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Home plate umpire Jordan Baker, right, points as he ejects Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez for hitting Boston Red Sox's Pablo Sandoval, left, with a pitch during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, April 17, 2015.  Jimenez had a no-hitter at the time. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Xander Bogaerts’ single in 9th lifts Red Sox over Orioles 3-2

Friday, April 17, 2015

BOSTON — Xander Bogaerts blooped a winning single with one out in the ninth inning and the Boston Red Sox won a game that included a couple of much harder hits, edging the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 Friday night. Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez held the Red Sox hitless for 3 2-3 innings before being ejected when he plunked Pablo Sandoval with …

Matt Kenseth wins pole at Bristol Motor Speedway

Friday, April 17, 2015

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Matt Kenseth will try for his first win since 2013 when he starts from the pole at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kenseth led a strong showing from Joe Gibbs Racing on Friday when he turned a lap at 128.632 mph to grab the top starting spot. But he wasn’t sure …

2 weeks before Mayweather-Pacquiao, not a ticket to be seen

Friday, April 17, 2015

LAS VEGAS — Don’t expect to snag a $1,500 nosebleed ticket — or any other ticket — at the box office for the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Just two weeks before the bout, tickets for the most anticipated fight in recent times have yet to go on public sale, with the two camps and the MGM Grand locked in …

Mickelson completes Grand Slam of silver medals

Monday, April 13, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Phil Mickelson knew he needed a truly special round to catch Jordan Spieth. Instead, Lefty settled for a familiar spot. Runner-up. Mickelson closed with a 3-under 69 that left him tied with Justin Rose, four …

Disastrous season for Bruins ends with loss to Lightning

Sunday, April 12, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Boston coach Claude Julien postponed any talk about what’s next for the Bruins. The end of a disappointing season was just too soon. The Bruins lost 3-2 to the playoff-bound Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday …

Maple Leafs clean house, firing GM, interim coach, staff

Sunday, April 12, 2015

TORONTO — Changes were expected from the Toronto Maple Leafs after their worst season in almost 20 years. Team President Brendan Shanahan didn’t waste any time making them. The Leafs fired general manager Dave Nonis and interim coach …

Things to know about deliberations in the Aaron Hernandez trial

Sunday, April 12, 2015

FALL RIVER — Jurors in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez spent nearly 20 hours last week considering whether to convict him of murder. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the June 2013 …

Rory trounces Tiger in what became Masters B-flight matchup

Sunday, April 12, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. — On almost any other Sunday, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy playing together in the final round of the Masters would have been the marquee pairing. On this one, though, they might as well have been …

New faces, big absences and plenty of Canada in NHL playoffs

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The NHL’s postseason dominoes tumbled throughout the regular season’s wild final week. When the last ones fell Saturday night, they revealed that the league is set up for an extremely interesting spring. This Stanley Cup tournament features seven …

Jordan Spieth, 21, captures Masters victory for the ages

Sunday, April 12, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Jordan Spieth tapped in his final putt to cap off a record performance and bent over in relief. He just as easily could have been taking a bow. This was a Masters for the ages. …

Celts close in on playoffs with rout of Cavaliers

Sunday, April 12, 2015

BOSTON — Celtics coach Brad Stevens didn’t get carried away by Boston’s rout of a Cleveland team that bore little resemblance to the real Cavaliers. LeBron James and J.R. Smith watched from the bench. Kevin Love and Kyrie …

Jimmie Johnson gets 5th Sprint Cup win at Texas

Sunday, April 12, 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas — Jimmie Johnson was still chasing Jamie McMurray and Kevin Harvick, trying to get back in front as the laps wound down at Texas Motor Speedway. Then Johnson got the break that led to his …

Hours after marathon, Joe Kelly and Brock Holt lead Red Sox over Yankees

Saturday, April 11, 2015

NEW YORK — Brock Holt kept waiting and waiting, hoping for a chance to play. The longest game — by time — in Boston Red Sox history came and went, and he sat on the bench the whole …