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Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria stretches to tag out Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts (2) at third base on a stolen base attempt during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Making the call is umpire Mike Estabrook. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Matt Joyce’s RBI single in 10th lifts Rays past Red Sox

Monday, September 1, 2014

ST. PETERBURG, Fla. — Matt Joyce had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to help the Tampa Bay Rays salvage a split of a four-game series by beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Monday. Ryan Hanigan opened the 10th with a double off Burke Badenhop (0-3), which withstood a replay review. Kevin Kiermaier was intentionally … 0

Gronk promises he will play Sunday; Dolphins ready

Monday, September 1, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Star tight end Rob Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday and announced he will be playing in the New England Patriots’ opener at Miami this Sunday. Meanwhile, the news hardly caught the Dolphins by surprise. “I’m super excited,” said Gronkowski, who didn’t play in any of … 0

Eugenie Bouchard loses to Ekaterina Makarova in US Open’s 4th round

Monday, September 1, 2014

NEW YORK — Wilting in high heat and humidity, Eugenie Bouchard became the latest top woman to lose at the U.S. Open, ending her streak of making the semifinals at each Grand Slam tournament this year. The No. 7-seeded Bouchard, the runner-up at Wimbledon in July, needed a medical timeout and was beaten … 0

Weakened US team aims for world basketball title

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BILBAO, Spain — The bad news just kept coming, the only difference whether the culprit was injury or interest. Some stars couldn’t play. Others wouldn’t. Then the losses really started piling up for the U.S. national basketball team. Kevin Love pulled out while awaiting his recently completed trade … 0

Tony Stewart returning to competition after fatal crash

Thursday, August 28, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race. The three-time NASCAR champion … 0

Junichi Tazawa struggles as Blue Jays beat Red Sox 5-2

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TORONTO — Junichi Tazawa thought he’d solved his struggles against the Toronto Blue Jays. Turns out he was wrong. Danny Valencia had a pinch-hit, three-run homer off Tazawa that put Toronto ahead in the seventh inning, and the … 0

Giants finish long preseason vs Patriots

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — In any other year, Tom Coughlin wouldn’t be happy playing an extended preseason schedule. A four-game schedule might be considered too long, and playing in the Hall of Fame contest at the start of the month stretched it to five games. The campaign will … 0

Sports Briefs: Sweeping lawsuit targets soccer concussions

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Soccer joined the growing legal debate over head injuries Wednesday after FIFA and some of the sport’s governing bodies in the United States were made the target of a lawsuit seeking new safety rules. A group of soccer parents and players filed the lawsuit in … 0

Maria Sharapova survives in three sets at US Open

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NEW YORK — A year ago at this time, Maria Sharapova was sitting out the U.S. Open, getting checked by doctors and having tests on the surgically repaired right shoulder that has troubled her off and on. On … 0

NFL suspends Browns star WR Josh Gordon for 2014 season

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CLEVELAND — Josh Gordon’s wait is over, so is his 2014 season. The star wide receiver’s career is now in peril. The Cleveland Browns learned Wednesday that Gordon’s indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he … 0

Experts want to see NFL act on domestic violence

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test triggered a yearlong ban for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, costing him the 2014 season. Critics of the … 0

Rams coach Steve Fisher angry over ESPN report on Michael Sam’s ‘showering habits’

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Rams coach Jeff Fisher remains angry over an ESPN report that dealt in part with the “showering habits” of defensive end Michael Sam by ESPN reporter Josina Anderson. “I’m extremely disappointed in her piece,” Fisher told the Post-Dispatch on Wednesday, not long before the team boarded buses for … 0

Women’s World Cup turf war heats up

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Even actor Tom Hanks has an opinion about whether the athletes at the 2015 Women’s World Cup should play on artificial turf or grass. A group of players from the U.S. women’s national team, who will vie for … 0