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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, 21 minutes, Minnesota jumped on Clay Buchholz (2-6) for three doubles and two runs in the first. That was enough support for …

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 believes horse racing needs a victory by American Pharoah in the Belmont on June 6 …

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 missing two games and Cleveland reserved a spot in the finals with a 118-88 victory …

Long road back: Rangers’ Josh Hamilton makes season debut

Monday, May 25, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) — Back on a big league field, Josh Hamilton struck out on four pitches in the first inning Monday. At least he was in the lineup, playing with the Texas Rangers for the first time in …

Rockets respond to Kevin McHale’s old-school coaching approach

Monday, May 25, 2015

HOUSTON — Kevin McHale’s stride is painful to watch. His limp is so pronounced it induces his 6-foot-10 frame into an odd bobbing motion with every deliberate step. And it tells a powerful story. The awkward gait for …

Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston heavyweight rematch turns 50

Monday, May 25, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: On May 25, 1965, Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston in the first round of a heavyweight bout that produced one of the strangest finishes in boxing history as well as one of sports’ most iconic moments …

Maria Sharapova, Tomas Berdych advance at French Open

Monday, May 25, 2015

PARIS — Maria Sharapova was unfazed by the boos she heard when leaving the center court of Roland Garros on Monday without treating the crowd to a post-match interview. After all, she had good reasons to rush to …

Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz suspended 8 games, appeals

Monday, May 25, 2015

BALTIMORE — Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball on Monday for having a foreign substance on his arm during a game in Miami. Matusz immediately appealed and was in uniform for …

Carl Edwards’ Coca-Cola 600 win gives Gibbs much to celebrate

Monday, May 25, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. — Joe Gibbs has had many special nights in football and auto racing. Few were bigger than Sunday’s showing in the Coca-Cola 600. The head of Joe Gibbs Racing had plenty to celebrate: Kyle Busch returned …

Russia plans to use prison labor for 2018 World Cup

Monday, May 25, 2015

MOSCOW — Russian authorities want to use prison labor to drive down the costs of holding the 2018 World Cup. The Russian prison service is backing a bid by Alexander Khinshtein, a lawmaker from the ruling United Russia party, to allow prisoners to be taken from their camps …

Liverpool’s decline leaves Brendan Rodgers’ future in jeopardy

Monday, May 25, 2015

As subscribers to the “Moneyball” approach, Liverpool’s American owners like to do their business based on cold, hard statistics. So here are some damning numbers for the hierarchy at Fenway Sports Group to chew on before they sit …

Lightning beat Rangers, take 3-2 lead back home

Monday, May 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Scoring goals made the Tampa Bay Lightning one of the NHL’s most entertaining teams this season. Playing defense for the first time in three games has them within a victory of the Stanley Cup finals …

Carl Edwards races to first victory for new team

Monday, May 25, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. — Even a master strategist like Joe Gibbs wasn’t sure his team made the right call. The Super Bowl-winning coach, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, had followed driver Denny Hamlin who was on top down the …