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Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton makes contact for a solo home-run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, May 29, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. The home-run was Hamilton's second of the night. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Josh Hamilton’s homers help Rangers to 7-4 win over Red Sox

Friday, May 29, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Josh Hamilton homered in his first two at-bats, his first homers since he belatedly began his major league season this week back with Texas, helping the Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4 on Friday night. Hamilton pulled both homers into the seats in right field off knuckleballer Steven Wright (2-2). The homers came in the …

Lightning strike: Tampa Bay beats Rangers, will play for Cup

Friday, May 29, 2015

NEW YORK — The Tampa Bay Lightning will play for the Stanley Cup, winning their third straight game at Madison Square Garden 2-0 on Friday night to beat the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals in seven games. Ben Bishop, pulled from a Game 6 loss after allowing five goals, outplayed …

Warriors guard Klay Thompson diagnosed with concussion

Friday, May 29, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. — The initial hit caused Klay Thompson plenty of pain. The final diagnosis delivered another blow to him and the Golden State Warriors as they prepare for the NBA Finals. Two days after he got kneed in the head by Houston’s Trevor Ariza, the Warriors said Friday that Thompson has a …

Dustin Pedroia’s power not enough for Red Sox in 6-4 loss to Twins

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Given an early two-run lead by Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox starter Rick Porcello was trying to provide a shutdown inning. Porcello walked Aaron Hicks with one out. And it led to a big inning for the …

With 4 picks in draft, Celtics have to cast wide net

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WALTHAM — With four picks in next month’s NBA draft, the Boston Celtics can’t just focus on a couple of players who look like they might be in their range. The Celtics will look at as many as 100 or more potential rookies in preparation for the June …

Robert Kraft introduces top draft pick, stays mum on ‘Deflategate’

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Robert Kraft spent 80 seconds Wednesday making his first public remarks since saying eight days earlier he wouldn’t appeal the Patriots’ punishment for using underinflated footballs. Not one of those seconds was devoted to the scandal. …

Criminal probe arrives at door of the great survivor Sepp Blatter

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

ZURICH — Sepp Blatter is arguably the most powerful man in world sports and certainly its greatest survivor. Now comes the biggest challenge of his 17-year rule of FIFA: dealing with the U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into …

Seattle’s Sue Bird ready for rebuilding, mentoring ahead

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

SEATTLE — Shot after shot came off the fingers of Sue Bird, the swishing sound echoing through the practice gym, just like they have for most of her career. No sound of the shots rattling off the rim …

Vive la France! Good day for Monfils, Tsonga at French Open

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

PARIS — Gael Monfils delivered one final ace, his 21st, and closed out his latest raucous, five-set victory on Court Philippe Chatrier to the delight of roaring, partisan spectators. An entertainer at heart, Monfils pounded his chest with …

Red Sox struggles continue in 2-1 loss to Twins

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Mike Pelfrey was sharp for seven innings, Trevor Plouffe and Kurt Suzuki hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the first inning, and the Minnesota Twins held on to beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Tuesday night. After rain delayed the game’s first pitch for 1 hour, …

Past Triple Crown winners ready to welcome a new one

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Steve Cauthen thinks it’s long past time for a new horse to join the exclusive club of Triple Crown winners. The jockey who rode Affirmed to a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes in 1978 …

LeBron, Cavaliers earn NBA Finals spot by sweeping Hawks

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CLEVELAND — The championship LeBron James craves more than any other, the one he came back home to get, is four wins away. The Cavaliers are in the NBA Finals. James scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving returned after …

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 …