What happened in the first week of free agency, and what it means going forward

Minnesota Vikings new quarterback Kirk Cousins, second from left, poses with his new jersey along with, from left, head coach Mike Zimmer, general manager Rick Spielman and owner Mark Wilf after Cousins was introduced during a news conference, following signing a three-year, $84 million contract at the NFL football team's new headquarters Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Eagan, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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Kirk Cousins’s contract sets a new bar for Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan, who are looking for extensions.

Boston Bruins right wing David Backes (42) skates during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Bruins move David Backes to top line against Lightning

Backes will center Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak.

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville talks to his team during a timeout in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


The problem with the Blackhawks? Inadequate depth at every position

Chicago’s success, its payment for such results, and the subsequent selling of pieces has caught up to the franchise.

Tampa Bay Rays starter Alex Cobb pitches during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Friday, July 21, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)


Which pitchers are still available in free agency and trades?

Here is a look at the market for pitchers.

Foxborough-01/26/18 The New England Patriots practiced in the bubble at Gillette Stadium. Patrick Chung speaks to the media after practice. JohnTlumacki/The Boston Globe(sports)

Patriots, safety Patrick Chung working on contract extension, reports say

Chung was scheduled to make $2 million in 2018 with another $1 million in bonuses and incentives.

Boston, MA - 10/11/1967: Boston Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey, left, stands with Red Sox player Reggie Smith after the Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series at Fenway Park in Boston on Oct. 11, 1967. The Red Sox forced a Game 7 by winning, 8-4. (Frank O'Brien/Globe Staff) --- BGPA Reference: 170322_MJ_041

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‘I wish they would leave it Yawkey Way’: Reggie Smith, Jim Lonborg weigh in on Yawkey debate

Two stars of the 1967 Red Sox are in favor of keeping the name “Yawkey Way” on the street that runs in front of Fenway Park.

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2018, file photo, New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. The Jets have acquired the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL draft from the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, March 17, 2018,, moving up three spots in a sign that they intend to get one of the top quarterbacks available. The Jets are sending the Colts their first-rounder, No. 6 overall ,along with two second-rounders this year and a second-rounder next year to complete the massive deal. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File(

Jets trade up to get third overall pick in NFL Draft

New York dealt three 2018 picks, including No. 6 overall, and a 2019 second-round pick to Indianapolis to climb up the draft board.

Connecticut's Katie Lou Samuelson (33), Gabby Williams (15), Kia Nurse (11), and Azurá Stevens (23) react on the sideline during the second half of a first-round game against Saint Francis (Pa.) in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in in Storrs, Conn., Saturday, March 17, 2018. UConn won 140-52. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)


Yep, UConn dropped 140 points in an opening-round victory

The Huskies also set a few scoring records along the way.

Chestnut Hill MA 02/13/18 Boston College Eagles Daryl Watts celebrates her goal against Boston University Terriers during third period action of the Beanpot Championship game at the Conte Forum. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

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BC’s Daryl Watts becomes first freshman to win Patty Kazmaier Award

Watts leads the nation in scoring with 82 points.

// A preview of Saturday’s NCAA Tournament games

Rhode Island will have its hands full with second-seeded Duke in the Midwest Region.

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07: Adrian Clayborn #99 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after sacking Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 7, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Patriots notebook

Patriots reach agreement with DE Adrian Clayborn and RB Jeremy Hill

The Patriots also agreed to a deal with offensive tackle Matt Tobin.

Boston Celtics' Al Horford, right, goes up for a shot past Orlando Magic's Mario Hezonja (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 16, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Celtics 92, Magic 83

With Al Horford back, the Celtics got back to their winning ways

Boston’s patchwork lineup scored its first points with 10:04 left in the first quarter and never trailed again.

Celtics notebook

// Celtics say Marcus Smart could return in 6-8 weeks

The guard had surgery Friday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb.

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2013, file photo, NFL football players Jason McCourty, left, Devin McCourty pose at the VIP Reception hosted by the NFLPA in New Orleans. The McCourty twins are back together. The Cleveland Browns traded cornerback Jason McCourty to the New England Patriots, reuniting him with his brother, Devin, on Thursday, March 15, 2018. The Browns also sent a seventh-round pick to the Patriots to get a sixth-rounder in return. (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Invision for NFLPA/AP Images, via AP, File)

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For the McCourtys, this reunion is a dream come true

The opportunity for twins Devin and Jason to play together as Patriots has them overjoyed.


