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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski runs with the ball after catching a pass during an NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo)

Gronkowski Excited, Cautious About Return

Monday, July 28, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Rob Gronkowski ran short routes, caught passes and jogged back to the line of scrimmage. He didn’t cut sharply, run hard at defensive backs or participate in 11-on-11 drills. The oft-injured tight end for the New England Patriots is practicing at training camp but not ready for full activity as he continues his recovery from knee surgery. …

Montoya Back at Indy, Intent on Getting Win

Monday, July 28, 2014

Indianapolis — Juan Pablo Montoya is back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — one night only, an encore of sorts, in a guest-starring role for Team Penske. The Colombian is entered in the Brickyard 400 for the explicit purpose of winning at Indy in NASCAR and giving team owner Roger Penske one of the …

FIFA Rejects 2018 Cup Move

Monday, July 28, 2014

Geneva — FIFA rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament “can achieve positive change.” Some lawmakers in Germany want the hosting rights reviewed because of Russia’s alleged involvement in shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last week. Political pressure on Russia increased Friday when the European Union sought to freeze assets and restrict travel for …

Ichiro HR Boosts Yanks

Monday, July 28, 2014

New York — Ichiro Suzuki homered for the first time since last August, prolonging extended slumps against the New York Yankees for Mark Buehrle and the Toronto Blue Jays. Suzuki hit a go-ahead, three-run shot in the third …

Nationals Keep Reds Reeling

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cincinnati — Denard Span matched Cincinnati’s hit total with his four singles, and Tanner Roark allowed only three singles over seven innings Friday night, leading the Washington Nationals to a 4-1 victory that extended their surge and the …

Tampa Tempers Red Sox

Monday, July 28, 2014

St. Petersburg, Fla. — David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays are on quite a roll. Price won his sixth start in a row, Evan Longoria hit a three-run double, and the Rays earned their eighth straight victory by beating the Boston Red Sox 6-4 on Friday night. …

Trade Surprises Morales

Monday, July 28, 2014

Seattle — Kendrys Morales has rejoined the Seattle Mariners and says he’s surprised to be back with his former team. Morales was set to bat cleanup as the designated hitter Friday night at home against Baltimore. The Mariners got Morales from Minnesota on Thursday in a trade for …

Nibali Takes Tour

Monday, July 28, 2014

Paris (ap) — Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour de France on Sunday, becoming the first Italian in 16 years to triumph in cycling’s greatest race by chiseling a lead over his main rivals a few seconds at a time and dominating them in the mountains. The 29-year-old Sicilian, …

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Associated Press Los Angeles — The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they’re apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days. Scott said this weekend that he has been hired by the Lakers, but the club insisted Sunday …

Hendricks Takes Tough Loss

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Associated Press Chicago — All-star Adam Wainwright pitched seven scoreless innings to outduel Dartmouth grad Kyle Hendricks and Matt Holliday hit a solo homer to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory and a series win over the Chicago Cubs. Hendricks, coming off his first …

Ortiz Homers, Sox Win

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Associated Press St. Petersburg, Fla. — David Ortiz’s three-run home run helped the Boston Red Sox end a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. Ortiz’s 25th home run came off Chris Archer in the third inning after a walk …

It’s Gordon’s Day

Monday, July 28, 2014

Indianapolis — With a fifth Brickyard 400 victory on the line Sunday, Jeff Gordon looked like the driver he was 20 years ago. Gordon nailed the final restart of the race — no given because restarts have been …

Group Work

Monday, July 28, 2014

By Howard Ulman AP Sports Writer Foxborough, Mass. — The downpour began as practice was about to end for the Patriots on Sunday. It was nothing like the conditions in Arizona where four New England defensive backs had …