ALEX SPEIER

Why Christian Vazquez is the least likely Red Sox catcher to be traded

Fort Myers , FL - 2/14/2019 - (Day 3) Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez (7). Boston Red Sox pitchers and catchers workout at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, FL. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 15Red Sox, LOID: 8.5.416616047.

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He’s not off limits, but given the team’s view that he’s capable of delivering above-average defense and offense that grades as average or better, he’d be the hardest of the three to trade.

Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

Kyrie Irving’s focus is on more than just basketball

The Celtics star said he puts more emphasis on what he can do off the court than on his pending free agency.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-26896.jpg How have defending World Series-winning Red Sox teams done in the past?

It’s been 100 years since the Sox managed to appear in back-to-back World Series.

ALEX SPEIER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/03/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_devers3_spts-17294.jpg The timing could be right for Rafael Devers to have a breakout season

Many current young Red Sox players have fared much better in their second full MLB seasons than their first.

FORT MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 17: Boston Celtic head coach Brad Stevens stopped by JetBlue Park today visiting with Red Sox manager Alex Cora, Dave Dombrowski Red Sox President of Baseball Operations and Tony La Russa, Assistant to Dombrowski, among others. during a spring training workout in Fort Myers, Florida on February 17, 2019. (Boston Globe Staff Photo: Barry Chin

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RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Celtics coach Brad Stevens visits Red Sox camp

Stevens joined Alex Cora, Dave Dombrowski, and Tony La Russa on the back fields of Fenway South.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/29/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/WS5davis19.jpg Red Sox’ J.D. Martinez not sweating opt-out

The 31-year-old is focused on maintaining his place as a middle-of-the-order force.

MATT PORTER

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He is 11-0-2 since Dec. 29, with a 1.93 GAA and .933 save percentage.

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Owners have the right to implement pitch clocks without consent, but the commissioner has been reluctant without agreement from the players.

DAYTONA NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/b11de6ad580043b0a31f22e9b10f0a76-b11de6ad580043b0a31f22e9b10f0a76-0.jpg Julian Edelman reveals why he grew that beard

Julian Edelman says he grew his ridiculous beard by taking to heart the advice of Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who told him to put everything away until football season is over.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - FEBRUARY 17: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics and Team LeBron drives the ball against Team Giannis in the first quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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NBA ALL-STAR NOTEBOOK

Kyrie Irving plays in All-Star Game, declares himself fit

The Celtics’ star guard said his ailing right knee felt good after his 25-minute stint.

RED SOX SPRING TRAINING REPORT

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The Red Sox will have their first full-squad workout on Monday.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1130339302.jpg Canadian women beat US to win inaugural Rivalry Series

The fierce rivals will meet again in April at the world championship in Finland.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has played the equivalent of an entire additional season in playoff games.

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TARA SULLIVAN

Rob Gronkowski’s tough decision about whether to retire? Mark Bavaro gets it

Bavaro, too, paid a high physical price, before retiring at age 31 in 1995.

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)

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GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

Anthony Davis restokes flames on Celtics conjecture

Speaking at the All-Star Game, the center said his next home isn’t about big markets, but best fit — even if it’s Boston.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/31/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/74e59c1a8c624da6a3b9a663730a2e38-478b7b4200284e6485d1167ac5484222-26225.jpg Colin Kaepernick’s attorney says QB ‘absolutely wants to play’ in the NFL

Mark Geragos, Kaepernick’s attorney, predicted the Patriots could be one of the teams interested in signing Kaepernick.

AUTO RACING

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1125522148.jpg Denny Hamlin takes emotional Daytona 500 victory

Hamlin came to Daytona determined to honor his late car owner with a victory. He delivered in storybook fashion.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/01/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/901008050.jpg LeBron James opened up about the apologetic phone call he received from Kyrie Irving

James applauded Irving for picking up the phone.

White House visits have become controversial since President Trump took office.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Could a White House visit divide the Red Sox? Team brass says no

The team is scheduled to visit May 9 after a series in Baltimore.

Bruins notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/bb3708b1300047edab8660e7d1ca36b8-bb3708b1300047edab8660e7d1ca36b8-0.jpg Los Angeles Kings star Zdeno Chara? Yes, it almost happened

The defenseman is in his 13th season as Bruins captain, second only to Ray Bourque (15) in tenure.

NICK CAFARDO I SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/5ddc06e247ec4d509ec0b9e136deb897-5ddc06e247ec4d509ec0b9e136deb897-0.jpg Tampa Bay Rays aren’t willing to concede AL East to Red Sox and Yankees

The Rays were a 90-win team a year ago and they added two major character players in Mike Zunino and Charlie Morton.

BEN VOLIN | SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/04/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/SuperBowlLIIISlider27.jpg Josh McDaniels a big winner at Super Bowl

The Patriots offensive coordinator, a pariah in the league a year ago when he backed out of the Colts coaching job, gained redemption.

GARY WASHBURN | SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/e38609927ac34c3288e0c697e3250bd5-e38609927ac34c3288e0c697e3250bd5-0.jpg 76ers believe they finally have the right mix

Philadelphia’s roster is loaded. But can this cast get past the Celtics and the rest of the Eastern Conference?

KEVIN PAUL DUPONT I SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/03/07/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_bosdet3_spts-001.jpg NHL trade deadline deals don’t come cheap

The prices today are so exorbitant, and so inflated, that it has rendered the process a fool’s gold rush.

GOLF ROUNDUP

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1130386291-27049.jpg J.B. Holmes overtakes Justin Thomas for Genesis Open championship

Holmes rallied from a four-shot deficit in the final round and won a marathon finish for his first victory in three years.

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Kevin Paul Dupont

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