RED SOX NOTEBOOK

For openers, signs are pointing to Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz has never made an Opening Day start for the Red Sox, but said on Friday, “I think that’s what we all aspire to.”

Barry Chin/Globe staff

By starting Tuesday vs. Northeastern, Clay Buchholz could be in line to start on April 6.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/manfred546.jpg Commissioner Rob Manfred responds to David Ortiz’s complaints

Manfred believes there will be cooperation on new pace-of-play rules and does not foresee severe disciplinary actions this season.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/yoan735-6573.jpg Yoan Moncada’s record-setting bonus sparks debate

Some feel international players such as Moncada should be subject to the draft, so that the playing field is leveled on salaries.

SPRING TRAINING REPORT

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin022715RedSoxSpring_spt23.jpg Feb. 27 Spring training report: Quick workday for Red Sox

On an overcast day at Fenway South, base-running drills raised the intensity level a bit.

red sox notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin022615RedSoxSpring_spt72.jpg John Farrell tries to soften David Ortiz’s diatribe

The Red Sox manager believes his slugger will “adhere to the rules” instituted to speed up the pace of play.

Patriots must spend to reach salary cap floor

NFLPA figures show the team is well below the 89 percent of the cap each team must spend from 2013-16.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/c1f32ca4ba194495ad25c23b7518dd68-c1f32ca4ba194495ad25c23b7518dd68-0.jpg Alex Rodriguez feels ‘like a rookie again’ in return to Yankees camp

Reaction among fans and Yankees personnel was positive in Tampa. But it won’t be like that elsewhere.

Chad Finn | Sports Media

Dale Arnold-Michael Holley WEEI reunion has worked

The pair has provided stability in the crucial 2-6 p.m. slot.

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (28 points) tried to fend off Hornets forward Al Jefferson on a first-half drive.

CELTICS 106, HORNETS 98

Celtics use late surge to beat Hornets

Charlotte stunned the Celtics with a 25-1 run that spanned both halves, but Boston still prevailed behind Isaiah Thomas’s 28 points.

Bruins forward Reilly Smith was denied by Devils goalie Cory Schneider on a first-period bid.

Bruins 3, Devils 2 (OT)

Ryan Spooner lifts Bruins past Devils in OT

Spooner scored midway through the extra session to give the Bruins a much-needed victory.

bruins notebook

Carl Soderberg’s struggles mirror those of Bruins

With David Krejci out, the third-line center’s offense is needed more than ever for the struggling Bruins.

Yuta Tsuboi (above) in the Winter Swimming Champ-ionships in Lake Memphremagog (no wetsuits allowed).

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Brave swimmers take icy dip at outdoor Winter Championships

A 25-meter, two-lane race course has been carved out of a frozen Vermont lake by chainsaws — and there are no wetsuits allowed.

Globe Sports Editor Joe Sullivan expects Northern Iowa-Wichita to be a highly charged defensive game.

JOE SULLIVAN | ON COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Intensity high for Northern Iowa-Wichita, Arkansas-Kentucky

With league titles and NCAA bids at stake, teams are playing extra hard down the stretch.

Deal struck for horse racing at Suffolk Downs

Despite the agreement, “several steps” are needed before racing can return, said the president of a group that represents owners and trainers.

New England ski conditions

Check the latest SnoCountry report for New England downhill skiing/snowboarding areas.

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

/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/03/05/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/dupont-13978.tif More from Dupont

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

Belichick era database

INTERACTIVE DATABASE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/01/10/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/2004g18c-2786--90x90.JPG Patriots during the Bill Belichick era

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

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