LeBron James scores 46 points, helps Cavaliers force Game 7

Cleveland, OH: 5-25-18: The Cavaliers LeBron James (23) reacts after hitting a three pointer late in the game over the Celtics Jayson Tatum (not pictured) to give Cleveland a 107-96 lead, on their way to a 109-99 victory. The Boston Celtics visited the Cleveland Cavaliers for Game Six of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff series at the Quicken Loans Arena. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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Cleveland used a big second quarter to pull away from Celtics and send the series back to TD Garden.

8Boston, MA - 5/25/2018 - (4th inning) Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) greets Boston Red Sox right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) at home plate after Martinez's solo home run in the fourth inning. Moments later Bogaerts duplicated the feat with one of his own in back to back home run's. The Boston Red Sox host the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Julian Benbow, Topic: 26Red Sox-Braves, LOID: 8.4.2031464638.

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Red Sox go deep to KO Braves

Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, Mitch Moreland, and Xander Bogaerts homer in victory


// Red Sox made a statement by trusting Alex Cora on this

The manager saw potential trouble ahead with Hanley Ramirez, and his judgment was respected.

BOSTON, MA 10/08/2017 Red Sox Hanley Ramirez rated after hitting two-run double in the seventh inning. The Boston Red Sox host the Houston Astros in Game Three of the ALDS at Fenway Park in Boston on Oct. 8, 2017. (San Grossfeld/Globe Staff)

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There are powerful reasons not to like this Hanley Ramirez move

In the interest of saving money, the Red Sox cut loose a proven postseason hitter.

// Kevin Love leaves Game 6 in first quarter

Love was evaluated for a concussion after he banged heads with Jayson Tatum.

Chad Finn

// Ten thoughts on the Red Sox’ decision to cut ties with Hanley Ramirez

It seems only fitting that an enigmatic player’s departure from Boston would also have puzzling undertones.

8Boston, MA - 5/25/2018 - Boston Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland (18) and Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) before today's game. The Boston Red Sox host the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Julian Benbow, Topic: 26Red Sox-Braves, LOID: 8.4.2031464638.

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Red Sox notebook

More playing time coming Mitch Moreland’s way

Manager Alex Cora said Moreland’s play this season has made it difficult to keep him out of the lineup.


// Rehabbing Daniel Theis joins Celtics in Cleveland for moral support

The big man is working his way back from meniscus surgery and hopes to be ready by September.

// Alex Cora made the call for Red Sox to move on from Hanley Ramirez

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski also said Ramirez’s $22 million option next year was not a factor in the decision.


// Cavaliers fans holding onto hope that LeBron James stays

Cleveland’s superstar can leave — again — in free agency after the season.

// What does it mean when a baseball player is designated for assignment?

The Red Sox made that kind of move with Hanley Ramirez Friday. Here’s what happens.

Boston, MA: 5-14-18: Home plate umpire Ben May, A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy and the Red Sox Hanley Ramirez line up to see if a bottom of the seventh inning fly ball to right field wil be fair or foul. It was fair and caught for the final out of the inning. The Boston hosted the Oakland Athletics in a regular season MLB baseball game at Fenway Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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Here’s what led to Red Sox’ decision to part ways with Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez was designated for assignment, meaning the team has seven days to trade or release him.

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Boston College women’s lacrosse gets past Maryland in NCAA semifinal

Sam Apuzzo led the scoring with four goals, including the tying and go-ahead goals.

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// A few thoughts on Dustin Pedroia and his Hall of Fame chances

The Red Sox second baseman isn’t a lock, but is in position to improve his credentials.

Chad Finn

// During the NBA playoffs, a third team is in play

It’s Tim Corrigan’s job – with the able aid of ESPN’s production team – to tell the NBA’s story to a national audience

// Houston’s Chris Paul out for Game 6 against Golden State

A strained hamstring has sidelined the star guard.

New York Councilman Jumaane D. Williams, second from right, with the help of Kirsten John Foy, second from left, Northeast Regional Director of the National Action Network, holds a jersey with Colin Kaepernick's name on the back, during a rally of civil rights activists outside of the NFL’s headquarters, Friday, May 25, 2018, in New York. About 50 people gathered to protest the NFL’s new policy aimed at ending player protests during the playing of the national anthem in stadiums before games. Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, started the movement of taking a knee during the anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality two seasons ago. (AP Photo/Ralph Russo)

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Civil rights activists rally outside of NFL headquarters in New York

The protesters called on team owners to overturn their new national anthem policy.

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// Justin Rose moves in front at Fort Worth Invitational

He shot a 6-under-par 64 to reach 10-under after two rounds.

Sports Log

// Sterling Brown still upset by his unlawful arrest

Bucks guard was “defenseless’’ when he was tasered by Milwaukee police Jan. 26.

FILE - In this May 29, 2017, file photo, Maryland players cut the net to celebrate after their victory over Ohio State in the NCAA college Division 1 lacrosse championship final in Foxborough, Mass. Defending champion Maryland is the top seed for the men's NCAA lacrosse tournament. The first round starts Saturday, May 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

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A guide to the NCAA men’s lacrosse championships at Gillette Stadium

Eight teams will compete for the Division 1, 2, and 3 championships this weekend in Foxborough.


// Yankees slip past Angels

Surging rookie Gleyber Torres knocked in both runs for New York, including a tie-breaking home run in the seventh inning.


// Revolution start busy stretch with a road game at Vancouver

Coming off a home loss to Columbus, the Revolution will play five games in 19 days.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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