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Torii Hunter makes Twins return in 9-8 win over Red Sox

Friday, March 6, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Torii Hunter drove in a run in his first plate appearance with the Minnesota Twins in eight years, helping defeat the Boston Red Sox 9-8 on Thursday night. Hunter, who played for the Twins from 1997-2007, finished 1-for-3. He started in right field, his projected position for the regular season. “I haven’t been here in a long time, but it seemed like old times coming …

Bruins fall to Flames in shootout

Thursday, March 5, 2015

BOSTON — Sean Monahan ended Calgary’s scoring drought in Boston that lasted more than eight years. Then, one of the newest Flames snapped the club’s even longer run of futility on the road against the Bruins. David Schlemko clinched Calgary’s first victory in Boston since December 2003 when he scored in the eighth …

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 …

Boston mayor strongly defends Olympic bid amid criticism

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Mayor Marty Walsh is defending Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid in some of his strongest terms yet, saying that — win or lose — the pursuit of the games represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the city and would not leave taxpayers shouldering a massive bill. The …

Carli Lloyd has 2 goals, US defeats Norway 2-1 at Algarve Cup

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

VILA REAL de SAN ANTONIO, Portugal (AP) — Carli Lloyd scored two goals and the U.S. women’s national team opened the Algarve Cup in Portugal with a 2-1 victory over Norway on Wednesday. Trailing 1-0 at the half, Lloyd evened the match with a left-footed goal in the …

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. …