Chad Finn

Bird-McHale conversation is a worthwhile trip down memory lane

** FILE ** Boston Celtics, from left, Robert Parish, Larry Bird, and Kevin McHale watch their team win over the Washington Bullets at the Boston Garden, in Boston, in this Nov. 30, 1991, file photo. Don't call them the Big Three yet. Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen aren't at the level of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish when they led the Celtics to championships in the 1980s. But the new trio of stars would move Boston much closer to a shot at an NBA title. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

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Their appearance on NBA TV’s “Players Only” is a special treat for Celtics fans.

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There will not be a pitch clock, but mound visits will be limited to six per nine innings.

Team LeBron 148, Team Stephen 145

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The new format seemed to invigorate the players after years of all-offense, no-defense snoozers

Gary Washburn | on basketball

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Commissioner Adam Silver has no solution to what the criteria should be for who can enter the NBA and when.

NBA ALL-STAR GAME NOTEBOOK

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The Celtics guard and former teammate of James was impressed with the All-Star starting five.

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The mystery behind Bill Belichick’s controversial decision continues.

Fort Myers, FL 2/18/2018: The Red Sox signed Eduardo Nunez (right) to a one year contract today, and he was greeted and directed to the clubhoiuse by Kevin Gregg, the team's Senior Director of Media Relations (left) when he arrived. Spring Training for the Red Sox continued today at the Player Development Complex at Jet Blue Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Why the structure of the Eduardo Nunez deal is significant for the Red Sox

Here’s how the deal breaks down for the versatile infielder — and gives the team some flexibility.

Postcard from spring training

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Today will be a day for laying out goals, making speeches and setting the right tone.

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The free agent infielder passed his physical and was signed to a one-year contract with an option for 2019.

John Powers | On Olympics

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/02/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/919744538.jpg Modest medal expectations for US women’s figure skating

The Americans simply can’t match the Russians’ depth and global success.

NBA ALL-STAR GAME NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/02/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/919647392.jpg LeBron James fires back at Laura Ingraham

“Shut up and dribble,” the Fox News host admonished James and Kevin Durant in response to their outspokenness.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/02/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_st8b_spts.jpg Dustin Pedroia says Red Sox don’t have a leadership void

The second baseman is at the front of a multiplayer effort when it comes to team leadership.

Dan Shaughnessy

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/02/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-17172.jpg Another ‘vitilla’ graduate ready to produce for Red Sox

Rafael Devers is the latest Dominican native to join the Sox after playing the popular island game as a kid.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

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Among those teaching at Sox camp are Jason Varitek, Pedro Martinez, Derek Lowe, Mike Lowell, and Tim Wakefield. David Ortiz is also expected.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

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The Bruins’ early-afternoon workout on Sunday emphasized puck battles, particularly those around the defensive net.

Bruins notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/02/12/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/917109510.jpg Brad Marchand points out his deficiencies

The Bruins forward has failed only twice to get on the scoresheet in 2018, going 6-16—22 in 14 games

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 DOW Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 60th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

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Daytona 500

Austin Dillon wins an emotional Daytona 500

His victory in the iconic No. 3 car came 17 years to the day after Dale Earnhardt’s fatal crash

Team USA players have been through a lot over the past year, tightening the bond between the players.

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Tara Sullivan

They don’t back down and they don’t split up: Test this US women’s hockey team at your own peril

The players’ push for equal pay was risky, but it paid off, and it brought the team closer together.

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After losses to Canada in the last two Olympic finals, the Americans get another shot at their northern neighbors.

US 5, FINLAND 0

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The Americans routed Finland in Monday’s semifinal game.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/02/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/AFP_10C9J0.jpg Mikaela Shiffrin is skipping the Olympic downhill

Shiffrin won’t be facing off against Lindsey Vonn after all.

OLYMPIC MEDALS ROUNDUP

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It was the closest Olympic sliding race in history and third time a two-man competition ended in a tie.

Tara Sullivan

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/02/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/connor-manning_copy.jpg For Vermont’s Connor Manning, a different path to the Olympics

Manning, who grew up riding at Smugglers’ Notch, is serving as the US judge on the snowboarding panel.

JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/02/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/712357e9297c46a7a1d575de0a40d602-712357e9297c46a7a1d575de0a40d602-0.jpg There is big confusion in the Big Ten

Michigan State looks like the best team, by default, in a confounding conference.

Christian Coleman (left) wins the 60-sprint in world-record time at the at the US Indoor Championships in Albuquerque.

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US INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Christian Coleman sets world indoor record in 60 meters

Coleman’s time of 6.34 seconds bested Maurice Greene’s mark of 6.39 set in 1998 and equalled in 2001.

Bob Ryan

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/02/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/ryan90-17100.png The 3-pointer has taken over the NBA

I think it has distorted the game at every level, but it ain’t going anywhere.

BASEBALL NOTEBOOK

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The deal, pending a physical, is expected to pay the former Royals first baseman $144 million.

GOLF ROUNDUP

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/02/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/b3908731f6d347a9add81b6cec92c756-b3908731f6d347a9add81b6cec92c756-0.jpg Bubba Watson breaks drought with win at Riviera

He closed with a 2-under 69 for a two-shot victory in the Genesis Open at Los Angeles for his first title since 2016.

SPORTS LOG

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Smith-Pelly was disheartened to hear fans yell racial taunts at him while he sat in the penalty box during Saturday’s 7-1 loss to the Blackhawks.

Driver Codie Bascue and Samuel McGuffie of the United States prepare to start a run during the two-man bobsled training at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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John Powers | On Olympics

US bobsled team racing to honor legacy of Steve Holcomb

Holcomb, who in 2010 became the first American to win gold in 62 years, died last spring in his sleep at 37.

Rachel G. Bowers

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/02/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/IMG_0290.JPG Inside the US bobsled maintenance crates at the Olympics

It is a process that largely goes unseen, the fruits of many people’s labor shown in 1-minute runs down the bobsled track.

Tara Sullivan

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/02/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tsullivan-17167.jpg Mirai Nagasu is a lesson in perseverance at Olympics

Perhaps even more impressive than landing the triple axel is the fact that Nagasu learned how to execute the jump at 24.