PETER ABRAHAM

For Andrew Benintendi, defense comes first this spring

Andrew Benintendi is determined to become a great left fielder.

BARRY CHIN/GLOBE STAFF

The rookie outfielder has been coached on adjusting his release point to take some loft out of his throws.

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NICK CAFARDO I SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin021617SpringTrainingDay4_Spt20.jpg Here’s why the Red Sox aren’t likely to trade Brock Holt

“Many clubs like him a great deal,” says president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy1-12314.jpg In Boston, baseball still owns our hearts

The Patriots’ accomplishments since 2001 haven’t eclipsed what the Red Sox mean to us.

Claude Julien enjoyed his return to the Canadiens bench — until their 3-1 loss Saturday to the visiting Jets.

Fluto Shinzawa | On hockey

Claude Julien back with Canadiens, but he’s now a Bostonian

Julien grew up a Habs fan, but he has a deep affinity for the city he called home for a decade.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

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Seattle never listed Richard Sherman’s injury on the injury report, citing days missed as being “non-injury related.”

Adam Himmelsbach

Ubers, gyms, and jumpers. A night on the road with Isaiah Thomas

The night before every road game, the Celtics’ All-Star guard finds a gym for a little extra practice.

nba all-star notebook

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It was more motivation for the Celtics guard.

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Thomas’s ascension to two-time All-Star is not a surprise to those who face him on a nightly basis.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/634999668-12678.jpg Vacation time is over for Bruins

The Bruins, riding a three-game winning streak, went on mid-semester break following last week’s 4-0 win over Montreal.

08/18/16: Foxborough, MA: Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo does his best Tom Brady imitation as he tries to pump up the crowd after he ran the length of the field as he came out for some pre agme warmups. The New England Patriots hosted the Chicago Bears in an NFL exhibition football game at Gillette Stadium. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section: sports topic: Patriots

Jim Davis/Globe Staff/File 2016

BEN VOLIN | SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

The case for and against trading Jimmy Garoppolo

The Patriots’ 25-year-old backup quarterback is a valuable commodity. Here’s what we think they should do.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin021717SpringTrainingDay5_Spt25.jpg Red Sox’ Fernando Abad lost arbitration case, but remains positive

Lefthanded hitters were 3 for 23 (.130) against Abad after the Sox acquired him late in the season.

SPRING TRAINING REPORT

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin021717SpringTrainingDay5_Spt39.jpg Red Sox spring report: Cutoffs and relays

The pitchers and position players worked together for 20 minutes on cutoffs and relays.

SHIRA SPRINGER I FAIR PLAY

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In December, the International Olympic Committee granted the competition provisional recognition.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Kevin Paul Dupont | On Second Thought

A race car that runs on chocolate may not be a sweet idea

Researchers took the waste product derived from making chocolate, transformed it into diesel fuel, and used it to power a racecar.

GARY WASHBURN | SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/6ef13c9582124cbeb45239aed6bcd17f-63acb02f9ecb442380c4af18d30be045-1.jpg It can get complicated between owners and former players

The Charles Oakley-James Dolan spat is exhibit A for how tenuous relationships can be in the NBA.

Mike Condon is 17-9 this season.

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FLUTO SHINZAWA I SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

Ottawa’s acquisition of Mike Condon pays off

The Holliston native has provided stability amid uncertainty since joining the Senators in November.

BC 2, VERMONT 2

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Julius Mattila, Austin Cangelosi scored for the 11th-ranked Eagles.

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