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Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. is congratulated by teammate Mookie Betts (50) after his home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Joe Kelly wins 7th straight start as Red Sox beat Phillies 7-5

Saturday, September 5, 2015

BOSTON — Joe Kelly has always been known as a hard thrower. But these days, he’s more than just a big fastball for the Red Sox. Kelly won his seventh straight start, pitching six effective innings in Boston’s 7-5 interleague win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. The 27-year-old right-hander struggled in the early part of the season, sometimes …

Serena Williams’ comeback extends Grand Slam try at US Open

Friday, September 4, 2015

NEW YORK — Can’t count out Serena Williams, no matter how big the deficit, no matter how off-target her strokes, no matter how much the pressure might be mounting as she bids for a calendar-year Grand Slam. Eight times this season at major tournaments, Williams has dropped the opening set. Eight times, she …

Judge’s NFL bashing skips judgment of Brady in ‘Deflategate’

Friday, September 4, 2015

NEW YORK — A judge’s ruling freeing New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to play football erased his four-game suspension but failed to address the root question of the “Deflategate” scandal: What did Brady know about a plot to deflate balls before January’s AFC championship game? U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman thoroughly …

Winning 3rd straight AFC South title piece of Colts’ plans

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Nothing has changed in the AFC South, where the Texans, Jaguars and Titans all are chasing Indianapolis, and the Colts have their sights set so much higher than the division they dominate. Yes, the Colts once again are …

Sony, back in the crosshairs, defends ‘Concussion’

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NEW YORK — Nearly a year after the devastating hacking attack that leaked thousands of emails, Sony Pictures Entertainment again finds itself trying to justify its own inner dealings, this time over the upcoming Will Smith film about …

Obstacle to moving Rio Olympic venues? 1,400 silent athletes

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO — Olympic organizers have agreed to test for viruses in Rio’s sewage-filled waters. But even if they find high virus counts, organizers say they have no plans to move venues. Why isn’t there more pressure …

Fast Jack stays on track with Funny Car record-breaking act

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Jack Beckman is a survivor. He earned a GED, beat cancer and walked away from two spectacular Funny Car explosions that are still YouTube favorites. So when Beckman went two seasons without a win, he didn’t …

Bubble time for players trying to make Presidents Cup

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NORTON — Bill Haas is grinding harder than ever in the FedEx Cup playoffs, only the immediate goal has nothing to do with a $10 million bonus. He wants a chance to play for no money at all. Haas is No. 11 in the Presidents Cup standings. The …

Steady in face of Kyrgios’ ‘antics,’ Murray wins at US Open

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NEW YORK — Nick Kyrgios does what he wants and says what he wants on a tennis court, seemingly no matter the ramifications, and amid all the near-napping, cursing and racket smashing, he troubled Andy Murray for moments …

Gardner homers for Yankees in 3-1 win at Boston

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON — Rick Porcello wasn’t celebrating after striking out 13 in his strongest start of the season. The New York Yankees capitalized on the few mistakes Porcello did make and rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 …

Patriots ready for Brady or no Brady

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — No matter U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman’s ruling, the New England Patriots are prepared to move forward with or without star quarterback Tom Brady. Brady’s fate will be decided sometime in the next few days, …

NFL’s toughest division has big changes, challenge ahead

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

CINCINNATI — Anytime there’s a debate about the NFL’s toughest division, teams in the AFC North are quick to point out the playoff appearances. Yep. Nobody can top them. The AFC North has sent more teams to the playoffs than any other division in the last seven years …

Denver Broncos again look like class of AFC West

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

DENVER — The Denver Broncos have owned the AFC West since Tebowmania swept the NFL in 2011. They’ve won the division by an average of 3.67 games behind Peyton Manning, who hasn’t had any feeling in the fingertips …