Chris Sale gets a five-year extension from Red Sox

Fort Myers , FL - 2/19/2019 - (Day 9) Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) watches a bullpen session. Boston Red Sox Spring Training at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, FL. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 20Red Sox, LOID: 8.5.477767020

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The deal for the star lefthander is worth $145 million and keeps him in Boston through 2024.

// Marcus Smart feels unprotected on the court

The Celtics guard said he would continue to protect himself if the officials don’t.

// Can Sean Kuraly climb higher in the Bruins lineup?

Traditionally cast as a “bottom-sixer,” he has been more of an offensive spark this season.

Tara Sullivan | 2019 Baseball Preview

// These Red Sox deserve to be confident as they try to repeat. But they should also be wary

The first step in repeating is to forget your accomplishments of the previous season, which took the ’99 Yankess all year to do.

// How and where to watch the Red Sox this season

If you can’t simply turn on your TV to NESN, there are streaming options available.

Boston Red Sox rookie sensations Fred Lynn, left, and Jim Rice, in Boston, on Aug. 4, 1975, both outfielders with exceptional hitting ability. It has been 25 years since rookie teammates drove in 100 runs apiece. Lynn and Rice appear sure bets to do it with the Red Sox. Boston manager Darrell Johnson said,


Peter Abraham | 2019 Baseball Preview

‘They’re special kids’: The last great Red Sox outfield on the new great Red Sox outfield

Jim Rice, Fred Lynn and Dwight Evans agree that each star trio have one thing in common: chemistry.

Alex Speier | 2019 Baseball Preview

// How the Red Sox outfielders play their positions at Fenway

Space is the primary defining feature of Fenway Park, which features many idiosyncrasies.


// Red Sox catcher situation remains in flux

Unable to find a trade partner, the Red Sox could leave Florida with all three still on the roster.


// Friday’s spring training report: Red Sox blast four homers in romp

Andrew Benintendi hit the game’s first pitch out of the park to kick off a rout of the Twins.


// Marcus Smart can’t keep losing his cool for Celtics

The emotional guard’s ejection from Wednesday’s loss to the 76ers proved to be costly.

Boston, Ma.- March 18 ,2019-Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff--Celtics vs. Denver at TD Garden. Kyrie Irving roots for the Celtics from the bench.

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Bob Ryan

The Celtics are the most disappointing team this season, and other NBA thoughts

The Celtics don’t need more talent. They just need a commitment if they plan on going anywhere in the playoffs.

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - MARCH 21: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal at 18:34 of the first period against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 21, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


First line leads the charge as Bruins beat Devils

Patrice Bergeron (two goals, one assist), David Pastrnak (goal, assist), and Brad Marchand (three assists) came through on a night when the Bruins never trailed for their third straight win.

New England Patriot football coach Bill Belichick talks on the phone during Georgia Pro Day, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Amis)

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Where did all the Patriots’ salary cap space go?

The Patriots enter this weekend as one of the most cap-strapped teams in the NFL.


// Red Sox still have bullpen decisions to make. Here’s a breakdown of the factors that will go into them

Manager Alex Cora said that three spots are still unsettled with only four games remaining in spring training.


// Baseball union head Tony Clark meets with the Red Sox

The players are concerned with the state of free agency and the number of teams choosing to be noncompetitive as a rebuilding strategy.


// NFL competition committee proposes reviewing pass interference calls

Expanding replay has become a hot topic since the NFC Championship game.

Boston, MA - {iptcmtonth}/22/2019 - (3rd period) Northeastern Huskies defenseman Jeremy Davies (4) delivers a heavy hit to Boston University Terriers forward Patrick Curry (11) during the third period. Boston University vs. Northeastern Huskies in Hockey East semifinal game at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: John Powers, Topic: 23Hockey East, LOID: 8.5.772022147.

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Northeastern ousts BU in Hockey East semifinal

Zach Solow scored the winner in overtime.

// Previewing Saturday’s NCAA Tournament games

Murray State’s superb guard Ja Morant is back in action as the second round begins.


// The consistency of Mookie Betts’s negotiating style

Standing his ground against the Red Sox in the past should not be taken as an indication that he doesn’t want to stay.


// ESPN promises objectivity from Alex Rodriguez and Jessica Mendoza

Both “Sunday Night Baseball” analysts are also special assistants for major league teams.

The Virginia bench celebrates a 3-pointer during the Cavaliers' 71-56 victory over Gardner-Webb on Friday in Columbia, S.C. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by John McDonnell

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Virginia, not one-and-done this year, rallies to top Gardner-Webb

Down 14 points at halftime, Virginia did not panic and eliminated 16th-seeded Gardner-Webb.

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 22: Evan Leonard #14 of the UC Irvine Anteaters celebrates a three-point shot with Max Hazzard #2 in the second half against the Kansas State Wildcats during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at SAP Center on March 22, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

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UC Irvine grabs defining win over Kansas State

In just its second tournament appearance, the 13th-seeded Anteaters ripped off a 12-0 run in the second half and bounced the Big 12 regular season co-champs.


// Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis close on five-year extension

Acquired this offseason, the Cardinals are prepared to make the 31-year-old, an All-Star each of the last six years, the highest-paid player in club history.

Connecticut's Christyn Williams (13) heads downcourt with encouragement from head coach Geno Auriemma, right, during a first round women's college basketball game against Towson in the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 22, 2019, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)


Lowly No. 2 seed, UConn women open with blowout of Towson

The Huskies dominated from start to finish, will face 10th-seeded Buffalo next.

