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Porcello’s struggles continue as Blue Jays rout Red Sox, 11-2

Thursday, July 2, 2015

TORONTO – Even by the standards of his current wretched run, Rick Porcello hit a new low Wednesday. Justin Smoak homered from both sides of the plate, Mark Buehrle won his fourth straight decision and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Porcello and the Red Sox, 11-2, ending Boston’s winning streak at three. Porcello (4-9) allowed seven runs and seven hits …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Reports: GM Jerry Dipoto quits after 3 1/2 years with Angels Eds: APNewsNow. By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels …

Source: Celtics, Amir Johnson agree to $24 million deal

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A person with knowledge of the details said the Boston Celtics landed Amir Johnson with a two-year deal worth $24 million. The veteran power forward …

Ex-Patriot Spikes pleads guilty, gets probation in hit-and-run

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WRENTHAM, Mass. – Former New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes pleaded guilty and will serve a year of probation in a hit-and-run crash that injured three people. Spikes appeared Wednesday in Wrentham District Court, where he admitted to negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of …

Wimbledon at a glance

Thursday, July 2, 2015

LONDON – A look at Wimbledon on Wednesday: Weather: Cloudy. High of 96.26 degrees, the highest on record for the tournament. Men’s seeded winners: No. 1 Novak Djokovic, No. 4 Stan Wawrinka, No. 7 Milos Raonic, No. 9 Marin Cilic, No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov, No. 14 Kevin Anderson, …

At scorching hot Wimbledon, Venus Williams nears Serena showdown

Thursday, July 2, 2015

LONDON – Venus Williams is no longer the player she once was, on account of the passage of time and the day-to-day ups and downs of an energy-sapping condition. At age 35, 21 years removed from her first …

Kessel trade to Penguins highlights start of NHL free agency

Thursday, July 2, 2015

On the first day of NHL free agency, a blockbuster trade stole the spotlight. The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired high-scoring winger Phil Kessel from Toronto on Wednesday in the biggest move of the day, while a handful of prominent …

Own goal gives Japan 2-1 win over England in World Cup semifinal

Thursday, July 2, 2015

EDMONTON, Alberta – Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time, giving Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women’s World Cup semifinal. The decisive goal Wednesday came when Japan’s Nahomi Kawasumi drove up …

Porcello’s game-by-game breakdown since his last win

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Since earning the win in a 5-2 victory over Seattle on May 16, Rick Porcello is 0-7 in eight starts. The game-by-game breakdown: May 22, 12-5 loss to Angels 4.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER May 27, 6-4 loss to Twins 7 IP, 7 H, 6 …

Love stays, Chandler moves, dollars fly in NBA free agency

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will be conducting his in Phoenix. The first full day of NBA free agency featured skyrocketing salaries and a flurry of moves, though no decision yet from LaMarcus …

Bruins busy on first day of free agency

Thursday, July 2, 2015

BOSTON – Boston Bruins rookie General Manager Don Sweeney went into the first day of NHL free agency intent on improving his team’s feeble offense, which ranked 22nd in the league last season. Sweeney added two wingers Wednesday he thinks will be a major part of the solution …

Fisher Cats shut out Sea Dogs, 2-0

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Three New Hampshire pitchers combined on a seven-hit shutout and the Fisher Cats topped the Portland Sea Dogs, 2-0, on Wednesday night. John Anderson (3-3) started and blanked the Sea Dogs for 6.2 innings. He allowed seven hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out four. Chad Girodo …

Carrasco loses no-hitter with 1 strike to go in 9th vs Rays

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Carlos Carrasco came within one strike of throwing the Cleveland Indians’ first no-hitter since 1981 on Wednesday night, giving up an RBI single to Joey Butler over leaping second baseman Jason Kipnis’s glove in an 8-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. For the third straight night, the …