Bruins lose out in Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes

The Russian Olympics star agreed to a three-year deal to join the Los Angeles Kings.

J.D. Martinez (right) went 4-for-5 Friday.

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Alex Speier

What if the Red Sox hadn’t signed J.D. Martinez?

Martinez has been far superior to the alternatives available to the Red Sox during the last offseason.

// Bruins add Swedish defenseman, Czech forward in NHL Draft

The Bruins took Axel Andersson in the second round and Jakub Lauko in the third.

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// Can Eduardo Rodriguez pitch Red Sox back into first place today?

A Boston win and a New York loss would tie things up atop the AL East standings.

Foxborough- 06/20/18- Patriots LB Harvey Langi spends time with his wife Cassidy on a dock on a pond of a friends home in Foxborough. They were both seriously injured in a car accident last fall. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(lmetro)

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After a horrific accident, Patriot Harvey Langi and his wife made it all the way back

Eight months ago, they nearly lost everything at a Foxborough intersection; now they have a special appreciation for life.

Red Sox notebook

// Jackie Bradley Jr.’s slump has manager Alex Cora stumped

“[If] somebody has an idea how to change his luck as far as line drives, more than welcome,” Cora said.

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Rasmus Dahlin celebrates after being selected first overall by the Buffalo Sabres during the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


Sabres start over (again) with Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin

The Sabres are hoping the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft can bring relevancy to the franchise.

Boston, MA - 6/22/2018 - (6th inning) Boston Red Sox right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) rounds first base after hitting a 2 run home run in the sixth inning. The Boston Red Sox host the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 23Red Sox-Mariners, LOID: 8.4.2316027481.

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Red Sox 14, Mariners 10

The Red Sox were way behind twice, but J.D. Martinez saved the day

“This guy, he’s that good,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora said after Martinez fueled a victory at Fenway Park.

// Somehow Steven Wright wasn’t KO’d by knuckle sandwich

Friday’s game was the first time in nine years that a pitcher allowed 10 or more earned runs without getting pinned with a loss

// Xander Bogaerts exits Red Sox game with sprained index finger

The Red Sox shortstop was injured diving headfirst into second on a sixth-inning stolen base.


// Former Bruin Nick Boynton sues NHL over brain damage

Boynton and ex-NHL forward Daniel Carcillo filed the lawsuit Thursday, alleging the league did not warn players about the long-term risk of brain damage from fighting.

// First-round selections in the NHL Draft

Rounds 2-7 are Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m.

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: Robert Williams #44 of the Texas A&M Aggies dives for ball possession againt Kyron Cartwright #24 of the Providence Friars during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

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Newest Celtic Robert Williams sounds ready to dive into the NBA

In some of his first comments, Williams emphasized his love for playing defense and hustling for loose balls.


// The Celtics wanted an athletic big man, and that’s what they got in Robert Williams

The clock starts now for Williams, but tutoring a raw big man into being a defensive dominator is a good issue to have.

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Reading claims Division 2 boys’ lacrosse state title

Mike Tobin and Jack Geiger led Reading to its first state championship.

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Belgium 5, Tunisia 2

Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard lead Belgium to a World Cup rout

Belgium’s victory over Tunisia was the highest scoring game of the World Cup.

// Spring high school championships schedule and results

21 state titles are on the line this week in baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, and rugby.


// LeBron James, Cavaliers discuss contract option

The Cleveland superstar has until June 29 to inform the team if he'll pick up his $35.6 million option for next season or become a free agent.

Alex Speier

// Why this summer marks a milestone anniversary in the development of Chris Sale

It was 10 years ago that Sale pitched in the Northwoods League in Wisconsin, where he made an adjustment to his delivery.

// Adrian Clayborn turned heads, and blockers, at Patriots minicamp

The veteran defensive lineman credits the Patriots veterans for getting him up to speed with this defense.

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// Who might the Celtics have picked at No. 8, and other draft thoughts

Cleveland acquired the No. 8 pick from Boston in the Kyrie Irving deal, and chose Collin Sexton.

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North defeats South in a thrilling Shriners All-Star Football Classic

Cathedral’s Khalil Blair and Methuen’s Jordan Perdomo sparked a come-from-behind victory.


// Here are nine changes that would be good for women’s sports

Let’s start with a name change for the World Cup, and then also consider pregnancy rules, cheerleading teams, and more.

// Source: Thunder’s Carmelo Anthony to opt in, take $28 million

The 10-time All-Star posted career lows in scoring average and field goal percentage last season.

// Celtics see Robert Williams as a high-flying bundle of athleticism with defensive prowess

Opposing rim-runners will have Texas A&M product Robert Williams and his 7-foot-5-inch wingspan to contend with should they decide to venture beyond the foul line.

// Patriots sign top draft pick Isaiah Wynn

The offensive lineman’s four-year deal projects to be worth $11.4 million.


// Switzerland notches World Cup’s first comeback win

In the win over Serbia, the two Swiss goal scorers made what could be controversial gestures.

Brazil 2, Costa Rica 0

// Brazil scores twice in injury time to eliminate Costa Rica

Philippe Coutinho scored in the first minute of stoppage time, and Neymar followed six minutes later.


// Ahmed Musa leads Nigeria to its first win

Musa’s two goals propelled the Super Eagles past Iceland and into second place in Group D.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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