NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

A comprehensive ranking of all 30 major league managers

John Farrell, Ned Yost, Terry Francona, and Joe Maddon.

Photos from Associated Press and Getty Images

The opinions are based on track record, as well as last year’s success or failure.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/12/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy1-9052.jpg Let’s ease up on Hanley Ramirez, and pile on Cam Newton

How did Hanley become the poster child for everything that was wrong with the Red Sox? And where do we start with Cam?

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/509892286.jpg For a little man, Isaiah Thomas has a big fan club

Allen Iverson has been following his understudy, so much so that he was fluent on Thomas’s moves.

ALEX SPEIER

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Thomas’s 21.3 points per game are behind only two other players of comparable stature.

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 23: Head coach Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics talks with Isaiah Thomas #4 during the second half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on February 23, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Celtics defeated the Suns 115-110. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Gary Washburn | On basketball

Around the NBA, they’re green with envy

Opponents have been impressed by the rise of the Celtics this season.

Yale 67, Harvard 55

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The Bulldogs remained spotless in the Ivy with a 67-55 victory at Lavietes Pavilion.

GARY WASHBURN | SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/11182010_BAF18CGANG18-7774509.jpg Shaq’s farewell tour as a Celtic hit a dead end

The big man was planning to go out in style in 2012 but his Achilles’ tendon injury scuttled things.

Bob Ryan

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/10/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/ryan1-8958.jpg While the NBA has four true contenders, the NCAA is up for grabs

Unlike the pro circuit, where only four elite teams have a shot at the title, the college game is wide open.

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Despite escalating buzz for Thursday’s trade deadline, the Celtics are taking a cautious, measured approach.

After a smashing postseason, expect Von Miller (right) to get the exclusive franchise tag from the Broncos.

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BEN VOLIN | SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

Who are the top franchise tag candidates across the NFL?

Franchise tags and transition tags will affect what happens in free agency.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/14/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/AFP_7X2EQ.jpg Shalane Flanagan finishes third in US Olympic marathon trials

A depleted Flanagan faded at finish but somehow managed to cross the line in third in 2:29:19.

FLUTO SHINZAWA I SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/14sunhock.jpg For Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara, the rink is a classroom

The Bruins’ two leaders have always been committed to improvement.

Brad Marchand netted his goal in the first period.

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BRUINS 4, WILD 2

Bruins knock off Wild for second straight road win

Brad Marchand, David Krejci, Loui Eriksson, Zdeno Chara each scored for the Bruins.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/c0c6262065194dc6ad50b8808cf8abe7-c0c6262065194dc6ad50b8808cf8abe7-0.jpg Loui Eriksson scores 200th career goal

The free agent-to-be has been the No. 3 left wing in the last two wins.

UMass Lowell 6, BU 3

Dylan Zink’s hat trick leads UMass Lowell past BU, 6-3

The junior defenseman helped the River Hawks bounce back from Friday’s loss to the Terriers.

College roundup

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/ddeeaafbedbb4d4787ae4731bc397f6a-ddeeaafbedbb4d4787ae4731bc397f6a-0.jpg No. 20 Providence ends skid with 75-72 win over Georgetown

Rodney Bullock scored 23 points and the Friars held off the Hoyas to end their slide at three games.

Fluto Shinzawa | Hockey food

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/12/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/kumkoongarden.jpg Winnipeg always a contender for NHL’s best dim sum

It’s worth braving the cold to get to Kum Koon Garden before a Jets game.

Boston-02/12/16 The freestyle ski World Cup finals of mens and ladies during the Big Air at Fenway Park. Mcrae Williams from USA upside down on his first jump. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(sports)

John Tlumacki//Globe Staff

Freestyling Americans miss Big Air medal stand

The Americans did not make the podium in Friday’s freestyle skiing event.

Big Air notebook

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Logan was one of two US women in the finals field of six in freestyle skiing.

Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez (7) is shown against the St. Louis Cardinals in an exhibition spring training baseball game Monday, March 9, 2015, in Jupiter, Fla. Boston won 3-0. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

File/John Bazemore/AP

Red Sox catcher Vazquez getting up to speed

Elbow surgery wiped out his 2015 season, but his arm has looked strong again in spring training.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin022815RedSoxSpring_spt24.jpg Vazquez, Swihart trying to catch on with Red Sox pitchers

Here’s a look at how the five anticipated Red Sox starters have fared with each of the catchers on the roster.

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