Jon Lester, the one who got away, will be back at Fenway

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 12: Jon Lester #34 of the Chicago Cubs waves to the crowd during a World Series Championship ring ceremony before a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field on April 12, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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The ace lefty thought he would return to the Red Sox in 2014. Now he returns as a member of the Cubs.

Alex Speier

// Can the Red Sox have an elite offense without hitting home runs?

Through 20 games, the Red Sox have just 11 homers through 20 games, the fewest in the big leagues.

// Red Sox prospect critical following auto accident

Kevin Steen was driving in Fort Myers, Fla., when his vehicle was hit by another.

Yankees at Red Sox | 7:10 p.m. (NESN)

// Chris Sale set for first taste of Red Sox-Yankees rivalry

Red Sox ace Chris Sale gets his first taste of the rivalry Thursday at Fenway Park.The lefthander has faced the Yankees 10 times, but tonight is his first shot as a Red Sox.

Boston MA 4/26/17 Boston Celtics Avery Bradley after knocking down a 3-point basket over Chicago Bulls Robin Lopez during third quarter action of game 5 of the NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

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Chad Finn

Let’s not overlook the contributions of Avery Bradley

The Celtics would not have been in position to take control in the fourth if Bradley hadn’t kept them in the game in the first half.


// Isaiah Thomas carried on after slow start

Thomas was 3 of 11 for 13 points after three quarters, but turned it on when needed in the fourth.


// Al Horford, Kelly Olynyk provide Celtics a boost

Horford and Olynyk have been maligned this season but they came through in Game 5.

Boston MA 4/26/17 Boston Celtics Kelly Olynyk and Chicago Bulls Anthony Morrow sharing a few words after a hard foul by Morrow during second quarter action of game 5 of the NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

Technically speaking, Bulls simply lost their composure

Things fell apart for Chicago during a 13-0 Celtics run in the fourth quarter.

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Koji Uehara throws in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


Koji Uehara returning to the scene of his prime

Now with the Cubs, he could be in for an emotional reunion with the Fenway fans, who embraced him here.

Red Sox notebook

// Joe Girardi still sees plenty of pop in Red Sox lineup

Even without the retired David Ortiz in the lineup, Yankees skipper still respects Boston’s power.

Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney takes questions from reporters during a news conference, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Boston. The NHL hockey team are bringing head coach Bruce Cassidy back next season, dropping the interim tag from his title as a reward for leading the team back to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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Bruins GM Don Sweeney: ‘The onus is right here in this chair’

Sweeney must improve a roster that was hampered by some of his questionable signings.


// Young players will get a shot with Bruins next season

Winger Matt Beleskey could be one underperforming veteran pushed out of a job.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes walks off the field after being ejected for throwing at Manny Machado during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 23, 2017 in Baltimore. The Red Sox won 6-2. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

Red Sox have no clubhouse issues with Dustin Pedroia, Matt Barnes

Team sources said Pedroia does not have any issues with John Farrell, either.

Texas A&M defensive lineman Myles Garrett (15) makes a one-handed sack as he pulls down UTSA quarterback Jared Johnson (15) during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

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Ben Volin’s 2017 NFL mock draft

The Globe football columnist takes a shot at forecasting the first 32 picks Thursday.

// Ed Werder, Jayson Stark among several high-profile ESPN layoffs

The sports network laid off approximately 100 employees, including several on-air talents.

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers looks to pass during the first half against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)


Best prediction for this year’s NFL Draft: uncertainty

The wild cards at quarterback are just one element of this draft that makes it unpredictable.

// A guide to the 2017 NFL Draft

Everything you need to know about the three-day draft that starts Thursday night in Philadelphia.


// Patriots look at guard Brandon Fusco and linebacker Dan Skuta

The veteran free agents could be under consideration for some roster depth.

Kanata, ONT - 4/14/2017 - Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy during Boston Bruins practice in advance of Saturday's Game 2 at the Bell Sensplex in Kanata, ON. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Fluto Shinzawa, Topic: 15Bruins, LOID: 8.3.2221977557.

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Fluto Shinzawa | on hockey

Bruce Cassidy proved he was the right man for the job

The late-season spark he created under the Bruins made interviews with other candidates moot.

Boston, Massachusetts -- 4/25/2017 - Bruins Charlie McAvoy talks to reporters during a press availability at Warrior Arena. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Bruins Reporter:

Charlie McAvoy added to US roster for World Championship

The 19-year-old Bruins defenseman will be making his men’s national team debut.

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