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Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz follows through on a three-run home run against the Baltimore Orioles, as catcher Caleb Joseph watches, during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 24, 2015, in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Brock Holt’s 8th-inning HR lifts Red Sox past skidding Orioles 7-5

Friday, April 24, 2015

BALTIMORE — Batting in the eighth inning of a tie game, Brock Holt wasn’t trying to emulate teammate David Ortiz. It just turned out that way. Holt hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer off Darren O’Day, and the Boston Red Sox beat Baltimore 7-5 Friday night to extend the Orioles’ losing streak to five games. Ortiz also connected with two runners …

Yankees end Mets’ 11-game win streak

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW YORK — On a night that felt more like October than late April, Michael Pineda gave the Yankees an impressive performance in a matchup all of New York could get behind in the World Series. Pineda consistently threw deceptive strikes into the eighth inning, Mark Teixeira had a pair of two-run homers …

Manager Ned Yost insists Royals not to blame for string of fights

Friday, April 24, 2015

CHICAGO — Manager Ned Yost insists his Kansas City Royals are not at fault for a string of fights. He blames the other teams. “We haven’t started any of this,” Yost said. He said opponents are trying to get under his players’ skin and he has challenged them to stay composed. Yost spoke …

MLS will have plan in 6 months to expand beyond 24 teams

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW YORK — Having committed to reach 24 teams by the end of the decade, Major League Soccer intends to develop additional expansion plans within six months. MLS launched with 12 teams in 1996 and cut to 10 in 2002. There are 20 this year following the additions …

Paul Newberry: Bonds, Clemens, Rose deserve to be in Cooperstown

Friday, April 24, 2015

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens deserve their plaques in Cooperstown. While we’re at it, so does Pete Rose. Bonds’ criminal conviction stemming from baseball’s shameful steroids era was thrown out this week, Clemens was never convicted of anything, …

No expansion yet, but NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has fee in mind: $500 million

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW YORK — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman might not yet have anything definitive to say about expansion, though he does have a fee in mind. How’s $500 million sound? Without committing to what the price might be, Bettman told a meeting of Associated Press Sports Editors on Friday …

NHL commish doesn’t think ‘Katy Perry’ chants are sexist

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW YORK — So long as fans keep their chants clean, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has no issue with Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry being compared to pop star Katy Perry. “I don’t think taunting chants at players …

Silent bats lead to Red Sox dropping 1st series this season

Friday, April 24, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Missed offensive opportunties cost the Boston Red Sox another series win. Rene Rivera had a run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Red Sox 2-1 …

James scores 31, Cavs beat Celts for 3-0 series lead

Thursday, April 23, 2015

BOSTON — LeBron James got to the arena early. When he left the Cleveland Cavaliers had a chance to put an early end to the series. James scored 31 points in his first playoff game in Boston since …

Boo Weekley, Brendon de Jonge share Zurich Classic lead

Thursday, April 23, 2015

AVONDALE, La. — Boo Weekley solved his uncharacteristic ball-striking problems with new shafts. A day after changing the shafts in his irons, Weekley shot an 8-under 64 on Thursday in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans for a …

Super Bowl champion Patriots honored at White House

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama honored the New England Patriots for winning the Super Bowl despite a “huge distraction” and “media circus” over underinflated footballs in their conference championship game. Obama recognized the NFL champions Thursday during a …

BALCO & Biogenesis may be over, but steroids cloud remains

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NEW YORK — Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have moved on, their names cleared. The cloud of steroids remains over baseball and all sports. Dugouts no longer are filled with bulked-up players with swollen skulls and Popeye-like arms. …

Manfred: Pete Rose will be allowed to be part of All-Star Game

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NEW YORK — Commissioner Rob Manfred says Pete Rose will be allowed to participate in activities surrounding this summer’s All-Star Game in his hometown of Cincinnati. Rose, baseball’s career hits leader and a former Reds star player and …