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FILE - In this March 24, 2014, file photo, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz speaks during a news conference in Sarasota, Fla. Ortiz says he "never knowingly took any steroids" and he's definitely a Hall of Famer.  The remarks by the 39-year-old designated hitter come in a column Thursday, March 26, 2015, for The Players' Tribune, a website founded by Derek Jeter that gives professional athletes a platform. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

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 professional athletes a platform. Ortiz also voiced …

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 …

Medical experts look beyond law to make youth sports safer

Friday, March 27, 2015

NEW YORK — To toughen safety standards in youth sports, medical experts are turning away from lawmakers and toward high school sports associations to implement policies and procedures to prevent deaths and serious injuries. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine completed two days of meetings and programs with representatives from all 50 state high school athletic …

Drummond, Caldwell-Pope lead Pistons past Celtics in OT

Sunday, March 22, 2015

BOSTON — The Detroit Pistons’ playoff hopes likely faded away a couple of weeks ago. They can still have a say on who might get there. Andre Drummond had 18 points and 22 rebounds, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored seven …

Lightning score quickly after Stamkos fight, beat Bruins 5-3

Sunday, March 22, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos had a rare fight on the ice — and it hurt Boston’s playoff hopes. J.T. Brown and Anton Stralman scored 15 seconds apart soon after Stamkos got into a fight, …

Minnesota stifles Harvard 4-1, for 3rd title in 4 years

Sunday, March 22, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Megan Wolfe scored early and Amanda Leveille made 19 saves, leading Minnesota to a 4-1 victory over Harvard on Sunday for the third women’s hockey championship in four seasons for the Gophers. Hannah Brandt, Megan Lorence …

Michael Sam among 105 ‘vets’ eyeing that elusive NFL job

Sunday, March 22, 2015

TEMPE, Ariz. — The strain and sweat on their faces showed just how much one more chance in the NFL means to Michael Sam and 104 others. Except for pro days for college players entering the draft, March …

Matt Every wins Bay Hill for 2nd straight year

Sunday, March 22, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. — Matt Every won the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the second straight year, making an 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole at Bay Hill to beat Henrik Stenson and earn another trip back to the …

Boston’s Ramirez belts 1st homer in win over Phillies

Sunday, March 22, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Boston left fielder Hanley Ramirez blasted a three-run homer as part of a five-RBI afternoon in a 7-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. Ramirez collected more RBI on Sunday than in his …

Leonard scores 22, Spurs top Celtics 101-89 after late scare

Saturday, March 21, 2015

SAN ANTONIO — Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed Friday night, holding off the Boston Celtics 101-89 after getting a late scare. Tony Parker had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Tiago …

Morgan Hoffmann takes 3-shot lead with 9 birdies at Bay Hill

Friday, March 20, 2015

ORLANDO — Equipped with his first PGA Tour lead in 67 starts, Morgan Hoffmann played Friday like he wanted to keep it in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Hoffman made birdies on half of his holes for a 7-under …

Castillo homers as Red Sox lose to Orioles 11-5

Friday, March 20, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. — It looks as if Rusney Castillo is feeling much better. Castillo hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat of spring training, but the Boston Red Sox lost 11-5 to the Baltimore Orioles on …

MLB tweaks schedule on final day, hopes for playoff scramble

Friday, March 20, 2015

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Fans at Camden Yards, Dodger Stadium and Safeco Field might need to bring a few extra screens to the ballpark on the final day of the season. Major League Baseball is tweaking this year’s schedule, …