Peter Abraham | On baseball

Ben Cherington says the Red Sox can be fixed — next year

The Red Sox are the worst team in the American League, the product of investing more in their lineup than the pitching staff.


// Mike Napoli hits critical homer as Red Sox rally

Napoli’s go-ahead blast came in the seventh, moments after the Red Sox bullpen had surrendered a lead.

// Sticking to routine works for Red Sox’ Alejandro de Aza

When he arrived at Fenway Park for Friday night’s game against the Tampa Rays, De Aza said he did not allow any trade speculation to become a distraction.

Red Sox Notebook

// Red Sox acquire reliever Ryan Cook from A’s

The Sox will send either a player to be named later or cash considerations to Oakland in order to get a look at the 28-year-old righthander.

// Red Sox do ‘a whole lot of nothing’ at trade deadline

The Sox made one minor move, acquiring minor league righthanded reliever Ryan Cook from the A’s.

// Brady, players union want fast verdict

Tom Brady’s attorneys said both parties believe a resolution can be reached on his disputed four-game suspension by Sept. 4.

Patriots notebook

// Julian Edelman doesn’t miss a beat at Patriots’ camp

Coming off another banner season, the receiver was the go-to guy again for the quarterbacks Friday.

Stephen Gostkowski signed a four-year, $17.2 million deal earlier this month.

Stephen Gostkowski is happy to still be with Patriots

The Patriots’ career points leader, who signed a four-year deal this month, said he “didn’t want to go anywhere.”

// Bill Belichick says he didn’t see plane’s ‘cheaters’ banner

The coach says he has not been distracted by outside activities, including a plane circling above Thursday’s practice.


// Lower stakes, but Malcolm Butler still making plays

It wasn’t quite the Super Bowl, but the cornerback was among defenders getting back into the swing of things in Day 2 of camp.

Red Sox bring back ice bucket challenge

Challenge co-founders Pete Frates and Pat Quinn watched Red Sox players and personnel help raise awareness and research funding for ALS.

// Celtics’ Brad Stevens soaking in Africa experience

From Johannesburg, the Celtics coach spoke on his basketball travels and the upcoming season.

opinion | Molly Goodwin

// Jen Welter’s NFL job speaks to women’s strength

It is vital that girls and women are able to participate in football – on and off the field.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

// How accurate are NFL preseason forecasts?

NFL experts make their picks every year, so we reviewed how they match up with reality.


// MLB notebook: Seeking punch, Mets trade for Yoenis Cespedes

New York acquired the slugging outfielder from Detroit in their strongest attempt yet to boost a punchless lineup that threatened to derail their postseason hopes.

Joe Sullivan | Horse racing

// American Pharoah can’t lose in Haskell

The Triple Crown winner towers over the seven other horses entered in the $1.75 million stakes race at Monmouth Park Sunday.

Participants dance under threatening skies at a gathering to watch the announcement of the 2022 Winter Olympics host city outside the Beijing Olympic Stadium, also known as the Birds Nest.

John Powers | On Olympics

In choosing Beijing, IOC went the safe route

The 2022 Winter Games nearly went to darkhorse candidate Almaty, Kazakhstan, in a close vote Friday.

// Beijing picked to host 2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, were the only two candidates left after four European cities pulled out for political or financial reasons.

Golf roundup

// Golf roundup: Tiger Woods three back at Quicken Loans National

Tiger Woods shot a 5-under 66 at the Quicken Loans National in Gainesville, Va., and is three shots back of second-round leader Ryo Ishikawa.

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


// Patriots during the Bill Belichick era

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