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Valley News sports editor Donald Mahler in West Lebanon, N.H., on October 19, 2009.

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By Don’s Early Light: What Goes Around, Comes Around for Boston

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The standings don’t lie ... though they may be a tad misleading. The truth is the Red Sox were good last year, but not as good as they looked. And, yes, they’re bad this year, but perhaps not as bad as they seem. In fact, they are basically the same team. The team that no one picked to fulfill Ben Cherington’s dream last season fooled everyone. Rebounding from the horrors of Bobby Valentine’s 69-93 debacle, the Sox turned it around by 28 games — winning with slugging, pitching, walk-offs and, yes, beards. Then, virtually returning intact — and with the usual rabid legion of devout believers under their spell — the Sox proceeded to fall …

Price Is Right for Tigers, Who Land Ace

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Detroit — The Detroit Tigers added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring Tampa Bay’s David Price in a blockbuster deal Thursday. The Rays received left-hander Drew Smyly and minor league infielder Willy Adames from the Tigers. Tampa Bay also got infielder Nick Franklin from Seattle, with Detroit outfielder Austin …

In Brief: A Healthy Woods Shoots a 68 in Ohio

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Akron, Ohio — Tiger Woods showed signs of a positive recovery Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational. Not just from back surgery, but from making bogeys. Woods bounced back with birdies all three times that he made mistakes, opening with a 2-under 68 on a soft, gentle day for scoring at Firestone. It left him four shots behind Marc Leishman of Australia, and hopeful …

Padres’ Kennedy to Miss Start With Oblique Strain

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Associated Press Atlanta — Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy will miss his scheduled start against the Braves tonight due to a left oblique strain. Manager Bud Black says converted outfielder Jason Lane will be recalled from Triple-A El Paso to make the fill-in start. Black says Kennedy suffered …

‘I’ve Always Known Where My Place Is’

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Washington — For some 30 glorious seconds on the afternoon of April 24, 1989, Jay Gruden — quarterback out of the University of Louisville — was a New York Giant. Or at least he was in his mind. …

Maddux Wasn’t First-Look Star

Sunday, July 27, 2014

At 20, Chicago Cubs rookie Greg Maddux had a slight frame and boyish look that hid the fierce competitor inside him. According to a Chicago Tribune report on his first day in the majors in 1986, Maddux was …

‘Big Hurt’ Never Lacked In Self-Belief

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The 1990 Chicago White Sox were challenging the World Series champion A’s in the final year of old Comiskey Park, and their Double-A first baseman was waiting to join the fun. “I’m a laid-back guy,” Birmingham’s Frank Thomas told the Chicago Tribune. “I spend most of my time …

Flood of Braves Brings Life Back to Cooperstown

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New York — Cooperstown will have a Southern accent this weekend as 40,000 people — about 16 times last year’s total — visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame for its annual induction ceremony in central New York state. Former Atlanta Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, …

Kiteboarders Object to Sport’s Ban Off of Cape Cod’s Shore

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Boston — Kiteboarders are pushing back against bans in the protected waters off Cape Cod, but federal officials say the prohibitions are necessary because the kites scare away piping plovers and other threatened or endangered shorebirds from their …

Caution: Reconstruction Ahead

Sunday, July 27, 2014

San Francisco — The San Francisco Giants boosted their rotation for the stretch run by acquiring right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for a pair of minor league pitchers. The 2007 NL Cy Young …

Nibali Set to Win Tour, Two Frenchmen on His Wings

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Perigueux, France — Finally cracking broad smiles after weeks of no-nonsense racing, Vincenzo Nibali confirmed he will win the Tour de France after another impressive ride in a dramatic penultimate stage on Saturday. Nibali all but ensured he will be crowned Tour champion for the first time thanks …

Furyk Closes on Canadian Title

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Montreal — Jim Furyk moved into position for his third Canadian Open victory, shooting a 5-under 65 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead at Royal Montreal. The 44-year-old Furyk, the 2006 winner at Hamilton and 2007 champion at Angus Glen, had a 15-under 195 total after opening …

Thomas: Cheaters Have No Place in Cooperstown

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cooperstown, n.y. — The Hall of Fame Class of 2014 includes three players who did things the right way and never had to apologize. While Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine are celebrated today in Cooperstown, many of their peers from the Steroid Era will be watching …