Dear David Ortiz, since you brought it up . . .

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Ortiz’s defense of himself against PED allegations was forceful, but some of his statements don’t sound quite right.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/27/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/ortiz150-8128.jpg Failed drug test shadows Ortiz

The stigma has stuck to Ortiz like pine tar, scarring his legacy and threatening to keep him out of the Hall of Fame.

Red Sox notebook

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Vazquez has caught only 26 innings in major league games this spring, the last coming on March 13, because of a sore right elbow and triceps.

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Betts is looking to adapt his game to balance plate discipline with an aggressive approach on pitches he can hit.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/6384134fd279427a8a847b91fa8ccd79-6384134fd279427a8a847b91fa8ccd79-0-7121--90x90.jpg Friday’s spring training report: Clay Buchholz isn’t sharp

Old friend Pedro Ciriaco touched Buchholz for a three-run double in a rain-shortened Atlanta win.

FILE - In this March 4, 2015, file photo, injured Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, center, watches from the bench with guard D.J. Augustin, right, and assistant coach Mark Bryant, left, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Oklahoma City. Durant will have bone graft surgery next week to deal with a fractured bone in his right foot, and he will miss the rest of the season, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced Friday, March 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Kevin Durant to miss rest of the season

The reigning NBA MVP will have bone graft surgery next week to deal with a fractured bone in his right foot.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/ad9e9b1f95ab40bd83a5cc07d042feab-7d1f7efb6d924ea0a731dee663d52da0-0-7088--90x90.jpg Michael Sam says there are a lot of gay players in NFL

Sam said some of the players have reached out to him and “there’s some famous people.”

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It’s rare for five-on-five play to be the issue with this team, but that has been the case this season.

Manchester, NH - 03/27/15 - (OT period) Boston University forward Danny O’Regan (10) and Boston University forward Evan Rodrigues (17) start the celebration after O’Regan scored the winning goal past Yale goalie Alex Lyon (34) in overtime to advance BU to the Northeast Regional final on Saturday. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Nancy Marrapese-Burrell, Topic: 28BU-Yale, LOID

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BU 3, YALE 2

Boston University advances in NCAA hockey tournament

Danny O’Regan scored at 7:27 of the extra session to lift BU.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Was8901371--90x90.jpg Jermaine Jones eager to help Revolution

Coach Jay Heaps plans to ease Jones into action after his sports hernia surgery last month.

Dont’a Hightower out 6-7 months after shoulder surgery

The linebacker played with a torn labrum and is one of several Patriots who had offseason surgery.

NCAA Tournament

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Abu, who also played two seasons at Marblehead High, wants to take the Wolfpack to the next level.


Jimmy Vesey achieving his goals at Harvard

Vesey earned most outstanding player honors as he set an ECAC tournament record with nine goals.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_bosdet9_spts.jpg Time running out for Celtics’ playoff push

With 11 games left in the regular season, the Celtics are still attempting to forge an identity.

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

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

Belichick era database


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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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