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Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) is fouled New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 27, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Celtics won 96-92. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Isaiah Thomas scores 18, Celtics hold off Knicks for 96-92 win

Friday, March 27, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Celtics are making a playoff push — and they came to the right place to keep things rolling Friday night. Even if they had to sweat this one out a bit. Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points, Jae Crowder added 17 points and nine rebounds, and five Celtics scored in double figures as Boston held off a late rally by the New York Knicks to win 96-92. “This was a hard game,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “I knew it was going to be a hard game. We all knew it was going to be a hard game. I’m happy …

David Ortiz defends his reputation in column

Friday, March 27, 2015

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is certain on this point: “I never knowingly took any steroids.” And this, too: “I deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.” The remarks by the 39-year-old designated hitter came in a column Thursday for The Players’ Tribune, a website founded by Derek Jeter that gives …

30 is the new 40 when it comes to home runs these days

Friday, March 27, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Whether it’s steroid testing, all those power arms in the bullpen or a lower strike zone, baseballs just aren’t flying out of the park like they did a decade or two ago. Sluggers who came of age in the days of 50, 60 and 70 home-run seasons have been forced …

Medical experts look beyond law to make youth sports safer

Friday, March 27, 2015

NEW YORK — To toughen safety standards in youth sports, medical experts are turning away from lawmakers and toward high school sports associations to implement policies and procedures to prevent deaths and serious injuries. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine completed …

Aaron Hernandez fiancee discusses money, gun at murder trial

Friday, March 27, 2015

FALL RIVER — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and his fiancee traded expressionless glances Friday as she took the witness stand to testify in his murder trial. Shayanna Jenkins was called by prosecutors after being granted …

NASCAR topic: Cheating with tire pressure, or just hot air?

Friday, March 27, 2015

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — There’s been lot of talk about tires in the NASCAR garage the past few weeks, or longer, and lots of theories about whether something shady is going on or if the chatter is just a …

Julio Teheran labors into the sixth, Braves beat Buchholz, Boston

Friday, March 27, 2015

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Julio Teheran labored through 52/3 innings, allowing only two runs, and the Atlanta Braves roughed up Clay Buchholz for 12 hits and four runs in a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on …

Getzlaf scores in OT as Ducks rally past Bruins

Friday, March 27, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks took advantage of the struggling Bruins and kept control of first place in the Western Conference. Ryan Getzlaf scored 3:09 into overtime to lift Anaheim to a 3-2 victory over Boston on …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …