DAN SHAUGHNESSY

With the NBA Finals in reach, young Celtics miss opportunity

Boston, MA: 5-27-18: The Celtics Jayson Tatum is pictured reacting as the final seconds tick off the game clock, injured teammate Gordon Hayward is in the backround at right. The Boston Celtics hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers for Game Seven of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff series at the TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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The Celtics went scoreless for more than five minutes in the fourth quarter, and LeBron James made them pay.

Boston MA 5/27/18 Boston Celtics Marcus Morris fould Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James whose layup was ruled goal tending enroute to a three point play during fourth quarter action in game seven of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

CAVALIERS 87, CELTICS 79

Celtics come up short, fall to Cavaliers in Game 7

Poor shooting and another strong showing by LeBron James ended Boston’s surprising playoff run.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Gasper-19667.jpg In a career full of superlatives, LeBron James adds another

James’s performance in carrying a pedestrian group of teammates past the Celtics ranks among his best.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/963148482.jpg With Kevin Love out, Jeff Green sparked Cavaliers

Former Celtic submitted huge effort with 19 points and eight rebounds in Game 7 win over former team.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_052718_gm7celtcav21_spts.jpg LeBron on Tatum: ‘I just know he’s built for stardom.’

“With Jayson, I just love everything about the kid,” James said after Game 7.

Boston MA 5/27/18 Boston Celtics Terry Rozier has his slam dunk attempt blocked by Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James during third quarter action in game seven of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

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GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

Celtics served up a recipe for disaster

Jayson Tatum and Al Horford were 16 for 29 from the field (55.2 percent). The rest: 13 for 56 (23.2 percent

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/RinaldiRedSox01.jpg It just wasn’t Chris Sale’s day — which you don’t say often

“I put my guys in a bad spot,” said Sale after allowing six runs in 4 innings.

Boston, MA--5/27/2018-- Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale reacts as Braves Tyler Flowers (L) rounds the bases on his three run home run during the second inning of the Red Sox v. Braves at Fenway Park. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

BRAVES 7, RED SOX 1

Chris Sale gets knocked around by Braves

Sale gave up six runs over 4 innings as the Red Sox were denied a three-game sweep at Fenway.

8Boston, MA - 5/26/2018 - (7th inning) Boston Red Sox Eduardo Nunez (36) and Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (50) scored on a triple by Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi (16), not pictured, during the seventh inning. The Boston Red Sox host the Atlanta Braves in the second of a three game series at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Julian Benbow, Topic: 27Red Sox-Braves, LOID: 8.4.2006740929.

Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Mookie Betts scratched from Red Sox lineup with ‘left side tightness’

The outfielder is day to day, the team said Sunday.

GARY WASHBURN I SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/27sunhoop.jpg LeBron James and the art of the chasedown block

James’s influence on opponents’ fast breaks is the best of this generation.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/963158876.jpg Here is the 2018 NBA Finals schedule

The championship series begins May 31, and will wrap up no later than June 17.

COURTSIDE CHATTER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_052718_gm7celtcavpre2_spts.jpg Wyc Grousbeck enjoying the most unexpected Game 7 he’s been a part of

‘These guys are a special group,’ the owner said of the young Celtics squad.

LEBRON WATCH

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_sev13A_spts.jpg This was the best night of all for LeBron James

The Celtics did their best to sap his energy but James’s resources seemed endless.

Boston, MA--5/27/2018-- Wade Boggs lifts his cap to the crowd as he is announced for the Red Sox alumni game. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

‘Somehow it still felt familiar’: Former Red Sox players return for alumni game

Julio Lugo absolutely crushed a home run off Pedro Martinez, as Team Luis Tiant beat Team Dwight Evans, 2-0.

NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/02/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_st11a_spts.jpg ‘Why now?’: Baseball executives surprised by the Hanley Ramirez move

It appears Ramirez will find a home, but among a limited number of teams. And the Yankees are said to be very happy.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

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The senior righthander asked all 30 Major League Baseball teams to remove his name from consideration for the June 4 draft.

ncaa men’s lacrosse championships

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/MC_MLAX_NCAA%20_Championships_05227118_1062.jpg Merrimack trounces Saint Leo to win Division 2 title

The championship, clinched at Gillette Stadium, is the first in program history.

JAMES MADISON 16, BOSTON COLLEGE 15

BC falls short vs. James Madison in women’s lacrosse national championship

For the second year in a row, BC fell one game short of winning the school’s first national title.

INDIANAPOLIS 500

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/32ea6300288045aba28d9ace5e9dc504-32ea6300288045aba28d9ace5e9dc504-0.jpg Will Power wins the Indy 500

Power took the lead with four laps to go, and gave team owner Roger Penske a 17th win in the Indy 500.

NASCAR | Coca Cola 600

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/963153890.jpg Kyle Busch dominates in first career Cup win at Charlotte

Busch led 377 of 400 laps in impressive run Sunday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

STANLEY CUP FINAL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/fd5667f0168d4721900e73ff7321f92d-fd5667f0168d4721900e73ff7321f92d-0.jpg Capitals, Golden Knights open series on Monday

Washington is seeking its first Stanley Cup championship with expansion Las Vegas the last team standing in the way.

FRENCH OPEN

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Ostapenko joins rare company: a defending champion of a Grand Slam event eliminated in the first round.

golf roundup

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/963123266.jpg Justin Rose wins Fort Worth for ninth career victory

A closing 6-under-par 64 left him at 20-under, three shots better than Brooks Koepka.

BEN VOLIN I SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/498a7e3067d94b3bbd30964917524b84-498a7e3067d94b3bbd30964917524b84-0.jpg Conservative owners got exactly what they wanted with NFL’s new anthem policy

The NFL tried to frame this policy as a compromise about the national anthem, but it isn’t.

In this Monday, May 14, 2018 photo, betting odds are displayed on a board in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting, the race is on to see who will referee the multi-billion-dollar business expected to emerge from the decision. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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KEVIN PAUL DUPONT I ON SECOND THOUGHT

You can bet that sports bookies aren’t going away

There will still be advantages to seeing your neighborhood guy instead of betting through the state.

KEVIN PAUL DUPONT I SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/651d402c7d864fbc89ae7d109ecd1fdc-651d402c7d864fbc89ae7d109ecd1fdc-0.jpg David Quinn and the emphasis on fast-forwarding player development

The former BU coach comes to the Rangers fully versed in molding newbies into competent, trustworthy varsity contributors.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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