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Charley Hoffman chips onto the fifteenth green during the first round of the Valero Texas Open golf tournament, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

Charley Hoffman takes lead in wind-swept Texas Open

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SAN ANTONIO — Charley Hoffman took advantage of calmer afternoon conditions to take the first-round lead in the wind-swept Texas Open, shooting a 5-under 67 on Thursday. After wind gusts threatening 40 mph pummeled the morning starters, Hoffman faced steady 15 mph wind in the afternoon at TPC San Antonio. He had the lone bogey-free round, birdieing Nos. 2, 3, 9, 11 and 17. The winner last year in Mexico at the start of the wraparound season, Hoffman has eight top-10 finishes in nine appearances in San Antonio. He was second in 2011 and third in 2013. “I don’t know the answer to (the success …

Mirim Lee leads LPGA Tour’s Kia Classic

Thursday, March 26, 2015

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Mirim Lee birdied all four par-5 holes and finished with a bogey-free 7-under 65 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Kia Classic. Lee took the outright lead with an 8-foot putt on the par-5 fifth — her 14th hole in her afternoon round at Aviara — and hit a wedge to 3 feet to set up …

Jeter gone, A-Rod back and Yanks hope for postseason return

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter is gone, the final remaining link to the New York Yankees’ last dynasty. He left behind a team in transition, that failed to make the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time in a generation and is beset with an older core coming off injuries. Alex …

Red Sox look for a repeat of 2013

Thursday, March 26, 2015

BOSTON — A revamped lineup and change in attitude has the Boston Red Sox looking to repeat a feat they performed just two seasons ago when they went from worst to World Series champions. Like the hip-hop song …

Fiancee of Aaron Hernandez to be called to testify Friday

Thursday, March 26, 2015

FALL RIVER — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be called to testify in his murder trial Friday, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press. Shayanna Jenkins was granted …

Brandon Magee switches from Buccaneers to Red Sox

Thursday, March 26, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — On Tuesday, Brandon Magee was a Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker. On Wednesday, he became a Boston Red Sox outfielder. A day after he was cut by the Bucs, Magee reported to minor league spring training. Magee played both sports at Arizona State, wasn’t …

David Ortiz, Mike Napoli return as Red Sox beat Twins 5-4

Thursday, March 26, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — David Ortiz was 0 for 3 in his return to Boston’s lineup after a nine-day absence, and the Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 Thursday. Bothered by a cold and dehydration, Ortiz had not played since March 16. Ortiz struck out, grounded …

MLB 2015: Hurry up! Nats, Cubs, Red Sox on the clock

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Even before Max Scherzer, Bryce Harper and the rest of the ramped-up Washington Nationals hit the field for their first full-squad workout at spring training, they got the message. There it was, printed across the top of a …

MLB 2015: New players, managers and replay rules

Thursday, March 26, 2015

There’s a Hall of Famer in the Minnesota dugout and plenty of Cuban talent all over the diamond. New stars in different places, plenty of shifts and the lingering effects from performance-enhancing drugs are part of the lineup …

Nina O’Brien wins giant slalom title at US Alpine Championships

Thursday, March 26, 2015

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — Lindsey Vonn wasn’t there to compete, simply to film the giant slalom course and mingle with the next wave of up-and-coming skiers. Well, here’s one to definitely keep an eye on: Teenager Nina …

Injury-riddled Heat beat Celtics 93-86

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BOSTON — The Miami Heat were coming off a difficult loss at Milwaukee, and they were missing three key players due to injuries from the game against the Bucks. Goran Dragic knew what he had to do. Dragic …

Judge lets ex-NHL player lawsuit over concussions continue

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The NHL’s motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit brought by former players over concussion-related injuries was largely rejected Wednesday by a federal judge, allowing the claims to move forward. The plaintiffs have been seeking unspecified financial damages and medical monitoring for neurological disorders. They’ve …

Change to extra points likely in NFL

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

PHOENIX — Spice it up. The NFL’s dullest play, the extra point, appears to be headed for some changes, perhaps significant ones, for the 2015 season. While team owners didn’t vote on any extra-point proposals Wednesday, there was …