CELTICS 109, PACERS 100

Celtics race past Pacers, now just one game behind Cavs

The Celtics are eying the top spot in the East after the Cavs’ lost to Denver.

Boston, MA - 3/22/2017 - (4th quarter) Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) is all over Indiana Pacers guard Aaron Brooks (00) on this play in the fourth quarter. The Boston Celtics host the Indiana Pacers at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Adam Himmelsbach, Topic: 23Celtics-Pacers, LOID: 8.3.1978139473.

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GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

It’s all coming together for Celtics at just the right time

Wednesday’s victory over the Pacers showed a mature team that more than one star and some role players.

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PETER ABRAHAM

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/648828492.jpg Projecting the Red Sox’ Opening Day roster

The Sox have 49 players in camp, nearly twice as many as they will have on Opening Day.

Alex Speier

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The Red Sox outfielder is attractive to advertisers in part because of his joyful on-field charisma.

Chad Finn

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/sale_santana_comp.jpg To whom are the Red Sox pitchers most similar?

Part 2 of our look at the 2017 team focuses on the pitching staff and its same-age historical comparables.

Boston-03/21/2017-Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators- Bruins David Backes throws Senators Dion Phaneuf into the Senators net in the 1st period getting a 2-minute roughing penalty in the process. John Tlumacki/Globe staff(sports)

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For Bruins, it’s all about the finish now

With just nine games left, they have to improve their touch around the net.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/652534690-13565.jpg Red Sox’ Eduardo Rodriguez stays sharp on day off

The lefthander threw 85 pitches for Single A Salem on Wednesday.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin032017Celtics-Wizards_Spt5.jpg Brad Stevens can see both sides when teams rest players

The NBA warned of “significant penalties” if teams do not notify it about unavailable players.

FILE — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., Feb. 1, 2015. Missing jerseys belonging to Brady, from Super Bowl LI and Super Bowl XLIX, were reportedly found in Mexico in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

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How Tom Brady’s jersey was taken — and found

More details emerged about the jersey of the Super Bowl LI MVP.

World Baseball Classic Championship | United States 8, Puerto Rico 0

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Team USA captures first ever WBC title with convincing victory on home soil.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/BU_UMass_3-13552.jpg UMass-Lowell’s Joe Gambardella wins Walter Brown Award

The senior forward was recognized as the best American-born college hockey player in New England.

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JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Handicapping Thursday’s NCAA games

The Sweet Sixteen play begins, with two top seeds possibly vulnerable to an upset.

NBA ROUNDUP

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/676b7d3d0bfe420d875e1c732e2a2220-676b7d3d0bfe420d875e1c732e2a2220-0.jpg Nuggets surprise Cavaliers

Wilson Chandler (18 points) did a good job containing LeBron James in Denver’s 126-113 upset.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/627684610.jpg The NFL wants to speed up games. Here are some changes being considered

Sick of the PAT-commerical-kickoff-commercial sequence? It may be going away.

NHL Roundup

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/7b2556bb97db48c19af7426020532d95-7b2556bb97db48c19af7426020532d95-0.jpg Maple Leafs pin setback on Blue Jackets

Toronto’s 5-2 victory in Columbus victory keeps it in thick of Atlantic Division playoff hunt.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/30c0b83ca3534a078ed0f2d3bb91156d-93e741ac274543eab2a8718f38c57dea-0.jpg USA Hockey postpones women’s training camp amid wage dispute

The camp was scheduled to begin Wednesday in Traverse, Mich.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/656603764.jpg Tearful Jason Day exits Match Play to be with sick mother

Day only played six holes and revealed his mother is having surgery for lung cancer.

Sports Log

Pete Hamilton, 1970 Daytona 500 winner, dies at 74

The Needham native was first — and only — NASCAR driver from Massachusetts to win Daytona.

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