blues 2, bruins 1

Bruins clinch playoff spot but lose to Blues in OT

St. Louis Blues' Alex Pietrangelo (27) vies for the puck with Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand during during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

Bill Boyce/Associated Press

Jaden Schwartz scored his second goal of the game 30 seconds into overtime.


// All of a sudden, there are no guarantees for Brock Holt

After two years of health issues, his spot as the Red Sox’ super-utilityman is not quite a lock.

Christopher L. Gasper

// Will Alex Cora make the difference for Red Sox in 2018?

There’s no learning curve for the first-time manager. He has a team that is expected to win now.

patriots notebook

// Patriots’ Adrian Clayborn believes he can be versatile pass rusher

The former Falcon defensive end expects to prove he can be more than a third-down player.


// Bruins’ Ryan Donato isn’t leaving the books behind

The Harvard sociology major fully intends to keep up with his coursework even as an NHL pro.


// Bats keep working, and Red Sox keep winning

The Sox had 10 hits — six for extra bases — in a tidy victory over the Rays.

Sanibel Island, FL-2/26/2018-Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff- Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello fly-fishing in San Carlos Bay.

stan grossfeld/globe staff


Gone fishin’ with Rick Porcello

Baseball and fly-fishing are the Red Sox pitcher’s passions; shutouts are good in one but not the other.


// Will Fenway Park help or hinder J.D. Martinez?

The Red Sox’ new righthanded slugger believes his power is mainly to the opposite field.


// Gordon Hayward has gotten advice from Paul George

In August 2014, George broke his right tibia and fibula when he hit the basket stanchion.

// Ten takeaways from Ray Allen’s new book

In “From the Outside: My Journey through Life and the Game I Love,” Ray Allen details his basketball career and dishes on his relationship with Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett.

// Kyrie Irving to have second opinion on sore left knee

The Celtics star sat out his fourth straight game and probably will not join the team on its upcoming road trip.

Patriots notebook

// Report says Patriots are bringing back Matthew Slater

New England’s special teams captain is entering his 11th season in the NFL.

Ben Volin

// Follow the money: Contract details for the Patriots’ incoming and outgoing players

The players the Patriots have brought in will make far less than the ones they have seen depart.

Boston, MA: 3/20/2018: The Celtics Semi Ojeleye (37, far right) has some civilian company on the bench in the first half, as injured temmates Kyrie Irving, Jalen Brown and Marcus Smart where taking in the action from there. The Boston Celtics hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder in a regular season NBA basketball game at the TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Jim Davis/Globe Staff


Celtics could hurt themselves if they rush Kyrie Irving

The Celtics guard has not played since March 11 and will skip the upcoming four-game trip.


// Chris Sale named Red Sox’ Opening Day starter

David Price and Rick Porcello will follow in the rotation.

Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement (30) catches a touchdown pass over New England Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers (59) in Super Bowl LII, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 in Minneapolis. The Eagles defeated the Patriots 41-33 to win their first Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Doug Benc)

Doug Benc/AP

NFL proposes a simplified definition of a catch

NFL owners will vote at their meeting next week on whether to adopt the proposed change.


// An incredible rally, an incredible shot, an incredible victory

Marcus Morris capped a comeback with a game-winning 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds to lift the Celtics.

Chestnut Hill, MA - 3/21/2018 - Boston College Eagles Defensive End Harold Landry working out during BC Pro Day at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Julian Benbow, Topic: 22BC Pro Day, LOID: 8.4.1364564896.

Barry Chin/Globe Staff

NFL Draft

BC’s Harold Landry draws a crowd

Patriots were among several NFL teams who worked out Eagles’ stellar edge rusher at BC’s Pro Day.

NCAA notebook

// Keenan Evans guides Texas Tech to Sweet 16

The All-Big 12 senior guard will lead third-seeded Red Raiders in East Region semifinal vs. No. 2 seed Purdue Friday at TD Garden.


// Dwight Howard (32 points, 30 rebounds) dominant for Hornets

Howard set franchise-record for rebounds in becoming eighth player in NBA history with 30 points-30 rebounds in comeback win over Nets.

Match play championshp

// Rory McIlroy falls to Peter Uihlein in match play

His late charge comes up short.

// Alex Cora increasingly comfortable with Red Sox’ infield defense

Cora and two of his coaches, Carlos Febles and Ramon Vazquez, were infielders and they share in the instruction.


/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/03/20/ Alex Cora sees Ramon Vazquez as a perfect fit for his staff

The longtime friends share an analytical mind for the game, constantly looking for an extra edge.

BOSTON, MA - 3/21/2018: NCCA tournament .... March Madness at the TD Garden Boston is ready to go.... (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: SPORTS TOPIC NCCA tournament/Boston

David L Ryan/Globe Staff

Here’s a look at the NCAA Tournament court at TD Garden

The March Madness floor replaced the Celtics’ parquet for this weekend’s East Regional games.

// A preview of Thursday’s NCAA Tournament games

Kentucky is on a roll as it takes on Kansas State; Michigan should be tested by Texas A&M.

// Bruins are in St. Louis for start of four-game road trip

New Bruin Ryan Donato was excused from practice because of a class commitment at Harvard.


// Red Sox power up to win eighth straight

Boston got a two-run shot to center by Rafael Devers in the second and a three-run blast to left by Sam Travis in the sixth.

Springfield- 03/17/18- Basketball State finals MIAA 2018- Boys Div 1- Mansfield vs Franklin. Mansfield's head coach Michael Vaughan walks into the locker room at the end of the game holding the basket net and getting doused by his jubilant players after the beat Franklin for the Div 1 championship. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe staff (sports)

John Tlumacki/Globe staff


Mansfield is the new Division 1 king in boys’ basketball

BC High took the honor in hockey after its Super 8 title.

// Jason McCourty has had his eye on New England for a while

The Patriots’ new cornerback finally got his wish to join his brother and is excited about the prospects.

Northeastern 7, Boston College 4

What an opener! BC christens new field with 18-inning loss to Northeastern

After 17 games on road, the Eagles’ first game at Brighton Baseball Field lasts 5 hours 24 minutes.