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South Hadley native Richy Werenski wins ‘Big Break’ reality golf challenge

Monday, April 20, 2015

In the season finale of “Big Break The Palm Beaches, Florida,” Richy Werenski described his championship match as a “fistfight.” Down the stretch of the match-play event at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Werenski threw the golf version of a knockout punch. The 23-year-old South Hadley native won four of the final five holes to defeat Justin Martinson 2 & 1 in the championship, which took place …

Lelisa Desisa wins 119th Boston Marathon; Caroline Rotich takes women’s race

Monday, April 20, 2015

BOSTON — Lelisa Desisa won his first Boston Marathon in 2013. He didn’t have much time to celebrate. A few hours after Desisa broke the tape on Boylston Street, two bombs near the finish line turned what should be the pinnacle of any distance runner’s career into an afterthought. Desisa earned his second …

2 years after bombings, a festive Boston Marathon mood

Monday, April 20, 2015

BOSTON — The weather was cold and damp but the atmosphere festive at Monday’s running of the Boston Marathon, two years after pressure-cooker bombs exploded at the finish line and shattered one of sports’ most cherished events. All along the 26.2-mile course, spectators banged cowbells and blew air horns as they braved unseasonably …

Red Sox get 5 unearned runs in 7-1 win over Orioles

Monday, April 20, 2015

BOSTON — The way Justin Masterson was pitching, he didn’t need much help. The Orioles gave it to him, anyway. On a rainy, chilly Patriots’ Day holiday, Baltimore made three errors that led to five unearned runs, Wei-Yin …

Rob Gronkowski parties like rock star in offseason of frivolity

Monday, April 20, 2015

NEW YORK — Rob Gronkowski has perfected how to party like a rock star. He tried to jam like one this month at a video game event — his latest pit stop in an offseason stuffed with bashes, …

Barry Trotz counting on Alex Ovechkin to be ‘difference maker’ vs Isles

Monday, April 20, 2015

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Alex The Great can be better. That’s what Capitals coach Barry Trotz is counting on from Alex Ovechkin if Washington intends to bounce back in its first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders. “He’s …

Little 9: Cavaliers bench players boosting team’s ‘Big 3’

Monday, April 20, 2015

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — For all their talent and celebrity, the Cavaliers’ “Big 3” can’t win an NBA title by themselves. Not without help from Cleveland’s reserves — those other guys. Although they may not have the catchy nickname …

Former OSU star Jared Sullinger lives his playoff dream with Celtics

Monday, April 20, 2015

CLEVELAND — When the Boston Celtics sent out a news release on Feb. 22 that he had been lost for the regular season, Jared Sullinger believed it. The former All-American at Ohio State admitted he virtually gave up …

Data deluge: MLB rolls out Statcast analytics on Tuesday

Monday, April 20, 2015

NEW YORK — Which outfielder sprints the fastest and runs the longest to snag line drives into the gap? Which shortstop is best at throwing from the grass to nip the runner at first? Which catcher gets the …

Eli Manning comfortable playing last year of Giants contract

Monday, April 20, 2015

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning believes current work rules that force him to work out with his receivers away from the New York Giants’ training facilities are absurd. Speaking Monday as the team started voluntary offseason workouts, Manning said the collective bargaining agreement …

New format means injured drivers no longer must race

Monday, April 20, 2015

BRISTOL, Tenn. — There was a time in NASCAR when skipping a race because of illness or injury was simply not considered. Rather than sit out with swollen eyes, Ricky Rudd used tape to keep them open. Richard …

Sport federations’ chief Marius Vizer attacks IOC

Monday, April 20, 2015

SOCHI, Russia — The head of the association representing international sports federations launched a scathing attack on the IOC on Monday, accusing the Olympic body of running a system that is “expired, outdated, wrong, unfair and not at …

Eagles sign quarterback Tim Tebow to 1-year contract

Monday, April 20, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Tebowmania swept through Philly before Tim Tebow’s return to the NFL even became official. By the time the Philadelphia Eagles announced late Monday afternoon that Tebow signed a one-year contract, the city was buzzing about Chip …