Receiver Eric Decker makes pitch to join Patriots

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Eric Decker (87) catches a pass in front of New England Patriots linebacker James Harrison (92) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Decker hit free agency in March and wants to play for a contender.

NICK CAFARDO I ON BASEBALL

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He entered Wednesday night’s game against the Twins 6-0 with a 2.64 ERA in his last seven starts.

DeAndre Ayton from Arizona sits on the stage before the NBA basketball draft lottery Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Gary Washburn’s mock NBA draft

The proceedings begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, and here is how the first round could go.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

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Nunez was on the field 4½ hours before the Red Sox played the Twins on Wednesday.

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 25: Head coach Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics speaks to Marcus Smart in the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Six of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 25, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Marcus Smart unsure if he’s played last game as a Celtic

The restricted free agent Smart has no idea what teams, if any, are planning to make an offer.

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The league announced the increase Wednesday before the NHL Awards show at Las Vegas.

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Mickelson hit a moving ball in Saturday’s third round in a breach that drew the ire of the golf world.

BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24: Charlie McAvoy celebrates with the Boston Bruins after being selected 14th overall during round one of the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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KEVIN PAUL DUPONT

Bruins hope to keep their aim steady in the hit-or-miss draft process

Lately, Don Sweeney & Co. have been on target in the tricky game of gauging amateur talent.

OMAHA, NE - MARCH 25: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils reacts against the Kansas Jayhawks during the first half in the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at CenturyLink Center on March 25, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Coach K has lots of praise — and some advice — for Jayson Tatum after his rookie season

He also shared his thoughts on the Celtics possibly drafting Grayson Allen.

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: {L-R} Alexander Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals takes a picture of Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins prior to the 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Amalie Arena on January 27, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Bruins to open 2018-19 season against Capitals

The Bruins face Washington Oct. 3, when the Capitals hold their banner-raising ceremony. The home opener is Oct. 8.

Miami's Bruce Brown Jr. (11) walks on the court during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Florida, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Coral Gables, Fla. Miami won 86-65. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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NBA Draft could be Bruce Brown’s ticket home to Boston

The Miami guard, who has an unusual collection of skills, has dreamed of playing for the Celtics.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

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It was viewed as a sign that the Celtics had great interest in the Final Four’s most outstanding player.

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2018, file photo, Texas forward Mohamed Bamba (4) gestures during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State, in Austin, Texas. Kansas won 67-64. Bamba is expected to be taken in Thursday's NBA Draft. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

These five college big men have evolved and can play in today’s NBA

Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, Mohamed Bamba, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Wendell Carter Jr. will go in the first 10 picks.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin022117SpringTrainingDay9_Spt22.jpg Jason Varitek, little by little, is teaching Red Sox catchers how to improve

The mixture of defense and offense Varitek possessed isn’t seen in too many backstops these days.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

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Pedroia had knee cartilage restoration surgery on Oct. 25 and returned to the majors on May 26.

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MIAA BASEBALL SEMIFINALS

Archbishop Williams, Needham reach state finals

Bishops (17-9) will face Oxford in D4 title game; Rockets (17-8) face St. Peter-Marian in D1 state championship Saturday at Holy Cross.

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Bergeron has a chance to win a record fifth Selke Trophy as the game’s top defensive forward.

Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

Chris Sale is getting no help from Red Sox offense

Sale allowed two runs and struck out 11 in seven innings, but he did not get the decision in the Sox’ 6-2 loss.

The Auerbach Center on Guest Street in Brighton, as seen from the Massachusetts Turnpike.

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Celtics unveil a gleaming new practice facility in Brighton

The Auerbach Center, said team owner Wyc Grousbeck, “is the foundation of our future excellence.”

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 23: Mikal Bridges #25 of the Villanova Wildcats grabs a rebound as teammates Donte DiVincenzo #10 and Jalen Brunson #1 look on in the first half against the Providence Friars at the Wells Fargo Center on January 23, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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ADAM HIMMELSBACH

NBA Draft could be one big Villanova talent show

The NCAA champions are expected to have four underclassmen selected Thursday night.

Christopher L. Gasper

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/gasper-20158.jpg The Celtics will be a contender no matter which direction Danny Ainge goes this offseason

For the first time in years, they don’t need a major roster move, not even with Kawhi Leonard out there.

Uruguay's forward Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Uruguay and Saudi Arabia at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on June 20, 2018. Uruguay won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADSJOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images

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Uruguay 1, Saudi Arabia 0

Luis Suarez’s goal sends both Uruguay and Russia to second round of World Cup

Uruguay’s victory also eliminated Saudi Arabia and Egypt from the tournament.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, center, celebrates with Portugal's Gelson Martins at the end of the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Portugal 1, Morocco 0

Ronaldo’s landmark goal for Portugal eliminates Morocco

He now has 85 career goals in international play, most for a European and second worldwide.

Spain 1, Iran 0

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Diego Costa scored the only goal of the game on a deflection, his third goal of the tournament.

Foxborough- 06/05/18- All eyes were on QB Tom Brady as he arrives on the field for the Patriots minicamp at the Gillette Stadium practice facility. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

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Ben Volin | On football

The more Tom Brady talks, the more it seems to be about leverage over the Patriots

All the talk of retirement could be just Brady flexing his muscles and extracting some concessions from the Patriots.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_patdol6_spts.jpg Who will protect Tom Brady’s blind side? And other questions facing the Patriots

The Patriots are on summer recess until late next month, but there will be no shortage of story lines when camp begins.

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Beat writers from across the league participated in a live mock draft. See how it unfolded.

SPORTS LOG

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The center will go to Brooklyn for Timofey Mozgov and draft picks.

NBA team representatives participating in the NBA basketball draft lottery sit on stage Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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Your guide to the 2018 NBA Draft

A look at the basics, fast facts about the draft, the top prospects, and more.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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