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Boston Red Sox' David Ortiz (34) high-fives teammate Yoenis Cespedes after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

David Ortiz homers in 10th to lift Red Sox past Orioles

Saturday, September 20, 2014

BALTIMORE — Whether they’re winning the World Series or stuck in last place, the Boston Red Sox can almost always count on getting the best out of David Ortiz. Ortiz hit two home runs, including a two-run drive in the 10th inning that lifted the Red Sox past the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 Friday night. Although the AL East-champion Orioles are …

2-time Grand Slam winner Li Na retires from tour

Friday, September 19, 2014

BEIJING — Relying on fitness and a strong baseline game, Li Na reached the pinnacle of tennis and lifted the level of the sport in Asia to unprecedented heights. A sense of humor along the way certainly helped. The legs that carried Li to two Grand Slam titles ultimately couldn’t get her through …

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says league will implement personal conduct policies

Friday, September 19, 2014

NEW YORK — Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl. Goodell was short on specifics at a news conference Friday, his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence. More defiant than contrite …

To ‘get it right,’ Vikings put Adrian Peterson on leave

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was declared out, back in, then out again as he faces a felony child-abuse charge in Texas. This time, he could be gone for the season. “We …

Panthers remove DE Greg Hardy from active roster

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers have removed Greg Hardy from the team’s active roster until the Pro Bowl defensive end’s domestic violence case is resolved. Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman said Hardy will continue to be paid and …

Rookie CF Rusney Castillo to debut for Red Sox

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PITTSBURGH — Rusney Castillo’s long journey to the major leagues is over. The Boston Red Sox rookie outfielder will make his debut on Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 27-year-old Castillo will play center field and bat …

Charlie Morton pitches surging Pirates over Red Sox 4-0

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

PITTSBURGH — Charlie Morton had no expectations when he took the mound in a major league game for the first time in a month. However, the Pittsburgh right-hander exceeded his manager’s expectations as he came off the disabled …

Patriots’ defense faces the unknown in Oakland rookie QB Derek Carr

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots’ defense is preparing for a bit of the unknown in Oakland rookie quarterback Derek Carr this Sunday. Carr has played two games in the NFL, so there’s not a whole lot …

Criticism mounting for Vikings, Adrian Peterson

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — For as long as he’s been in the NFL, Adrian Peterson has been one of the most popular and most marketable stars in the league, an approachable superstar with the kind of inspirational comeback story that …

FIBA: Players can wear religious head coverings

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

International basketball’s governing body said Tuesday that players will be allowed to wear religious head coverings, such as hijabs or turbans, on a trial basis in some competitions. FIBA’s central board met over the weekend at the men’s world cup and voted to allow a two-year testing phase …

Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR’s Tony Stewart

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The decision whether to charge three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York will be up to a grand jury. Ontario County District Attorney …

US uses big third quarter to pull away from Canada

Monday, September 15, 2014

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Geno Auriemma knows his U.S. women’s basketball team is a work in progress. They have only been together for a week and still are missing a few key players, including Diana Taurasi. Only leading by …

Patriots still not quite right with ball

Monday, September 15, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots host the Oakland Raiders this week hoping to rediscover their normally potent offense. The Patriots moved to 1-1 with Sunday’s 30-7 win at Minnesota. But after the game, which saw the …