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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, 21 minutes, Minnesota jumped on Clay Buchholz (2-6) for three doubles and two runs in the first. That was enough support for …

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 believes horse racing needs a victory by American Pharoah in the Belmont on June 6 …

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 missing two games and Cleveland reserved a spot in the finals with a 118-88 victory …

Harlem Globetrotters great Marques Haynes dies at 89

Friday, May 22, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) — Marques Haynes’ dribbling skills wowed fans in more than 100 countries. He was a showstopper, a player who helped make the Harlem Globetrotters beloved ambassadors of basketball around the world. Haynes, often called the greatest …

Sage Karam takes drive toward Indy 500 in stylish pink Camaro

Friday, May 22, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Sage Karam needs a date — maybe even dates — for a busy social calendar stuffed with appearances at parades, autograph signings and one pretty big race. He’s got his eye on a perfect love story, …

Montreal Alouettes sign openly gay defensive end Michael Sam

Friday, May 22, 2015

MONTREAL (AP) — Michael Sam has found a pro football job. In Canada. Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, signed a two-year contract Friday with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football league. General …

Serena Williams vies for 20th Grand Slam at French Open

Friday, May 22, 2015

The very day that Serena Williams won this year’s Australian Open for her 19th Grand Slam championship, she was thinking ahead. “I would love,” Williams said then, “to get to 22.” Her next chance to move closer to …

US delegation to visit IOC next week for talks on Boston bid

Friday, May 22, 2015

LONDON — Boston and U.S. Olympic leaders will travel to Switzerland next week to sound out the IOC about their struggling candidacy for the 2024 Summer Games amid a leadership shake-up at the top of the bid. The …

Novak Djokovic looms in Rafael Nadal’s toughest-ever draw at French Open

Friday, May 22, 2015

PARIS — The tennis equivalent of climbing three mountains, just to reach the Roland Garros final. Never have the obstacles loomed so large between Rafael Nadal and another trophy on the red clay of Paris. The draw Friday …

Red Sox bats quiet again in 3-1 loss to Rangers

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox are still waiting for the offensive firepower they expected after some big offseason signings. For the second straight night, Boston’s slumping lineup was quieted and the Red Sox fell to the Texas …

Rafael Nadal’s slump could open way for Novak Djokovic at French Open

Thursday, May 21, 2015

For years and years — a full decade, in fact — Rafael Nadal ruled the French Open the way no one had ever dominated any Grand Slam tennis tournament, winning 66 of 67 matches and collecting nine championships, …

Tony George’s push for softer walls at Indy Motor Speedway likely saved James Hinchcliffe

Thursday, May 21, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — When James Hinchcliffe slammed into a wall at more than 220 mph, he hit an energy-absorbing barrier that likely saved his life. One of auto racing’s most important safety developments, its origins began at Indianapolis Motor …

Celtics owner Steve Pagliuca takes over Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BOSTON — The group leading the bid to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston shook up its management Thursday, making Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca the new chairman in an attempt to revive the city’s chances of hosting …