It’s great to see Celtics go big-time with Kyrie Irving deal

Boston MA 3/1/17 Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas drives to the basket on Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving during first quarter action at TD Garden. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: Celtics pics reporter: Adam Himmelsbach

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Never mind hoarding draft picks, this blockbuster makes them major players right away.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_irving5_spts.jpg Here’s how the Celtics have transformed this summer

A whirlwind summer of draft picks, free agent deals, and trades has resulted in a vastly different roster.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/875c9bbdf06447f996d67a52dbab45f7-875c9bbdf06447f996d67a52dbab45f7-0.jpg Red Sox put Jackie Bradley Jr. on disabled list

The outfielder sprained his left thumb on a play at the plate on Tuesday.

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It will be Drew Pomeranz against Corey Kluber in tonight’s Red Sox game at Cleveland.

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The Eastern finals loss prompted the effort to acquire Kyrie Irving, though it meant losing Isaiah Thomas.

Foxborough-8/23/17 The Patriots held practice at the practice facility at Gillette Stadium. QB Tom Brady gets surrounded during a passing drill under pressure. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

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Patriots ramping it up before third preseason game

The return of key personnel brings a little more intensity to practice, with the opener in two weeks.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/05/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_cc14_spts.jpg Celtics agree to deal Isaiah Thomas to Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving

Cleveland also will receive Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round pick.

Gary Washburn | On Basketball

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_irving1_spts.jpg Celtics made instant upgrade in speedy blockbuster for Kyrie Irving

Irving wanted out of Cleveland, and the well-stocked Celtics were able to pull off the megadeal.

Chad Finn

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/07/05/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/opener1023ainge.jpg Three cheers for Danny Ainge, who turned assets into star power

Ainge has acquired Al Horford, Gordon Hayward, and now Kyrie Irving in the past two stunning offseasons.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/8c17e8dacee5426db8f5c08d01c48559-8c17e8dacee5426db8f5c08d01c48559-0.jpg They traded his pal, but Mookie Betts still a Celtics fan

The Red Sox right fielder was shocked by the news Isaiah Thomas had been dealt to Cleveland.

Boston, MA May 10, 2017: With the game well in hand, when the Celtics Isaiah Thomas (left) came out of the game for the last time, he recieved an ovation from the crowd and enjoyed a moment with teammate Jae Crowder (right). The Boston Celtics hosted the Washington Wizards in Game Five of their NBA Eastern Conference semi final playoff series at the TD Garden. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis)

And the Celtics open the season against . . . the Cavaliers

The game is Tuesday, Oct. 17 at Cleveland, the first of three games in the 2017-18 season.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1200_drederick_lede.jpg Meet Kyrie Irving’s dad, Drederick — a former BU star

Drederick Irving was once the program’s all-time leading scorer. The school even offered Kyrie Irving a scholarship — in fifth grade.

Doug Fister is 3-6 with a 4.78 ERA.

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Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

The Red Sox will take all of this Doug Fister they can get

With a one-hit masterpiece against the Indians, he showed he can give the Red Sox a boost – and innings – down the stretch.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Doug Fister delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


No. 5 starter Doug Fister a one-hit wonder as Red Sox rout Indians

Fister allowed a leadoff home run, then put only three other runners on base.

Dont'a Hightower signed a four-year, $35.5 million contract in the offseason.

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Staying with Patriots was always Dont’a Hightower’s priority

The Jets and Steelers courted him as a free agent this offseason, but he is where he wants to be.

Patriots notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/829579968-12825.jpg After rough rookie year, Cyrus Jones catches momentum for Patriots

As a rookie last year, the cornerback only played 10 games and was deactivated for the playoffs.

FILE - In this April 4, 2014 file photo, fans enjoy pre-game festivities along Yawkey Way outside Fenway Park in Boston. Boston Red Sox principal owner John Henry says he wants to take steps to rename all of Yawkey Way, a street that has been an enduring reminder of the franchise's complicated racial past. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

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Different ways to go on Yawkey Way

If a change is to be made, perhaps we could consider honoring Pumpsie Green or Pete Frates.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/f29fa0d6287e41a29649463b7645d31a-f29fa0d6287e41a29649463b7645d31a-0.jpg Red Sox put Matt Barnes on disabled list

The team said the righthanded reliever has a lower back strain.

Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton hits a three-run home run against the New York Mets during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)



Red Sox shouldn’t trade for Giancarlo Stanton

It doesn’t make sense right now beyond his obvious ability to be a one-man heart of any lineup.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/05/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_cc6_spts.jpg Suddenly, only four Celtics remain from 2016-17 team

The Celtics turned over their roster in no time.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/830575854.jpg NBA rookies think pretty highly of Jayson Tatum

The Celtics’ top draft choice was tied with Lonzo Ball atop a recent survey of NBA rookies.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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