Red Sox 9, Tigers 1

Chris Sale gets plenty of help from Sox offense in rout of Tigers

DETROIT, MI - JULY 22: Jackie Bradley Jr. #19 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with teammates in the dugout after hitting three run home run in the fourth inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on July 22, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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Sale pitched six scoreless innings and was backed by Jackie Bradley Jr.’s three-run home run.


// The new Ted Williams documentary is mesmerizing

With an extraordinary twist of serendipity, the film includes never-before-seen footage of Williams — in vibrant color.


// So far, so good on plan to keep Chris Sale fresh

The Red Sox ace, taking his turn in the Red Sox rotation for the first time in 11 days, is getting the time he needs to stay strong for crunch time.

TORONTO, ON - JULY 21: Zach Britton #53 of the Baltimore Orioles delivers a pitch in the eighth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on July 21, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

Do Red Sox have enough prospects to pull off a trade?

Dave Dombrowski thinks so, but the teams the Sox are talking to seem to differ in opinion.

New England Patriots rookie running back Sony Michel runs with the ball during NFL football organized team activities practice at the team's training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Patriots running back Sony Michel signs his rookie deal

The Patriots now have every draft pick under contract.

Hoover, Al.--July 2, 2018-- Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff---Ben Abercrombie, the Harvard football player who was paralyzed in his first game as a freshman last September undergoes rehab at his house with Chelsea Henderson, a personal trainer.

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Paralyzed Harvard football player Ben Abercrombie is fighting his way back

Paralyzed in his first football game, he calls on his spirit to persevere in his rehab.

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Tyler Thornburg stands on the mound as Detroit Tigers' Jose Iglesias rounds the bases on a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 21, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


Offense hits a dry spell as Red Sox get shut out by Tigers

Jose Iglesias had a two-run double and a two-run home run for Detroit.


// Heath Hembree has gained the Red Sox’ trust

First-year manager Alex Cora has relied on the righthanded reliever to shut down rallies in the middle innings.

Boston Red Sox right fielder J.D. Martinez runs and catches the ball for an out on a hit by Detroit Tigers' JaCoby Jones during the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 20, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

J.D. Martinez gets a day off for ’general soreness’

Martinez collided into the wall in right-center field while making a catch on Friday night.


// Baseball’s scientists are inventing new ways to suck the life out of the game

Analytics might be a winning formula, but it is taking the entertainment out of the national pastime.

Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts takes the field before a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday, July 14, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

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Nick Cafardo | Sunday baseball notes

Instead of Mike Trout, how about making Mookie Betts the face of baseball?

Commissioner Rob Manfred was right that it makes no sense to promote a player who doesn’t want the attention.


// Sebastian Vollmer, Wes Welker, Rob Ninkovich, and what life’s been like after football

The three former Patriots are leading productive lives since their playing careers ended.


// Masai Ujiri had to choose between loyalty to a player and a chance to acquire a better one

The DeMar DeRozan trade is similar to the Isaiah Thomas trade Danny Ainge pulled off last year for Kyrie Irving.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by GERRY PENNY/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9767611du) Francesco Molinari of Italy with the Claret Jug trophy after winning the British Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie, Britain, 22 July 2018. British Open Golf Championship, Carnoustie, United Kingdom - 22 Jul 2018


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Francesco Molinari wins the British Open, becoming Italy’s first major champion

Molinari shot a bogey-free, 2-under 69 on Sunday to finish on 8-under 276.

// Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano dies at 56

Sparano began his NFL coaching career in 1999 and had stints as a head coach with the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders.

// Patriots training camp starts this week. Here’s everything you need to know

New England begins camp on July 26. Here’s a guide.

kevin paul dupont | sunday hockey notes

// Why Artemi Panarin would be a dream fit with the Bruins

The Blue Jackets’ left wing, a gifted stickhandler, would pair nicely with David Krejci.

Bob Ryan

// Without Bill Littlefield’s show, Saturday mornings won’t be the same

The beloved NPR radio host is calling it a career after 25 years providing listeners with good reason to tune in at 7 a.m.


// It’s great Marcus Smart re-signed with Celtics, but there’s just one thing . . .

About his shooting . . . he shouldn’t have free reign to fire away until he shows better aptitude for making a decent percentage.

Michael Thorbjornsen holds the trophy after winning the Championship during the final round at the 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. on Saturday, July 21, 2018. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)

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Wellesley golfer wins US Junior Amateur Championship

Michael Thorbjornsen, 16, also earned an exemption into the 2018 US Amateur at Pebble Beach.

Christopher Bell, winner of Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, celebrates his third series victory of the season.

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NHMS notebook

With just one Cup race, what’s next for New Hampshire Motor Speedway?

After two decades of hosting a summer and fall race, Sunday’s Foxwoods 301 will be the only Cup event at NHMS this season.


// Martin Truex Jr. hopes to stay in high gear at Foxwoods 301

A leading contender for the Cup series crown, Truex will start in the front row for Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

// Former hockey player found his calling — in pits of NASCAR

Shaun Peet turned out to be a trendsetter, a former athlete turned pit crew member.


Revolution shut down by Red Bulls

Daniel Royer and Bradley Wright-Phillips scored goals for New York.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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