Celtics hold off Heat, now tied with Cavs atop East

Boston MA 3/26/17 Boston Celtics Jae Crowder steals the ball from Miami Heat Goran Dragic during second quarter action at the TD Garden. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

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The Celtics completed a four-game season sweep of the Heat, who they could meet early in the playoffs.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/200_marcus_smart.jpg In Marcus Smart’s case, stats miss the point

The Celtics guard does the little things that help win games.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/5f1002f4ada84926892fae42814913d1-5f1002f4ada84926892fae42814913d1-0.jpg Avery Bradley is back to work

The Celtics guard returned to action against Miami following a one-game absence.

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Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/e20904ea93a24e979f6fe46af5cd2864-e20904ea93a24e979f6fe46af5cd2864-0-13883.jpg Everything seems all right for Pablo Sandoval

A righthanded home run on Saturday was another sign the Red Sox third baseman is ready to play.

On Sunday, Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez picked a runner off second base and threw out a runner trying to steal third.

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Dan Shaughnessy

Don’t get caught up: Christian Vazquez should be the starter

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Vazquez is “a special player defensively.”


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin021917SpringTrainingDay7_Spt19.jpg Red Sox send Rusney Castillo, Allen Craig to minor-league camp

The high-priced Triple A players were among seven taken off the major-league camp roster.

NCAA Tournament

Luke Maye (32) celebrated after making the game-winning basket.

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North Carolina 75, Kentucky 73

North Carolina comes on top after a wild finish

Luke Maye hit a transition jumper with 0.3 seconds left to send the Tar Heels to the Final Four.

East Regional final | South Carolina 77, Florida 70

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Sindarius Thornwell scored 26 points as the Gamecocks earned their first trip to the Final Four.

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, second from left, and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick watch during pro day at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, March 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

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Ben Volin | On football

At NFL events, Bill Belichick lets his rings do the talking

Belichick has been writing his own rules this offseason.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/11/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumacki_bruinsvscanucks_sports1081.jpg What’s up with Tuukka Rask and the Bruins’ goalie situation?

Rask, who has lost his last four starts, is dealing with an injury. Backup Anton Khudobin has won his last five starts.

NCAA northeast regional | Notre Dame 3, UMass Lowell 2 (OT)

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Andrew Oglevie scored the winner at 2:44 of the extra frame, denying the River Hawks a trip to the Frozen Four.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/RinaldiFrozenFenway001-14009.jpg Coyotes sign BU forward Clayton Keller to entry-level deal

Keller, 18, was the seventh overall pick in last year’s NHL draft.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/2014-02-12T140635Z_2011235983_LR2EA2C136OEB_RTRMADP_3_OLYMPICS-ICEHOCKEY-12265.jpg US women’s hockey team pushes for deal on pay equity

USA Hockey has been contacting players and seeing if they’ll play on a replacement team during the upcoming world championships.

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