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FILE - In a Aug. 24, 2013 file photo, former Negro Leaguer and Chicago White Sox player Minnie Minoso stands during the national anthem before a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the Texas Rangers, in Chicago.  Major league baseball's first black player in Chicago, Minnie Minoso, has died. The Cook County medical examiner confirmed his death Sunday, March 1, 2015. There is some question about his age but the White Sox say he was 92. (AP Photo/David Banks, File)

MLB’s 1st black Latino star Minnie Minoso dies

Sunday, March 1, 2015

CHICAGO — When Minnie Minoso broke into major league baseball, the “Cuban Comet” was part of a wave of black players who changed the game forever. By the time he played in his final game 35 years ago, he was a beloved figure with the Chicago White Sox. It was one amazing ride for the seemingly ageless slugger, who died …

Jimmie Johnson pulls away for another Atlanta Sprint Cup win

Sunday, March 1, 2015

HAMPTON, Ga. — The season just started. The calendar hasn’t even turned to spring. Yet Jimmie Johnson has all but wrapped up a shot at his record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup title. Quickly establishing he’s one of the drivers to beat — boy, does that sound familiar — Johnson pulled away after the …

Poulter, Casey share lead at rain-delayed Honda Classic

Sunday, March 1, 2015

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Ian Poulter didn’t realize he had a three-shot lead in the Honda Classic, only that he was playing well enough to feel like he was in control of his game and the tournament. One shank changed everything Sunday. “That just came out of left field,” Poulter said. His …

Eddie Lack stops 40 for Canucks in 2-1 win at Boston

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BOSTON — Eddie Lack has hardly looked like a backup goalie since Vancouver starter Ryan Miller was injured in a collision with a teammate. Lack had 40 saves as the Canucks beat the struggling Boston Bruins 2-1 on …

David Ortiz: ‘My belly hasn’t grown like Panda’

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Big Papi arrived at spring training with a weighty quip about new teammate Pablo Sandoval. “My belly hasn’t grown like Panda,” David Ortiz said Tuesday, joking about new Boston Red Sox teammate Sandoval. Ortiz, …

Risky pursuit of Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada underscores Red Sox commitment

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Boston Red Sox are all in on Cuba, with their pursuit of acclaimed prospect Yoan Moncada the latest example. Moncada’s representative, David Hastings, said Tuesday he is hopeful the contract with a $31.5 …

Loss of PawSox will devastate city, officials say

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — For 40 years, Pawtucket resident Mike Shloul has lived within walking distance of McCoy Stadium, where the PawSox have played home games since 1973. “I felt like somebody died,” Shloul said of hearing the news …

Video shows Aaron Hernandez fiancee’s removing box from home

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

FALL RIVER — Prosecutors in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez on Tuesday played video surveillance that showed his fiancee removing a trash bag from the home and putting it in a car …

Buzz around Tuukka Rask: Newly discovered wasp named after Boston Bruins goalie

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BOSTON (AP— There’s a new buzz surrounding Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. A Boston-area researcher who was part of a team that discovered a new species of wasp in Kenya has named the insect Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski in Rask’s …

Isaiah Thomas helps Celtics beat Suns in return to Phoenix

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

PHOENIX — Avery Bradley scored 23 points, Isaiah Thomas burned his former team with eight critical points in the last two minutes, and the Boston Celtics held off the Phoenix Suns 115-110 Monday night. Boston made a season-high …

A-Rod back early with Yanks, still avoiding PED specifics

Monday, February 23, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez reported to the New York Yankees three days ahead of schedule. He spoke for 8 1/2 minutes about his season-long drug suspension. But on his first day back with the team since September …

Housecleaners say they saw guns in Aaron Hernandez’s home

Monday, February 23, 2015

FALL RIVER — Two women who cleaned the home of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez testified Monday at his murder trial that they saw guns stashed in three places in his house before the killing. Hernandez …

Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli glad offseason is finally over

Monday, February 23, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Like many Bostonians that make the trip south in February, Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is glad spring training is finally here. Sure he’s relieved to leave behind over five feet of snow …