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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, …

Korver, Hawks Cut Brooklyn

Monday, April 20, 2015

Atlanta — Kyle Korver scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers, and the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks held off the pesky Brooklyn Nets 99-92 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoff series Sunday night. The Hawks led nearly the entire game and pushed the margin as high as 16 …

Orioles’ Hit Parade a Sour Tune for Sox

Monday, April 20, 2015

Boston — For most of the past three seasons, the Baltimore Orioles have had their way with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, and few games over that time have been void of strangeness. Their four-game wraparound …

Harvey Purring Along

Monday, April 20, 2015

New York — Matt Harvey won his third straight start to begin his comeback season and the banged-up New York Mets, despite losing two important players to injuries, held off the Miami Marlins 7-6 Sunday for their eighth …

In Aaron Hernandez Murder Case, Question Lingers: Why?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Fall River, Mass. — Aaron Hernandez had it all. Fame, as a star tight end with the New England Patriots, which took him to the Super Bowl. Fortune, with a $40 million NFL contract. Family, with a fiancee …

Wizards Pierce Raptors

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Toronto — Paul Pierce scored five of his 20 points in overtime, Nene had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors 93-86 on Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. …

Tampa Bay Ties Series

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tampa, Fla. — Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop stopped 24 shots for his first NHL playoff victory Saturday, a 5-1 win over Detroit that evened their opening-round Eastern Conference series at one game apiece. Tyler Johnson had two goals for the Lightning, who dropped Game 1 while outplaying the …

LeBron Looks for Payback vs. Celtics

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Cleveland — Five years ago, LeBron James left the floor after Game 5 against Boston in disgrace. There were boos from the home fans, even some whispers he’d quit on the Cavaliers. Today, in his first playoff game …

Kenseth Has No Intention to Retire Soon

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bristol, Tenn. — Matt Kenseth is just a year younger than Jeff Gordon, who has already said he’ll retire at the end of this season. The 43-year-old former champion won’t use Gordon’s exit as a reason to consider his own future in NASCAR. He’s got no plans to …

Mixed Emotions for Roy at 40

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Boston — Fifteen rows up, Travis Roy watched from his wheelchair as the goalie for his former team scored for the opponent in the NCAA championship game. He could sense Matt O’Connor’s heartbreak. The mistake tied the game. …

Dartmouth Alum Wins 5K Race in Record Time

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Boston — Score another one in the record books for Hanover’s Ben True. True, a 2009 Dartmouth College graduate who set multiple Big Green track and field records, on Saturday won the Boston Athletic Association 5K in a U.S. record 13 minutes, 22 seconds. True’s time was two …