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Pro Sports

Red Sox Can’t Sweep Tampa

Monday, August 3, 2015

Boston — James Loney knows it always feels better having a lucky hit at the right time. Asdrubal Cabrera had a game-tying RBI double and then scored on Loney’s bloop single in the eighth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided a three-game sweep with a 4-3 comeback victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. “That’s the best — like breaking your bat when you get a hit,” Loney …

Baseball Deadline Dealing Was Must-See TV

Monday, August 3, 2015

Reality TV isn’t really my thing. I haven’t watched any in years, at least since Chicago Cubs part-owner Todd Ricketts’ failed attempt at selling hot dogs in Undercover Boss. But this year’s trade deadline created some must-see reality TV, including one strange episode Wednesday night that had everything: a crying ballplayer, a Twitter catastrophe, player selfies, a trade that fell apart and evil …

American Pharoah Wins Post-Triple Crown Return

Monday, August 3, 2015

Oceanport, n.j. — American Pharoah turned on the speed in the stretch and easily won the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday in his first race since sweeping the Triple Crown. With a record crowd of 60,983 cheering him at Monmouth Park, American Pharoah came out of the final turn with a clear …

Boston’s Woes Drag On

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Boston — Adam Eaton opened the game with a home run, Jose Quintana pitched 6 1⁄ 3 solid innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 9-2 on Wednesday night for their seventh straight win. …

In Brief: Mexico Coach Fired After Claim He Punched Reporter

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mexico City — Mexican national team coach Miguel Herrera was fired Tuesday following a television reporter’s claim that man known as “El Piojo” punched him. The ouster came just two days after Herrera led Mexico to victory in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. But Decio de Maria, who on …

Trade of Star Shortstops Highlights a Day of Big Dealing

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Denver — The Colorado Rockies and Toronto Blue Jays swapped star shortstops. The teams confirmed the blockbuster trade Tuesday that sent Jose Reyes and right-handed pitchers Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco to the Rockies for Troy Tulowitzki and right-handed reliever LaTroy Hawkins. Both shortstops have remarkably …

Denied: Brady’s Suspension Upheld by Goodell

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New York — Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The league announced the decision Tuesday, with Goodell saying that the …

Commentary: In NFL’s System, Only Lawyers Win

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The NFL’s disciplinary system is so badly broken it may as well not exist. It is grounded in empty posturing. The initial rulings it produces are a weigh station at best, a misuse of power at worst and …

‘Dr. Jen’ Embraces Breakthrough Coaching Role

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tempe, Ariz. — Jen Welter accepts the title of trailblazer, embraces the chance to be a role model for girls and, perhaps most of all, can’t wait to get beyond the hype and on to work when the …

A Ceremony as Unique as Pedro Himself

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Boston — The script called for Jason Varitek to remain in the dugout until it was time for the ceremonial first pitch. Pedro Martinez was never one to follow the script. Calling his former catcher out to join …

Chisox Beat Up Bosox

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Boston — Jose Abreu and Geovany Soto homered and drove in three runs apiece and Jeff Samardzija pitched eight strong innings for the Chicago White Sox in a 9-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. …

SNHU, MLS Begin Unique Scholarship Partnership

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Concord — Major League Soccer is striking a multiyear deal with Southern New Hampshire University that will provide full scholarships for players and internship opportunities for the school’s current students. The partnership being announced Monday is the first of its kind for the 20-year-old league, which has 20 …

Acquiring Hamels Should Cost a Lot

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

When the July 31 trade deadline passed without the Philadelphia Phillies making a single move last season, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was openly ridiculed. He was accused by rival executives of asking too much for his players, …