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Unforgettable tribute to his mom by Red Bank Catholic QB Alex Brown the day after she died

It was a performance for the ages in the most emotional moment imaginable.

A day after Red Bank Catholic quarterback Alex Brown lost his mom Michelle after her 15-year battle with breast cancer, he came through with an unforgettable tribute for his biggest fan Friday night at Count Basie Field.

“There was never a doubt in my mind I was playing,” Brown said. “That’s how she wanted it. I talked to my dad and I said, ‘I want to play for mom and make a special memory,’ and that’s what happened.”

It certainly did. Brown generated eight touchdowns – throwing six TD passes and running for two more scores – in a 58-34 victory over Morris Catholic in an NJSIAA Non-Public B playoff game in Red Bank.

Brown’s father, Ray, said, “I’m not super religious but I am spiritual. And I truly believe this whole game was scripted before it

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Red Sox clinch wild card game vs. Yankees after Raphael Devers homer



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Devers finished with a monstrous stat line and perhaps the biggest hit of his career.

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Rafael Devers of the Boston Red Sox hits a home run against the Washington Nationals. The Red Sox clinched their wildcard berth on Sunday. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Rafael Devers ripped two homers including the go-ahead two-run blast in the top of the ninth inning on Sunday, lifting the Red Sox over the Nationals to clinch the top wild card slot in the American League.

Devers finished the game 4-for-5 with two homers, four RBIs, and three runs. He singled and scored in the seventh on Alex Verdugo’s game-tying two-run double, which set the table for perhaps the biggest hit of Devers’s career in the top of the ninth.

The Red Sox will now face the Yankees on Tuesday in the AL wild card game. Thanks to their victory on Sunday, the

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Red Sox rally around Alex Cora after Brett Gardner criticism

Tomase: Brett Gardner’s jab at Cora helps fuel Red Sox sweep originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

We’ve searched for excuses about Red Sox-Yankees losing its luster for a decade, but it really boils down to one word: hatred.

The 1970s clubs despised each other, with no rivalry more bloodthirsty than Carlton Fisk vs. Thurman Munson in a battle of granite backstops. The 1980s saw Hall of Fame outfielder Jim Rice challenge an entire section of Yankee Stadium bleachers after a fan stole his hat. The ’90s brought Nomar vs. Jeter, Pedro vs. Roger, and the birth of the Yankees dynasty juxtaposed against a Red Sox franchise still wedded to misery.

The animosity crescendoed in the early 2000s. Pedro Martinez slammed Don Zimmer to the turf, Aaron Boone slammed the door on another Red Sox season, Jason Varitek slammed his mitt in Alex Rodriguez’s face, and David Ortiz finally slammed

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How Red Sox are finding motivation in weekly MLB Power Rankings

Tomase: Red Sox’ latest form of motivation appears to be working originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Baseball teams can find motivation under any rock or behind any tree. Maybe it’s a quote in the paper. Maybe it’s a SportsCenter segment. Maybe it’s a talk radio scorcher.

Or if you’re the 2021 Red Sox, maybe it’s the MLB.com power rankings.

Before the Red Sox faced the Mets and right-hander Jacob deGrom, aka The Best Pitcher on Earth, on Wednesday, manager Alex Cora was joking around with shortstop Xander Bogaerts.

“We beat this guy,” Cora told him, “we might be No. 1 in the nation.”

It turns out that to the list of idiosyncrasies that already includes tunnel time in the home run laundry cart and waving into the dugout like exuberant middle schoolers, the Red Sox can add a college-style infatuation with their national ranking.

The Red Sox opened

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