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Motorsports notebook: Elliott’s Sprint Cup debut a reminder that the future is here

Sunday, March 29, 2015

If the thought didn’t occur to you when Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon arrived last year or when Jeff Gordon announced his coming retirement before this year, it should set in when Chase Elliott climbs into his car at Martinsville for today’s STP 500. The youth movement that has been growing in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series isn’t slowing down, and …

Tim O’Sullivan: Even in the offseason, Patriots (and their rivals) are right in the spotlight

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Offseason? What offseason? Sure, we know the NFL gets year-round coverage now, but the chatter and headlines swirling around the Patriots in the last month …

Red Sox rough up Rays starter Karns in 9-6 victory

Sunday, March 29, 2015

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Nathan Karns is excited about an opportunity to open the season in Tampa Bay’s pitching rotation. The Rays right-hander had a …

Hurry up! Nats, Cubs, Red Sox on the clock

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Even before Max Scherzer, Bryce Harper and the rest of the ramped-up Washington Nationals hit the field for their first full-squad workout at spring training, they got the message. There it was, printed across the top of a …

Bruins find their swagger, notch 4-2 win over first-place Rangers

Sunday, March 29, 2015

BOSTON – If the Boston Bruins want an example of what’s needed in the final few games to make the playoffs, they can simply watch a replay of the first period against the New York Rangers. Milan Lucic …

Leading off: Leading off

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Motorsports NASCAR racer Larson taken to hospital after fainting MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Chip Ganassi Racing officials said Kyle Larson was taken to a hospital as a precaution after fainting during an autograph session at Martinsville Speedway yesterday. Chip Ganassi said Larson fainted at Chevy Stage in the fan …

Revolution earn first victory over the season with 2-1 win over San Jose

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Kelyn Rowe scored twice and the New England Revolution beat the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-1, yesterday in steady snow and hail for their first victory of the season. New England (1-2-1) got its first goal of the season in the 21st minute. A turnover created a chance for …

NHL: Habs clinch postseason berth

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Max Pacioretty scored in overtime as the Montreal Canadiens clinched a playoff berth with a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers last night. Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk scored in regulation for the Canadiens, and Carey Price stopped …

Bulls hand Knicks franchise-record 60th loss in 111-80 romp

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Nikola Mirotic scored 24 points, Pau Gasol added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls handed the Knicks their franchise-record 60th loss, beating New York, 111-80, last night. A night after tying the team’s previous single-season …

Monarchs suffer road woes in 6-2 loss to Hershey

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Manchester Monarchs dropped their contest with the Hershey Bears, 6-2, last night at Hershey’s Giant Center. Hershey took a 3-0 lead before Michael Mersch put the Monarchs on the board with 1:39 to go in the first. Things didn’t get better for Manchester; the Bears tacked on …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NBA Durant to have another surgery, will miss rest of season OKLAHOMA CITY – Reigning MVP Kevin Durant will have bone graft surgery next week to deal with a fractured bone in his right foot, and he will miss the rest of the season, the Oklahoma City Thunder …

Teheran labors into the sixth, but Braves beat Buchholz, Boston

Saturday, March 28, 2015

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Julio Teheran labored through 5.2 innings but allowed only two runs, and the Atlanta Braves roughed up Clay Buchholz for 12 hits and four runs in a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox yesterday …

David Ortiz defends his reputation in column

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is certain on this point: “I never knowingly took any steroids.” And this, too: “I deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.” The remarks by the 39-year-old designated hitter came in …