GARY WASHBURN I ON BASKETBALL

Marcus Smart responds to Jimmy Butler’s ‘tough talk’

Waltham, Massachusetts -- 4/25/2017 - Boston Celtics Marcus Smart shoots three pointers during Celtics practice. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Celtics Reporter:

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Considering Smart’s history, opposing teams have attempted get under his skin.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/04/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/RinaldiCeltics08.jpg Isaiah Thomas still surprised by Fred Hoiberg’s comments

It will be interesting to see if Hoiberg’s comments affect the officiating in Game 5.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/04/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/5631483511ab412eba1645144184f69e-5631483511ab412eba1645144184f69e-0.jpg Patrice Bergeron played all season with groin injury

He said he has discussed the possibility of surgery but will take time to rest before deciding how to proceed.

Fluto Shinzawa | on hockey

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/04/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/RinaldiBruins15.jpg Bruins learned importance of defensive depth in playoffs

The team is likely to lose a blue liner to Las Vegas in the expansion draft.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/04/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/RinaldiBruins07.jpg Bruins’ Zdeno Chara wants to sign an extension

The 40-year-old team captain said he’d like to retire as a Bruin one day, but not anytime soon.

Boston-09/19/13 Boston Red Sox vs Baltimore- Dustin Pedroia watches his 1st inning double as he runs to 1st base.Globe staff Photo by John Tlumacki(sports)

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NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

Some fans may turn on Dustin Pedroia, but teammates won’t

The second baseman’s forthright comments over the weekend have caused no rift in the Red Sox clubhouse.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/04/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_soxrain1_spts.jpg Dustin Pedroia would have been in Red Sox’ lineup Tuesday

Tuesday’s series opener vs. the Yankees was rained out and will be made up July 16 as the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

Chad Finn

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/04/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/671315056-14520.jpg Orioles sure look like the Red Sox’ top rival right now

Even with the Yankees and Cubs in town first, next week’s visit by Baltimore seems like the most interesting.

NFL DRAFT

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/04/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/625950620.jpg Our best bets for who the Patriots will draft this week

The Patriots have only six selections in this week’s NFL Draft, but they can stockpile some talent.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/04/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/b5c72fa8cb0b4fce9f024feb39adc54d-b5c72fa8cb0b4fce9f024feb39adc54d-0.jpg Red Sox have had 25 different players at 3rd since 2013

The Red Sox just can’t seem to find the solution at third base.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/04/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumacki_soxvsorioles_sports642.jpg Red Sox place Pablo Sandoval on DL with right knee sprain

Infielder Josh Rutledge was activated from the 10-day disabled list to take Sandoval’s spot on the roster.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/04/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/e339e584fa314aaebea25862d0f25ea6-e339e584fa314aaebea25862d0f25ea6-0.jpg Zach Britton owes Dustin Pedroia an apology

The Orioles reliever’s criticism of Pedroia over the Manny Machado incident was misguided.

Las Vegas, Nevada-January 11, 2017-Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff- Chicago Cubs MVP Kris Bryant takes batting practice with his Dad, Mike Bryant who played in the Red Sox minor league system

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STAN GROSSFELD

Kris Bryant learned from his dad, who learned from the best: Ted Williams

Mike Bryant, a former Red Sox farmhand, was tutored in spring training by the Splendid Splinter.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo (19) warms up before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

NFL PREVIEW | KICKERS

It’s easy to miss when you pick a kicker in the draft

Veteran free agents and undrafted rookies often are the better options for filling this need.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/04/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/243e1bc6fbd84e8c8a349f690981de83-243e1bc6fbd84e8c8a349f690981de83-0[1].jpg Who are the best players in this year’s NFL Draft?

A position-by-position look at the top available players in the draft.From running backs to linebackers, Ben Volin and Jim McBride scout the possibilities.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/04/14/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1st-13777.jpg What’s next for LeGarrette Blount?

According to one report, there is mutual interest between Blount and the New York Giants.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/04/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/83192cb34f0644b09edbc679d3fc055a-83192cb34f0644b09edbc679d3fc055a-14764.jpg Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush reach agreement to buy Miami Marlins

The sale price is $1.3 billion, according to the Miami Herald.

nba roundup

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/04/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/673043004-14782.jpg Rockets advance with victory over Thunder

Houston eliminated Oklahoma City despite a 47-point game from Russell Westbrook.

Sports Log

Newport (R.I.) Country Club to host 2020 US Senior Open

It will mark the fourth time USGA stages US Senior Open in New England.

MLB Roundup

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/04/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/673031134.jpg Austin Pruitt helps Rays shut out Orioles

Rookie righthander recorded first major league win as substitute starter in 2-0 victory in Baltimore.

Boston-04/12/2017- Boston Red Sox vs Baltimore Orioles- Sox Hanley Ramirez hits a 5th inning single. John Tlumacki/Globe staff(sports)

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PETER ABRAHAM

Why aren’t the Red Sox hitting many home runs?

The Sox are last in the majors in homers, but “I’m not worried about it,” said hitting coach Chili Davis. “They come in bunches.”

BEN VOLIN

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/04/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Pats05.jpg The secrets behind the making of the NFL schedule

One of the four people involved takes us behind the scenes of the complicated process.

Adam Himmelsbach

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/04/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_bostonchi55_spts.jpg Brad Stevens and Isaiah Thomas to carry on, despite Fred Hoiberg’s comments

Stevens isn’t worried about the Bulls coach’s accusations regarding Thomas.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/04/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumacki_bruinsvssenatorsgame6_sports1308-14673.jpg After a first-round exit, it’s time to assess the Bruins roster

Not everyone will be back next season; here is a look at how things could shake out.

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