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Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks drops his bat as he starts to dash down the first base line on a double that broke up a no-hitter by Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Angels complete sweep with 2-0 win at Boston

Thursday, August 21, 2014

BOSTON — Hours after a devastating blow to the Los Angeles rotation, the Angels were reassured and relieved by rookie starter Matt Shoemaker. Shoemaker threw 6 2-3 inning of no-hit ball and the Angels held on for a 2-0 victory against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night, completing a four-game sweep and taking a two-game lead in the AL West. “I didn’t even really know or think about it until about the fifth or sixth,” Shoemaker said. “It was just one of those things — work and focus on pitches, who’s coming up and then you realize where they are in the order.” The … 0

Panthers, Patriots take different approach to game

Thursday, August 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The Carolina Panthers already have played their big preseason game. Now the New England Patriots will play theirs. The third exhibition game usually is the one in which game-planning for the opponent and playing time for regulars increase. But the Panthers had only four days to prepare between last Sunday night’s … 0

Cubs call tarp debacle a ‘freak occurrence’

Thursday, August 21, 2014

CHICAGO — Long after Wednesday night’s game had ended, Cubs head groundskeeper Roger Baird was working on the infield when manager Rick Renteria walked up and gave him a hug. It was a nice gesture and a much-needed show of support for Baird, a good man caught in a bad situation, one that … 0

Isner wins in straight sets at Winston-Salem Open

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — John Isner shook off a slow start to beat fellow American Bradley Klahn 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 on Tuesday in the second round of the Winston-Salem Open. Isner, the tournament’s top seed and two-time winner, served … 0

lannetta’s double in 9th lifts Angels over Bosox

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BOSTON — Chris Iannetta hit his second double of the game, a tiebreaking drive in the ninth inning off Red Sox closer Koji Uehara that sent the Los Angeles Angels over Boston 4-3 on Tuesday night. Brennan Boesch … 2

Carter hits 3-run HR in 9th, Astros top Yanks 7-4

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NEW YORK — Chris Carter snapped a ninth-inning tie with a colossal three-run homer, extending his second-half power surge and sending the Houston Astros to a 7-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night. Marwin Gonzalez … 0

Brandon LaFell getting accustomed to new home with Pats

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Brandon LaFell had played with a successful quarterback when he decided to leave the Carolina Panthers in free agency. Now his quarterback is Tom Brady. “I’m blessed, man. I’m real blessed,” LaFell said yesterday, as … 0

Past US Open champs Djokovic, Federer seeded 1-2

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is seeded No. 1 for the U.S. Open, and five-time champion Roger Federer is No. 2, meaning they could meet only in the final. Djokovic beat Federer for the title at … 0

Little League World Series: Philadelphia’s Mo’ne Davis knows hoops, too

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Fans have lined the grassy hills beyond the playing field at the Little World Series to see Mo’ne Davis. The concession stands have sold out of the powder-blue T-shirts of her Mid-Atlantic team. With … 0

Browns not ready to name starting quarterback

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CLEVELAND — This summer saga, packed with drama, celebrity and clumsiness, isn’t quite over for the Browns. Hoyer vs. Manziel marches on. Cleveland first-year coach Mike Pettine still hasn’t chosen his Week 1 starting quarterback, and that’s not … 0

As Durant steps back, US team is moving forward

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NEW YORK — While Kevin Durant takes a step back, the U.S. national team is moving forward. Durant stunned the Americans when he decided to withdraw after practicing with the team during its first week of training camp. … 0

Army grad Coach K takes USA team to West Point

Monday, August 18, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. — On the first day of classes at the United States Military Academy, he was clearly the big man on campus. In much of the basketball world, he’s Coach K. Around here, he’s Mike Krzyzewski, … 0

Steve Ballmer debuts as LA Clippers owner

Monday, August 18, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Sweating, clapping and shouting until he was nearly hoarse, Steve Ballmer introduced himself to Los Angeles Clippers fans at a rally on Monday celebrating his new ownership of the NBA team. The former Microsoft CEO … 0