DAN SHAUGHNESSY

How have defending World Series-winning Red Sox teams done in the past?

Fort Myers , FL - 2/14/2019 - (Day 3) Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora during his scheduled media availability session. 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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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.

//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.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

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

RED SOX SPRING TRAINING REPORT

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

Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk, right, and left wing Peter Cehlarik celebrate DeBrusk's goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

BRUINS 4, KINGS 2

Jake DeBrusk, Tuukka Rask make sure Bruins topple Kings

Second-year winger DeBrusk reached a new career high in goals (17), and Rask stopped 23 of 25 shots.

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.

PETER ABRAHAM

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/ca9fecff7d2240bcba6dce3ed077059e-ca9fecff7d2240bcba6dce3ed077059e-20910.jpg Red Sox power-hitting prospect Bobby Dalbec looks to impress at spring training

Dalbec is a third baseman and one of the nonroster players the Sox invited to camp.

Bruins notebook

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

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - FEBRUARY 16: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics celebrates during the Taco Bell Skills Challenge as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 16, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Half-court heave nets Jayson Tatum skills title

Trailing in the final of the obstacle competition, the Celtic’s desperation shot banked home for the early highlight of All-Star Saturday.

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

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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.

NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1130026064.jpg Kyrie Irving insists big picture all that matters

The Celtics leader admits there was some truth in Marcus Morris’ critical comments, but devalues outside assessments.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin021619Day5RedSoxSpringTraining_Spt18.jpg Red Sox prospect Darwinzon Hernandez has electric stuff, but can he control his emotions?

Pedro Martinez counseled Hernandez to stick to his routine on the mound when the game started to speed up.

Fort Myers , FL - 2/16/2019 - (Day 5) Jason Varitek stands in as a Batter during catching drills. 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: 17Red Sox, LOID: 8.5.416616478.

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RED SOX SPRING TRAINING REPORT

Saturday’s spring training report: Pitcher fielding drills continue

The position players officially report on Sunday and will have their physicals.

NICK CAFARDO I SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

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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

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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.

Dustin Pedroia played just three games in 2018.

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Knowing what he now knows, Dustin Pedroia would not have had surgery in ’17

The 35-year-old second baseman said he wishes he had taken a different route than the cartilage restoration surgery.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/14/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Gasper.jpg Hey Kyrie: Don’t play in the All-Star Game

Kyrie Irving is too valuable to the Celtics to risk further injury.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin021519Day4RedSoxSpringTraining_Spt12-26897-26900.jpg Xander Bogaerts is willing to work on contract extension right now

The Red Sox shortstop is scheduled to be a free agent after this season but is ready to talk.

Matt Kuchar (right) with local caddie David Giral Ortiz, who agreed to payment terms before the tournament in Mexico in November.

Kevin Paul Dupont | On Second Thought

One small golf tip lands Matt Kuchar in deep rough

After winning $1.3 million in a November event, he gave his fill-in caddie only $5,000 — and until Friday defended that.

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.

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The Super Bowl 53 MVP started the 61st running of the 500.

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

//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.

DAYTONA 500

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An unsual field of upstarts, including Connecticut’s Ryan Preece, will try to capture NASCAR’s biggest race Sunday.

GOLF ROUNDUP

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1130199429.jpg Justin Thomas takes one-shot lead at Genesis Open

Thomas shared the lead at 6-under 65 with Adam Scott after two rounds of the rain-delayed tournament but surged ahead before third-round play was suspended.

Lowell's Aaron Diaz tries to fight off Brookline's Daniel Solomon, during the MIAA Division 1 state wrestling championships at Methuen High. Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe.

Mark Lorenz for the Globe

MIAA WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Central Catholic’s Mando Binet turns tragedy into emotional Div. 2 triumph

After death of his friend three years ago, Binet fulfilled a promise to “win a state title for him” with his victory in the 195-pound final.

Sports Log

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/AFP_1DI7OU.jpg Mikaela Shiffrin skis through illness to win slalom at world championship

Fighting off a lung infection, the American skier delivered her most resilient performance yet.

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY - FEBRUARY 16: PJ Washington #25 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball against Tennessee Volunteers at Rupp Arena on February 16, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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KENTUCKY 86, TENNESSEE 69

No. 5 Kentucky upsets No. 1 Tennessee in men’s college basketball

The Wildcats ended the Volunteers school-record 19-game winning streak.

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Severino’s deal includes a team option for 2023 that could make the deal worth $52.25 million for five seasons.

College hockey notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/09/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/aiken.jpg Red-hot UMass Lowell charges up the Hockey East standings

The River Hawks are on a 9-0-1 streak that includes two wins over first-place UMass.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_boshous11_spts.jpg Entercom, WEEI officially announce details on Red Sox broadcasts for 2019

A number of broadcasters, including Sean McDonough, will join Joe Castiglione in the radio booth this season.

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands in the bench area during the second half of the team's NFL football game against the New York Jets in Santa Clara, Calif. An arbitrator is sending Kaepernick's grievance with the NFL to trial, denying the league's request to throw out the quarterback's claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests of social injustice. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Colin Kaepernick wanted $20 million or more to consider playing with new AAF

The Associated Press cited a source, though neither Kaepernick nor the AAF has acknowledged such talks.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumackilacrose133.jpg New Premier Lacrosse League to open at Gillette Stadium

The league will launch its six-team venture June 1 at the Foxborough venue.

NFL NOTEBOOK

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No terms of the settlement were released because of a confidentiality agreement.

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The Class of 2019 will be announced in Minneapolis at the NCAA Men’s Final Four in April.

NBA All-Star Weekend notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1129996879.jpg Jayson Tatum views stars differently this time

When asked who was the toughest player he has defended in the NBA, Tatum responded: “Kyrie [Irving] in practice.”

Kevin Paul Dupont

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