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Toronto Blue Jays' Juan Francisco, right, reacts as he passes Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez, left, after hitting a two-run home run during third inning baseball action in Toronto on Thursday, July 24, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

Jays rough up Sox, De La Rosa, 8-0

Thursday, July 24, 2014

TORONTO — John Gibbons wasn’t exactly happy to see rookie Marcus Stroman lose his no-hitter. Still, it saved the Blue Jays manager from making a tough decision about how long to stick with his young star. Stroman and two relievers combined on a one-hitter, Juan Francisco drove in four runs and came within a double of the cycle and Toronto … 0

Brady seeking to improve in 15th training camp

Thursday, July 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Three quarterbacks took turns throwing as the New England Patriots began training camp Thursday. It’s the 15th for Tom Brady, the fourth for Ryan Mallett and the first for Jimmy Garoppolo. All had plenty to learn. “It’s about making improvements and I think it goes from the guy who’s the newest … 0

Geno Smith sharp in Jets’ first camp practice

Thursday, July 24, 2014

CORTLAND, N.Y. — Geno Smith is a changed quarterback. Puzzled pauses in the New York Jets’ huddle have been replaced by commanding playcalls. He’s also barking out audibles at the line of scrimmage and reading defenses unlike he did at any point during his rookie season. For a first training camp practice, Smith … 0

New generation blooms at oldest major

Thursday, July 17, 2014

HOYLAKE, England — Even when he’s not the favorite, Tiger Woods is still the show at the British Open. Woods earned that attention by piling up majors at a faster rate than anyone in history, and the attention … 0

Royal & Ancient to meet over proxy decision on women’s vote

Thursday, July 17, 2014

HOYLAKE, England — The Royal & Ancient Golf Club will hold a business meeting next week to determine whether to allow club members to vote by proxy for its historic September vote to have female members. Club rules … 0

British Open at Hoylake is all about the par 5s

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

HOYLAKE, England — Memories from the last British Open at Royal Liverpool mainly involve Tiger Woods hitting only one driver over 72 holes on his way to an 18-under 270 and a two-shot victory. The links course was … 0

New course greets new Tiger

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

HOYLAKE, England — Tiger Woods was an hour into his practice round Tuesday at the British Open when he stood on the fifth tee with a foreign object in his hand. In golf vernacular, it’s called a driver. … 0

Jug and jacket: 2 majors, 2 different prizes

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

HOYLAKE, England — The green jacket gave Mike Weir a thrill he won’t forget. The Masters champion wore his coveted prize onto the ice for a Stanley Cup playoff game in Toronto, with the Maple Leafs tapping their … 0

Woods is back and still aiming high at Open

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

HOYLAKE, England — Tiger Woods was an early arrival to the British Open with hopes of avoiding an early departure. Woods has played only two competitive rounds in the last four months because of back pain that led … 0

McIlroy has to get past that ‘second-round thing’

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy calls it his “second-round thing.” Just something in his head. Unfortunately for the two-time major champion, it’s become a very real problem. For some reason, McIlroy has struggled mightily on Fridays, a subject … 0

Pistorius gets into nightclub argument

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

JOHANNESBURG — Oscar Pistorius was in an altercation at an upmarket nightclub over the weekend, his family said Tuesday. Pistorius went with a cousin to a trendy Johannesburg nightclub on Saturday, where he was accosted by a man … 0

Saints confirm deal with TE Graham

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Saints on Tuesday confirmed a multiyear contract with Jimmy Graham, ending a protracted holdout for the star tight end. Graham skipped all of the Saints’ voluntary and mandatory practices and workouts — … 0

Mickelson confident — at least about links golf

Monday, July 14, 2014

HOYLAKE, England — Phil Mickelson rolled long putts across the practice green in front of the Royal Liverpool clubhouse, some of them going in, most of them the right distance. He chirped to the caddie of Brandt Snedeker … 0