The Red Sox are now one win away from the World Series

Houston TX 10/18/18: Red Sox Andrew Benintendi catches a fly ball from Astros Alex Bregman for the last out in the ninth inning. Houston Astros hosted Boston Red Sox in Game Four of ALCS at Minute Maid Park Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2018. (Barry Chin//Globe Staff)

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Andrew Benintendi’s ninth inning catch gave the Sox a 3-1 series lead, and they’ll try to close out the ALCS Thursday night.


// Fan interference call latest episode in memorable Red Sox-Astros series

In a wild Game 4 win, umpire Joe West’s call on Jose Altuve’s shot headed into the right-field seats helped save the day for Boston.

// Everything you need to know about the fan interference call that went the Red Sox’ way

Mookie Betts was prevented from making a play by a fan who was trying to catch a deep shot by Jose Altuve in the first inning.

Chad Finn | Nine thoughts

// Where to rank Andrew Benintendi’s catch, and other questions from the Red Sox’ Game 4 win

The game is over if the ball gets by him, the series is tied at 2-2, and the Red Sox would have to deal with Justin Verlander in a pivotal Game 5.

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 17: President of Baseball Operations and General Manager of the Houston Astros Jeff Luhnow addresses the media prior to the Game Four of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park on October 17, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

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‘Spygate’ comes to baseball and adds some intrigue to ALCS

The Astros must be feeling like the Patriots right now: Win a championship and everyone suspects you cheat.


// Dave Dombrowski takes issue with Astros implying Red Sox needed to be watched

Dombrowski added the Astros were engaging in behavior that already had been clearly defined as unacceptable.

// MLB concludes Astros did not violate any rules and considers ‘the matter closed’

Major League Baseball released a statement saying the Houston team employee was “monitoring the field to ensure” the Red Sox were “not violating any rules.”


// Starting Game 5, David Price has a chance to win over the Red Sox fan base

It’s not a must-win, but it’s a win Price must have.

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, right, of Finland, kicks the puck away on a shot from Calgary Flames' Mikael Backlund, of Sweden, during an NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Flames 5, Bruins 2

Bruins go down in flames in Calgary

The largest first-period deficit of the season (3-0) proved too much to overcome in the opener of a four-game road trip.

Red Sox 8, Astros 6

// How the Red Sox outlasted the Astros in Game 4, inning by inning

The Red Sox pulled within one game of the World Series with a win in Houston.


// Astros have failed to deliver the goods against Red Sox

A Houston pitching staff that was dominant during the regular season has been overmatched against the grinding Red Sox offense.

Houston, TX: 10-17-18: Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale, who will not be starting Game Five on Thursday night as planned, did some throwing in the outfield before Boston took batting practice. The Boston Red Sox visited the Houston Astros for Game Four of their ALCS baseball matchup at Minutemaid Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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How will the Red Sox handle a still-ailing Chris Sale?

Alex Cora steadfastly said that Sale will be fine and now it’s a matter of the 29-year-old building up his strength.

// Chris Sale will not start Game 5 in Houston Thursday

The Red Sox have decided to hold back the lefthander a little longer after his recent stomach ailment.


// 14 thoughts on the Celtics opener, from Kyrie’s play to Embiid’s chatter

Kyrie Irving and Terry Rozier shared the court at times, and seemed to enjoy it, although Rozier was called on to close out the game.

Houston, TX - 10/16/2018 - (8th inning) Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (19) is greeted at home after his Grand Slam in the eighth inning. ALCS Game 3 Red Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 17Red Sox-Astros, LOID: 8.4.3501353571.

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Alex Speier

These Red Sox are playing with swagger on the road

The Red Sox have conducted themselves in a very different fashion from their predecessors the last two years.


// Astros’ Tony Kemp says there’s ‘no question’ he made catch

Did the ball ricochet off the wall and directly into Kemp’s glove, or did the force of Kemp’s glove force the wall to move?


// That Jackie Bradley Jr. grand slam sure was sweet, and other thoughts on the Red Sox

Where would you rank Bradley’s grand slam among the six in Red Sox postseason history?

Foxborough, MA - 10/14/2018 - (4th quarter) Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) gets off a pass under pressure from the New England defense. The New England Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs in a Sunday night NFL game at Gillette stadium in Foxborough. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Jim McBride, Topic: 15Patriots-Chiefs, LOID: 8.4.3482575762.

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Sack numbers don’t reflect it, but Patriots are turning up the pressure

The Patriots are doing well at disrupting the opposing quarterback’s timing and release.

// NFL has moved on from the national anthem issue

Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is focused instead on working with players on social programs.

Boston, MA - 10/13/2018 - Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale returns to the dugout after first inning. The Boston Red Sox host the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the ALCS at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)

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Sign-stealing is at the center of a new controversy. Here’s what it’s all about

Major League Baseball investigated the suspicious actions of an Astros team employee at Fenway Park during Game 1 of the ALCS.


// Rob Gronkowski unfazed by seeing fewer passes thrown his way

The Patriots’ star tight end said he values wins a lot more than receptions.

People line-up to purchase legal cannabis in Calgary, Alberta, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Bruins notebook

Marijuana issue is in the air as Bruins hit Canada

The players and coach weighed in as cannabis officially became legalized nationally.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 17: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after a play by Manny Machado #8 (not pictured) to end the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers in Game Five of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)


Kershaw, Dodgers mow down Brewers

The Los Angeles ace was dominant over seven innings as the Dodgers took a 3-2 lead in the series.


// Brock Osweiler will get another start for Dolphins

With Ryan Tannehill ruled out of Sunday’s game against Detroit, Miami’s super sub is optimistic he can deliver another big performance.

Ipswich High exchange student, Rixt van der Kooi, from the Netherlands, during a field hockey game against Triton, Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe.

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Rixt van der Kooi finds a home in Ipswich

Tigers field hockey team has embraced 16-year-old exchange student from The Netherlands.

FRISCO, TX - OCTOBER 17: The United States celebrate after winning the CONCACAF Women's Championship final match against Canada at Toyota Stadium on October 17, 2018 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


US 2, Canada 0

US women win soccer’s CONCACAF championship

Rose Lavelle and Alex Morgan each scored and the US women beat rival Canada in the final of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament.

// Mystics’ Kristi Toliver joins Wizards as assistant, becoming the team’s first female coach

Toliver becomes the first woman in franchise history to hold a coaching position and the fourth in NBA history.

// Christian Yelich calls Manny Machado a ‘dirty player’ after benches clear

The shortstop clipped the back leg of Milwaukee first baseman Jesus Aguilar during the 10th inning.


// Boxer Canelo Alvarez signs $365 million deal with streaming service

It’s an 11-fight deal that the boxer’s promotional company said is the richest athlete contract in sports history.

// Former USA Gymnastics president indicted on tampering charge

Steve Penny was arrested after a Texas grand jury indicted him, alleging he tampered with evidence in the sexual assault investigation of Larry Nassar.

Foxborough, MA - 11/13/2017 - Brad Friedel (cq) is introduced as the new head coach of the Revolution, at Gillette Stadium. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 14Revolution Reporter: Frank Dell'Apa

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Frank Dell’Apa | Soccer notebook

Revolution planning ‘major changes,’ but the coach will stay the same

The team missed the playoffs for the third straight year, but Brad Friedel will return as coach.

Celtics forward Gordon Hayward drove past 76ers forward Ben Simmons during the first quarter.


Gordon Hayward was the undisputed champ of the Celtics opener

The number that crowned Hayward a winner Tuesday was 24:37. That’s how many minutes he logged.

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