Tom Brady says he ‘absolutely’ plans to play in preseason game vs. Eagles

The quarterback told WEEI on Tuesday morning that despite a sore back he’s “doing really well.”

Entering Tuesday, Chris Sale has a 12-4 record, a 1.97 ERA, and a .849 WHIP.

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CHAD FINN

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.

PETER ABRAHAM

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1006407496.jpg Ryan Brasier’s journey from failed Fenway tryout 11 years ago to reliable bullpen option

Brasier’s journey back to Fenway included Tommy John surgery, an ill-fated stop in Japan, and a bachelor party he left to try out for the same team that once rejected him.

Boston, MA - 7/28/2018 - (3rd inning) Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello (22) fields an infield bunt and fires to first base for the third out in the third inning. The Boston Red Sox host the Minnesota Twins in the third of a four game series at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 29Red Sox-Twins, LOID: 8.4.2639724244.

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Red Sox going for fifth straight win on the road

Rick Porcello will be on the mound as the Red Sox open a two-game series at Philadelphia.

Olympic star Simone Biles (shown in the US Classic in July) is scheduled to compete at this weekend’s US championships at TD Garden.

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After Larry Nassar, USA Gymnastics reckons with its future

TD Garden is set to host the national championships this week as the sport and its athletes are still reeling from a sexual abuse scandal.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_patsgiants10C2_spts.jpg Cyrus Jones is battling back again, and he’s in a race against time and space

Jones, who missed last year with an torn ACL, is trying to get caught up in camp.

JIM McBRIDE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/RinaldiPatriots12-20997.jpg Monday’s Patriots practice report: Not a great day for the receivers

On a foggy, damp day in Foxborough, footballs were slipping through hands.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/RinaldiPatriots21-21010.jpg Eric Decker on drops: ‘I know how to bounce back and get to it’

Patriots pass catchers dropped 10 balls in Monday morning’s practice, including three by Decker.

Dont'a Hightower (center) with teammates at practice Monday.

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Dont’a Hightower feels he still has ‘a little rust’ to knock off

More than any other addition, a healthy Hightower will solidify the Patriots defense.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Rex_PGA_Championship_golf_tournament_9788363N.jpg Thanks to Tiger Woods, PGA Championship ratings soar

With Woods in the hunt, ratings for the final major of the year were up 69 percent over last year.

Foxborough, MA--8/13/2018-- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes during Patriots Practice. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Patriots Reporter:

What Tom Brady’s new helmet could mean for his Patriots future

The quarterback sported a new helmet at practice this week — a change that won’t be necessary until next season.

ALEX SPEIER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin051518RedSox-A_s_Spt6.jpg J.D. Martinez, Miguel Cabrera’s 2012 Triple Crown, and the .330/50 HR club

The Red Sox slugger is on pace to become the eighth player in major league history to hit .330 or better with 50 or more homers in a season.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_052718_gm7celtcavpre2_spts.jpg Paul Pierce explains why the Celtics will win a championship this season — if they sacrifice

The longtime Celtics star understands better than most the sacrifices necessary to win an NBA title.

Worcester, Ma---June 21, 2018--Three-time, two-division world champion Jose Antonio Rivera and his son A.J. Rivera, at Camp Get Right. Rivera is training for his

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STAN GROSSFELD

In Worcester, a local legend returns to the ring at age 45

Jose Antonio Rivera, a court officer in the city, fights again this week for the first time in seven years.

Chad Finn

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/06/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_080518_soxyank22_spts-20788.jpg As the real fun begins, it’s OK to appreciate the Red Sox’ regular season

Yes, they need to win in October, but they’re achieving things that it took some good Red Sox teams a full season to accomplish.

Mets 8, Yankees 5

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/14/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/4a6d94ffe45e456f8b60fc4f64a536e3-4a6d94ffe45e456f8b60fc4f64a536e3-0.jpg Mets win Subway Series matchup vs. Yankees

Jacob deGrom struck out 12 as Mets clobbered five homers against the Yankees, who dropped 10 games behind the Red Sox.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/12/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1015645164.jpg Yankees put CC Sabathia on DL with sore knee

Sabathia has been bothered by knee trouble for years, and the Yankees knew they were going to have to manage his time.

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US captain Jim Furyk has some bigger decisions than Woods, and one is Phil Mickelson, who failed to qualify for the first time since 1993.

Killington, Vt-August 4, 2018-Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff--- Killington hosts the US Open of Mountain Biking Races. Here a rider navigates the Rock Garden section of the race.

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STAN GROSSFELD

This is serious mountain biking — down an actual mountain

Going down a zigzag course on two wheels is different from skiing: There is no snow to break your fall.

nfl notebook

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The rookie suffered the injury at practice on Monday.

Olympic champion Simone Biles starts her routine on the the balance beam during the U.S. Classic gymnastics competition Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. The U.S. Classic is Biles first competition since the 2016 Olympics. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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Here’s your guide to the 2018 US Gymnastics Championships at TD Garden

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

File- This Nov. 9, 2017, file photo shows Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony, left, looking to pass the ball as Denver Nuggets guards Gary Harris, front right, and Will Barton defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. Anthony signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Houston Rockets on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. Anthony was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks last month before the Hawks released him. Houston general manager Daryl Morey announced the signing and the Rockets posted a picture on social media of Anthony signing his contract. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Sports Log

Rockets sign Carmelo Anthony to 1-year, $2.4 million deal

The addition of 34-year-old, 10-time NBA All-Star bolstered Houston’s chances of contending for Western Conference title.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/05/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin110417Capitals-Bruins_Spt6.jpg Bruins to have 14 games broadcast on national TV this season

Included in the lineup are the season opener at the Washington Capitals and the Winter Classic against the Chicago Blackhawks at Notre Dame Stadium.

Foxborough, MA--8/13/2018-- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick leaves a press conference after speaking to reporters before Patriots Practice. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Patriots Reporter:

Bill Belichick didn’t have much to say about Jason McCourty’s DNP

Belichick had nothing but positive remarks about McCourty on Monday, calling him “very professional,” “hardworking,” and “smart.”

Braintree advances to Legion World Series

The Mass. state champs defeated Shrewsbury in the regional championship.

Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/12/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1015676018.jpg It’s OK, Red Sox fans. Chris Sale was brilliant in his first game back from DL

The ace showed no signs of rust after two weeks of rest with 12 strikeouts, one hit, and 68 pitches over five shutout innings.

Ben Volin | On football

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/12/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_081218_patscamp2_spts.jpg With his new contract, it sure looks like Tom Brady committed to playing in 2019

The Patriots did something that they love to boast about never doing: pushing money into the future.