Magic 93, Celtics 90

Celtics’ early-season funk continues

Boston, MA--10/22/2018-- Celtics Kyrie Irving (R) defends against Magic D.J. Augustin during the first quarter of game action at TD Garden in Boston. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Celtics-Magic Reporter:

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The Celtics, unable to get their offense in rhythm, lost at TD Garden.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/08/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_soxrays3_spts-001.jpg Will the weather have a chilling effect on Red Sox, Dodgers?

With temperatures in the 40s, most players will insulate themselves against the elements.

red sox notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/671315056-14501-23514.jpg Dodgers villain Manny Machado will hear it from Fenway faithful

Machado took out Dustin Pedroia’s knee with an aggressive slide in 2017.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_cora3_spts-23506.jpg How the Red Sox and Dodgers match up, position by position

There are some tough calls in this World Series. Here’s who we think has the edges at each spot.

Boston, MA 10-22-18: Red Sox Game One starting pitcher Chris Sale got in some throwing in the outfield this afternoon. The Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers both held media availabilities and workouts at Fenway Park in anticipation of Tuesday night's Game One of the World Series. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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Peter Abraham

Which Chris Sale will start Game 1, the dominating force or the ailing ace?

Sale was overwhelming during the first four months of the season, but he hasn’t been the same since he was sidelined with a sore shoulder.

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The Patriots running back wrenched his knee vs. the Bears but there was no structural damage.

Dodgers notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1052765280.jpg Milton’s Rich Hill has fond memories of Red Sox

The Sox gave Hill a chance in August of 2015, and he’s always been appreciative.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_wsprep4_spts-23536.jpg Here are the Globe staff predictions on the World Series

There are echoes of 1916 in the air as the Red Sox and Dodgers square off for the championship.

PATRIOTS FILM STUDY | JIM McBRIDE

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In a game rife with plot twists and lead changes, some individual performances stood out.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/03/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Lee_100218_celticscavs11_spts.jpg Celtics have deep appreciation for what Red Sox are doing

Coach Brad Stevens is a fan of the Sox, saying the team sets an example his Celtics strive for.

Boston, Ma- October 21, 2018-Stan Grossfeld/ Globe Staff—Practice before Game 1 of World Series-Mookie Betts practices at second base at Fenway Park.

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NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

One concern about Mookie Betts playing second base: Manny Machado

The Dodgers shortstop has a history of questionable conduct on the basepaths — which the Red Sox know well.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1052500826.jpg Sam Kennedy takes stock of the Red Sox’ investment in 2018 and beyond

The Red Sox president is enjoying this season’s success, but acknowledges tough decisions will have to be made down the road.

TARA SULLIVAN

/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Tara_Sullivan-23503.tif Red Sox’ relentlessness wears opponents down

They don’t give away at-bats or ease up on defense or the basepaths — they just keep coming at you.

Patriots notebook

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The Patriots used tight end Dwayne Allen more than usual, a season-high 55 snaps on offense in Sunday’s win.

Chicago, IL - 10/21/2018 - (4th quarter) Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) nearly tied the game on this last second Hail Mary pass but came up just short. New England Patriots vs. Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Ben Volin, Topic: 21Patriots-Bears, LOID: 8.4.3538702313.

Jim McBride

Patriots breakdown: From a fantastic finish to some really special plays in a win over the Bears

New England’s victory in Chicago Sunday was highlighted by a goal-line stand on a Hail Mary pass.

Chicago, IL - 10/21/2018 - (2nd quarter) New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) carries the ball during the second quarter. New England Patriots vs. Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Ben Volin, Topic: 21Patriots-Bears, LOID: 8.4.3538702313.

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CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Adjusting on the fly? Now that’s the Patriot way

The Patriots found a way despite missing Rob Gronkowski all game and Sony Michel for most of it.

Byfield, MA - 10/22/2018- ] Triton's QB Ty Scholtz, 16, bounces a ball off of Kyle Seibetta's helmet during football practice on Monday. (Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe) Topic: (Sports)

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How does a winless team make the state high school football playoffs?

