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Four reasons why Tuukka Rask has been so brilliant these playoffs

To get a more complete picture of what makes Tuukka tick, we leaned on four analysts with deep knowledge of Rask’s game. 3 hours ago
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kevin paul dupont | on hockey

What are the Bruins up against in the Stanley Cup Final vs. the Blues?

The combatants are similar in style, and both coaches are making their first Final appearance.

Red Sox move start time of Wednesday’s game to accommodate Bruins fans

The change to 6:10 p.m. was made as a courtesy to fans who want to watch Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
12:37 p.m. (NESN)

Game 50: Red Sox at Blue Jays lineups and notes

The Red Sox close out their four-game series at Toronto with a matinee.
Red Sox place Tyler Thornburg on 10-day injured list

Red sox 6, Blue Jays 5 (13 innings)
Michael Chavis hits home run in 13th inning to give Red Sox win over Blue Jays
Mookie Betts had put the Sox ahead with his own solo shot in the 12th, before Rowdy Tellez answered for the Jays in the bottom of the inning.

Box score: Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 5

Red Sox notebook
Alex Cora tries to defuse situation involving Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman
Cora made comments Tuesday night about Stroman, an emotional pitcher who often gets under opponents’ skin.

peter abraham | on baseball
Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is living up to hype
Despite off-the-field pressure, Toronto is carefully acclimating the 20-year-old third baseman to the rigors of baseball’s 162-game season.

Bruins notebook
‘It’s all about us.’ David Backes will set history aside with Blues in pursuit of the Cup
“We’re going to battle our butts off for this ultimate prize and we’ll patch up whatever needs to be patched up afterwards,” said Backes.

ben volin | on football
NFL may change overtime rules — but not until 2020
The Chiefs’ proposal to give each team a possession in OT did not even come to a vote for lack of support.

BC women eager for rematch with UNC in national lacrosse semifinals
The Eagles’ only loss of the season came against the Tar Heels in the ACC title game.

The drive of Boston College’s Sam Apuzzo
jim mcbride

For Patriots’ injured 2018 rookies, a chance to reset

Six players from that draft class had their seasons cut short by injury, and these OTAs are a fresh start.

WNBA season preview: Three stars to watch, and what to expect from every team

There is no shortage of big-time players, potential superteams and emerging stars in what may be the most wide-open road to a championship in quite some time.

Marcus Smart earns First Team All-Defensive honors

It is the first time the fifth-year guard has been named to the First Team.
Chad Finn

Kirk Minihane, Entercom officially part ways

WEEI’s controversial morning sports talk show host ended his 10-year run by openly criticizing his co-host, Gerry Callahan, on his way out the door.
Alex Speier

Looking at the Red Sox’ meh performance against sub-.500 teams

The gap between the Sox and most of the teams ahead of them in the playoff hunt comes from a failure to bulldoze lesser opponents.

MIAA addresses gender-equity issues

The key points? Sensitivity guidelines and guidance, changing references to ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ in the handbook to ‘student-athletes,’ and listing sports by season rather than gender.

Michael Phelps believes USOC, IOC don’t do enough for athletes’ mental health

The swimming great estimates that, like himself, more than 70 percent of Olympians struggle with depression after the Games.
Sports Log

BC baseball upsets top-seeded Louisville in ACC tournament

Dan Metzdorf threw a three-hitter and Jake Alu drove in three runs as the Eagles advanced to the semifinals.

High schools

Softball notebook

Acton-Boxborough softball hitting on all cylinders

Six of the nine hitters in the starting lineup are batting .400 or above for Acton-Boxborough (13-1).
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Chris Meinhold saves the day for Acton-Boxborough

A 7-0 lead with 17 minutes to go nearly disappeared, but the netminder made sure the lead stood up and earned the Colonials a piece of the Dual County League title.
Boys' lacrosse notes

Legendary coach Bussy Adam can watch son, successor at Newton North

Nick Pfeifer, a 2005 Newton North graduate, took over the boys’ lacrosse team from Bussy Adam, who retired after a 39-year stint with the Tigers
Players of the WeekGlobe Top 20

Rain extends MIAA tennis tournament a third weekend

Quarterfinal matches suspended on Sunday will resume Saturday; MIAA makes changes to hockey tournament to address marathon games.



Remembering the great John Havlicek

Havlicek was a genuine superstar basketball player and an exemplary human being.

The sound of John Havlicek’s steal still reverberates

There was a purity to Johnny Most’s play-by-play call, said current Celtics radio voice Sean Grande.