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Boston Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo (17) comes out to the mound to take starting pitcher Henry Owens, second from left, out of the game after he gave up seven runs against the New York Yankees during the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Red Sox rookie Henry Owens clobbered by Yankees in 13-8 loss

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox starters were due for a bad outing. And rookie lefty Henry Owens had a real bad one. Owens was tagged for seven runs in just 12/3 innings in the New York Yankees’ 13-8 win over Boston on Wednesday. “It wasn’t his best day,” interim manager Torey Lovullo said. “We all know that. He started …

Serena Williams puts aside slow start to reach 3rd round of US Open

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NEW YORK — The enormity of what is at stake for Serena Williams at the U.S. Open — the first true Grand Slam in tennis in more than a quarter of a century — hit her Wednesday. That, she said, is why her play was so uneven in the second round at Flushing …

Commentary: Has NFL’s PR machine finally met its match?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Merry Christmas, Mr. Commissioner. Enjoy your lump of coal. Even though the holiday is nearly four months off, we already know what Roger Goodell will find under his tree on Christmas Day. It’s a movie scheduled for release that morning based on a true story and bluntly titled “Concussion.” It could do for …

Thomas Bach gets what he wants: A US bid for 2024 Olympics

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

LONDON — When Boston’s troubled bid for the 2024 Olympics collapsed in late July, IOC President Thomas Bach made it pointedly clear he was counting on the U.S. to come up with another candidate. Bach said the U.S. …

Proposal to ban chewing tobacco at Boston ballparks approved

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A ban on smokeless tobacco products at Fenway Park and other Boston sports venues was approved Wednesday by the City Council. Boston becomes the second city after San Francisco to approve such a ban. Los Angeles also is weighing a prohibition on smokeless tobacco, commonly …

Packers not satisfied with NFC North perch

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The competitive balance that has come to define the modern NFL has not exactly been evenly distributed across the different divisions. The Green Bay Packers sure haven’t been generous in sharing their hold on the NFC North. Befitting …

DeMarco Murray’s departure might be too much for Dallas

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — When DeMarco Murray traded the blue star on his helmet for silver and white wings, the balance of power in the NFC East shifted from the Dallas Cowboys to the Philadelphia Eagles. That might be the …

Emails show nuances to ‘Concussion’ controversy, NFL fears

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Leaked emails about the fact-based football drama “Concussion” paint a complicated picture of the internal dealings between Sony executives, lawyers, external consultants and filmmaker Peter Landesman in the early stages of development of the head-trauma …

Panthers going for 3rd straight title in middling NFC South

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Now that Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are the first team since the NFC South was established in 2002 to repeat as division champs, they see little reason why they shouldn’t win it again. After all, not …

Winning 3rd straight AFC South title piece of Colts’ plans

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Nothing has changed in the AFC South, where the Texans, Jaguars and Titans all are chasing Indianapolis, and the Colts have their sights set so much higher than the division they dominate. Yes, the Colts once again are …

Sony, back in the crosshairs, defends ‘Concussion’

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NEW YORK — Nearly a year after the devastating hacking attack that leaked thousands of emails, Sony Pictures Entertainment again finds itself trying to justify its own inner dealings, this time over the upcoming Will Smith film about …

Obstacle to moving Rio Olympic venues? 1,400 silent athletes

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO — Olympic organizers have agreed to test for viruses in Rio’s sewage-filled waters. But even if they find high virus counts, organizers say they have no plans to move venues. Why isn’t there more pressure …

Fast Jack stays on track with Funny Car record-breaking act

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Jack Beckman is a survivor. He earned a GED, beat cancer and walked away from two spectacular Funny Car explosions that are still YouTube favorites. So when Beckman went two seasons without a win, he didn’t …