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Driver Kevin Harvick talks to a crew member prior to the start of qualifying Friday, April 24, 2015, for Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

NASCAR’s Harvick on a Historic Run

Friday, April 24, 2015

Washington — Even a mind honed to absolute focus from years of driving up to 200 mph for hours at a time can be blown. Even a heart conditioned to a sitting rate of 47 beats per minute can come thumping through your chest at the strangest times. Kevin Harvick realized these things Tuesday on the south lawn of the …

Commentary: Shunned Stars Belong in Hall

Friday, April 24, 2015

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens deserve their plaques in Cooperstown. While we’re at it, so does Pete Rose. Bonds’ criminal conviction stemming from baseball’s shameful steroids era was thrown out this week, Clemens was never convicted of anything, and the sport’s new commissioner gave a green light for Rose to take part in …

Oilers Hire Familiar Face as GM

Friday, April 24, 2015

Edmonton, Alberta — The Edmonton Oilers made sweeping front-office changes Friday after another disappointing season. Patrick LaForge stepped down as president and chief operating officer while Craig MacTavish will move from general manager to a job yet to be determined. Peter Chiarelli, let go as general manager of the Boston Bruins this month, …

Down by 4 Runs, Rays Rally Past Red Sox

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Jake Elmore homered, Brandon Guyer had a two-run, pinch-hit single in a four-run sixth and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Boston Red Sox 7-5 on Wednesday night. …

Scioscia: Hamilton Close to Reporting to Camp

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Anaheim, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is close to reporting to extended spring training in Arizona. Hamilton, who has been recovering from surgery on Feb. 4 to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder, was visited by manager Mike Scioscia in Houston last …

In Brief: Pats Will Host Steelers in Season Opener

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New York — Among the Patriots’ rewards for winning the Super Bowl is hosting the season opener. This opposition this year is another team with championship pedigree: the Pittsburgh Steelers. New England and Pittsburgh will begin the NFL season on Thursday night, Sept. 10 with a game matching …

Wings Take Lead Over Lightning

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Detroit — Petr Mrazek made 22 saves for his first postseason shutout, and Pavel Datsyuk, Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening scored for Detroit in a 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night that gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead in their playoff series. The …

LeBron, Cavaliers Take Command

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cleveland — LeBron James scored 30 points, Kyrie Irving added 26 and the Cleveland Cavaliers finally shook off Boston in the fourth quarter, beating the Celtics 99-91 on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their opening-round …

Red Sox Blank Rays

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Wade Miley and four relievers combined on a four-hitter and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of an error to beat Chris Archer and the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Tuesday night. Miley (1-1) …

Wizards Make Raptors Vanish

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Toronto — John Wall had 26 points and 17 assists, Bradley Beal scored 28 points and the Washington Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors 117-106 on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Marcin Gortat scored 16 points, Otto Porter had 15 and Paul …

Format Takes Pressure Off Injured Drivers

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bristol, Tenn. — There was a time in NASCAR when skipping a race because of illness or injury was simply not considered. Rather than sit out with swollen eyes, Ricky Rudd used tape to keep them open. Richard Petty ran three races hiding a broken neck from NASCAR …

Sox Given Gift of Errors From O’s

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Boston — The way Justin Masterson was pitching, he didn’t need much help. The Orioles gave it to him, anyway. On a rainy, chilly Patriots’ Day holiday, Baltimore made three errors that led to five unearned runs, Wei-Yin …

Riley Takes Heat for Bad Season

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Miami — Pat Riley finds himself leaning his head to the left quite a bit these days. There’s an irritated nerve in his neck, and it’s far from comfortable. “It’s killing me,” Riley said. “But I’m not going to make an excuse for it.” Such was the metaphor …