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Former Red Sox infielder Youkilis retires

Friday, October 31, 2014

BOSTON – “The Greek God of Walks” is walking away from the game. Former Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis is retiring, his agent said. Youkilis played parts of nine seasons in Boston and was a part of World Series teams in 2004 and ’07. He was traded to the Chicago White Sox in 2012 and then played an injury-shortened year …

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Friday, October 31, 2014

BASEBALL Game 7 viewership saves World Series from dubious distinction NEW YORK – An estimated 23.5 million people watched the San Francisco Giants’ 3-2 win …

Red Sox sign closer Koji Uehara for two years

Friday, October 31, 2014

BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox signed Koji Uehara for two more years, committing $18 million to the reliever who closed out the 2013 World …

Patriots praise Manning’s neck surgery recovery

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia didn’t hesitate yesterday when asked about Peyton Manning’s arm strength three years after major neck surgery. “I think Peyton Manning’s arm strength is just fine,” Patricia said on a conference call, as the Patriots began to prepare for …

Patriots trade for linebacker Jonathan Casillas

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The New England Patriots acquired reserve linebacker Jonathan Casillas from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before yesterday’s trading deadline. Casillas started the first three games of the season before losing the strong-side linebacker’s job to Danny Lansanah, who has returned two interceptions for touchdowns. The Bucs sent him and …

Rondo can’t commit to opening night for Celtics

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WALTHAM, Mass. – If Rajon Rondo knows whether he will play in the Boston Celtics opener tonight, he isn’t saying. The star point guard, who has missed most of training camp with a broken bone in his hand, …

Free agency looms after World Series concludes

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Giants star Pablo Sandoval dug into the batter’s box in Game 5 of the World Series, peering out at Royals ace James Shields standing on the mound. By next month, both of them could …

Hockey great Gordie Howe resting after stroke

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DETROIT – Hockey great Gordie Howe has lost some function on the right side of his body after having a stroke Sunday in Texas. Howe’s daughter Cathy said last night the 86-year-old Detroit Red Wings legend had lost …

Wild rally for 4-3 win at Boston

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON – It was a difficult but rewarding split for the Minnesota Wild. The Wild rallied with three goals in the third period and beat the Boston Bruins, 4-3, last night, easing the pain from the night before …

Royals rout Giants, 10-0, to force Game 7 in Series

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lorenzo Cain looped a two-run single and Eric Hosmer chopped a two-run double over shortstop in a seven-run second inning as the Kansas City Royals battered the San Francisco Giants, 10-0, last night to …

It’s all about Rondo again as Celtics enter second year of rebuilding phase

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics didn’t get the franchise player they need from the draft. Now General Manager Danny Ainge must decide whether to buy another ticket for the NBA lottery or put together a package of picks …

Patriots must refocus after blowout win with explosive Broncos up next

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – A smiling Jonas Gray stood at the more prominent locker he got after being promoted from the Patriots practice squad. He showed he belongs by rushing for 86 yards in his second NFL game, a …

Singer Aaron Lewis apologizes for national anthem mix-up

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Aaron Lewis apologized for botching the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner” during his performance before Game 5 of the World Series. The lead singer of the metal band Staind turned country singer published a note on his website …