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United States' Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates with teammates Ali Krieger (11) and Morgan Brian after scoring on a penalty kick against Germany during the second half of a semifinal in the Women's World Cup soccer tournament, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Montreal, Canada. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

U.S. heads to World Cup final with 2-0 win over Germany

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

MONTREAL – Carli Lloyd remembers putting the ball on its spot and shutting out the noise of more than 51,000 anxious fans. Then she blasted that ball into the back of the net. Lloyd’s penalty kick got the United States on the board, and the Americans went on to a 2-0 victory over top-ranked Germany in the semifinals of the …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Battling opponents, nerves on the tennis court

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

All I really wanted after the match was a cold shower and a colder beverage. The last thing I wanted was to write about losing. But after the shower, the beverage(s), some wise words of consolation from a good friend and a good night’s sleep, I got over it. So here it is, the short and half-salty, half-sweet story of my 2015 Concord …

Ortiz and Bradley homer as Red Sox top Toronto for third win in row

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

TORONTO – Minus injured stars Hanley Ramirez and Dustin Pedroia, the Boston Red Sox managed to match their longest winning streak of the season. David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit solo home runs, Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six solid innings and the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-3, Tuesday night for …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Baseball MacPhail joins Phillies, will be president after season PHILADELPHIA – Veteran baseball executive Andy MacPhail is joining the Philadelphia Phillies with plans to take over as team president once the season is finished. Philadelphia announced the move …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Youth baseball In Manchester Colt League playoff action, Cobb Hill Construction Royals from Bow defeated the Twins, 11-4. Brendan Winch pitched five strong innings. The Royals banged out 13 hits, with Vin Peterson (three hits), Cole Johnson, Anthony Celenza and Chase Graham (two hits each) leading the way. …

Ortiz, Sandoval and De Aza homer as Red Sox beat Rays, 5-3

Sunday, June 28, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – If there’s a secret to Boston’s success against Chris Archer, the Red Sox aren’t eager to share it. David Ortiz, Pablo Sandoval and Alejandro De Aza homered against Tampa Bay’s best pitcher on Sunday, …

Lloyd once nearly quit; the U.S. team is sure glad she didn’t

Sunday, June 28, 2015

MONTREAL – Carli Lloyd’s career is defined by big moments. The latest came in the U.S. victory Friday over China, with a goal that ultimately sent the Americans through to the semifinals at the Women’s World Cup. Now …

Poll: Americans show strong support for home Games

Sunday, June 28, 2015

While Bostonians are hesitant to host the Olympics, Americans across the country overwhelmingly support the idea of the games on home turf, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. The support decreases when people are asked if they …

Kyle Busch grabs first win of season as comeback rolls on

Sunday, June 28, 2015

SONOMA, Calif. – After two practice sessions at Sonoma Raceway, Kyle Busch spent an evening icing his surgically repaired left foot. He repeated the routine the night before Sunday’s race, all in an effort to minimize pain and …

Serena Williams halfway to true Grand Slam

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Serena Williams heads to Wimbledon halfway to a Grand Slam. If it were up to her, no one would notice. Williams prefers to downplay her chances of becoming the first tennis player in more than a quarter-century to …

IndyCar still straddling line between speed, safety

Sunday, June 28, 2015

FONTANA, Calif. – Organizers in every motorsport try to walk a fine line between creating fast, entertaining racing and keeping drivers and riders safe. Finding that middle ground is particularly vital in IndyCar, where cars occasionally go airborne …

English women hope World Cup semifinal boosts the home game

Sunday, June 28, 2015

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Although they’re not yet 30 years old, Jodie Taylor and Steph Houghton have already seen a revolution in English women’s soccer during their careers. A sport once overlooked and underfunded in its football-mad nation …

Source: James bypasses option, becomes free agent

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A person with knowledge of the decision told the Associated Press that LeBron James will not exercise a $21.6 million option on his contract, making him a free agent on Wednesday. The decision was widely expected, but James …