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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

Jaywalking: Payday

Monday, June 15, 2015

For the past eight years, I’ve covered Turners Falls native Sonya Lamonakis as she has risen from amateur Golden Gloves champion to professional women’s heavyweight world champion. Now, another local woman is trying to make a name for … 0

LeBron confident Cavs can force a seventh game tonight

Monday, June 15, 2015

CLEVELAND — Wearing a leather Cavaliers cap and a steely look, LeBron James used his postgame platform to proclaim that he’s “the best player in the world.” It’s not as if his greatness was in dispute after five … 0

Warriors withstand James, take 3-2 lead over Cavs in finals

Sunday, June 14, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors are a win away from ending one long championship drought and extending another. Stephen Curry made seven 3-pointers and scored 37 points, and the Warriors withstood another brilliant performance from LeBron James to outlast the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-91 on Sunday night … 0

Sox drop 6th straight, 13-5, to streaking Jays

Sunday, June 14, 2015

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox hope they can start playing like the team that just left Fenway Park. The Toronto Blue Jays won their 11th straight game to tie the team record, routing the Red Sox 13-5 … 0

Nine-run seventh inning lifts Blue Jays over Red Sox 13-10

Friday, June 12, 2015

BOSTON — Russell Martin broke a tie with a three-run triple in a nine-run seventh inning as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 13-10 by overcoming an 8-1 deficit Friday night. The Blue Jays won … 0

Defensemen starring in tight, tense Cup Final

Friday, June 12, 2015

BRANDON, Fla. — After Steven Stamkos stepped off the Lightning’s practice rink on a 90-degree June day, the Tampa Bay captain calmly made it clear he is well aware that he hasn’t scored a goal yet in his … 0

LeBron’s ‘slight’ headache a big deal in NBA Finals

Friday, June 12, 2015

CLEVELAND — LeBron James called it a “slight” headache, though nothing involving the game’s best player is ever minor. So when James got a cut on his head after falling into a TV camera during Game 4 of … 0

Chicago, Tampa Bay all even again in Stanley Cup Final

Thursday, June 11, 2015

CHICAGO — Four games deep in the Stanley Cup Final, all that’s clear is just how little separates the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning. These two conference champions have two victories, nine goals and 24 penalty minutes apiece, while Chicago has outshot Tampa Bay 107-104. Neither … 0

Orioles sweep Sox, 6-5

Thursday, June 11, 2015

BALTIMORE — Adam Jones hit the first of Baltimore’s three home runs off Wade Miley, and the Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 6-5 Thursday night for their first sweep of the season. Nolan Reimold and Manny Machado also homered for the Orioles, who squeezed out a pair … 0

O’s, Chen beat Red Sox, 5-2

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

BALTIMORE — Adam Jones drove in a run and played exceptional defense behind left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, who earned his second win of the season Wednesday night in the Baltimore Orioles’ 5-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox. J.J. … 0