. 1 goalie

Jonathan Drouin scored the winner by beating the goalie clean.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin032317Bruins-Lightning_Spt16.jpg Bruce Cassidy knows Bruins aren’t getting any help

There are no answers in Providence as the Bruins try to break their four-game slump, so the coach is looking for veterans to lead.

Thursday’s NCAA Tournament

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The Musketeers held Arizona scoreless over the final 2:52 to earn a spot in the West final against No. 1 seed Gonzaga.


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ESPN/ABC and Turner Sports have 24 billion reasons to want this issue resolved.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/654143852.jpg Pat Kelsey decides not to take UMass basketball job

UMass abruptly canceled a news conference after Kelsey asked to be released from his employment agreement.

FBI Boston

Stolen Brady jerseys are back in the Patriots’ hands

The FBI’s Boston bureau presented the two jerseys to Patriots owner Robert Kraft Thursday.

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Bill Belichick has attended pro days at Alabama and Vanderbilt, and his scouts have also been on the hunt for new talent.

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Modification of the replay rule is among the proposals on the table for next week’s owners meetings.

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