Red Sox moving closer to hiring Alex Cora as manager

Boston, MA: October 9, 2017: Former Red Sox infielder Alex Cora (right) has been mentioned as a possible replacement for fired Boston manager John Farrell (not pictured). Cora, shown in the visitor's dugout at Fenway Park, is currently the bench coach for Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch (left). The Boston Red Sox hosted the Houston Astros in Game Four of an ALDS baseball game at Fenway Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

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Cora, 42, is expected to be named Boston’s skipper sometime in the next two days.

Boston, MA - 10/21/2017 - (1st period) Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) put Boston on the scoreboard first with this goal scored first period to give the Bruibs a 1-0 lead over the Buffalo Sabres. The Boston Bruins host the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Fluto Shinzawa, Topic: 22Sabres-Bruins, LOID: 8.3.4075545036.

SABRES 5, BRUINS 4

Bruins let one slip away against Sabres

Ryan O’Reilly’s overtime goal gave Buffalo a victory after the Bruins blew a 4-1 lead.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy1-13473.jpg There is no way for the Falcons to live down the Super Bowl

Their visit to Foxborough only underscores what happened against the Patriots the last time they played.

GARY WASHBURN | SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin101817Celtics-Bucks_Spt26.jpg Danny Ainge hasn’t lost hope on the Celtics’ season

Experience has taught Ainge to stay the course when up against adversity.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

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The Celtics guard hasn’t heard back from the league about a possible fine.

Gordon Hayward dislocated his ankle and fractured his tibia in the Celtics’ first game.

Bob Ryan

A few thoughts in the wake of the Gordon Hayward injury

There is no reason to think the Celtics still can’t be decent and entertaining.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - October 21: Anthony Brown #13 of the Boston College Eagles throws a pass during a game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Scott Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images)

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BC 41, VIRGINIA 10

Rejuvenated BC football dusts Virginia

Freshman Anthony Brown threw three touchdowns passes for the Eagles (4-4).

College roundup

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The Minutemen piled up 670 yards of offense and led, 48-17, at the half.

BEN VOLIN I SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/d8cc1b2dfc4a4efda89a2d41045ef11f-d8cc1b2dfc4a4efda89a2d41045ef11f-13473.jpg Injuries hit no other league as they do the NFL

Winning a football championship is usually more survival of the fittest than building the best team.

NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/862910216.jpg Yankees are set up for a very bright future

They have the young talent and payroll flexibility to be a successful team for years to come.

FLUTO SHINZAWA I SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/09/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/LEE-BRUINSAVALANCHE1_SPTS.jpg Some NHL players have reservations about wearable technology

Teams are investing in sports science to reduce injuries and improve performance.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/09/BostonGlobe.com/BCOM/Images/davis_patsskins11B_spts-5442.jpg To athletes, recovering from injuries can be more challenging mentally than physically

One of the most difficult aspects of rehab is not being around a team.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 20: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics high fives Kyrie Irving #11 and Shane Larkin #8 in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on October 20, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Celtics defeated the 76ers 102-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

CELTICS 102, 76ERS 92

The Celtics went with a patchwork lineup, and got the job done

Kyrie Irving scored 21 points and Boston dominated the fourth quarter to earn its first victory.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/18/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/haywardbaptist2.jpg Gordon Hayward back at home after surgery

Coach Brad Stevens says the forward’s rehabilitation ‘starts yesterday.’

Cambridge-10/21/17- The Club Men's Eights pass under the Western Ave. Bridge. Thousands participated in the annual Head of the Charles Regatta along the Charles River. John Tlumacki/Globe staff(sports)

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HEAD OF TH E CHARLES

Gevvie Stone wins record 8th singles crown

The Newton native beat countrywoman Felice Mueller by 13 seconds for a place in history.

Fluto Shinzawa | On Hockey

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/09/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/LEE-BRUINSAVALANCHE1_SPTS-001.jpg Bruce Cassidy’s lineup remains on shuffle

David Krejci (back) and Kevan Miller (undisclosed) are the latest Bruins with injuries.

Bruins Notebook

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Injuries on the blue line have hobbled the team again.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin092817Patriotspractice_Spt12.jpg Patriots’ Deatrich Wise not resting on his laurels

The rookie defensive end was pumped to get the starting nod last Sunday.

SPORTS LOG

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/862626556.jpg Rockets guard Chris Paul sidelined by knee injury

Houston acquired all-star from Clippers in off-season trade.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin102017Patriotspractice_Spt3.jpg Johnson Bademosi making presence felt with Patriots

The special teams ace helped bail out the shorthanded secondary against the Jets; may get call against Falcons, too.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Tlumacki_patriotspractice_sports327-13487.jpg Tom Brady knows he’s been off the mark, but he’s working on it

The Patriots quarterback lamented some missed opportunities and vowed to improve his passing.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/2605aef1d7de4070866b64a6a1e1cd7a-2605aef1d7de4070866b64a6a1e1cd7a-0.jpg Patriots’ Stephon Gilmore, Eric Rowe ruled out against Falcons

The Patriots may have to dip into the practice squad for reinforcements at cornerback.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/7c0a87d8a5ae40648f9faee2bf68df82-7c0a87d8a5ae40648f9faee2bf68df82-13413.jpg Celtics applying for exception potentially to replace Hayward

The Disabled Player Exception would provide the Celtics with $8.4 million in salary cap relief.

Hingham Ma 10/21/17 Duxbury High players celebrate their 14-13 victory over Hingham High to captured the Patriot League Keenan Division title at Hingham High. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic 22schduxbury reporter

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DUXBURY 14, HINGHAM 13

Duxbury rallies to win 10th straight Patriot League crown

The Dragons erased a 13-0 halftime deficit then held off Hingham to continue their league dominance.

Danvers Ma 10/20/17 Pete Frates with is wife Julie Frates and daugher Lucy Frates during St. John's Prep dedicating its baseball field to Pete Frates ('03), named the Pete Frates Diamond at St. John's Prep. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic reporter

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St. John’s Prep dedicates baseball field to Pete Frates

The 2003 graduate, who has ALS, played baseball, hockey, and football for the Prep.