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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez works against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Red Sox lefty Rodriguez wins MLB debut, 5-1 at Texas

Thursday, May 28, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas — Eduardo Rodriguez threw 72/3 scoreless innings to become the youngest Red Sox starter to win in his major league debut on the road since 1967, and Boston beat the Rangers 5-1 to spoil Josh Hamilton’s first home game back in Texas on Thursday night. The 22-year-old Rodriguez was already the youngest Red Sox pitcher to make his MLB debut on the road since 21-year-old Roger Clemens in 1985. Billy Rohr was 21 when he won in his debut at the New York Yankees on April 14, 1967. Rodriguez (1-0) struck out seven and walked two, leaving the game with two runners on …

US to vote for Prince Ali in FIFA election, not Blatter

Thursday, May 28, 2015

NEW YORK — The United States says it will vote for Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein for FIFA president Friday and not for incumbent Sepp Blatter. “I’ve gotten to know Prince Ali well over the last couple of years. He has been a really active member of the executive committee and an active …

And now, we wait: Cavaliers and Warriors get time to rest

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Golden State coach Steve Kerr was chatting with assistant Luke Walton a few minutes before what became the Warriors’ clinching victory in the Western Conference Finals, and a realization popped into his head. “You know what we do now?” Kerr asked, somewhat rhetorically. “We wait.” Now, we all wait. The NBA Finals won’t …

Brassard, Lundqvist lead Rangers past Lightning 7-3

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Derek Brassard had a hat trick and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots in another season-saving performance as the New York Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 Tuesday night to force Game 7 in the …

You Can Play co-founder says Sam’s signing with CFL a history moment

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CALGARY, Alberta — Brian Burke believes the Montreal Alouettes signing of Michael Sam is a tipping point in professional sports. The Calgary Flames president of hockey operations, who co-founded You Can Play in memory of his late son, …

US Open the most democratic of majors

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The names of golf’s two oldest championships are similar, and so are the concepts. The British Open and the U.S. Open are open to anyone who wants to qualify. The difference between them, other than the 35 years …

Michael Sam is focused on football, not making history in CFL

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

MONTREAL — Michael Sam says his priority is helping the Montreal Alouettes win, not making history as the first openly gay player in the Canadian Football League. Sam signed a two-year deal with the Alouettes last week. “I’m …

American Sock ousts Dimitrov on ‘favorite surface’ in Paris

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

PARIS — Ah, the French Open, the time of year when a certain question is asked repeatedly by American tennis fans: Why can’t the country’s players, particularly the men, find success on red clay? Now comes along Jack …

Usain Bolt wins 200 at cold, wet Golden Spike meet

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Usain Bolt cruised to victory in the 200 meters race at the Golden Spike meet on Tuesday, as the Jamaican star prepares for the world championships after a season marred by injuries. Facing rain …

Joe Kelly tagged by Twins, Red Sox drop opener 7-2

Monday, May 25, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Kelly entered Monday’s game looking as if he had things figured out coming off of two of his best performances of 2015. The Minnesota Twins showed him otherwise. Kelly lasted just 12/3 innings, allowing seven …

AP sources: Brady’s appeal wouldn’t be heard by Wednesday

Monday, May 25, 2015

Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal won’t be heard by Wednesday’s 10-day deadline. Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because no date for the appeal has …

Bears release Ray McDonald after arrest in California

Monday, May 25, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — The Chicago Bears released defensive end Ray McDonald following a domestic violence arrest in Northern California that police say stemmed from an assault on a woman who was holding a baby. McDonald was taken into …

Odd-man in: Mets go to 6-man rotation to cut innings

Monday, May 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Mets manager Terry Collins called his starting pitchers into his office last weekend to talk numbers — as in six-man rotation. Matt Harvey has thrown 582/3 innings following his return from Tommy John surgery. NL …