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Jon Lester, the first draft pick of the Red Sox current ownership group in 2002, is on his way to Oakland after he and the team were unable to come together on a contract. The lefty leaves Boston with a career record of 110-63, plus six postseason victories.

Wheeling-and-dealing Red Sox look to the future

Friday, August 1, 2014

BOSTON – The last-place Boston Red Sox traded pitching for power. Now they can use some name tags to stick on the jerseys of the newcomers. Nine months after winning the World Series, the Red Sox unloaded five key members of that championship team yesterday, bringing to seven the number shipped out in a five-day span. Jon Lester, John Lackey, … 0

Hopkinton coach pedals for many in Pan-Mass Challenge

Friday, August 1, 2014

For 192 miles in the saddle of her bicycle this weekend, Lauri Izzi will have plenty of time to think. About the scenery, her fellow riders, the physical exhaustion. But mostly, she’ll think about cancer and the people the insidious disease has affected. “I’ll think about my grandmother, all the people I know … 0

Swarming defense a strength as New Hampshire readies for Shrine Game against Vermont

Friday, August 1, 2014

Consider David Jackson a convert. The New Hampshire coach for the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl is an offense guy. Has been throughout his career. But after seeing his team at practice, he had to admit it’s the other side of the ball that has him looking for superlatives going into tomorrow’s annual showdown. “I’ve always been offensively minded, I’ve coached defense in the … 0

Rich get richer: Price traded to Tigers

Friday, August 1, 2014

DETROIT – When David Price was finally traded, it was to an unexpected bidder. The Detroit Tigers added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring Price from Tampa Bay in a blockbuster deal yesterday. The … 0

James White off to impressive start at Pats camp

Friday, August 1, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady has been impressed by rookie running back James White. “He’s done a great job since he got here,” the New England quarterback said of White, the Patriots’ fourth-round draft pick out of Wisconsin. … 0

Ravens’ Rice says his actions ‘totally inexcusable’

Friday, August 1, 2014

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Ray Rice stepped to the microphone, took a deep breath and spoke for 17 minutes about what he called “the biggest mistake of his life.” His arrest for domestic violence against his then-fiancee last … 0

Dustin Johnson takes leave of absence from golf

Friday, August 1, 2014

AKRON, Ohio – Dustin Johnson is taking a leave of absence from golf to seek help for “personal challenges,” a swift end to his season that will keep him from playing the PGA Championship, the FedEx Cup playoffs … 0

Headlines from around the world in sports

Friday, August 1, 2014

NFL Running back Lynch ends holdout, arrives at Seahawks camp RENTON, Wash. – Marshawn Lynch joined Seattle Seahawks training camp after missing the first week. Lynch arrived yesterday afternoon following the team’s morning practice. The team confirmed Lynch has reported for camp, ending a holdout that spanned a … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Friday, August 1, 2014

NEIBL result The Weare Nationals dropped Game 1 of the NEIBL championship series, losing to the Hollis-Brookline Dodgers, 1-0. Callahan Loos pitched a gem for Weare, going 6.2 innings and striking out 16 batters while only allowing two hits. Loos’s lone mistake came when he gave up a … 0

Rose acknowledges tension with Bulls

Friday, August 1, 2014

CHICAGO – Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose acknowledged tension between members of his inner circle and team management. Rose told the Chicago Sun-Times in an article posted yesterday that he knows “it’s been there.” “I’m happy I didn’t personally see it,” Rose said. “I don’t want to see … 0

Concord’s Ndi, Franklin’s Sylvester receive scholarships

Friday, August 1, 2014

Concord’s Walters Ndi and Franklin’s Dillon Sylvester are among 12 recipients of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Scholar-Athlete Scholarship, receiving $2,500 based on their athletic and academic achievements, as well as active citizenship in the community. Ndi, who plans to study exercise science in college, was Concord High’s … 0

Toronto beats Boston, 6-1, to sweep Red Sox

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BOSTON – As the Red Sox were falling again to the Toronto Blue Jays, chants for Jon Lester could be heard echoing throughout a less than half filled Fenway Park. Boston’s fading season is now filled with even … 0

Red Sox trade struggling LHP Doubront to Cubs

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CHICAGO – Theo Epstein was the first person to take a chance on Felix Doubront. Now he is going to give the struggling left-hander another opportunity. The Chicago Cubs acquired Doubront from the Boston Red Sox yesterday in … 0