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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 reached second base during his second shutout this season and the sixth of his career. “He was in complete command for nine …

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 was a second-round pick in this year’s draft — the highest coach Bill Belichick has …

Sam’s Story A Success Despite Cut

Monday, September 1, 2014

Released at the final cutdown Saturday, rookie defensive end Michael Sam failed in his quest to make the St. Louis Rams’ 53-man roster. That was his only failure. In trying out for the Rams this summer, Sam triumphed over fear, paranoia, hatred and historically embedded assumptions that are so hard to shake. An …

Bradley Still in Contention at TPC Boston

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Norton, Mass. — With an orange ribbon on his hat and nine birdies on his card, Matt Kuchar pulled within a shot of the lead Saturday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Not that he needed a reminder, but a message posted on the scoring table spoke to the …

Last U.S. Man Goes Down

Sunday, August 31, 2014

New York — Once again, John Isner’s trip to Flushing Meadows ended in the third round. Once again, it happened with a loss to Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber at that stage. And once again, there are zero American men …

White Sox, Tigers Split Twin Bill

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Chicago —Kyle Ryan pitched six scoreless innings in his major league debut, and the Detroit Tigers salvaged a split of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox with a potentially costly 8-4 victory. Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera pulled up lame while running out a grounder in the fourth …

Sox Muster One Hit

Sunday, August 31, 2014

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Jake Odorizzi and two pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 7-0 on Saturday night. Coming off a start Monday night in which he gave up …

In Brief: Bradley 2 Shots Back at TPC Boston

Friday, August 29, 2014

Norton, Mass. — Ryan Palmer has felt all year that something special was going to happen. For now, he’ll take his lowest round of the season. Palmer took only 21 putts and made birdie on half of his …

New Pats TE Could See Plenty of Action

Friday, August 29, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — The newest New England Patriots player seems to be fitting right in. Tight end Tim Wright caught four passes for 43 yards in the Patriots’ exhibition finale on Thursday night, about 48 hours after he was traded to New England from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. …

49ers Linebacker Suspended 9 Games

Friday, August 29, 2014

Santa Clara, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL after a series of off-field legal issues. A statement Friday from the league said Smith had violated the NFL’s substance abuse and personal conduct policies. Smith won’t be eligible …

Harvick Takes Pole

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hampton, Ga. — Kevin Harvick took yet another pole, this time with a big assist from Tony Stewart in the team owner’s return to the track. Harvick, in his first season with Stewart-Haas Racing, turned a fast lap of 190.398 mph Friday night to win the pole for …

U.S. Prepares for Hostile Audience

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bilbao, Spain — They are the biggest thing in Bilbao, backed by 8,000 fans — not to mention some Angry Birds — whose free-spending boosters are such believers they’ve already started lining up transportation to the second round. And if looking good in the stands meant as much …

Errani’s ‘Cottage Cheese’ Serve Tops Venus

Friday, August 29, 2014

New York — A day before facing Venus Williams — and a partisan crowd — at the U.S. Open, Italy’s Sara Errani came across a video posted on Twitter that gave her a little extra motivation. It showed a pair of former players and coaches, Brad Gilbert and …