Alex Speier

Can the Red Sox carry momentum into the playoffs?

The Red Sox are 18-5 in September.

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Recent history suggests being the best team down the stretch is far from a guarantee of October success.

Yankees 7, Blue Jays 5

// With Blue Jays’ loss, Red Sox magic number to clinch AL East down to 1

Aaron Hicks’ game-winning homer allowed New York to avoid a four-game sweep in Toronto.

// Red Sox postseason roster coming into focus

Most spots appear locked up, but questions remain at third base and in the bullpen.


// Christian Vazquez sets sights on future

The Red Sox catcher hopes to re-establish himself as a frontline backstop.

Paul Pierce announced Monday that he plans to retire after this season.

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Paul Pierce shows he’s still driven to win

The Clippers forward is aging better than most of his contemporaries.


// Avery Bradley recalls time in Boston with retiring Paul Pierce

The Celtics guard says former teammates Pierce and Kevin Garnett had a big impact on his career.

New Celtics forward Al Horford recorded a promotional video Monday during the team’s media day.

Al Horford, Celtics appear an ideal fit

The prize free-agent acquisition loves the history of the franchise and the direction it’s going in.

Boston, Ma-Sept. 15, 2016-Globe Staff Photo by Stan Grossfeld- Christian Elias, 44, the Green Monster scoreboard operator at work during a Yankees Red Sox game at Fenway Park.

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The inside stories of Fenway’s Green Monster

Christian Elias, the scoreboard operator who is retiring after 25 years, knows what Manny was doing in there, among other things.


// Brad Marchand gets security, Bruins get a friendly cap hit

The left wing could have waited for a bigger payday in free agency, but both sides won in this deal.

// Bruins, Brad Marchand agree on 8-year, $49 million extension

The deal runs through 2024-25 and is worth an average of $6.125 million per season.


// Bruins lose preseason opener to Columbus

Sam Gagner scored the only goal in the overtime shootout, leading Columbus to a 3-2 win at TD Garden.

// LeGarrette Blount has a head of steam going early

The beefy Patriots tailback is on a roll, with back-to-back 100-yard efforts five days apart.

// This is classic Rex Ryan

The Bills coach brought up the Patriots quarterback situation unprompted in a news conference Sunday.


// Finding momentum is elusive for Boston College football

Coach Steve Addazio is hoping the Eagles can get some traction in what has been an up-and-down season.

// Jose Fernandez memorials fill Marlins Park

The mood in the ballpark was somber before the game, which Fernandez had been scheduled to start.


// Falcons overpower winless Saints

Tevin Coleman ran for three touchdowns, and Matt Ryan passed for two more.