Called on in a tight spot, Drew Pomeranz unravels out of the bullpen

Boston Red Sox's Drew Pomeranz in action during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Matt Slocum/AP

The onetime starter continued to struggle on the mound, allowing three runs on four hits and one walk in one inning of work.


// The message was clear with Tom Brady’s tweaked contract: Bill still reigns

Brady was no doubt looking for a more lucrative and longer-term restructuring. Score one for Bill Belichick.


// Eduardo Rodriguez and the significance of his pain-free 47 pitches

The big lefthander looked sharp in a simulated game as he tries to come back from a serious ankle injury suffered in July.

Tennessee Titans running back Dion Lewis runs the ball during NFL football training camp Sunday, July 29, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Mark Humphrey/AP

Ben Volin | On football

Catching up with the Titans, a.k.a. the Patriots of the South

Coach Mike Vrabel, DBs Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler, and RB Dion Lewis are among the former Patriots in Tennessee.

Jim McBride

// Five things to watch in the Patriots’ preseason game vs. Eagles

Can Eric Decker make a push? Will Jason McCourty play? And other things to keep an eye on.


Mike Giardi and his even-handed coverage of the Patriots will be missed on NBC Sports Boston

While Giardi moves to the NFL Network and his profile will grow with the national audience, the new job should seem fairly familiar.


// Red Sox plan to activate Ian Kinsler on Friday

The second baseman will likely play Friday and Saturday against the Rays at Fenway Park, then sit on Sunday.

// ‘I lost it all’: J.C. Jackson’s journey to Foxborough took several detours

The cornerback, who came out of college with some baggage, has shown aggressiveness and a willingness to learn.

NFL notebook

// Jalen Ramsey: Jaguars lost to Patriots because organization did not trust Blake Bortles

The star cornerback said the Jaguars became too conservative in the AFC title game.

Rays 6, Yankees 1

// Yankees routed by Rays; still trail Red Sox by 10 games

Mallex Smith hit a two-run homer to help the Rays win in New York.

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman listens to testimony during a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing on

Susan Walsh/Associated Press

Aly Raisman, at odds with USA Gymnastics, isn’t backing down

In an interview with the Globe, Raisman talked about her fractured relationship with the governing body and her survivor advocacy.

Boston, MA - 8/15/2018 - Simone Biles during on the floor exercise during senior women training practice for US Gymnastics at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Unknown, Topic: 16US gymnastics, LOID: 8.4.2854134177.


Somehow, all of Simone Biles’s routines ‘are harder than they were in Rio’

The star of the 2016 Rio Games will be the gymnast to beat during this week’s event in Boston.

// Waterville Valley to host US Alpine Championships in 2019, 2021

The slalom events — including the newly added parallel slalom — will be contested at the New Hampshire resort.

Sports Log

// Angels star Mike Trout mourns brother-in-law

Aaron Cox, 24, was a former Angels pitching prospect who had retired from baseball earlier this summer.

// Johnny Manziel placed in CFL’s concussion protocol

The Montreal Alouettes QB sustained a goal-line hit to the head at Ottawa last Saturday.

// Your guide to the US Gymnastics Championships at TD Garden

Everything you need to know about the four-day event.


// ‘A blessing’: It’s fairly remarkable LeGarrette Blount is still in the NFL

The Lions hope the former Patriot’s good karma (three Super Bowl wins in four years) rubs off on them.

// What we learned from lacrosse star Paul Rabil about Bill Belichick

The MLL star and the Patriots coach keep in touch via text and email and visit each other at least once a year.

// Some backstory on Bill Belichick’s Croatian lacrosse hoodie

It wasn’t exactly notable that the Patriots coach wore a hoodie during a radio interview on Monday afternoon. What was more striking was his choice of hoodie.


// Chris Sale is measuring up to peak Pedro, and two other overlooked Red Sox stats

J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts are slugging above .650, and Mitch Moreland, while helpful, is hitting for his career average.