Peter Abraham | Beat Writer’s Notebook

Help is on the way for struggling Rick Porcello

Catcher Ryan Hanigan has been out since May 1 with a broken finger.


The return of veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan could be just what the righthander needs to find his groove.

Red Sox Notebook

// No excuse for Red Sox forgetting how many outs, Farrell says

For the second time in four games an outfielder didn’t realize he had caught the final out of the inning.

// Bruins acquire Matt Beleskey, Dorchester’s Jimmy Hayes

The Bruins shipped Reilly Smith to the Panthers and re-signed Ryan Spooner.

Amir Johnson was the last player who went straight from high school into the NBA.

Amir Johnson’s path to Boston went through LA, Detroit, and Toronto

The power forward and the Celtics agreed to a two-year deal Wednesday.

// Celtics agree to deals with Amir Johnson, Jonas Jerebko, Jae Crowder

Late Wednesday night forward Crowder agreed to a five-year, $35 millon contract.

The Bruins made three separate contract offers to Dougie Hamilton. According to team president Cam Neely, they never received a counteroffer.

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After losing Dougie Hamilton, Bruins shift gears at start of free agency

The Bruins assembled a post-Hamilton plan, which they initiated on Wednesday. It was a good plan to address a difficult situation.

Japan 2, England 1

// Japan to face US in Women’s World Cup final

An own goal from England’s Laura Bassett in stoppage time gave Japan the semifinal win in Edmonton.

// Praise, sympathy follows England’s latest soccer heartbreak

After an own goal led to a loss in the World Cup semifinals, England’s players are being hailed for elevating the women’s game.

// Paul Pierce to reunite with Doc Rivers in L.A.

Pierce agreed to a three-year, $10 million deal to play for the Clippers, said a person with knowledge of the deal.

NBA notebook

// Kevin Love says he’ll return to Cavaliers

Love announced he is coming back to help LeBron James finish what they started last season.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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Belichick era database


// Patriots during the Bill Belichick era

Look back on the Boston Globe’s coverage of every game the Patriots have played since Bill Belichick became the head coach in 2000.