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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. 23 minutes ago
Box score: Red Sox 4, Astros 1
PETER ABRAHAM | ON BASEBALL

Why Alex Cora believes Rafael Devers can be among the elite

The Red Sox manager has seen the rapid development of his young third baseman, and believes the best is yet to come. 22 minutes ago
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.”
BRUINS NOTEBOOK

Chris Wagner unlikely to play for Bruins in Cup Final

The young forward took a hard shot off his arm during Boston’s sweep of the Hurricanes in the conference finals. 58 minutes ago
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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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. 2 hours 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. 2 hours 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.
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.
INDIANAPOLIS 500

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.
RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Hernandez in, Brewer out in bullpen shuffle

After Colten Brewer performed well in relief on Saturday night, the Red Sox were in need of a fresh arm in the bullpen. 42 minutes ago
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.
DAN SHAUGHNESSY

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.
RED SOX NOTEBOOK

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.
Golf roundup

Kevin Na cruises to 4-shot Colonial win

Na birdied four of the first eight holes and shot a 4-under-par 66 in the final round. 24 minutes ago

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.
MIAA D4 EAST TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP

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. 2 hours 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.
MIAA D2 EAST TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP

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 JOHN HAVLICEK

BOB RYAN

Remembering the great John Havlicek

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

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.