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Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) is fouled New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 27, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Celtics won 96-92. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Isaiah Thomas scores 18, Celtics hold off Knicks for 96-92 win

Friday, March 27, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Celtics are making a playoff push — and they came to the right place to keep things rolling Friday night. Even if they had to sweat this one out a bit. Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points, Jae Crowder added 17 points and nine rebounds, and five Celtics scored in double figures as Boston held off a late rally by the New York Knicks to win 96-92. “This was a hard game,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “I knew it was going to be a hard game. We all knew it was going to be a hard game. I’m happy …

David Ortiz defends his reputation in column

Friday, March 27, 2015

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is certain on this point: “I never knowingly took any steroids.” And this, too: “I deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.” The remarks by the 39-year-old designated hitter came in a column Thursday for The Players’ Tribune, a website founded by Derek Jeter that gives …

30 is the new 40 when it comes to home runs these days

Friday, March 27, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Whether it’s steroid testing, all those power arms in the bullpen or a lower strike zone, baseballs just aren’t flying out of the park like they did a decade or two ago. Sluggers who came of age in the days of 50, 60 and 70 home-run seasons have been forced …

Evan Turner has triple-double, Celts beat Nets 110-91 to end skid

Monday, March 23, 2015

NEW YORK — Evan Turner had 19 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 110-91 on Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak that had dropped them out of playoff …

Proposal to owners: order unstable player off field

Monday, March 23, 2015

PHOENIX — NFL owners are considering a proposal to stop games when a medical adviser sees a player displaying obvious signs of disorientation. The proposal was a late addition by the powerful competition committee at the owners’ meetings …

Cardinals and Red Sox rained out

Monday, March 23, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The spring training game between St. Louis and the Boston Red Sox on Monday was rained out with the Cardinals leading in the middle of the fifth inning. With the game three outs shy of being official, rain started and the game was …

MMA star Ronda Rousey joins lobbying effort in Albany

Monday, March 23, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. — Lobbyists trying to persuade New York lawmakers to legalize mixed martial arts brought in some celebrity muscle on Monday as women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey visited Albany between appearances on network television in Manhattan. The …

Darren Sharper pleads no contest in Los Angeles rape case

Monday, March 23, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Former NFL star Darren Sharper removed all doubt Monday that he drugged and raped women, taking the first of several legal steps to own up to sex assaults in four states that will send him …

Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin turns pro

Monday, March 23, 2015

Missy Franklin has bid farewell to college swimming and is turning pro. The four-time Olympic gold medalist went out with a bang, winning three individual events and helping her California team win the NCAA championship last weekend. Now, …

NFL suspending TV blackouts for 2015 season

Monday, March 23, 2015

PHOENIX — The NFL is saying bye-bye to blackouts. At least for 2015. No NFL games will be blocked from local television next season, the league said Monday at the owners’ meetings. The teams voted for a one-year suspension of the long-standing blackout policy for the preseason and …

Bank teller: Aaron Hernandez sent $15K to man accused of selling guns

Monday, March 23, 2015

FALL RIVER — Testimony in the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez focused on guns Monday, with a bank teller saying Hernandez asked her to send $15,000 out of his $1.8 million paycheck …

Commentary: NASCAR fans are buzzing over debris cautions

Monday, March 23, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There’s no way to dance around the fact cautions for debris at Auto Club Speedway twice changed the outcome of the race. A race that at first should have been won by Matt Kenseth was …

Rough road to Masters for Rory McIlroy

Monday, March 23, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. — Rory McIlroy’s road to the Masters was memorable for reasons not many would have imagined. He missed the cut at the Honda Classic. He was missing a club at the Cadillac Championship when he flung …