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FILE - In this July 20, 2015, file photo, San Antonio Spurs coach Becky Hammon celebrates with her team after they defeated the Phoenix Suns in an NBA summer league championship basketball game in Las Vegas. Becky Hammon dreamed of playing in the NBA when she was young. She never got a chance to make that happen. Now though, she's giving girls hope of a chance to coach in the NBA. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

An NBA trailblazer: Becky Hammon breaks a barrier with Spurs

Monday, August 3, 2015

NEW YORK — Becky Hammon believes the possibilities are limitless for women coaching in pro sports. One year ago this week, she broke the gender barrier becoming the first full-time paid female assistant coach in the NBA. Now Hammon’s happy to see she’s no longer the only woman in the profession. Nancy Lieberman accepted an assistant coaching job the other …

State fund grows as horse industry continues to languish

Monday, August 3, 2015

PLAINVILLE — Massachusetts’ horse racing industry is flush with casino cash. The only problem? There isn’t much of a local industry to speak of. The state’s obscure Race Horse Development Fund has generated roughly $10.3 million in revenue and is on track to receive almost $18 million more this fiscal year, according to …

Use of batboys suspended after 9-year-old’s death

Monday, August 3, 2015

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The National Baseball Congress suspended using batboys and girls during its World Series games in Kansas following the death of a 9-year-old boy who was accidentally hit in the head with a bat during a game. Kaiser Carlile died Sunday, a day after he was hit by a follow-through …

Jets lineman Sheldon Richardson facing charges for resisting arrest

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sheldon Richardson has already been suspended four games by the NFL for drug use. The New York Jets defensive lineman is now facing trouble with the law. Richardson was charged Thursday in St. Charles …

Boston’s bummer summer: Sox slump, Olympics snub, Brady out

Thursday, July 30, 2015

BOSTON — After the winter of their discontent, it’s been one bummer of a summer for Bostonians. The Red Sox are languishing, the city forfeited a chance to showcase itself to the planet as an Olympics host and …

Stephen Ross gives his Dolphins a simple start-of-camp message: Win

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DAVIE, Fla. — About a half-hour into the Miami Dolphins’ first practice of the season, owner Stephen Ross had his team, coaches and staff gather around him at midfield. He spoke for only a couple of minutes. Telling …

Redskins’ RG3 not looking back, his ‘focus on the future’

Thursday, July 30, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — Robert Griffin III is not interested in dissecting whatever criticism — and there’s been plenty — that’s come his way. He has no desire to discuss how he can improve as an NFL quarterback or …

Early retirement: NFL players call it quits in prime of careers

Thursday, July 30, 2015

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Patrick Willis walked away first with a nagging toe injury that kept him from being the dominant All-Pro linebacker of his prime. Then his heir apparent and San Francisco teammate Chris Borland followed with …

John Mara says Giants have not been allowed to examine Jason Pierre-Paul

Thursday, July 30, 2015

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants have no firsthand knowledge about the extent of the hand injuries Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul sustained in a July 4 fireworks accident in Florida. A seemingly frustrated co-owner …

Donald Trump lands, Hyo-Joo Kim leads at Women’s British Open

Thursday, July 30, 2015

TURNBERRY, Scotland — Donald Trump’s show-stealing arrival at the Women’s British Open on Thursday upstaged another strong start to a major by South Korea’s Hyo-Joo Kim. Kim was midway through compiling a 7-under 65 in the first round …

‘St-riike!’ Ex-OF Eric Byrnes calls computer balls, strikes

Thursday, July 30, 2015

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — “St-riike! ... And we’re talking outside of outside corners.” “Ball!” “St-riiike! ... Inside of inside corners.” Eric Byrnes sat behind the large monitor some 90 feet from home plate watching the screen as the …

MLB trade roundup: Blue Jays land David Price

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Toronto acquired All-Star left-hander David Price from the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, the second major move in less than a week by the Blue Jays as they chase their first postseason appearance since 1993. After obtaining slugging shortstop …

Ronda Rousey roams to Brazil with plan to beat Bethe Correia at UFC 190

Thursday, July 30, 2015

GLENDALE, Calif. — Ronda Rousey is in charge now. The unbeaten bantamweight champion is the biggest star in the UFC, and she could have staged her next title defense anywhere in the world before she moves on to …