Patriots notebook

Patriots reach agreement with DE Adrian Clayborn and RB Jeremy Hill

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07: Adrian Clayborn #99 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after sacking Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 7, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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The Patriots also agreed to a deal with offensive tackle Matt Tobin.

Boston Celtics' Al Horford, right, goes up for a shot past Orlando Magic's Mario Hezonja (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 16, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Celtics 92, Magic 83

With Al Horford back, the Celtics got back to their winning ways

Boston’s patchwork lineup scored its first points with 10:04 left in the first quarter and never trailed again.

Boston, MA: 3/11/2018: After the final horn sounded, the Celtics Marcus Smart was upset about something, and he jawed with a Pacers opponent, then Indiana's Victor Oladipo (4) came over and tried to calm him down. The Boston Celtics hosted the Indiana Pacers in a regular season NBA basketball game at the TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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Celtics notebook

Celtics say Marcus Smart could return in 6-8 weeks

The guard had surgery Friday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb.


/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/03/16/ For the McCourtys, this reunion is a dream come true

The opportunity for twins Devin and Jason to play together as Patriots has them overjoyed.


// Patriots lose players but won’t lose ground in the AFC East

Here are some thoughts on NFL free agency, the Red Sox infield, and other timely sports topics . . .


// David Backes won’t face additional discipline for hit

Backes was ejected from Thursday’s game but the NHL ruled he did not target Vincent Trochek’s head.

Chad Finn

// Malcolm Butler’s time in New England should have ended better

The player who provided one of the greatest clutch plays ever would have made a difference in Super Bowl LII, too.

// A preview of Saturday’s NCAA Tournament games

Rhode Island will have its hands full with second-seeded Duke in the Midwest Region.

NCAA first round: UMBC 74, Virginia 54

// One for record books: UMBC shocks No. 1 seed Virginia

It was the first time a No. 16 seed had ever knocked off a No. 1 in the NCAA tourney

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: The UMBC Retrievers bench reacts to their 74-54 victory over the Virginia Cavaliers 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)

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Joe Sullivan | College basketball

UMBC’s achievement remarkable in many ways

The Retrievers are not a particularly good shooting team. Heck, they aren’t even the best team in the America East. That would be Vermont.


// Jets sign free agent cornerback Trumaine Johnson

Johnson spent his first six seasons with the Rams and established himself as one of the best cover cornerbacks in the NFL.

NFL Free Agency Tracker

// Johnson Bademosi the latest Patriots player to sign elsewhere

The cornerback and special teams player agreed to a two-year deal with the Houston Texans.

// Emotional Dion Lewis says he finally feels wanted

The former Patriot and new Titan said he is highly motivated to prove people wrong for doubting him.

Springfield MA 3/18/17 Brighton High School Bengals head coach Hugh Coleman and his players celebrate after they defeated Nashoba High Chieftains 82-58 during the 2017 MIAA Boys Division 2 State Finals at MassMutual Center. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

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2018 MIAA high school basketball and hockey state championships schedule

The basketball title games will be Saturday in Springfield, and hockey finals will be on Sunday at TD Garden.

2/12/2018 - Boston, MA - Cathedral High School - Barbara Ronca, cq, a junior at Braintree High School, went for a point during the game. The Cathedral High School Panthers faced off against the Braintree High School Wamps in girls high school basketball action on Monday evening, February 12, 2018. Topic: School roundup. Story by Greg Levinsky/Globe Staff. Photo by Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

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Who will win the state high school basketball titles?

Eight games in Springfield on Saturday will decide the champs. Here’s a look at the matchups.

Hockey East semifinals | BU 4, BC 3

// Boston University edges Boston College in overtime

Patrick Curry scored the winner at 15:40 of the extra session in the Hockey East semifinals.

Hockey East Notebook

// Hockey East lacks national power

Hockey East teams had difficulty beating non-conference opponents this season.

Boston, MA - 3/16/2018 - (2nd period) Northeastern Huskies forward Dylan Sikura (9) celebrates his game tying goal with Northeastern Huskies defenseman Ryan Shea (5) during the second period. NU-PC Hockey East semifinals at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Globe Correspondent, Topic: 17NU-PC Hockey, LOID: 8.4.1282875279.

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Hockey East semifinals | Providence 3, Northeastern 2

Northeastern falls to Providence in OT

Brandon Duhaime scored for the Friars at 9:55 of overtime.

college hockey roundup

Harvard loses to Clarkson in overtime

The Crimson gave up a three-goal lead in the ECAC semifinals.

FILE - In this March 6, 2017, file photo, Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma gestures to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against South Florida in the American Athletic Conference tournament finals in Uncasville, Conn. UConn finishes No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll for the fifth straight year. The Huskies (32-0) enter the NCAA Tournament as the lone unbeaten team and went wire-to-wire as the unanimous top team. They received all 32 votes from the national media panel Monday, March 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

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UConn women ready to get busy

The top-seeded Huskies host Saint Francis on Saturday in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Fordham 65, Harvard 47

Harvard women eliminated from NIT Tournament

Bre Cavanaugh scored a game-high 26 points for Fordham, which advances to the round of 32.

NCAA first round: Marshall 81, Wichita St. 75

// Marshall shocks Wichita St.

Marshall made its first NCAA tourney appearance in 1956 and made its most recent one in 1987, losing all five along the way

Red Sox Notebook

// Agent search gave Andrew Benintendi a glimpse of his future

A side benefit of finding new representation for the Red Sox outfielder was learning about his earning potential.


// Porcello solid in victory over Twins

The Red Sox righthander allowed a first-inning run before settling in to finish strong, allowing two runs in five innings of work.

// Logan Morrison was mildly surprised at Red Sox’ lack of interest

Morrison seemed to be an obvious fallback for J.D. Martinez, but he had “zero conversations” with Boston.

Sports Log

// Jose Altuve, Astros agree to additional $151 million over five seasons

The average annual value of the new money is $30.2 million, among baseball’s highest.