Gordon Hayward suffers fractured left ankle in first game with Celtics

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 17: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics is sits on the floor after being injured while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on October 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Players on both teams and fans reacted in horror, with hands over open mouths and stunned looks on their faces after the Celtics’ star free agent signing went down hard just minutes into his Boston career.


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The Patriots’ defensive communication definitely will be tested.

ALCS: Yankees 6, Astros 4

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Aaron Judge hit a long home run in the seventh inning to spark the comeback.

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Owners, players and league and union reps focused addressing inequalities in the community.

Boston, MA: October 9, 2017: Former Red Sox infielder Alex Cora (pictured) has been mentioned as a possible replacement for fired Boston manager John Farrell (not pictured). Cora, shown in the visitor's dugout at Fenway Park, is currently the bench coach for the Houston Astros. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Houston Astros in Game Four of an ALDS baseball game at Fenway Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).


A closer look at three Red Sox managerial candidates

Here are the pros and cons on known candidates Brad Ausmus, Alex Cora, and Ron Gardenhire.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/speierlede.jpg It makes sense for Red Sox to go all-in for next season

The urgency for upgrades is magnified when you consider what the competitive landscape will be the following season.

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The Red Sox DH included a photo of himself in a hospital bed with the message “coming back stronger in’18.”

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The guard was unable to get an extension from the Celtics, who he said “wouldn’t budge” from their position.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 15: Running back Dion Lewis #33 of the New England Patriots celebrates his touchdown against the New York Jets during the second quarter of their game at MetLife Stadium on October 15, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Dion Lewis looks like he’s finally back to his explosive self

The running back’s numbers Sunday were modest, but he was mighty impressive against the Jets, in a variety of ways.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_boscharl5_spts.jpg Kyrie Irving says ‘it feels different’ being a visiting player in Cleveland

The new Celtic and his teammates are about to open the season against his former team, the Cavaliers.

The trade for Kyrie Irving following the signing of Gordon Hayward shaped the Celtics for the 2017-18 season.

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The inside story of the Celtics’ crazy offseason

The Celtics knew there would be change. But no one in their front office envisioned an offseason like this one.


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Cleveland has made significant changes, too, adding intrigue to a budding rivalry.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/LEE_patriotsjets17_spts-13340.jpg Bill Belichick doesn’t see a team that’s struggling

The coach said it’s unrealistic to expect the Patriots to be playing at a Super Bowl level now.

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 17: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics consoles Gordon Hayward #20 after Hayward was injured while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on October 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Celtics’ season changes in an instant

All of the plotlines of Tuesday’s season opener between the Celtics and Cavaliers disappeared when Gordon Hayward went down with a gruesome leg injury.


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The two ailing players, who did participate in Tuesday’s practice, bring an important element.

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The running back spent 34 snaps on the sideline on Sunday after losing a fumble in the victory over the New York Jets.

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A federal judge granted a temporary restraining order blocking the NFL’s six-game suspension in the latest round of court rulings.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/859190606-13366-kyvC--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg What to look for around the NBA this season

What teams are on the rise and on the decline? Who are the MVP candidates and the top rookies?


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/856883746-13356-kaUG--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg A team-by-team assessment of the NBA

Here’s how things are shaping up after a busy offseason that saw some teams reshape themselves.

Season Ticket Podcast

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/seasonticket_300-13378.jpg Where do the Celtics fit in the NBA landscape this season?

Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports’ The Vertical joined Chris Gasper to discuss the Celtics and the new NBA season.

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Ausmus and Dave Dombrowski have worked together, but the Sox top candidate is still Alex Cora.

Sports Log

San Antonio’s WNBA franchise moving to Las Vegas

MGM Resorts International bought team and will move it to Vegas to begin play in 2018.

10/22/2016 - Boston, MA - October 22, 2016: Eight-man crews compete in the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, MA on October 22, 2016. This weekends 52nd running of the Head of the Charles Regatta continues Sunday. (Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe) Section: Sports reporter:

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Your guide to the 2017 Head of the Charles Regatta

The 53rd running of the Head of the Charles Regatta is Oct. 21-22 in Boston. Here’s what you need to know.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/06/14/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/06132008_GL13leww-6711519.jpg Paul Pierce says he has cleared the air with Ray Allen

The former Celtics teammates connected during a promotional trip to China.

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Yale actually got more first-place votes in the media poll but the Crimson came out on top.

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The Minutemen were picked 12th out of 14 teams, ahead of only Fordham and Duquesne

Robert Morris University President Chris Howard (right) spoke at Monday’s forum at Harvard University. He was joined (from left) by UConn’s Susan Herbst, the NCAA’s Mark Emmert, and the Ivy League’s Robin Harris.

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NCAA’s Mark Emmert discusses scandal, fallout at Harvard panel

“I find it impossible to believe that the only way people can sell shoes is by bribing youngsters,” the NCAA president said.

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2016, file photo, Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino reacts to a question during a press conference in Louisville, Ky. Louisville's Athletic Association has officially fired coach Rick Pitino, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, nearly three weeks after the school acknowledged that its men's basketball program is being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

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Rick Pitino officially out as Louisville basketball coach

Pitino was unanimously ousted amid a federal bribery investigation into the basketball program.

Alex Speier

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Simply put, it’s complicated, but the amount of tax will be based on how far over the team goes in pursuit of power.