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Texas Rangers' Mitch Moreland follows through on a single during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Red Sox bats quiet again in 3-1 loss to Rangers

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox are still waiting for the offensive firepower they expected after some big offseason signings. For the second straight night, Boston’s slumping lineup was quieted and the Red Sox fell to the Texas Rangers 3-1 on Thursday. “No denying the offensive funk we are in,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “We will take a look …

Rafael Nadal’s slump could open way for Novak Djokovic at French Open

Thursday, May 21, 2015

For years and years — a full decade, in fact — Rafael Nadal ruled the French Open the way no one had ever dominated any Grand Slam tennis tournament, winning 66 of 67 matches and collecting nine championships, including the last five in a row. This year, his far-poorer-than-usual results on red clay …

Tony George’s push for softer walls at Indy Motor Speedway likely saved James Hinchcliffe

Thursday, May 21, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — When James Hinchcliffe slammed into a wall at more than 220 mph, he hit an energy-absorbing barrier that likely saved his life. One of auto racing’s most important safety developments, its origins began at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Tony George. George watched replays of Hinchcliffe’s accident and came to only one …

‘Deflategate’ appeal could test powers of NFL commissioner

Saturday, May 16, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — This is no longer about deflated footballs. Tom Brady signaled in his appeal of his “Deflategate” suspension that he will put NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s credibility on trial, further inflating the stakes in what started as …

American Pharoah romps in Preakness; Triple Crown try next

Saturday, May 16, 2015

BALTIMORE — Minutes before the Preakness, it was an ominous scene at Pimlico Race Course. Thunder and lightning. Wind and rain. A record crowd scrambling for cover. A drenched racetrack. Nothing — absolutely nothing — was going to …

Manager John Farrell takes blame for Red Sox loss to Seattle

Saturday, May 16, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) — John Farrell opted to pitch to Nelson Cruz with the game on the line, and the Boston Red Sox paid for it. Cruz hit a two-out RBI single into the left-center gap to score Brad …

Kyle Busch shows usual speed in recovery and on the race track

Friday, May 15, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. — Walking gingerly, his mood upbeat, Kyle Busch climbed back into his race car for the first time in almost three months. He quickly settled into the No. 18 Toyota, got used to his new seat, …

Tom Brady, NFLPA threaten Commissioner Roger Goodell with lawsuit in ‘Deflategate’

Friday, May 15, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady’s lawyers demanded that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself from the Super Bowl MVP’s “Deflategate” appeal and threatened to go to court unless the four-game suspension is overturned. Laying out the grounds for dismissing …

Spectacular crashes at Indianapolis raise safety concerns

Friday, May 15, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — IndyCar manufacturers Chevrolet and Honda are taking a deep look into their oval aero kit packages following two spectacular crashes this week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They haven’t found a common denominator yet, though safety concerns …

American Pharoah favored to win Preakness, set up Triple try

Friday, May 15, 2015

BALTIMORE — American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby, yet didn’t look unbeatable, as he had in his previous races. His trainer says he struggled. His jockey went to the whip about 30 times to urge him on in …

Perjury charge dropped against Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee

Friday, May 15, 2015

FALL RIVER — A perjury charge was dropped Friday against the fiancee of former New England Patriots star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez. Shayanna Jenkins had pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors had said she lied dozens of times to …

Hope Solo sharp as World Cup looms

Friday, May 15, 2015

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Hope Solo is succinct about her preparedness for the upcoming Women’s World Cup. “I feel great,” she said simply. “I don’t need to expand, because I feel great. I feel really good.” Solo spoke …

Brittney Griner, Glory Johnson suspended record 7 games each by WNBA

Friday, May 15, 2015

NEW YORK — WNBA stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson were suspended seven games each Friday for their domestic violence arrest last month — the league’s longest ban in its 19-year history. WNBA President Laurel Richie said the …