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With four picks in draft, Celtics have to cast wide net

Friday, May 29, 2015

WALTHAM, Mass. – With four picks in next month’s NBA draft, the Boston Celtics can’t just focus on a couple of players who look like they might be in their range. The Celtics will look at as many as 100 or more potential rookies in preparation for the June 25 draft. Boston has two picks in the first round – …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Friday, May 29, 2015

NBA Bulls fire Thibodeau, cite lack of trust CHICAGO – In five seasons under Tom Thibodeau, the Chicago Bulls soared to heights they had not …

French Open at a glance

Friday, May 29, 2015

PARIS – A look at the French Open yesterday: Weather: Partly cloudy. High of 68 degrees. Men’s seeded winners: No. 1 Novak Djokovic, No. 3 …

New French Open challenges await Williams, Djokovic, Murray

Friday, May 29, 2015

PARIS – For Serena Williams, it was a bad right elbow that led to some shaky serving and a dropped set. For Novak Djokovic, first it was a balky right hip that needed treatment from a trainer; later …

Tebow makes his Philly debut

Friday, May 29, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A slimmer Tim Tebow threw passes in shorts while a horde of reporters critiqued his mechanics and analyzed his arm motion. Welcome to Philly, Tim. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner spoke to a large gathering of …

Patriots, Saints to hold preseason practice in West Virginia

Friday, May 29, 2015

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – The New England Patriots will join the New Orleans Saints for joint practices in West Virginia in August. New Orleans Coach Sean Payton confirmed the practices yesterday after the Saints’ organized team activities in Metairie, La. The Patriots will arrive for practices at …

Rookie guards studying Patriots complex offensive system

Friday, May 29, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots’ two rookie guards are helping each other study the team’s complex offensive schemes. They’ve already learned a much simpler strategy. No matter what the question, answer cautiously or risk the wrath …

Slumping slugger Ortiz getting break from Red Sox lineup

Friday, May 29, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas – Struggling slugger David Ortiz is getting a break from the Boston Red Sox lineup. Ortiz wasn’t in the lineup for last night’s series opener at Texas, following a five-game stretch when he had only one …

Fisher Cats rally in ninth to end losing streak at four

Friday, May 29, 2015

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Reading Fightin Phils, 3-2, and end a four-game losing streak last night. After giving up a run in the top of the ninth to fall behind 2-1, the Fisher Cats …

Red Sox lefty Rodriguez wins major league debut, 5-1 at Texas

Friday, May 29, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas – Eduardo Rodriguez went to bed and dreamed about his major league debut after the Boston Red Sox arrived in Texas. The real thing last night was even better for the 22-year-old left-hander. Rodriguez threw 7.2 …

Warriors eliminate Rockets, end 40-year NBA Finals drought

Thursday, May 28, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. – After a generation of wishing and waiting, the Golden State Warriors have finally arrived on basketball’s biggest stage again. Stephen Curry had 26 points and eight rebounds, Harrison Barnes added 24 points and the Warriors …

Monarchs sweep Wolf Pack, advance to first-ever Calder Cup finals

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Manchester Monarchs secured their first trip to the Calder Cup finals with a 3-1 victory over the host Hartford Wolf Pack last night, finishing off a four-game sweep in the Eastern Conference finals. Adrian Kempe scored the eventual game-winning goal when he snapped a 1-1 tie 6:18 …

Fisher Cats lose slugfest to Fightin Phils, 12-10

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Despite banging out 14 hits and scoring 10 runs, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats lost their fourth straight game last night, 12-10 to the visiting Reading Fightin Phils. Reading (25-20) totaled 21 hits, including five doubles and a homer, and rallied from deficits of 4-3, 7-4 and 8-7. …