Morning Sports Update: Pablo Sandoval on benching: ‘I have to be positive’

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Boston Red Sox's Pablo Sandoval waits to take batting practice during a spring training baseball workout in Fort Myers, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Travis Shaw will start over Pablo Sandoval for Opening Day. –Patrick Semansky/AP

Villanova beats UNC, 77-74, to win the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship after a pair of insane buzzer-beater shots, and Pablo Sandoval is staying positive about his reduced role with the Red Sox.

Villanova’s Kris Jenkins hits a buzzer-beater to win the NCAA National Championship: The NCAA Tournament might never be quite this mad again. (


Pablo Sandoval on benching: ‘I have to be positive’: “I have to be positive,” said Sandoval after the Sox saw their season opener postponed until Tuesday, “and all do all the work that I have to be doing. It’s going to be different but you have to stick with it, because it’s going to help the team be better.” (


Red Sox season opener vs. Indians postponed until Tuesday: Boston’s Opening Day matchup against the Cleveland Indians on Monday was postponed until 1:10 p.m. on Tuesday, the team announced on Monday at roughly 2:30 p.m. (

Patriots’ Alan Branch and Marcus Cannon should have weight on their minds: Two Patriots have to watch their weight this offseason. Defensive tackle Alan Branch will receive $100,000 each time for weighing 355 pounds or less in April, May, and June, and another $100,000 for reporting to training camp at 350 pounds. And offensive lineman Marcus Cannon gets a total of $100,000 for hitting 350 pounds or less in April, 345 pounds in June, and 340 pounds in July. (The Boston Globe)

Twitter reportedly gets rights to stream Thursday Night Football: Twitter Inc., making a strategic push into online programming, won a deal to show Thursday night National Football League games online, a person familiar with the matter said. (

Playoff losses during the Tom Brady era

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