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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, May 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Hanley Ramirez hurt as Rays shut down Red Sox

Monday, May 4, 2015

BOSTON — Clay Buchholz was roughed up early again. The bigger concern for the Boston Red Sox is how hard Hanley Ramirez banged into a wall. Ramirez, the club’s most productive hitter so far, ran into a side wall trying to catch a fly ball in the first inning and had to leave the game with a sprained left shoulder …

Godlen State guard Stephen Curry voted NBA’s MVP

Monday, May 4, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. — His voice cracked first. Then, his eyes got red. Finally, Stephen Curry cried. He had felt this way in the past — when he barely received any scholarship offers out of high school, when some questioned whether his game could translate from tiny Davidson College to the NBA, when he …

Dale Earnhardt Jr. back in victory lane and happier than ever

Monday, May 4, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There was a nearly five-year period for Dale Earnhardt Jr. when being a famous race car driver wasn’t all glitz and glamour. He was a non-factor on the race track, barely even contended at Daytona and Talladega, the two places he was supposed to be unbeatable, and he is the …

Jim Kelly, Dick Butkus, Ickey Woods steal show for 2nd round of NFL draft

Friday, May 1, 2015

CHICAGO — The show stoppers Thursday night at the NFL draft were two Hall of Famers: Jim Kelly and Dick Butkus. The legendary former players were on hand to announce the second-round selections for the Bills and Bears, …

Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao make weight for megafight

Friday, May 1, 2015

LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao weighed in below the welterweight limit Friday before a packed arena of screaming, singing fans anticipating the landmark bout. One day before Mayweather and Pacquiao finally meet in the …

Roush Fenway’s Ricky Stenhouse, Greg Biffle lead practice sessions

Friday, May 1, 2015

TALLADEGA, Ala. — The slumping Roush Fenway Racing organization got a slight boost Friday when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Greg Biffle paced the field in a pair of practice sessions at Talladega Superspeedway. Stenhouse turned in the fastest …

Just what kind of fight will Mayweather-Pacquiao be?

Friday, May 1, 2015

LAS VEGAS — Five years in the making, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao meet Saturday night in the richest — and arguably most overhyped — fight in the history of the sport. Their styles have been analyzed …

Top 2 picks of Winston, Mariota prove importance of QBs

Friday, May 1, 2015

CHICAGO — Even with significant off-field baggage, Jameis Winston was the first pick in the NFL draft Thursday night. With no such issues, Marcus Mariota went second. You don’t pass up a potential franchise quarterback in today’s pass-happy …

Patriots choose Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown in first round

Friday, May 1, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots drafted Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown on Thursday night, hoping they’ve found a replacement for five-time Pro Bowler Vince Wilfork. The defending Super Bowl champions took Brown with the 32nd and final pick of the first round after he had been expected …

GM Danny Ainge wants to build on Celtics’ surprising playoff berth

Thursday, April 30, 2015

WALTHAM — Hall of Famers Kevin McHale and John Havlicek had some of their best years coming off the bench for the Boston Celtics. As did Cedric Maxwell, whose number is also hanging from the rafters at the …

Mayweather-Pacquiao tops unbelievable Saturday sports lineup

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The most-anticipated fight in decades. The best-known horse race. A resumption of one of the premier baseball rivalries. The NFL draft. Playoff games, too. And those are just the highlights. Super Saturday awaits. Stock the refrigerator, replace the …

Oklahoma City Thunder hire Florida’s Billy Donovan as coach

Thursday, April 30, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Thunder hired Florida’s Billy Donovan as their coach Thursday, hoping he will help the franchise win an NBA championship in Oklahoma City. “We warmly welcome Billy and his family to Oklahoma City,” team chairman …

Carla Gaines aims to become 1st Kentucky Derby-winning woman trainer

Thursday, April 30, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For its first 40 years, the Kentucky Derby wasn’t the race it is now. Things began changing after Regret captured the nation’s attention in 1915 as the first filly to beat the boys in the …