Here’s what the Bruins are up against in the Lightning

Boston- 03/29/18- Bruins vs Tampa Bay Lightning. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask goes after Lighning's Cory Conacher in the 2nd period after he collided with Tuukka in the net. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

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Tampa Bay features a formidable top line and a hot goaltender in Andrei Vasilevskiy.

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// Chris Sale on the mound as Red Sox look to win series in Toronto

The Red Sox wrap up a nine-game road trip Thursday after splitting the first two games in Toronto.

// Joe Kelly’s appeal of his suspension is denied

The Red Sox hurler must begin serving a six-game ban for his part in a brawl with the Yankees April 11.

// Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga interviews for Knicks job

The Knicks, who have nine candidates for head coach, talked with Larranaga last weekend.

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After a tough Toronto series, Bruins turn attention to Tampa Bay

GM Don Sweeney said it took “every ounce” to win in seven games, and now the Bruins face the East’s top seed.

// One of Zdeno Chara’s early NHL fights was against Jake DeBrusk’s father

Chara dropped the gloves with Louie DeBrusk 20 years ago when he was a rookie with the New York Islanders.


/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/26/ The Bruins, and the TD Garden fans, gave us everything a Game 7 should be

A four-goal explosion took the sold-out TD Garden on an emotional roller-coaster ride it won’t soon forget.


// Ben Volin’s 2018 NFL mock draft

The teams are about to restock, and this is how our expert sees the first round going (trades included).

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In a wild Game 7, Bruins decide they want to keep playing

“Our character showed through,” said Jake DeBrusk, whose two goals help lift the Bruins into the second round vs. the Lightning.

Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run in his first at bat against the Toronto Blue Jays in first inning baseball action in Toronto on Wednesday April 25, 2018. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)


Mookie Betts puts a charge in slumbering Red Sox

The Red Sox right fielder slugged two home runs — the first on the third pitch of the game — to spark a 4-3 win over Toronto that snapped a three-game losing streak.


// Bucks need to be smarter about Smart . . . and other thoughts

The returning Celtics guard was a bundle of energy in Game 5, but he is wearing a splint.

// Here is the Bruins’ schedule vs. the Lightning

Game 1 is Saturday at 3 p.m. in Tampa.

// When the Bruins needed a lift, Jake DeBrusk was the man for the job

The young left wing scored twice, including the go-ahead goal at 5:25 of the third period, to help the Bruins advance.


// Rafael Devers turning up the defensive pressure

The 21-year-old third baseman made a splash last season with his bat and is working on improving his play in the field this year.


// Substantial amount of intrigue swirls around this NFL Draft

The No. 1 mystery is which QB the Browns will take — and they can’t afford to mess this one up.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 01: UCLA offensive lineman Kolton Miller speaks to the media during NFL Combine press conferences at the Indiana Convention Center on March 1, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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The consensus among mock drafts is Patriots are taking a left tackle

In 27 mock drafts by analysts and football writers, 21 had New England picking a potential replacement for Nate Solder.

// What time will the Patriots make their first-round NFL Draft picks?

New England has two picks in Thursday’s opening round of the draft – No. 23 and No. 31

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 25: Rafael Devers #11 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after striking out to end the top of the first inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on April 25, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

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Andrew Benintendi and Rafael Devers are having some issues

The search for consistency continues, and the Red Sox will stick with their youngsters through some growing pains.


// For NFL Draft coverage, fans can have their pick

This year, ESPN has even more competition in what will be an unprecedented amount of coverage.

A view of AT&T Stadium as preparations for the upcoming NFL football draft are underway in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

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Your guide to the 2018 NFL Draft

Times, key story lines, and viewing information for the annual NFL player selection meeting.


// Patriots mock draft: An educated guess at how they’ll use their picks

New England goes into this year’s draft Thursday night with eight picks and plenty of needs.

// Robert Kraft criticized President Trump at covert NFL meeting in October

The meeting was called after Trump derided the NFL and its players over protests during the national anthem.

// Duron Harmon, Devin McCourty speak from the heart on social issues

The two Patriots, members of the Players Coalition, addressed prospective journalists at Walpole High Wednesday night.

// This NFL Draft is top-heavy in quarterbacks

The Patriots haven’t had to worry about drafting at that position in a while, but this year could be different.

// Celtics will have a game Saturday night at the Garden either way

They will play the Bucks in Game 7 that night or start the Eastern Conference semifinals against the 76ers.

// Maple Leafs were blown away by third-period fade

Bruins rallied for four goals in the third, including an empty netter, to send Toronto packing in Game 7.


// Reuben Foster’s accuser recants domestic violence accusations

A statement on behalf of Elissa Ennis said the injuries that led to the charges were not caused by Foster.


// Cavaliers take 3-2 series lead on Lebron James’s buzzer-beater

DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points as the Raptors beat the Wizards in Toronto to regain control of their series.

// Penn’s Justin Watson: Ivy Leaguer defying expectations

The NFL is one of the rare organizations where an Ivy League degree isn’t going to help you get a job.