CELTICS 121, KNICKS 112

Kyrie Irving puts on show as Celtics hold back Knicks

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives past New York Knicks guard Trey Burke, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. Irving had 31 points to lead the Celtics in a 121-112 victory. Celtics forward Al Horford is at left. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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The All-Star guard scored 31 points to lift the Celtics to their second straight win after the All-Star break.

The Toronto Maple Leafs celebrate a goal by defenseman Ron Hainsey (2) against the Boston Bruins during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Toronto. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)

MAPLE LEAFS 4, BRUINS 3

Controversial late goal gets Maple Leafs past Bruins

Ron Hainsey’s score with 1:23 remaining pushed Toronto ahead of the Bruins in the Atlantic Division.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

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Two major league sources said Martinez doesn’t have an injury that would keep him from playing this season or beyond.

BEN VOLIN | SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

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Before most NFL teams can go shopping, they must send some brand-name players packing.

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/02/07/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin020418Eagles-PatriotsSuperBowlLII_Spt27.jpg Charting a course for Patriots’ moves this offseason

Bill Belichick’s game plan for comings and goings should go something like this.

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Chris Sale may get as few as three starts before the season, the others four or five.

NICK CAFARDO I ON BASEBALL

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Are collusion charges against the owners appropriate?

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Boston is one of a number of Eastern-based clubs pondering whether to sign the 39-year-old.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

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The defensman hadn’t played since suffering an upper-body injury vs. the Blues on Feb. 1.

Buffalo Sabres' Jack Eichel (15) celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

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KEVIN PAUL DUPONT I SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

Buffalo Sabres’ rebuilding project not cutting it

The sorry sons of the French Connection won’t be going to the playoffs for a seventh straight season.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/02/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Gasper-17417.jpg Athletes shouldn’t just ‘shut up and dribble’

The athlete, particularly the black athlete, is able to add a unique perspective to the conversation.

NICK CAFARDO I SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

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The Yankees are near the center of attention in any season, but you ain’t seen nothing yet.

GARY WASHBURN | SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

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The NBA’s MVP favorite believes this edition of the Houston Rockets can get the job done.

TARA SULLIVAN

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American skip John Shuster takes his rightful place in one of sports best narratives.

SATURDAY’S SPRING TRAINING REPORT

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Nine Boston pitchers held the Rays to five hits and struck out 10 with only three walks.

Arizona head coach Sean Miller in the first half during an NCAA college basketball game against Oregon, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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Arizona coach Sean Miller sits out game following wiretap report

The veteran coach reportedly was heard on an FBI wiretap discussing a $100,000 payment to star player Deandre Ayton.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/02/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy1-17355.jpg All he is saying is give Price a chance

In the ill-fated 2017 season, David Price said, he wasn’t himself, but he is feeling good and ready to give it his best this year.

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Entering his seventh NFL season, the undrafted running back and core special teamer became first free agent signing of 2018.

Fort Myers, FL 2/22/2018: Red Sox manager Alex Cora (left) applauds at the conclusion of the singing of the national anthem before the game. The Red Sox took on Northeastern University in the first exhibition game of the pre season. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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After a third day, Red Sox still give no word on J.D. Martinez’s physical

Manager Alex Cora said, “I’m not concerned,” as he waits for the signing to become official.

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The tight ends wants to play, according to an NFL Network report.

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, left, drives against Detroit Pistons guard Luke Kennard (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Celtics 110, Pistons 98

Celtics start in high gear with win over Pistons

Marcus Smart, in his first game after cutting his hand, had 12 points, 6 assists, and was plus-15

Chestnut Hill MA 02/24/18 Boston College Eagles David Cotton controls the puck as Maine University Black Bears Patrick Holway flips over is back during first period action at the Conte Forum . (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

BC 2, MAINE 1

BC hockey team tops Maine

One day after wrapping up the Hockey East title, the Eagles finished off the regular season with a weekend sweep of the Black Bears.

Penn 74, Harvard 71

Penn turns back Harvard in Ivy showdown

Harvard will wrap up the regular season hosting Cornell and Columbia, before returning to The Palestra for the Ivy tournament

COLLEGE ROUNDUP

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Poor free throw shooting helped do in the Eagles as the Hurricanes erased a 14-point second-half deficit.

SPORTS LOG

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The postseason-hungry Timberwolves are optimistic the injury is not season-ending.

Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes (46) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, in Denver. The Celtics won 111-110. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

Aron Baynes sat out against Knicks because of sprained elbow

The Celtics starting center is scheduled to undergo an MRI after getting hurt in the first quarter of Friday’s victory against Detroit.

USA's Megan Keller (L) holds the US flag with teammate Danielle Cameranesi after the medal ceremony after winning the women's ice hockey event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Hockey Centre in Gangneung on February 22, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-JeJUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

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TARA SULLIVAN

It’s a shame the USA’s best moment happened overnight

What a shame that the women’s hockey team’s gold-medal win happened in the middle of the night on the East Coast.

2/24/2018 - Boston, MA - Reggie Lewis Center - Two-mile first-place finisher Ryan Oosting, cq, right, a junior at Arlington High school and second-place finisher Andrew Mah, cq, left, a senior at Newton North High School, recovered after a record-breaking race. Hundreds of track and field athletes competed in the 33rd Annual MIAA Indoor Track & Field All-State Championship at the Reggie Lewis Track in Boston on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Topic: 8.4.1095585097. Story by Shawn Mcfarland. Photo by Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

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MIAA BOYS’ ALL-STATE INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP

Arlington’s Ryan Oosting, Milton’s Smith Charles double winners at All-States

Oosting ran the nation’s fastest time this season in winning the 2-mile (9 minutes, 8.34 seconds)

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 24: Luke List plays his tee shot on the fifth hole during the third round of the Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa on February 24, 2018 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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GOLF ROUNDUP

Luke List leads Honda Classic by 1 shot

Tiger Woods broke 70 on the PGA Tour for the first time in nine rounds since his return from another back surgery.

Chris Kelly (11), of Canada, waves a flag as he celebrate after beating the Czech Republic in the men's bronze medal hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Medal roundup

Canada takes home bronze in men’s hockey

Without NHL stars playing, the Canadians were proud to win a medal of any color.

United States' Jessica Diggins, left, and Kikkan Randall celebrate after winning the gold medal in the women's team sprint freestyle cross-country skiing final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

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John Powers | On Olympics

Assessing the Americans at PyeongChang, sport by sport

The US will have its lowest medal total since 1998, when the Games also were in Asia.

Olympic notebook

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The International Ice Hockey Federation president said continuous sudden-death overtime is not possible in a tournament.

Gold medal winner Sebastien Toutant, of Canada, is flanked by silver medal winner Kyle Mack, of the United States, left, and bronze medal winner Billy Morgan, of Great Britain, during the venue ceremony for the men's Big Air snowboard competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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Matt Pepin

Big air makes big splash in first Olympics

Of the Americans’ 23 medals thus far, snowboarders accounted for seven of them

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In a sport that’s often decided by micro-fractions, Ledecka romped, beating Selina Joerg of Germany in the final by .46 seconds

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

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The team’s new defenseman is not unfamiliar with Boston and was pleased with the trade.

Red Sox notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/02/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/923495648.jpg As a dad, Alex Cora affected by recent school shooting

MLB teams wore the same caps Friday as the team from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Fla.

NFL notebook

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The Chiefs have been aggressively trying to trade Peters, who has significant character concerns.

OLYMPIC MEN’S HOCKEY

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Germany will play for Olympic gold in hockey for the first time ever when it takes on the Russians.

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Harris played just one season in New England, and did not play in the postseason.