Just 20, Rafael Devers showing advanced talent and poise

Boston, MA: August 16, 2017: 20 year old Red Sox rookie phenom Rafael Devers hustles as he legs out a double. The Boston Red Sox hosted the St. Louis Cardinals in a regular season inter league MLB baseball game at Fenway Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff). Boston, MA: August 16, 2017: The Boston Red Sox hosted the St. Louis Cardinals in a regular season inter league MLB baseball game at Fenway Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

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“I’m here for a reason,” said the Red Sox rookie third baseman. “I’ve never been afraid on the baseball field.”

// John Henry wants the Red Sox to ‘lead the effort’ to rename Yawkey Way

The team’s owner said he is “haunted” by the racist history of former owner Tom Yawkey.


// Around the NFL, QBs are training and eating the Tom Brady way

Players such as Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, and Marcus Mariota are adopting Brady’s diet and regimen.


// Cardinals thought David Price was headed their way in free agency

In the end, St. Louis baseball boss John Mozeliak couldn’t touch the Red Sox’ record-setting offer.

The New England Patriots work out during a joint NFL football practice with the Houston Texans, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)

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In the lap of luxury, the Patriots were all business

The Greenbrier resort usually is where the well-to-do go to kick back, but not Bill Belichick’s team.


// For Red Sox, no rush on homegrown pitchers

Dave Dombrowski knows you don’t have to hold positional prospects to the same workload limits as pitchers.


Dave Goucher jumped at golden opportunity with Knights

He acknowledged that the chance to call games on television is a significant part of the appeal.


// Former Patriot Lester Williams dead at 58

The team said Williams died at home on Wednesday in Birmingham, Ala.

Alex Speier

// How competitive are the Red Sox? Let us count the ways

Since the All-Star break, the team has forged an identity as a never-say-die group.

Foxborough, MA - 8/10/2017 - The New England Patriots take the field for warmups before the start of tonight's exhibition opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. - The New England Patriots host the Jacksonville Jaguars in a preseason exhibition game at Gillette stadium in Foxborough, MA. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Ben Volin, Topic: 11Patriots-Jaguars, LOID: 8.3.3364713571.

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Chad Finn

A few takeaways from the annual New England sports survey

Fans voted the Patriots as the most popular team in a survey that also rated owners and media personalities.


// Celtics rookie Guerschon Yabusele is making strides

The burly French forward is “feeling great” as he recovers from offseason ankle surgery.

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// Baseball talking about speeding up pace of play again

The average time of a nine-inning game is 3 hours, 5 minutes, up five minutes from last season.

Boston College wide receiver Jeff Smith (6) scores a touchdown against North Carolina State during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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Converted BC receiver Jeff Smith believes he’s all caught up this year

Smith could be a key component as coach Steve Addazio promises more in the way of a passing game.

// The Patriots had some famous guests at training camp Wednesday

A legendary baseball manager and a legendary NBA player visited the team in West Virginia.

// Jordan Leandre on errant first pitch: ‘It just kind of slipped out of my hand’

The 17-year-old’s misfire prior to Wednesday’s game hit a photographer in the groin.

// Gordon Hayward shows off his new Celtics uniform

The newly acquired forward posted a photo of himself in full green on Instagram.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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