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Orlando City superstar Kaka listens to a question during a news conference at the Orlando City Soccer media day in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The MLS players may go on strike if a new deal with the league isn't reached. They are fighting for free agency, but a raise in the minimum salary is also on the table as they negotiate a labor contract to replace the agreement that expired Jan. 31. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank) MAGS OUT; NO SALES

A lot is new for MLS in its 20th season

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Now that there’s a labor agreement, the 2015 Major League Soccer season is on. MLS may be 20 years old but there is a lot that’s new this season, from the overall league rebranding, to a pair of high-profile expansion teams and an influx of internationally proven talent. It all kicks off Friday night when the defending champion Los Angeles …

LA Galaxy ready to begin MLS Cup defense without Landon Donovan

Thursday, March 5, 2015

CARSON, Calif. — Landon Donovan is gone, this time apparently for good. Steven Gerrard is on his way, but won’t arrive for four months. When the LA Galaxy begin defense of their third MLS Cup title in four seasons Friday night, that gap between their former and future scoring stars is just one …

J.B. Holmes opens 4-shot lead at Cadillac Championship

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DORAL, Fla. — J.B. Holmes never liked the old Blue Monster at Doral because he thought it was too easy for a World Golf Championship. He said this with a straight face Thursday after a 10-under 62 that tied the tournament record at the Cadillac Championship, gave him a four-shot lead and left …

LeBron James scores 27 on milestone night, Cavs cruise past Celtics

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 27 points to move into 21st place on the NBA’s career list, and the Cleveland Cavaliers cruised to a 110-79 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. James, who has 24,508 …

Healthy Will Middlebrooks looks to revitalize career in San Diego

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

PEORIA, Ariz. — For the first time in more than a year, it doesn’t hurt when Will Middlebrooks swings. Now in San Diego, a healthy Middlebrooks looks to revitalize a career that went from a sure thing at third base in Boston to an injury- and strikeout-filled two …

A-Rod: ‘I’ll be a little nervous’ in return Wednesday

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Since Alex Rodriguez last stepped into a batter’s box during a game, Boston and San Francisco have won World Series titles, the New York Yankees missed the playoffs in consecutive years and a new commissioner …

Ryan Howard gets 2 hits in spring opener; Phils tie Yanks 5-5

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Newly trim, Ryan Howard singled in his first two at-bats of spring training and then broke his silence. He had not spoken with media since arriving for his 15th season with the Philadelphia Phillies. Following …

Red Sox, Boston College honor ALS-stricken Frates

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — They all wore No. 3, and every player on the Boston Red Sox and Boston College had the same name on their jersey, too. This exhibition game at JetBlue Park on Tuesday was all about Pete Frates. Frates had that number when he …

Buchholz, Porcello pitch Red Sox past Northeastern, Boston College

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Clay Buchholz started with one perfect inning and Boston Red Sox pitchers dominated the rest of the day in sweeping a pair of college teams, beating Northeastern 2-1 and edging Boston College 1-0 …

Trooper: Fingerprints show victim in Aaron Hernandez’s rented car

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

FALL RIVER — A state police trooper who specializes in fingerprint analysis testified Tuesday in the murder trial of Aaron Hernandez that the fingerprints of the former NFL player and his alleged victim, Odin Lloyd, were found inside …

Play ball! Quickly! Baseball tries to speed game this spring

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — With large, glowing red numbers, the timer on the center-field wall at Goodyear Ballpark ticked down Tuesday, counting off seconds and ushering in change. Baseball, the timeless game of endless summers, went on the clock. …

Mia Hamm ‘humbled’ to join Roma’s board

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

ROME — With three kids at home, Mia Hamm already had plenty on her plate when two professional clubs called over the space of just a few days in October. They weren’t asking her to play — the …

Manny Pacquiao big hit so far in Vegas sports books vs Floyd Mayweather

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao has always believed he can do what 47 other fighters before him have failed to do — beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the ring. Turns out a lot of other people are believers, too. And they’re backing their opinions with real money. A …