This loss hurts: After Indians rally, Red Sox fall short in ninth

Boston, MA: 8-20-18: Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello reacts as he is hit by a top of the seventh inning line drive off the bat of the Indains Yan Gomes. He would remzin in the game, but give up a two run home run to thde next Vleveand batter Greg Allen which gave the visitors a 5-3 lead. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Cleveland Indians in a regular season MLB baseball game at Fenway Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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Cleveland erased a 3-0 deficit against Rick Porcello to earn the comeback win in the battle of division leaders.


// Here’s why Terry Francona ranks as the best manager in Red Sox history

The infamous Chicken and Beer Year was one of the greatest collapses in baseball history, but the rest of Francona’s tenure in Boston was off the charts.


Takeaways from Jose Baez’s biography of Aaron Hernandez

In “Unnecessary Roughness: Inside the Trial and Final Days of Aaron Hernandez,” the attorney sheds fascinating new details about the former Patriots star’s life.

New England Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Patriots notebook

Phillip Dorsett declares ‘I’m fine’ after scare in practice last week

Patriots receiver was back at practice after pulling up with what appeared to be a leg injury.

// Bruins expect Patrice Bergeron to start camp on time

The Bruins’ No. 1 center had more groin surgery in June but coach Bruce Cassidy isn’t worried about his condition.


// Indians’ Sandy Alomar still awaiting his opportunity

A good friend of fellow Puerto Rican Alex Cora, the veteran coach remains eager for a chance to manage.

// Keionta Davis confident his time has come with Patriots

The second-year player is fully recovered from a disk problem and ready to add more versatility to the defensive line.

Boston, MA - 7/28/2018 - Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora watches batting practice. The Boston Red Sox host the Minnesota Twins in the third of a four game series at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 29Red Sox-Twins, LOID: 8.4.2639724244.


What Alex Cora is doing isn’t just remarkable, it’s unprecedented

Even Terry Francona never had a stretch like the one that has been the Red Sox’ 2018 season so far.

// Jessica Mendoza on the shift, Dave Matthews Band, and why the Red Sox are different this year

Over East Coast beers and a plate of nachos, we spent a couple hours talking to Mendoza about beer, baseball, and what it’s like working with A-Rod.

Christopher L. Gasper

An ode to the greatness of Simone Biles

Her display of superiority had her competitors openly acknowledging the yawning gap between Biles and the rest of the US gymnasts.

NFL notebook

// Redskins sign Adrian Peterson to fill hole at RB

Peterson, 33, is 12th all-time in rushing with 12,276 yards and needs 37 to pass Jim Brown.

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates beating the Georgia Bulldogs in overtime to win the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Alabama won 26-23. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Alabama is No. 1 in AP’s preseason Top 25 football rankings

This is the third straight year the Crimson Tide have been the top-ranked team in the preseason poll.


// The Rays’ pitching strategy kept the Red Sox off balance

Boston mustered just two hits on the afternoon as Tampa Bay relied heavily on its bullpen.


// Alex Cora is eager to match wits with Terry Francona

Red Sox rookie manager learned a lot from the Indians’ boss when he played for Francona from 2005-08 in Boston.

Jim McBride

// Nagged by hamstring injury, Kenny Britt has maintained positive approach

Despite being limited, the veteran wide receiver has tried to be upbeat. “I know a lot of guys feed off my energy,” he said.

Boston College head coach Steve Addazio answers a question during a news conference at the NCAA Atlantic Coast Conference college football media day in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, July 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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BC’s Steve Addazio puts a premium on momentum in scheduling

The Eagles’ early football slate appears to be tilted in their favor, and that is not an accident.

US Gymnastics Championships

Once again, Simone Biles is the top gymnast in the country

The four-time Olympic gold medalist finished with a two-day score of 119.850.

// Mike Tirico to take over as studio host for NBC’s Sunday night football

Tirico, who replaces Dan Patrick, had spent the last two seasons as the on-site host for Football Night in America.

US Gymnastics notebook

// Kerry Perry speaks (finally), but offers little more than rhetoric

New USA Gymnastics CEO’s first press conference seemed lacking in specifics and direction for the troubled organization.

// Yale is preseason pick in Ivy football; Harvard third

Yale is going for back-to-back Ivy League titles for the first time since 1981.


// Urban Meyer’s fate at Ohio State may come down to meeting on Wednesday

The Buckeyes’ football coach has been the subject of an investigation into the handling of domestic-abuse allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith.

Boston, MA - 8/16/2018 - (pre game) New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) pulls in a pass during pre game warmups. Ground is not expected to play in tonight's game. The New England Patriots host the Philadelphia Eagles in the second pre-season home exhibition game at Gillette Stadium. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: James M. McBride, Topic: 17Patriots-Eagles, LOID: 8.4.2854134805.

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Patriots notebook

Rob Gronkowski joked on Shark Week: ‘This is all the training I need for this season’

After an offseason away from football activities — highlighted by his Shark Week appearance — Gronk is ready to ramp things up.

// The WNBA playoff field is set, and the Sparks and Lynx meet in first round

Here are a few things to watch for in the opening round of the playoffs.

Tennessee Titans defensive back Malcolm Butler runs a drill during NFL football training camp Friday, July 27, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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BEN VOLIN | On Football

Malcolm Butler has moved on, from the Patriots and his Super Bowl benching

The cornerback signed a life-changing contract — five years, $61.2 million — with the Titans in March.

Boston- 06/23/18- Boston Red Sox vs Seattle Mariners- Sox Eduardo Rodriguez fires a 1st inning pitch. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

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Red Sox pitchers Eduardo Rodriguez, Steven Wright nearing returns

Rodriguez will pitch Monday with Portland while Wright is close to going on a rehab assignment.

NFL notebook

// Bills quarterback McCarron getting second opinion on shoulder injury

First-round pick Josh Allen and returning backup Nathan Peterman jumped to the front of the Bills’ QB race.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 19: Didi Gregorius #18 of the New York Yankees is checked out by trainer Steve Donohue and manager Aaron Boone #17 after a collision at first base during the first inning with Kendrys Morales #8 of the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on August 19, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)


Didi Gregorius hurt in Yankees’ romp over Blue Jays

The star shortstop bruised his left heel in a collision at first base, an injury that could sideline him for a while.


// Canadian Ben Flanagan wins Falmouth Road Race

Flanagan’s win ended a four-year run by Kenyan Stephen Sambu; Caroline Chepkoech won the women’s race for a third straight time.


// Brandt Snedeker wins Wyndham Championship

He finished at 21-under-par 259 for his first win since 2016.


Braintree eliminated with loss to Delaware

Braintree finished 0-3 after its seventh-inning rally fell short in its 4-3 defeat at Shelby, N.C.