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Belichick ducks Deflategate

Friday, May 29, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Coach Bill Belichick shed little light Friday in his first public remarks since the report was issued on the Patriots’ use of deflated footballs. He avoided direct answers to most of the 10 questions he was asked about Tom Brady, backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and how the team was handling the fallout from the investigation. Brady, who is appealing his four-game suspension, did not speak with reporters after … 0

Baffert grows to racing’s grateful elder statesman

Friday, May 29, 2015

ARCADIA, Calif. — Bob Baffert came blasting into thoroughbred racing in Southern California talking smack. Wearing a cowboy hat and boots, he had already conquered the quarter horse world and was ready to take aim at the bigger money and prestige offered by training regally-bred thoroughbreds. It wasn’t long before he piled up 11 wins in Triple Crown races — two behind leader … 0

Blatter wins re-election despite FIFA corruption stir

Friday, May 29, 2015

ZURICH — In the end, nothing could stop Sepp Blatter. Not a far-reaching corruption scandal. Not a tarnished international image. Not a young prince who gave him a stronger-than-expected challenge. Despite the biggest crisis in FIFA’s 111-year history, Blatter emerged victorious once again Friday, winning re-election as president of world soccer’s governing body for a fifth term. “I am now the president of … 0

9 likely foes await American Pharoah

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah figures to have nine challengers when he runs in the Belmont Stakes next week, trying to become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. Seven of his expected rivals return from the Derby or the Preakness, while two others are … 0

Rookie guards learning Pats’ system

Thursday, May 28, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots’ two rookie guards are helping each other study the team’s complex offensive schemes. They’ve already learned a much simpler strategy. No matter what the question, answer cautiously or risk the wrath of their secretive coach. Tre’ Jackson and Shaq Mason were drafted … 0

Determined Tebow makes his Philadelphia debut, which draws another media circus

Thursday, May 28, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — A slimmer Tim Tebow threw passes in shorts while a horde of reporters critiqued his mechanics and analyzed his arm motion. Welcome to Philly, Tim. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner spoke to a large gathering of media for the first time Thursday since signing a one-year … 0

Sox lefty Rodriguez wins MLB debut, 5-1 at Texas

Thursday, May 28, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas — Eduardo Rodriguez threw 72/3 scoreless innings to become the youngest Red Sox starter to win in his major league debut on the road since 1967, and Boston beat the Rangers 5-1 to spoil Josh Hamilton’s first home game back in Texas on Thursday night. The … 0

Woeful Red Sox swept by Twins, 6-4

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Given an early two-run lead by Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox starter Rick Porcello was trying to provide a shutdown inning. Porcello walked Aaron Hicks with one out. And it led to a big inning for the Twins. The next four batters reached and the Twins grabbed … 0

Kraft introduces No. 1 pick Brown; mum’s the word on ‘Deflategate’

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Robert Kraft spent 80 seconds Wednesday making his first public remarks since saying eight days earlier he wouldn’t appeal the Patriots’ punishment for using underinflated footballs. Not one of those seconds was devoted to the scandal. At a ceremony introducing New England’s first-round draft choice, the … 0

Rare former Triple Crown winners ready to welcome new champion

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Steve Cauthen thinks it’s long past time for a new horse to join the exclusive club of Triple Crown winners. The jockey who rode Affirmed to a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes in 1978 believes horse racing needs a victory by American Pharoah in … 0

American Pharoah gets his first work since Preakness win

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Trainer Bob Baffert was pleased with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah’s workout on Tuesday as he prepares for the Belmont Stakes and his attempt to become horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner since 1978. The colt breezed four furlongs in :48 at Churchill … 0

Kelly tagged by Twins, Sox drop opener

Monday, May 25, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Kelly entered Monday’s game looking as if he had things figured out coming off of two of his best performances of 2015. The Minnesota Twins showed him otherwise. Kelly lasted just 12/3 innings, allowing seven … 0

AP Was There: Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston heavyweight rematch

Monday, May 25, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: On May 25, 1965, Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston in the first round of a heavyweight bout that produced one of the strangest finishes in boxing history as well as one of sports’ most iconic moments … 0