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In this Nov. 22, 2014 photo, Harvard and Yale football teams compete in Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass. Boston is bidding on the 2024 Summer Olympics, and Harvard Stadium could be used as a venue for field hockey. The crux of the proposal is a walkable, sustainable, technology-based event that would harness the resources of the area’s 100 colleges and universities to keep the Games affordable and compact. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Boston wants to take Olympics back to school

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BOSTON — Field hockey at Harvard Stadium. Fencing and archery at MIT. Horses for the equestrian events cared for at the Tufts Hospital for Large Animals. Welcome to the University Games. Boston is bidding on the 2024 Summer Olympics, and the crux of its proposal is a walkable, sustainable, technology-based event that would harness the resources of the Boston area’s …

Panda heads put away with Pablo Sandoval’s departure

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Those oversized panda heads are being put away — at least the ones seen in the first row at AT&T Park. Pablo Sandoval’s bamboo-eating buddies aren’t following him to Beantown. Sam Li, a San Francisco Giants fan often inside one of the four humongous panda heads, said Wednesday he and …

Red Sox delete tweet; 2nd gaffe by Boston pro team

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BOSTON — Boston’s teams are having a bad month on social media. The latest gaffe: an innocuous, but ill-timed, tweet that the Red Sox rushed to delete. The tweet — “So how was everyone’s Monday?” — went out a minute after a Missouri prosecutor announced a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown, an …

AP source: Left-hander Jon Lester, Giants to meet

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants are turning their attention to Jon Lester following Pablo Sandoval’s departure. The free agent pitcher has plans to meet with the World Series champions next week, a person with knowledge of the meeting said Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because …

Red Sox spend on Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez to shake cellar

Monday, November 24, 2014

BOSTON — The Red Sox are hoping to spend their way out of the AL East cellar with two big free agent signings. The first team in major league history to go from worst to first and back …

Pablo Sandoval reaches multiyear deal with Red Sox

Monday, November 24, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Kung Fu Panda is moving to Boston. Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a multiyear contract, and the switch-hitting slugger informed the San Francisco Giants he’s leaving. …

AP Source: Pablo Sandoval reaches deal with Red Sox

Monday, November 24, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a multiyear contract, a person with knowledge of the deal said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of …

Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson highlight Hall of Fame ballot

Monday, November 24, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball’s 2015 Hall of Fame ballot. Craig Biggio, who fell two votes short of the 75 percent needed in the 2014 balloting, …

Manfred given 5-year term as baseball commissioner

Friday, November 21, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Praising the transition as quick and orderly, Bud Selig announced Thursday that baseball owners unanimously approved a five-year term for Rob Manfred, who will succeed the longtime commissioner early next year. Selig spoke at …

Detroit Tigers GM says signing Victor Martinez is top priority

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

PHOENIX — Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski says the Tigers’ top priority is re-signing Victor Martinez now that the slugger is a free agent after declining the team’s qualifying offer. “We like Victor. We hope he remains with us,” Dombrowski said Tuesday at baseball’s general managers meetings. “We’ll …

Red Sox sign closer Koji Uehara for 2 years

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox have signed Koji Uehara for two more years, committing $18 million to the reliever who closed out the 2013 World Series but struggled along with the team this season. One year to the day after Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter to seal …

Red Sox hire Chili Davis as hitting coach

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have hired Chili Davis as their hitting coach. Davis held that job with the Oakland Athletics the past three seasons and with Boston’s top minor-league team at Triple-A Pawtucket in 2011. In a 19-year playing career as an outfielder and designated …

Oldest former Red Sox player Lou Lucier dies at 96

Monday, October 20, 2014

BOSTON — Lou Lucier, who was the oldest surviving former Boston Red Sox player, has died at the age of 96. The team says Lucier had a stroke earlier this month and died on Saturday. A right-handed pitcher, Lucier played parts of three major league seasons during World …