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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 …

Lester, Sox Take Pitchers’ Duel

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chicago — Jon Lester pitched eight sharp innings and David Ross hit a tiebreaking RBI double in Boston’s two-run ninth, leading the Red Sox to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night. Lester (2-2) …

When Sports, Politics Are Mixed Together

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Among the revelations in Betty Medsger’s powerful new book, The Burglary, is the story of how local antiwar activists shrewdly selected March 8, 1971, for their historic break-in at an FBI office in the town of Media, Penn. That was the night of the “Fight of the Century,” …

Asian Fans’ Love for European Stars Stifling Growth

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hanoi, Vietnam — There were so few people watching Vietnam play Hong Kong in a recent Asian Cup qualifier that turnstile staff hardly bothered checking tickets on the damp, cold Hanoi evening. Rewind seven months, when Arsenal visited, …

Napoli Sits, Pedroia Returns

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chicago — While Dustin Pedroia returned to Boston’s starting lineup, Mike Napoli dropped out. The first baseman didn’t start Wednesday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox because of a dislocated ring finger on his left hand. Napoli …

Jets Reach Deal With Former 2,000-Yard Rusher

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New York — The New York Jets and former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson agreed to terms on a deal. Johnson met with the Jets all day Tuesday and stayed in town to watch the Knicks-Nets game in Brooklyn Tuesday night before signing Wednesday. The team announced …

Bruins Vet Gets Olympian Boost

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wilmington, Mass. — For Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, the 2014 Olympics were about more than winning a second gold medal with Canada. The Sochi Games were a confidence boost that he harnessed when he returned to perhaps …

Bucks Have a New Owner

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Milwaukee (ap) — Bucks owner Herb Kohl reached a deal to sell the franchise to New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens for about $550 million. Kohl announced the deal Wednesday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center hours before the team was to play its …

Hopes High Negro Leagues Stadium Will Be Saved

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Paterson, n.j. — The light touch of a paint roller is enough to dislodge a chunk of plaster from the crumbling walls of Hinchliffe Stadium. Though silent for decades, the former home of several Negro Leagues teams is getting another chance at bat as baseball’s first National Historic …

Yanks Sweep Cubs

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New York — Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda pitched the New York Yankees to a 3-0, 2-0 sweep of the Chicago Cubs in a chilly day-night-doubleheader Monday. In the Cubs’ first regular-season game at new Yankee Stadium, Tanaka …

C’s Dropped In Finale

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Boston — Bradley Beal scored 27 points and Washington clinched the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 118-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. The Wizards will be facing Chicago in their first …