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FILE -  In this Feb. 1, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/David Goldman, file)

Patriots motivated for 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The last time the NFL punished the New England Patriots for cheating, they ran through the regular season with a perfect 16-0 record. Expect that same fury in 2015. With more time this offseason spent debating the ideal gas law than the team’s fourth Super Bowl title since 2001, the Patriots have prepared the same way they usually do: allowing some of their biggest stars to leave, avoiding the big-name free agents, and quietly reloading the roster that has won the AFC East 11 times in the past 12 years. So while their fans turn to conspiracy theories about why New England is …

Red Sox retire Pedro Martinez’s No. 45

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BOSTON — The script called for Jason Varitek to remain in the dugout until it was time for the ceremonial first pitch. Pedro Martinez was never one to follow the script. Calling his former catcher out to join him in the center of the diamond, Martinez took the mound and the microphone one …

White Sox beat Red Sox 9-4

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BOSTON — Jose Abreu and Geovany Soto homered and drove in three runs apiece and Jeff Samardzija pitched eight strong innings for the Chicago White Sox in a 9-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. The White Sox quickly spoiled Boston’s pregame party for Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez …

Beijing faces Almaty in IOC vote for 2022 Winter Olympics

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The world’s most populous nation against a new kid on the block. A global capital that hosted an Olympics just a few years ago against a city which many people may not be able to find on a …

Panama beats US 3-2 on penalty kicks for Gold Cup 3rd place

Sunday, July 26, 2015

CHESTER, Pa. — Music and shouts of celebration blasted from the Panama locker room next door as U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann tried to put another positive spin on another loss. Backup goalkeeper Luis Mejia saved two penalty kicks …

Bogaerts delivers Red Sox past Tigers to snap 8-game skid

Friday, July 24, 2015

BOSTON — Xander Bogaerts’ single up the middle off Blaine Hardy in the 11th inning drove home the winning run, and the Boston Red Sox snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers …

Football Hall of Fame limits Seau’s daughter’s comments to video

Friday, July 24, 2015

CANTON, Ohio — Junior Seau’s daughter will be commenting only on a video when her late father enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 8. Citing previous policies on posthumous inductions, the Hall is limiting Sydney …

Fireworks on Tour as Nibali and Froome fight

Friday, July 24, 2015

LA TOUSSUIRE, France — Chris Froome always expected his rivals to throw everything at him and his Tour de France race lead. He just didn’t expect that would happen when he was stopped by the side of the …

Chad Campbell shoots 63 to take Canadian Open lead

Friday, July 24, 2015

OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Chad Campbell was perfectly content to take a two-stroke lead into the weekend at the Canadian Open after falling a stroke short of the course record. “Never really felt like it was going to …

Tamika Catchings ready for WNBA All-Star Game finale

Friday, July 24, 2015

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Tamika Catchings didn’t want to get sentimental thinking about her final All-Star Game. Catchings, who announced last fall that 2016 would be her final season, will be playing in a record 10th game Saturday. The …

NASCAR drivers adjusting to new rules package at Brickyard

Friday, July 24, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — A new rules package for Indianapolis Motor Speedway provided visibility issues for drivers. More troubling for NASCAR, though, is that after nearly five hours of practice Friday, there was little indication the changes will produce better …

Martinez, Johnson, Smoltz and Biggio ready to enter Baseball Hall

Friday, July 24, 2015

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Three dominated on the mound, the other excelled at three positions up the middle. Together, pitchers Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and multi-talented Craig Biggio left a remarkable imprint on baseball. Playing through an …

After Pedro, which other Boston athletes should have their numbers retired?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Until Tom Brady retires, most New England fans won’t be ready to treat the golden age of Boston sports as history instead of something that could be still ongoing. But on Tuesday, Pedro Martinez, one of the most …