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Boston Bruins' Ryan Spooner, second from left, celebrates his goal with teammates Matt Bartkowski (43) and David Pastrnak (88) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Raleigh, N.C. Boston won 2-1 in overtime. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

Pastrnak nets OT game winner, Bruins edge Hurricanes

Monday, March 30, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. — A couple of rookies came up big for the Boston Bruins on Sunday. David Pastrnak had a goal and an assist, scoring the winner on a nice centering pass from Carl Soderberg at 4:23 of overtime and the Bruins earned a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. The victory put the Bruins three points ahead of Ottawa …

Celtics drop back out of playoffs with loss to Doc, Clippers

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOSTON — The Los Angeles Clippers have responded quite nicely to a pair of disappointing losses to Western Conference contenders. J.J. Redick scored 27 points, Chris Paul had 21 points and 10 assists, and the Clippers beat the Boston Celtics 119-106 on Sunday for their seventh consecutive win. On March 13, the Clippers …

Denny Hamlin races to 25th Cup win, 5th at Martinsville

Sunday, March 29, 2015

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Denny Hamlin just needed a visit to Martinsville Speedway to get his racing team back on track. Now, with his spot in NASCAR’s Chase for the championship virtually assured, they can work to make it better. Hamlin passed teammate Matt Kenseth for the lead with 28 laps to go Sunday …

Injury-riddled Heat beat Celtics 93-86

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BOSTON — The Miami Heat were coming off a difficult loss at Milwaukee, and they were missing three key players due to injuries from the game against the Bucks. Goran Dragic knew what he had to do. Dragic …

Judge lets ex-NHL player lawsuit over concussions continue

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The NHL’s motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit brought by former players over concussion-related injuries was largely rejected Wednesday by a federal judge, allowing the claims to move forward. The plaintiffs have been seeking unspecified financial damages and medical monitoring for neurological disorders. They’ve …

Change to extra points likely in NFL

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

PHOENIX — Spice it up. The NFL’s dullest play, the extra point, appears to be headed for some changes, perhaps significant ones, for the 2015 season. While team owners didn’t vote on any extra-point proposals Wednesday, there was …

Duffy, McKennis win super-G crowns at nationals

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — The race was all but wrapped up, the medals all but awarded. Then along came 19-year-old Drew Duffy, who turned in a speedy and surprising run from a late starting position to win the …

Rio mayor unveils controversial Olympic golf course

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro’s mayor unveiled the city’s controversial Olympic golf course on Wednesday and laid out an ardent defense of a project that has been criticized by environmental activists and is at the center …

Advice for Tiger Woods: Eat grapes and tie a double knot

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

When we last saw Tiger Woods he was fleeing from a golf tournament in mid-round, mumbling something about improper activation of his glutes. He’s been missing in action for some time now, desperately searching for some of the …

Baseball careers often start with winter grunt work

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Long before any of that major league money starts landing in their bank accounts, most players are in a similar predicament as everyone else in the regular workforce. Between baseball seasons there are no …

Allen Craig strong for Red Sox in loss to Marlins

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

JUPITER, Fla. — Allen Craig bolstered his bid for more playing time in Boston’s crowded outfield, hitting a three-run double in helping the Red Sox build a lead the Miami Marlins would overcome with an eight-run eighth inning …

Emotional Jack Nicklaus awarded congressional gold medal

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Golden Bear got a gold medal. Congress on Tuesday awarded its highest civilian honor to golfing great Jack Nicklaus, who accepted the medal with a few tears, humility and humor. In a ceremony in the …

Rich get richer: Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao purses soar

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

LAS VEGAS — The first ticket has yet to be sold, but the richest fight in boxing history is getting richer by the day. New estimates show Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s payoff for fighting Manny Pacquiao could easily be $180 million, up substantially from earlier predictions of $120 million. …