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Sox use 8-run first to beat Jays, 12-6

Thursday, July 2, 2015

TORONTO — David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez had consecutive homers in an eight-run first inning, Xander Bogaerts had four hits and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 12-6 on Thursday night. Brock Holt also had four hits and Bogaerts drove in two runs as the last-place Red Sox took three of four from Toronto. Boston had a season-high 19 hits. Mookie Betts had two hits before teammate … 0

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 … 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

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

Brady appeal a 10-hour marathon

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NEW YORK — Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension lasted more than 10 hours Tuesday, ending in the early evening. The sight of Commissioner Roger Goodell leaving the league offices after he heard Brady and representatives from the players’ union during the lengthy meeting, confirmed its conclusion. … 0

NASCAR distances itself from Confederate flag after church massacre

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Confederate flags are as easy to find at NASCAR races as cutoff jeans, cowboy hats and beer. They fly over motorhomes. They adorn clothing. They are regular fixtures, just like Ford and Chevrolet, and that is unlikely to change any time soon. NASCAR probably would like to see … 0

Confederate flag case cited in hot Redskins trademark battle

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week on license plates and the Confederate flag could be bad news for the Washington Redskins. Lawyers for Native Americans who object to the Redskins’ name and trademark say their case has been strengthened by the decision, which found … 0

Lough’s 3-run bomb helps O’s sink Sox

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BOSTON — David Lough hit a three-run homer in Baltimore’s four-run second inning and the Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 6-4 on Tuesday night, their 12th win in 15 games. The Red Sox had a chance to tie it in the ninth after Dustin Pedroia’s two-out, run-scoring … 0

NFL schools rookies on being a professional

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BEREA, Ohio — To prepare rookies for life as professionals, the NFL is again providing a crash course filled with seminars, testimonials and advice on how to navigate the pitfalls of fame and fortune. All the league really had to do was have the new players look at … 0

U.S. without 2 midfielders for quarterfinals

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

EDMONTON, Alberta — The United States has made it through to the quarterfinals at the Women’s World Cup but not unscathed. The Americans will have to face China without two key contributors. Midfielders Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe won’t be able to play because of accumulated yellow cards. … 0

Youthful Spieth holds keen sense of history

Monday, June 22, 2015

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — Jordan Spieth loves golf history, which is appropriate for someone quickly becoming part of it. Spieth was a freshman at Texas when he first went to St. Andrews with the rest of the Walker Cup team. They played the Old Course, soaked up the … 0

Time for Brady to present his case

Monday, June 22, 2015

When Tom Brady’s appeal hearing kicks off this morning, key arguments will be about who ordered his four-game suspension and whether science supports the league’s findings about deflated footballs. The NFL says Commissioner Roger Goodell authorized the discipline that was imposed by league executive Troy Vincent, who signed … 0

Spieth wins a stunner at Chambers Bay for US Open title

Sunday, June 21, 2015

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — Another major for Jordan Spieth. Another stunning loss for Dustin Johnson. Chambers Bay delivered heart-stopping drama Sunday in the U.S. Open when Spieth birdied his final hole to become only the sixth player to win the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same … 0