GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

Kyrie Irving’s focus is on more than just basketball

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)

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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.

//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.

FILE - In this April 9, 2015, file photo, Rochester Red Wings pitcher Alex Meyer (32) looks in for a signal as a 20-second pitch clock is used for the Triple-A baseball opener between the Buffalo Bisons and Rochester Red Wings, in Buffalo, N.Y. This season, every minor league game that is tied after nine innings will begin each extra inning with a runner on second base. In baseball, runners are not awarded bases for no reason. They earn their way there. Not this season. Not in the minor leagues. Forget hits, runs and errors. Welcome to the baseball's brave new world where we are in a hurry to get done with the game. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert, File)

2015 file/Bill Wippert/Associated press

MLB spring training games will have pitch clocks this week

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

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

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

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.

MATT PORTER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/15624eabafd0437ca590bbec0e560e9e-15624eabafd0437ca590bbec0e560e9e-27017.jpg Goalie Tuukka Rask has fueled Bruins’ hot streak

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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/14/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin021419Day3RedSoxSpringTraining_Spt26.jpg Sunday’s spring training report: Tyler Thornburg impresses in bullpen session

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

NBA ALL-STAR NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1130390910-27051.jpg 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.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

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Owners have the right to implement pitch clocks this year without consent, but Rob Manfred has been reluctant without OK from the playersOwners have the right to implement pitch clocks this year without consent, but Rob Manfred has been reluctant without OK from the players

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.

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/f70af57d1a7a44699285b02953b38a1a-f70af57d1a7a44699285b02953b38a1a-0.jpg 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 17: J.B. Holmes reacts after winning the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club on February 17, 2019 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

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GOLF ROUNDUP

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_rsr1_spts.jpg 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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/0d250041f89a4415a216aedb2611a137-0d250041f89a4415a216aedb2611a137-0.jpg Luis Severino, Yankees agree to $40 million, four-year contract

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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/27/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/ce5f1bd75d2a4eb1bb293d9c0f9a66f3-ce5f1bd75d2a4eb1bb293d9c0f9a66f3-0.jpg Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid settle collusion cases with NFL

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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/03/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/77e0f9a31db84dff9fa1ed1d6f341172-77e0f9a31db84dff9fa1ed1d6f341172-0.jpg Barbara Stevens, Bill Fitch, and Paul Westphal among Hall of Fame finalists

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

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.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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