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Ramirez two-run HR sinks Astros 5-4

Sunday, July 5, 2015

BOSTON — Hanley Ramirez handed the Boston Red Sox another well-timed win. Ramirez connected with a one-handed swing for a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning that the Red Sox over the Houston Astros 5-4 Sunday. “I was sitting on a changeup. I was still in front, but put a good follow-through,” he said, adding he’d hit “a couple” of home runs in similar fashion. “Not a lot, but … 0

Four K.C. Royals elected to start All-Star Game; Reds’ Frazier, too

Sunday, July 5, 2015

NEW YORK — Houston second baseman Jose Altuve passed Kansas City’s Omar Infante in the final days of voting, leaving four Royals as starters for the All-Star Game. Todd Frazier of the host Cincinnati Reds leapfrogged St. Louis’ Matt Carpenter and will be in the NL starting lineup for the July 14 game at Great American Ball Park. The voting results were announced … 0

Lloyd’s hat trick leads U.S. over Japan, 5-2

Sunday, July 5, 2015

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Carli Lloyd came up big again. Three times. And with it came the Americans’ elusive third Women’s World Cup title. Lloyd scored three times as the U.S. burst to a four-goal lead in the first 16 minutes, and the Americans overwhelmed defending champion Japan 5-2 Sunday for their record third championship and first since 1999. A sellout crowd of … 0

Wambach says she just wants to win her last World Cup

Friday, July 3, 2015

VANCOUVER, British Columbia. — With the title match looming, Abby Wambach isn’t mincing words. “All I care about is winning this World Cup,” she said. The star U.S. forward is playing in her fourth Women’s World Cup, and … 0

Serena hangs on to win; sister Venus next

Friday, July 3, 2015

LONDON — Twice, Serena Williams stood merely two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd. Twice, Williams was oh-so-close to the end of her bid for a … 0

Flag controversy, construction add to Daytona drama

Friday, July 3, 2015

There is always drama at Daytona. Jet-dryers going up in flames in the evening sky. Cars slamming into each other at 200 mph. Tires and car pieces flying into the grandstands. Heavy rains forcing both competitors and drivers to seek cover. The death of a racing legend. And … 0

Experts: Hacking probe will stretch if Cardinals executives are involved

Friday, July 3, 2015

HOUSTON — The federal hacking investigation of the St. Louis Cardinals could take longer if high-level executives are implicated in the breach of the Houston Astros’ database, according to legal experts. The investigation is likely several months old, … 0

In Women’s World Cup viewership, new generation is older one

Friday, July 3, 2015

A generation of American women who grew up playing sports because of Title IX now makes up the television audience that advertisers covet. Today’s adults were young, impressionable fans when Brandi Chastain ripped off her jersey to celebrate … 0

NASCAR not pleased with Trump remarks

Friday, July 3, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR is the latest corporation to distance itself from Donald Trump. On the same day one of its top sponsors called on NASCAR to take a stance against Trump, the motorsports series said it will not hold its season-ending awards ceremony at the Trump … 0

Sox use 8-run first to beat Jays, 12-6

Thursday, July 2, 2015

TORONTO — David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez had consecutive homers in an eight-run first inning, Xander Bogaerts had four hits and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 12-6 on Thursday night. Brock Holt also had four hits and Bogaerts drove in two runs as the … 0

Dogged defense lifts U.S. team to final

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

MONTREAL — It used to be that the U.S. women’s national team was known more for its fierce attack. For the Women’s World Cup in Canada, the Americans are finding success with a locked-down defense. Goalkeeper Hope Solo, beleaguered at the start by new revelations in her domestic … 0

Porcello struggles mount as Jays clobber Sox, 11-2

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

TORONTO — Even by the standards of his current wretched run, Rick Porcello hit a new low Wednesday. Justin Smoak homered from both sides of the plate, Mark Buehrle won his fourth straight decision and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Porcello and the Red Sox 11-2, ending Boston’s … 0

Own-goal gift sends Japan to final, 2-1

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

EDMONTON, Alberta — Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time, giving Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women’s World Cup semifinal. The decisive goal Wednesday came when Japan’s Nahomi Kawasumi drove up the right side and sent a cross into the middle … 0