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Boston Red Sox' Yoan Moncada walks off the field after practices at spring training, Friday, March 13, 2015, in Fort Myers Fla. The Red Sox have finalized a minor league contract with the 19-year-old Cuban infielder that includes a $31.5 million signing bonus, easily a record for an international amateur free agent under 23 years old. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

‘They’re Free To Go’

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Havana — Raul Castro is not a large man. He was never said to possess a decent curveball, unlike his older brother, nor any passion for baseball, let alone baseball politics. Whether that has been good for the Cuban game depends on your view of socialist athletics. But for Major League Baseball, and the wave of Cuban talent pouring into it, the Raul Castro era has been a good one. Very, very good. It was good, most recently, for Héctor Olivera, the 29-year-old defector signed by the Dodgers last week for $62.5 million. More intriguingly, it was good and perhaps better for Yoan Moncada, 19, …

Martinsville A Longtime Favorite

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Martinsville, Va. — If Jeff Gordon ever decides to race again after his 2015 retirement tour is finished, it would likely be at Martinsville Speedway, a track where the four-time champion has had great success. Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson lead active drivers with eight victories on the 0.526-mile paper clip-shaped track, which has been hosting races in southwest Virginia since …

Shiffrin Signs Off on U.S. Slalom Title

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Carrabassett Valley, Maine — Over the years, Mikaela Shiffrin has been patiently refining her technique, trying to get it just perfect. Her signature for autographs, that is. Her skiing is pretty letter perfect, too. Shiffrin, added another title to her impressive collection, winning the slalom by a huge margin Saturday at the U.S. Alpine Championships. The 20-year-old from Eagle-Vail, Colo., and a former …

Battered Heat Batters Celts, 93-86

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Boston — Goran Dragic had 22 points and seven assists, and the banged-up Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics 93-86 on Wednesday night. Luol Deng scored 15 points for Miami, and Udonis Haslem had 12 points and 12 …

Concussion Lawsuit Proceeding

Thursday, March 26, 2015

St. Paul, Minn. — The NHL’s motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit brought by former players over concussion-related injuries was largely rejected Wednesday by a federal judge, allowing the claims to move forward. The plaintiffs have been seeking …

Purse Soars In Mega-Fight

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Las Vegas — The first ticket has yet to be sold, but the richest fight in boxing history is getting richer by the day. New estimates show Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s payoff for fighting Manny Pacquiao could easily be …

Retired Tennis Champion Found Guilty of Rape

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Johannesburg — A judge in South Africa on Monday convicted Bob Hewitt, a former Grand Slam tennis champion, of raping and sexually assaulting three girls whom he had been coaching. The assaults occurred decades ago, according to the …

Peterson Agent: Vikings Return Not in ‘Best Interest’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings have reached a standstill. Peterson previously expressed uneasiness about continuing to play for the Vikings, coming off a season lost because of the child abuse case the standout running back was involved in. But his camp has since advanced that stance to …

Forsberg Goal Lifts Predators

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Nashville, Tenn. — Filip Forsberg scored a power-play goal at 1:54 of overtime, and the Nashville Predators rallied to beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 Tuesday night in a game between two of the NHL’s top teams. Pekka Rinne …

Thunder Slam Lakers, Extend Streak

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Oklahoma City — NBA scoring leader Russell Westbrook poured in 27 points and added 11 assists and Enes Kanter contributed 25 points and 16 rebounds as the Thunder beat the Lakers 127-117 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory. Kanter had a double-double in the first quarter …

Rose in Hall? OK, but Never, Ever Back in the Game

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Of course, Pete Rose is back, knocking brazenly on baseball’s front door, asking new commissioner Rob Manfred to reconsider the sport’s 26-year-old position that he be banned permanently. Now that everyone has kind of forgotten everything he did …

Bradley Seeing Red Over College Coach’s Firing

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Orlando, Fla. — Former Woodstock High golf standout Keegan Bradley has gone from being a proud supporter of the St. John’s University golf team to removing the New York school’s logo from his bag. Bradley, who won the …

Louisville Slugger Brand Sold to Rival

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Over a century of family ownership of Louisville Slugger bats is going … going … nearly gone. The company that makes the iconic bats gripped by generations of ballplayers — from Babe Ruth to David Wright — announced …