How Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi pulled off those remarkable plays last night

Fans get in the way of Mookie Betts trying to catch a Jose Altuve fly ball in the first inning.

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The homegrown, immensely talented outfielders showed their ability to impact the game from line to line.

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// Where to rank Andrew Benintendi’s catch, and other questions from the Red Sox’ Game 4 win

The game is over if the ball gets by him, the series is tied at 2-2, and the Red Sox would have to deal with Justin Verlander in a pivotal Game 5.


// Couldn’t stay awake for all of last night’s win? Here are six can’t-miss Red Sox plays

Wednesday’s Red Sox win sure had some memorable moments.


// With Jaroslav Halak in net, five things to watch in Bruins-Oilers tonight

There may be changes in lines, too.

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Everything you need to know about the fan interference call that went the Red Sox’ way

Mookie Betts was prevented from making a play by a fan who was trying to catch a deep shot by Jose Altuve in the first inning.


// Fan interference call latest episode in memorable Red Sox-Astros series

In a wild Game 4 win, umpire Joe West’s call on Jose Altuve’s shot headed into the right-field seats helped save the day for Boston.

Houston, TX: 10-17-18: Red Sox LF Andrew Benintendi leaps into the arms of CF Jackie Bradley, Jr. after Benintendi made the catch for the final out of the game. The Boston Red Sox visited the Houston Astros for Game Four of their ALCS baseball matchup at Minutemaid Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)


Benintendi’s clutch play puts Red Sox a win away from World Series

The left fielder’s diving catch with the bases loaded in the ninth inning ended a memorable Game 4 of the ALCS.


// Dave Dombrowski takes issue with Astros implying Red Sox needed to be watched

Dombrowski added the Astros were engaging in behavior that already had been clearly defined as unacceptable.

Boston, MA: 10-14-18: Red Sox starting pitcher David Price fires a top of the first inning pitch. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Houston Astros in Game Two of their ALCS baseball matchup at Fenway Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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What will the Red Sox get from David Price in Game 5 of ALCS?

The Red Sox lefty tries to finish the Astros on three days’ rest and after warming up behind Craig Kimbrel in Game 4.

// MLB concludes Astros did not violate any rules and considers ‘the matter closed’

Major League Baseball released a statement saying the Houston team employee was “monitoring the field to ensure” the Red Sox were “not violating any rules.”


// ‘Spygate’ comes to baseball and adds some intrigue to ALCS

The Astros must be feeling like the Patriots right now: Win a championship and everyone suspects you cheat.

Flames 5, Bruins 2

// Bruins go down in flames in Calgary

The largest first-period deficit of the season (3-0) proved too much to overcome in the opener of a four-game road trip.

Red Sox 8, Astros 6

// How the Red Sox outlasted the Astros in Game 4, inning by inning

The Red Sox pulled within one game of the World Series with a win in Houston.


// Astros have failed to deliver the goods against Red Sox

A Houston pitching staff that was dominant during the regular season has been overmatched against the grinding Red Sox offense.

Houston, TX: 10-17-18: Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale, who will not be starting Game Five on Thursday night as planned, did some throwing in the outfield before Boston took batting practice. The Boston Red Sox visited the Houston Astros for Game Four of their ALCS baseball matchup at Minutemaid Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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How will the Red Sox handle a still-ailing Chris Sale?

Alex Cora steadfastly said Sale will be fine and now it’s a matter of the 29-year-old building up his strength.

// Chris Sale will not start Game 5 in Houston Thursday

The Red Sox have decided to hold back the lefthander a little longer after his recent stomach ailment.

Alex Speier

// These Red Sox are playing with swagger on the road

The Red Sox have conducted themselves in a very different fashion from their predecessors the last two years.

Olympic champion Aly Raisman remains dismayed at the actions of USA Gymnastics.

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USA Gymnastics continues to trip over itself, and other observations

A former head of the governing body was arrested this week, and the interim president resigned under pressure.


// 14 thoughts on the Celtics opener, from Kyrie’s play to Embiid’s chatter

Kyrie Irving and Terry Rozier shared the court at times, and seemed to enjoy it, although Rozier was called on to close out the game.


// Quarterback option play is a tricky call this week

Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, Russell Wilson, and Derek Carr are all off, so where do you turn?


// The losses are mounting, but there is no quit here

We’ll look to the Vikings, Redskins, Jaguars, and Lions to get us out of the hole.


// Rob Gronkowski unfazed by seeing fewer passes thrown his way

The Patriots’ star tight end said he values wins a lot more than receptions.

Boston, Cambridge, MA - 10/22/2017 - Spectators line the bank and the Eliot Bridge. The Fifty-Third Head of the Charles Regatta continues for a second day. (Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff) Topic: HeadoftheCharles Reporter:

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A complete guide to the 2018 Head of the Charles Regatta

The 54th edition of the Head of the Charles Regatta is Oct. 20-21. Here’s a guide.

// NFL has moved on from the national anthem issue

Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is focused instead on working with players on social programs.

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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Sack numbers don’t reflect it, but Patriots are turning up the pressure

The Patriots are doing well at disrupting the opposing quarterback’s timing and release.

Boston, MA - 10/13/2018 - Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale returns to the dugout after first inning. The Boston Red Sox host the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the ALCS at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)

Sign-stealing is at the center of a new controversy. Here’s what it’s all about

Major League Baseball investigated the suspicious actions of an Astros team employee at Fenway Park during Game 1 of the ALCS.

People line-up to purchase legal cannabis in Calgary, Alberta, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Bruins notebook

Marijuana issue is in the air as Bruins hit Canada

The players and coach weighed in as cannabis officially became legalized nationally.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 17: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after a play by Manny Machado #8 (not pictured) to end the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers in Game Five of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)


Kershaw, Dodgers mow down Brewers

The Los Angeles ace was dominant over seven innings as the Dodgers took a 3-2 lead in the series.


// Brock Osweiler will get another start for Dolphins

With Ryan Tannehill ruled out of Sunday’s game against Detroit, Miami’s super sub is optimistic he can deliver another big performance.

Ipswich High exchange student, Rixt van der Kooi, from the Netherlands, during a field hockey game against Triton, Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe.

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Rixt van der Kooi finds a home in Ipswich

Tigers field hockey team has embraced 16-year-old exchange student from The Netherlands.

US 2, Canada 0

// US women win soccer’s CONCACAF championship

Rose Lavelle and Alex Morgan each scored and the US women beat rival Canada in the final of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament.

// Mystics’ Kristi Toliver joins Wizards as assistant, becoming the team’s first female coach

Toliver becomes the first woman in franchise history to hold a coaching position and the fourth in NBA history.


// Boxer Canelo Alvarez signs $365 million deal with streaming service

It’s an 11-fight deal that the boxer’s promotional company said is the richest athlete contract in sports history.

Celtics forward Gordon Hayward drove past 76ers forward Ben Simmons during the first quarter.


Gordon Hayward was the undisputed champ of the Celtics opener

The number that crowned Hayward a winner Tuesday was 24:37. That’s how many minutes he logged.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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