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Pro Sports

In Brief: Spieth Bounces Back in South Carolina

Friday, April 17, 2015

Hilton Head Island, s.c. — Troy Merritt shot a 10-under 61 on Friday to tie the course record at the RBC Heritage only a few hours after Masters champion Jordan Spieth finished off a bounce-back 62. Merritt matched David Frost’s tournament mark set in 1994 and topped the leaderboard at 12-under 130, a stroke off the 36-hole event record shared by Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson. Spieth started off the …

LeBron Begins Title Chase

Friday, April 17, 2015

Cleveland — For LeBron James, his homecoming season with the Cavaliers went up, down and sometimes sideways, like three seasons rolled into one. The fourth is about to begin. The only one that matters. James has his sights set on another NBA title, and if he can capture it over the next two …

Don’t Overlook Low Seeds

Friday, April 17, 2015

Having trouble envisioning an upset in the Eastern Conference playoffs? That’s understandable, since three teams in the eight-team field didn’t finish above .500. Milwaukee (41-41), Boston (40-42) and Brooklyn (38-44) wouldn’t have even qualified for the postseason in the West, where the eighth-seeded Nets would have tied for 11th place. The betting site …

Isles Crunch Caps

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Washington — Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, Ryan Strome and the New York Islanders showed that experience is not required for playoff success. Each of those three young forwards scored in the postseason for the first time, with Nelson …

Celts Top Bucks in Finale

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Milwaukee — Gigi Datome scored 22 points, including two key buckets in the final 3 minutes, and the Boston Celtics ended the regular season with their sixth straight win following a 105-100 victory Wednesday night over the Milwaukee …

Orioles Edge Yankees

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Baltimore — Miguel Gonzalez struck out a career-high 10 over seven innings, and the Baltimore Orioles beat CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees 4-3 Tuesday night at soggy Camden Yards. Adam Jones homered and drove in two …

Washington Wants to Emulate Boston’s Sports Success

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

As sports towns, Washington and Boston share few connections. Ted Williams became the greatest hitter of all time at Fenway Park; he managed a dreadful team at RFK Stadium. In Boston, grandparents and parents pass down rooting interests. …

In Brief: Familiar Names on U.S. World Cup Roster

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

American defender Christie Rampone is on the U.S. Women’s World Cup roster for the fifth time, joined by goalkeeper Hope Solo and newcomer Morgan Brian. Coach Jill Ellis on Tuesday announced her 23 picks for the tournament in Canada. Seeking their third title and first since 1999, the …

Canadian Touch to NHL Playoffs

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Patrick Kane is back for Chicago. Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals are back in the playoffs after a one-year break. And the Montreal Canadiens feel as if they’ve been in this position before against Ottawa, and it’s …

Sox Get Another Gift Win

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Boston — Two errors by pitcher Blake Treinen allowed Boston to erase a seventh-inning deficit, and the Red Sox won 8-7 on Tuesday night as the Washington Nationals struggled in the field for the second straight game. Boston …

Celtics’ Last-Second Victory Wraps Up No. 7 Seed

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Boston — Jae Crowder hit an off-balance fall-away from deep on the right wing with .8 seconds left, lifting Boston to a 95-93 win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday that secured the seventh seed in the Eastern …

New London Man to Mets’ Owners: Hit the Showers

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New York — A group of New York Mets fans has its own slogan this season, a message directed at the club’s owners. When the team arrived at Citi Field for Monday’s home opener, it was greeted by …

Bruins Under Review

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Boston — The Boston Bruins aren’t used to cleaning out their lockers so early in the year. For the first time in eight seasons, they missed the playoffs even though their 96 points were the most ever by …