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While Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, top, looks on, New York Mets' Johnny Monell reacts after being called out at second base during the fifth inning of the baseball game at Citi Field, Thursday, July 2, 2015 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Marlins Ace Wins, Homers in Return

Friday, July 3, 2015

Miami — Jose Fernandez’s comeback required a comeback. The precocious right-hander shook off a rocky start in his return from Tommy John surgery, pitching six innings and hitting a homer Thursday to help the Miami Marlins rally past the San Francisco Giants 5-4 and complete a three-game sweep. The first two batters to face Fernandez scored, and he screamed at …

Ex-UVM Standout Hangs Up Skates

Thursday, July 2, 2015

New York — New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis is retiring after 16 NHL seasons, seven All Star selections and one Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning. St. Louis, a star at the University of Vermont in the 1990s, made the announcement Thursday, roughly a month after helping the Rangers reach …

U.S. Soccer Veteran Under Control Amid Star Turn

Thursday, July 2, 2015

For years, intense meditation has been part of Carli Lloyd’s soccer game, as important as all of her emphasis on fitness. Getting alone in a room, finding the moment, the big moment in a game, conjuring up scenarios that include the ball on her foot. On Tuesday night when she was about to …

Blatter: My Conscience Is Clear

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Berlin — FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said in a magazine interview that he is not corrupt and that he has a “clear conscience” despite corruption investigations into world soccer’s governing body. “Whoever accuses me of being corrupt has to prove it to me first. But nobody can …

Japan Advances on Injury-Time Own Goal

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Edmonton, Alberta — Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time, giving Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women’s World Cup semifinal. The decisive goal Wednesday came when Japan’s Nahomi Kawasumi drove up …

Messi, Argentina Close to Elusive Copa America Win

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Concepcion, Chile — Lionel Messi is a step closer to finally breaking through with Argentina. The Barcelona star heads into the Copa America final with a chance to end his nation’s 22-year title drought, and prove that he can replicate his club-level success with the national team. Messi …

Free Agency Starts With Kessel-to-Pens Blockbuster

Thursday, July 2, 2015

On the first day of NHL free agency, a blockbuster trade stole the spotlight. The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired high-scoring winger Phil Kessel from Toronto on Wednesday in the biggest move of the day, while a handful of prominent defenseman found new homes in free agency. Mike Green signed …

Cleveland Cavaliers Extend Love Affair

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland, and Tyson Chandler will be conducting his in Phoenix. The first full day of NBA free agency featured skyrocketing salaries and a flurry of moves, though no decision yet from LaMarcus Aldridge. Players and teams agreed to more than $1 billion …

Tribe Misses No-Hitter

Thursday, July 2, 2015

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Carlos Carrasco came within one strike of throwing the Cleveland Indians’ first no-hitter since 1981 on Wednesday night, giving up an RBI single to Joey Butler over leaping second baseman Jason Kipnis’ glove in …

Angels GM Resigns

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Anaheim, Calif. (ap) — Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto resigned Wednesday, abruptly ending his 3½-year tenure with the club amid apparent tensions with manager Mike Scioscia. Former general manager Bill Stoneman will take over as the interim GM for the rest of the season, the Angels …

Just One Recourse Waits for Goodell

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Roger Goodell can restore a sense of loftiness to the NFL commissioner’s office with a simple expedited decision. He should lift the suspension on Tom Brady this week, and turn his disciplinary eye on the vague, sloppily enforced league rules that caused Deflategate in the first place. This …

Want to Join Wimbledon? Win the Tournament

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

London — If you’re thinking of trying to join the All England Club, your best bet is to win the Wimbledon title. Apart from achieving worldwide fame, all singles champions are made honorary members of the private club …

Not Like It’s 2014

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

London — A year ago at Wimbledon, Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep met in a semifinal showcasing two of tennis’ up-and-coming stars. Bouchard was only 20, Halep 22. Bouchard won that matchup to reach a Grand Slam final …