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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during an event at Gillette Stadium Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass., to promote the NHL Winter Classic hockey game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins, scheduled to be played there on New Year's day 2016. At rear are Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney, left, and Bruins President Cam Neely, right.  (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Winter Classic Brings Bruins, Habs to Home of Pats

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — The Winter Classic is coming to the home of the New England Patriots. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman joined officials from the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday to say the Original Six rivals would meet at Gillette Stadium on New Year’s Day. The Bruins will be the first team to host the event twice. They also hosted it in 2010, at Fenway Park. Patriots owner Robert Kraft also spoke at the ceremony, just hours after his impassioned “Deflategate” defense. Bettman noted that the three organizations are among the most successful in their sports, with 34 championships. The Canadiens have won 24 …

‘Miracle on Ice’ Goalie to Auction Memorabilia

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

New York — The American flag that goalie Jim Craig wrapped around his shoulders after the U.S. Miracle on Ice victory at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics is on the auction block. The flag is one of 19 items in “The Jim Craig ‘Miracle on Ice’ Collection,” which also includes Craig’s Olympic gold medal, the jersey he wore against the vaunted Soviet …

Brady to Battle NFL; Kraft Wishes He Had

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — Tom Brady took the fight over his “Deflategate” suspension to social media and federal court on Wednesday, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed the three-time Super Bowl MVP, saying “I was wrong to put my faith in the league.” One day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rejected Brady’s …

Papi, Sox Get Message

Monday, July 27, 2015

Boston — David Ortiz homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs to lead the Boston Red Sox to an 11-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday night. Ortiz, who had two three-run homers and an …

Kansas City Adds Cueto

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Associated Press Kansas City, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals acquired Johnny Cueto in a trade with Cincinnati on Sunday, sending three prospects to the Reds for a legitimate ace for the front of their beleaguered rotation. …

Froome Rides Into Paris, Caps a Trying Tour

Monday, July 27, 2015

Paris — All for one, one for all, and all bathed in yellow. Arms over each other’s shoulders, linked together in a long line of happiness, Tour de France winner Chris Froome and his teammates pedaled slowly over …

‘A Sign of Hope’: Martinez Saves Best, Last Delivery for Hall Speech

Monday, July 27, 2015

Cooperstown, n.y. — Three hours into a long Sunday afternoon walk into baseball immortality, Pedro Martinez decided he was going to break protocol. He called Juan Marichal forward from among the 49 seated Hall of Famers. Sunday was …

Mexico Wins Gold Cup

Monday, July 27, 2015

Philadelphia — Andres Guardado scored his fourth goal of the knockout rounds, not needing a penalty kick this time, and Mexico won its seventh CONCACAF Gold Cup title Sunday with a 3-1 victory over upstart Jamaica. Jesus Corona and Oribe Peralta added goals as El Tri scored twice …

Pedro’s Day Is Here: Martinez Part of Star-Studded Hall Class

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Pedro Martinez received word of his future on Nov. 18, 1997. As he expected, the Montreal Expos were trading him. What he didn’t expect was that his destination was Boston. Performing for the last-place Expos in the anonymity …

Edwards Beats Hometown Favorite for Indy Pole

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Indianapolis — Carl Edwards will be on the pole for the Brickyard 400, where passing could be at a premium today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Edwards turned a lap at 183.484 mph Saturday to move to the top …

‘1,000 Deaths’ Later, Froome All But Victorious

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Alpe D’huez, France — Feeling like he was “dying a thousand deaths,” Chris Froome started to think that a second Tour de France victory might be melting away like the patches of snow on surrounding Alpine peaks. Up …

Panama Edges U.S. in Gold Cup Consolation

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Chester, Pa. — Backup goalkeeper Luis Mejia saved two penalty kicks in the shootout, and an inspired Panama team ended a trying week with a medal, beating the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup third-place game Saturday. Panama won the shootout 3-2 after extra time ended with …

Red Sox Hear the Jeers

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Boston — Not even David Ortiz was immune to Boston’s growing dissatisfaction with the bumbling Red Sox. Ortiz was one of several players to be the target of boos in the Detroit Tigers’ 5-1 victory Saturday that sent …