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FILE - In this July 20, 2015, file photo, San Antonio Spurs coach Becky Hammon celebrates with her team after they defeated the Phoenix Suns in an NBA summer league championship basketball game in Las Vegas. Becky Hammon dreamed of playing in the NBA when she was young. She never got a chance to make that happen. Now though, she's giving girls hope of a chance to coach in the NBA. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

An NBA trailblazer: Becky Hammon breaks a barrier with Spurs

Monday, August 3, 2015

NEW YORK — Becky Hammon believes the possibilities are limitless for women coaching in pro sports. One year ago this week, she broke the gender barrier becoming the first full-time paid female assistant coach in the NBA. Now Hammon’s happy to see she’s no longer the only woman in the profession. Nancy Lieberman accepted an assistant coaching job the other …

State fund grows as horse industry continues to languish

Monday, August 3, 2015

PLAINVILLE — Massachusetts’ horse racing industry is flush with casino cash. The only problem? There isn’t much of a local industry to speak of. The state’s obscure Race Horse Development Fund has generated roughly $10.3 million in revenue and is on track to receive almost $18 million more this fiscal year, according to …

Use of batboys suspended after 9-year-old’s death

Monday, August 3, 2015

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The National Baseball Congress suspended using batboys and girls during its World Series games in Kansas following the death of a 9-year-old boy who was accidentally hit in the head with a bat during a game. Kaiser Carlile died Sunday, a day after he was hit by a follow-through …

GM Reese says Giants defense can surprise people without JPP

Sunday, August 2, 2015

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants’ revamped defense is going to surprise people this season, even without injured star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, general manager Jerry Reese said Sunday. Speaking to reporters for the first time since players reported, Reese refused to say much about Pierre-Paul, …

Tazawa falters in 8th, Red Sox fail to sweep Rays

Sunday, August 2, 2015

BOSTON — Junichi Tazawa showed Asdrubal Cabrera the same pitch once too often. Cabrera had a game-tying RBI double and scored on James Loney’s single in the eighth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided a three-game sweep …

Fired-up Tom Brady talks trash, celebrates at Patriots camp

Sunday, August 2, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady trash-talked to Super Bowl star Malcolm Butler. He celebrated a second-team touchdown on a goal-line drill by raising his arms and hollering. Sure, Brady’s impending four-game suspension and upcoming court case continue to dominate …

Inbee Park wins Women’s British Open, captures 4th different major

Sunday, August 2, 2015

TURNBERRY, Scotland — As Inbee Park hunted down Jin-Young Ko in the final stretch of the Women’s British Open, it quickly became clear which South Korean was the rookie and which was the player about to add another …

Former linebacker with ALS helps revive Ice Bucket Challenge

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Over the past year, Tim Shaw has bungee-jumped off a bridge in New Zealand, visited Australia and helped drill a well in the Amazon. The former NFL linebacker also has talked with congressmen in Washington D.C. and Tennessee lawmakers. “People ask me all the time, …

Mike Napoli home run helps Red Sox beat Rays 7-5

Friday, July 31, 2015

BOSTON — No wonder Mike Napoli wanted to stay with the Red Sox: That home run he hit off the top of the Green Monster would not have been out of any ballpark but Boston’s. “It was a …

Patriots circle wagons in camp and focus on football

Friday, July 31, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots say they have more to worry about during training camp than the status of their star quarterback’s lawsuit against the NFL and the team’s image around the league. The defending Super Bowl …

Trump lies low at Women’s British Open, Suzann Pettersen leads

Friday, July 31, 2015

TURNBERRY, Scotland — If the first day of the Women’s British Open was all about Donald Trump, the second day belonged to Suzann Pettersen. The Norwegian took a two-stroke lead into the weekend after being one of just …

Judge orders Roger Goodell, Tom Brady appear in court Aug. 12, 19

Friday, July 31, 2015

NEW YORK — The federal judge handling Tom Brady’s attempt to overturn his four-game suspension ordered the New England quarterback and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to appear in court twice in mid-August. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman …

Mets get Yoenis Cespedes at trade deadline

Friday, July 31, 2015

NEW YORK — The Mets finally landed the bat they were looking for in Yoenis Cespedes just ahead of Friday’s trade deadline, and Cole Hamels confirmed he blocked a trade to Houston before Philadelphia dealt its ace to …