ben volin | on football

Patriots have number of position battles to sort out

Tuesday was the first of 10 practices the team can conduct over the next three weeks as it gets back to the business of football.

Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz delivers in the first inning. He allowed only two runs in 7 1/3 innings vs. the Twins.

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Twins 2, Red Sox 1

Clay Buchholz pitches well, but Red Sox fall to Twins

Buchholz allowed only two runs in 7 innings, but the offense struggled again.

NICK CAFARDO I ON BASEBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/473102174-7057--90x90.jpg David Ortiz not yet in full swing

“I’ve got to go back to being patient and swinging at a pitch that I can drive,” said Ortiz, who was dropped to No. 5 in the order.

Clay Buchholz takes an average of 24.9 seconds between pitches this season.

Paul Swydan | Statistically Thinking

Red Sox still among baseball’s slowest teams

MLB’s pace of play initiatives have been working, with only two teams averaging longer game times in 2015.

Ryan Hanigan, who is out with a broken finger, won’t be ready to play until early July as the earliest.

Ryan Hanigan playing a role despite injury

Hanigan has developed a reputation as one of the best game-callers and pitch framers in the game.

Red Sox notebook

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Kelly, still in the Red Sox rotation for now, is 1-4 with a 6.24 ERA in nine starts.

Jose Maria Marin, a top FIFA official, is one of nine of the soccer governing body’s officials indicted on corruption charges by the US Justice Department.

Marcus Brandt/EPA/File 2013

Seven soccer officials arrested in US corruption probe

Swiss federal prosecutors also opened criminal proceedings related to FIFA’s awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Gary Washburn

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Determining whether a prospect is ready for the rigors of life in the league is no easy task for general managers.

CAVALIERS 118, HAWKS 88

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LeBron James’s 23-point, 9-rebound, 7-assists performance earned him his fifth consecutive trip to the Finals.

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Fans selected the defensive end and linebacker over Raymond Clayborn and Leon Gray.

The Rangers had plenty to celebrate after blitzing the Lightning in Tampa in Game 6.

Rangers 7, Lightning 3

Derick Brassard’s hat trick boosts Rangers over Lightning

The Rangers used a four-goal third period to even the Eastern Conference finals a 3-3.

FRENCH OPEN

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Djokovic and Rafael Nadal earned straight-set victories to advance to the second round.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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Read his recent “On Second Thought” columns and more features from the longtime Globe writer.

Belichick era database

INTERACTIVE DATABASE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/01/10/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/2004g18c-2786--90x90.JPG 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.