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Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley, right, shoots over Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Avery Bradley scores 30, Celtics defeat Hornets 116-104

Monday, March 30, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Avery Bradley says despite a season of ups and downs, he never stopped believing the Boston Celtics were a playoff team. If the Celtics continue to play the way they have in recent weeks, Bradley might be right. Bradley had 30 points and eight rebounds, and the Celtics beat the Charlotte Hornets 116-104 on Monday night for an important Eastern Conference victory. Boston (33-41) moved back into eighth place in the East, a few percentage points ahead of Brooklyn in the battle for the final playoff spot. Evan Turner added 15 points, while Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart each had 14 as …

Red Sox’s Mike Napoli spurs 7-run inning with broken-bat homer

Monday, March 30, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Mike Napoli started a seven-run fourth inning with a broken-bat homer and Justin Masterson allowed one run in 52/3 innings as the Boston Red Sox rolled to a 14-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Napoli had his bat sawed off on an inside pitch from Brian Duensing. The Red Sox went on to score six more …

Fiancee says she discarded box at Aaron Hernandez’s request

Monday, March 30, 2015

FALL RIVER — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez testified in his murder trial Monday that she removed a box from their basement at his request the day after the slaying but never looked inside before she dumped it in a random trash bin. But Shayanna Jenkins also said …

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 …