ALEX SPEIER

Trading Rafael Devers makes little sense. Here are all the reasons why

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 17: Rafael Devers #11 of the Boston Red Sox watches his three run home run sail to right field against Mike Leake #8 of the Seattle Mariners in the third inning at Safeco Field on June 17, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

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Devers is too valuable to the Red Sox moving forward to be anything more than the subject of speculation and rumors.

SUPER BOWL SLIDER6 Minneapolis, MN - 2/4/2018 - Tom Brady end of the 4th quarter of Super Bowl LII. The New England Patriots play the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Feb. 4, 2018. (Stan Grossfeld/Globe staff

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.

The Suns were awarded the first overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft at last month’s draft lottery.

The Globe’s 2018 NBA beat writers mock draft gets underway at 2 p.m. today

Each writer has 3 minutes per pick. We will only pick through the first round. No trades.

Waltham 06/08/18- The Celtics brought in rookies to a workout at their Waltham practice facility. Danny Ainge watches from above. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

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Christopher L. Gasper

Celtics are in an enviable position of strength this offseason

For the first time in years, they don’t need a major roster move, not even with Kawhi Leonard out there.

Adam Himmelsbach

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

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

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This year’s draft is about the future, although it will have some intriguing options for Danny Ainge to consider.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

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Steve Burton, Larry Bird, Terry Francona and others have cherished memories of their fathers.

CHAD FINN

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_060818_redch17_spts-20161.jpg Xander Bogaerts appears to be putting it all together this season

Staying healthy is the key, and sustaining his excellence for an entire year will leave no doubts.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/05/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_060518_soxtigers2_met.jpg Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright says ‘dark time’ is behind him

The knuckleballer, who faced domestic assault charges after an incident with his wife, said counseling has helped his family.

BOSTON, MA - MAY 27: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics attends Game Seven of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on May 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

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CELTICS NOTEBOOK

After small setback, Gordon Hayward’s recovery is back on track

Brad Stevens said the Celtics forward had a plate removed to alleviate pain and he should be cleared in August.

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A look at the basics, fast facts about the draft, the top prospects, and more.

Brockton MA 6/18/18 Franklin High pitcher Jack Noviello entered the game in the 8th inning with runners on second and third base and no outs and proceeded to strike out three Central Catholic High batters in a row reacting after the final out capturing the the MIAA Division 1A Super 8 baseball final at Campanelli Stadium (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: 19schglax reporter:

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MIAA SUPER 8 BASEBALL | Franklin 3, Central Catholic 2

Franklin captures Super 8 title over Central Catholic

Jake Noviello struck out the side with two runners in scoring position in the eighth inning.

Peter Abraham | Beat writer’s notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/12/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_brawl2_spts.jpg Why it matters that the schedule seems to favor Red Sox in race with Yankees

The Yankees have six more games to play than the Red Sox, including three doubleheaders, and fewer days off.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/10/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Rex_Boston_Red_Sox_at_New_York_Yanke_9667085C.jpg This Yankee-Red Sox race is razor close. How can each team create some separation?

We take a look at what moves each team could make to pull away.

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A contract extension was to kick in, but Trotz and the team couldn’t agree on a salary.

SARANSK, RUSSIA - JUNE 19: Yuto Nagatomo and Makoto Hasebe of Japan celebrate after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Colombia and Japan at Mordovia Arena on June 19, 2018 in Saransk, Russia. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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JAPAN 2, COLOMBIA 1

Japan takes advantage of early red card to upset Colombia

Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez received a red card in the third minute for hand blocking.

England 2, Tunisia 1

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/978015148.jpg Harry Kane’s late header gives England win over Tunisia

Kane scored his second goal one minute into injury time.

Sports Log

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Tour will return to Land of 10,000 Lakes for the first time since 1969 for $7 million 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minn.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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