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Home plate umpire Gerry Davis ejects New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda after a foreign substance was discovered on his neck in the second inning of the Yankees' baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Pineda tossed for pine tar; Red Sox beat Yanks 5-1

Thursday, April 24, 2014

BOSTON — Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected for using pine tar less than two weeks after appearing to get away with using a foreign substance in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night. The right-hander was thrown out in the second inning when plate umpire Gerry Davis found the substance on the right side of Pineda’s neck after Red Sox manager John Farrell asked him to check. Pineda walked from the mound without protest. Both Pineda and Davis said it was pine tar. “When it’s that obvious, something has got to be said,” Farrell explained after … 0

Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NEW YORK — Mike McCarthy promises there won’t be any bad memories plaguing his Green Bay Packers when they open the NFL season on Sept. 4 at Super Bowl champion Seattle. The last time Green Bay visited CenturyLink Field was in Week 3 of the 2012 season, a 14-12 Seahawks victory clinched on … 0

NFL players talk about race with Harvard students

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — Richard Sherman was called all kinds of names after his raging rant at the end of the NFC championship game. It was worth it, the Seattle cornerback said, because it gave him a chance to talk about the perception of black athletes to a wider audience. First, at the Super Bowl. … 0

Michael Phelps having fun in his return to swimming

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MESA, Ariz. — Michael Phelps is making a comeback after nearly two years out of the pool for the simplest of reasons: He missed the sport that has been his entire life. The 22-time Olympic medalist tried golf … 0

Bruins defense holding Red Wings to historic lows

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DETROIT — The Boston Bruins have held the Detroit Red Wings to historically poor offensive production. With two goals through three games, the Red Wings are off to their worst three-game start in any playoff series since getting … 0

Party a century in the making for Wrigley Field

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CHICAGO — There was a giant replica cake right next to the Ernie Banks statue, and an old-time band played as fans made their way through the main entrance. The famed marquee had a message, too. “Happy Birthday, … 0

Oldest living ex-MLB player dies in Cuba at 102

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

HAVANA — Conrado Marrero, the diminutive Cuban right-hander who pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s and in 2011 became the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, died in Havana on Wednesday. He was 102, just … 0

FIFA urged to back probe into Qatar World Cup

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GENEVA — FIFA’s reputation depends on resolving allegations about Qatar’s selection as the 2022 World Cup host, according to the governing body’s anti-corruption advisers. The expert panel chaired by Swiss law professor Mark Pieth gave its full support … 0

Detroit Lions welcome James Ihedigbo, Golden Tate

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Their new coach has been to Super Bowls and the Detroit Lions how have two new players who have championship rings. Free-agent acquisitions Golden Tate and James Ihedigbo — who played on the winning … 0

‘Class of ’92’ reunited to stabilize Manchester United

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

LONDON — Manchester United has brought the “Class of 92” back together. Renowned graduates of United’s most successful youth team have been put in control of a team in turmoil following the abrupt dismissal of David Moyes. A … 0

Embattled Boston U women’s coach Greenberg resigns

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BOSTON — Boston University women’s basketball coach Kelly Greenberg resigned Wednesday about a month after several former players complained that she was so verbally and emotionally abusive that she drove them off the team. The university assembled a … 0

Jacoby Ellsbury returns, helps Yanks beat Red Sox 9-3

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BOSTON — Jacoby Ellsbury doubled, tripled, drove in two runs and made a sliding catch in his return to Fenway Park, helping the New York Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka beat the Boston Red Sox 9-3 on Tuesday night. … 0

Bruins beat Red Wings 3-0 in Game 3, take 2-1 lead

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DETROIT — The Boston Bruins took full advantage of Detroit’s mistakes, and their stellar goaltender’s flawless performance. Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Caron scored in the first period after the Red Wings had miscues on the ice and Tuukka … 0