Jabaal Sheard is doing his share in Patriots rotation

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Jabaal Sheard #93 of the New England Patriots sacks Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Buffalo Bills during the second half on September 20, 2015 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. New England defeats Buffalo 40-32. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

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The defensive end is not only playing with purpose, he is giving Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones a breather.

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The FTC is accusing Alex Guerrero of impersonating a doctor and making unsubstantiated claims that his products cure concussions and cancer.

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Lee passed his concussion protocol and participated in Dallas’s practice on Friday.


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The versatile rookie lineman came from an option-oriented offense at Georgia Tech.


Patriots’ keys to victory over the Cowboys

An in-depth look at Sunday’s matchup, as the Patriots try to make it four straight wins.

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Their approach is to focus on what was positive and work on eliminating the mistakes.

Adam Himmelsbach

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The Celtics’ overseas fans — many wearing their Larry Bird jerseys — got a treat this week with the team’s visit.

Friday’s high school football scores

Check out the final scores from Friday’s high school football games in and around Greater Boston.

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 21: Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox slaps high fives after a grand slam to retake the lead in the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on September 21, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

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Peter Abraham

What is the trade value of each Red Sox player?

Only two players appear untouchable. Here’s a look at the potential return for the rest of them.

Oct 3, 2015; Durham, NC, USA; Boston College Eagles quarterback Jeff Smith (5) runs with the ball as Duke Blue Devils safety Deondre Singleton (33) defends at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports


BC-Wake Forest is a matchup of mirror images

The Eagles and Demon Deacons are both work-in-progress teams looking for their first conference win.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/sox3.jpg In the end, John Lackey lived up to his contract

The former Red Sox righty will face former teammate Jon Lester Friday in Game 1 of the Cardinals-Cubs NLDS game.


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The veteran gave the Cardinals 7 shutout innings, and St. Louis touched up Jon Lester for three runs.

Mets 3, Dodgers 1

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/10/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/492065770.jpg Jacob deGrom outduels Clayton Kershaw, Mets top Dodgers in Game 1

DeGrom struck out 13 in seven scoreless innings, tying a franchise playoff record set by Tom Seaver in 1973.


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Texas outlasted Toronto in 14 innings Friday, breaking a 4-4 tie on Hanser Alberto’s RBI single.


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Ben Zobrist hit a go-ahead single in the seventh and Kansas City’s bullpen finished off a 5-4, come-from-behind win.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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Read his recent “On Second Thought” columns and more features from the longtime Globe writer.

Belichick era database


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Look back on the Boston Globe’s coverage of every game the Patriots have played since Bill Belichick became the head coach in 2000.