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Torii Hunter makes Twins return in 9-8 win over Red Sox

Friday, March 6, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Torii Hunter drove in a run in his first plate appearance with the Minnesota Twins in eight years, helping defeat the Boston Red Sox 9-8 on Thursday night. Hunter, who played for the Twins from 1997-2007, finished 1-for-3. He started in right field, his projected position for the regular season. “I haven’t been here in a long time, but it seemed like old times coming …

Bruins fall to Flames in shootout

Thursday, March 5, 2015

BOSTON — Sean Monahan ended Calgary’s scoring drought in Boston that lasted more than eight years. Then, one of the newest Flames snapped the club’s even longer run of futility on the road against the Bruins. David Schlemko clinched Calgary’s first victory in Boston since December 2003 when he scored in the eighth …

A lot is new for MLS in its 20th season

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Now that there’s a labor agreement, the 2015 Major League Soccer season is on. MLS may be 20 years old but there is a lot that’s new this season, from the overall league rebranding, to a pair of high-profile expansion teams and an influx of internationally proven talent. It all kicks off Friday …

LA Galaxy ready to begin MLS Cup defense without Landon Donovan

Thursday, March 5, 2015

CARSON, Calif. — Landon Donovan is gone, this time apparently for good. Steven Gerrard is on his way, but won’t arrive for four months. When the LA Galaxy begin defense of their third MLS Cup title in four …

J.B. Holmes opens 4-shot lead at Cadillac Championship

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DORAL, Fla. — J.B. Holmes never liked the old Blue Monster at Doral because he thought it was too easy for a World Golf Championship. He said this with a straight face Thursday after a 10-under 62 that …

Vince Wilfork: Patriots aren’t picking up my option

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said Thursday he will not be back with New England next season, ending an 11-year stay in which he won two Super Bowls and established himself as the cornerstone of the Patriots’ defense. In …

Prosecutors: No criminal charge for NASCAR driver Kurt Busch

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DOVER, Del. — NASCAR driver Kurt Busch will not face criminal charges over claims by his ex-girlfriend that he smashed her head into a bedroom wall and choked her, Delaware prosecutors said Thursday. The decision by the state …

An ocean away, Pacquiao’s trainer makes some noise from afar

Thursday, March 5, 2015

LAS VEGAS — Armed guards patrolling the gym where Manny Pacquiao trains. Stealthy attempts to disrupt Pacquiao’s sparring. And a bit of trash talking just to spice things up two months before the big fight. Freddie Roach may …

Data: Victim’s cell pinged along Aaron Hernandez’s alleged route

Thursday, March 5, 2015

FALL RIVER — Tracking data shown to the jury Thursday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez indicates the victim’s cellphone pinged along the same route that prosecutors say Hernandez took that …

Zeller’s shot at buzzer lifts Celtics past Jazz

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BOSTON — Brad Stevens didn’t think the first play would work. The second one turned out perfectly. Tyler Zeller banked in a shot from under the basket as time expired to give the Boston Celtics an 85-84 victory …

A-Rod makes return from drug ban as Phils top Yanks 3-1

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez returned to the New York Yankees after an absence of more than 17 months, lining a single into short left field in his first at-bat and going 1 for 2 with a walk …

Prosecutors can’t bring up Florida shooting in ex-Patriot Aaron Hernandez murder case

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

FALL RIVER — Prosecutors in the Massachusetts murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will not be allowed to introduce evidence about the shooting of a Hernandez friend in Florida a few months before the …

MLS minimum: Playing for $36,000 with millionaire teammates

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

TUKWILA, Wash. — Before he was in Major League Soccer, Zach Scott worked in accounting, as a coach and as a substitute teacher to pay the bills while he played in pro soccer’s lower division. Scott now plays …