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FILE - In this May 27, 2015, file photo, United States women's soccer player Abby Wambach, left, laughs as Megan Rapinoe, right, speaks during the U.S. women's soccer national team World Cup media day in New York. Wambach says she'd have goals at the Women's World Cup in Canada, if it were played on real grass instead of artificial turf. She also says she'll embrace being used as a sub rather than a starter, if it means the U.S. wins. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Wambach says she just wants to win her last World Cup

Friday, July 3, 2015

VANCOUVER, British Columbia. — With the title match looming, Abby Wambach isn’t mincing words. “All I care about is winning this World Cup,” she said. The star U.S. forward is playing in her fourth Women’s World Cup, and she says it will be her last. A victory Sunday in the final against Japan would be the perfect ending to her … 0

Serena hangs on to win; sister Venus next

Friday, July 3, 2015

LONDON — Twice, Serena Williams stood merely two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd. Twice, Williams was oh-so-close to the end of her bid for a fourth consecutive major title — and for the third leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam. … 0

Flag controversy, construction add to Daytona drama

Friday, July 3, 2015

There is always drama at Daytona. Jet-dryers going up in flames in the evening sky. Cars slamming into each other at 200 mph. Tires and car pieces flying into the grandstands. Heavy rains forcing both competitors and drivers to seek cover. The death of a racing legend. And this weekend, NASCAR’s iconic venue will brace for more drama: Flag-gate, sprinkled with a dash … 0

Braves hand Red Sox 5-2 defeat

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

ATLANTA — Nick Markakis singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, Pedro Ciriaco added a pair of RBI singles and the Atlanta Braves beat the struggling Boston Red Sox 5-2 on Wednesday night. The Red Sox, who began the night in last place and eight games … 0

McIlroy at home with rank, Chambers Bay

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — Rory McIlroy didn’t fare so well the last time he played links golf. He shot an 80 at Royal County Down in the Irish Open, missed his second straight cut, returned to his home in Florida and spent four days of practice to get … 0

Flynn has lots to learn as new Patriots backup QB

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Matt Flynn is back at the stadium where he made his first NFL start. He’s not focusing on making another in place of Tom Brady. Flynn practiced with the New England Patriots on the first day of their three-day minicamp Tuesday, four days after signing with … 0

Holt hits for cycle, Sox end skid with win over Braves

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Red Sox fans seemed too excited about the end of a long losing streak to notice the significance of Brock Holt hitting a triple in the eighth inning. Holt was a little surprised himself after the three-base hit meant he had hit for the cycle … 0

Blackhawks savor Cup, eye future

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

CHICAGO — Moments after Chicago won the Stanley Cup for the third time in six seasons, Stan Bowman went back to work. The general manager of the Blackhawks found forward Brandon Saad on the ice at the United Center and made plans for more big parties in June. … 0

Braves hand Sox 7th straight loss, 4-2

Monday, June 15, 2015

BOSTON — Williams Perez pitched six shutout innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the Red Sox 4-2 on Monday night, sending Boston to its seventh straight loss. Just two days after picking up his first career save in an emergency relief appearance, Perez (3-0) allowed five hits and … 0

Blackhawks win Stanley Cup, 2-0

Monday, June 15, 2015

CHICAGO — Showing off their grit and determination, the Chicago Blackhawks finally put away the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final. The city of broad shoulders, strong enough to carry the silver trophy once again. A Windy City party 77 years in the making. Duncan Keith … 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