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D.C. United forward Chris Pontius (13) knocks Philadelphia Union midfielder/forward Freddy Adu (11) to the ground as both go after the ball in the first half at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., Sunday, August 19, 2012. United and Union tied 1-1. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

Ex-Prodigy Adu Running Low on Chances

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

If there was ever any small part of Freddy Adu’s imagination that envisioned playing at WakeMed Soccer Park, surely it was for the U.S. national team, perhaps during one of its pre-tournament training camps in Cary, N.C. If not that, then surely for an MLS team visiting the Carolina RailHawks for a U.S. Open Cup match, or with some foreign …

Weep Not for ESPN, at Least Not Until 2020s

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

It’s been a rocky year for ESPN, which shed high-priced, high-profiletalent — reportedly under orders from Disney to cut costs — and continued to lose cable subscribers. These two facts coupled together — ESPN cuts costs while losing subscribers — has triggered a wave of coverage speculating these are the first signs of eventual financial doom. With headlines such as “Is ESPN a …

Bat Boy, 9, Dies From Injuries

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Kansas City, Mo. — The National Baseball Congress suspended using batboys and girls during its World Series games in Kansas following the death of a 9-year-old boy who was accidentally hit in the head with a bat during a game. Kaiser Carlile died Sunday, a day after he was hit by a follow-through …

Pats Try to Shield the Noise

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — Fans drove to Gillette Stadium past a booth selling “Free Tom Brady” T-shirts. Then, when they arrived for the New England Patriots’ first training camp practice on Thursday, they let the star quarterback know how …

Padres Overcome Mets, Storms

Thursday, July 30, 2015

New York — Justin Upton hit a three-run homer through a driving rain with two outs in the ninth inning, and the San Diego Padres stunned the New York Mets 8-7 Thursday as they overcame a six-run deficit during a game delayed nearly four hours by two storms. …

Red Sox Take Finale

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Boston — Xander Bogaerts and David Ortiz each had three hits, and the Boston Red Sox beat Chris Sale and the White Sox 8-2 on Thursday night, snapping Chicago’s seven-game winning streak. Knuckleballer Steven Wright (4-4) pitched seven …

Patriots Face Tough Task Thwarting Goodell

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The New England Patriots assailed the NFL on Wednesday, a day after Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the four-game DeflateGate suspension of quarterback Tom Brady. Beginning with a Facebook post by Brady and followed by scathing remarks from Patriots owner Robert Kraft at a morning press conference, the team …

Rangers Land Coveted Phillies Ace in Multi-Player Deal

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Arlington, Texas — The Texas Rangers on Wednesday night got their man. The Rangers agreed to a multi-player deal with Philadelphia that will bring left-handed ace Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman and cash relief in exchange for a package of mostly prospects, major league sources confirmed. The deal is …

Winter Classic Brings Bruins, Habs to Home of Pats

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — The Winter Classic is coming to the home of the New England Patriots. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman joined officials from the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday to say the Original Six rivals would …

‘Miracle on Ice’ Goalie to Auction Memorabilia

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

New York — The American flag that goalie Jim Craig wrapped around his shoulders after the U.S. Miracle on Ice victory at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics is on the auction block. The flag is one of 19 items in “The Jim Craig ‘Miracle on Ice’ Collection,” …

Brady to Battle NFL; Kraft Wishes He Had

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — Tom Brady took the fight over his “Deflategate” suspension to social media and federal court on Wednesday, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed the three-time Super Bowl MVP, saying “I was wrong to …

‘Tulo’ Homers in Jays Debut

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Toronto — Troy Tulowitzki homered and had three hits in his Blue Jays debut as Toronto beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 on Wednesday night. The five-time All-Star, who was acquired in a trade with the Colorado Rockies, went 3 for 5 with two doubles and three RBIs. He …

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. …