Triton, which lost all seven of its regular-season games, is the No. 8 seed in Division 5 North.

Chad Finn

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin1021181stPatsBears_Spt29.jpg What to make of the defense, and other thoughts on the Patriots’ win

The Patriots didn’t allow Chicago quarterback Mitch Trubisky to look good, but they allowed him to look competent.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/e83b160e7d634f9fb46528c4afcaa893-e83b160e7d634f9fb46528c4afcaa893-0.jpg Joakim Nordstrom gets his shot to anchor Bruins’ third line

With David Backes out with a possible concussion, the Swede has been slotted in at center.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/21/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/sox2-001.jpg Opposing managers Alex Cora, Dave Roberts share rich history with Red Sox, Dodgers

Drafted by Los Angeles in 1996, Cora spent nine years with the Dodgers and refers to his World Series opponent as a “special organization.” Roberts made his own history in Boston.

TARA SULLIVAN

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/04/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tara_sullivan_20171204.jpg For the Kimbrels, the only save that truly mattered came in March

Craig Kimbrel and wife Ashley stood by as their 4-month-old daughter battled a congenital heart condition that necessitated multiple major surgeries. Lydia Joy Kimbrel will be a year old in 13 days.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/21/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/sox12.jpg Steven Wright may be added to World Series roster

Wright, who was injured and replaced on the roster by Heath Hembree after the first game of the ALDS, must prove he’s fully healthy to be activated.

Sports Log

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/AFP_1A79PT.jpg Cristiano Ronaldo denies rape allegations

In first public remarks, soccer star claimed innocence on civil suit brought by an accuser stemming from an alleged 2009 incident at a Las Vegas hotel.

Matt Porter

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/68392cdd45a8441ea594ed2131decd58-68392cdd45a8441ea594ed2131decd58-0.jpg It took a special kind of energy for Urho Vaakanainen to make cross-country trip to join Bruins

In Finland they call is sisu, the ability to persevere in trying circumstances.

ALEX SPEIER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_hyers1_spts.jpg ‘He is the man.’ Tim Hyers is smack in the middle of the Red Sox-Dodgers series

The Red Sox’ hitting coach spent 2016-17 with the Dodgers, and has played a major role in developing both teams’ powerful lineups.

NFL notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/18563fdb9dd4464a94d0455f7916e571-18563fdb9dd4464a94d0455f7916e571-0.jpg Cowboys get WR Amari Cooper for first-rounder

Cooper was the fourth overall pick by the Raiders out of Alabama three years ago, and he started his career with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.

Jim Venable

MIAA FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

The tournament phase of 2018 football season set for kickoff

The road to Gillette Stadium for the eight MIAA Super Bowls has been mapped out. What teams will make it to Foxborough?

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin092218St.John_sPrepatEverettHSFB_Spt1.jpg MIAA football playoff seeds and first-round matchups

Defending champion Everett headlines the Division 1 North field, and Xaverian is the top seed in D1 South.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumacki_redsoxpractice_sports517.jpg An MLB scout’s view of the Red Sox-Dodgers World Series

Kimball Crossley examined the matchups within the series to identify strengths and weaknesses on both sides.

Ben Volin | On Football

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin1021181stPatsBears_Spt10.jpg Unusually mediocre all season, Patriots’ special teams were the difference

The Patriots scored two touchdowns on special teams, one on a kickoff return and the other a game-changing blocked punt.

chad finn

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin101818GM5ALCSSoxAstros_Spt4.jpg Boston has the blueprint for pro sports success, and the good times are rolling

Homegrown veterans, rising stars, and leaders with uncanny vision and work ethics are common threads among Boston’s teams.

NBA

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/53894635c3474d0b94b73535896e070f-53894635c3474d0b94b73535896e070f-0.jpg Brandon Ingram, Chris Paul, and Rajon Rondo suspended for brawl

The altercation marred the final minutes of Saturday’s game between the Rockets and Lakers, in LeBron James’s home debut.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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