// Patriots lose players but won’t lose ground in the AFC East

Here are some thoughts on NFL free agency, the Red Sox infield, and other timely sports topics . . .

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// Malcolm Butler’s time in New England should have ended better

The player who provided one of the greatest clutch plays ever would have made a difference in Super Bowl LII, too.

Pope John's Corey Olivier goes up for a layup against Maynard, in MIAA finals at Springfield College's Blake Arena. Saturday, March 17, 2018. Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe.

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2018 MIAA high school basketball and hockey state championships schedule

The basketball title games will be Saturday in Springfield, and hockey finals will be on Sunday at TD Garden.


// Angel Price-Espada (49 points) powers Pope John to Division 4 title

The junior guard from Cambridge drained 10 of his 15 3-pointers as Pope John (24-1) netted its first championship.


// It’s Foxborough girls again at the finish, for D2 state crown

Foxborough (24-1) charged back from double-digit deficit to beat Hopkinton for the championship.

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: The UMBC Retrievers bench reacts to their 74-54 victory over the Virginia Cavaliers during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Joe Sullivan | College basketball

UMBC’s achievement remarkable in many ways

The Retrievers are not a particularly good shooting team. Heck, they aren’t even the best team in the America East. That would be Vermont.

NCAA first round: UMBC 74, Virginia 54

// One for record books: UMBC shocks No. 1 seed Virginia

It was the first time a No. 16 seed had ever knocked off a No. 1 in the NCAA tourney


// David Backes won’t face additional discipline for hit

Backes was ejected from Thursday’s game but the NHL ruled he did not target Vincent Trochek’s head.

Boston, MA - 3/16/2018 - (1st overtime period) Boston University Terriers forward Patrick Curry (11) scores the game winner in overtime. BU-BC Hockey East semifinals at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Globe Correspondent, Topic: 17BU-BC Hockey, LOID: 8.4.1282875279.

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Hockey East semifinals | BU 4, BC 3

Boston University edges Boston College in overtime

Patrick Curry scored the winner at 15:40 of the extra session in the Hockey East semifinals.

Hockey East Notebook

// Hockey East lacks national power

Hockey East teams had difficulty beating non-conference opponents this season.

Boston, MA - 3/16/2018 - (2nd period) Northeastern Huskies forward Dylan Sikura (9) celebrates his game tying goal with Northeastern Huskies defenseman Ryan Shea (5) during the second period. NU-PC Hockey East semifinals at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Globe Correspondent, Topic: 17NU-PC Hockey, LOID: 8.4.1282875279.

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Hockey East semifinals | Providence 3, Northeastern 2

Northeastern falls to Providence in OT

Brandon Duhaime scored for the Friars at 9:55 of overtime.

college hockey roundup

Harvard loses to Clarkson in overtime

The Crimson gave up a three-goal lead in the ECAC semifinals.

Fordham 65, Harvard 47

Harvard women eliminated from NIT Tournament

Bre Cavanaugh scored a game-high 26 points for Fordham, which advances to the round of 32.

Dion Lewis played three seasons for the Patriots before signing with Tennessee as a free agent this week.

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Emotional Dion Lewis says he finally feels wanted

The former Patriot and new Titan said he is highly motivated to prove people wrong for doubting him.

NFL Free Agency Tracker

// Johnson Bademosi the latest Patriots player to sign elsewhere

The cornerback and special teams player agreed to a two-year deal with the Houston Texans.


// Jets sign free agent cornerback Trumaine Johnson

Johnson spent his first six seasons with the Rams and established himself as one of the best cover cornerbacks in the NFL.

Red Sox Notebook

// Agent search gave Andrew Benintendi a glimpse of his future

A side benefit of finding new representation for the Red Sox outfielder was learning about his earning potential.

// Logan Morrison was mildly surprised at Red Sox’ lack of interest

Morrison seemed to be an obvious fallback for J.D. Martinez, but he had “zero conversations” with Boston.