JIM MCBRIDE

Where do the Patriots’ positional battles stand halfway through the preseason?

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The roster is beginning to sort itself out with two more preseason games to go.

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The loss of the lineman — the team’s first draft pick this year —reshuffles the depth at tackle.

Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers fields a grounder during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Red Sox place Rafael Devers on DL, activate Ian Kinsler

Devers has a left hamstring strain. Kinsler returns after missing 11 games with a left hamstring strain.

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 12: Jackie Bradley Jr. #19 of the Boston Red Sox scores against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 12, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

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Red Sox look to keep rolling in return to Fenway to face Tampa Bay

Jackie Bradley Jr. and company are back home after winning seven of nine on the road.

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Alex Speier

Red Sox’ dominance of division rivals reaching historic levels

The Sox are 10-1 against AL East opponents this month, and 43-15 against them this season.

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The Pawtucket Red Sox have concluded a lengthy search for a new home by choosing Worcester for a modern ballpark, leaving its long-time home of Pawtucket, R.I.

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The new ballpark will be called Polar Park.

NFL notebook

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The receiver and his agent met for two days with Browns officials, with a promise to stay in touch.

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CHAD FINN

25 thoughts from the Patriots’ preseason win over the Eagles

Why 25? Because neither you nor I need 37 for a preseason game, that’s why.

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PATRIOTS 37, EAGLES 20

Tom Brady looked like himself — calm, cool, collected — in Patriots’ win

Brady connected with all his usual suspects, but he will have to develop chemistry with new receivers to make up for offseason losses.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

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New England’s defensive front left Philadelphia’s blockers gasping for air and desperately grasping at jerseys.

Boston Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon, left, talks with starting pitcher Chris Sale during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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Julian Benbow

A trustworthy receiver behind the plate, catcher Sandy Leon ‘the heartbeat’ of Red Sox pitching staff

Leon’s 3.01 catcher ERA is the best in baseball since 2016. “I put every bit of faith and trust in him,” said Chris Sale.

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Bill Belichick explained how he scouts players in other systems

“There are hits and there are misses,” he said. “I think that’s true with every team. I haven’t seen a team yet that’s hit on all of them.”

Boston, MA - 8/16/2018 - (4th quarter) New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) gets together with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) at the end of the game. The New England Patriots host the Philadelphia Eagles in the second pre-season home exhibition game at Gillette Stadium. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: James M. McBride, Topic: 17Patriots-Eagles, LOID: 8.4.2854134805.

Tom Brady, Nick Foles get that Super Bowl LII moment 6 months later

The pair didn’t shake hands after the game in February.

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The banner read, “41-33 Philly Philly Super Bowl LII”.

This is an image of Boston Globe sports page from Monday, October 7, 1974, featuring Ray Fitzgerald column.

Bob Ryan

Remembering once more the late, great Ray Fitzgerald

There was never a more decent, honorable, literate, or witty sports columnist in this town.

ALEX SPEIER | MINOR DETAILS

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The tax implications of his contract are prohibitive to the Red Sox calling him up, despite his marked improvement.

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Philadelphia’s Stefen Wisniewski took a photo of the open area next to the Super Bowl 2016 championship banner.

US Gymnastics Championships

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A year after an Achilles injury halted his title streak at five, Newport Beach, Calif., native led Day 1 of senior men’s competition at TD Garden.

US GYMNASTICS NOTEBOOK

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The Nashua, N.H., native placed eighth in the first session of the junior men’s 17-18-year-old competition.

USA Gymnastics Championships

Tom Forster says he wants to lead USA Gymnastics by inspiration, not intimidation. Will it work?

USA Gymnastics hired Forster recently as the women’s high-performance team coordinator, taking over for the controversial Bela and Martha Karolyi.

Boston, Ma---August 15, 2018-Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff--- Scenes from media day at the U.S. Gymnastics Championship 2018, part of the Team USA Summer Champions Series held at the TD Garden.

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The Big Picture

Scenes from the US Gymnastics Championships at TD Garden

The most important event on the American gymnastics calendar, in a non-Olympic year, is in Boston this week.

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman listens to testimony during a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing on

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Aly Raisman, at odds with USA Gymnastics, isn’t backing down

In an interview with the Globe, Raisman talked about her fractured relationship with the governing body and her survivor advocacy.

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

REVOLUTION AT D.C. UNITED | SUNDAY, 7:30 P.M. (FS1)

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Winless in their last six games, the Revolution hit the road to face D.C. United.

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We conducted a seven-round mock draft based on 12-team leagues with point per reception (PPR) scoring system. Here’s how it went down.

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For Celtics rookie Robert Williams, Al Horford has had a silent impact for years

Williams’s high school coach, Ron Meikle, was an NBA scout with the Hawks when they drafted Horford in 2007.

Boston-08/02/2018 Red Sox Vs. Yankees. Sox starting pitcher Brian Johnson fires a 1st inning pitch. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Brian Johnson emerges as a valuable commodity for Red Sox

Manager Alex Cora may not have been exaggerating when he claimed the lefthander ranked as one of the team’s MVPs.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1017714676.jpg Brandt Snedeker shoots 59 at Wyndham Championship, one short of PGA record

Snedeker made a 20-foot putt on his final hole to become the 10th player in tour history to break 60.

AMERICAN LEGION WORLD SERIES

Braintree loses its opener in American Legion World Series

The Northeast champions lost, 1-0, at the tourney in Shelby, N.C., but will continue pool play Friday.