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New England Patriots rookie Shaq Mason speaks to media during an NFL football availability at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Rookie guards studying Patriots complex offensive system

Thursday, May 28, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots’ two rookie guards are helping each other study the team’s complex offensive schemes. They’ve already learned a much simpler strategy. No matter what the question, answer cautiously or risk the wrath of their secretive coach. Tre’ Jackson and Shaq Mason were drafted in the fourth round and have a chance at considerable playing time …

Defiant FIFA soccer chief resists calls to resign amid scandal

Thursday, May 28, 2015

ZURICH — As defiant as ever, Sepp Blatter resisted calls to resign as FIFA president Thursday and deflected blame for the massive bribery and corruption scandal engulfing soccer’s world governing body. “We, or I, cannot monitor everyone all of the time,” Blatter said in his first public remarks on the crisis that has …

New French Open challenges await Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray

Thursday, May 28, 2015

PARIS — For Serena Williams, it was a bad right elbow that led to some shaky serving and a dropped set. For Novak Djokovic, first it was a balky right hip that needed treatment from a trainer; later came an embarrassing mistake. For Andy Murray, it was a time warning from the chair …

Carl Edwards’ Coca-Cola 600 win gives Gibbs much to celebrate

Monday, May 25, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. — Joe Gibbs has had many special nights in football and auto racing. Few were bigger than Sunday’s showing in the Coca-Cola 600. The head of Joe Gibbs Racing had plenty to celebrate: Kyle Busch returned …

Russia plans to use prison labor for 2018 World Cup

Monday, May 25, 2015

MOSCOW — Russian authorities want to use prison labor to drive down the costs of holding the 2018 World Cup. The Russian prison service is backing a bid by Alexander Khinshtein, a lawmaker from the ruling United Russia party, to allow prisoners to be taken from their camps …

Liverpool’s decline leaves Brendan Rodgers’ future in jeopardy

Monday, May 25, 2015

As subscribers to the “Moneyball” approach, Liverpool’s American owners like to do their business based on cold, hard statistics. So here are some damning numbers for the hierarchy at Fenway Sports Group to chew on before they sit …

Lightning beat Rangers, take 3-2 lead back home

Monday, May 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Scoring goals made the Tampa Bay Lightning one of the NHL’s most entertaining teams this season. Playing defense for the first time in three games has them within a victory of the Stanley Cup finals …

Carl Edwards races to first victory for new team

Monday, May 25, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. — Even a master strategist like Joe Gibbs wasn’t sure his team made the right call. The Super Bowl-winning coach, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, had followed driver Denny Hamlin who was on top down the …

Clutch final par gives Kirk win at Colonial, denies Spieth

Sunday, May 24, 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas — Chris Kirk was prepared to need a putt for a playoff at Colonial. No extra holes were necessary Sunday for Kirk to get his fourth PGA Tour victory. Kirk made up for an errant …

Federer ‘not happy’ about on-court fan’s French Open selfie

Sunday, May 24, 2015

PARIS — Roger Federer was not amused. As Federer finished an interview after his first-round French Open victory Sunday, an overzealous fan left his seat and approached the 17-time major champion right there on the main stadium court …

Juan Pablo Montoya beats Power for second Indy 500 win

Sunday, May 24, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — His career at a crossroads, his confidence shot, Juan Pablo Montoya received a lifeline from The Captain. Roger Penske called the driver in late 2013, when Montoya found himself without a job after seven frustrating seasons …

Napoli homers again, drives in 4; Red Sox beat Angels 6-1

Sunday, May 24, 2015

BOSTON — Mike Napoli might want to find that child that autographed his bat a couple of days ago and have him sign a few more. Napoli hit his fourth homer of the series — all with a …

Angels pound Red Sox 12-5

Friday, May 22, 2015

BOSTON — Los Angeles Angels catcher Chris Iannetta could sense the mood changing in the visitor’s dugout at Fenway Park. A nine-run inning will do that. Iannetta and Erick Aybar homered as the Angels sent 13 batters to …