KEVIN PAUL DUPONT

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Red Sox at Twins, 8:10 p.m. (NESN)

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David Price will be on the mound as the Red Sox continue their road trip in Minnesota.

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NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

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.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 19: Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on June 19, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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.

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

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.

Arizona's forward Deandre Ayton during the first half of a first-round game against Buffalo in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/

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Deandre Ayton goes No. 1 in the Globe’s 2018 NBA beat writers mock draft

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

ALEX SPEIER

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The production Devers has shown at such a young age is rare and makes him too valuable to move.

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.”

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.

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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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The Senators were eager to deal Hoffman amid a dispute with team captain Erik Karlsson and his wife.

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.

Spain 1, Iran 0

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/AFP_16B6RO.jpg Diego Costa’s goal sends Spain to a win

Costa now has three goals at this year’s World Cup, trailing Cristiano Ronaldo by one.

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.

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.

Adam Himmelsbach

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The Celtics coach touched on a number of topics during an interview with the Globe.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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