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Boston Red Sox starter Rick Porcello delivers to the Toronto Blue Jays during a baseball game in Toronto on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Rick Porcello’s struggles continue, Blue Jays rout Red Sox

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 …

Defense helps US team to the Women’s World Cup 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 …

Pioneering 16-year-old breaking baseball barriers for women

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

PARIS — Simply by playing ball, Melissa Mayeux is busting through barriers. Becoming the first ever woman on Major League Baseball’s international registration list, making her eligible to be signed by pro teams, is just the latest trail blazed by the 16-year-old shortstop from France. Previously, she successfully got a “no-girls-allowed” rule abolished …

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams win on Wimbledon’s hottest day

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

LONDON — Down a break at 3-1 in the first set, defending champion Novak Djokovic kept his cool on the hottest day in Wimbledon history. Running off 13 points in a row, Djokovic seized command and stayed in …

Messi & Argentina shining together, closer to elusive title

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

CONCEPCION, Chile — Lionel Messi is a step closer to finally breaking through with Argentina. The Barcelona star heads into the Copa America final with a chance to end his nation’s 22-year title drought, and prove that he …

Tamika Catchings has 26 points and 3000th rebound in Fever win

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Tamika Catchings had 26 points and 10 rebounds, including the 3,000th of her career, to help the Indiana Fever held off Connecticut 92-84 on Tuesday night to snap the Sun’s seven-game winning streak. Indiana …

Pre-Civil War baseball team card going on the auction block

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NEW YORK — For decades, a circa 1860s Brooklyn Atlantics team baseball card was tucked away, first inside a secret drawer of a bedroom set and then between the pages of a photo album. Now the pre-Civil War …

Ortiz and Bradley HR, Red Sox top Toronto for 3rd win in row

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TORONTO — Minus injured stars Hanley Ramirez and Dustin Pedroia, the Boston Red Sox managed to match their longest winning streak of the season. David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit solo home runs, Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six …

USOC sticks with Boston’s bid for 2024

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee are sticking with Boston as a candidate for the 2024 Olympics, knowing full well that getting the city to the starting line in this contest could be as …

Japan faces upstart England in World Cup semifinal

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

EDMONTON, Alberta — Coach Norio Sasaki can say whatever he wants in suggesting his Japanese players are superior to England’s. Coach Mark Sampson would prefer to see that decided on the field Wednesday, when his upstart Lionesses face …

US heads to World Cup final with 2-0 win over Germany

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MONTREAL — Carli Lloyd remembers putting the ball on its spot and shutting out the noise of more than 51,000 anxious fans. Then she blasted that ball into the back of the net. Lloyd’s penalty kick got the …

Celtics coach Brad Stevens finally gets shot to coach NCAA hero R.J. Hunter

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WALTHAM — Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens knew all about R.J. Hunter long before he hit one of the biggest shots of last season’s NCAA Tournament. If Stevens had his way, Hunter would have played for Butler instead …

San Jose Sharks acquire goalie Martin Jones from Boston Bruins

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Martin Jones was at the top of San Jose’s list as general manager Doug Wilson went into the offseason searching for a starting goaltender. As soon as Jones was dealt from rival Los Angeles to Boston, Wilson saw his opportunity to get him. Jones …