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Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton makes contact for a solo home-run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, May 29, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. The home-run was Hamilton's second of the night. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Josh Hamilton’s homers help Rangers to 7-4 win over Red Sox

Friday, May 29, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Josh Hamilton homered in his first two at-bats, his first homers since he belatedly began his major league season this week back with Texas, helping the Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4 on Friday night. Hamilton pulled both homers into the seats in right field off knuckleballer Steven Wright (2-2). The homers came in the …

Lightning strike: Tampa Bay beats Rangers, will play for Cup

Friday, May 29, 2015

NEW YORK — The Tampa Bay Lightning will play for the Stanley Cup, winning their third straight game at Madison Square Garden 2-0 on Friday night to beat the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals in seven games. Ben Bishop, pulled from a Game 6 loss after allowing five goals, outplayed …

Warriors guard Klay Thompson diagnosed with concussion

Friday, May 29, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. — The initial hit caused Klay Thompson plenty of pain. The final diagnosis delivered another blow to him and the Golden State Warriors as they prepare for the NBA Finals. Two days after he got kneed in the head by Houston’s Trevor Ariza, the Warriors said Friday that Thompson has a …

Game 7 showdown in West finals welcomed by Ducks, Blackhawks

Friday, May 29, 2015

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ryan Getzlaf and Jonathan Toews agree that the pain of a Game 7 defeat in the Stanley Cup playoffs doesn’t really go away. Instead, good players use that failure to get better while they wait …

LeBron on stopping him or Stephen Curry: ‘You can’t’

Friday, May 29, 2015

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — With a week to get ready for the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers have a check list of things to get done before Game 1. First, is to get All-Star guard Kyrie Irving healthier after he …

Blatter wins re-election despite FIFA corruption scandal

Friday, May 29, 2015

ZURICH — In the end, nothing could stop Sepp Blatter. Not a far-reaching corruption scandal. Not a tarnished international image. Not a young prince who gave him a stronger-than-expected challenge. Despite the biggest crisis in FIFA’s 111-year history, …

Patriots coach Bill Belichick avoids direct answers on deflated footballs

Friday, May 29, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Coach Bill Belichick shed little light Friday in his first public remarks since the report was issued on the Patriots’ use of deflated footballs. He avoided direct answers to most of the 10 questions he was …

So far, so very good for Roger Federer at the French Open

Friday, May 29, 2015

PARIS — One of Roger Federer’s 5-year-old twin daughters had her nose buried in a comic book. The other was glued to a mobile phone. Shame, really, that they didn’t look up, because the tennis their father wove …

Bob Baffert grows into racing’s grateful elder statesman

Friday, May 29, 2015

ARCADIA, Calif. — Bob Baffert came blasting into thoroughbred racing in Southern California talking smack. Wearing a cowboy hat and boots, he had already conquered the quarter horse world and was ready to take aim at the bigger …

Red Sox lefty Rodriguez wins MLB debut, 5-1 at Texas

Thursday, May 28, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas — Eduardo Rodriguez threw 72/3 scoreless innings to become the youngest Red Sox starter to win in his major league debut on the road since 1967, and Boston beat the Rangers 5-1 to spoil Josh Hamilton’s …

US to vote for Prince Ali in FIFA election, not Blatter

Thursday, May 28, 2015

NEW YORK — The United States says it will vote for Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein for FIFA president Friday and not for incumbent Sepp Blatter. “I’ve gotten to know Prince Ali well over the last couple of …

And now, we wait: Cavaliers and Warriors get time to rest

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Golden State coach Steve Kerr was chatting with assistant Luke Walton a few minutes before what became the Warriors’ clinching victory in the Western Conference Finals, and a realization popped into his head. “You know what we do …

Ducks, Blackhawks roll into Game 7 in memorable conference finals

Thursday, May 28, 2015

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Someday the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks will relish the stories they’ll be able to tell about playing in a postseason series as good as these Western Conference finals. Not just now, though. They’ve still got to determine whether this tale has a happy …