ALCS Game 3: Red Sox at Astros live updates and analysis

Houston TX 10/16/18: Red Sox Jackie Bradley Jr. rounds the bases after his grand slam home run in the eighth inning. Houston Astros hosted Boston Red Sox in Game Three of ALCS at Minute Maid Park Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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The Sox and Astros try to gain an edge with the series tied at one win apiece.

// Man claiming to be Astros employee reportedly removed from area near Red Sox dugout in Game 1 of ALCS

“We are aware of the matter and it will be handled internally,” Major League Baseball’s chief communications officer Pat Courtney told Metro.


// Chris Sale rejoins Red Sox, status for Game 5 unclear

After spending Sunday night in the hospital with a stomach ailment, the team is waiting to determine if he can pitch Thursday.

Ben Simmons (left) and the 76ers take on Jayson Tatum (center), Al Horford, and the Celtics in the season opener Tuesday.

76ers at Celtics | 8 p.m. (TNT)

It’s opening night, and the Celtics will take on one of their top conference rivals

“We had a lot of good matchups with them last year, a lot of great battles, especially in the playoffs,” Celtics player Jayson Tatum said.

// Celtics-76ers opening night live updates

The Celtics open the 2018-19 season against their Atlantic Division rival, the Philadelphia 76ers.

Alex Speier

// Dave Dombrowski takes stock of his moves, and non-moves, to get Red Sox in ALCS

Prior to the trade deadline, the Red Sox president of baseball operations executed three moves to address shortcomings.

Astros notebook

// With Charlie Morton on the mound, hitters just don’t know what’s coming

The Astros’ Game 4 starter, who hails from Connecticut, had the lowest ERA (3.13) of his 11-year MLB career.

// Red Sox coach Carlos Febles interviews for Twins managing job

The Twins are looking for a new manager after relieving Paul Molitor of his duties earlier this month.

// NFL may be easing up on roughing-the-passer penalties

Though there was a spike in calls early on, the league has emphasized to officials to exercise more caution.

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) catches a touchdown pass as he is defended by Tennessee Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

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Ben Volin | On Football

Ex-Patriots are struggling, and other observations around the NFL

Any second-guessing of Bill Belichick’s offseason moves should be quieted after Week 6.

Celtics notebook

// Sixers picking their way carefully with Markelle Fultz

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft got his first NBA start Tuesday at TD Garden.


// A team-by-team look at the NBA this season

All eyes are on the Celtics, but there is plenty more to watch, including LeBron James as a Laker.

Nick Cafardo | On baseball

// This is where the ALCS is going to get interesting

After both the Red Sox and Astros beat the other’s ace pitcher, the spotlight turns to the No. 3 and 4 starters.


// Patriots’ kickoff coverage is putting their defense in a hole

The Patriots are ranked 30th in the NFL, giving up an average of 27.4 yards per return.


// Bruins are making do on defense without Torey Krug

Krug may skate this week but is expected to remain out until November with an ankle injury.

Gary Washburn

// With NBA season about to tip off, here are some superlatives to ponder

With LeBron James in Los Angeles, anticipation for the NBA season is as high as ever.

While Alex Bregman prepared for batting practice, fans (upper left) visited the lone red seat in the bleachers, where a ball hit by Ted Williams landed.

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Peter Abraham

Alex Bregman’s Red Sox connections run deep, all the way to Ted Williams

Bregman’s grandfather worked for the Washington Senators and negotiated a contract with Williams to manage the team in 1969.


// Kevin Harlan, on the call for the devastating injury, is eager to see Gordon Hayward make his return

“It will be great to see him out there again,” the longtime broadcaster said.

Alex Speier

// Astros’ Alex Bregman took a little shot at Game 3 starter Nathan Eovaldi

Bregman had posted highlights of the Astros hitting three straight home runs off Eovaldi this season when Eovaldi was with the Rays.

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Tyreek Hill got a rude reception from Patriots fans, and now one has been banned for life

The Kansas City Chiefs running back got beer and middle fingers to the face after he scored in the fourth quarter.

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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How the Patriots neutralized Patrick Mahomes — for a half, anyway

A review of the game film highlights the defensive strategy, as well as several other telling plays.


// Bruins hope Joakim Nordstrom can add a spark to second line

For now, Bruce Cassidy likes what he sees of Nordstrom skating with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk.

Alex Speier

// Red Sox are not concerned about the number of walks issued in the ALCS

Right now, the team has made a choice: They’d rather risk walks than homers.

NLCS: Brewers 4, Dodgers 0

// Dodgers do nothing with Brewers pitching

Jhoulys Chacín and four relievers combined on a five-hit shutout as Milwaukee took a 2-1 lead in the NLCS.


// Nauset’s success built on hard work, discipline — and camaraderie

Despite the departure of 30-goal scorer James McCully, the No. 1 Warriors have kept rolling.

Gordon Hayward will get back on the court for real beginning Tuesday night.

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The Celtics open their season tonight. We’ve answered all your questions

This is one of the most anticipated seasons in memory, so let’s get right to the burning issues . . .

NFL notebook

// Bills in predicament with Josh Allen ailing

Backup QB Nathan Peterman has been intercepted on 10 of his 82 career pass attempts.

// Chris Hogan turned in a clutch effort, and had added special teams duties

Bill Belichick praised the stamina of the Patriots receiver in what was a taxing win over the Chiefs.

// Tom Brady knows: Rob Gronkowski is still big stuff

Two pass plays to Gronk played a big role in the Patriots’ fourth-quarter comeback on Sunday.

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Revolution break ground on practice facility in Foxborough

The $35 million complex will be adjacent to Gillette Stadium, and the team still has hopes for a soccer-specific playing venue.


// That wasn’t a performance the Patriots defense should be proud of

Yes, they knocked off the unbeaten Chiefs, but there’s a lot of work to do.

// Tom Brady thinks the Patriots offense can be even better

The quarterback was not satisfied even after a night in which the team scored 43 points and did not punt.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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