BEN VOLIN I SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

What to do with Jimmy Garoppolo? One GM says Patriots have to keep him

New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) looks to pass during a joint practice with the NFL football team Houston Texans on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson)

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“Quarterbacks that you think can do it, who go out on Sundays and win for you, you can’t lose them,” said Scot McCloughan.

Live updates: Patriots at Texans preseason game

After a holding joint practices this week in West Virginia, the teams will square off in Houston.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

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The Patriots quarterback was expected to see action against the Texans on the same field he won Super Bowl MVP honors.

Boston, MA - 10/11/1967: Boston Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey, left, stands with Red Sox player Reggie Smith after the Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series at Fenway Park in Boston on Oct. 11, 1967. The Red Sox forced a Game 7 by winning, 8-4. (Frank O'Brien/Globe Staff) --- BGPA Reference: 170322_MJ_041

NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

‘I never once found any evidence that [Tom] Yawkey was personally racist,’ biographer says

Bill Nowlin spent six years researching and writing the book, which is due out in February.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick stands on the field during an NFL football joint practice with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Bill Belichick and his heavy-hitting practice guests

Tony La Russa and Tom Crean were guests of the Patriots coach this past week.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 13: Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium on August 13, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Game 122: Yankees at Red Sox lineups and game notes

Chris Sale and CC Sabathia face off in this 7:10 p.m. game.

LEXINGTON, KY - AUGUST 06: Al Harrington #3 of Trilogy dunks the ball during the game against Power during week seven of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at Rupp Arena on August 6, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/BIG3/Getty Images)

GARY WASHBURN I SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

The Big3, a successful summer, and what could come next

The quality of play has improved and the players have become more accustomed to the half-court style.

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 08: The Pittsburgh Penguins coaching staff uses an iPad against the Nashville Predators during the first period in Game Five of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at PPG PAINTS Arena on June 8, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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FLUTO SHINZAWA I SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

How the iBench system helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup

The system, powered by XOS Digital, provides in-game video solutions to 25 NHL teams.

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

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Jacoby Brissett, for one, will be under scrutiny as the Patriots face the Texans in Houston Saturday night.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/02/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Boghosian_Patriots6_SPTS-001.jpg A two-year mission changed Harvey Langi. Now he’s pushing for a roster spot

Five years before he would line up across from Tom Brady in practice, Langi cut down trees and spent hours talking to homeless people under highway overpasses.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

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The Red Sox have stopped the lefthander from throwing for now because of stiffness.

Red Sox rookie Rafael Devers (11) is congratulated after his two-run home run, his seventh round-tripper in 19 games.

Red Sox 9, Yankees 6

Red Sox overpower Yankees’ bullpen

Mitch Moreland’s two-run pinch-single capped a four-run seventh inning.

08/04/2017 T Hingham Ma- Jaime Bickford is a elite video gamer .Jonathan Wiggs\Globe Staff Reporter:Topic.

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KEVIN PAUL DUPONT

How this Hingham native emerged as a top gamer in North America’s Rocket League

Jaime Bickford signed in May with Splyce as a professional eSports competitor.

Kevin Paul Dupont | On Second Thought

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Some of it is so, so far beyond my imagination.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/07/30/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_boskc16_spts.jpg Eduardo Nunez has given the Red Sox a spark at a relatively low cost

The versatile player has had a big impact in his short time with the team.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/04/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/davis_tour6_met.jpg Red Sox players do not engage in Yawkey Way discussion

Some players politely sidestepped the issue on Friday.

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KEVIN PAUL DUPONT

Bruins’ backup goalie job is still up for grabs

Bruce Cassidy will have the usual candidates to choose from: Khudobin, McIntyre, Subban.

REVOLUTION AT NYCFC | SUNDAY, 6 P.M. (CSN)

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New England takes a 13-match road winless streak into Sunday’s game at New York City FC.

NFL NOTEBOOK

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Fant was expected to start at left tackle for Seattle.

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The defensive end reportedly tore an ACL during a kickoff-return drill Wednesday.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/11/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin081017Patriots-JaguarsExhibition_Spt34.jpg Rob Gronkowski explained just how committed Tom Brady is to football

The Patriots tight end shared a very interesting story about his quarterback.

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Peter Abraham | Beat Writer’s Notebook

It’s time for John Farrell to manage with playoffs in mind

Here are five ways the Red Sox manager can start preparing for the postseason while still focusing on winning every day.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/07152008_side0715_pierce-6769719.jpg Celtics will retire Paul Pierce’s number Feb. 11

Pierce’s “34” will become the team’s 22nd number raised to the rafters.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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