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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez works against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

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 first home game back in Texas on Thursday night. The 22-year-old Rodriguez was already the youngest Red Sox pitcher to make his MLB debut on the road since 21-year-old Roger Clemens in 1985. Billy Rohr was 21 when he won in his debut at the New York Yankees on April 14, 1967. Rodriguez (1-0) struck out seven and walked two, leaving the game with two runners on …

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 years. He has been a really active member of the executive committee and an active …

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 now?” Kerr asked, somewhat rhetorically. “We wait.” Now, we all wait. The NBA Finals won’t …

Peyton Manning adjusting to new offense in Denver

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Shortly after the Denver Broncos received new orange T-shirts reading “Keep Your Feet,” the most expensive ones on the field got tangled. When Peyton Manning took the snap and turned to hand off, the quarterback …

Dustin Pedroia’s power not enough for Red Sox in 6-4 loss to Twins

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Given an early two-run lead by Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox starter Rick Porcello was trying to provide a shutdown inning. Porcello walked Aaron Hicks with one out. And it led to a big inning for the …

With 4 picks in draft, Celtics have to cast wide net

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WALTHAM — With four picks in next month’s NBA draft, the Boston Celtics can’t just focus on a couple of players who look like they might be in their range. The Celtics will look at as many as 100 or more potential rookies in preparation for the June …

Robert Kraft introduces top draft pick, stays mum on ‘Deflategate’

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Robert Kraft spent 80 seconds Wednesday making his first public remarks since saying eight days earlier he wouldn’t appeal the Patriots’ punishment for using underinflated footballs. Not one of those seconds was devoted to the scandal. …

Criminal probe arrives at door of the great survivor Sepp Blatter

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

ZURICH — Sepp Blatter is arguably the most powerful man in world sports and certainly its greatest survivor. Now comes the biggest challenge of his 17-year rule of FIFA: dealing with the U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into …

Seattle’s Sue Bird ready for rebuilding, mentoring ahead

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

SEATTLE — Shot after shot came off the fingers of Sue Bird, the swishing sound echoing through the practice gym, just like they have for most of her career. No sound of the shots rattling off the rim …

Vive la France! Good day for Monfils, Tsonga at French Open

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

PARIS — Gael Monfils delivered one final ace, his 21st, and closed out his latest raucous, five-set victory on Court Philippe Chatrier to the delight of roaring, partisan spectators. An entertainer at heart, Monfils pounded his chest with …

Red Sox struggles continue in 2-1 loss to Twins

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Mike Pelfrey was sharp for seven innings, Trevor Plouffe and Kurt Suzuki hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the first inning, and the Minnesota Twins held on to beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Tuesday night. After rain delayed the game’s first pitch for 1 hour, …

Past Triple Crown winners ready to welcome a new one

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Steve Cauthen thinks it’s long past time for a new horse to join the exclusive club of Triple Crown winners. The jockey who rode Affirmed to a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes in 1978 …

LeBron, Cavaliers earn NBA Finals spot by sweeping Hawks

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CLEVELAND — The championship LeBron James craves more than any other, the one he came back home to get, is four wins away. The Cavaliers are in the NBA Finals. James scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving returned after …