// Olympic champion Alina Zagitova captures first world figure skating title

Zagitova, a 16-year-old from Russia, won the free skate.

CINCINNATI, OH - MARCH 17: FC Cincinnati players celebrate after a goal against the Portland Timbers in the first half at Nippert Stadium on March 17, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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Revolution’s keys to victory over Cincinnati

Facing an undermanned expansion team, they have a great opportunity to get their first win.

// Paul Casey shares Valspar lead with Austin Cook

The defender’s return to Innisbrook is a shot of confidence.

// Meet Ja Morant, whose triple-double is the talk of the NCAA Tournament so far

The Murray State guard has rocketed to stardom this season and will likely be an NBA lottery pick.


// For Charlie McAvoy, Bruins’ trip offered a return to his treasured island

The precocious defenseman, a Long Island native, had a chance to visit old haunts and reflect on his good fortune.

// NFL settlement with Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid much less than $10 million, report says

Specifics of the settlement were not disclosed when the deal was reached Feb. 15, ending an 18-month standoff over collusion claims by the players.

Taunton MA 3/9/19 Burke High School Levar Williams makes a layup over Bishop Stang High School Joey Silva during second quarter action of the MIAA Division D2 South boys' basketball final at Taunton High School. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:



Boston’s best high school basketball players get one more run at All-Star Classic

The Dr. Joseph Warren BPS/SA Classic will be held Saturday afternoon at Northeastern.


// Conor McGregor is not one we should be celebrating, and other thoughts . . .

The MMA star with a dubious history was a big hit at a Bruins game and the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

2019 Baseball Preview


An appreciation of the Red Sox’ dynamic outfielders

Fort Myers, FL - 2/21/2019 - Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi (16), Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (50), and Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (19). Day 10 Red Sox Spring Training at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, FL.. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 22Red Sox, LOID: 8.5.480462370.

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Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts are still carving their place in Sox history.

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// Sean McDonough is back where he belongs — calling Red Sox games

It’s been 15 years since McDonough called games as a Red Sox broadcaster.

Alex Speier | 2019 Baseball Preview

// J.D. Martinez is the designated sitter in the Red Sox outfield

“I can play outfield, Martinez said. “It’s tough with this outfield, obviously.”

Fort Myers, Fl- Feb 18, 2019-Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff--Red Sox Spring Training at JetBlue Park. Postcard from Spring Training: Mookie Betts is in love. His three month old daughter (cq) Kynlee reported to camp in the late morning, while Betts was taking batting practice. He immediately rushed over and gave her a kiss. “I was a little nervous about her coming here,” he said. “But not too nervous.” The sleep deprived MVP says he is dutifully dealing with “stinky diapers” and has a greater appreciation for his mom and his girlfriend Brianna Hammonds.

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Peter Abraham | 2019 Baseball Preview

Mookie Betts’s style stands out, on and off the field

The MVP right fielder is carefully cultivating his growing celebrity.

Tara Sullivan | 2019 Baseball Preview

// No worries in center field, because Jackie Bradley Jr. is always in position

The even-keeled Bradley, who his first Gold Glove in 2018, is among the best center fielders in the game.

Dan Shaughnessy | 2019 Baseball Preview

// Andrew Benintendi is a noble heir to the monster throne in left

Benintendi, at 24 the youngest of the Sox outfielders, has every tool required to be a perennial All-Star.

Los Angeles, CA: 10-28-18: Manager Alex Cora (left) hoists the trophy as (left to right) David Price, Rick Porcello, Chris Sale and Eduardo Nunez look on while the Red Sox celebrate their World Series victory. The Boston Red Sox visited the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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Globe Staff predictions

Here are the Globe staff predictions for the 2019 baseball season

Red Sox are not the staff’s favorites to repeat as World Series champions.

Boston, MA - 5/22/1983: Boston Red Sox Wade Boggs sits in the dugout after his team's loss against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston, May 22, 1983. (Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff) --- BGPA Reference: 180109_ON_004

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Dan Shaughnessy | 2019 Baseball Preview

What happened to the bad old days of the Red Sox?

Clubhouse culture and team karma have changed for the better since Alex Cora arrived.

FILE - In this March 11, 2019 file photo Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper walks in the dugout before a spring training baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Clearwater, Fla. Harper came to Philadelphia to do the one thing he didn't accomplish in Washington: Win in October. The Phillies gave him the biggest contract in baseball history to deliver. The 26-year-old slugger was a six-time All-Star, 2012 NL Rookie of the Year and 2015 NL Most Valuable Player during seven seasons with the Nationals. But he couldn't help Washington win a postseason series in four tries. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, file)


League-wide story lines to watch this season, plus some superlatives

Despite a down 2018 season, Bryce Harper signed with the Phillies for an unfathomable 13 seasons.


// What readers can expect from the Globe’s 2019 Baseball Preview

Sports Editor Matt Pepin offers a look of what’s to come this week.

Fort Myers, Fl- Feb 18, 2019-Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff--Red Sox Spring Training at JetBlue Park. Mookie Betts poses for pictures.

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When will we know what it is Mookie Betts wants?

Though other pieces of the financial puzzle are falling into place now, he still may test the market in two years.

// When it comes to an extension, Mookie Betts wants to be ‘treated fairly’ by Red Sox

The MVP outfielder has already turned down long-term offers from the Red Sox but remains open to further discussions.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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