Troubling charges against Robert Kraft leave us wondering what to think

Patriots owner Robert Kraft is facing charges in Florida for solicitation of prostitution.

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This is the type of news that stops you in your tracks, flooding your mind with more questions than you know can be answered.

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft is facing charges of soliciting prostitution as part of an investigation of human trafficking at multiple day spas in Florida. A spokesperson for Kraft said: “We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity.”

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/22/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/sox12-001.jpg More than a game for Northeastern

Taking on the World Champions provides a thrill for the Huskies.

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He won’t rush his return from left knee surgery as he builds strength methodically.


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The Red Sox started the exhibition season by shutting out Northeastern, 6-0, in seven innings.

Fort Myers, Fl- Feb 22, 2019-Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff--Red Sox Spring Training at JetBlue Park. Sox vs. Northeastern.- Alex Cora and the Red Sox stand at attention during a moment of silence for Globe sportswriter Nick Cafardo.

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Alex Cora pays tribute to the Globe’s Nick Cafardo

Instead of giving his usual pregame briefing, the Red Sox manager spoke about the late writer Friday.


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The former Wild forward will meet up with his new teammates in St. Louis to face the Blues Saturday.

Patriots pick up four compensatory draft picks

The compensatories bring their total to 12 selections, six of which fall within the top 101.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/17/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/chin_021719_RedSoxSpringtraining_Spt2.jpg Welcome to the bullpen session of the future

The Red Sox have incorporated a slow-motion camera, three iPads, and a laptop to monitor pitchers during bullpen sessions.

Nick Cafardo was interviewed at Fenway Park in 2011.

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In Nick Cafardo, we lost a great teammate who was much loved

Nick was the ultimate baseball guy, one of the best writers of his generation, and he had no enemies.

Gary Washburn | On Basketball

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Marcus Morris chided officials after he felt he was fouled on the final play of the game.


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Leon finished 2018 with a .511 OPS, the lowest in baseball among the 313 players who had at least 250 plate appearances.

Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving (11) forces a jump ball against Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)



Celtics didn’t get many breaks in this one, and their final push wasn’t enough

Kyrie Irving’s off-balance one-handed shot at the buzzer was the last miss that mattered, as the Bucks solidified their standing atop the East.


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NESN broadcasts will prominently feature Jerry Remy and Dennis Eckersley, and radio coverage will have an intriguing twist.

Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving (11) drives between Milwaukee Bucks' Eric Bledsoe (6) and Giannis Antetokounmpo during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

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NBA: Officials missed multiple calls at end of Bucks-Celtics

The league’s reassessment of Thursday’s finish found errors in the critical jump ball, plus three uncalled fouls on Boston’s final play.

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 6: Matt Duchene #95 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on February 6, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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Blue Jackets add Matt Duchene from Senators

Duchene will be an unrestricted free agent after the season, as will new Columbus teammates Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/22/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/200_nick_cafardo.jpg Nick Cafardo, baseball writer of uncommon grace and dedication, dies at 62

Mr. Cafardo, the Globe baseball writer who died Thursday in Fort Myers, was legendary among all who cover sports.

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The 31-year-old safety said he still has desire to play, even after the Patriots won the Super Bowl.

Fort Myers , FL - 2/19/2019 - (Day 9) Boston Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts (50). 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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The Mookie Betts contract situation is tricky, but here’s a solution

The Red Sox star is due to become a free agent after 2020 and appears lukewarm on a long-term commitment here.

Foxborough MA 9/21/18 New England Revolution Antonio Mliner Delamea watching Chicago Fire Aleksandar Katai (right) goal during first half action at Gillette Stadium. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

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Revolution are getting a reality check in Florida

Vulnerabilities on defense have been exposed in three straight preseason losses.

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“He plays a fast, heavy game. He competes extremely hard. We’re excited,” said Brad Marchand, echoing a sentiment heard around the dressing room.

Fort Myers, Fl- Feb 18, 2019-Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff--Red Sox Spring Training at JetBlue Park. Postcard from Spring Training 2 of 3 Just for fun I asked the Red Sox if I could get behind the hitter in the batting cage. Surprisingly, they said yes. Red Sox infielder Tzu-Wei Lin was at bat. I crouched low behind him with a camera but not a glove. Uh, maybe I didnÕt think this through. Lin, from Taiwan looked at me like I was crazy. ÒDo not miss,Ó I said. The cage forms a picture frame around the hitter and isolates him from the fans. ThereÕs a matt covering the batters box and itÕs spongy and retains a good grip. Assistant hitting coach Andy Barkett delivers a medium speed meatball right down the middle. For a split second, Lin stands motionless, the beautiful white shiny ball with the spinning red seams heads straight for my um, midsection. But then Lin uncoils and crushes a towering shot to left center. I am relieved. Lin later said he felt much pressure. ÒWhen you walked in there I said ÔOh my God,Õ really youÕre going to take a picture from behind home plate? I was scared and Andy was too. If I swing and miss you are going to get hurt. So I tried to just hit the ball.Ó

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Inside the batting cage at Red Sox spring training

Our photographer stood behind infielder Tzu-Wei Lin for a pitch in the batting cage.


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Irving said he wishes the focus was on Williamson’s injury and his well-being, not his future.

2-21-19 Boston, MA: With their victory assured, the TechBoston first stringers were on the bench for the final minute of the game and erupted when one of their teammates in the game hit a shot. Left to right are Chris Norman (5), Alan Nunez (21), Javon Pierre (3), Lyron Bennett (2), Shamar Browder (0, behind Bennett) and Richard Burton (1) Head Coach Johnny Williams is at right in tan pants. TechBoston defeated New Mission in the boy's finals of the Boston City League Championship basketball tournament at Madison Park High School. (Jim Davis /Globe Staff)

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TechBoston runs off with another championship

The Bears successfully defended their City League title with a victory over New Mission.

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The new offensive coordinator said he immediately hit it off with head coach Steve Addazio.

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Williamson injured his his knee when his shoe ripped apart Wednesday, and shoe company Nike is feeling the backlash.

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