CHAD FINN

Do Red Sox fans actually want to see David Price fail?

Boston MA 07/16/17 Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees during first inning action at Fenway Park. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

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The opinions expressed by some fans seem to be unfair, not to mention irrational.

NICK CAFARDO I ON BASEBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/06/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_soxjays23_spts.jpg Working overtime is paying off for Red Sox

But the question remains, will the 18 extra-inning games takes its toll in the playoffs?

Alex Speier

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Two crucial plays Tuesday kept the Red Sox in position to claim their 15th extra-inning win.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/10/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_soxrays11_spts.jpg Eduardo Nunez still has discomfort in right knee

If he does return this weekend, it will likely be only to pinch hit.

Foxborough, MA - 9/20/2017 - New England Patriots middle linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54) was back at Patriots practice in Foxborough. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Jim McBride, Topic: 21Patriots Practice, LOID: 8.3.3782299408.

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Hightower, Amendola, and Slater return to practice

All three Patriots players missed Sunday’s game in New Orleans but were back on the field Wednesday.

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he was told by team security that the young fan was OK.

Boston, MA: September 19, 2017: The Bruins Austin Czarnik was hit from behind in the second period and ended up in the Detroit net behind goalie Jared Coreau. Czarnik was awarded a penalty shot, which he converted to put Boston ahead 3-0. The Boston Bruins hosted the Detroit Red Wings in an NHL pre season hockey game at the TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

Right now, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy has a lot to choose from

Several candidates for forward spots have gotten off to impressive starts in the preseason.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/847158242.jpg Bill Belichick knows what’s coming from the Texans’ pass rush

A point of emphasis in this week’s practices will be what can the Patriots do to counter it.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/17/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/davis_neno21_spts.jpg Another record for Tom Brady: Most player of the week honors

Brady won the award for the 52nd time on Wednesday, breaking a tie with Peyton Manning.

Rachel G. Bowers

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The rookie quarterback is the No. 1 talking point in Sunday’s matchup, but there are other things you should know about the Texans.

New Orleans, LA: September 17, 2017: Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has a smile and a wave for someone off the field after he came outof the tunnel for the start of the game. The New England Patriots visited the New Orleans Saints in a regular season NFL football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Bill Belichick’s coaching tree remains fruitless

Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Josh McDaniels, and Bill O’Brien haven’t matched their mentor’s success, but they also didn’t have the NFL’s greatest quarterback.

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The Patriots are scheduled to play the Raiders in Mexico City’s famous stadium in November.

Injured Harvard football player faces long recovery

Freshman Ben Abercrombie had surgery after suffering a cervical injury during Saturday’s game.

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The colorful middleweight champion was depicted by Oscar winner Robert DeNiro in a 1980 film.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/06214522.jpg Pat Perez is at East Lake and feels like $10 million

All 30 players who made it to the Tour Championship have a mathematical shot at the FedEx Cup and its $10 million prize.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy1-12976.jpg For Bruins, four is a lowly number nowadays

The Bruins have slipped down the sports totem pole in Boston, and team president Cam Neely knows it.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/wiggs_Patriots_04-12990.jpg Patriots offer no explanation on deployment of Malcolm Butler

The former Super Bowl hero gave way to Eric Rowe in the starting lineup against Saints.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/01/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin011417Texans-PatriotsAFCDivPlayoff_Spt4.jpg Familiarity with Patriots has not helped Texans

The Houston coaching staff has not had much success against mentor Bill Belichick.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

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Craig Kimbrel. Addison Reed. David Price? The postseason hopes of John Farrell’s team could rest on the arms of its relievers.

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Brown says it will be an interesting year, on and off the court.

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Deceptive practices may reduce payouts in NFL concussion settlement

Hundreds of former NFL players may have been swindled by unscrupulous lenders and advisers.

WEDNESDAY’S SCHOOL ROUNDUP

No. 20 Sandwich remains unbeaten in field hockey

No. 20 Blue Knights improve to 4-0-2 after scoring a 2-1 victory over visiting Marshfield on Wednesday.