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Prosecution witness Alexander Bradley describes a gun he saw with former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez on a trip to Florida as Bradley testifies during Hernandez's murder trial, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is accused of killing Odin Lloyd in June 2013.  (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)

Ex-friend: Aaron Hernandez thought helicopters followed him

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

FALL RIVER — A man who sued Aaron Hernandez over being shot in the face in Florida testified Wednesday in the former New England Patriots player’s murder trial that Hernandez thought he was being followed by helicopters and that he was paranoid about his conversations being recorded. But the judge ruled that Alexander Bradley, whose face is disfigured because of …

Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez says he will have Tommy John surgery

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. The Red Sox said Dr. James Andrews will operate Thursday in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Vazquez had been expected to do much of the catching for the Red Sox this season. He was placed on the 60-day …

Lydia Ko takes aim at record for consecutive rounds under par at season’s first major

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — The rough is a little longer at Mission Hills, giving Lydia Ko an added challenge in her bid to break Annika Sorenstam’s record for consecutive rounds under par. A year after Lexi Thompson blasted her way to victory in the LPGA Tour’s first major of the season, the thick …

David Ortiz defends his reputation in column

Friday, March 27, 2015

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is certain on this point: “I never knowingly took any steroids.” And this, too: “I deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.” The remarks by the 39-year-old designated hitter came in …

30 is the new 40 when it comes to home runs these days

Friday, March 27, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Whether it’s steroid testing, all those power arms in the bullpen or a lower strike zone, baseballs just aren’t flying out of the park like they did a decade or two ago. Sluggers who came …

Medical experts look beyond law to make youth sports safer

Friday, March 27, 2015

NEW YORK — To toughen safety standards in youth sports, medical experts are turning away from lawmakers and toward high school sports associations to implement policies and procedures to prevent deaths and serious injuries. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine completed …

Aaron Hernandez fiancee discusses money, gun at murder trial

Friday, March 27, 2015

FALL RIVER — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and his fiancee traded expressionless glances Friday as she took the witness stand to testify in his murder trial. Shayanna Jenkins was called by prosecutors after being granted …

NASCAR topic: Cheating with tire pressure, or just hot air?

Friday, March 27, 2015

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — There’s been lot of talk about tires in the NASCAR garage the past few weeks, or longer, and lots of theories about whether something shady is going on or if the chatter is just a …

Julio Teheran labors into the sixth, Braves beat Buchholz, Boston

Friday, March 27, 2015

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Julio Teheran labored through 52/3 innings, allowing only two runs, and the Atlanta Braves roughed up Clay Buchholz for 12 hits and four runs in a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on …

Getzlaf scores in OT as Ducks rally past Bruins

Friday, March 27, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks took advantage of the struggling Bruins and kept control of first place in the Western Conference. Ryan Getzlaf scored 3:09 into overtime to lift Anaheim to a 3-2 victory over Boston on …

Charley Hoffman takes lead in wind-swept Texas Open

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SAN ANTONIO — Charley Hoffman took advantage of calmer afternoon conditions to take the first-round lead in the wind-swept Texas Open, shooting a 5-under 67 on Thursday. After wind gusts threatening 40 mph pummeled the morning starters, Hoffman …

Mirim Lee leads LPGA Tour’s Kia Classic

Thursday, March 26, 2015

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Mirim Lee birdied all four par-5 holes and finished with a bogey-free 7-under 65 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Kia Classic. Lee took the outright lead with an 8-foot putt on the par-5 fifth — her 14th hole in her …

Jeter gone, A-Rod back and Yanks hope for postseason return

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter is gone, the final remaining link to the New York Yankees’ last dynasty. He left behind a team in transition, that failed to make the playoffs in consecutive years for the first …