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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 violence assault case last year, has been nearly perfect with five straight shutouts. Her latest came on Tuesday night when the United … 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 winning streak at three. Porcello (4-9) allowed seven runs and seven hits in two innings, … 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 for Yuki Ogimi. Bassett reached out with her right foot and caught the ball flush, … 0

Bruins trade Lucic, Hamilton on draft day

Friday, June 26, 2015

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins’ makeover that began in the front office has reached the front line on offense and the top pairing on defense. The Bruins traded left wing Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings and defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames. The return included … 0

Sox beat Rays in 10 innings

Friday, June 26, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Mookie Betts doubled to extend his career-best hitting streak to 13 games and scored on Brock Holt’s 10th-inning single to give the Boston Red Sox a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on … 0

Watson maintains lead after second round of Travelers

Friday, June 26, 2015

CROMWELL, Conn. — Bubba Watson was forced to think a bit more Friday at the Travelers Championship, where the wind was a little stronger, the greens a bit firmer and the pin placements more challenging. The long-hitting lefty … 0

US defeats China 1-0, plays Germany in semifinals

Friday, June 26, 2015

OTTAWA, Ontario — Carli Lloyd scored on a header in the 51st minute, and the United States beat China 1-0 Friday night to reach a semifinal against Germany at the Women’s World Cup. Hope Solo had her fourth … 0

Orioles capture rubber game

Thursday, June 25, 2015

BOSTON — Baltimore right-hander Miguel Gonzalez had a chance to watch his teammates get on winning spurt. Now he’s glad to be a part of it. Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer during a six-run fourth inning that carried the Orioles over the Boston Red Sox 8-6 Thursday, … 0

Celtics select guards Rozier, Hunter with firs t-round picks

Friday, June 26, 2015

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics made a surprise pick in the first round of the NBA draft Thursday night when they took guard Terry Rozier from Louisville with the 16th pick. With their second pick at No. 28, … 0

NFL concussion awards on hold amid appeals through this fall

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Retired NFL players seeking payouts from the potential $1 billion NFL concussion settlement could be waiting until next year based on appeals being weighed this fall. About 90 former players are appealing the final settlement approved this year by a federal judge in Philadelphia. The settlement … 0

Towns, Okafor and good lesser-known players top NBA draft

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NEW YORK — Karl-Anthony Towns hoisted a child high up toward his shoulders, letting the youngster at an NBA community service event feel what it was like to rock the rim with a dunk. Next up for Towns might be trying to help lift the Minnesota Timberwolves. The … 0

Price wins Hart and Vezina; Bruins’ Bergeron wins Selke

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

LAS VEGAS — Carey Price came away from the NHL Awards show with a hat trick. The Montreal Canadiens’ record-setting goalie claimed the Hart Trophy, the Vezina Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award at the NHL’s annual postseason bash Wednesday night. Price also shared the already-announced Jennings Trophy … 0

Ortiz goes deep, Sox beat O’s, 5-1, despite injuries

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

BOSTON — David Ortiz’s two-run homer capped a five-run sixth inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 on Wednesday night despite losing two key starters to injuries. Left fielder Hanley Ramirez left with a bruised left hand and second baseman Dustin Pedroia limped off … 0