Bill Russell was unparalleled on the basketball court, uncompromising off it – The Boston Globe

He lived his life in a relentlessly straightforward manner. He basically gave the racism he encountered the back of his hand. “Proud” does not begin to describe the forthright nature by which he lived his life. He was a role model and an inspiration. He was a truly Great American. Oh, and he could play … Read more

Baker says Orange Line will be shut down for 30 days to make critical repairs – The Boston Globe

“This is an unprecedented service diversion for the MBTA,” said T General Manager Steve Poftak during the briefing with Baker. “We have never shut down an entire line in this way in order to make sweeping improvements. But we’re doing this because it’s the fastest, most efficient way to deliver benefits to our customers. Rather … Read more

With roster changes looming, Red Sox overcome distractions and right ship for a day with win vs. Brewers – The Boston Globe

“I’m not blind. I know what’s going on, being out there. But just put it off to the side,” Martinez said. “As far as I know I’m here. I’m not going to think anything otherwise. I want to make it as hard on [chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom to make a trade] as I can. … Read more

It’s unlikely that you’ll catch monkeypox on the T: Answering questions about the virus – The Boston Globe

The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a public health emergency on Saturday, indicating that it is an “extraordinary event” — and requires a response. We spoke to experts to find out who’s most at risk, where to get tested, and what else the public needs to know. How severe are the symptoms of monkeypox? … Read more

Sexually transmitted diseases rise rapidly as precautions wane – The Boston Globe

STDs, particularly gonorrhea, syphilis, and congenital syphilis — babies born with the infection from their mother — are all on the rise, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Across the country, reported cases of gonorrhea increased by 10 percent in 2020, while reported syphilis cases jumped 7 percent. … Read more

As Patriots open training camp, Bill Belichick praises Mac Jones for making ‘tremendous strides’ – The Boston Globe

Mac Jones continues to make all the right moves. Following a standout rookie season that included winning a camp quarterback competition against a former MVP, helping to lead the Patriots back to the playoffs, and earning a Pro Bowl invite, Jones has “made tremendous strides” and is starting 2022 “from a much, much higher point,” … Read more

Would it be worth the cost for the Celtics to deal Jaylen Brown to the Nets for Kevin Durant? – The Boston Globe

Brown responded to Monday’s report with a “smh” on his Twitter account, and for folks who don’t understand, that translates into “that’s a damn shame” (”shaking my head”). The reality is Brown would be the most marketable piece in any Durant deal because Jayson Tatum can’t — and won’t — be involved. Because one team … Read more

How it happened: David Ortiz’s Hall of Fame speech caps special day in Cooperstown – The Boston Globe

Ortiz is just the fourth player born in the Dominican Republic to be elected to the Hall of Fame. He joins Juan Marichal (1983), fellow Red Sox legend (and close friend) Pedro Martinez (2015), and Vladimir Guerrero (2018). The slugger, who is the only designated hitter elected to the Hall on the first ballot, was … Read more