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Pro Sports

I’ll Be There: Gronk

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Star tight end Rob Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday and announced he will be playing in the New England Patriots’ opener at Miami this Sunday. Meanwhile, the news hardly caught the Dolphins by surprise. “I’m super excited,” said Gronkowski, who didn’t play in any of the four preseason games as he completed his recovery from December right knee surgery. “I won’t have …

Stewart’s Chase Status Matters Not at All

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Charlotte, n.c. — Tony Stewart has one final shot to make the Chase, and it’s not a very good one: He must win Saturday night at Richmond, where he last visited Victory Lane in 2002. He sat out three races after his sprint car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. at a New …

Phils’ No-No a Labor of Labor

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Atlanta — On Labor Day, Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia bullpen spread the workload on a no-hitter. Hamels and three Phillies relievers combined on the season’s fourth no-hitter, blanking the Atlanta Braves 7-0 Monday and giving a last-place team a rare reason to celebrate. It was all the more unusual in that Hamels …

Basepath Error Deflates Sox

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

St. Petersburg, Fla. — It was not what Jemile Weeks had in mind for his Boston Red Sox debut — getting picked off as a pinch runner in the top of the 10th inning. Matt Joyce had an RBI single in the bottom of the inning to give …

Oh No, Canada: Promising Bouchard Wilts in the Gotham Heat

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

New York — Bothered by the heat and stifling humidity, Eugenie Bouchard felt dizzy and her vision was blurry. She got her blood pressure checked. Plastic bags filled with ice were rubbed on her shoulders, arms and legs …

Kirk Wins to Enter Ryder Debate

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Norton, Mass. — Chris Kirk made three big putts and captured the biggest win of his career Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Whether that was enough for U.S. captain Tom Watson to add him to the Ryder …

Chiefs QB Needled Over New Deal

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Very little is sacred in an NFL locker room. Not personal appearance, not on-field performance and certainly not contract status, as Alex Smith can attest. The Chiefs’ quarterback was already a rich man before his four-year, $68 million …

Spain, Greece Advance At Worlds

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Spain and Greece are headed to the round of 16, and Senegal is in position to join them after shaking up Group B with an upset Monday at the Basketball World Cup. The Spanish earned a trip to …

Astros Dismiss Manager

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Associated Press Houston — The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team’s 59-79 record than the need for “new direction” and a “united message throughout the entire organization.” Porter was in his second season with the …

Slugger Dunn Does It

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Oakland, Calif. — Adam Dunn provided instant pop for the struggling Athletics, hitting a towering, two-run homer in his first at-bat for Oakland to highlight a 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday in a matchup of …

EPL Transfers End With Man U Coup, $1.4B Spent

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

London — A week after signing Angel Di Maria, Manchester United persuaded striker Radamel Falcao to join the faltering club in European football’s most eye-catching switch as the summer transfer window closed. Falcao’s season-long loan from Monaco is …

Buchholz Blanks Tampa

Monday, September 1, 2014

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Clay Buchholz cruised past the Tampa Bay Rays. Buchholz threw a three-hitter to stop his string of seven starts without a win, leading the Boston Red Sox over the Rays 3-0 on Sunday. Buchholz (6-8) walked none and struck out six. Only one runner …

Mallett Dealt to Texans

Monday, September 1, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Jimmy Garoppolo will be carrying a clipboard for Tom Brady on the New England Patriots’ sideline this season. The Patriots traded former Brady backup Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texans on Sunday, elevating Garoppolo to the No. 2 job behind the two-time NFL MVP. Garoppolo …