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Red Sox one win from World Series title

Fighting a sore back and the persistent Cardinals, Jon Lester pitched the Red Sox to the precipice of a championship.

Red Sox manager John Farrell congratulated his players on their pivotal 3-1 win Wednesday night.


Dan Shaughnessy

Fenway-bound, Red Sox in the driver’s seat

After their victory in the first tidy game of the 2013 Fall Classic, the Red Sox have two chances to win their third World Series since 2004.

Christopher L. Gasper

// Jon Lester shows again he’s one of the best

The October ace silenced the St. Louis bats, holding the Cardinals to one run and four hits in 7 innings, while striking out seven.

// Late-night thrillers have Red Sox fans forgoing sleep

Red Sox Nation has become Zombie Nation. Even Monday night’s welcome 11 p.m. finish won’t go far in erasing the collective fatigue.

Martin Walsh, John Connolly gird for final week

The Boston mayoral campaign heads into its final week with both camps portraying the race as a dead heat.

Both City Councilor John R. Connolly (left) and Representative Martin J. Walsh met with students at the Citizen School in Boston recently.


Mayoral candidates offer two paths to overhaul schools

The way John Connolly and Martin Walsh would execute their overhauls distinguishes the two men, who otherwise agree on many other educational issues.

A D.C. health care feud boils over in Mass.

Two former Obama administration officials are locked in a feud over the health care insurance marketplace with implications for the 2014 Mass. governor’s race.

Retailers long complained that Amazon had an unfair advantage, tax-wise.

Amazon to begin collecting Mass. sales tax Friday

Massachusetts shoppers will start paying the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax on items they buy from Amazon on Nov. 1.


Farah stockman

// Red tape stifles neighborhood revitalization

Restaurants can transform neighborhoods, but it takes a fortune, an eternity, and/or an act of God to open one in Boston.

NBA season preview

NBA season preview

Brad Stevens is entering his first season as the head coach of the Celtics.

Celtics’ new season full of question marks

The championship era appears to be over. But opinions vary on the Celtics’ fate this year, from potentially a playoff team to the worst in the NBA.


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Tom Brady is completing 55.7 percent of his passes, tied for 29th in the NFL.

Stats show Patriots defense better, but offense struggling

The Patriots have played half of their regular-season schedule, and the statistics back up what the eye has seen over the first eight games.

Boston mayoral race

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