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Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their semifinal match at the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Saturday April 19, 2014. Federer won 7-6, 6-2. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

In Brief: Donald Takes Control in S. Carolina

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hilton Head Island, s.c. — Luke Donald shot a 66 to take a two-stroke lead over John Huh after three rounds of the RBC Heritage on Saturday. Donald has done just about everything on Harbour Town Golf Links the past five years — except win. He lost in a playoff to Brandt Snedeker here in 2011, part of a run …

Commentary: Money Can’t Buy You Love, Or Titles

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Money can buy a lot of things, but apparently a guaranteed championship in professional sports is not one of them. The results of a survey conducted by sportsintelligence.com and ESPN The Magazine, released on Wednesday, showed that the soccer club Manchester City FC, of the English Premier League, is currently the highest-paying franchise in the world. While Man City’s overall payroll of $202 …

Call-Up the Star as Sox Upend Orioles

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Boston — Two days into his second call-up of the season, Brock Holt was the center of attention in Boston’s clubhouse. Holt hit a tiebreaking triple in the seventh inning and scored on Jonathan Herrera’s suicide squeeze, lifting the Red Sox over the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 on Saturday. After the game, Holt did …

Red Wings Win a Squeaker

Friday, April 18, 2014

Boston — Pavel Datsyuk scored at 16:59 of the third period, moments after Jimmy Howard’s best save of the game, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the top-seeded Boston Bruins 1-0 in the opener of their Eastern Conference …

Habs Take 2-0 Lead

Friday, April 18, 2014

Tampa, Fla. — Rene Bourque had two goals and David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher also scored Friday night, helping the Montreal Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Carey Price stopped 26 shots for Montreal, redeeming himself following a …

Orioles Light Up Lackey in Easy Victory

Friday, April 18, 2014

Boston — Jonathan Schoop went 4 for 5 with two doubles and two RBIs, and the Baltimore Orioles pounded Red Sox starter John Lackey in an 8-4 victory over Boston on Friday night. Every Orioles starter had at …

Duke Freshman Declares for NBA Draft

Friday, April 18, 2014

Jabari Parker is hoping to become Duke’s latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. The 6-foot-8 All-American forward said Thursday he’ll enter the NBA draft after being the highest-scoring freshman in Duke …

Tigers Outlast Indians

Friday, April 18, 2014

Detroit — Ian Kinsler homered and drove in four runs, and the Detroit Tigers held on for a 7-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday. Justin Verlander (2-1) allowed three unearned runs in five innings, and the …

Rangers Rule Flyers Again

Friday, April 18, 2014

New York — Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart in the third period, and the New York Rangers beat Philadelphia 4-1 in the playoff opener on Thursday night to stretch their home-winning streak over the rival Flyers to nine games. The teams were …

Unfinished Business

Thursday, April 17, 2014

To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Survive all that, and maybe they can …

Wings Give B’s a Test

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Boston — The Boston Bruins won the Presidents Trophy by leading the NHL with 117 points. Another number shows just how much, or little, that means. “I heard about 40 percent of the series are upsets in the first round,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “You have teams …

Celtics Boss Faces More Rebuilding

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Boston — The third-worst season in Boston Celtics history is over, leaving Danny Ainge with plenty of problems as he continues to rebuild the team. Rookie coach Brad Stevens isn’t one of them. “I have no worries about Brad,” Ainge, the Celtics president of basketball operations, said. “Brad …

Puig Stays Focused on Baseball

Thursday, April 17, 2014

San Francisco — Yasiel Puig believes he has the support from his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and the club to help him keep his focus on baseball despite challenges off the field. Puig returned to the starting lineup …