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Gronk promises he’ll play ; Dolphins ready

Monday, September 1, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Star tight end Rob Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday and announced he will be playing in the New England Patriots’ opener at Miami this Sunday. Meanwhile, the news hardly caught the Dolphins by surprise. “I’m super excited,” said Gronkowski, who didn’t play in any of the four preseason games as he completed his recovery from December right knee surgery. “I won’t have to … 0

Joyce’s RBI single in 10th lifts Rays past Sox

Monday, September 1, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Matt Joyce needed just one swing to overcome a tough day. Joyce had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to help the Tampa Bay Rays salvage a split of a four-game series by beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Monday. “A nice finish,” said … 0

Kirk rallies to win Deutsche Bank

Monday, September 1, 2014

NORTON — Chris Kirk made three big putts and captured the biggest win of his career Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Whether that was enough for U.S. captain Tom Watson to add him to the Ryder Cup team was the least of his concerns. Kirk won for the second time this season. … 0

Impressive tight-end debut

Friday, August 29, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The newest New England Patriots player seems to be fitting right in. Tight end Tim Wright caught four passes for 43 yards in the Patriots’ exhibition finale on Thursday night, about 48 hours after he was … 0

Palmer (63) seizes Deutsche Bank lead

Friday, August 29, 2014

NORTON — Ryan Palmer has felt all year that something special was going to happen. For now, he’ll take his lowest round of the season. Palmer took only 21 putts and made birdie on half of his holes … 0

Giants edge Pats in preseason finale

Thursday, August 28, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — No one wanted overtime in the preseason finale. Josh Brown kicked a 37-yard field goal with 38 seconds to play and the New York Giants capped their first undefeated preseason since 2006 with a … 0

Williams overcomes struggles to advance

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NEW YORK — Good as she is, even Serena Williams can find it tough to deal with swirling wind, so much so that she double-faulted three times in her first service game Thursday at the U.S. Open. And, … 0

One good week can change everything in FedEx Cup race

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NORTON — Stuart Appleby knows how one week can change everything during the FedEx Cup playoffs. Geoff Ogilvy can only hope he’s next. Ogilvy was the 100th and final player to get into the Deutsche Bank Championship, the … 0

Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A subtle change to the NFL rulebook resulted in an 822 percent increase in illegal contact penalties through three weeks of the preseason. Now the key question is not whether those calls will continue to rise in the … 0

Weakened US team aims for world basketball title

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BILBAO, Spain — The bad news just kept coming, the only difference whether the culprit was injury or interest. Some stars couldn’t play. Others wouldn’t. Then the losses really started piling up for the U.S. national basketball team. Kevin Love pulled out while awaiting his recently completed trade … 0

Giants finish long preseason vs Pats

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — In any other year, Tom Coughlin wouldn’t be happy playing an extended preseason schedule. A four-game schedule might be considered too long, and playing in the Hall of Fame contest at the start of … 0

Gordon suspended for season

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CLEVELAND — Josh Gordon’s wait is over, and so is his 2014 season. Now the star wide receiver’s career is in peril. The Browns learned Wednesday that Gordon’s indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he … 0

Jays beat Sox

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TORONTO — Pinch-hitter Danny Valencia had a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning, leading the Toronto Blue Jays over the Boston Red Sox 5-2 Wednesday night. Jose Bautista homered for the second straight night, a two-run drive … 0