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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz delivers to the Tampa Bay Rays during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Buchholz hurls 3-hit gem, Sox blank Rays, 3-0

Sunday, August 31, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Clay Buchholz cruised past the Tampa Bay Rays. Buchholz threw a three-hitter to stop his string of seven starts without a win, leading the Boston Red Sox over the Rays 3-0 on Sunday. Buchholz (6-8) walked none and struck out six. Only one runner reached second base during his second shutout this season and the sixth of his career. “He was in complete command for nine innings,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “Outstanding.” The right-hander’s previous win came over Kansas City on July 18, five days after he tossed a three-hitter in an 11-0 win against Houston. He was 0-3 in … 0

Patriots trade Mallett to Texans

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jimmy Garoppolo will be carrying a clipboard for Tom Brady on the New England Patriots’ sideline this season. The Patriots traded former Brady backup Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texans on Sunday, elevating Garoppolo to the No. 2 job behind the two-time NFL MVP. Garoppolo was a second-round pick in this year’s draft … 0

Wozniacki outlasts Sharapova, reaches US Open quarterfinals

Sunday, August 31, 2014

NEW YORK — Caroline Wozniacki trusts her stamina so much that she plans to return to New York in two months to run a marathon. Maria Sharapova, usually the one wearing down opponents in the third set, sure couldn’t keep up on a steamy Sunday at the U.S. Open. Wozniacki won 6-4, 2-6, … 0

Red Sox outlast Toronto

Monday, August 25, 2014

TORONTO — Yoenis Cespedes singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and the Boston Red Sox survived a ninth-inning collapse to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Monday night, snapping their losing streak at eight … 0

Patriots rookie QB, Garoppolo, gets start in finale

Monday, August 25, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will get his first NFL start when the New England Patriots visit the New York Giants for Thursday night’s preseason finale. “It’s a good opportunity to get out there and get some … 0

Legal questions arise for fantasy day game biz

Monday, August 25, 2014

Some of the newest incarnations of fantasy football look a lot more like gambling than intricate, outsmart-your-opponent strategy games. Since 2011, the billion-dollar fantasy market has been infused with dozens of daily and weekly games. Those games allow players to win huge prizes quickly, sometimes in one week, … 0

Mariners complete sweep of Sox

Sunday, August 24, 2014

BOSTON — Dustin Ackley sure loved facing the Red Sox pitching. Ackley had three hits and scored three runs, Seattle’s bullpen was sharp for the second straight day and the Mariners beat Boston 8-6 on Sunday for the … 0

Hwang, Choi lift S. Korea to LLWS crown

Sunday, August 24, 2014

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — In the giddy moments after South Korea won the Little League World Series, outfielder Don Wan Sin realized how he wanted to celebrate. “I want to go to the Blue House — the White … 0

V. E. Day tops Wicked Strong in 145th Travers

Sunday, August 24, 2014

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Hidden in the shadow of his more heralded stablemate, V. E. Day burst into the spotlight with a thrilling nose victory over Wicked Strong in the Grade 1 $1.25 million Travers Saturday at Saratoga … 0

Mahan comes up with timely win at The Barclays

Sunday, August 24, 2014

PARAMUS, N.J. — About the only thing that went wrong for Hunter Mahan at The Barclays was when the trophy broke. All he had to show for perhaps the biggest win of his career was a large wreath … 0

Chance for players other than Big 4 at Open

Sunday, August 24, 2014

NEW YORK — Two 23-year-olds, Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov, broke through to their first major semifinals at Wimbledon. Perhaps this year’s U.S. Open will be the tipping point for the rise of a new generation. But recent … 0

Keselowski: Don’t count out Gibbs guys just yet

Sunday, August 24, 2014

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Brad Keselowski is part brash racer, and part pragmatist. He was both after following Penske Racing teammate Joey Logano to the checkered flag at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night, giving the team a 1-2 … 0

Mike Schmidt: Time to answer the Rose question

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I received numerous phone requests over the last few days to comment on the 25th anniversary of Pete Rose’s banishment from baseball. Seems like only yesterday, rather than 15 years ago, when I met Pete in Milwaukee for … 0