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Houston Astros' Jon Singleton hits a two-run single during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday July 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Napoli error leads to 4-run 10th as Astros beat Red Sox 12-8

Saturday, July 4, 2015

BOSTON — First baseman Mike Napoli allowed Preston Tucker’s hard grounder to bounce past him for an error, and Carlos Correa followed with a tiebreaking single in a four-run 10th inning that lifted the Houston Astros over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night for their fifth straight win. Jose Altuve had three hits and two RBIs for the AL …

Vegas, Langley share 2nd-round lead at Greenbrier Classic

Friday, July 3, 2015

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Jhonattan Vegas hasn’t had much success since winning his second PGA Tour event as a rookie in 2011. The Greenbrier Classic could give him that needed boost. Vegas shot a 5-under-par 65 to tie Scott Langley for the lead after the second round Friday. They were at 9-under …

A-Rod, Yanks settle dispute, he gets ball from 3,000th hit

Friday, July 3, 2015

NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees settled their dispute over a marketing payment with a deal announced Friday that gives $3.5 million to charitable groups, saves the team $5.5 million and gets A-Rod the home run ball from his 3,000th hit. At the time Rodriguez and the Yankees signed their $275 …

Nibali hopes to stick closer to Froome at the Tour de France

Friday, July 3, 2015

UTRECHT, Netherlands — Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali did not see much of rival Chris Froome the last time they raced each other. That’s because Froome was a dot on the horizon. At the Criterium du Dauphine …

Serena avoids upset at Wimbledon; sister Venus next

Friday, July 3, 2015

LONDON — Twice, Serena Williams stood merely two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd. Twice, Williams was oh-so-close to the end of her bid for a …

Red Sox use 8-run first to beat Jays 12-6

Thursday, July 2, 2015

TORONTO — David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez had consecutive homers in an eight-run first inning, Xander Bogaerts had four hits and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 12-6 on Thursday night. Brock Holt also had …

World Cup field puts haves and have-nots on display

Thursday, July 2, 2015

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — One of the benefits of an expanded field of 24 teams at the Women’s World Cup this year was that there were lots of fresh faces playing in Canada, teams like Ivory Coast, Ecuador …

Tiger Woods shoots 4-under 66 at Greenbrier Classic

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — For a change, Tiger Woods got off to a good start. Woods rebounded from a dismal U.S. Open with a 4-under-par 66 in Thursday’s opening round of The Greenbrier Classic, four shots behind …

New sports uniforms level the playing field for Muslim girls in Minnesota

Thursday, July 2, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Girls in stylish athletic wear walk the runway as the sounds of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry blare from speakers. The crowd claps and cheers as the young models strike poses with basketballs, lacrosse sticks and …

Rafael Nadal makes another early exit at Wimbledon

Thursday, July 2, 2015

LONDON — On the final point of the first set of his latest Wimbledon disappointment, Rafael Nadal swung his mighty, lefty forehand — and whiffed, accidentally whacking his right leg with his racket. It was a painful, embarrassing …

England wakes to more heartbreak for national soccer team

Thursday, July 2, 2015

MANCHESTER, England — England’s national teams keep finding ways to make agonizing exits from major soccer tournaments. Penalty-shootout defeats? There have been six of those by England’s men alone since the World Cup semifinals in 1990. Refereeing injustices? …

US files formal extradition request for 7 FIFA officials

Thursday, July 2, 2015

GENEVA — The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe that has rocked soccer’s world governing body. Switzerland’s Federal Office of Justice …

Bruins busy on first day of free agency

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Bruins rookie general manager Don Sweeney went into the first day of NHL free agency intent on improving his team’s feeble offense, which ranked 22nd in the league. Sweeney added two wingers Wednesday he thinks will be a major part of the solution next season: …