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Texas Rangers' Mitch Moreland follows through on a single during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Red Sox bats quiet again in 3-1 loss to Rangers

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox are still waiting for the offensive firepower they expected after some big offseason signings. For the second straight night, Boston’s slumping lineup was quieted and the Red Sox fell to the Texas Rangers 3-1 on Thursday. “No denying the offensive funk we are in,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “We will take a look …

Rafael Nadal’s slump could open way for Novak Djokovic at French Open

Thursday, May 21, 2015

For years and years — a full decade, in fact — Rafael Nadal ruled the French Open the way no one had ever dominated any Grand Slam tennis tournament, winning 66 of 67 matches and collecting nine championships, including the last five in a row. This year, his far-poorer-than-usual results on red clay …

Tony George’s push for softer walls at Indy Motor Speedway likely saved James Hinchcliffe

Thursday, May 21, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — When James Hinchcliffe slammed into a wall at more than 220 mph, he hit an energy-absorbing barrier that likely saved his life. One of auto racing’s most important safety developments, its origins began at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Tony George. George watched replays of Hinchcliffe’s accident and came to only one …

Celtics owner Steve Pagliuca takes over Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BOSTON — The group leading the bid to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston shook up its management Thursday, making Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca the new chairman in an attempt to revive the city’s chances of hosting …

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred understands why minority interviews skipped

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NEW YORK — New baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he understands why the Milwaukee Brewers and Miami Marlins did not interview any minority candidates when they hired new managers this month. Then-Commissioner Bud Selig told teams in April …

Former players: NFL teams ‘conspired’ to push painkillers

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) — Hundreds of former players have filed a lawsuit claiming all 32 NFL teams, their doctors, trainers and medical staffs obtained and provided painkillers to players — often illegally — as part of a decades-long conspiracy to keep them on the field without regard for their …

Boston will host Labor Day IndyCar street race in 2016

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — IndyCar racing is coming to Boston. The Grand Prix of Boston is planned for Labor Day weekend in 2016. A route has been planned for the South Boston waterfront, where it would make a loop through public streets. The tentative route has 11 turns over …

Aaron Hernandez sports neck tattoo at latest court hearing

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BOSTON — Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez, sporting a new neck tattoo while making his first court appearance since being sentenced to life in prison for murder, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a charge he tried to …

From HRs to ejections, rarely a dull moment for Bryce Harper

Thursday, May 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — There’s rarely a dull moment when it comes to Bryce Harper. Been that way pretty much ever since the Washington Nationals brought him to the majors at age 19. He’ll hit six home runs in a …

Sepp Blatter set for another win in FIFA election

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GENEVA — For once, a major FIFA election is untainted by claims of vote-buying. There’s no need this time. Sepp Blatter’s widely expected re-election on May 29 as president of soccer’s world governing body for a fifth term …

Daniel Cormier, ‘Rumble’ Johnson fight for Jon Jones’ former belt at UFC 187

Thursday, May 21, 2015

When Daniel Cormier faces Anthony “Rumble” Johnson for the light heavyweight title at UFC 187 on Saturday night in Las Vegas, the third man in the cage isn’t the referee. Jon Jones wore that belt for the previous …

Red Sox strand 12 in one-run loss to Rangers

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox had the Texas Rangers’ outfielders chasing balls all around Fenway Park. The problem was they were catching them. The Red Sox stranded 12 baserunners, including leaving the bases full in the …

Bruton Smith, Terry Labonte head up NASCAR Hall of Fame class

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Speedway Motorsports Executive Chairman Bruton Smith and two-time Sprint Cup champion Terry Labonte topped the newest group of five headed to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. NASCAR drivers Curtis Turner and Bobby Isaac and modified …