Odell Beckham Jr. to the Patriots? It’s not fantasy football

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) in action against the Chicago Bears during an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

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The cost of procuring the dynamic receiver’s services would be high, but a deal isn’t impossible.


// So, where do the Celtics go from here?

The final months of this season could have reverberations that affect the franchise for years.


// Red Sox are taking a big risk by not bringing back Craig Kimbrel

A lot of things have to go right for the Red Sox if this bullpen is to succeed without an elite closer.

Philadelphia Eagles' Golden Tate in action during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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The Patriots need wide receivers. Here are a few who might make sense

It’s not the strongest free agency group, and judging by the way receivers got paid last year, the bigger names won’t come cheap.

Matt Porter

// Missed calls, blown leads and a thrilling overtime highlighted Bruins win in San Jose

A lot of things happened, to put it lightly, in the Bruins’ 6-5 win Monday night.


// Manny Machado agrees to 10-year, $300 million deal with Padres

The Padres did not confirm the deal, presumably because it is pending a physical.

// Mookie Betts doesn’t think Machado deal will affect his own situation much

Betts, who can become a free agent after 2020, said, “We’re different players and it’ll be a different time.”

Fort Myers , FL - 2/18/2019 - (Day 7) Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) taking live BP. Boston Red Sox first full squad workout at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, FL. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 18Red Sox, LOID: 8.5.44661335.

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Shouldn’t we be a bit more concerned about Xander Bogaerts leaving?

His contract is up after this season, and there is no shortstop in the Red Sox organization ready to take over.


// Tuesday’s spring training report: A day for baseball purists

Double-play turns were crisp as the Red Sox continued to work on spring fundamentals.

Fort Myers, Fl- Feb 19, 2019-Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff—Postcard from Red Sox Spring Training at JetBlue Park. Today was Photo Day and the Sox wore their dress whites and they had to report to report to the ballpark before 8AM. Then they were photographed in a half dozen different situations. Here’s ace Chris Sale in what they called the “Red Room, ” He stands on a small pedestal which turns in a 360 degree ciricle. Sale was a pro about the photo shoot but other players jokingly compared it to being a rottisserie chicken. “ I felt like one,” said former Cy Young winner Rick Porcello.

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Feeling like a rotisserie chicken on Red Sox Photo Day

Tuesday was Photo Day, and one of the rooms in which players were photographed was called the Red Room.

Fort Myers , FL - 2/19/2019 - (Day 9) Sgt. Cedric King who lost both legs was on the field after giving a talk to the team in the morning. Boston Red Sox Spring Training at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, FL. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 20Red Sox, LOID: 8.5.477767020

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A retired US Army Master Sergeant delivers message of sacrifice and teamwork to Red Sox

Cedric King, who lost both legs serving in Afghanistan, addressed the team Tuesday and will again run the Boston Marathon in April.


// Julia Masotta has Methuen/Tewksbury on a roll

Julia Masotta has helped lead the second-ranked Red Rangers to a 17-1-1 record with one game remaining in the regular season.

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Blues 3, Maple Leafs 2 (OT)

Blues win record 11th straight; on collision course with Bruins

Ryan O’Reilly scored 34 seconds into OT as St. Louis beat Toronto, 3-2, for its franchise-record 11th straight win.

// Mariano Rivera calls child support allegations ‘unfounded’

The recently elected Hall of Famer is accused in his native Panama of failure to support two children he had outside his marriage.


// What would the dead cap hits be if Antonio Brown or Odell Beckham Jr. were traded?

The Steelers on Tuesday agreed to begin talks to trade Brown.

// Former Celtic Glen Davis avoids jail time in marijuana bust

Davis, known as “Big Baby,” agreed to pay $15,000 to avoid jail time on drug charges.

Sports log

Campaign to increase NFL pensions receives a $100k boost

NFL great Jim Brown called “pension disparity” the most pressing issue for the league’s retirees.

// USA Gymnastics hires NBA executive Li Li Leung as new CEO

Leung arrives as USA Gymnastics attempts to fend off decertification from the United States Olympic Committee.

// Co-founder of AAF dismisses reports that $250 million investment from Hurricanes owner is a financial bailout

The Hurricanes owner also will serve as chairman of the fledgling eight-team league that began play on Feb. 9.

// Jaylen Brown elected vice president of NBPA

Brown will begin his 3-year term immediately.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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