DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Theo Epstein returns as leader of the freed worlds

Boston, MA - 4/28/2017 - Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein and former Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis take in the scene before tonight's game. The Boston Red Sox host the Chicago Cubs in the first of a three game series at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 29Sox-Cubs, LOID: 8.3.2324371504.

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The Cubs GM will always be a hometown hero in Boston.

Fans cheer after Texas A&M's Myles Garrett was selected with the number one overall pick by the Cleveland Browns during the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

2017 NFL Draft live updates

Globe reporters will provide analysis and commentary throughout the draft.

Chicago IL 4/28/17 Boston Celtics Avery Bradley makes a layup beating Chicago Bulls Robin Lopez during first quarter action of game 6 of the NBA Playoffs at United Center. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

Live updates: Celtics-Bulls Game 6

The Celtics are looking to win their fourth straight and put the wraps on the series Friday in Chicago.

New England Patriots' James White participates in a celebration parade, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Fla. White, a day after from a record-setting Super Bowl performance including the game-winning score waves to the enthusiastic crowd. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Super Bowl star James White moving on — to OTAs

After a whirlwind victory tour, the Patriots running back is back to football.

NFL Draft

Bengals select embattled Joe Mixon in second round

NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 29: Running back Joe Mixon #25 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs the sideline against the Kansas Jayhawks October 29, 2016 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Jayhawks 56-3. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

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The Oklahoma running back was suspended his freshman season for punching a woman.

Alex Speier

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Rizzo played in the Red Sox organization from 2007-2010 and was part of the Adrian Gonzalez trade.

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14: Robbie Ross Jr. #28 of the Boston Red Sox looks on during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on April 14, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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rED sOX NOTEBOOK

Red Sox option Robbie Ross Jr. to Pawtucket

The team called up righthander Ben Taylor before Friday’s game against the Cubs.

Alex Speier

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Epstein is back in Boston for the weekend for the Cubs-Red Sox series and for a charity fund-raising event.

Jim McBride

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The backup quarterback was reported to be a hot commodity for QB-needy teams, but the Patriots did not deal him.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/04/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_bosny5_spts.jpg Third base the not-so-hot corner for Red Sox this season

Pablo Sandoval was struggling before landing on the DL, and his replacements are not long-range answers.

ESPN analyst Andy Katz broadcasts from the court during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Quinnipiac and Gonzaga at the AdvoCare Invitational tournament in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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CHAD FINN | SPORTS MEDIA

A closer look at the ESPN layoffs

What’s curious, on the surface at least, is that ESPN’s baseball coverage took a significant hit.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/04/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Copy%20of%2002182011_18bird-7854489.jpg Larry Bird is resigning as Pacers president

The move comes in advance of a pivotal summer for the team regarding Paul George.

ADDS THE NAME OF THE TRAINER - New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes (52) is helped off the field by first base coach Tom Goodwin (22) and head athletic trainer Ray Ramirez during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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Sports Log

Mets place Yoenis Cespedes on disabled list

Cespedes aggravated his nagging left hamstring during Thursday’s home game against Atlanta.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

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Johnson remained out of the starting lineup Friday for the fourth time in six games in this series.

golf roundup

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The duo had a second-round 10-under-par 62 in the four-ball format.

PETER ABRAHAM

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/04/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/667827512.jpg Jon Lester, the one who got away, will be back at Fenway this weekend

The ace lefty thought he would return to the Red Sox in 2014. Now he returns as a member of the Cubs.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/04/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/d6a77f018824443bb55038f54d88b482-d6a77f018824443bb55038f54d88b482-0.jpg Ilie Nastase apologizes for comments about Serena Williams

The Romanian tennis team captain faced strong backlash after his comments on Williams’ pregnancy.

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Ben Taylor throws during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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RED SOX MINOR LEAGUE NOTEBOOK

Red Sox are glad they went to school on Ben Taylor

The righty went undrafted as a college junior but was something of a hidden jewel as a senior.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

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Winger Matt Beleskey could be one underperforming veteran pushed out of a job.

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Kevin Steen was driving in Fort Myers, Fla., when his vehicle was hit by another.

REVOLUTION AT SOUNDERS | SATURDAY, 10 P.M. (CSN)

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Saturday night’s opponent, Seattle, is also off to a bit of a slow start this season.

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