Alex Speier

Red Sox in prime position after series win over Yankees

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The Sox could start managing the workload of their players if they can maintain their lead in the division.

Ben Volin | On football

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The message Monday was clear: Goodell has been good for business, and is here to stay through 2024.

RACHEL G. BOWERS

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Here is a closer look at James O’Shaughnessy, Jacob Hollister, and Matt Lengel.

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Game 124: Red Sox at Indians lineups and notes

Eduardo Rodriguez will eb on the mound as the Red Sox open a four-game series at Cleveland Monday night.

Fluto Shinzawa

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This list skews toward players with more to give — if some of the underperformers in this ranking improve, Boston will be better off.

Gary Washburn

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The 2017-18 schedule includes potentially emotional returns and games that will whet the appetite for the postseason.

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NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

Red Sox need to make series in Cleveland count

The Indians and Sox appear headed for another playoff showdown, and having home-field advantage will be key.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-12786.jpg The pick here is Andrew Benintendi over Aaron Judge

In the long term, the multi-tooled Red Sox rookie deserves the nod over the Yankees slugger.

Patriots notebook

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Cyrus Jones singled out for doing a good job in the return game.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban demonstrates drills to his players during an NCAA college football practice, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

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Alabama is preseason No. 1 in football for second straight year

The Crimson Tide, who open vs. No. 3 Florida State Sept. 2, received 52 of 61 first-place votes.

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Against the Texans, the running back totaled 70 yards on 10 touches over two drives.

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John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Fluto Shinzawa

Why a bridge deal may be the solution for the Bruins and David Pastrnak

It’s not what either side wants. But unless compromise takes place, it may be the only fix to the problem.

ALEX SPEIER

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Rafael Devers’s emergence suggests the Red Sox haven’t had to doubt their decision to pass on Frazier.

GOLF ROUNDUP

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Lexi Thompson set the tone by rallying from four holes down. The rest of the Americans took it from there.

nfl notebook

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The seventh-rounder from Northwestern has outplayed former first-round pick Paxton Lynch.

SUNDAY’S BASEBALL ROUNDUP

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Verlander and Kenta Maeda both took no-hitters into the sixth before the Detroit offense broke out to beat the Dodgers.

FALMOUTH ROAD RACE

Stephen Sambu becomes first four-time men’s winner of Falmouth Road Race

Sambu nipped rival Leonard Korir at the finish, while Caroline Chepkoech repeated as women’s champion.

NYCFC 2, Revolution 1

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The Revolution (8-11-5, 29 points) fell to 0-9-3 away from Gillette Stadium.

SPORTS LOG

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The NBA is investigating to see if Los Angeles tampered while the All-Star was under contract with the Pacers

Kevin Paul Dupont

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Read his recent “On Second Thought” columns and more features from the longtime Globe writer.