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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,” the first Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier meeting, and the burglars understood that, to paraphrase a popular protest refrain from the turbulent era, the …

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, and the scene was very different. Families wearing the London club’s red and white flocked …

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 was injured during a headfirst slide on Tuesday. “I’m definitely tender, which was probably expected …

Jays Blank Erring O’s

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Baltimore — Dustin McGowan allowed five hits over 6 1-3 innings to earn his first win since 2008, and the Toronto Blue Jays used two unearned runs to beat Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 Friday night. …

Capitals Top Coasting Blackhawks

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Washington — Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 51st goal to help lead the Washington Capitals to a low-intensity 4-0 rout of the coasting Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night in a game between teams whose postseason fates had already been decided. Jay Beagle had his first career two-goal game, …

Sox Give Ace Some Support

Saturday, April 12, 2014

New York — Grady Sizemore hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning and the Boston Red Sox finally gave Jon Lester enough run support for his first win of the year, 4-2 over the New York Yankees …

Goo or No Goo, Pineda Stuffs Sox

Friday, April 11, 2014

New York — Michael Pineda won while pitching some noticeable substance on his hand, and Jacoby Ellsbury hit an RBI single off old roommate Clay Buchholz in his first game against the Red Sox as the New York …

Leading at Augusta a Family Affair for Haas

Friday, April 11, 2014

Augusta, Ga. — Bill Haas’ family roots go as deep at the Masters tournament as do the roots of the tallest loblolly pine at Augusta National. His great uncle, Bob Goalby, won the 1968 Masters. His father, Jay …

Giants’ Manning OK After Ankle Surgery

Friday, April 11, 2014

East Rutherford, n.j. — New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is going to start the offseason training program with a surgically repaired left ankle. The Giants announced that Manning had arthroscopic surgery Thursday to relieve some lingering discomfort …

On Tourney’s Opening Day, Old Guys Rule

Friday, April 11, 2014

Augusta, Ga. — In a tournament packed with a bunch of young newcomers, the 50-and-over crowd made a bit of a stand in the first round of the Masters. Miguel Angel Jimenez was leading the tournament for a …

Twins Get Fill of Fuld

Friday, April 11, 2014

Minneapolis — Dan Straily pitched three-hit ball for seven innings and Durham, N.H., native Sam Fuld hit a rare home run to help the Oakland Athletics complete a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 6-1 victory …

Kenseth Looking for Another Darlington Win

Friday, April 11, 2014

Darlington, s.c. — Matt Kenseth hopes to get his season going and lock up a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Darlington Raceway. Kenseth came to the Southern 500 last May one of Sprint …

Jets Get a Little Boost

Friday, April 11, 2014

Winnipeg, Manitoba — Bryan Little scored in the shootout to give the Winnipeg Jets a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins in their last home game of the season Thursday night. Little beat Chad Johnson with a low …