christopher l. gasper

Patriots’ contender status about to be tested

After facing middling QBs for most of the season, in the next 6 games the Patriots will see Jay Cutler, Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, Matthew Stafford, Aaron Rodgers, and Philip Rivers.

Darrelle Revis, left, with Kyle Arrington, was back at practice Wednesday after being sent home on Tuesday.

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Bill Belichick sent Darrelle Revis home for being late

Revis did not practice Tuesday, and league sources said it was because he was late to the Patriots facility.

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

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There has been just enough Good Jay to keep the 3-4 Bears competitive. But will that continue in Foxborough on Sunday?

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/unnamed-7731--90x90.jpg Tom Brady thinks he can improve his mobility

“I joke all the time, I don’t have one cell in my body that ever tells me to run,” Brady said. But the Patriots QB is trying to change that.

Omar Infante watches his two-run shot to left field that capped the Royals’ five-run sixth inning. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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Royals 7, Giants 2

Royals beat Giants, even World Series

Kansas City broke the game open with five runs in the sixth inning to even the series at 1-1 as it heads to San Francisco.

world series notebook

MLB honors Pete Frates’ family for fighting ALS

Although the ex-BC player was unable to attend the game himself, MLB honored him at the World Series for raising awareness about ALS.

Nick Cafardo | On baseball

Brawl nearly breaks out between Giants, Royals

Giants reliever Hunter Strickland’s reaction to a Royals home run almost set off a brawl during World Series Game 2.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

Bruins set to see Johnny Boychuk in Boston again

The popular defenseman, who was traded to the Islanders before the season, is off to a hot start with New York.

Celtics get Smart performance in victory over Nets

The Celtics beat Brooklyn, 100-86, in their final preseason game.

Bob Ryan

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Read past columns from Ryan, who began writing for the Globe in 1968 and now contributes occasional columns.

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

INTERACTIVE 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.