Matt Porter

Inside job: Bruins’ success starts in the locker room

Coach Bruce Cassidy calls the team’s leadership group second to none. “Guys want to play for one another,” he says of the close-knit squad.
Red Sox 4, Astros 1

Red Sox stop Astros in series finale

Starter Eduardo Rodriguez was stellar for six innings, outpitching Justin Verlander to lift the Red Sox past Houston. 2 hours ago
Box score: Red Sox 4, Astros 1
peter abraham | sunday baseball notes

Justin Verlander wants to be the Tom Brady of baseball

In what is now his 15th season in the majors, Verlander still loves what he does.
ben volin | sunday football notes

NFL exploring painkilling alternatives — including marijuana

The league is responding to the ravages of opioids and other addictive painkillers.
kevin paul dupont | sunday hockey notes

‘It was just an explosion of emotion’: NBC announcers recall where they were for Bobby Orr’s goal

Mike Milbury, in his final days at Walpole High, watched the game in his family’s living room with “a whole bunch of Milburys.”
gary washburn | sunday basketball notes

Lakers’ dysfunction makes Celtics’ issues appear minuscule

Former Lakers president Magic Johnson’s TV interview blasting the team’s hierarchy symbolized an organization in total disarray.
Tara Sullivan

Patrice Bergeron is the Bruins’ indispensable teammate

Perfection is often the word that comes to mind to describe the 15-year veteran who has played his entire career in Black and Gold. 27 minutes ago

Bart Starr, NFL Hall of Famer and legendary Packers quarterback, dies at 85

Starr led the Packers to wins in the NFL’s first two Super Bowls.
Women's NCAA Lacrosse final: Maryland 12, BC 10

Maryland holds off BC, hands Eagles third straight title game loss

Kenzie Kent had five goals but the Terps’ strong defense and goaltending were too much to overcome. 54 minutes ago

Tom Brady posts photo throwing with Patriots rookie N’Keal Harry

Julian Edelman also was in a photo, which appeared on Brady’s Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Bob Hohler

The Bruins could do something unprecedented if they win the Cup

Should the Bruins win the Stanley Cup, they would become the first NHL team to capture a championship with so many more Americans than Canadians on the roster.
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Peter Abraham | on baseball

Alex Cora sticks to his process for giving days off

The Red Sox manager wants his players to be fresh and said off days are a part of it.
Christopher L. Gasper

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara keeps going and going . . .

The league’s second-oldest active player has kept Father Time from knocking him off his skates.

Simon Pagenaud wins duel with Alexander Rossi to take Indy 500

Pagenaud made a daring pass late before holding off Rossi for his first Indy title. 3 hours ago

Red Sox rally to tie in ninth, but Astros walk off in bottom half

Christian Vazquez’s two-run single tied it but reliever Matt Barnes couldn’t hold the Astros down in bottom half of the ninth.
Box score: Astros 4, Red Sox 3
Bruins notebook

David Krejci misses Bruins’ practice with illness

Krejci is expected to return Sunday, but if the illness lingers, coach Bruce Cassidy will start getting concerned.
chad finn

Is goaltender the hardest position to play in professional sports?

It should be in the discussion with playing quarterback and being a catcher.

Bobby Orr reflects on two Bruins-Blues series, 49 years apart

“Well, it doesn’t seem like yesterday,” says the Hall of Famer, “but it doesn’t seem that long ago.”
Fans warned to watch for phony Final tickets
Bruins notebook

Cam Neely believes depth is crucial for Bruins to succeed now

In his third Final as team president, Neely applies lessons from his playing days to the front office.
Revolution 1, D.C. United 1

Wayne Rooney scores late, D.C. United ties up Revolution

Juan Agudelo opened the scoring in the 61st minute but New England was unable to hold onto the lead.
Box score: Revolution 1, D.C. United 1
Raptors 100, Bucks 94

Raptors advance to first NBA Finals

Toronto wrapped up the Eastern Conference championship series in six games with a 100-94 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks.
kevin paul dupont | on hockey

A closer look at the Blues’ remarkable turnaround this season

On Jan. 1, they were at the bottom of the NHL standings. Now they’re playing for the Stanley Cup. How did that happen?
jim mcbride

For what it’s worth, Patriots rookie N’Keal Harry looks sharp in OTAs

The first-round pick flashed his receiving skills, though he wasn’t up against high-pressure defense.

News is good on Brock Holt, Nathan Eovaldi; setback for Dustin Pedroia

Holt just about ready to be activated and Eovaldi isn't expected to be far behind, but Pedroia’s status looks uncertain.
Peter Abraham | On Baseball

When E’s add up, it spells doom for Red Sox

The Red Sox would have been charged with four errors in Friday’s loss at Houston if not for a scoring change.

High schools

sunday's school roundup

Harry Collomb wins Wellesley’s first South sectional individual boys’ tennis title

A first-set comeback spurred the freshman to victory over Hanover’s Nik Ginter.

Cameron Garabian, Meg Hughes smash meet marks in Norwell

Garabian, a Seekonk senior, broke her shot put mark by nearly six feet, while ORR junior Hughes broke an 11-year-old record in the 400 meters. 58 minutes ago
team of the week | winthrop boys' tennis

Winthrop flourishing in ‘not a big tennis town’

Winthrop (13-3) regularly faces perennial powers Marblehead and Swampscott, but that challenging schedule prepares the Vikings well for the Division 3 North tournament.

Woburn’s Brooklyn Manna sets two records in D2 East track championships

The junior broke meet marks in the long and triple jumps in the girls’ competition; Arlington’s Ryan Oosting’s set meet record in boys’ 2-mile.



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.